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Black Raspberry Reserve - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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Black Raspberry ReserveBlack Raspberry Reserve

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Reviews: 84
Hads: 142
Avg: 3.6
pDev: 20.28%
Wants: 9
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of ROMER79
4.74/5  rDev +31.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Well I see that a good majority of people have had this beer in a bottle. I would like to share my experience with all of you. Please take it for what it is worth. I had this beer on tap at a local Pub, for those of you from Philly, The Grey Lodge, and it was amazing!

A: A real deep purple/red color that right off the bat looked fruity and totally worthy of the $6 a pint. It also had a pink/purple head that dissolved quickly.

S: A strong odor of raspberries with a hint of cooked sugar.

T: I am a huge fan of Lindeman's Framboise and this gives it a run for it's money. The raspberry flavor wasn't overbearing and it seemed to be just the right touch. Great beer to eat anything with

M: Crisp cold and refreshing. It clings to your pallet and doesn't want to let go!

D: Very easy, you can sip or chug. It doesn't go down hard. It is very smooth and rewarding after a long day of work. If you can try this on tap!

If you have never had a fruity beer I suggest that you try this beer first. You won't be dissappointed.

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Photo of GeoffFromSJ
4.59/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to blitheringidiot for snagging me this beer.

I'll admit it. I have a weakness for fruit beers. Fruit beers which are well done. Is there a bias against fruit in beer? Yes. So I'm just evening things out. This beer is trying to be fruity. So I will let it be and not mark against it for that.

Purple. Black purple. Large carbonated head at first, which then goes away. Minimal lacing.

Smell: black raspberry preserves. I've been eating black raspberry preserves since I got some from the Lancaster section of the Reading Terminal Market lately.

Tastes like black raspberries. A lot of the original sugars are gone, which gives this a deep fruit taste which doesn't cling with too much sweetness.

Mouthfeel is velvety.

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Photo of grub
4.43/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

quarterly tasting party feb 21/07 with northyorksammy, Derek, crwills, biegaman and me (grub). everyone threw in a few bottles and we had an interesting mix of beer. northyorksammy contributed this one that he got from DrJay, so thanks to jay and sammy!

corked and caged 750ml bottle.

pours slightly hazy very deep red with a huge gushing pink head. drops fairly quickly and doesn't leave any lace.

aroma is good. massive raspberry without being syrupy. bit of sourness. light sweetness. smells like raspberry jam.

taste is great. tons of raspberry. bit of bitterness. light tartness. very little sweetness. light bready malt.

mouthfeel is good. medium bodied with a nice dry finish. above average carbonation that is very well integrated with no sting at all.

drinkability is great. a very good, balanced beer. it's obviously all about raspberry, but there's a little more going on. the dry finish and light body help to make sure this doesn't come off the least bit like cough syrup. one of my favourites for the night. i loved this one.

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Photo of jwc215
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours red (color of raspberry juice) with a large pink head that fizzles away to a lasting thin covering. Some lacing is left.

The smell is of fresh black and red raspberries.

The taste is of fresh blackberries - not syrupy. The sweetness is contained, at first, by a sourish yeast. A nice malty backbone soon come to give the rasberries support and the beer more depth and body. The alcohol remains very well-hidden (quite an accomplishment considering the abv level).

This is a very good version of an American fruit beer. The raspberries taste fresh and has more depth and character than most of its style.

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Photo of mtnbikerpa
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml caged and corked bottle into a mini snifter. Deep red, almost like beat juice. Lots of small bubbles and carbonation. Strong candied sugar notes in the nose. Heavy candied fruits, some dark raspberry, blackberry, and minor black cherry notes. Very tastey brew. Near lambic status in my mind. Certainly not a disappoint for an after dinner brew. Would pair well with strong, aged cheese or dark chocolate.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

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Photo of 51mmz0rz
4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A: Tremendous initial head. Fades almost like soda, down to nothing rather quickly. Body is very dark red, and totally opaque in all but the edges, where it is plum colored and cloudy.

S: Smells of black raspberry syrup with slight yeast aroma.

T: Tastes mostly of raspberry, but you catch some yeast in the middle, and some sourness and bitterness at the end. The sourness doesn't bother me.

M: Heavy carbonation with large bubbles and medium fullness.

D: Awesome drinkability for this style in my opinion. The flavor does not get overpowering or sickening over time. Also very drinkable for higher abv.

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Photo of Wheeble
4.17/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased a Sly Fox Big Beer variety case.

I made the mistake of opening this beer at around 70 degrees.

I untwisted the cage, and the cork blew out of the bottle and beer foamed all over my counter top and my kitchen floor.

Other than that mistake on my part, this raspberry beer is exceptional.

AROMA: A definite raspberry smell, almost reminds me of a black cherry freshly crushed off the vine, but with a tartness that lingers in the back of the nostrils.

Appearance: Poured a darkish brown at first glance in the dim light if the kitchen, but under light, it definitely has the reddish burgundy color of a ripe black raspberry, and has a light pinkish head with very minimal retention

Taste: I get almost no hop taste to this beer at all. It seems it was in a secondary for a while soaking in fresh raspberries. Finishes tart, but 10 seconds later leaves you with a huge true raspberry taste.

Mouthfeel: Very lingering flavor, and extremely carbonated, almost champagne like, and not in a bad way. Very smooth, with no coating across the palate, but that constant feeling like you just ate a vine full of fruit.

Drinkability: I would agree with the rest of the reviews, its not something I could drink a lot of, but its something i could sip on throughout a fall evening.

I would recommend this beer to anyone, from the novice drinker to the most experienced. You will not be dissapointed.

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Photo of IrishRedRock
4.15/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml corked and caged. Be not afraid, haters of fruit beer. This one isn't sweet. Pours a deep, murky magenta with a pinkish head; nose resembles that of a real fruit lambic: funky and yeasty, with earthy, sour raspberry notes. Initially tart, the raspberry notes lingering, leading into a nearly complete dropoff of any mild sweetness, and this really tastes like a Belgian pale ale. I'm amazed at how the sweetness drops into a hoppy bitterness, then finishes tart and utterly dry. This is a fruit beer? Tastes like a very dry, earthy Belgian ale to me. Truly very interesting, and easily one of the most unique "fruit" beers I've ever tasted. Big ups to Sly Fox for creating this one.

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Photo of StoutHearted
4.13/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
4.13/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(from notes)
Had this on tap at the brewpub in Royersford

Served in a 10oz snifter glass, would have preferred a pint. A deep purple color, almost like grape juice, with a faint pink head. Head was a solid one finger and had some nice staying power.

Smells of rich raspberries and faint sweet sugary malts.

What a pleasant surprise. The flavors were of raspberries and sugar, but in very palatable doses. Tart yet crisp, wasn't quite lip smacking tart, but on the verge.

Very light and airy on the tongue. Drinkability was exactly what you want in a beer of this genre.

This beer was a pleasant surprise and definitely worth a shot. I would buy this guy again. My scores are probably higher than they should be, but it's overall quality was very unexpected. I am interested in grabbing a bomber and seeing what the differences are.

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Photo of Onibubba
4.07/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A luscious red wine color with a very nice initial purple head. This dies down, leaving a light lacing. Looks quite nice. The upfront smell is an assault of jam. Blackberry, raspberry, it's hard to say. Smell like this is going to be a cloyingly sweet beer, but that is just not evidenced in the taste. The sweetness is subdued, almost nonexistant. There is a very light sourness that comes out. I'd like this to be stronger. I keep thinking of what JP could do with this recipe. Decent carbonation, a bit thin. Highly drinkable. No alcohol, not cloying sweetnes standing in the way. Good beer. Wish I could get more.

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Photo of lou91
4.06/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.06/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.02/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

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Photo of laintringulis
4.02/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

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Photo of josefnewsong
4.01/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a deep, dark, ruby color with a bit of pinkish head that leaves a little bit of lacing
S - smells like black raspberries, and very little else
T - tastes like black raspberries, slightly sour, slightly tart, with earthier notes behind and a bit of malt. the fruit flavor is great without being too intense
M - medium bodied and smooth, slightly crisp, nice wet finish
D - very easy to drink and enjoyable, it's very hard to believe this beer is 8abv, I can't find the alcohol anywhere in the taste

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

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Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

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Photo of jmalex
4/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

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Photo of Foxman
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a crystal clear and prolifically carbonated blend of ruby and purple. Two fingers of softly fluffy pink head pop slowly away. Lacing is minimal to phantom.

The aroma is a savory fruity melange of yeasty clove and earthy raspberry compote, smelling fresh and tart. The berry persists to join a very light vapor of alcohol.

Upon tasting, the merest hint of grain is a very understated backdrop for a seemingly natural moderate sweetness, along with the tangy fruity tingle of fresh-picked raspberries, missing only the tiny seeds. A trace of mild yeasty esters and a thin stripe of clove spice meld into a crisp, almost peppery finish that lingers dryly. It presents the raspberry as a tasteful and tasty viable star.

Between light and medium bodied, it has a nicely tactile fruit-juice flow.

A well done fruit beer that features the berry as nature made it, minus bowlfuls of excess, sickly sweet sugar, is one refreshing quaff, and this one qualifies quite aptly. And while the raspberry is certainly center stage, it never loses its drinkable identity as a tart, crafty ale. It can be enjoyed in many capacities, and I want to try most of them just to confirm.

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Photo of thecheapies
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep magenta red body with a light pink cap. Looks very benevolent and pleasing. 4.0

Smells of gooey raspberry preserve topping, white chocolate, orange gummi candy, and some small hints of a malt base. 4.0

Drier than expected, but still pretty sweet. Pureed red raspberries, light vanilla, cola, berry tartness, and light pie crust. Exquisite fruit profile. One-note, but well done. 4.0

Medium body with some girth. Fullness is cut by decent carb. Finishing an 8-ounce pour pretty quickly. 4.0

Decent fruit ale. I'd order another one sometime down the road. 4.0

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Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single finger surprisingly pink head on a reddish amber body. Aroma isn't too sweet with musty raspberry and blackberries. Flavor is actually a lot more well balanced than I would have predicted with caramel malts and raspberries providing both musty and mild sourness and sweetness. It isn't overwhelming at all and may be one of the better fruit beers I have had. Medium body and moderate carbonation.

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Photo of akorsak
3.97/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.96/5  rDev +10%
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.

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Black Raspberry Reserve from Sly Fox Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 84 ratings.