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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
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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Reviews: 84 | Hads: 142
Photo of ChazBoner
3.62/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

25 oz bomber. best by Oct 2015

Pours a beautiful purplish-red with a white 1 finger head that slowly dissipates .

Smells like raspberries

Tastes like raspberries, a bit grassy. As the beer warms up there's the faintest hint of hops. Not a very sweet beer.

Mouthfeel is dry and tart.

Enjoyable if a bit one-dimensional.

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Photo of monts
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I wasn't sure what to expect with this one, but it tastes great! Very drinkable and the blackberry taste is not overwhelming and quite subtle. Don't get me wrong, you taste blackberries, but it's not up front. Not too sweet not too tart but just right

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Photo of SafeWord_Whiskey
3.81/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a deep purple, slight ruby when held up to light with a pretty pink 1 finger head that fades quickly

raspberry preserves/ candied raspberry

tart raspberry, tart cherry, a touch of sweetness on the finish but overall pretty dry for what you'd expect from the smell

high carbonation and pretty thin...drinks similar to a brut or dry champagne

overall a pretty solid fruit beer, a pretty nice dessert or brunch option that i would definitely revisit

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Photo of ccrida
3.26/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
3.61/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a corked & caged bottle into a tulip

A- pours a dark shade of purple/red with a *very* pink head that fades quickly. Damn, that's one pretty beer...

S- tons of raspberries, and nothing but.

T- a little boozy, actually. Light raspberry taste. Bit of a champagne flavor. Not what I expected, not too memorable

M- medium bodied, on the thin side

O- it went downhill as soon as I started drinking...started off nicely when I poured and sniffed, but that was it.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a murky dark reddish-brown with a foamy reddish-white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, raspberry fruit, and raspberry juice aromas. Taste is much the same with raspberry juice flavors on the finish. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a solid raspberry presence but the mouthfeel is slightly off in my opinion.

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Photo of jwhancher
3.64/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

My wife gave me a small pour from a corked bottle she received as an Easter gift this past year. Poured into tulip glass for review.

Appears purple with purplish white head that reduces to a thin film somewhat quickly. I dig this color as there isn't too many beers in this shade. Smells of black & red raspberries. Lots of fruit in the nose - perfume like, not overpowering. Smells sweet.

Tastes and feels a little too one-dimensional. Strong onset flavor of the rasperries, but that's about it. Feels thin. Finishes dry - would've at least expected some sweetness or perhaps even a tinge of sourness.

Not a bad beer by any accounts. Again seems too one-dimensional.

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Photo of ForkAndSpoonOp
3.87/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I spend too much money on beer. Like, way too much. My girlfriend enables me every time I bring it up. "Don't feel guilty about spending money on something you enjoy," or some such. But I do. Not guilty enough to stop, of course, but enough to feel bad about it. One way I've begun to rationalize my spending is by trying to involve her. Every mixed six pack I buy has something I think she'll enjoy, usually something wheaty and/or fruity. Or something that has a bear on the label. It's a whole thing.

Last time I was in my local store, she had just had some mildly bad news. Nothing earth-shattering, but a bummer for sure. Came across a big bottle of this, figured we could share it in memory of the goat that ate a piece of her shoe at the Sly Fox Bock Fest last year. Poured from C+C 750 into a tulip.

A: Pours deep red-purple with a massive fluffy pink head. Serious robey tones. Head dissipates quickly into a small ring around the edge and a galaxy-looking swirl dead center.

S: Straight-up raspberry jam on white bread. Not complex by any stretch, but delightful.

T: Still raspberries, but much more of the tart aspect. Dry with just a little hit of sweetness on the back end. Again, not much going on, but very nice.

M: Fairly light body. Appropriate carbonation, enough to keep things from getting all Jolly Rancher. A bit of stickiness from the residual sugar.

O: Straightforward, but I rather like it. A nice change of pace from the barrel-aged monstrosities I usually deal in.

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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 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 buyBinboaVodka
3.87/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have been looking for a beer that could come close to a Blushing Monk, and I think this might be the beer that almost is as good for me.

A - I poured the beer out of a bomber into a tulip glass. The head was at least half of the way up the glass. It was a copper ruby color with reddish and pink highlights.

S - Rasberry tart with a bready yeast. I get some sugar coated rasberry aroma in there as well. This is a real pleasant smelling brew.

T - The taste was a bit more mild than the nose led on to believe. It has a tart rasberry taste up front followed by a more subtle sweet yeasty flavor towards the finish. As this beer warms up it gets sweeter.

M - Fairly high carbonation with a thin bodied feel.

O - This is a pretty good beer that I wouldn't mind having again. Not Blushing Monk, but still a good bere none the less.

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Photo of tigg924
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sly Fox Black Raspberry Reserve

22oz bomber. Pours like carbonated grape juice, pinkish head on a purplish body. Smell is fruity, full of raspberries, with some Belgian yeast evident as well. In the taste, more raspberry flavor, not surprising. Mildly bitter, tart and fresh tasting. It also tastes authentic, and not like candy or overly sweet. Alcohol is well hidden, an achievement for an 8% fruit beer. The best part is the finish, which is long, appetizing, and markedly dry. Overall, the Black Raspberry Reserve did not disappoint. Would certainly revisit again.

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Photo of xnicknj
2.7/5  rDev -25%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of Knapp85
2.87/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 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.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.21/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of cooch69
3.47/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This one came in a 750 Ml bottle. It pours a deep dark beet red with a small head with tiny rose hued bubbles.

Nose is of Raspberries, raspberry syrup, almonds, and vanilla.

Taste on this one is a surprise considering how awesome the nose was. It is pretty dry and it has a battery acid aftertaste to it. There is also an off putting chemical bitterness to it as well. Mouthfeel is surprisingly thin for the ABV which went undetected until I actually saw what it was. As I made my way through the beer it became a little more palatable but not to the extent that I would ever really care to drink it again.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.78/5  rDev +5%
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.

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Photo of TheKingofWichita
3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very thick looking ruby dark red color with a thick pinkish white head and a ton of lacing and carbonation streaming up everywhere. Smells like tons of tart raspberries, and some malts. Tastes of some intense raspberries and a bit of a watery flavor, not very good. Mouthfeel is medium and a little carbonation. Drinkability is okay, but it is not the best in the flavor department, just very one note.

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Photo of nezelrac
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

had this on draft at my local

A - cassis-amber with a full finger of fine purple-tinged tan head that stuck around - not much lacing on the glass

S - a nose full of raspberry and hints of cassis, very enticing

T - tastes like raspberry lambic without the sour, very densely packed raspberry flavor pushes it towards csassis (as with the nose), a little one-dimensional with a surprise hop bite at the end, not as sweet as the nose suggests (thank goodness!)

M - firm edged but not tart, CO2 is good

D - my friend loved it, I was less impressed, but it is quite drinkable

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Photo of rfgetz
3.1/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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.

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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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Photo of bigdeuce
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I am not fruit beer lover, but this one was good. Pours a dark, dark, purple with an outstanding head. Scents of rapberry shine through, with a lot on the nose. Not sweet, very pleasant with a medium mouthfeel and a nice belgian fruity taste. Not bad..would buy again.

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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 brewandbbq
3.41/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle with a significant amount of smegma around the cork.

Pours murky burgundy with a half inch head of white with a pink tinge. A thin skim coat remained on the surface for the duration along with some scattered shards of lacing.

Aromatics lead off with musty raspberries and mildly funky dust. Quite fruity but there is an odd vegetal overtone. A bit fecal near the end.

Medium bodied with a crisp mouthfeel. A bit on the thin side.

Red fruits with a trace of malt start the palate. Raspberry and blackberry with a hint of cough syrup.

Finishes with a hint of sweetness, fairly bitter for a fruit beer, and lingering fruit.

This is an odd one. There seems to be plenty of raspberry and blackberry, but theres some odd flavors and aromas that are off-putting. This beer would benefit greatly from some souring in a barrel and plenty of Brett.

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