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Black Raspberry Reserve - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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Black Raspberry ReserveBlack Raspberry Reserve

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Ratings: 136
Reviews: 84
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 16.29%
Wants: 8
Gots: 6 | 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 RonfromJersey
3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Red violet body (how often do you see that), plenty of carbonation, topped by a snap krackel popping pinkish head that decays with the speed of Coca Cola.

Huge berry nose reminds me of the Kool Aid of my youth. Might be the sweetish aroma I've smelt in a beer. Almost a mix of real and artificial flavors.

Taste is...raspberries. And more raspberries. Underneath it all, there is a light malt base and a bite of hops near the end. This is not your typical beer with a little fruity finsh though - there's no hiding from these berries. Sweet but not super cloying. Just maybe we need a bit more beer in this fruit beer.

Mouthfeel is a perhaps a tad thin, since this is more dessert beer than thirst quencher. A bit fuller and it could be dessert on its own.

Drinkability starts ok, it goes down like Kool Aid, sports drink, or supermarket soda, but the second half of the bomber is more of a struggle.

Needs a bigger beer taste base (but not more alcohol) to more it further from "girly beer" and more toward dessert. Something to share on Valentines Day perhaps. One Sly Fox bottle that was worth trying, but I'll probably pass on next time.

Photo of Gavage
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a brilliant clear red burgandy color with a 1" head that lingers a bit. No lacing develops.

Aroma: loads of raspberries are easily detectable without putting my nose in the glass.

Taste: raspberries dominate as this a real fruity beer. Little other characteristics as the berries are strong. This beer is actually quite flavorful and does not impart the usual fruit beer fake flavors in any way.

Mouthfeel: crisp and a bit refrshing. Medium bodied. Brief berry aftertaste.

Drinkability: not a bad beer, but you may grow tired of it after one bomber bottle. This is a raspberry bomb that would go great with a chocolate or berry dessert.

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 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 auntfloyd
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from a growler into a Stone IPA specialty tulip glass.

Pours a dark, almost black, red with one finger of light pinkish head.

The smell is all raspberry,faintly sweet, with hints of wheat.

The flavor is tart raspberry, with a bitter finish. I can't really detect much else beyond the fruit flavors and the sour yeastiness. Interesting flavor, fairly dry... you could probably pass this off as a sparkling wine if no one got a sight of the bottle.

The mouthfeel is fairly fizzy, like the wheat beer it is beneath the raspberry. It is fairly smooth, and the drinkability is high, although I can't personally imagine drinking more than one of these at a time, simply owing to the nature of bitter fruit beers.

Photo of dherling
3.71/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Dark brown with a purple/red hue to it, the reddish white head dissapears very quickly. Big sweet raspberry nose, it's so forward and huge that it's hard to detect anything else going on. The taste is not as sweet as you would expect from the nose, it's actually quite dry. The raspberry is sweet, but also a bit sour, and it hides the alcohol (8%) really well. Has an affervescent finish, lingering raspberry. Was a nice beer, and I could see certain people enjoying this, but was a little too sweet, fruity, and one dimensional for me, and although not bad tasting, a pint was getting to me.

Photo of Callenak
3.64/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Photo of jwc215
4.25/5  rDev +19.4%
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.

Photo of IrishRedRock
4.15/5  rDev +16.6%
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.

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 DrJay
3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle conditioned, corked & caged 750mL bottle. The beer is a deep ruby colour with a violet hue and mostly clear. A moussy pink head formed after the pour and was supported by ample carbonation. The tart raspberry aroma hits you right away and definitely dominates, though there is a light breadiness lurking behind all the fruit. Tart raspberries to start, followed by bready yeast, moderate bitterness, and berry sweetness. Towards the end, there's a bit of earthy seed character and light alcohol tingle. Tartness lingers in the finish. Carbonation is on the high side and the texture is a bit syrupy while still staying dry. Quite nice overall. I'll probably put a couple of these away for the holidays.

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