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Black Raspberry Reserve - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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Ratings: 72
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 15.77%
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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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Ratings: 72 | Reviews: 37
Photo of WesWes
3.27/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

Photo of GPHarris
1.88/5  rDev -47%
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.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.18/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

Photo of DavidSeanNJ
3.45/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Photo of splat215
3.15/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

Photo of Phatz
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Photo of BRoss242
4.03/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

Photo of cbl2
3.15/5  rDev -11.3%
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.


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.


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.


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.

Photo of warriorsoul
2.93/5  rDev -17.5%
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.

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.83/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Photo of Fitzy
4.72/5  rDev +33%
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.

Photo of weeare138
4.19/5  rDev +18%
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.

Photo of goindownsouth
4.12/5  rDev +16.1%
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...


Photo of Boto
4.2/5  rDev +18.3%
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.

Photo of blitheringidiot
4.3/5  rDev +21.1%
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.

Photo of stingo
4.22/5  rDev +18.9%
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.

Photo of frank4sail
4/5  rDev +12.7%
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!

Photo of sulldaddy
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Photo of ark57
3.86/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

Photo of DaDooBrew
4.03/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

Photo of Scoats
4.5/5  rDev +26.8%
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.

Photo of oberon
3.82/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Black Raspberry Reserve from Sly Fox Brewing Company
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