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Black Raspberry Reserve - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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131 Ratings
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Ratings: 131
Reviews: 83
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 16.62%
Wants: 9
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sly Fox Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerBeing on 05-13-2006)
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Reviews by Callenak:
Photo of Callenak
3.55/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml caged and corked, acquired in a trade.

Pours a dark red with a nice red/pink head that takes a long time to dissipate to a steady, thin head. Loads of carbonation in this one.

This beer is all aroma. It smells heavenly. All raspberries. Very sweet. I could smell this all day.

Surprisingly after the very robust smell of raspberries coming off this beer it would have the taste to match. It didn't. The raspberry taste was actually very subdued compared to the aroma. Not sweet or syrupy at all. Honestly I was almost looking forward to the sweetness but it was almost bland in comparison. It did have a mild tartness to it, obviously from the raspberries. That wasn't very strong either though. I was expecting some type of lambic style beer with this, but it wasn't sweet like Lindemans nor sour like Cantillon.

It was by no means a bad tasting beer and I could absolutely drink it again. I just thought the taste was a bit of a let down after such a great nose.

Callenak, Oct 16, 2006
More User Reviews:
Photo of StoutHearted
4.13/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It poured a deep ruby color with an enormous, bright, red head that settled to a half-inch, and finally disappeared after a couple sips. Fruity tones dominate (no surprise, considering the name) and smelled primarily of cherries and raspberries. Almost reminded me of a fruity geuze. A tart taste without being sour, it lingers on the tongue without being obnoxious. It provides a full mouthfeel without being heavy or too light. Very easy to drink and makes for a nice finish to a meal. I had to really sniff to get a slight trace of booze, and no boozy taste was apparent during drinking.

StoutHearted, Nov 08, 2006
Photo of Boxerjay
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Boxerjay, Jun 17, 2014
Photo of Billolick
3.83/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Large bottle, caged and corked and w/o any freshness or bottling info ofered. First pour resulted in a HUGE head that had me thinking, "bad bottle", but thankfully this was not the case, the head was not long lasting and after the initial fizzyness, this one calmed down quite a bit. What resulted was a grapey looking brew, blueish head, leaving minimal lacing. Fruity, slightly sour nose. The expected fruit here was pleasantly flavorful and again slightly sour as well moderatly tart. Nice, refreshing, palate cleansing stuff. Well crafted, better then average fruit offering. Would be nice with some sort of fruity dessert or as an apperitif

Billolick, Mar 15, 2007
Photo of tigg924
3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: high carbonation, 1.5 inch head, clear, purpleish red in color

Smell: sweet and tart raspberries

Taste: sweet and tart raspberries dominate with some pale malt and faint chocolate

Mouthfeel: high carbonation, light body, sweet start with a dry semi-bitter finish

Overall: A nice and dry beer..slightly different from others in the style. This one is good but I think Sly Fox makes better. I do not want a candy beer, but a touch more sweetness would not be bad for this one.

tigg924, Oct 31, 2011
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Nellie for sharing this 750ml bottle.

The beer pours a reddish-purple color with a white head. The aroma is very strong raspberry, which is about all that I get.

The flavor is heavy on the raspberries. I get a lot of sweet fruit, but there is also a little bit of tartness in the flavor profile as well.

Medium mouthfeel and high carbonation.

Mora2000, Sep 29, 2010
Photo of zapx
4.75/5  rDev +33.8%

zapx, Aug 18, 2012
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.8/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Split with my boy Chef Scotty at Bocktown, appears a cloudy ruby hue with a light pink head which dwindles quickly leaves sparse scattered lacing around my snifter. Aromatics contain strong raspberry and mildly tart acidic notes very nice natural feel to it unlike the average fruit beer out there, also I applaud the label for trying to claim this isn't a girly fruit beer. I pretty much agree to that and the flavors bring more of a ciderish feel with the acidic qualities overiding any added sugar cloying features...mild raspberry flavor was expecting much more in the taste. The finish comes of dry and clean with some mild sweetness and sort of an earthy or stem flavor thrown in the mix. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied carbonation start out bubbly but head dwindled quickly and as I sipped on my portion it seemed pretty moderate with no cloying sweetness on the palate. Drinkability...effortless drinking with this one had no idea it was 8% and my half of the bottle was gone in a flash a nice sipping beer not overdone or underdone, nice fruit beer.

WVbeergeek, Jan 24, 2007
Photo of glid02
3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tried this courtesy of Ed - much obliged!

Pours a cloudy grape color with a light red, but not quite pink, head. The head doesn't stick around long before dissipating into a wispy layer on top, with almost no lacing.

Smells of a whole lot of raspberries. There's really not much else going on - not that the raspberries are too overpowering, just that no other smells really come out.

Tastes as the smell would lead one to believe, at least up front. Sweet raspberry flavors carry on until the end, where a slightly dry and bitter finish takes over. No hint of the alcohol, I'm actually surprised it's as high as it is.

Mouthfeel is what I'd expect for a fruit beer, not a whole lot of thickness and a bit more carbonation than the average beer.

Drinkability is good for one glass. It's really not overly sweet, but I could see it getting to be a bit much after more than a glass.

Overall this was an interesting beer, the only raspberry beer I believe I've had, especially one brewed with real raspberries. I'd recommend splitting one of these with a friend.

glid02, Jan 28, 2009
Photo of caddybuyer
2.58/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a caged and corked 750 into a tulip glass. Damn gusher this bottle was...

Note to bros..you've got two listing for the same beer here...chose to review in the most populated entry.

A-slightly veiled purple with a thick pink head that settles rapidly to nothing. This could be pretty and a bit more interesting if it retained a head, which it apparently does not.

S-Black raspberries for sure, and natural and wonderful smelling to boot. So many of these fruit beers seem to be created from additives, but damn, this one smells like the real deal.

T-A huge letdown. The nose enticed me, the flavor profile is nowhere near what one would expect from the smell of this. Slightly sour, virtually non-existant taste. This could use some sweetness. It is light and dry and that is the best and only thing I can say about it.(

M-Thin and overcarbonated.

D-Sadly, this one will not be bought again. Not sure what Sly Fox was thinking on this. Gotta give them credit for trying to brew something a bit offbeat, but I can't believe they put this one out....they are a damn good brewery...this misses the mark..by a long shot.

FYI, just for the sheer hell of it, I tossed a packet of Splenda into the tulip and stirred with a spoon. Not only did it generate a frothy head, reducing some of the carbonation, but it brought out a bit of the flavor that I was hoping for in this brew. Not enough to salvage it, however..down the crapper it goes.

caddybuyer, Feb 16, 2010
Photo of mdaschaf
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes. Thanks to ShanePB for sending this my way in our first trade!

A: The cork came out with a nice pop and the pour was deep purple with some reddish hues. A pink head formed, about two fingers in head with good retention and lacing. There was a lot of fizzing as well, similar to a soft drink.

S: The aroma is what you would expect based on the beer's name. Lots of black raspberries and a little bit of grain. There is a slight tartness.

T: Again, lots of raspberry flavor. Very sweet and a little sugary, but not over the top like some others I have had. The flavor started strong but dissapeared rather quick and did not linger. Pretty simple flavor profile.

M: Medium to light bodied, but seemed to be slightly lacking in terms of carbonation. This caught me by surprise based on the pop from the cork, and I suppose this "problem" is me nit-picking a bit. No booze was apparent and it was an easy drinking beer.

O: I had saved this one to share with my girlfriend who is not huge into beer and she quite enjoyed it. I liked the aroma and flavor, but had it lingered a touch longer, would have vastly improved the beer for me. A nice fruit beer to grab for a rare occasion, especially with non-beer drinkers.

mdaschaf, May 09, 2011
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4/5  rDev +12.7%

Magikbrew, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Dr.Jay, surprisingly good. Think raspberry black tea, not raspberry jelly. Dark raspberry colour with pink head, bit of lace. Aroma, well raspberry. There is bitterness behind the taste, medium mouthfeel. Overall a palate pleaser and interesting, though more of a sipper becasue not too sweet though malted.

Sammy, Feb 23, 2007
Photo of whatname
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

whatname, Mar 15, 2013
Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The real raspberry flavor of this one is quite refreshing, not just in flavor, but in comparison to so many of the extract versions on the market these days. And there's a lot of fruit in here! So much so in fact, that there's not much else. It's a beautiful looking beer, but the head retention and lacing are limited. It's light-medium bodied and effervescent - kind of like a raspberry Champagne! The flavor is quite juicy, and not overly sweet by any means. Short, dry, fruity finish. A bit more breadth of character could take this into world-class status, but it's not there just yet.

NeroFiddled, Dec 25, 2006
Photo of jimbomill
1.98/5  rDev -44.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

I had picked up a Maredsous 10, a Victory 12 and this little hot looking number from the Sly Fox Brewery - Black Rasberry Reserve.
The cork nearly achieved escape velocity and would have made Nasa proud. All that carbonation bubbled out the top and reaffirmed itself in the first pour. The visual was as expected with a name like Black Rasberry and the aroma was sweet. Unfortunately, the mouthfeel, the taste, the drinkabilty were gawdawful. Black Rasberry Reserve became the first beer in ages I could not finish, I found it that bad; it was overly carbonated and the taste made a sweet tart hard candy seem bland. I used most of the bottle to marinate some chicken. Maybe I had a bad bottle.

jimbomill, Oct 29, 2006
Photo of PaBeerLover
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

PaBeerLover, Sep 06, 2012
Photo of Beertracker
3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sly Fox Black Raspberry Reserve starts off with a bit of a hitch, as the cork broke off in the bottle. Once popped, it pours lively with a big, frappe pinkish-cream colored head that seems to float over the slightly hazy, ruby-deep purple colored body. The aroma is amazingly fruity (blackberry, fig, plum) with a gentle spiciness (allspice, ginger, white pepper). Earthy (cilantro, mint, sage). Low wheat maltiness. Light-moderate alcohol as beer warms. Oxidation? The flavor starts off a bit rough with a cough syrupy fruit sweetness that death spirals until the bitterness catches up to bring balance to this fruity monster. Spicy & warming finish. This bottle may be a touch past its prime. Medium-light bodied with ample carbonation. Good creaminess, but lacks finesse. This is a solid seasonal offering from Sly Fox that's certainly worth seeking out.

CHEERS! Beertracker

Beertracker, Sep 24, 2008
Photo of JamLand
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

JamLand, Sep 03, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

GRG1313, Nov 08, 2013
Photo of beerthulhu
3.3/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured a dark purple with a frothy beige head that was sticky and sweet.

S: On the nose was some berry tartness and vinous grape notes.

F: The flavor was overbearing and takes away from the malt of the beer.Very fruity and tart drinking like a fermented grape juice. Big flavor, A tad bit to much berries distracts and takes away any natural beer qualities.

M: The mouthful was silky and juice like as well.

D: Wouldn't drink this in multiples, very fruity with big alcohol repercussions.

beerthulhu, Feb 15, 2008
Photo of akorsak
3.98/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A corked and caged 750 mL bottle.

A: The ale pours with a raspberry red color, resembling Lindeman's framboise. The head comes in close to 2 fingers but dissapates quickly to a small reddish ring.

S: The aroma is a sweet raspberry scent, intense in its strength, with a slightly tart component.

T: The ale has a great sweet body, allowing the raspberry sweetness to shine against the light wheat and malt base. The sweetness is intense and very flavorful but there is also an underlying sourness. The use of fresh raspberries is nice, as it does allow for that hint of tartness.

M: The sweet and slightly tart taste is nice on the mouth, not overpowering like a syrup-based beer would be.

D: The abv is surprisingly high, luckily it doesn't reveal itself. The fruit base is nicely built upon the wheat base.

akorsak, Jan 01, 2007
Photo of Dodo2step
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

P- Brass Rail Deli in Hershey, PA
From memory

A- dark purple color like that of grape but its a raspberry. interesting. It does have a nice half finger head that fomas up pretty good after the pour.

S- raspberries, tart raspberries. thats all that needs said.

T- sour raspberry and quite sweet on the back end as well. There is some maltiness to it as well but the raspberry flavor dominates.

M- like fruit juice with alcohol.

D- one is enough but it is good. It is very sweet and then sour on the taste buds.

Dodo2step, Jan 19, 2010
Photo of RandyKemka
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

RandyKemka, Aug 17, 2012
Photo of jmalex
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Goat races are just over a week away, but I'm drinking what's basically the opposite of a bock. Oh well. Cheers to Sly Fox!

APPEARANCE: Pours into a Duvel tulip a deep, deep red that only brightens to burgundy when held to light. The head is huge and off-white with a tint of red. It's loose-bubbled and quickly drops to manageable levels.

SMELL: Unmistakable here. The raspberries are both tart and sweet and seem not like an extract but more like just plain massive amounts of fruit. Not a whole lot of any actual beer character coming through at all though. It's even hard to tell what type of yeast was used.

TASTE: Far more beer-like in the flavor with a surprising bitter hop character showing itself almost immediately. The berries are the star, of course, and take the form of mostly tart. They do allow for a bready malt base to come through just slightly. On the finish, the raspberries start to give off an extract-sweet flavor, but it's held in check enough not to let it ruin an otherwise well-rounded flavor with great balance.

MOUTHFEEL: The carbonation level is really high, approaching some of the biggest levels I've ever experienced. The body is medium light and seems to finish very dry,

DRINKABILITY: A nice beer, but one that I maybe don't need 750mL of. It's not like it'll be a chore getting through 2 glasses of this, but it's more of a sipper than I would have liked.

One of the more interesting fruit beers I've had if only for the limits Sly Fox pushes in adding so much fruit. Worth a try to split with a friend.

jmalex, Apr 24, 2009
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Black Raspberry Reserve from Sly Fox Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 131 ratings.