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Black Raspberry Reserve - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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70 Ratings
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Ratings: 70
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 16.38%
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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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Photo of Fitzy
4.7/5  rDev +32.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This brew is best had with dessert. It's super drinkable and tastes a bit like raspberry sherbert. The brew is made with only raspberries...no syrup at all...very expensive and difficult to make. Regardless, Brian should have this one as a tap-standard.

Fitzy, Oct 12, 2005
Photo of mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

dark brownish black like color that you could swear had something else going on in there. nice tight head formed on top.

aroma is charred malts, berries, hints of caramel and light vanilla and splash of berry. really comes in waves, at first i could pick it p quite nicely but it seemed to fade on me and then it was a nice malt driven porter like beer, interesting things going on here for sure. lots of fruit in the taste but it seemed odd in a way that is hard to place completely. smooth finish left little in the wake.

mikesgroove, Nov 02, 2011
Photo of Scoats
4.5/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer is purple with a purple head giving some people the misimpression this is a "dark" beer, which I guess technically it is, but the color comes from the massive amount of raspberries, not from chocolate malts. This beer is a refreshing blend of sweet from the the berries and tart from the wheat beer. The massive amount of berries give the beer a very luxurious taste and appearance. This is a real crowd pleaser, pleasing both beer geeks and cross over drinkers.

Scoats, Aug 21, 2003
Photo of blitheringidiot
4.33/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Murky dark violet meets purple clouded unfiltered wheat hued pour.

Bold raspberry and tart fruity berry IHOP pancake syrup scents pervade the nose.

Delicious fruity tart acidic mixed citrousy orangy and berry flavors with a tart short aftertaste.

Light to medium body. Extremely refreshing enjoyable body and style. Quaffable drinkability. Just like sipping any favorite summer fruit juice or iced tea.

Last swigs: Raspberry pushed pucker while not quite a sour, a liquid dessert. Confession # 1: these fruity beers are a favorite of mine. How do you pack a pungent punch into this? Not sure. Yummy.

Beer is good. happy local bering.

blitheringidiot, Sep 09, 2004
Photo of JSkone09
4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

JSkone09, Jul 15, 2012
Photo of tkdchampxi
4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

tkdchampxi, May 23, 2014
Photo of Boto
4.22/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught @ Sly Fox in Phoenixville: The beer pored a very dark ruby red color. Mine had a small bit of a pinkish head on it. The nose is a bit strong. It is heavily of tart raspberries, and yet it isn’t quite to the point of being overpowering. Nothing else comes through. The taste is raspberry, yet it is balanced and not too sweet. This was a very satisfying beer.

Boto, Sep 09, 2004
Photo of stingo
4.2/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a beer that is best experienced fairly warm. The character of the raspberry is very different when cold - nearly astringent. But when allowed to warm the flavor balances out nicely between the light wheat at the front of the palate and the dark raspberry flavor at the back. Pours a nice medium purple with pink head, and a definite raspberry nose. The mouthfeel, due to the absence of any sweet taste, is very nice - light to medium and somewhat acidic. Drinkability is very good as I have been known to down a few of these in a session. Very well done - highly recommended.

stingo, Sep 01, 2004
Photo of weeare138
4.18/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appears a murky crimson purple with a tiny pinkish and white head that soon fades and leaves no lacing.
The smell is great. Lots of real ripe raspberries with sugary and sour notes.
Taste is of tart raspberries and sweet sugar, slightly heavy on the tart side.
Mouthfeel starts sweetly at the front of the tongue and mellows onto the sides of the tongue with a tart note.
Drinkability is pretty nice, considering this year's batch weighs in at 7.3% abv.

Finger licking good.

weeare138, Jun 16, 2005
Photo of goindownsouth
4.1/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What is this I see here??? This year's version of the Black Raspberry Wheat just tapped last night at Sly Fox Royersford!!!

They say that over one pound of black raspberries go into every gallon of this gem, and I don't doubt it. It presented hazy, and almost purple in color with a respectable, yet effervescent head. Make no mistake about it, this brew is all about the black raspberries, both in the nose and on the palate. They balance out very well with the wheat character, however. Making this a very fine offering... At 7.3%, it could sneak up on the uninformed consumer...

Prosit!

goindownsouth, May 28, 2005
Photo of tobelerone
4.08/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Phoenixville brewpub. Pours an intense dark red raspberry color with a tiny pink that dissipates quickly. Lacing is pretty much non existent.

Aroma of super fresh raspberries with a touch of wheat underneath. But this one is all about fresh fruit; smells sweet and tart and most importantly real; nothing artificial in the aroma at all. It's like sticking your face into a basket of freshly picked berries.

The flavor is right on as well; it's simple and to the point; fresh raspberries with the accompanying tartness you'd expect and much less sweetness than implied in the nose. In this way it's very much like eating the fresh fruit; it's not candy sweet at all. Again there is a touchy of wheat flavor underneath but this is a one-trick pony. Thankfully it's a tasty one.

Medium light body, crisp carbonation, clean drinking. The finish dries up fairly well and leaves a slowly fading memory of the tart fruit. Very refreshing. I think this one comes close to a more heralded beer like New Glarus' Raspberry Tart. Perhaps not quite as intensely flavored, but not far off, and certainly less sweet.

tobelerone, Jul 29, 2012
Photo of DaDooBrew
4.03/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful dark purple/black with a quickly disappearing - probably due to the alcohol content - fluffy white 'wheat beer' head. My first impression was one of wonder - how did they DO this!? The black raspberry flavor was wonderful - nice but not 'puckering' or astringent as is often the case. I fully expected to find a seed floating in the glass. The crisp wheat flavor was in the background, but augmented the raspberry as opposed to just laying around in support. They must have used a fairly docile wheat beer yeast (American?) as I did not detect any of the common German weizen characteristics. Its body/mouth feel was medium-light, no discernable hop aroma (fine for this brew) and I found it VERY drinkable. But be careful, it will creep up on you. This is my favorite 'fruit beer' (so far) this summer.

DaDooBrew, Aug 27, 2003
Photo of BRoss242
4.03/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle recieve through a trade with warriorsoul

A- Poured a dark red almost black cherry color with a heavy pink colored head which took a while to settle.
S- This beer seems to focus mainly on raspberry's and the aroma really shows it the beer doesn't allow any other ingredient to come through, reminds me of a raspberry lambic.
T&M- Same as the smell this beer is all raspberry, very tart and sour taste of fresh fruit,carbonation held up well with champagne like bubbles flowing fom the bottom of my glass. Mouth puckering is all I can describe for the mouthfeel.
D- I have to say that I didn't love this beer, but I did enjoy it enough to say that I would drink another.

BRoss242, Apr 14, 2007
Photo of frank4sail
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wonderful light purple look with a frothy light beige head. Very refreshing wheaty raspberry nose. The taste is as it smells and is very well balenced. The raspberry is there but not overly sweet. The brew is quite dry upfront and then it sweetens slightly in the finish. Quite drinkable and quenching. The mouth is medium with a slight pucker in the finish. I like it!

frank4sail, Aug 30, 2004
Photo of josefnewsong
4/5  rDev +13%

josefnewsong, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of jmdrpi
4/5  rDev +13%

jmdrpi, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of Kelp
4/5  rDev +13%

Kelp, May 11, 2014
Photo of RobertColianni
4/5  rDev +13%

RobertColianni, Nov 06, 2013
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.95/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The real fruit flavor is nice - no extracts here. Nice appearance. Great aroma. A pretty nice overall fruit beer, but there's not much malt underneath. Effervescent and thin. Worth trying? Perhaps. I'd originally confused this with the reserve, and entered this review in the wrong spot - that beer is one to try!

NeroFiddled, Nov 20, 2008
Photo of dar482
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.

dar482, Jul 26, 2013
Photo of Slatetank
3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this on draft at Brass Rail Deli in Campbelltown, PA.

A - Dark like black grape juice w/ a light pink head. The beer has a crimson hue when held to the light and the bead is fine w/ little splotches of lace collecting on the glass

S - The smell of fresh blackberries w/ sweet notes and mild malt odors at play in the background

M - A slightly thin, and dry feel w/ mild sweetness and gentle spiced tinge w/ a finish that has mild fruit tangy sweetness

T - A nice fruit flavor of berry which has a natural taste, the taste of black raspberry is there briefly with a spicy accent. The carbonation is high and seems to usurp the fruit slightly the flavor is slightly sweet and has barely any alcohol, basically light fruit and mild spice - you could give this to me and tell me it was natural fruit soda and I would believe you -very clean fermentation

D - A tasty dark berry brew way better than most , yet you are hard pressed to call it beer. The alcohol seems nowhere to be found in the taste, but as that is only an aspect of drinkability I would probably not order another unless I was really in the mood

Slatetank, Jan 05, 2010
Photo of ark57
3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It is a black color with purple around the edges and a pink colored head. It has a slight berry aroma. The body is light and there is some tart berry flavor. It finishes pretty dry and clean. It is crisp and refreshing just a tad too dry. It does pack a wallop so you can't drink too many.

ark57, Mar 24, 2004
Photo of sulldaddy
3.85/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a snifter glass at the pub. Brew is purple-red in color with a soft tightly packed pinkish head. Doesnt look much like a beer. More like frothy grape juice.
Aroma is rich with raspberry and maybe cranberry hits. Smells like black raspberry ice cream, but overall nose is mild.
Light bodied brew with mild carbonation, almost like a cask ale.
Flavor is tangy sweet raspberry up front. This moves to a light rather empty finish, but it is a nice flavor while it lasts some good tartness. Beer is smooth and easy to drink but not overly complex. A tasty beer but not much going on after initial flavor hit.

sulldaddy, Aug 06, 2004
Photo of Phatz
3.83/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I have had this on tap and growler before but never splurged for a bottle. It is about the same expirience
Appearance: It poured out of my growler with little fizzy pink head but no retention or lacing. Pours a raspberry red magenta color.

Smell: Fruit and yeast in the nose is reminiscent of a Framboise Lambic though maybe less intense. Still fresh raspberries are apparent.

Taste: This is clearly raspberry from start to finish. Sweet and tart flavor balance each present but overall tends toward the tart side. The malt attribute is present but second fiddle to the fruit. A hint of alcohol shows through.

Mouthfeel: Tart and fruit juicy to make up for the light weight feel.

Drinkability: I think this is a very pleasant beer. It would be worth sharing one at Thanksgiving next to your turkey and cranberry sauce. My wife really likes the beer so... I guess I'll be buying more.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

Phatz, Oct 18, 2007
Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.8/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I found this on-tap at the brew pub.

This beer came a ruby red and red grape color with a faintly purple mini collar.

Smells faintly of concord grapes and light pale malts with a sandy dryness.

Tastes primarily dry and tart with faint wisps of raspberry and a little red wine and red grapes, but really focused on the tartness. This wasn’t painful or offensive in anyway, but it wasn’t what I was expecting.

The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with tiny pin-pricks of carbonation.

I think this beer could stand to be just a touch sweeter, but for what it is, it’s pretty good.

DarkerTheBetter, Oct 11, 2006
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Black Raspberry Reserve from Sly Fox Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 70 ratings.