Ichor - Sly Fox Brewing Company
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4.47/5 rDev +15.8%
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
4.47/5 rDev +15.8%
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.
03-02-2009 12:20:46 | More by ZimZamZoom
4.45/5 rDev +15.3%
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
4.45/5 rDev +15.3%
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.
03-02-2003 05:24:08 | More by rotsaruch
4.45/5 rDev +15.3%
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!
04-07-2013 20:38:13 | More by CJfromPhilly
4.43/5 rDev +14.8%
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.
07-05-2008 02:04:08 | More by Brianmerrilyn
United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)
4.41/5 rDev +14.2%
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...
01-25-2014 15:02:04 | More by mdagnew
4.4/5 rDev +14%
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
4.38/5 rDev +13.5%
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.
04-29-2006 17:08:03 | More by oelergud
4.38/5 rDev +13.5%
Sensational brew. Im not going to say this is on par with Westvleteren or Rochefort, but this is definately one of the better American examples Ive tried. A little confused by it low score, perhaps its 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.
02-09-2007 17:32:37 | More by Crosling
4.38/5 rDev +13.5%
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.
06-04-2008 14:18:52 | More by ROMER79
4.33/5 rDev +12.2%
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
4.33/5 rDev +12.2%
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.
11-25-2009 00:56:14 | More by deaconoflove
4.3/5 rDev +11.4%
Got this thanks to zrrbrrt.
It had some sticky beer residue around the edge of the cork, so I figured I ought to drink it right off. Not a sound of carbonation upon uncorking. After removing the cork, i noticed it was gray and feared the worst.
Poured with zero head. None. Bummer.
Aroma was fine- quite good actually. Notes of vanilla, sasparilla?, raisin. Very appealing and no signs of spoilage. Taste is also superb, and there's a slight pleasant bite on the tongue. Faint alcohol warming at the finish, but well masked. Very, very drinkable.
I think that if there was some head to this, it would be an amazing beer, but I'd reccommend it regardless.
11-28-2006 03:50:06 | More by fartingdog
4.28/5 rDev +10.9%
It pours a deep clear mahogany, ruby in lighter spots. A mere half finger of light tan head drops promptly away to the lightest of froth traces. There's pretty much no lacing to speak of.
In the aroma, there drifts a thick cloud of roasted grain, densely sweet and partnered with spice, yeast, dark berry, and alcohol. Plum and a trace of anise round things out.
Upon sipping, it's all about raosted toasty malted grain, berry sweet and sherry vinous. The savory earthiness of baked dough joins more sweetness, with plum and cola, to play counterpoint to a sinewy tendon of alcohol. A mild spicy bitterness and yeasty esters carry toward the close before a sweet, residual malt finish. The flavor is a stylistic pleasure with a dash of signature.
Full bodied, the sticky syrupy malt lays like cloying napalm on the palate. Alcohol helps dry the tongue marginally.
the thick, heavy, fruity sweetness is exactly what I'd hoped for from this quad, and even a bit more. It's blended very craftily, and even slyly, if I may, each piece meshing well with the others. The ABV is never shy, and it gives fair and due warning. Wisdon says heed it. If you're looking for crisp and refreshing, look elsewhere. But if you want a hearty, rewarding quadruppel, look no further...you've found it here.
04-24-2006 20:41:45 | More by Foxman
4.23/5 rDev +9.6%
Sweet, bubbly, tasty.
I have had this sitting around for a bit and decided to open it tonight.
A- decent head' nice lacing
S- smells like candy ...probably more sweet malt
T- sweet. Very nice, no hops, I can't taste the alcohol at all. Very well hidden by this big beer.
M-real nice, not too syrupy.
Overall a very nice beer I dig it and would by it again.
10-13-2012 03:52:26 | More by Hex92
4.22/5 rDev +9.3%
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 palum in the aftertaste. Great representaion of style, very La Trappe like. Sweet and dry in all the right places.
12-28-2007 20:44:13 | More by OWSLEY069
Ichor from Sly Fox Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 149 ratings.