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Black Raspberry Reserve - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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Black Raspberry ReserveBlack Raspberry Reserve

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81
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69 Ratings
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Ratings: 69
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 16.38%
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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acurtis

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

10-31-2013 15:06:56 | More by acurtis
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +27.1%

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.

11-02-2011 02:51:53 | More by mikesgroove
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GRG1313

California

2.5/5  rDev -29.4%

10-31-2013 15:06:19 | More by GRG1313
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

2.25/5  rDev -36.4%

10-26-2012 13:18:00 | More by Knapp85
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oberon

North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev +6.8%

Pours a deep red almost black with a light head,the aroma is very nice of raspberry puree and powdered sugar.Taste is of raspberry puree up front and has a quick dryness to it that gives this beer a rather quick finish.Not a bad beer but they make so many better.

07-24-2003 13:58:11 | More by oberon
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +11.6%

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!

11-20-2008 19:36:04 | More by NeroFiddled
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +9.6%

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

01-05-2010 17:09:36 | More by Slatetank
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WesWes

New York

3.23/5  rDev -8.8%

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.

05-26-2008 00:25:52 | More by WesWes
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.79/5  rDev +7.1%

First had: bottle at Sly Fox, Phoenixville, PA

Nice beer. Pours a beautiful dark ruby brown, carbonated, with a lush thick pink-white head. Poured aggressively, yielding well over 2 fingers of head that receded somewhat but remained as a very nice 1/4 inch of foam, uniform across the surface, throughout the drinking session. Great aroma of fresh blackberries. More of the same in the taste, with a very pronounced raspberry/blackberry taste that doesn't disappoint. Clean and crisp and tart, lots of fruit, with a solid malt background, and a distinctive wheat base. It delivers what's promised. Finishes dry with an acidic aftertaste. Light-medium body, pleasant, and highly drinkable.

05-17-2011 02:42:03 | More by Rifugium
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oriolesfan4

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

11-10-2013 04:25:23 | More by oriolesfan4
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +18.1%

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.

06-16-2005 16:31:07 | More by weeare138
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

05-29-2013 17:39:28 | More by InspectorBob
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.15/5  rDev -11%

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.

05-22-2008 01:22:20 | More by beerthulhu
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Kelp

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +13%

05-11-2014 07:53:55 | More by Kelp
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DrBier

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

08-07-2014 05:55:47 | More by DrBier
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THECPJ

Delaware

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

01-22-2013 18:12:44 | More by THECPJ
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tobelerone

Connecticut

4.08/5  rDev +15.3%

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.

07-29-2012 15:40:22 | More by tobelerone
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -22.3%

12-14-2012 02:47:16 | More by xnicknj
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claspada

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

06-18-2012 15:18:26 | More by claspada
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outoffocus

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -22.3%

06-14-2014 03:08:04 | More by outoffocus
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

3.53/5  rDev -0.3%

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…

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

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +13%

11-23-2011 23:44:13 | More by jmdrpi
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Boto

Connecticut

4.22/5  rDev +19.2%

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.

09-09-2004 21:04:54 | More by Boto
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sulldaddy

Connecticut

3.85/5  rDev +8.8%

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.

08-06-2004 02:10:11 | More by sulldaddy
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blitheringidiot

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +22.3%

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.

09-09-2004 05:57:06 | More by blitheringidiot
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Black Raspberry Reserve from Sly Fox Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 69 ratings.