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Black Raspberry Reserve - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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81
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67 Ratings
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Ratings: 67
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 16.67%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | 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:
An unforgettable wheat ale brewed with German Pils and Wheat malts and Tradition hops, with 1 lb. of red and black raspberries per gallon of beer. This beer features a tart finish and a sugary sorbet aroma.

(Beer added by: BeerBeing on 09-23-2006)
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NODAK

Tennessee

3.38/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Having this at the brewhouse in Phoenixville on tap.

Pours a very dark ruby red...no real head or lacing to speak of.

Has a natural, not overly sweet, raspberry aroma to it. Certainly far from a sickly sweet soda smell....but not really tart either. Just a bit sweet and natural.

Whether or not somebody likes this beer is a matter of if they prefer a strong tasting fruit beer or not. This one will certainly not fit that bill. In fact, it comes across a tad watery but again, quite natural tasting. It's a little sweet....I don't get much tartness on this one. But it basically tastes like what you'd expect a good raspberry infused water to taste like, only a bit stronger. Also, 8% alcohol?? Hard to believe really, I don't get that at all.

Anyway, for me it's certainly tasty but I do enjoy something with a little more oomph to it flavor wise.

Serving type: on-tap

05-01-2014 23:15:09 | More by NODAK
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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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Pennsylvania

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New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -29.4%

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TheFightfan1

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -15.3%

10-10-2013 17:19:59 | More by TheFightfan1
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a chalice glass

Appearance – The beer pours a super deep ruby red color which almost looks garnet due to its super dark red nature. Upon pouring there is a big thick pink colored foamy head on the top of the brew. Big bubbles in the head pop over time leaving a nice leave islands of bubbly lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is of a big and sweet blackberry and raspberry smell. The aroma while sweet due to the fruit aromas, has other sweet aromas of a candied sugar adding to the sweetness. Mixed with these aromas are a little bit of yeast as well as a tiny bit of bread.

Taste – While the nose was very sweet smelling the taste was actually rather dry. It begins with a dry raspberry and blackberry flavor mixed with some cracker malt and a bit of bread. While there is a bit of sweetness from the fruits present upfront, the sweetness actually fades over time, as the taste advances with it drying out even more with a more tart like flavor coming to the tongue. A bit of a yeasty taste as well as some light sweetness comes to the tongue more toward the end, but instead of the sweet being more berry like it is more grape juice like in flavor. A lighter hop flavor of a grassy nature joins the taste at the very end and mixes with the rest to leave a moderately dry and slightly tart berry red wine like flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thinner and crisper side with a carbonation that consists of tons of little champagne like bubbles. Both are rather appropriate for the dry flavors of the brew as well as wine characteristics, giving it a fruited dry champagne like feel.

Overall – A rather dry fruity beer, although maybe a little too dry. It would have likely been a bit nicer with more sweetness. At ~ $ 10-11 you could likely get a sparkling fruit wine of a similar caliber for even less as this is what this tasted most like to me. So…

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2013 01:08:53 | More by Darkmagus82
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dar482

New York

3.94/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

The beer comes in a deep purple color with some red in there. It's very clearly a black raspberry beer from the dark purple, red color.

The aroma has just a pop of fresh raspberries and sweetness.

The flavor follows with very natural tasting raspberry, but without the tartness. It falls off the palate pretty quickly without much sweetness. It's a very easy and simple drinking beer. It's actually a really big surprise that the beer is 8%.

In the end, I actually found this better than Rubaeus. That beer has a medicinal syrupy raspberry, whereas this tasted a lot more fresh and vibrant. They do two pounds of different raspberries per gallon of this beer, so it makes sense that it's so fruity.

One of the best fruit beers I've had.

Serving type: on-tap

07-26-2013 02:26:23 | More by dar482
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Profchaos20

Pennsylvania

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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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New Jersey

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Pennsylvania

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inlimbo77

Delaware

3.78/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

750ml, 2012
Tired Hands wine glass

A: Pours a deep dark blush red color. Good carbonation, tiny bubbles from bottom of the glass. Thin layer of off white head. Some lacing bits.

S: On the nose, just epic amounts of raspberry. Almost like a raspberry sorbet like sweetness and smell. Fresh fruit amped up with sugar.

T: You get fruit in the tip if the tongue. Not overly tart, but natural raspberry tart and sweetness. Don't know what grain bill is, but there is some body here. Drinks like a thicker fruit juice with some booze.

M: Medium bodied. It's bottle conditioned but does linger on palate.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2013 18:03:25 | More by inlimbo77
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cjoc83

Pennsylvania

3.54/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Couldn't find a bottled on date, but it did have best by date of 5/24/14, so I'm assuming it's pretty fresh. Pours into a tulip a hazy burgundy with a beautiful, but small, magenta head that fades fast and leaves no lace. A very nice looking beer.

Smells of raspberry and grape juice, very sweet and candy-like. A little malt. Kind of one-note, but still smells great.

Not as sweet as the nose lets on, which isn't a bad thing. This brew could have easily become cloyingly sweet, and while the raspberry flavor is the dominant note and present throughout, it isn't overpowering. I get some grape notes in there too. I would have liked a little tartness in there, but I'm finding very little, if any at all. There's some sweet and bready malt, some wheat, and an almost cotton candy finish. Maybe some faint acidity. The 8% abv isn't noticeable at all.

Light body, feels a little under-carbonated. Slightly watery. Easy drinking.

Overall, I think this is definitely one of the better fruit beers out there. While I'm not blown away by it by any means (and in fact I didn't even buy it, I just snagged a small pour from my girl), it's certainly enjoyable. I would have liked a little tartness in there to cut some of the sweetness, as this is kind of a one trick pony. But it's a pretty good trick.

Serving type: bottle

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Pennsylvania

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Delaware

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Black Raspberry Reserve from Sly Fox Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.