Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Dogfish Head Black & Blue Ale
Dogfish Head Black & Blue, from Dogfish Head, poured a brassy hue in the glass, with heavy carbonation moving suspended yeast around and feeding to a tall white head. The nose carried through a malty sweetness with blueberry dominating the blackberry and a subtle Belgian spicy yeast.
Dogfish Head Black & Blue opened thick and sweet, with the carbonation accenting a subtle peppery yeast before subduing into a smooth, almost creamy berry center. No hops or bitterness came through, and the yeast stayed in the background during the fade, leading to a vanilla berry linger.
Dogfish Head is a brewery willing to try new things, and this is no exception. While I would hardly recommend Black & Blue for everyday drinking (your wallet will thank you), if you see one at your local bottle shop you owe it to yourself to pick one up.