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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: 37
Hads: 74
Avg: 3.64
pDev: 21.98%
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:
Beer added by: oberon on 07-24-2003

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.
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Reviews: 37 | Hads: 74
Photo of ROMER79
4.74/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Well I see that a good majority of people have had this beer in a bottle. I would like to share my experience with all of you. Please take it for what it is worth. I had this beer on tap at a local Pub, for those of you from Philly, The Grey Lodge, and it was amazing!

A: A real deep purple/red color that right off the bat looked fruity and totally worthy of the $6 a pint. It also had a pink/purple head that dissolved quickly.

S: A strong odor of raspberries with a hint of cooked sugar.

T: I am a huge fan of Lindeman's Framboise and this gives it a run for it's money. The raspberry flavor wasn't overbearing and it seemed to be just the right touch. Great beer to eat anything with

M: Crisp cold and refreshing. It clings to your pallet and doesn't want to let go!

D: Very easy, you can sip or chug. It doesn't go down hard. It is very smooth and rewarding after a long day of work. If you can try this on tap!

If you have never had a fruity beer I suggest that you try this beer first. You won't be dissappointed.

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Photo of Fitzy
4.72/5  rDev +29.7%
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.

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Photo of GeoffFromSJ
4.59/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to blitheringidiot for snagging me this beer.

I'll admit it. I have a weakness for fruit beers. Fruit beers which are well done. Is there a bias against fruit in beer? Yes. So I'm just evening things out. This beer is trying to be fruity. So I will let it be and not mark against it for that.

Purple. Black purple. Large carbonated head at first, which then goes away. Minimal lacing.

Smell: black raspberry preserves. I've been eating black raspberry preserves since I got some from the Lancaster section of the Reading Terminal Market lately.

Tastes like black raspberries. A lot of the original sugars are gone, which gives this a deep fruit taste which doesn't cling with too much sweetness.

Mouthfeel is velvety.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +23.6%
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.

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Photo of Scoats
4.5/5  rDev +23.6%
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.

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Photo of grub
4.43/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

quarterly tasting party feb 21/07 with northyorksammy, Derek, crwills, biegaman and me (grub). everyone threw in a few bottles and we had an interesting mix of beer. northyorksammy contributed this one that he got from DrJay, so thanks to jay and sammy!

corked and caged 750ml bottle.

pours slightly hazy very deep red with a huge gushing pink head. drops fairly quickly and doesn't leave any lace.

aroma is good. massive raspberry without being syrupy. bit of sourness. light sweetness. smells like raspberry jam.

taste is great. tons of raspberry. bit of bitterness. light tartness. very little sweetness. light bready malt.

mouthfeel is good. medium bodied with a nice dry finish. above average carbonation that is very well integrated with no sting at all.

drinkability is great. a very good, balanced beer. it's obviously all about raspberry, but there's a little more going on. the dry finish and light body help to make sure this doesn't come off the least bit like cough syrup. one of my favourites for the night. i loved this one.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
4.3/5  rDev +18.1%
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.

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Photo of jwc215
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%
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.

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Photo of mtnbikerpa
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml caged and corked bottle into a mini snifter. Deep red, almost like beat juice. Lots of small bubbles and carbonation. Strong candied sugar notes in the nose. Heavy candied fruits, some dark raspberry, blackberry, and minor black cherry notes. Very tastey brew. Near lambic status in my mind. Certainly not a disappoint for an after dinner brew. Would pair well with strong, aged cheese or dark chocolate.

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Photo of stingo
4.22/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It was hard to review this beer since it was kind of old but not expired.

A - Pours a really deep reddish purple color with a ton of carbonation, I mean a TON! Even a light pour produced both head in the glass and in the bottle! The foam was pretty interesting as it has a reddish purple hue as well with slight sediment. Really wish their was less sediment...

S - The most appealing part of this beer! Upon first smell you receive a hardcore raspberry sorbet. It really rose my exceptions for the taste which followed...

T - The first taste I guess I was expecting a more ABV version of the Lennie's Berry Weiss but all I got was extreme tart Raspberry followed by more sour tartness that finished funky with a yeasty like bitterness. It was almost too unbearable at first and throughout the bottle I consider pouring it out but I made my way through the bottle. As the beer warmed toward the end the alcohol was more noticeable and that didn't help.

M - Medium body and a chore to finish

D - Never I mean never will I have this again. The sweetness described in previous reviews must have been a joke since this beer is obviously a sour bomb. My expectations have been diminished would avoid.

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Photo of Boto
4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

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Photo of 51mmz0rz
4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A: Tremendous initial head. Fades almost like soda, down to nothing rather quickly. Body is very dark red, and totally opaque in all but the edges, where it is plum colored and cloudy.

S: Smells of black raspberry syrup with slight yeast aroma.

T: Tastes mostly of raspberry, but you catch some yeast in the middle, and some sourness and bitterness at the end. The sourness doesn't bother me.

M: Heavy carbonation with large bubbles and medium fullness.

D: Awesome drinkability for this style in my opinion. The flavor does not get overpowering or sickening over time. Also very drinkable for higher abv.

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Photo of weeare138
4.19/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

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Photo of Wheeble
4.17/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased a Sly Fox Big Beer variety case.

I made the mistake of opening this beer at around 70 degrees.

I untwisted the cage, and the cork blew out of the bottle and beer foamed all over my counter top and my kitchen floor.

Other than that mistake on my part, this raspberry beer is exceptional.

AROMA: A definite raspberry smell, almost reminds me of a black cherry freshly crushed off the vine, but with a tartness that lingers in the back of the nostrils.

Appearance: Poured a darkish brown at first glance in the dim light if the kitchen, but under light, it definitely has the reddish burgundy color of a ripe black raspberry, and has a light pinkish head with very minimal retention

Taste: I get almost no hop taste to this beer at all. It seems it was in a secondary for a while soaking in fresh raspberries. Finishes tart, but 10 seconds later leaves you with a huge true raspberry taste.

Mouthfeel: Very lingering flavor, and extremely carbonated, almost champagne like, and not in a bad way. Very smooth, with no coating across the palate, but that constant feeling like you just ate a vine full of fruit.

Drinkability: I would agree with the rest of the reviews, its not something I could drink a lot of, but its something i could sip on throughout a fall evening.

I would recommend this beer to anyone, from the novice drinker to the most experienced. You will not be dissapointed.

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Photo of IrishRedRock
4.15/5  rDev +14%
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.

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Photo of StoutHearted
4.13/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
4.13/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(from notes)
Had this on tap at the brewpub in Royersford

Served in a 10oz snifter glass, would have preferred a pint. A deep purple color, almost like grape juice, with a faint pink head. Head was a solid one finger and had some nice staying power.

Smells of rich raspberries and faint sweet sugary malts.

What a pleasant surprise. The flavors were of raspberries and sugar, but in very palatable doses. Tart yet crisp, wasn't quite lip smacking tart, but on the verge.

Very light and airy on the tongue. Drinkability was exactly what you want in a beer of this genre.

This beer was a pleasant surprise and definitely worth a shot. I would buy this guy again. My scores are probably higher than they should be, but it's overall quality was very unexpected. I am interested in grabbing a bomber and seeing what the differences are.

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Photo of goindownsouth
4.12/5  rDev +13.2%
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...


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Photo of tobelerone
4.09/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

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Photo of Onibubba
4.07/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A luscious red wine color with a very nice initial purple head. This dies down, leaving a light lacing. Looks quite nice. The upfront smell is an assault of jam. Blackberry, raspberry, it's hard to say. Smell like this is going to be a cloyingly sweet beer, but that is just not evidenced in the taste. The sweetness is subdued, almost nonexistant. There is a very light sourness that comes out. I'd like this to be stronger. I keep thinking of what JP could do with this recipe. Decent carbonation, a bit thin. Highly drinkable. No alcohol, not cloying sweetnes standing in the way. Good beer. Wish I could get more.

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Photo of lou91
4.06/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer looked perfect for a black raspberry beer with a big lively head and a light purple head. The nose was also very nice fully complimenting the appearance. Wow what a great tasting beer. The fruit is present in a big way but the beer is also crisp clean and serves as a nice foundation for the fruit. As it warms the fruit has more depth and complexity. It reminds me of an Italian Cassis beer I tried recently but probably half the price. I would love to see them brew more fruit beers since they did this one right with the making of a world-class beer. Thank you BeerBeing for this.

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Photo of DaDooBrew
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

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Photo of BRoss242
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

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Photo of laintringulis
4.02/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a wide mouth goblet.

Appearance: Dark cran-raspberry color with large foamy/frothy pink head that thins to a ring quickly. No lacing. Large amount of tight carbonation.

Smell: Smells strongs of blackberry, raspberry and yeast. Light citrus and musty grass smells. Smells alot like homemade warm bread with grandma's blackberry jam.

Taste: Dry blackberry taste on the initial with a brief sweetness in the middle and dry floral blackberry finish. Multiple floral notes throughout drinking with a pleasant musty earthiness. I can taste the hops around the fruitness, but I cannot identify them. Light on the malt. Very skillfully made. Sometimes I'm afraid I'll be drinking kool-aid when I get a fruit beer.

Mouthfeel/drinkability: Light bodied, maybe a little thin, but not watery. I would have liked a little more malt presence in the feel. Light, floral, dry alcohol finish. Easy to drink. I think one is the limit on this one, mostly due to the fruitiness.

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Black Raspberry Reserve from Sly Fox Brewing Company
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