Black Raspberry Reserve - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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Black Raspberry ReserveBlack Raspberry Reserve

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136 Ratings
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Ratings: 136
Reviews: 84
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 16.29%
Wants: 8
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

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Beer added by: BeerBeing on 05-13-2006

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Ratings: 136 | Reviews: 84
Reviews by laintringulis:
Photo of laintringulis
4.02/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a wide mouth goblet.

Appearance: Dark cran-raspberry color with large foamy/frothy pink head that thins to a ring quickly. No lacing. Large amount of tight carbonation.

Smell: Smells strongs of blackberry, raspberry and yeast. Light citrus and musty grass smells. Smells alot like homemade warm bread with grandma's blackberry jam.

Taste: Dry blackberry taste on the initial with a brief sweetness in the middle and dry floral blackberry finish. Multiple floral notes throughout drinking with a pleasant musty earthiness. I can taste the hops around the fruitness, but I cannot identify them. Light on the malt. Very skillfully made. Sometimes I'm afraid I'll be drinking kool-aid when I get a fruit beer.

Mouthfeel/drinkability: Light bodied, maybe a little thin, but not watery. I would have liked a little more malt presence in the feel. Light, floral, dry alcohol finish. Easy to drink. I think one is the limit on this one, mostly due to the fruitiness.

More User Reviews:
Photo of StoutHearted
4.13/5  rDev +16%
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.

Photo of Billolick
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
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

Photo of tigg924
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.84/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Photo of glid02
3.62/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of caddybuyer
2.69/5  rDev -24.4%
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.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.02/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

Photo of jimbomill
2.08/5  rDev -41.6%
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.

Photo of Beertracker
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
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

Photo of beerthulhu
3.35/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Photo of akorsak
3.97/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

Photo of Dodo2step
3.69/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Photo of jmalex
4/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Photo of lou91
4.06/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer looked perfect for a black raspberry beer with a big lively head and a light purple head. The nose was also very nice fully complimenting the appearance. Wow what a great tasting beer. The fruit is present in a big way but the beer is also crisp clean and serves as a nice foundation for the fruit. As it warms the fruit has more depth and complexity. It reminds me of an Italian Cassis beer I tried recently but probably half the price. I would love to see them brew more fruit beers since they did this one right with the making of a world-class beer. Thank you BeerBeing for this.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.06/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - First off I popped the corked on this and it flew out the bottle, I thought it was a bottle of Dom or something, struck me by suprise to say the least. Poured a deep purple and pink color, almost opaque. Huge frothy pillow like pink head, lots of fizzing here and really no fading at all. I didnt know if I was gonna be able to drink this thing! Absolutly tons of pink lace down the sides just oozing all over, really cool and fun looking brew to say the least.

S - Smell was strong and fruity, totally Rasberry, I mean there is really nothing else that I can describe it accuratly. Some hints at grain, maybe cereal trying to work themselves in, maybe even a slight hoppiness, but probably just the tartness from the fruity rasberry smell.

M & T - This was very crisp and clean, great carbonation really made the profile pop. Super berry flavor, very strong and full. Such strong pronounced berry flavor that nothing else is really noticeable. Now this was no where near sicking, in fact it was very refreshing. Very nice beer to sip on all night.

D - Overall I really generally do not like fruit beers. However this was very nice. I could definatly see myself having this one again, and will try and get a bottle for my next tasting.

Photo of SixpointJMH
3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice, different looking purplish-ruby colour with a big frothy pink-purple head that dissolves rather quickly and leaves nary a mark on the glass. Still, this one is nice looking overall.

The aroma is sweet from the raspberries yet not overpowering. There's also a bit of wheat and/or bready aromas in the back. Smell is a touch faint but still pretty good.

The flavour is a nice, but subtle raspberry tartness. Again, there are some what characteristics here with earthy hints as well toward the finish. Mouthfeel is very nice: medium body and a bit chewy and oily, much like chewing on fresh berries.

I enjoyed this one more than expected. It's got nice fruit flavour that's not overpowering in the least. It's worth picking up a bottle or two if you can find it...

Photo of blackie
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: Explosive uncorking. Open this one near a bowl. Huge red-cream colored head that gradually falls to a ring and series of contsantly fed islands. The beer itself is a deep red in color.

s: Big smell of partially reconstituted dried raspberries on the nose. At least it doesn't smell artificial. Nice raspberry preserves. Don't pick up on much more. Alittle dry for me.

m: high carbonation over a med-light body

from SkinnyElvis for my bombing

t: Very dry and somewhat tart with a big dark raspberry flavor. Very one dimensional. Pretty much all dry raspberry. I think an addition of some sweetness and malt flavor would really pull the raspberry flavor through some more. It's really SweetTart like as it is.

d: A decent attempt at a difficult style

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.96/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle courtesy of dashirey and G311, who both sent me one of these bad boys. Pours a fairly clear dark red color, almost brown. Big, bubbly head fades quick and does not leave much lacing.

Nose is tons of sweet raspberry deliciousness. A little bit of brown toasty malt shows underneath the fresh fruit.

Raspberry flavors are not as sweet as I thought they would be. Some berry tartness comes out and is balanced well with some darker malts. Some hops are detectable and give a lightly bitter, dry finish. My only complaints are that it is a bit overcarbonated and I could use a bump in the body. I also think I could handle a bit more sweetness. Still though, I really like the way the beer showcases the raspberries.

Photo of DrDemento456
4.2/5  rDev +18%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It was hard to review this beer since it was kind of old but not expired.

A - Pours a really deep reddish purple color with a ton of carbonation, I mean a TON! Even a light pour produced both head in the glass and in the bottle! The foam was pretty interesting as it has a reddish purple hue as well with slight sediment. Really wish their was less sediment...

S - The most appealing part of this beer! Upon first smell you receive a hardcore raspberry sorbet. It really rose my exceptions for the taste which followed...

T - The first taste I guess I was expecting a more ABV version of the Lennie's Berry Weiss but all I got was extreme tart Raspberry followed by more sour tartness that finished funky with a yeasty like bitterness. It was almost too unbearable at first and throughout the bottle I consider pouring it out but I made my way through the bottle. As the beer warmed toward the end the alcohol was more noticeable and that didn't help.

M - Medium body and a chore to finish

D - Never I mean never will I have this again. The sweetness described in previous reviews must have been a joke since this beer is obviously a sour bomb. My expectations have been diminished would avoid.

Photo of Phatz
3.77/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Decided to take a growler home since I needed to drive from Jackie Blues in Harrisburg PA. Well, it kicked the keg so I got a discount but my beer may have been a tad flat when I got home. Still, it was decent. I was warned the body on this beer is a bit thin to begin with.

Appearance: It poured out of my growler with little fizzy pink head but no retention or lacing. Pours a raspberry red magenta color.

Smell: Fruit and yeast in the nose is reminiscent of a Framboise Lambic though maybe less intense. Still fresh raspberries are apparent.

Taste: This is clearly raspberry from start to finish. Sweet and tart flavor balance each present but overall tends toward the tart side. The malt attribute is present but second fiddle to the fruit. A hint of alcohol shows through.

Mouthfeel: Too thins but ... acceptable as a fruit beer goes.

Drinkability: I think this is a very pleasant beer. It would be worth sharing one at Thanksgiving next to your turkey and cranberry sauce. I found it a little dull, so bookert and I added some Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout (after taking notes) and that was a pleasant combination, though I like the BBCS better w/o the SF Raspberry Reserve IMO.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

Photo of TheFightfan1
3.28/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Best by 9/25/11 Poured into a mug pours a deep deep ruby red with a pink colored heading that sticks around for a while.

Smell is of tart rasberries. The slightest of hops and a roasted malt aroma that is immediately taken down by the rasberry.

Taste is less than stellar it is all rasberry but does not have a certain kick to it. Again a roasted maltiness that again is taken ove by a rasberry taste that turns to a rasberry seltzer water. Yeastiness is detected as well.

Mouth is smooth. Full bodied and a little overcarbonated.

Drink is decent not really something I would want to have but for an 8% ABV it is barely noticeable it actually seems a bit watered down.

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Black Raspberry Reserve from Sly Fox Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 136 ratings.