Ichor - Sly Fox Brewing Company
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Ratings: 113 | Reviews: 76 | Display Reviews Only:
3.98/5 rDev +3.9%
Not a lot of carbonation upon opening. Deep chestnut and mahogany color. Ok sized head on top. Very nice caramel and treacle like aroma. Deep raisen smell. Big malty flavor up front. Again, very raisen like flavor going on. Sugars give it a pleasant and complex sweetness. Mild port wine flavor in finish. Good body-the sweetness quietly fades to a pleasant dryness. No sense of the 10% abv. Very drinkable beer-almost dangerously so. Best Sly Fox beer I have had.
11-23-2008 22:59:58 | More by lackenhauser
3.08/5 rDev -19.6%
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.
09-24-2008 16:41:29 | More by Beertracker
3.8/5 rDev -0.8%
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".
08-19-2008 03:07:34 | More by Lexluthor33
3.98/5 rDev +3.9%
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.
07-30-2008 22:49:16 | More by beerthulhu
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.
07-06-2008 18:24:41 | More by Metalmonk
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.
06-23-2008 20:07:01 | More by Crosling
3.6/5 rDev -6%
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.
05-10-2008 14:09:00 | More by pfknapp
3.83/5 rDev 0%
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.
05-09-2008 17:40:25 | More by brewdogmrb
3.58/5 rDev -6.5%
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.
05-04-2008 03:02:47 | More by Gmann
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.
04-18-2008 20:53:59 | More by Boto
3.98/5 rDev +3.9%
A: Dark brown/amber body with a thin offwhite head... decent lacing...
S: Lots of prunes, raisins, figs... good spicyness and yeast.
T: The fruits start off the profile before giving way to a sweet sugary caramel malt base which is accented with pepper and clove... nice yeast finish.
M: Smooth and velvety... the alcohol is present...
D: Its a sipper... but a good American quad indeed.
03-28-2008 02:09:13 | More by callmemickey
4.63/5 rDev +20.9%
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.
03-20-2008 00:00:49 | More by Biscuit033
3.48/5 rDev -9.1%
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.
03-02-2008 21:13:04 | More by akorsak
3.75/5 rDev -2.1%
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...
01-29-2008 23:14:23 | More by dsa7783
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!
01-03-2008 19:37:47 | More by grub
3.93/5 rDev +2.6%
Thanks to NutBrown for this brew.
Poured into a chalice a clean/clear dark ruby red color, some carbonation, no head or sticky lacing at all. The nose is malty, slight sweetness, some raisins, figs, plums, and caramel. The taste is sweet, malty, nice touch of dark fruits, and caramel. The alcohol is hidden pretty well. Medium body. Drinkable, I was kinda dissappointed in this one, no pop from the cork. The taste is nice tough.
12-22-2007 01:16:40 | More by Wasatch
4/5 rDev +4.4%
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.
10-18-2007 00:23:59 | More by Phatz
3.63/5 rDev -5.2%
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.
07-26-2007 22:57:46 | More by barleywinebrewer
2.98/5 rDev -22.2%
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.
06-22-2007 06:03:10 | More by ccrida
3.63/5 rDev -5.2%
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?
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.
06-09-2007 15:34:17 | More by MmmIPA
3.2/5 rDev -16.4%
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.
05-21-2007 04:01:26 | More by BlindPig
4.08/5 rDev +6.5%
Pours a dark cola brown to black in color, mainly clear, a faint skirmish of whitish bubbles appears and is gone quickly. Rich and sugary bready aroma, with caramel and ripe raisins and other dark fruits mix with a strong aroma of alcohol. Taste follows with a very sweet and rich raisin flavor, a slight hint of tingling on the tongue fades into a good dose of warming alcohol. Very low carbonation keeps the beer from feeling to full and accentuates the drying alcohol in the finish. A very enjoyable beer for the style, big for sure, but in the right amounts. Had this in the cellar for 6mos to year.
04-21-2007 19:22:02 | More by hoppymeal
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.
04-06-2007 21:04:24 | More by weeare138
3.4/5 rDev -11.2%
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.
04-02-2007 22:12:24 | More by BuckeyeNation
2.25/5 rDev -41.3%
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.
02-25-2007 02:25:36 | More by bjohnson
Ichor from Sly Fox Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 113 ratings.