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Black Raspberry Reserve - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
81
good

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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Photo of Amalak
1/5  rDev -71.8%

Amalak, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of ncvbc
1.53/5  rDev -56.9%

Opened it and it started gushing immediately. Leaked out about 1/4 of the beer in foam. Probably because it was filled to the damn cork. A huge fizzy head, the most fizzy head ever, falls to nothing within 30 seconds. It shakes rapdily like a fiend on speed as it calms down. Funny enough, the head is purple...yeah, purple. Need I say more? Fine, it's kinda murky and dookie brown with highlights of blood! Smell is very light. Smells like a raspberry flavored fruit juice. Yeah, it smells like raspberries but damn, what the fuck? Taste is super tart raspberries with hints of other berries. Not so impressive and kind of flat berry flavor. Mouthfeel is also tart and killing with carbonation. My mouth feels numb after a couple sips. If I were reading this review, I wouldn't be able to...I can't move my lips. An "unforgettable fruit ale"...yeah, I'd say so.

ncvbc, May 12, 2008
Photo of NooseJustice
1.75/5  rDev -50.7%

NooseJustice, Jan 10, 2014
Photo of jimbomill
1.98/5  rDev -44.2%

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 tommyguz
2/5  rDev -43.7%

tommyguz, May 09, 2013
Photo of JohneHoodlum
2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

JohneHoodlum, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of caddybuyer
2.58/5  rDev -27.3%

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 xnicknj
2.68/5  rDev -24.5%

on tap at devils den

Pours a slightly hazed purplish-pink color with some reddish tones. Effervescent head with a pinkish hue rests on top, slowly dissolving and leaving curtains of lacing.

Plenty of raspberry juice in the nose with touches of slight tartness. Cracker-like wheat, but very sweet and sugary.

Bite of sweetness up front with juicy raspberry washing over the tongue. Some cherry tries to creep through, but this remains pretty much raspberry. Lighter wheat malt base, tingly tartness driven by the fruit juice. Finishes sweet and fruity with a spike of warmth.

Lighter medium body, high carbonation, tingly and sticky on the tongue. Yeah, this one was just way too sweet for me, and unless it's a Belgian lambic (i.e. Cantillon Lou Pepe), I usually don't like my beers to be pink.

xnicknj, Sep 20, 2011
Photo of hopsaplenty
2.73/5  rDev -23.1%

750 ml. brown bottle, no date information.

Clear, bright ox blood. Towering, pink-tinged jumbled stack of foam. Drops to a short, frothy cap of soapy bubbles leaving a few splotches of loose lace. Quick moving small bubbled carbonation streams. Light raspberry aromas with a vegetal undertone as well as some muted clean hop spice. Not overly enticing. A light, sweet raspberry flavor, syrupy rather than from fresh berries, opens and then is met with some competing and non-complimentary hop spice. There is an off vegetal essence that permeates the flavor. The sweetness is of a chemical nature. The light-medium body is punctuated with light carbonation, but has a thin feel to it. Slightly dry and a tad sweet, the hops used simply do not work in this beer. I struggled to finish this one.

Thanks to ggaughan for the DFH bocce tournament trade.

hopsaplenty, Nov 28, 2006
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2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

ygtbsm94, Jan 12, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

outoffocus, Jun 14, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

drewone, Oct 18, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

brez8791, Aug 25, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

SpAiReArGsEonNE, May 20, 2013
Photo of Knapp85
2.83/5  rDev -20.3%

Stopped in to the Trapp Door last night and saw this on tap, this one was left over from last week when they had their Sly Fox beer dinner. I ordered a glass of is since I was curious to try it. The beer poured out with a soda like quality to it... Looked watery, with a fizzy head that vanished quickly, and had a color that reminded me of A-Treat Black Cherry. The smell of the beer wasn't too bad, I found the aroma of raspberries to be the best thing about this beer. Not much else on the nose though besides the fruit. The taste is a major disappointment to me, It's like drinking watered down raspberry juice... somehow it still maintains an 8% abv which I found hard to believe. The mouthfeel is again like drinking a fruity soda, bubbly but very light bodied. Overall, once again not really impressed with this beer/brewery. I just can't seem to find a beer that they make that really surprises me.

Knapp85, Sep 08, 2011
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
2.93/5  rDev -17.5%

Bottle. Pours a dirty red with a thick light pink head. Aroma of raspberries, slightly juice-like. Flavor is sugary raspberries with a weak palate. Rather watery. Meh. It wasn't bad but it wasn't very good either. Just bland really.
7/4/5/3/11 (3.0/5)

LilBeerDoctor, Feb 16, 2009
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3/5  rDev -15.5%

EFR94, Sep 04, 2012
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3/5  rDev -15.5%

audioserf, May 12, 2014
Photo of rfgetz
3.05/5  rDev -14.1%

Porting review from November 2010 originally posted to wrong Sly Fox location...

Pours a rich deep raspberry purple with red highlights around the rim, minimal ring of head. Scent is pure raspberry... more tart than sweet, earthy. Taste is quite the diasapointment, the aggressive scent leads to a more muddled and muted bitter raspberry scent, like chewing on too many raspberry seeds. Body is medium, yet carbonation is almost non existant on this hours old growler fill. I love raspberry beers and the appearance and scent held promise. The overly bitter, pit like tastes mixed with the lack of carbonation disapoints.

rfgetz, Dec 16, 2010
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.05/5  rDev -14.1%

Excessively carbonated as a careful pour yields a five-finger thick head that fills my 25cl tulip glass. The head falls quickly though and is a dirty, pink-tinged, tan color. The beer is a clear, dark red color that shows a brilliantly clear, ruby hue when held up to the light. The aroma is all raspberry and is apparent even as I pour the brew. Bright, raspberry fruit notes including pulp and skin are vibrant and fresh and about all I can pull out of the aroma; it smells a bit like raspberry soda that has a light vanilla edge to it.

Bone dry and quite light bodied. The lack of sweetness really mutes the raspberry flavors. The raspberry character is still here in the flavor though with a light tartness, perhaps just a hint of sweetness that accentuates a light, fleshy raspberry character, there is also a touch of a tannic edge (presumably from the fruit skins & seeds). In some ways this doesn't really have much in the way of flavor, even though the fruit flavors are very light they still play a bigger role than the very faint malt or hop notes. This is really very light bodied, even watery with no real heft to it at all.

Based on the aroma I was expecting this to be a sticky, sweet mess. This has perhaps gone a bit too far the other direction as it could use just a touch of sweetness to boost the fruit flavors. With the malt playing such a reduced role, this really could use some funkiness to boost the flavor and complexity, either that or about twice the fruit might do the trick as well.

Gueuzedude, Jun 07, 2008
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.15/5  rDev -11.3%

Grape juice purple with magenta trim. The cap, which began exiting the bottle before I could pour, is somewhere between pastel plum and rosy pink in color. It loses altitude rapidily and noisily, and is much too brittle to leave any sort of lace. I like the beer, but the cap brings the score down significantly.

The nose is incredibly berry-like. It's impossible for me to tell that both black raspberries and red raspberries were used (one pound of each per gallon of beer according to the Sly Fox website). Sure it's simple and straighforward, but that's rarely a problem in a fruit beer.

There's a ghost of a good flavor profile in here somewhere. Given the overly thin mouthfeel and the whacked out carbonation, my guess is that I got an old, bottle-conditioned beer that has had too much time to condition itself. I haven't read any of the other reviews, but I can't believe the brewers meant for the beer to taste and feel like this.

Like the nose, raspberries are large and in charge. Unlike most beer of this style, this one isn't overly sweet. In fact, sweet is barely able to stay in front of bitter throughout the mouthful. It doesn't help that the beer tastes like it was cut with a generous portion of tonic water. I'm sure when fresh, it's an entirely different story (at least I hope so). As noted above, the mouthfeel is waaay too light and waaay too fizzy.

I hate cracking open an impressive looking 750 ml bottle and getting something less than impressive in return. Again, I'm pretty sure this is a delicious, high-ABV fruit beer when fresh. As is, however, Sly Fox Black Raspberry Reserve is something less than berry, berry good.

BuckeyeNation, Feb 24, 2007
Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.18/5  rDev -10.4%

Purchased from New Beer Distributors in New York, to round out the gamut of styles.

Pours a lovely deep red colour, almost like a pinot noir. Pink head fizzles out to nothing. The colour is great—it's exactly like what I'd want from a black raspberry beer. Deep, colourful and rich. But in other respects, it leaves a lot to be desired.

Nose is awesome, fresh deep raspberry aromas with a pleasant touch of acidity. It's fresh and fruity, although not incredibly complex. Still, it's quite nice.

Taste is a let down. Thin, rather watery palate, without any body to back up the faint raspberry essence. I think this would have been better with a real spike of acidity here—the addition of some lactobaccillus or even some funky brett would really add another dimension. As it stands, it's like a fermented sugar drink, leaving no body, and no residual sweetness.

Sigh. Smells great, colour is great, but almost everything else is a let down. I have had some really nice fruit beers in the past, but this is not one—it's a very average effort.

lacqueredmouse, Jul 11, 2011
Photo of ccrida
3.21/5  rDev -9.6%

Appearance is brownish magenta with a tan collar.

Smell is fantastic, big zesty, seltzery raspberry.

Taste is oddly bland. A little malty sweetness and raspberry, but really light compared to the smell. Some earthy bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel is light, a little spritzy.

Drinkability is OK. Extremely dichotomous. To bad the taste couldn't hang with the nose. Disappointing.

ccrida, Jan 14, 2014
Photo of crwills
3.23/5  rDev -9%

Part of a tasting with northyorksammy, biegaman, grub, and derek. Thanks guys!

Great reddish/brownish/pinkish colour, with a decent pink head. Interesting raspberry jam aroma -- pretty good, for a fruit beer, but goes downhill from there. One-dimensional jammy flavour. Decent mouthfeel, and cherry Coke aftertaste. I should caveat this review by saying that I still haven't met a fruit beer I really liked, so I am biased against this style.

crwills, Feb 27, 2007
Photo of matty
3.23/5  rDev -9%

Dark burgundy colored wine,I mean beer with a soda pop like fizzy head.Aroma and taste are both basically raspberries and that's pretty much it.It wasn't bad but I don't know how you call this a beer.It was more like a mix between wine and a raspberry soda.Well I tried it once and that will be enough for me.

matty, Feb 05, 2009
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Black Raspberry Reserve from Sly Fox Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 131 ratings.