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RATINGS: 887   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
Black & Blue is golden Belgian Ale made with over 300 lbs of fresh blackberries and blueberries. With a deep purple full body and a long-lasting lacy pink head, this ale is both attractive and delicious! It is tart and fruity, like our brewers! The subtle bitterness of Hallertau and Saaz hops shines through the fruit forward flavor and sets the palate aglow. (30 IBUs). This tasty brew has smooth but noticeable alcohol warmth. Belgian yeast gives this brew a characteristically dry spicy finish. The beautiful interplay of fruit, spice, and alcohol is complimented by a soft malt profile, and a high level of carbonation.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
WeeHeavySD (3385) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 24, 2007
750ml bottle. Via trade with someone and I cannot remeber who, but thanks to whoever you may be. Perhaps Axllives, not sure. Porus ruby with a 2 finger light pink head. Aroma is sweet and somewhat alcoholic. The taste is lightly sweet with a big belgian alcohol taste that lies in weight behind it. Cant really taste the blackberries or blueberries directly which is a bit sad. Good brew not as good as Id had hoped.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - MAY 24, 2007
THOUGHTS: This one really got better was it warmed. Not nearly as much berry as I would have thought. This seemed like a beer just made for the sake of making it. It wasnt the usual Dogfish Head greatness. Not a bad beer at all, just not as good as I was expecting. There was berry flavor but not overly sweet at all. Hides alcohol well. A good beer, but not the best Dogfish Head by far. Reminded me a little of Red and White, but was not nearly as good. TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a meium organgeish red with a small to average head that was off-white and slightly on the pind side and left virtually no lacing. There was also great carbonation to watch. The aroma was moderately yeasty and lightly fruity, which Im guessing was the blueberries and blackberries. The initial flavor was lightly sweet, while the finish was moderately to heavily sweet and slightly sour with a short duration. The body was medium and dry with fixxy carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Gmoney (442) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 24, 2007
750 ml bottle .. deep ruby pour very clear ,thin blue tinted head, no lace. sweet fruit aroma, sweet.. wheat and black cherry flavors . tart , sour and dry . light hop finish ..medium bodied .

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
madsberg (11648) - Sborg, DENMARK - MAY 24, 2007
Bottled. Orange and reddish coloured. Quite clear. Off white head. Sweetish and fruity aroma with some notes of berries. Flavour has alcohol and berries and the sweetness is countered nicely by a vague sourness. Is medium bodied. Sweetish end.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
edden (925) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 23, 2007
5/19/07: Bottle.
Ruby red body with a slightly off white head which is big and thick. Nice lace. Fruity aroma. Sweet berries, caramel malt, wheat and black cherry. Light hop finish and smooth.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
faroeviking (10488) - FAROE ISLANDS - MAY 23, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 12, 2010 Wednesday, May 23, 2007: Bottle. Red-brown colour. Sweet aroma of fruits and hops. The flavour is sweet with berries, malt, caramel and alcohol. Re-rate: Hazydeep amber reddish. Sweet dark fruity, yeasty and malty aroma with lots of alcohol. Good mouthfeel. Pleasant sweet fruity, yeasty, alco, berry, dark fruitish flavour. Sweet fruity yeasty finish.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
OdinUSMC (7) - Poquoson, Virginia, USA - MAY 22, 2007 does not count
Wow. Abismal. I dropped $32 at a bar for this and it was worth maybe 5 bucks. An empty and thin taste. Like a light beer with a few berries and a dirty syringe floating in it. Sure, the color of the head was nice but food coloring could accomplish the same thing for a lofty 35 cents. The only positive was that the 10% ABV was almost unnoticible so if your trying to get a bunch of 10 year olds wasted, skip the Mikes Hard and try this.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
dwyerpg (5922) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAY 22, 2007
Okay, so my first real big disappointment from this company. Little to no aroma from the fruits at all, and no lasting head at all. Bubbly in character. Taste is a bit thick and strong, but without much fruit notes (which is ok) but mostly just bland and icky. And way too much money!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Brigadier (3620) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - MAY 21, 2007
750 ml bottle

The packaging for this fooled me into dropping $11.99 for a 750 ml bottle. At half the price it would have been worth it - Dogfish Head is on their last strike before I stop picking up special releases. Lets hope whatever is next in line is better than this or the Red and White. While not a bad beer it is just a so-so hybrid of a fruit beer and Belgian wit. If it could make up its mind to be one or the other it would be an improvement.

Aroma / Appearance - A half finger bleached white head surged to the top of the glass and settled. Underneath was a colorful raspberry hued body which let about half the light filter through. The nose was very fruity - raspberries, blueberries and blackberries - with a hint of yeast underneath. I was expecting either a little stronger profile of one or the other; the mixture weakened the quality of both.

Flavor / Palate - The fruit wave hit the palate on the first sip. A combination of blackberries, blueberries and watermelon created a summery mouthfeel. The aftertaste of yeast and vanilla brought it back into the realm of the Belgian wit. It was an interesting experiment but one that I would not be likely to pick up again. After all, I can pick up Belgian Red for a few dollars less and get a much higher quality experience.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cobra (1100) - - MAY 21, 2007
750 ml bottle. Bottled on 2/13/07. Poured out a clear, bright garnet color. Minimal head. Aromas are of berries, slight Belgian funk, dry straw, some malts, damp basement. Flavors are of malts mostly, with a hint of berries & earthy hops rounding out the flavors. medium mouthfeel, decent body. Good beer, but needs more fruit.

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