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Ichor - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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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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bamadog

Kentucky

2.93/5  rDev -23.5%

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....

09-26-2011 01:13:36 | More by bamadog
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +6.5%

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.

07-05-2011 01:40:17 | More by mikesgroove
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JunkYardJake

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +2.6%

On-tap at the brewery. This quad is darker than expected with a modest off-white head. The body is cola colored with very little light bleeding through. Smells pretty potent and appetizing. Dark fruit notes and a heathy dose of spicy begian yeast. Palate follows the nose closely and is suprisingly not very boozy. This brew impressed me with it's drinkability and was very enjoyable.

05-24-2011 20:05:05 | More by JunkYardJake
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haazer

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -1.3%

750ml bottle picked up at the brewery. Let's hope this is better than the spice bomb that was Incubus.

A- Loud cork pop with gunsmoke. The pour is fairly viscous looking, and 2 fingers of eggshell colored, tight head that takes time in settling. Good carbonation is evident in sides. The brew is a mix of dark brown and mohagony, very nice. No lace.

S- Nose is real fruity. Plum, raisin, and dates come to mind. Several whiffs in brings caramel and Mary Jane malt aromas. The alc is completely masked.

T- The flavor may be fruitier than the nose. Mostly plums and dates like in the aroma. Almost a cherry syrup sweetness too. Small flavors of cola. Not enough malt profile in flavor for a quad though. It does come in slightly as beer warms but very faint.

M- Body is medium with good carbonation. A little syrupy as well.

O- This was deffinitely better than their tripel, and a fairly drinkable quad. For 10%, this honestly feels more like 6-7. Not as much complexity as other quads, or malt as I'd like but I would have again and have my less experienced friends try this.

05-20-2011 03:38:25 | More by haazer
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meatyard

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +1.8%

Pours a clear, dark mahogany with a light tan head that falls relatively quickly without any lace.

The smell is sweet, dark fruit and a mild bit of alcohol.

The taste is cola and more of the dark fruit like plums & raisins. There is a waft of alcohol that comes back up through the nose after swallowing.

Mouthfeel is medium towards full with ample carbonation and a fairly high level of sweetness.

Overall: This leans in the direction of a very good quad. I am enjoying this while thinking this doesn't quite measure up to Rochfort 10 or S. Bernardus 12. It's unfair in a way but it does have some of the same nice qualities.

04-23-2011 01:03:40 | More by meatyard
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TheKingofWichita

North Carolina

3.3/5  rDev -13.8%

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.

03-28-2011 05:00:06 | More by TheKingofWichita
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steelerguy

New York

4/5  rDev +4.4%

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.

01-28-2011 00:12:38 | More by steelerguy
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

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.

11-21-2010 23:21:47 | More by OWSLEY069
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ktrillionaire

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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.

10-16-2010 02:52:01 | More by ktrillionaire
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matty

Pennsylvania

3.4/5  rDev -11.2%

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.

09-27-2010 02:18:08 | More by matty
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Chickenhawk9932

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +7%

I had this in a 750ml bottle that I aged for a year, poured with a nice head, carbonation was mellow but there just enough.

Deep ruby red with a tan head. Quite beautiful.

Sweet yeast and green apple, a pleasing, intriguing aroma.

Up front is sweet cider, then finnishes dry and smoothe like a fine wine. Flavor keeps popping. A full smoothe beer, suprisingly drinkable for the strength.

09-24-2010 11:48:11 | More by Chickenhawk9932
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JamnesCameron

Illinois

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.

08-08-2010 23:46:32 | More by JamnesCameron
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stonelis

Pennsylvania

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!

08-06-2010 13:09:06 | More by stonelis
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ToddT

Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -10.4%

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.

05-07-2010 04:18:07 | More by ToddT
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Beejay

Virginia

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.

03-26-2010 02:34:06 | More by Beejay
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gromis

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +3.9%

This pours a dark tan color.

Has a flowery, citrus nose to it. Very pleasant.

Pours with a nice head, but quickly dissipates, which is to be expected with a higher alcohol beer; but very pleased with the initial head.

Has a spicy, alcohol taste. The alcohol note is noticeable, but not overpowering. Also has hints of grape.

Very good beer, would drink again.

03-01-2010 02:28:13 | More by gromis
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barleywinefiend

Washington

3.05/5  rDev -20.4%

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.

01-03-2010 18:41:38 | More by barleywinefiend
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jordanmills

Texas

3.63/5  rDev -5.2%

Got in a beer trade. Bottle condition might be a result of shipping instead of condition from the brewery - possible points of compromise have been ignored for the rating, but are reviewed.

Poured into my Saint Arnold stein from a bomber. Cork was jammed in good, had a brown resin or residue caulking the cork to the bottle. It was promising or forboding. It poured thick and dark, almost no carbonation. It sat in the glass with a few strands of dark foam, nearly opaque.

The smell is strong and sweet, hits the senses hard, but it's hard to sense refinement over the sweetness.

It hits you hard in the front, turns icky sweet in the middle and leaves sweet and thick with a hint savory. It almost reminds me of Sam Adams triple bock... you know, the cork stains looked kind of similar too.

It feels thick and clingy in the mouth, with just the barest hint of carbonation in the back as it goes down. It's good for a quad, very good.

11-19-2009 02:00:00 | More by jordanmills
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bonkers

New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev -3.9%

I poured from a 25 ounce bottle into a snifter. It pours a deep bourgandy with a slight white head, somwewhat sticky. The aroma is a combination of alchohol, dark fruit and cough syrup. The flavor is sweeter than the aroma. It has a steady alcohol burn with a sweet raisiny background. The finish lingers and is sweet. The brew has slight to moderate carbonation, is full bodied and a sipper. While I enjoyed this there are better quads out there.

10-17-2009 20:45:07 | More by bonkers
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bminor7

New York

3.93/5  rDev +2.6%

750 ml from Hoosick St. Beverage in Troy NY, consumed on 9.20.2009. Best by 2/14/17.

When opened, a small pop...not a good sign? Low carbonation followed accordingly. Resembles pepsi/coke poured into a tulip glass - reddish hue. Spicy, boozy malt scent. Syrupy mouthfeel, with a chocolate malt taste and banana, clove notes. Sweet sugary fig with a touch of balsamic vinegar.

Not the most complex quad out there. I was expecting a lot more from this beer and was disappointed.

10-12-2009 00:00:32 | More by bminor7
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lpayette

Vermont

3.78/5  rDev -1.3%

Appearance- On the darker side I'd say when it comes to quads- pretty much brown with a ruby hue. The head is on the small side but manages some lacing. Could use more carbonation, especially considering it's in a corked 750ml bottle package.

Smell- Lots of raisins and phenols. Apple peal/over-ripened apple. Medicinal/herbal notes (think jagermeister, but not overpowering and horrible). Spicy with a good dose of alcohol to boot. Took me a while to figure it out, but licorice- obvious once you do.

Taste- Very very medicinal/herbal, especially when warm. Almost minty at times, but mostly just an intense LICORICE flavor. Interesting- for sure, but not what I see as being good for the style. Noticeable alcohol presence.

Mouthfeel- I think this could use a bit more carbonation- a little lacking in that department. Full-bodied, but this beer seems to be at odds with itself- not quite sure what it wants to do.

Drinkability- OK on the drinkability scale. There are better quads out there for sure. The new releases from Harpoon and Smuttynose do better I think at a lower price. If you like black licorice though you'll probably love this beer.

03-21-2009 06:18:23 | More by lpayette
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jlb307

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +3.1%

Served from the tap into a Chimay chalice.

A: Dark chocolate brown in appearance. Thin head with almost no lacing. Not much carbonation when poured.

S: Roasted malts with a sweet, earthy aroma. Slight alcohol scent mixed with fruit.

T: Somewhat of a yeasty aftertaste. Not too strong of an alcohol taste, but it's definitely there. Hints of sugary fruit on the roof of the mouth.

M: Medium bodied and yet thick. Struggled to put my finger on it. Started off very crisp, and then finished kind of flat.

D: This beer was kind of hard for me to define, but still pretty enjoyable. That 10% ABV really creeps up on you, so definitely enjoy this one slowly.

03-18-2009 18:41:17 | More by jlb307
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NittanyBeerFan

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +1.8%

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.

02-20-2009 03:40:14 | More by NittanyBeerFan
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brewandbbq

New Hampshire

4.08/5  rDev +6.5%

750ml bottle at 52 degrees.

Pours dark mahogany with a ruby hue when held to the light. Mostly clear in the body with a few fine particulates in suspension.
Barely a half-inch head developed and quickly dissapated to a placid surface with zero lacework.

Aromatics lead off with ripe malt, grape jam, rum-soaked raisins, cloves, and cotton candy.
Hints of cocoa, hard candies, and juicy fruits follow through.

Medium bodied with a sticky, tacky mouthfeel. A bit flatish and limp.

Red grapes, marmalade, dark rum, and plump malt start the palate. Hints of sweet apples, bubblegum, Jolly Ranchers, and cane sugar follow through.

Finishes with a building warmth, lingering sweetness, and chewy grape jam.

The nose is pretty deluxe on this one, but the low carbonation and high level of residuals detracts. Dry it up and increase the carbonation and this one would be a homerun.

01-13-2009 00:34:03 | More by brewandbbq
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mikereaser

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev -0.8%

A - Pours a deep mahogany with red tones, 1/4 inch of foam that eventually left just pools of tiny bubbles

S - nice aroma of cherries and a bit of woodiness in the background

T - really tasty cherry flavor with some malty background, and a nice alcoholness to it that reminded me this was a quad.

M/D - It is lacking pretty much any carbonation, but the taste is pretty fantastic. Its easy to drink, but maybe too easy at the ABV :)

12-26-2008 06:17:56 | More by mikereaser
Ichor from Sly Fox Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 113 ratings.