Ichor - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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115 Ratings
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Ratings: 115
Reviews: 76
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 13.87%
Wants: 14
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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Sly Fox Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: BeerBeing on 04-09-2006

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Photo of brewdogmrb
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had tried this beer once before at the Kelso Cask Festival a few months back. My mouth was overwhelmed that day by the unholy amount of Green Flash Imperial IPA I was drinking, so I didn't really get it. This time, I really did, on tap at The Gate for a Sly Fox festival.

Ichor is a thick black mass of delicious, lightly carbonated brew. It has fruit, vanilla, and some spice going on and the carbonation is light and tasteful. This beer is really immense at 10% ABV and it definitely catches up with you as you drink it. A nice pint glass full of this really set me straight. Sly Fox shows their strength here in making beers that are balanced yet opinionated, and it was cool to see a Hop forward beer and a Malt forward beer back to back. (Consumed after a Sterling IPA Project IPA). I sat on the Ichor for a while and talked a whole bunch of shit while it just got smoother and mellower, and the heavier aspects crept up as time went on, some caramel appeared, and then fruit took over. Great brew.

Photo of steelerguy
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Very dark mahogany, very little light transmitted, nice head that fades quickly but leaves a lacing on top.

S - Plumbs, dates, lots of dark and sweet fruit aroma.

T - Very much like the aroma, lots of dark malt crystal malts give it some raisin and plumb flavors, but they almost taste candied because of the sweetness...good flavor but the sweetness is approaching cloying as if there is some brown sugar or molasses in there after fermentation.

M - Although there is definitely some left over sugars the body is just moderate and does not finish too heavy.

D - Not without flaw, but a good tasting and easy drinking big Belgian style quad.

Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: 1 inch head, dark leather brown in color, clear, high carbonation

Smell: sour apple rind, cardamom, coriander, and other Belgian spices

Taste: sour apple rind and bread—maybe pumpernickel dominate, with some brown sugar cardamom, coriander, and other Belgian spices

Mouthfeel: high carbonation, medium-light body, sweet with a touch of bitterness at the end

Overall: A very enjoyable quad. I love the combo of sugar and fruit. Sly Fox is really becoming one of my favorite breweries. I will certainly pick this up again.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great packaging Sly Fox is looking good especially since it's a new beer in the Pittsburgh market...taken home and split with a friend...yeah split this one with a friend. Appearance...pours with minimal carbonation the luciously textured cola colored brownish plum hue of the body is paired with a thin large bubbled light tan creamy head leaves behind thin sparse specks of lacing around my chalice. Aromatics are heavy on the anise just like my Italian grandmothers cookies, alcohol infused fruit esters such as plum, raisin, and tart apples, hint of vanilla beans with a spicy finish...very complex. Flavor has a vinous character with more of that tart apple, raisin, over ripened fruit soaked alcohol feel to it, the alcohol isn't burning anything well hidden soft sweetness spiced dark christmas bread with soft vanilla and powdered chocolate notes present. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied carbonation is lacking but does indeed go down very smooth silky presence on the palate. Drinkablity incredibly yet dangerously drinkable seek out a DD for this fine creation out of Eastern PA, I enjoyed it with good company.

Photo of ggaughan
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2006 vintage in 750 ml bottle, corked and caged. Like the Incubus I just had, there was no real fanfair when I popped the champagne cork but the smell and taste were surely there. The aroma was malty and fruity (figs and raisins). The taste was malty sweetness and deep fruity. The taste of raisins really comes through on the tongue. Like the Incubus, the abv is masked very well although there is a touch of alcohol going down. The active carbonation gives this fine beer a medium body and leaves it pretty drinkable.

Photo of Metalmonk
4.28/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

After a tiring struggle with the cork, which would not budge no matter what force I applied to it, the thing finally gave way with a very wimpy "pop." Not "pop!!!" but "pop." Nice and polite. Kinda worries me.

Looks healthy enough on the pour, with a thick foamy head that snaps and crackles down to half-size slowly, sitting on top of an absolutely gorgeous dark rusty/ruby-shaded brown. The regal reddish hue turns this into quite the beautiful beer.

Aroma is clearly quite Belgian in character, especially in the yeast department, but the malts also give off a vinous quality that reminds of the best Belgian quads. Lots of grape, obviously, but also other mild fruits, mingling with the yeast in a most pleasing way. Not terribly complex, but quite nice all the same.

Here's one where taste and mouthfeel work significantly hand-in-hand. Flavor-wise this is grape-y, with a strong alcohol warmth that nobody could call "well-hidden", but with the velvet-smooth texture, the mildly funky yeast and the sweet dark fruit, it becomes more like a robust red wine or a sherry: a sweet concoction made exclusively for sipping. A beer that takes on new dimensions and certainly defies many people's idea of what beer is and can be. It doesn't hit you over the head, just pushes the limits in a different way than other big beers.

Tasty, soothing, rich, sweet, well-made and different. You better like grapes and red wine if you're gonna tackle this. The closest comparison I can make is Westvleteren 12, another vinous quad of fine quality. Not only in terms of flavor, but it looks similar, smells similar and has that same dry, sticky finish. I won't hold out for the opportunity to try them side by side, and I'm not saying it's "as good as", cuz it's not, but if you're jonesing for a Westy 12 and can't locate one, join the club and go for this instead.

Photo of socon67
3.41/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Barcade, Brooklyn NY

A - Pours dark brown with really no head at all. Lacing is in faint rings on the glass.

S - Smells of dried sherry, fresh raspberries & cherries, and candy sugar. While initially this had a great aroma I found it tedious the longer I held the glass.

T - Too sweet for the style, and really reminded me of trying to drink a dessert wine. Very sweet from sugary fruit. Tastes of red grapes, and finishes with a slight acidic burn. Just not my thing.

M - Complexity is there but maybe it could have been less sweet and more blanced with subtle malt and a little more caramel or some other sugary flavor that wasn't from fruit. Felt a bit tedious and while I didn't drainpour it I barely finished the glass.

O - Not my choice for a quad. Give Sly Fox credit for the attampt but i'll pass.

Photo of Gmann
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Out of a 750ml corked and cage bottle. Pours a ruby brown color with a smallish head that dissipated into almost nothing-ness. The appearance is getting by on color alone. The aroma is of spicy Belgian yeast, candi sugar, figs and prunes and rubbing alcohol. The taste is overly sweet, high on the candi sugar and sweet grape/prune juice. It does have the nice Belgian yeast flavors as well as some raisins and figs. The feel is moderate with fizzy carbonation and finishes sweet and slick. Definitely an alcohol burn going on. This is a Quad that makes it half way to greatness. It has some nice phenols going on, could use some more of a roasted malt presence which would offset the sweetness. The alcohol needs to settle in a bit, not sure if aging would help. In its current state it is too sweet and boozy.

Photo of Beertracker
3.12/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Sly Fox Ichor opens without much release and pours up nearly flat. Bad corks? Maybe a wisp of head? Opaque dark brown-burnt mahogony in color. The aroma is very spicy (anise, cardamon, licorice) with lots of dark fruits (burnt raisin, fig, plum). The roast contributions are very distracting and innappropriate per style. Alcohol is prickly hot. The flavor is very one-dimensional with a caramel malt sweetness that never seems quite balanced by the spicy bitterness. Black or chocolate malt roastiness muddles up the rest. Very warming. This medium-full bodied Belgian Quad is overly sweet from the lack of carbonation and is quite honestly a train wreck of bold flavors. Aging probably won't help, but couldn't hurt. I definitely would like to try this one again on draught. Definitely not Greek ambrosia, but certainly worth a try for Quad lovers.

CHEERS! Beertracker

Photo of beerthulhu
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Abbey style quad.

A: Pours a dark ruby red color with a slight off white fizzy head that soon dispersed.

S: The nose was fruity with fresh cherries and faint smoky woody tones along with dried fruit and alcohol.

T: fruity and sweet with fresh cherries, caramel and dried fruit (raisins, prunes). There was a nice Belgian yeastiness as well. Finishes sweet, malty with some candi-sugar sweetness.

M: very smooth and soft carbonation provides a wine like texture and palate on the tongue. A fruity cherry finish with some alcohol warming.

D: Drinks like a wine. Good drinkability and worth checking out but falls short when compared to Belgian quads.

Photo of akorsak
3.49/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A corked and caged 750 mL bottle.

A: The cork took some time to wedge out and when it did, an barely audible pop indicated a lack of carbonation. The pour reinforced that, with little more than a thin pool of whitish head. The ale is a mirror image for a cup of coffee.

S: The aroma is enough to make up for the lackluster appearance. Sweet candi sugar mixes with dark alefruits (raisins, dates) and a dry yeastiness to really grab your attention.

T: The lack of carbonation accentuates the sweet depth of the body; there are no bubbles to cleanse the palate. The result is a dark licquer-like beer. The spice profile is more candi sugar, distinctive yeast, plum and raisins. The candi sugars take control of the taste early and ensure that they are never subordinate to any other flavors.

M: The mouthfeel is good when you consider the lack of carbonation. The candi sugars and yeast really do a number on the palate.

D: The abv is high. That coupled with no carbonation really impacts the beer. I'll finish the glass but I'd probably pass on another bottle.

Photo of pfknapp
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this beer on tap at Pixel.

Looks beautiful, tough not as much head as you would expect from a belgian style. The high ABV might affect that. Very dark, almost purple, with an off-white head.

Smells like dark dried fruit, plums and figs. There is a nice molasses-like aroma with some chocolatey malt and fruity belgian yeast aroma.

Taste is similar to aroma, however it tastes a little too sweet. Almost like a prune syrup. It is not bad, just a little too sweet and fruity for my taste. The mouthfeel is also thick and syrupy. Not what you want in a belgian, it doesn't have the effervescence that you need in a big belgian like this to help make it lighter. Carbonation was a bit low for the style. As such the drinkability suffered. It felt more like drinking a barleywine than a belgian of any type. All in all it is a pretty good beer. I suspect the bottled version is more appropriately carbonated, and this may simply have been an issue with the bar. However, not having had the bottled version I don't know.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.21/5  rDev -16%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Hopdog: Poured a dark brown color ale with a small foamy head with minimal retention. Aroma of dry sweet fruits and cookie dough is quite nice and enjoyable. Taste is generally lighter then expected with some sweet fruit and light cookie dough being enjoyable but less complex then I would have liked it to be. Body is way too thin for the style and carbonation is very low which doesn’t fit the style IMHO. Alcohol is well hidden and I would have to say that this a fair example of the style but better carbonation and fuller body would be even better.

Photo of Beejay
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks DmanGTR.

A: Pours a very dark brown, in the glass it is a ruby red color against the light. Not a lot of head, but what is there is white.

S: Raisons, brown sugar, burnt caramel. Some strawberries in there as well. Slightly yesaty.. Definitely Sweet.

T: Now that is delicious. Raisons, caramel, fruit, and brown sugar. Definitely sweet, slightly yeasty, and a little booze.

M: Highly carbonated especially for something that has a bit of a syrup taste to it. Very nice.

D: Very good. A sweet treat that I would seek out again. Perhaps not as yeasty as I would expect from a belgian style, but all in all very good. Now I am going to grab some aged gouda from the fridge, cause it is going to be awesome with this.

Photo of MmmIPA
3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

I wanted to celebrate since i found a new job to go along with my present one and I had been craving a belgian style beer for a while and I have always saw this beer in stores and never bought it so I hough "what the hell" and bought it.I poured it into a Chimay goblet.


No head what so ever,nice clear red body,no carbonation either.Could this be flat?

Candi sugar,beets,yeast

Syrpy,dues to the fact that it was flat.Some chocolate,candi sugar,beets and plum.

No carbonation at all,very flat,no pop when the cork came out.Sorda thick, watery mouthful.

I would like to try this again but it must have some carbonation to it.I think this has a potential to be a good quad.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

dark brown, almost a cola like color with a very hazy and cloudy appearance pretty much obscuring everything inside and making it look a very thick consistency. A very nice three finger high head of tan colored lace came flying up to the top. Very active on the pour would be an understatement, this thing was all over the place.

Aroma was very varied, deep and complex with different hints and small nuances of smell coming through at various different times during the course of the session. The first thing I was able to pick up with a very nice dark fruity aroma. Lots of raisins, figs, plums, and even a touch of grape showing up in here. Very well mixed and balanced between them but leading more toward the sugary notes as it started to warm up. Lots of spice was evident as well right from the start. A sort of odd nutmeg like spice along with a touch of cinnamon, and sugar. Some aromas of oak or other wood like characteristics starting to come through now as well. The profile is really starting to thicken up now and get a bit complex on me. Some light grassy like smells along with touches of earthy grains all floating around in there as well.

Notes of raisins, which were just a wonderful way to start off the whole thing. Deep dark fruity flavors were the norm on this was with prunes and figs lining up behind it, quickly delving it deeper and deeper. A very strong presence of sugar was next up, really pushing through and drying to lighten it up. A touch of something sour playing around in the back, and just briefly showing up in the flavor before diving back down and out of site again. Rolling on some nice earthy, oak like notes starting to come now with spices becoming more and more dominant. Cinnamon and nutmeg, even some all spice and a hint of banana keeping developing it further. The finish brought everything back together again and just kept evolving it and drying you out, making you come back and get another sip so that you could bring it back to where it was before.

Overall, I was quite pleased with the overall flavor and thought that it really developed quite well.

Photo of NittanyBeerFan
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Broke this one out in a tasting with treyrab last weekend...review from notes. It was my first time trying this beer.

A: Dark brown copper color with a thin film of head, even with an aggressive pour. A thin golden lining around the edge of the glass when held up to light.

S: very yeasty, cloves are evident, but most striking is the sweetness! It smells like a big sweet malty sugar ball...which is a terrible image to describe it, but use your imagination...

T: Cidery flavors meld with a yeasty and malty sweetness. Dark fruits complement the flavor, and there is a hint of warming alcohol in the finish.

M/D: medium carbonation and medium to heavy texture. Lighter for a quad, but the alcohol starts to hit you hard towards the end of the bottle. I couldn't drink too many of these without falling asleep.

Tasted again on 7/5/10. Same batch as the first sampling. I bought the bottle at the same time. Usually the aroma of alcohol mellows with time. Not so with this one. The nose is ethanol to the point that it smells like 80 proof liquor. The taste is about the same as it was with relatively little alcohol presence, and the fruits even come out more with age. Dropping aroma to 3.5 from 4.0 initially.

Photo of JamnesCameron
4.7/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another fine example of beery goodness from chefmonty.

Poured into a St. Feuillien goblet. Big rich tannish head that dissipates fairly quickly to leave a thin wisp on the surface of a deep mahogany brew.

Aromas of dark candied fruit. A little musty, and sweet malt towards the back.

First sip is decadent. Dark fruits, hints of a fine sauterne. Alcohol makes its presence known after the beer warms a bit.

Mouthfeel is full, and luscious.

Highly and dangerously drinkable. Very nice beer.

Photo of weeare138
4.32/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a deep mahogany with dark red hues when held to the light with a small off-white head. Tiny streaks of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is complex and estery of bananas, fig leaves, tobacco, bubblegum, raisins, plums, brown sugar, caramel...I could go on.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with standout flavors of grape, brown sugar, figs, raisins, etc.
Mouthfeel is estery, sugary, sweet but not cloying, with a mild abv presence. CO2 is present in the draft version, unlike the near still bottled version from a few years ago.
I actually prefer this fresh version moreso than the aged, 4 year old bottle. Though they rated very similarly in my book, I enjoy the estery, yeasty goodness that shouts Belgian from a mile away. In some ways, it's like Rochefort. Very nice and great for a night cap.

Photo of DrDemento456
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up an old bottle of this for 6 bucks at the local House of 1,000 beers.

A - Head is nice on this one yet just a 1/4 inch which is not very sticky. Color is a deep chestnut brown almost to the point of pitch black but clear at the base.

S - Getting some great sugar plums and cherries in the smell. By far the sweetest smelling quad I ever got.

T - Well the cherries kind of come off artificial and with the alcohol remind me somewhat of cough syrup. Still it's easy to drink with some average dark fruits and candied sugar tastes.

M - Really fizzy much lighter than I expected for the style. Makes for an easy drinking beer it just feels weird for a quad.

Overall worth the 6 bucks I paid but not worth a revisit at around 9-10 bucks. I would rather pick up a St Bernard for the same price. Also the fake cherry taste is kind of off putting.

Photo of Phatz
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Second time with this beer: Same experience. No carbonation but tasty like a wine or liquor.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown color with a touch of ruby to the hue and very very little collar around the edge even after a hard pour there was little head that dissipates right away.

Smell: Dark fruits and warm alcohol. Plum prune raisin cherry and brown sugar in the nose.

Taste: Like the nose it is dominantly sweet and warm. It seems reminiscent of the wheat wine I had the other night the warm green grape and sweet wheat attribute but the cherry and fig attribute are there as well with some sherry.

Mouthfeel: Very viscous and yet slick smooth edges due to the fact that there is no carbonation.

Drinkability: It is a *sweet* nightcap beer. I was happy to be sharing one bottle.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - rich reddish dark brown in color, a whisp of bubbles around the edges which quickly settle out and leave a trickle of bubbles coming up the sides of the glass.

S - ripe dark fruit, dark brown sugar, dark candi sugar and an underlying mild belgian yeast. Rich but on the sweet side of things.

T - follow's the aroma very closely. A bit more play in the yeast flavors but pretty much spot on with the aroma.

M - medium bodied, under carbonated and smooth.

D - nicely drinkable. Definitely on the sweet side and light bodied for how I prefer the style but easy to quaff.

Photo of dsa7783
3.74/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

My first-ever sample from Sly Fox Brewing Co. - a brewery that I have heard a lot of good things about, although I wasn't particularly blown away by their Quadrupel offering... Copped a 750 Ml bottle caged and corked from Gary's in Madison with the phrase "Abbey Style Quadrupel" on the dark-blue label... Pours a jet-black, opaque color with no head at all and minimal lacing... appearance certainly was average at best with some carbonation present... Smell was full of dehydrated dark-fruits, with a slight alcohol presence... taste was very malty, although not at all thick, more of a watery, dark cocoa flavor with brown candy sugars, phenols, and alcohol... Mouthfeel was light, not rich or thick as I was anticipating, somewhat bland... surprisingly, the 10% ABV isn't too apparent, and the sugar-laden, sweet, roasted malt flavor permeates the brew... an unusually darker version than most Quads I've sampled... a decent stab at the style, but certainly not the best I've come across...

Photo of Lexluthor33
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours Reddish brown with a small frothy head and a small,sticky lace.
The aroma is of fruits,some malts,grapes and alcohol with some yeast tones.
The taste is basically sweet,fruits,grapes and a touch of caramel. I sensed the flavors came out more once it warmed. The caramel and fruit really popped,but so did the alcohol.
The feel was smooth,light carbonation and almost wine like.
It was not a light body beer,it was about medium to light-heavy.
The alcohol was not well masked and this really did hurt the beer,just not my thing.
It could have been more carbonated,but it was still an above average beer.

Notes: Good brew,alcohol sensation could be tamer.
I liked this and wisely had this beer as my last for the day while at the "Eden of Ales".

Photo of ppoitras
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle obtained via trade with hopdog. Thanks for the opportunity... Corked and caged.

Poured into a Rapscallion glass, formed a 3/8" creamy beige head over the clear dark burgundy brew. Head almost immediately recedes to just bubbling around the rim, with ample lacing. Aroma is malt syrup with dark fruits and spicing. Taste is spicy dark malt sweetness, with dark fruit notes, closing warm and with a bit of cough syrup lingering. Mouthfeel is okay, a bit too chewy for me though, and drinkability is quashed a tad by same. A little too hot for me to enjoy as much as I would have liked.

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Ichor from Sly Fox Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 115 ratings.