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Ichor - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

147 Ratings
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Ratings: 147
Reviews: 85
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 13.51%
Wants: 13
Gots: 13 | 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:
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.

(Beer added by: NeroFiddled on 02-18-2003)
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JCFinn

Pennsylvania

1.5/5  rDev -61%

02-06-2012 21:29:10 | More by JCFinn
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jiffymon

New York

2.5/5  rDev -35.1%

01-29-2013 22:14:20 | More by jiffymon
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KRella

New York

2.5/5  rDev -35.1%

11-03-2013 20:56:03 | More by KRella
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gafferjohn

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -35.1%

02-13-2012 11:53:39 | More by gafferjohn
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DIM

Pennsylvania

2.51/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

a: Clear dark chestnut; pours with a thick fizzy head.

s: Lots of cherries, some kind of artificial sweetner, and flowery booze. Not very Quad like.

t: Very sweet overall but not all that malty. Raisins and cherries are there but kind of syrupy. That artificial from the smell is here too. Lots of sugar but lacks any Belgian yeat character.

m: Gentle fizzy carbonation and a syrupy body.

o: Too sweet and pretty far off-style.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2013 20:39:47 | More by DIM
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orsulacp

Pennsylvania

2.53/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I must have gotten a bad bottle of this; it was way off and not up to par with other Sly Fox beers. I will review it with hopes to try it again. The body was deep ruby with no head and very little carbonation. I got a strong whiff of wet cardboard with muted alcohol and pepper. There was a cherry flavor with a little pepper, the taste was way off. The wet cardboard smell really did this beer in; I couldn't taste much because of the smell. The low carbonation gave a really syrupy body. I am assuming I got a bad bottle.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2007 19:07:11 | More by orsulacp
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RyanPB

New York

2.55/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Really didn't like this in the least. So little carbonation I thought it was a bad cork, until I read some other reviews. Looked great in terms of color, but no nose to speak of. Weyerbacher's Quad is superior across the board to my mind, including price in my neck of the woods. Thinking back on the Odyssey, perhaps the brewery's philosophy is different than mine.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2007 22:49:28 | More by RyanPB
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brentk56

North Carolina

2.75/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance: I knew there was a problem when the cork released without a sound...pours out without producing any carbonation; rich caramel color

Smell: Caramel and dark fruit aroma

Taste: Starts out with a caramel sugar solution flavor that adds some dark fruit by mid-palate; no flavor progression after the swallow

Mouthfeel: Rich and syrupy; no carbonation

Drinkability: Like drinking liquid caramel; where's the quality control?

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2007 22:25:59 | More by brentk56
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VikeMan

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -22.1%

11-27-2012 23:47:35 | More by VikeMan
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davidwhatshisnam

New York

3/5  rDev -22.1%

05-13-2014 22:57:31 | More by davidwhatshisnam
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Doodamis-Maximus

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -22.1%

07-13-2014 01:10:50 | More by Doodamis-Maximus
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ithinkimasofa

Washington

3/5  rDev -22.1%

02-13-2012 07:46:13 | More by ithinkimasofa
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Jspriest

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -22.1%

11-14-2011 17:52:34 | More by Jspriest
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Chaney

District of Columbia

3.13/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Welcome to DC, Sly Fox!

Served in a "Game of Thrones" glass.

A: Poured a dark, dark, brown with a slight bit of translucence, possibly only detected by some serious astronomical tools.

S: PEZ dust, with figs, plums, and various dark fruit. Somewhat understated, yet still present.

T: Kinda strong on the sugar and Belgian yeast front. Totally overwhelming. The fruit was there, along with a bucket of brown sugar.

M: Decent carbonation bill, but this stuff is boozy as hell. Seriously, It's hard to take a gulp of it.

O: This one was fairly cheap, at only $8.99. If you're looking for some cheap social lubricant, go ahead. However, I'll pass on this in the future.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2013 05:42:48 | More by Chaney
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claspada

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

06-18-2012 15:18:56 | More by claspada
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epyon396

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

05-11-2014 14:48:45 | More by epyon396
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HRamz3

Pitcairn

3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

07-25-2014 13:05:55 | More by HRamz3
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BeerCon5

Pennsylvania

3.28/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a deep red color, almost brown with one finger of foamy off-white head that remains throughout most of the beer.

The scent is of sweet fruit, some grapes, cherry, and notes of peach, sweet sugar, and caramel malt.

The taste is of dark and sweet fruits, cherry is apparent, sweet sugar, and notes of caramel.

Full body, smooth and kind of a syrupy texture, low to moderate carbonation.

This was an average Quad, the syrupy texture was too unpleasant to make this enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2012 14:32:08 | More by BeerCon5
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Schooly

Pennsylvania

3.28/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pulled the cork and no "pffft" Uh-oh. Hey weren't these just bottled? Gave it a vigorous pour in my Duvel glass and only a tiny ring appeared around the glass. Smells good like a quad should. I'm still hung up on no head though...Tastes good but without the creamy carbonation you would expect from a 10% quad. What gives? Mouthfeel is flat with no carbonation to bring the taste to the top of my palate. It just drains down my throat. I don't know what happened with this one, just released Friday. I hope the bottling didn't go wrong. Maybe the corks are bad?
I have another one, so I can revisit this one after some more 'bottle conditioning' and review it again.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2006 23:30:18 | More by Schooly
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OldSock

District of Columbia

3.33/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – 750 ml bottle purchased at Oak Tree. A bit of a pain to get the cork out, I ended up having to use a wine corker. The head disappeared with the same speed and hissing sound as the foam on a freshly poured coke. The beer is clear brown with some ruby highlights, but the lack of any head or lacing is greatly detrimental.

Smell – Some banana with clean non-fusel alcohol. Most of the aroma is from the fruity Belgian yeast, with small contribution from dark the grains and/or sugar.

Taste – Again the banana is upfront with some dark fruits in the back. The alcohol is subtle, but present. Hops are only present as a mild counterpoint to the extreme sweetness provided by the malt. This just doesn't posses the complexities required by such a strong, dark style that has so many great examples.

Mouthfeel – Syrupy body with almost no carbonation which explains the lack of head.

Drinkability & Notes – Nothing makes this one hard to drink, its relatively balanced and the alcohol is in check, but the flavor just isn't what it could be. Its a solid beer, but in a category that has so many breathtaking beers, this one is lackluster.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2006 16:16:35 | More by OldSock
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a 10 oz chalice glass

Appearance – Pours a deep-deep red nearly brown color. There was a thin white head upon serving which faded to give a moderate level of lacing. While not bad the lacing was less then would be expected for a quad.

Smell – Dark fruits of cherry and plum are mixed in with some more bready aromas. A yeasty and slightly tropical sweet aroma make their presence known but are still quite light in comparison to the dark fruits. At the end of the aroma enters some alcohol smell, while not overpowering it is definitely present.

Taste – The dark fruits in the nose are the first to be tasted. Plums and cherries are most pronounced, but there is also some raisin and apple mixed in as well. These sweeter fruit flavors are next paired with some more yeasty and malty flavors, with a nice does of banana mixed into the taste. There is a good level of alcohol flavor that then comes into play brining the taste to the end. While not huge, the alcohol is a bit on the stronger side. While it is warming, it is just a bit too much at the end.

Mouthfeel – The mouthfeel is rather moderate to slightly above average. While not bad, it is a tad shy of what would be desired for a quadruple. The carbonation is right, but the body is just a bit too thin for the style.

Overall – The beer has some really nice attributes, such as nice strong fruit and malt flavors and aromas, but the weaker body and the stronger alcohol presence keep it from being really good. Not bad, but not really great either.

Serving type: on-tap

03-02-2012 00:58:35 | More by Darkmagus82
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StaveHooks

Oklahoma

3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml served into an Orval Chalice.

A - Pours a red cola brown with ruby highlights. 1 finger of frothy khaki head forms a creamy micro-bubbled cap that never vanishes. Great looking beer.

S - Vinous fruit, grapes, cocoa, peaches, caramel malt, raw brown sugar, cherries, Christmas cake, banana taffy comes out as it warms.

T - Prunes, dates, green figs, cinnamon, nutmeg, candy syrup, slight oxidation, raw brown sugar, unripe banana, a tartness plays on the edges of the tongue, licorice comes out on the aftertaste.

M - Moderate carbonation keeps this from being full bodied.

This beer has a raw sweetness that is seems to cry for more shelf time. It seems to lack the melding or layering of flavors of a complex Quad. I will save my other bottle for December because this beer just reminds me of Christmas time.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2012 21:01:06 | More by StaveHooks
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Bdel34

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

08-28-2012 21:38:07 | More by Bdel34
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yeti123

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

05-11-2014 14:51:06 | More by yeti123
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml cage-corked bottle, poured into glass chalice:

Pours dark cola brown with a thin head that becomes a swirl.

The smell is of dark fruit, especially raisins, with toffee, kola and a whiff of alcohol.

The taste is of sweetened dark fruits (raisins and prunes) with candy sugar. Grassy notes are subtle, and a bit medicinal/herbal. A slight flash of sour peeks through. It becomes sweeter/maltier as it progresses, with complexities becoming more and more hidden. Sharp alcohol gives it peppery spicing, but also some boozy heat. Finishes with a warming sweetness.

The feel is effervescent at first. Carbonation doesn't hold up, though the medium-ish body does, giving it a touch of watery thinness to it.

Overall, it's a decent stab at the style - certainly has characteristics showing that it is (trying to be) a quad. It doesn't miss the mark completely, and has enough to it to keep on with the sipping, but it seems to lose some character as it warms/progresses. Sippable, despite heat, nevertheless.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2008 01:40:02 | More by jwc215
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Ichor from Sly Fox Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 147 ratings.