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Black Raspberry Reserve | Sly Fox Brewing Company

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3.58/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Sly Fox Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
slyfoxbeer.com

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

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.

Added by oberon on 07-24-2003

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#37,853
Reviews:
115
Ratings:
208
pDev:
15.64%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
0
Gots:
6
Trade:
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Photo of Amalak
1/5  rDev -72.1%

Photo of ncvbc
1.56/5  rDev -56.4%
look: 1 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Opened it and it started gushing immediately. Leaked out about 1/4 of the beer in foam. Probably because it was filled to the damn cork. A huge fizzy head, the most fizzy head ever, falls to nothing within 30 seconds. It shakes rapdily like a fiend on speed as it calms down. Funny enough, the head is purple...yeah, purple. Need I say more? Fine, it's kinda murky and dookie brown with highlights of blood! Smell is very light. Smells like a raspberry flavored fruit juice. Yeah, it smells like raspberries but damn, what the fuck? Taste is super tart raspberries with hints of other berries. Not so impressive and kind of flat berry flavor. Mouthfeel is also tart and killing with carbonation. My mouth feels numb after a couple sips. If I were reading this review, I wouldn't be able to...I can't move my lips. An "unforgettable fruit ale"...yeah, I'd say so.

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1.75/5  rDev -51.1%

Photo of GPHarris
1.88/5  rDev -47.5%
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.

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2/5  rDev -44.1%

Photo of jimbomill
2.08/5  rDev -41.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

I had picked up a Maredsous 10, a Victory 12 and this little hot looking number from the Sly Fox Brewery - Black Rasberry Reserve.
The cork nearly achieved escape velocity and would have made Nasa proud. All that carbonation bubbled out the top and reaffirmed itself in the first pour. The visual was as expected with a name like Black Rasberry and the aroma was sweet. Unfortunately, the mouthfeel, the taste, the drinkabilty were gawdawful. Black Rasberry Reserve became the first beer in ages I could not finish, I found it that bad; it was overly carbonated and the taste made a sweet tart hard candy seem bland. I used most of the bottle to marinate some chicken. Maybe I had a bad bottle.

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2.25/5  rDev -37.2%

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2.25/5  rDev -37.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -30.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -30.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -30.2%

Photo of caddybuyer
2.69/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a caged and corked 750 into a tulip glass. Damn gusher this bottle was...

Note to bros..you've got two listing for the same beer here...chose to review in the most populated entry.

A-slightly veiled purple with a thick pink head that settles rapidly to nothing. This could be pretty and a bit more interesting if it retained a head, which it apparently does not.

S-Black raspberries for sure, and natural and wonderful smelling to boot. So many of these fruit beers seem to be created from additives, but damn, this one smells like the real deal.

T-A huge letdown. The nose enticed me, the flavor profile is nowhere near what one would expect from the smell of this. Slightly sour, virtually non-existant taste. This could use some sweetness. It is light and dry and that is the best and only thing I can say about it.(

M-Thin and overcarbonated.

D-Sadly, this one will not be bought again. Not sure what Sly Fox was thinking on this. Gotta give them credit for trying to brew something a bit offbeat, but I can't believe they put this one out....they are a damn good brewery...this misses the mark..by a long shot.

FYI, just for the sheer hell of it, I tossed a packet of Splenda into the tulip and stirred with a spoon. Not only did it generate a frothy head, reducing some of the carbonation, but it brought out a bit of the flavor that I was hoping for in this brew. Not enough to salvage it, however..down the crapper it goes.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

Photo of outoffocus
2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

Photo of drewone
2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

Photo of Moosebreath
2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

Photo of brez8791
2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

Photo of xnicknj
2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

Photo of JayKay412
2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

Photo of hopsaplenty
2.76/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

750 ml. brown bottle, no date information.

Clear, bright ox blood. Towering, pink-tinged jumbled stack of foam. Drops to a short, frothy cap of soapy bubbles leaving a few splotches of loose lace. Quick moving small bubbled carbonation streams. Light raspberry aromas with a vegetal undertone as well as some muted clean hop spice. Not overly enticing. A light, sweet raspberry flavor, syrupy rather than from fresh berries, opens and then is met with some competing and non-complimentary hop spice. There is an off vegetal essence that permeates the flavor. The sweetness is of a chemical nature. The light-medium body is punctuated with light carbonation, but has a thin feel to it. Slightly dry and a tad sweet, the hops used simply do not work in this beer. I struggled to finish this one.

Thanks to ggaughan for the DFH bocce tournament trade.

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Photo of warriorsoul
2.93/5  rDev -18.2%
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.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
2.98/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle. Pours a dirty red with a thick light pink head. Aroma of raspberries, slightly juice-like. Flavor is sugary raspberries with a weak palate. Rather watery. Meh. It wasn't bad but it wasn't very good either. Just bland really.
7/4/5/3/11 (3.0/5)

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3/5  rDev -16.2%

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3/5  rDev -16.2%

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3/5  rDev -16.2%

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Black Raspberry Reserve from Sly Fox Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.58 out of 5 with 208 ratings
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