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Black Raspberry Reserve - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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71 Ratings
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Ratings: 71
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 16.1%
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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Photo of GPHarris
1.75/5  rDev -50.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

a - poured a fizzy, off-white head into a goblet. it left bubbly lace and the sheeting almost looks alive, the bubbles are going crazy in a very unorthodox pattern. the body is reddish purple.
s - overwhelmingly raspberries.
t - raspberries with an earthy aftertaste and it's also very sour.
m - bubbly and thin.
d - awful. i couldn't stand it and couldn't imagine finishing the whole bottle. first ever drain pour.

GPHarris, May 24, 2008
Photo of baybum
2.25/5  rDev -36.4%

baybum, Apr 23, 2013
Photo of Knapp85
2.25/5  rDev -36.4%

Knapp85, Oct 26, 2012
Photo of RichardMNixon
2.5/5  rDev -29.4%

RichardMNixon, Jun 02, 2014
Photo of GRG1313
2.5/5  rDev -29.4%

GRG1313, Oct 31, 2013
Photo of outoffocus
2.75/5  rDev -22.3%

outoffocus, Jun 14, 2014
Photo of Moosebreath
2.75/5  rDev -22.3%

Moosebreath, Nov 02, 2013
Photo of xnicknj
2.75/5  rDev -22.3%

xnicknj, Dec 14, 2012
Photo of JayKay412
2.75/5  rDev -22.3%

JayKay412, Jan 26, 2013
Photo of warriorsoul
2.88/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to DarkerTheBetter for this one...so nice to see Sly Fox agressively pushing out bottles/cans.
Red/purple in color with a pale fuscia head...a full three fingers worth forms with absolutely no effort. Most fades rapidly, but a thin layer remains with hardly no laing.
Mild in the nose...some black raspberry and a mild sweetness with some lingering whifs. Definite carbonation apparent.
The taste is much less flavor than I was anticipating...some black raspberry flavor, but quite dull compared to other fruit beers I've enjoyed. The overall taste is clean with no lingering off-flavors, but there is really nothing drawing me back with a smile on my face. I must say, the alcohol is nowhere to be found, which I find quite amazing since there isn't much there to mask the abv.
High carbonation hurts the mouthfeel and the overall experience just isn't a good one.
Still a decent attempt...I expect a bit more if I'm gonna consume fruit beers and this one falls way short IMO.

warriorsoul, Nov 03, 2006
Photo of TheFightfan1
3/5  rDev -15.3%

TheFightfan1, Oct 10, 2013
Photo of ithinkimasofa
3/5  rDev -15.3%

ithinkimasofa, Feb 13, 2012
Photo of almychristopher
3.03/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The appearance of this beer put me off a little bit.. I was a little less than impressed with the thick pink foam that appeared on the top of this beer, beside the barbie foam, the dark color of this beer almost hides the haze... I thought for a minute that I had gotten the raspberry wheat, but there was no such luck to be had.

That said, the aroma of this beer caught me off guard the lovely aroma raspberry brings thoughts of a top quality sorbet. It is as close to the best raspberry beer aroma that I've experienced, however I would have liked a bit more from the malts that they obviously used.

Taste is of course a fickle thing, but for me the raspberry died at the nose. The dry start and finish to this beer lacks in the rich sweetness that it could have contained.

The mouthfeel was a nice rich malt with a bit too much carbonation, beside making it a hard pour the carbonation reminded me more of a champagne than a beer.

While it was an interesting experience I don't think that I could give more than an average drinkability, if you drink one of these and reach for another it's more due to the alcohol content than the taste.

almychristopher, May 26, 2008
Photo of thequeen711
3.03/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a German Pils, brewed with wheat, malt and traditional hops. Poured deep purple, a left a pinkish head, and light lacing. Light mouthfeel, a sweet raspberry nose, however the raspberry flavour wasn't as strong as the nose. I was drinking the Berliner Weisse at the same time, which I found to be ultra sour, when I mixed the Black Raspberry Reserve with the Berliner Weisse, both drinks were more enjoyable!!! (Sly Fox...food for thought)

thequeen711, Jun 07, 2009
Photo of splat215
3.1/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Dark deep ruby red, could be mistaken for a wine. Alluring and mysterious

S - Fruity black raspberries frolicking in the fields (ok I made that part up) - nice scent, subtle, not too overpowering

T - Oops, going downhill at this point. Subtle raspberry taste, with hints of lager. The flavors are not blended well in my opinion here, inconsistent. One sip is rasberry, the next sip is lager - strange.

M - Disappointingly thin and unsatisfying

D - Suffers in the mouthfeel department, and the inconsistent flavors don't make me want to have another one of these.

splat215, Oct 31, 2007
Photo of cbl2
3.13/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2/19/2007 $8.99 750 mL 8.00% No best by date.

Appearance:

Faint pink crystals line the interface between cork and bottle. Pours a dark carbonated purple!!! Topped with fluffy pink head. Looks more like a grape fanta, than a beer.

Aroma:

Raspberry preserves springs to mind, or the sweet raspberry syrup used in cheesecakes and as garnishes on desserts in fancy restaurants. Either way, raspberry dominates.

Taste/Mouthfeel:

Tart acidic twang kicks things off, somewhat overpowering the raspberry essence at first. Fruitiness makes itself known by midsip, though there is no sweetness, as one would expect. Somehow all sweetness has been extracted, leaving only the impression of raspberry, like a lingering memory you can't quite recall.

This is a pretty straightforward, one-sided beer, with nothing else to offer besides the fruit, and to me that isn't necessarily an appealing thing.

cbl2, Feb 19, 2007
Photo of beerthulhu
3.15/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured a dark purple with a frothy beige head that was sticky and sweet.

S: some berry tartness and vinous grape notes.

T: The flavor was overbearing and takes away from the malt of the beer.Very fruity and tart drinking like a fermented grape juice. Big flavor, ruby head and pungent raspberries from nose. A tad bit to much berries distracts and takes away any natural beer qualities.

M: silky and juice-like as well.

D: Wouldn't drink this in multiples, a fruity drink but with bigger alcohol repercussions.

beerthulhu, May 22, 2008
Photo of WesWes
3.23/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a deep purple color with a towering pink head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a very nice raspberry scent that is quite tart to the nose. The taste is average. It has a very dry and bland flavor with just a bit of raspberries in the finish. It's a real disappointment. The mouthfeel is average as well. It is a medium bodied beer with too much CO2. This is an average fruit beer. It's packaged as a premium beer, but it lacks in fruit flavor and complexity.

WesWes, May 26, 2008
Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

acurtis, Oct 31, 2013
Photo of claspada
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

claspada, Jun 18, 2012
Photo of PA-Michigander
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

PA-Michigander, Feb 20, 2014
Photo of TheNightwatchman
3.3/5  rDev -6.8%

TheNightwatchman, Aug 16, 2014
Photo of NODAK
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.

NODAK, May 02, 2014
Photo of DavidSeanNJ
3.4/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

***Second time I have purchased this beer***

Poured into a pint glass:
A- Best aspect of this brew was the beautiful color. A beautiful pink/maroon translucent color came through, absolutely glowing in the light. A decent white head came through but dissipated very quickly. No lacing at all.

S- Smell was also quite pleasant. Floral tones a long with sweet scents of the black raspberries.

T- Taste was somewhat dissapointing. As one reviewer previously stated, this one tastes more like a lager than an ale. Raspberries were certainly there, but faded quickly. Not much hop presence IMO. Some sour and tangy aspects.

M- More carbonation needed. More body needed. This was slick on the tongue.

D- I love raspberries, but there was something lacking with this beer. With that said, I did end up finishing the whole bottle and didn't think twice about it.

May try this again at some point.

DavidSeanNJ, Jan 11, 2008
Photo of TimoP
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

TimoP, Jul 22, 2012
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Black Raspberry Reserve from Sly Fox Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 71 ratings.