Ichor - Sly Fox Brewing Company
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District of Columbia
3.13/5 rDev -18.9%
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.
12-12-2013 05:42:48 | More by Chaney
3.28/5 rDev -15%
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.
12-07-2012 14:32:08 | More by BeerCon5
3.28/5 rDev -15%
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.
03-18-2006 23:30:18 | More by Schooly
District of Columbia
3.33/5 rDev -13.7%
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.
06-10-2006 16:16:35 | More by OldSock
3.45/5 rDev -10.6%
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.
03-02-2012 00:58:35 | More by Darkmagus82
3.48/5 rDev -9.8%
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.
04-01-2012 21:01:06 | More by StaveHooks
3.5/5 rDev -9.3%
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.
06-05-2008 01:40:02 | More by jwc215
3.5/5 rDev -9.3%
First had: on tap at Sly Fox, Phoenixville, PA
Poured a clear, dark cola brown, with patches of white bubbles for a head. Aroma of caramel and alcohol, with a whiff of dark dried fruits. Tastes, well, like a quad, but not quite as complex as some made by the more experienced brewers. Still good though. Caramel and toffee in the taste, alcohol, candi sugar, raisins and figs, and a touch of banana. Finishes a little stale with dry alcohol. Medium mouthfeel, and pretty drinkable, but one serving is enough I thought.
06-20-2011 17:20:10 | More by Rifugium
3.55/5 rDev -8%
Poured a ruby-burgundy color with minimal carbonation and only the slightest bit of head. Aromas of plums, raisins, alcohol, and maple seemed to come out nicely. The taste was sweet with fruity undertones, as might be expected for the style. Very subtle hops in the finish, but not as smooth as might be desired with the flavor profile. Overly dry and yet crisp; the beer didn't seem to flow very well from initial sip to the finish; very disjointed. The sweetness was more like that of a doppelbock with fruit flavors taking a back seat to the malt sweetness. A good beer, one worth trying, but not a great example of the style due to several flaws.
05-30-2006 00:50:32 | More by jaluria
Ichor from Sly Fox Brewing Company
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