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Black Raspberry Reserve - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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Black Raspberry ReserveBlack Raspberry Reserve

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131 Ratings
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Ratings: 131
Reviews: 83
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 16.62%
Wants: 10
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 jwhancher
3.61/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

jwhancher, Jun 13, 2013
Photo of twenty5
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

twenty5, Jun 10, 2013
Photo of Slatetank
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Slatetank, May 25, 2013
Photo of SpAiReArGsEonNE
2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

SpAiReArGsEonNE, May 20, 2013
Photo of Rojada1988
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Rojada1988, May 10, 2013
Photo of tommyguz
2/5  rDev -43.7%

tommyguz, May 10, 2013
Photo of Jason1337
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Jason1337, Apr 22, 2013
Photo of ForkAndSpoonOp
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

ForkAndSpoonOp, Mar 19, 2013
Photo of whatname
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

whatname, Mar 15, 2013
Photo of IPAchris
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

IPAchris, Feb 18, 2013
Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

t0rin0, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of shockrocker65
4/5  rDev +12.7%

shockrocker65, Nov 25, 2012
Photo of glock267
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

glock267, Nov 11, 2012
Photo of jjd315
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

jjd315, Sep 28, 2012
Photo of PaBeerLover
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

PaBeerLover, Sep 06, 2012
Photo of jrfehon33
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

jrfehon33, Sep 05, 2012
Photo of EFR94
3/5  rDev -15.5%

EFR94, Sep 04, 2012
Photo of brez8791
2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

brez8791, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of zapx
4.75/5  rDev +33.8%

zapx, Aug 18, 2012
Photo of RandyKemka
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

RandyKemka, Aug 17, 2012
Photo of st9647v3
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

st9647v3, Aug 17, 2012
Photo of TrickkyGangsta
4/5  rDev +12.7%

TrickkyGangsta, Aug 13, 2012
Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

kylehay2004, Jul 27, 2012
Photo of thecheapies
4/5  rDev +12.7%
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

thecheapies, May 24, 2012
Photo of Fermenticusrex
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Fermenticusrex, Jan 03, 2012
Black Raspberry Reserve from Sly Fox Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 131 ratings.