Friday, April 20, 2012

Black & Blue

Today I'm drinking Black & Blue brewed by Dogfish Head Craft Brewery in Milton, Delaware. This beer is a Belgian-style Golden Ale fermented with black raspberries and blueberries. So I finally decided to check this one out. I usually pass on some of these offerings because of the price tag. This one was $12 for the wine bottle. Seriously, I need a sponsor for bomber addiction. Anyone?

The label art was done by David Larned, and I could be wrong but I think it might be a self portrait. Excellent presentation and work! I mention the art as I have been stalking the Dogfish store and Facebook page for a while, waiting for Audrey Aprihop to become available. What a woman!

Nice color and head and the aroma is powerful even as I poured it into the glass. Very fruity bouquet of raspberries and sweeter honey. Oh Yeah! Very fruity flavors--blueberries and tart raspberries all with a boozy punch behind it. Sweet honey and sugary sweet flavors balance that initial tartness. Overall, there is a little acidity that persists as well.

Juicy and fresh picked/squeezed. The yeast is prominent and persistent throughout, adding some Belgian characteristics to the beer. A little spicy. The 10% alcohol continues to add heat to the throat and chest. Good body and carbonation.

Basically, this is boozy, fruity goodness. The tartness and sweetness balance each other out in an off-centered kind of way. The full wine bottle of this made my eye start to twitch too. What's that all about? Oh, and this kills most other fruit beers for flavor, authenticity and taste! As one of Dogfish's "rarities", I just couldn't hold back despite my legit yet lame #BomberBoycott.

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