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Ichor - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

113 Ratings
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Ratings: 113
Reviews: 76
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 13.84%
Wants: 11
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sly Fox Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerBeing on 04-09-2006)
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jlc, Mar 05, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +24%

randygreener, Aug 16, 2012
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4.72/5  rDev +23.2%

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.

JamnesCameron, Aug 08, 2010
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4.63/5  rDev +20.9%

750ml C&C

A: Poured vigorously to produce a tiny bit of head but it did leave a ring of bubbles around the edge over this dark brown beer.

S: Dryied dark fruits dominate and are assisted by pepper, clove, cardamom, and yeasty breadiness.

T: Prunes, dates, brown sugar, molasses, allspice, pepper, plum, raisin, bread, and alcohol.

M: Creamy with an alcohol warmth that finishes very dry.

D: This is a great end to a meal and a second glass is in order.

Biscuit033, Mar 20, 2008
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4.6/5  rDev +20.1%

Appearance: Dark red , almost brown. nice thick head, off white.

Smell: Brown sugar, raisin,

Taste: carmelized burnt sugar. has that belgian yeast taste.

Mouthfeel: not overly carbonated. I like this one.

Drinkability: The 10% alcohol is not present. I drank this one after a hard days work and it hit me hard. I could drink these until I hit the floor!

stonelis, Aug 06, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

kmwilson76, Mar 18, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

railman, Feb 05, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

hays99, Mar 01, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

hockenbeer, Jan 14, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

I love the look of the Sly Fox pull corks, but damn if I didn't need a cockscrew to actually get it out of the bottle.

Pour initially looks black, then later purple as the beer goes down, but I'll say it is actually an extremely dark red, appropriate enough for "blood of the gods". Small off-white head quickly disipates into a collar at the glass and an oil slick on the surface.

Nose is full of dark fruits with a touch of candy. A very enjoyable sniff, full of promise.

Taste is all about the dark - plums and raisins and prunes and red grapes plus a slight undercurrent of apple. If dark was a taste, besides chocolate, this might be it. So fruity its a cosmic smoothie. Warming alcohol after the swallow.

Wonderfull full mouthfeel. Extremely low carbonation, it all seems it exit on the pour with a snake-like hiss.

Yes this is another beer that dear old "dangerously drinkable" applies to.

A wonderful nightcaper of a beer from Brian O'Reilly and the folks at Sly Fox. Seek it and savor it.

RonfromJersey, Aug 13, 2006
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4.45/5  rDev +16.2%

2010 vintage.

Dark mahogany with an ever active head of dense sandy colored foam that just keeps growing.

Massive fruit notes with malty sweetness and bubblegum. Layer after layer of complex fruit scents.

Huge sweetness up front with dark fruits such as plum, raisin, date, red grape and fig. Warm alcohol, woody/oaky spice, toffee, caramelized sugar and toasted walnuts. So very complex and deliciously drinkable at the same time.

The carbonation is big and pretty soft, but a touch fizzy. The body is a touch light for the style and the finish is extremely dry.

Great quad here. This is an awesome american made example of the style. This is up there with the top ones straight out of Belgium for me.

jera1350, Jul 07, 2012
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4.38/5  rDev +14.4%

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.

Beejay, Mar 26, 2010
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4.33/5  rDev +13.1%

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.

weeare138, Apr 06, 2007
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4.33/5  rDev +13.1%

Dark, deep ruby/chestnut beer with a thin, light tan head that settled quickly to a ring. Minimal spotty lacing. Big fruity aroma of prunes, figs, and raisins, along with rich, dark malt (light roast with bittersweet chocolate). Yeast contribute some character as well, mostly a freshly baked bread smell. Alcohol is present in the nose, but is restrained and blends in well. While the fruit character from the aroma is in full force in the flavour, the malt character is somewhat expanded - it's more nutty and has a bit of toffee blended in. Sweet, caramelized sugar is solid throughout and is accompanied by mellow alcohol flavour and warmth. Low carbonation, full bodied, with a bit of stickiness. A bold beer with a nice balance and accessible complexity. I like this one quite a bit and plan to bring some back to Toronto to pass around.

DrJay, Jul 16, 2006
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4.33/5  rDev +13.1%

Sensational brew. I'm not going to say this is on par with Westvleteren or Rochefort, but this is definately one of the better American examples I've tried. A little confused by it low score, perhaps it's a newer, more improved batch. Yum, this is a great beer. The mouthfeel could definately be a bit creamier and more heavy and I wish the finish was a little more lasting, BUT this is still a great brew, worth seeking out.

Crosling, Jun 23, 2008
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4.3/5  rDev +12.3%

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.

Metalmonk, Jul 06, 2008
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4.3/5  rDev +12.3%

DrJay sent me this one as part of BC2. thanks jay!

750ml bottle, corked and caged. sampled jan 2/08.

really had to fight to pull the cork from this one, eventually resorting to a corkscrew. pours crystal clear red-brown with no trace of carbonation or head. beautiful ruby and garnet colours when held to the light.

aroma is nice. my first thought upon pulling the cork was merlot, but i got that less when it hit the glass. alcohol. hints of dark fruit - date ,fig, bit of raisin. white bread. toffee and caramel. dark chocolate. bit of vanilla.

taste is great. alcohol, slightly warming on the way down. nice dark fruit again, a little bigger in the flavour than the aroma. date, fig, raisin. white bread. dark chocolate. toffee and caramel. low bitterness level. bit of dried cranberry. bit of hazelnut. just a touch of yeasty spice. hint of sweetness, more as fruit/chocolate/caramel than raw sugar. even better as it warmed.

mouthfeel is good. medium body. just a hint of carbonation, not enough to really do it justice. it holds up very well, but i think it would really come alive with even a little carbonation.

drinkability is good. the lack of carbonation makes it come across more wine or port-like. great fruity and malty base balanced against the alcohol. holds up very well, even with the low carbonation. i had no trouble finishing off the full 750 by myself - until it was time to stand up!

grub, Jan 03, 2008
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4.28/5  rDev +11.7%

750ml bottle: No sound at all as the cork is puled from the bottle. This one pours with absolutely no head whatsoever. This appears to be normal for this one, judging from other ratings. The color is a clear, dark brown. It has maybe a twinge of cherry red in there also. The aroma has a faint sweetness to it. Some raisins, caramel, other dark fruits. It is a bit slick on your tongue. Notes of dark fruits and caramel, as well as hints of breadiness and actually some cherries in the finish. Also a touch of alcohol on the finish. Not bad at all.

Boto, Apr 18, 2008
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4.28/5  rDev +11.7%

Poured out a clear dark brown with no head whatsoever. Had a huge nose, I mean a tremendously big nose. Raisin, cherry, cranberry, sherry, alcohol, all playing very nicely together. The body was sweet, but not cloying. It had honey, mollasses, raw sugar. This gave way to some other interesting flavors, orange, cola, sherry. It went down a little oily slick and viscous, warm too. Had a lot going on, especially the sweeter flavors, but not poorly balanced at all. Really enjoyable.

dherling, Oct 19, 2006
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4.25/5  rDev +11%

Mudawg, Jun 26, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +11%

Drknight, Sep 18, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +11%

BostonBrewins, Apr 16, 2012
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4.22/5  rDev +10.2%

Vintage bottle from 2002.
Pours a deep amber to almost black color with a small white head. In the aroma, reminds me of asiago cheese, hints of caramel and a touch of alcohol. In the taste, plum-ish and really quite like a LaTrappe Quad. A smooth big bodied mouthfeel and a dry, Belgiany sugary plum in the aftertaste. Great representation of style, very La Trappe like. Sweet and dry in all the right places.

OWSLEY069, Nov 21, 2010
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4.2/5  rDev +9.7%

Mahogany red-brown, but dark. Maybe chestnut. Looks rich. Has very little clarity. Mucky. Enough light passes through the narrow end of the goblet to show some sunken specks of yeast cake.

Distinctly emphasized by prune, black cherry, raisin, and browned pear. Clove-like phenols are pertinent. Has a mild kriek-like tartness. I wouldn't call it sour, but it's certainly a positive, thus far. Backing malts have that brown bread unctuousness. Light nuttiness, overpowered by a whole basket of dark fruits. Hints of red apple and grape. Very ripe for a quad. The booze note is actually pretty tame, and I don't know the actual levels yet, as the bottle label doesn't reveal the ABV%.

Pleasing tartness. It's very subtle, but it makes the whole experience refreshing and all the more approachable. Dark fruits stacked on top of one another. Prune, red grape, tart cherry, pomme fruits, raisin, and blackberry (maybe even pomegranate). Clove-y elements that are legit, not just the taste of something medicinal (except that there is something reminiscent of Ricola cough drops). Perhaps, I am getting a hint of eucalyptus. Somewhat vinous (port notes), a descriptor that I could have used for the nose, as well. Big bouts of maltiness and yeast, playing out like a true Belgian strong ale. Fusel alcohol has that floral note. Exceptional sweetness, but not too far gone. Rather addicting in the way that it's so delicious. Fruity, with a tobacco note that builds from the middle on. Finishes sweet and clove-y. Alcohol is so subdued, I can't wait to see where this one is at.

Feels nice and full and soppy (one of my favorite words to use). Carbonation is perfectly mild with that wee-bit crackle and pop in the back folds of the mouth. Still uses the body to drive the feel. Alcohol has a light spicy bite in the finish. So good.

I'm wondering how long this bottle has sat on the shelf. Amazing complexities built up here. On the sweet side, but hardly atrocious; done the right way! It just happens to have some leftover residual sugars. Wicked good. However, I might open an Abt 12 next...

thecheapies, Jun 04, 2013
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Ichor from Sly Fox Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 113 ratings.