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Ichor - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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very good

86 Reviews
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Reviews: 86
Hads: 169
Avg: 3.9
pDev: 13.08%
Wants: 15
Gots: 22 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Sly Fox Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: NeroFiddled on 02-18-2003

This Abbey-style Quadruple brewed with German Pils and Roast malts and dark candi sugar, hopped with German Tradition hops. Luscious and seductive, Ichor is brewed for both the body and the soul. This beer will improve with careful aging but is ready to drink now.
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Reviews: 86 | Hads: 169
Photo of maybrick
4.8/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Brian's quad. Awesome. Deep, dark, malty, carmel, every big beer lovers dream. The head holds on, the mouthfeel exceptional and the complexity and balance are truly remakrable. This stuff is not for light hearted the ABV is well over 10. As it warms the characteristics become more refined and this is a truly remarkable and memorable brew.

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Photo of JamnesCameron
4.7/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of ski271
4.6/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I reviewed a bottle of this earlier and was quite disappointed, but after enjoying a hand-pulled pint of this at Zeno's in State College, PA, I'm thinking I got a mishandled bottle. This beer has all the characteristics I listed before for the nose, but appearance, taste, mouthfeel and just the overall drinking experience were far superior to my last encounter. I love the rich complexity. The high alcohol is well hidden by its fruity and malty sweetness, and as big as this beer is it is surprisingly easy-drinking. If I hadn't known better I'd have had a couple of these and not been able to drive home safely. A wonderful beer and I really enjoyed.

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Photo of stonelis
4.6/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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!

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Photo of Biscuit033
4.59/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Jarod
4.55/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

1pt 9.4 oz bottle
Bottle reads: Dark, luscious and seductive. Ichor is a treat for both the body and the soul.
Served at slightly above cellar temperature.
Bottle cap was oozing sweet black gold that when opened the cap refused to separate completely from the bottle, it left a sweet caramel braid that connected the two like two lovers not wanting to say goodbye to each other.
This beer poured a combination of mahogany and chestnut colors that had scarlet tones on the edges when held to the light. It produced a light beige colored head that quickly faded into a simple ring on the outside edges, and left behind no lace. The aroma was intoxicating but not over-powering, aromas of deep dark malts and sweet malts, caramel, dark fruits (black cherry, plum, raisin), soft wood tones, a slight roasted grain and the warmth of alcohol all filled my nose and mouth. The flavors were just as intoxicating, seductive and more pronounced. My tongue tasted rich malts (roasted, sweet), dark fruits (plums, raisins, black cherries), caramel, a warming alcohol, candied sugar, slight bread grains and a hint of spice. The taste that stayed on my tongue - were of the sweet candied sugar, and the warmth of the alcohol. The body of this beer can only described as thick and spoony (at the warmer temperature at which it was served). Very rich and creamy all through the taste, from the first sip to the last. A very complex beer that should be sipped, savored and respected to the very end. The bottle label was correct.

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Photo of bierman2000
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.48/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

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Photo of drcarver
4.47/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!!

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Photo of ZimZamZoom
4.47/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 into a goblet. About a year's age on this bottle. This one pours a deep brown color, with a nice dense tan head. Free of any floaties which is always a plus.

Aroma is thick and bready, full of dark fruity wonders and spicy pleasure. Prunes, and even licorice come to mind. Lovely. The taste follows along nicely, with mysterious dark fruits, almost a fruitcake thick bready spiciness. It all entwines around the alcohol warmth nicely. This is a great beer.

Big bodied, yet smooth and definitely easy to sip on. No doubt that it is a big beer but the alcohol is subdued in its presence. A great sipper on a cold Sunday afternoon.

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Photo of Minotaur
4.45/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of jera1350
4.45/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of CJfromPhilly
4.44/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours from the 25.4oz bottle a cola-ish brown with a 2 finger head. I cant see much in the way of carbonation in the darkness. Aroma is surprisingly faint ( or is it my allergies?) but I catch a hint of bread & dark fruit. 1st sip is of dark cherries, plums, and a hint of caramel. It's quite sweet & malty even after 2 months of aging. Mouthfeel is a bit prickly, but there is not as much carbonation as one would expect. Overall, this is a pretty solid quadrupel, a quite suitable offering on National Beer Day!

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Photo of rotsaruch
4.43/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Presented in a 750ml bottle with no date. Surprisingly and pleasantly, that after removing the cap I noticed it was filled all the way to the top. Thank you, Brian O'Reilly, brewer at SlyFox for this additional bonus of this beautiful Belgian Quad.

Pours a dark burgundy, almost a satin mahogany color. Distinct degree of carbonation is noticable with a generous foam of bubbles which forms this delicate tan head that quickly fades. As it warms and I swirl it gently, there is this hint of a sweet, fruity bouquet. As the aroma becomes more noticable, I finally need to accomplish the task at hand and give the poor palate a chance to participate in this splended sensory situation. WOW!! The old tastebuds were blessed with this banquet of dark delicious dates (filled with cream cheese), plums, and red rasberries. I poured some more of this charming concoction and tasted. This effervescence display of bubbles which are released would dance and dart within the tasting chamber providing another unexpected sensation to enjoy. There is this wonderful warming effect with this slight, but noticable, brown sugar-like finish. The finish is dry and sweet, but not overpowering. What a lovely treat on such a miserable, cold winter night.

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Photo of mdagnew
4.4/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle bought from Lighthouse Wines, Jordanstown

Poured a deep burgundy red / brown colour with a slight haze... Creamy tan head poured quite foamy but faded very quickly to thin covering with thick edging... fair amount of carbonation bubbles... light patchy lacing...

Aroma - Dark sweet and spicy fruits (raisins, prunes, some blackcurrents), strong toasted toffee maltiness, some molasses notes, yeasty, caramel, light aniseed hints, some light rum traces, vanilla, some nuttiness, peppery hops...

Taste - Spicy dark fruits (definite raisins and prunes, spicy apples, some figs and blackcurrents), brown sugar / toffee sweetness, milk chocolate, toasted malt loaf, strong Belgian yeastiness, light herbal notes, nice warming alcohol, liquorice hints, spicy hops...

Feel - Quite sharp and dry then some smoothness coming through after.. Medium / full bodied... Pretty drinkable considering the strength...

Overall - An excellent Quad and one of the best i've had... recommended...

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Photo of Brianmerrilyn
4.4/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a goblet at David Copperfields. After 2 tries of different style beers,I was more than happy to find out that the Ichor was a quad.

A:Dard brown with ruby accents. 2 finger khaki head with nice ringing laces and perfect retention sticking to my glass.

S: Dark fruits and earthy malts.

T: A powerful sweetness transitioning into a slighy hoppy taste, with candys returning for the finish.

M: Thick,rich and creamy. Carbonation at a moderate level to add to the complexity.

D: Pure bliss with every quaff of this gem. There may be bourbon accents or just that the high abv level really takes off half way through as it warms and the scents grow.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of oelergud
4.37/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Corked and caged old fashioned brown bottle.
Very dark clear body almost completely opaque at the center. Deep ruby/brown toward the edges and red/copper at the edge.
Lace, head and carbonation are next to non-existant.
Plum, raisen, brown sugar and concentrated molasses make up first impression of the nose. Quite a rush altually and the alcohol detectable in the smell if looked for.
Taste is a dried fruit medley, raisen, plum and a hint of pear and nuts drizzled with brown sugar. A very strong presence to be sure.
Even the aftertaste is malt dominated and fairly short finishing in a nutty and semi-dry sensation. into the mouthfeel which is solid, full and chewable.
Good Drinkability but be mindfull of the ABV.
Thanks to Weeare138 for the bottle.

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Photo of ROMER79
4.37/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer had a brown pour with a one finger tan head. It smelled of caramel, nuts, fruits, and roasted malts. The taste was was great. I could really pull out all the flavors that I mentioned above. The mouthfeel was thin and it left a fresh after feel in my mouth. Not bad for a strong beer.

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Photo of Beejay
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Crosling
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of DrJay
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of deaconoflove
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ap. Poured into a giant goblet producing a nice tan head. I said dark brown with amber bits, but others have been more imaginative...purple, copper, burgandy, orange...very nice by any account.
Sm. I said Hops! nice strength, citris, tart fresh. Woof said smells like grape flavored something, but in a good way.
Ta. I said fresh grapefruit with a little honey, caramel, and chocolate in the background. Clean finish. Woof said, I like wine better.
Mf. Full but light and crisp.
Dr. Very easy to drink it down, just knocks my socks off too quickly.
Summary: This is good stuff, love it.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Ichor from Sly Fox Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 86 ratings.