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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: 16
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 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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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Undated 750 mL bottle at 42 degrees into snifter
Aroma of sweet fruit, weakens but lasts entire bottle
Head enormous (eight cm, slow pour), very light tan, frothy, slooowy diminishing to very irregular frothy ring and heaped frothy Island
Lacing patchy at best – some small to medium islands of tiny to medium bubbles and some ring drag
Body dark amber, clear - lot of sediment in bottom but a careful decantation fixes that
Flavor starts very sweet, tasting of brown sugar, then morphs into dates and figs; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate full, syrupy, soft carbonation

Appearance 4.5, Aroma 4, Flavor 4, Palate 4, Overall 4

This was one of my first quads 'way back when. Revisiting it now that I know what a quad actually is, I found it surprisingly good.

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Photo of grub
4.27/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

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Photo of fartingdog
4.27/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of dherling
4.27/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured out a clear dark brown with no head whatsoever. Had a huge nose, I mean a tremendously big nose. Raisin, cherry, cranberry, sherry, alcohol, all playing very nicely together. The body was sweet, but not cloying. It had honey, mollasses, raw sugar. This gave way to some other interesting flavors, orange, cola, sherry. It went down a little oily slick and viscous, warm too. Had a lot going on, especially the sweeter flavors, but not poorly balanced at all. Really enjoyable.

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Photo of Foxman
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Boto
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of akorsak
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A snifter-sized glass poured at Iron Hill West Chester's Belgium Comes to West Chester.

A: The ale is a muddy creek brown color, brownish with a lot of haze. As I drank the ale, the haze became more concentrated in the bottom of the snifter.

S: The aroma is malty sweetness with a fruity aroma that highlights darker fruits.

T: The flavor is full-bodied malts, thick and chewy and not shy on the alcohol. As the ale sits on the tongue, some prunes and raisins stick out, providing a nice malty fruit base. Some bittering hops shine on top of the malts, but the malts are the star here. The flavors finish long and climax in a nice yeasty thickness.

M: The alefruits are delicious, providing a darker depth to the strong malts.

D: I wrote this beer off after an earlier tasting but clearly that was premature. This is a strong quad, full of malty strength and a very nice product. Thank God for second chances!

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Photo of WesWes
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a brown color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has a very fruity yeast aroma along with a solid crystal and roasted malt scent. The alcohol does sneak through as well. The taste is good. It has a very drinkable crystal malt flavor as well as a fruity yeast finish. It's warming in the swallow, but it's not too powerful. This is a tastey beer. The yeast really brings the flavor together. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a silky smooth drinker. It's a slow drink, but an enjoyable one.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Hex92
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of sholland119
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of my favorite Sly Fox beers.

Pours a clear rich ruby red with very little head or lacing.

Smells strongly of dark fruits and brown sugar with a hint of vanilla and just a bit of alcohol.

Tastes of raisins, plums, brown sugar and caramel sweetness. A bit of alcohol warming at the very end of the finish. Excellent.

Mouthfeel is good if a little light. A little lingering sweetness.

Very drinkable especially for the ABV. Very smooth and delicious with light carbonation.


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Photo of thecheapies
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Mahogany red-brown, but dark. Maybe chestnut. Looks rich. Has very little clarity. Mucky. Enough light passes through the narrow end of the goblet to show some sunken specks of yeast cake.

Distinctly emphasized by prune, black cherry, raisin, and browned pear. Clove-like phenols are pertinent. Has a mild kriek-like tartness. I wouldn't call it sour, but it's certainly a positive, thus far. Backing malts have that brown bread unctuousness. Light nuttiness, overpowered by a whole basket of dark fruits. Hints of red apple and grape. Very ripe for a quad. The booze note is actually pretty tame, and I don't know the actual levels yet, as the bottle label doesn't reveal the ABV%.

Pleasing tartness. It's very subtle, but it makes the whole experience refreshing and all the more approachable. Dark fruits stacked on top of one another. Prune, red grape, tart cherry, pomme fruits, raisin, and blackberry (maybe even pomegranate). Clove-y elements that are legit, not just the taste of something medicinal (except that there is something reminiscent of Ricola cough drops). Perhaps, I am getting a hint of eucalyptus. Somewhat vinous (port notes), a descriptor that I could have used for the nose, as well. Big bouts of maltiness and yeast, playing out like a true Belgian strong ale. Fusel alcohol has that floral note. Exceptional sweetness, but not too far gone. Rather addicting in the way that it's so delicious. Fruity, with a tobacco note that builds from the middle on. Finishes sweet and clove-y. Alcohol is so subdued, I can't wait to see where this one is at.

Feels nice and full and soppy (one of my favorite words to use). Carbonation is perfectly mild with that wee-bit crackle and pop in the back folds of the mouth. Still uses the body to drive the feel. Alcohol has a light spicy bite in the finish. So good.

I'm wondering how long this bottle has sat on the shelf. Amazing complexities built up here. On the sweet side, but hardly atrocious; done the right way! It just happens to have some leftover residual sugars. Wicked good. However, I might open an Abt 12 next...

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Photo of dacrza1
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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....

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Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Phillyphilms
4.16/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.


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Photo of Sammy
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of IrishRedRock
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one I've been waiting for. Poured in front of me straight from a quarter keg, a deep brown, nearly black with only a thin, darker than white head that did not hang around. Strong aroma of alcohol and dark fruits. I figured the alcohol would be prevalent in the flavor since it was in the nose, but it was quite well hidden. I thought the ABV was somewhere near 10 (which it is), but was so well hidden that I went and double-checked right then. I was at the Kennett Brewfest, by the way.

Smooth and delightful in the mouth...as it warms there the flavors come out. Plums, spices and a rich malt character make this one a winner.

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Photo of ZeroSignal
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark brown with a thin white head that quickly dissipates. Laces very nicely.

S - Nose is full of rich, fruity smells - grapes for sure, and there is a certain breadiness as well.

T&M - Very malty yet refreshing on the pallet. The carbonation is evident on the tongue, and the fruity smells carry through into the taste. Bitterness is present but very low key; perfect for the style. The malt flavor sticks around for a while, and the alcohol warmth is present but one would not guess 10% on tasting.

D - Very yummy brew, and a fine Quad. Alcohol content is high but true to the style. I would certainly purchase this again. A good brew by SlyFox.

Not for nothing, but the cork in this bottle was incredibly hard to remove, even with a wine opener!

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Photo of warriorsoul
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great packaging Sly Fox is looking good especially since it's a new beer in the Pittsburgh market...taken home and split with a friend...yeah split this one with a friend. Appearance...pours with minimal carbonation the luciously textured cola colored brownish plum hue of the body is paired with a thin large bubbled light tan creamy head leaves behind thin sparse specks of lacing around my chalice. Aromatics are heavy on the anise just like my Italian grandmothers cookies, alcohol infused fruit esters such as plum, raisin, and tart apples, hint of vanilla beans with a spicy finish...very complex. Flavor has a vinous character with more of that tart apple, raisin, over ripened fruit soaked alcohol feel to it, the alcohol isn't burning anything well hidden soft sweetness spiced dark christmas bread with soft vanilla and powdered chocolate notes present. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied carbonation is lacking but does indeed go down very smooth silky presence on the palate. Drinkablity incredibly yet dangerously drinkable seek out a DD for this fine creation out of Eastern PA, I enjoyed it with good company.

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