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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: 12
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerBeing on 04-09-2006)
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Photo of edelavega
1/5  rDev -73.9%

edelavega, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of bjohnson
2.25/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Another big thanks to warriorsoul for handing this off to me. you are too kind. After a labor intensive 5 minutes of prying the cork out, it finally popped--crap that took awhile.

A: Pours a very dark brown with a reddish tint to it. Very soapy and bubbly head dissipates very fast--no retention on the head. Bubbles on the sides of the glass make me believe it's carbonated, but I'm not sure as the cork slide out of the bottle and didn't pop. Looking at the cork now, I see it didn't expand outward as most corks in beer bottles do once they're popped. This almost looks like an aggressively poured red wine.
S: Spicy and wheaty in the nose with intense fruit. Cherries and other dark fruits. Those are the perfect aromas to a quad. The spicyness is subdued and the fruit aromas are hefty.
T/M: Well, this isn't carbonated at all. Flat, well, no sir, I don't particularly like my beer flat, unless it's on cask. Since it took me about 5 minutes to pry the cork out, well...I'm not a happy camper right now. Tastes like thick sweet juic with a wheaty aftertaste--those are layman's terms if you weren't aware. Wheaty notes aren't big but definitely noticeable. Dark fruit--fig and plum--notes covered in spices and a candied thickness stick to the palate and don't let go. Cough syrup like flavors towards the back of the throat and on the tongue made me cringe a bit. Aftertaste of wheaty cough syrup to put it bluntly. Unfortunately this wasn't the best quad in the world.
D: This went the way of the drain after the first snifter. Quality control problem? Possibly. If I cross the brew again, I'd be tempted to pick it up as it could be a great one.

bjohnson, Feb 25, 2007
Photo of jiffymon
2.5/5  rDev -34.7%

jiffymon, Feb 11, 2013
Photo of Ego
2.83/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

in stock @ oak tree buy rite, edison nj (it says brewed in royersford on the label)

I am a bit wary of their bomber stuff as I haven't really liked any of them except the dopplebock... but the canned stuff they make is so damn good I want to at least give them the old college try. plus oak tree really needs my money... I mean, they seem to love taking it by providing a ridiculous selection.. even in the last 3 months the places has improved 5 times!

eyes...
damn this cork took a workout to get off... good thing my right hand is in good shape. what little head there is is gone in 20 seconds.. maybe less, I think I blinked... near black and almost opaque. leaves legs like a boozy wine. not much is impressing me in the look of this one.

nose...
boozy like bourbon barrells, prunes and dark fruit absolutely soaked in booze for a year. some light hints of floral sweetness float on top, there is a dash of vinegar in there as well. interesting nose.

taste etc...
the carbonation is very low, almost non existent, it is very coating and syrupy especially in the finish. the alcohol is nearly burning on the way down, blind I might think this is some sort of barleywine... it drinks and tastes more like that, there is a strange blackberry/wine flavor to this one with a sweet finish like a red wine (not sugary). It almost tastes a bit artificial.. like those ice sticks you buy and stick in your freezer. ever have the grape one? well, dip one in absolut and suck on it.. that's this beer. I can't say it is too enjoyable. the body is medium but just a hair more carbonation might suit this one better. the alcohol is not that noticeable in the flavor, one of the only "kudos" moments I can give this one... dissapointing.

verdict?
when I can buy abt12 for nearly the same price why the heck would I get this? I give this one a thumbs down. it isn't offensive but it isn't very good either.

folllow up:
I had to dump about 30% of this bottle.. it sucked that bad.. I am actually being sort of kind on this review with my scores... it probably deserves worse.

Ego, May 13, 2006
Photo of goodbyeohio
2.93/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

my bottle says it was brewed and bottled in royersford. for what its worth, the label (pictured, right) is kick-ass. their graphic design is tops in the world of beer packaging. it's a shame the beer doesn't look so good.

the bottle opens with a thpftpop. for those of you who don't speak in cork sounds, that means that the sound the cork made being pulled out of the bottle is akin to a wet.. um, 'tube' sliding out of a um.. 'hole'. nothing. no carbonation, no buildup, nothing. when i pour it.. well.. it's the right color, but too much light is getting through. there are crimson highlights where there should be more complex darkness, and there is a reflective brown shine where there should be bubbles and hazy clouds.

the beer smells pretty good. bright fruity berry hints , slightly phenolic but not overpowering. a crisp waft of tart red apple and a complex belgian sugary sweetness. warmth and deeper inhales bring banana to the phenol and even a hint of sweetly spiced african coffee beans.

mouthfeel is awful. it's painfully thin for the boozy and sweet shock that hits you. although it doesn't overpower the flavor, its like drinking something caustic or otherwise assaultive to the taste buds. before you have a chance to enjoy it, you've taken too much in and your face sucks up in a death cringe. it's too sweet, in an unfermented way. the candied fig and date puree flavors that i like in belgian quads are there, but go somewhat underappreciated due to the mess this beer has created. i am really kind of afraid before i take each sip, although its not bad enough to drain pour.

i wonder if time would have done anything here. somehow i doubt it, and i tried this back in april and dug it.. so, in closing, i'd say drink them fresh and hope you hear a popppzz and not a thrpftpop.

goodbyeohio, Nov 24, 2006
Photo of bamadog
2.93/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to beerman207 for picking this one up for me a little over a year ago on a trip back to PA. Review is from notes taken on 9/25/2011 and poured from the bottle to a snifter:

Appearance: Pour is a dark, coppery/plum color and it starts with a fair 1 and 1/2 finger light tan head with pretty solid retention; body is cloudy, dark and a little murky, yet still manages to show strong and fast carbonation bubbling up from the bottom;

Smell: Lots of dark fruit that is overripe (figs, raisins, perhaps even some grape); plenty of Belgian candi sugar as well accompanied by some spiciness

Taste: It's sweet and sugary, and perhaps too much so... It's a tad cloying; following the candi sugars, there is plenty of dark and overripe fruit behind it, with a touch of the spiciness, but it's really subdued in the mouth by all of the sweetness; fair presence of alcohol lingering in the back.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is pretty strong and borders on sharp, so it could probably have stood a bit more time in the bottle to work on mellowing out; body is medium weight; warming alcohol in the back keeps the belly warm and a little uncomfortable with all of the carbonation and sweetness.

Overall: Not something I would go out of my way to get again... It's not bad, and I wish I had someone to share it with as I don't really want to drain pour it, but the sweetness is definitely getting to me....

bamadog, Sep 26, 2011
Photo of ccrida
2.98/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Really had the wrangle the cork out of this 750ml bottle, with my teeth ultimately, only to have a headless pour with a wisp of light tan skim and no lace over a cola colored body. In it's defense, it's quickly roused with a swirl of the St. Feuillien goblet, but it recedes just as quickly. An overly vigorous 2nd pour roused a 1/4 inch head that that immediately vanished to a collar and swirled skim...

The smell is all dark stone fruit sweetness and a touch of spicy yeast. While it had it moments, it has an astringency to it that was unwelcome.

The taste is dominated by dark candi sugar. Theres a very rummy booze that works well, but is inadequately tempered by any yeasty complexity, save for a slight spiciness on the finish. Boarding on sugar bomb, this one's a diabetic's nightmare!

The mouthfeel is very light, easily passing the Belgian digestibility test, but seriously lacking in carbonation.

The drinkablity was low, because this one was so sugary and not very interesting. The light body made it a good candidate for a quick buzz if you had a serious sweet tooth for, which I sometimes do, but this was really too much. I brought this back from my last visit to Pittsburgh, and had been looking forward too it. While not a total disappointment, it's not a quad I'll be making any effort to have again.

ccrida, Jun 22, 2007
Photo of barleywinefiend
3.05/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a dark ruby red color, really no carbonation and no pop on the cork either. That left a few bubbles. Nose is malty, slight sweetness, raisins, figs, plums, and caramel. Taste is sweet but flat with dark fruits and caramel. The alcohol is hidden pretty well. Mouthfeel was pretty flat. I drain poured it, mainly upon the carbonation and lack there of left unintrigued.

barleywinefiend, Jan 03, 2010
Photo of Beertracker
3.08/5  rDev -19.6%
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

Beertracker, Sep 24, 2008
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.2/5  rDev -16.4%
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.

Phyl21ca, Dec 18, 2006
Photo of BlindPig
3.2/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Thin tan head that fades fast! Dark body, when held to light you get hues of clear dark ruby.
S- Chocolate, plum, raisins, grass hops, toffee, and alcohol.
T- Strong esters, coffee, dark chocolate, alcohol, raisins, lots of sugars, some grass hops, and some plums. It comes off not to good at all and then as your taste buds get used to it, it is drinkable.
M- Full body, low carbonation.
D- Not to good. I would never buy this again. Just has some rough flavors and IMO you can tell this is an American attempt at it. Seems that they just threw a bunch of stuff together.

BlindPig, May 21, 2007
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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

IdrinkGas, May 23, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

ygtbsm94, Apr 15, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

ms11781, Jul 28, 2012
Photo of TheKingofWichita
3.3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another Sly Fox brew courtesy of G311.
Pours an interesting looking deep brown color with purple highlights when held up to the light with a light brown colored head and a lot of lacing all over the glass. Smells of candied raisins, plums, molasses, and dark malts. Tastes of plenty of malts, candy sugar, brown sugar, molasses, raisin, plum, and cloying sweetness. Mouthfeel is nice with a mild carbonation. Overall, not a bad beer, but not something I could enjoy often and it is really just too sweet for my palate.

TheKingofWichita, Mar 28, 2011
Photo of ksimons
3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-a dark toffee brown with ruby highlights and two fingers worth of creamy head

S-malts, caramel, plums, and a bit of alcohol. The smell picks up a bit throughout the beer.

T-sticky malt, raisins and plums, caramel, and spicy alcohol

M-medium body, light to medium carbonation, leaves a sweet spicy aftertaste

Overall I think the strong alcohol helps this beer a lot since there is really not much carbonation at all. It is a very sweet beer which might turn people off. I like it, probably won't try it again though.

ksimons, Jul 23, 2012
Photo of socon67
3.39/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

socon67, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of matty
3.4/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown colored beer with a slowly fading head.Aroma is Belgian yeast.Taste is Belgian yeast,dark fruit and sugar cane.Sweet and warming and pretty smooth for a heavier beer.I probably would enjoy this more in the winter months.A decent beer that I would recommend and purchase again.

matty, Sep 27, 2010
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.4/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bloody chestnut with orange peel trim. It's never good when removing the cork results in complete silence. The fact that almost no head formed on the pour is further evidence that there's a serious lack of carbonation. At most, I got a slim one finger of beige froth that is now almost gone. I have a feeling this won't be a good experience.

The nose is more dark lager than it is Belgian quadrupel. There's a faint hint of dark malt and that's about it. With precious few bubbles, how can the beer be aerosolized enough to make an impact on my nose? The obvious answer is that it can't.

I was all set to be disappointed, but Ichor is surprisingly intact on the palate. Sure, it's as flat as a pancake, but given my penchant for subdued carbonation in most styles (most Belgians excepted), I don't mind all that much. The good thing is that it doesn't seem to have adversely affected the flavor... much.

Ichor is as much a BSDA as it is a quadrupel. It's dark fruity (fig preserves, raisin paste, dark rum-soaked plums) and is moderately spicy (clove primarily). There's also quite a bit of dark candi sugar present, which gives it a dark caramel-burnt sugar vibe. In fact, I could almost believe that it was aged in bourbon barrels. I don't mind the well-integrated booziness one bit.

Needless to say, the mouthfeel needs a lot of help. I can deal with the lack of animation (as long as I pretend it's low-ABV dark rum rather than high-ABV beer), but the thinness is far from appropriate for a quadrupel. Although all that sugar gives it some amount of finishing stickness, there's nothing of substance behind it. I can only dream what the beer would be like with two or three times as much viscosity... which is exactly what is needed.

It's obvious that Ichor is a better beer than the one I opened today. It's be great to experience it as the brewers intended, but I have no desire to trade for another bottle (thanks BitterBrian) since there's no guarantee I'll get a good one next time. My impression is that Sly Fox BC is a good brewery that better pay closer attention to quality control if they want to play in the big leagues.

BuckeyeNation, Apr 02, 2007
Photo of ToddT
3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Clear dark brown topped with a light tan colored head. Head is long lasting and leaves some lace on the glass.

S- Banana, bubblegum, spice, clove, caramel, and yeast.

T- Sweet raisin and candied fruit at first almost cloyingly sweet. Banana and spice mellow this out in the middle; the finish has some heat of alcohol and some more sticky sweetness.

M- Medium in body and carbonation, sweetness does leave a coating on the palate.

D- A sipper not from the 10.0% ABV, it's well hidden, but from the sticky sweetness that build up in the mouth.

Interesting take on a quad, but not one I'll want to drink again.

ToddT, May 07, 2010
Photo of akorsak
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

akorsak, Mar 02, 2008
Photo of ububru
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

ububru, Jan 08, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

bsm80x, Feb 18, 2014
Photo of ktrillionaire
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a cola-brown hue with a tan wispy head and not much lace.

S - It smells nutty and raisin-y, but more like a big sweet Dubbel than a big spicy Quad.

T - Sweet and slightly roasty with some discernible clove-cinnamon notes. Unusual for the style in that it declines in quality as it airs out.

M - A bit prickly.

D - Nice enough, but I'd go with a real Belgian.

ktrillionaire, Oct 16, 2010
Photo of mscott1975
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

mscott1975, Nov 23, 2012
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Ichor from Sly Fox Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 113 ratings.