Ichor - Sly Fox Brewing Company
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Reviews by Phillyphilms:
4.15/5 rDev +7.8%
Bought a bomber from Sly Fox Phoenixville.
Poured into chalice at home.
Poured a dark brown with an almost eggplant hue to it. A thin white head disappears before you can say ROYERSFORD PENNSYLVANIA. Lacing was good for the style.
Smells dark, rich and fruity. Some candisugar and dark fruits as well as grapes and bananas.
Big malt upfront and a blast of carbonation hits the tongue. A spicey front leads to the sweetness which builds toward the finish which was very nice. The booziness you'd expect from a double digit abv is not there as it hides behind a sweet fruit finish that lingers quite long yet cleanly.
Great quad and yet another fine brew from Brian O'Riley and the Sly Fox gang. Sweeter than most I have had in the style which was interesting and will bring me back to this big bodies sipper once again.
08-03-2010 21:29:11 | More by Phillyphilms
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4/5 rDev +3.9%
This beer is really something different,whats up with the sticky bottle cap?Pours a deep chesnut brown with some ruby hues with no head to speak of.The aroma is of Xmas fruit cake and some alcohol notes.The taste starts out very sweet with some dried fruit thrown in there,its a sweet beer but not overdone.Iam sure I couldnt drink more than this bottle but still a very good,well made beer.
07-24-2003 23:33:08 | More by oberon
3.7/5 rDev -3.9%
A: a medium brown with a hint of red, having excellent clarity an number of fine floaters. The head is a long lasting thin cap, off-white leave some light lacing on the glass.
S: Dark cherries and dried fruit dominate with a light touch of chocolate and malt sweetness. There is a Christmas like spice aroma going that's mostly clove and ginger. A soft perfumey alcohol note.
T: A rich, sweet malty beer with moderate fruit flavors of dark cherries and some dried fruit. There is a moderately-low bitterness and a very light spicy hop flavor. The balance is moderately sweet with alcohol. The finish is sweet with an aftertaste of malty sweetness and cherries.
M: Medium-full bodied with a moderately-high level of carbonation. There is a good amount of warmth and moderately-high creaminess.
O: A good after dinner beer that is like sugar glazed cherries, prunes and raisins. It borders on being cloying, which I not my favorite but it's a solid beer with nice belgian character.
10-19-2012 00:20:24 | More by MadScientist
4.33/5 rDev +12.5%
This bottle had been in my cellar at least a year. It pours into my glass a dark cola brown color with mellow carbonation and a small off white head that leaves quickly. Aromas being with dark candied malts and fruits. Brown sugar, cherry, slight vanilla and an earthy, somewhat spicy yeast tone. Raisins and caramel work in as well.
First sip is a smooth rich maltiness upfront. Dark candi sugar with brown sugar sweetness as well. It rolls into cherry, vanilla and a spicy, earthy yeast flavor. Dark raisins come in on the finish. Overall the brew is incredibly smooth and silky with a touch of bitterness on the end.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a mellow, laid back carbonation. It could be a little more carbonated but I can't really complain. An easy drinking American brewed Quad that's well worth seeking out. A yummy treat from Sly Fox.
01-01-2008 23:52:49 | More by orbitalr0x
4.03/5 rDev +4.7%
Caged and corked Belgian bomber. $7.50 from New Beer in NYC. No vintage/bottling info. Opened with no pop, hmm, poured with little head being generated, low carbonation noted. Darkest of brown shades, no head, no lacing. Nose is strongly of raisiny bourbon. Strong, heady brew, notes of more raisins, cola, vanilla,brandy, dark grains and ripe fruits, on the sweet side, could use some more thickness on the palate. Fine brew that could use some more complexity and depth to earn world class scores. I'd like to try this one with a year or two in the bottle. Still well worth a try. Nice cold weather night caper.
12-16-2006 01:41:19 | More by Billolick
4.15/5 rDev +7.8%
Huge thanks to DarkerTheBetter for this one...
Dark brown in color...mahogany highlights with some natural light.
Less than a half a finger of light tan head...thin lacing forms as it quickly disappears.
Nice aroma...figs and cherries in the aroma with no alcohol detected.
The taste is fantastic...quite sweet with a huge grape/fig flavor. The alcohol is very well masked and finishes sweet, yet also dry...not overly bitter.
Mouthfeel is maybe thin for the style, and the carbonation is low...goes down too easy, but you know to take your time with this one after you start to warm up.
Very impressed with this bottle conditioned beauty from the folks at Sly Fox.
09-08-2006 00:56:11 | More by warriorsoul
4.01/5 rDev +4.2%
750ml bottle purchased in March, 2014 at Shadyside Giant Eagle. Poured into tulip glass.
A - Dark dark ruby brown, must be held to direct light to demonstrate brightness. Nice 1 1/2" head on pour that fades slowly.
S - Cured plum, dates, and raison with a healthy dose of spiced rum. Rum intensifies as the glass warms, blueberries and chocolate come out.
T - Sweet dark fruits upfront, a little heat from the alcohol, fading into cured dates, dark fruit preserves, and a note of port on the finish.
M - Creamy with moderate carbonation, little sticky on the finish.
O - Very rich and full quad, paired nicely with a shoulder roast braised in black IPA. I think this bottle would have been better if given a few more months, but I couldn't wait, it paired too well with the dinner at hand.
07-11-2014 23:48:58 | More by sevreng
4.19/5 rDev +8.8%
DATE REVIEWED: June 17, 2014... GLASSWARE: Duvel snifter... OCCASION: year in public education #15--done!...APPEARANCE: intimidating dark black body that sports a thin white head that settles quickly--a white on black spectacle... AROMA: toffee and peat malt dominate the nostrils; fruity yeasts--peach, pear, apple--provide a floral balance... PALATE: active, warm, full-bodied--worth sipping of 10% ABV; like a strong ale in texture, but a bit buttery too... TASTE: complex fruit--plum, black currants, and banana--with clove cigarettes and milk stout properties--a demanding,, playful experience... OVERALLL: the kitchen sink seems thrown in here, with a serious backbone that rewards the drinker with hear and flavor--a big beer that could be brought out for big occasions....
06-23-2014 03:02:35 | More by dacrza1
4.18/5 rDev +8.6%
A rich and sweetish combonation of fruit and mild spices that was a delight to sip with supper.The promise is that this could age, I think it was 1.3 years in my basement. It was very little carbonated, and may be better on tap.
German Pils and Roast malts and Belgian Candi Sugar, German Tradition hops. The alcohol was present. Very much like an American take on the quad, still very good.
12-09-2007 02:32:00 | More by Sammy
4.15/5 rDev +7.8%
Brought back from PA by expatsteve. Thanks for the opportunity.
Pour: deep, dark garnet/mahogany, mostly clear, no real head to speak of...alcohol?
Nose: vinuous blast of fermented grapes, raisins, molasses, cherries, light yeast
Taste: molasses and caramel sweetness, musty yeast, dark fruits, grape juice, dry, clean booze in the finish.
Feel: where this one falls short, a little thin, a little flat. I like a little more crispness in a Belgian like this.
Drinkability/Overall: Another completely solid beer from Sly Fox. Ridiculously drinkable for a quad of 10%. Not a mind-blower, but well-made on most fronts and hart to fault in too many places.
11-02-2006 21:59:53 | More by Golden2wenty1
4.4/5 rDev +14.3%
Ichor means "Blood of the Gods", and its appearance is quite appropriate! The body appears almost black at first, but reveals a deep ruby with a mahogany cast when held to the light. Carefully poured it's quite clear, leaving the yeast sediment almost completely behind (it's bottle conditioned). The creamy, one-fingered head is light-tan in color, holds quite well, and leaves some nice lace throughout the glass. The aroma is rich with fruitiness (the skins of dark fruits melded with fresh berries) and a soft yeasty spiciness. The body is firmly medium with an exceptionally fine carbonation that's lightly zesty on the tongue before warming to display a supple creaminess. The flavor is astoundingly rich with mouth coating sweet malt & caramelized sugars wrapped in dark fruit (plum/prune, grape/raisin, fig) and spice. Intense! There's an underlying layer of leafy/floral hop flavor and balancing bitterness. The alcohol is exceptionally well-cloaked and only reveals itself slowly throughout the goblet; but mainly in the finish where it helps to dry, and accentuates the spiciness of the yeast. It's exceptionally well-balanced and the malt and spice linger just long enough to be completely satisfying but not cloying. Very well done and well worth seeking out. This is clearly a beer that will improve with age for some time; drying a bit, softening it's already subtle alcohol, and possibly increasing it's complexity. It may hold for close to a decade as any sherryish notes that arise will only add to its deep, dark, fruitiness.
02-18-2003 14:59:32 | More by NeroFiddled
3.88/5 rDev +0.8%
Pours with a sticky off white head that finally settles over deep red clear liquid. Nose has a depth of Belgian character to it: sweet candi sugar, strong maltiness, yeast esters. Taste is heavy, sweet at first, and quite alcoholic. Maltiness gives way to some dark fruitiness, rum & brown sugar. A taste of a winey note pops up near the end. Finishes long and heady, drying slightly after swallowing. A good interpretation of a Belgian Quadruple.
A big "Thank You" to rotsaruch for the bottle!
03-22-2003 22:39:53 | More by beerluvr
3.85/5 rDev 0%
8 oz pour at South Philly Tap Room.
The caveat with this richly complex brew is that the keg seems to have gone flat, so the beer might not show nearly as well as possible. I liked it enough that I will certainly give it another try if I come across it on tap or in the bottle, when I get the chance. The sample I had was delivered to me with no head at all. A very dark beer with maroon and purple highlights when held to the light. Good Belgian quad aromas of root beer, cola, cherries and spice waft from the glass. Carbonation not absent when drinking, but certainly subdued, and at least a bit more would have elevated what is a rich, heavy style. The bright spiciness and winey cherry fruit kept the beer surprisingly drinakble, however. A wonderfully complex interplay of rich flavors. I hope to try a better sample someday.
04-21-2008 14:22:45 | More by kenito799
4.47/5 rDev +16.1%
is to be noted this review is for an ichor that was cellared for 18 months.
A - dark black color with off white head and terrific lacing.
S - dark fruit and grapes through and through. its the closest to wine I have even smelt a beer, but it is still beer with slight roasty malt overtones
T/M - similar to a red wine. sweet start but dry finish. grape and cherry overtone, but is grounded by a earthy maltiness
D - my wife and I killed the bottle in 20 minutes and still felt like we savored every drop. we had one when the case was first purchase and busted this one out of the cellar to celebrate pizza night. so much better after sitting around!!
02-20-2010 01:01:14 | More by drcarver
4.5/5 rDev +16.9%
This is an excellent beer. Fruity, whisky, malty and delicious. It also is high on the alcohol content and you can taste it throughout. A great ale for a nightcap or with chocolate, it warms the tongue and throat. Sip this and let it warm to enjoy the full range of flavors. An excellent Belgian Quad that doesn't overpower the senses too much.
04-07-2003 13:59:49 | More by bierman2000
4.45/5 rDev +15.6%
Into a tulip glass; this pours a deep oak brown with black shadow just below the head. The head is frothy light cream and thick: two fingers up over the rim of the glass but staying perfectly in line.
The aroma is candi-sugar, deep bready malts, prune and molasses. It smells as dark and rich as it looks.
A bready, just slightly yeasty lightness hits the palate; the expected experience is something syrup but this is not the case. It is pleasant on the tongue with a brandy like alcohol flavor and warmth. There is the remote taste of toasted malt on the back of the tongue. Sweet but also a tiny hint of sourness to compliment. Not the deepest or most complex beer that I've had but one of the outright tastiest if you like dark, sweet Belgians.
The taste of cherry, plumb and a slight bit of noble grassy hops rounds out the flavor.
The mouthfeel does end up being slightly thin, but not to the point of being objectionable.
It is very drinkable for such a massive beer. I've had it on tap as well and that presents an even more aromatic and deeper experience. Top of the line of USA Belgian Quad styles - up there with St. Bernardus and a slightly less complex Westvleteren.
01-18-2010 01:30:49 | More by Minotaur
Ichor from Sly Fox Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 151 ratings.