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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 ksimons
3.36/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-a dark toffee brown with ruby highlights and two fingers worth of creamy head

S-malts, caramel, plums, and a bit of alcohol. The smell picks up a bit throughout the beer.

T-sticky malt, raisins and plums, caramel, and spicy alcohol

M-medium body, light to medium carbonation, leaves a sweet spicy aftertaste

Overall I think the strong alcohol helps this beer a lot since there is really not much carbonation at all. It is a very sweet beer which might turn people off. I like it, probably won't try it again though.

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Photo of matty
3.38/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown colored beer with a slowly fading head.Aroma is Belgian yeast.Taste is Belgian yeast,dark fruit and sugar cane.Sweet and warming and pretty smooth for a heavier beer.I probably would enjoy this more in the winter months.A decent beer that I would recommend and purchase again.

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Photo of socon67
3.41/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Barcade, Brooklyn NY

A - Pours dark brown with really no head at all. Lacing is in faint rings on the glass.

S - Smells of dried sherry, fresh raspberries & cherries, and candy sugar. While initially this had a great aroma I found it tedious the longer I held the glass.

T - Too sweet for the style, and really reminded me of trying to drink a dessert wine. Very sweet from sugary fruit. Tastes of red grapes, and finishes with a slight acidic burn. Just not my thing.

M - Complexity is there but maybe it could have been less sweet and more blanced with subtle malt and a little more caramel or some other sugary flavor that wasn't from fruit. Felt a bit tedious and while I didn't drainpour it I barely finished the glass.

O - Not my choice for a quad. Give Sly Fox credit for the attampt but i'll pass.

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Photo of ToddT
3.43/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Clear dark brown topped with a light tan colored head. Head is long lasting and leaves some lace on the glass.

S- Banana, bubblegum, spice, clove, caramel, and yeast.

T- Sweet raisin and candied fruit at first almost cloyingly sweet. Banana and spice mellow this out in the middle; the finish has some heat of alcohol and some more sticky sweetness.

M- Medium in body and carbonation, sweetness does leave a coating on the palate.

D- A sipper not from the 10.0% ABV, it's well hidden, but from the sticky sweetness that build up in the mouth.

Interesting take on a quad, but not one I'll want to drink again.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.45/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

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Photo of jwc215
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a cola-brown hue with a tan wispy head and not much lace.

S - It smells nutty and raisin-y, but more like a big sweet Dubbel than a big spicy Quad.

T - Sweet and slightly roasty with some discernible clove-cinnamon notes. Unusual for the style in that it declines in quality as it airs out.

M - A bit prickly.

D - Nice enough, but I'd go with a real Belgian.

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Photo of Gmann
3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Out of a 750ml corked and cage bottle. Pours a ruby brown color with a smallish head that dissipated into almost nothing-ness. The appearance is getting by on color alone. The aroma is of spicy Belgian yeast, candi sugar, figs and prunes and rubbing alcohol. The taste is overly sweet, high on the candi sugar and sweet grape/prune juice. It does have the nice Belgian yeast flavors as well as some raisins and figs. The feel is moderate with fizzy carbonation and finishes sweet and slick. Definitely an alcohol burn going on. This is a Quad that makes it half way to greatness. It has some nice phenols going on, could use some more of a roasted malt presence which would offset the sweetness. The alcohol needs to settle in a bit, not sure if aging would help. In its current state it is too sweet and boozy.

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Photo of argock
3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 ml corked brown bottle into a St. Feuillien goblet. No freshness dae evident. Purchased at Market Street Wineshop (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Chestnut brown, translucent, with a 1/2-finger beige head with below-average retention and a few spots of lace.

S: Dark fruit with a light cinnamon/nutmeg note. Smells a lot like gingerbread cookie which is on target for the style. A little cola-like aroma as well.

T: There is nothing wrong with the flavor -- it has good depth in the malt and yeast components. Raisin, prune, and date flavors bust down the door and leave a trail of light subtle cinnamon and nutmeg with a dash of maple/honey in the aftertaste. The yeast esters contribute some banana bread notes in the finish as well. Bitterness is low with a heavy load of malt flavors coming through.

M: The mouthfeel is a major flaw in this beer -- it is far too light, hitting the middle of medium-bodied at best. The carbonation is too heavy now (past reviews complained that it was flat) which makes it drinkable but not on style.

O: Ichor is a mixed bag -- good flavor and aroma but way off in the mouthfeel category. If you are feeling like a flavorful, high ABV, yet relatively light-bodied beer, this is the one for you. For me, I want more body and heft in a Quad to be honest.

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Photo of StaveHooks
3.55/5  rDev -9%
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.

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Photo of jaluria
3.57/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of corby112
3.61/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml, shared by kubrick215. Thanks Josh!

Pours a cloudy dark brown color with dark plum hues when held to a light and a frothy two finger beige head that has excellent retention, slowly fading into a lasting cap. Chunks of soapy lacing left behind.

Sweet vinous aroma with lots of dark fruit notes and subtle roasted malt. Hints of toast, caramel, plum, raisin, dark cherry and grape. Subtle spicy pepper.

Fuller bodied than expected with some bready yeast, zesty spice and sweet dark fruit. Very sweet with faint licorice and booze. Hints of pepper, plum, raisin, fig, grapes and dark cherry. A bit too sweet but the ABV is excellently masked. Absolutely no heat making this beer pretty drinkable. Good but a bit one dimensional.

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Photo of jordanmills
3.61/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got in a beer trade. Bottle condition might be a result of shipping instead of condition from the brewery - possible points of compromise have been ignored for the rating, but are reviewed.

Poured into my Saint Arnold stein from a bomber. Cork was jammed in good, had a brown resin or residue caulking the cork to the bottle. It was promising or forboding. It poured thick and dark, almost no carbonation. It sat in the glass with a few strands of dark foam, nearly opaque.

The smell is strong and sweet, hits the senses hard, but it's hard to sense refinement over the sweetness.

It hits you hard in the front, turns icky sweet in the middle and leaves sweet and thick with a hint savory. It almost reminds me of Sam Adams triple bock... you know, the cork stains looked kind of similar too.

It feels thick and clingy in the mouth, with just the barest hint of carbonation in the back as it goes down. It's good for a quad, very good.

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Photo of MmmIPA
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

I wanted to celebrate since i found a new job to go along with my present one and I had been craving a belgian style beer for a while and I have always saw this beer in stores and never bought it so I hough "what the hell" and bought it.I poured it into a Chimay goblet.

No head what so ever,nice clear red body,no carbonation either.Could this be flat?

Candi sugar,beets,yeast

Syrpy,dues to the fact that it was flat.Some chocolate,candi sugar,beets and plum.

No carbonation at all,very flat,no pop when the cork came out.Sorda thick, watery mouthful.

I would like to try this again but it must have some carbonation to it.I think this has a potential to be a good quad.

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Photo of pfknapp
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this beer on tap at Pixel.

Looks beautiful, tough not as much head as you would expect from a belgian style. The high ABV might affect that. Very dark, almost purple, with an off-white head.

Smells like dark dried fruit, plums and figs. There is a nice molasses-like aroma with some chocolatey malt and fruity belgian yeast aroma.

Taste is similar to aroma, however it tastes a little too sweet. Almost like a prune syrup. It is not bad, just a little too sweet and fruity for my taste. The mouthfeel is also thick and syrupy. Not what you want in a belgian, it doesn't have the effervescence that you need in a big belgian like this to help make it lighter. Carbonation was a bit low for the style. As such the drinkability suffered. It felt more like drinking a barleywine than a belgian of any type. All in all it is a pretty good beer. I suspect the bottled version is more appropriately carbonated, and this may simply have been an issue with the bar. However, not having had the bottled version I don't know.

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Photo of mwilbur
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 750 mL bottle into snifter.
A: Pours a very dark caramel with hint of backlighting coming through at the edges. 1-2 inch light tan bubbly head. Good retention.
S: Wonderfully fresh aroma of Belgian yeast and spice, German pils, and candi sugar. Very nice and very interesting...the German pils is a nice twist. Dark dried fruit and citrus (esp orange) comes through with warming.
T: A bit muddled...in turns butterscotch, candi sugar, German pils, Belgian spice, and dark dried fruit. Doesn't mesh very well. I'm less a fan of the German pils now.
M: Medium body (lighter than the ABV would suggest). Sweet and smooth. Hint of spice. Not as deep or complex as would be expected for style.
D: OK drinkability. An interesting take on a quad, but the result is not stellar.

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Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - rich reddish dark brown in color, a whisp of bubbles around the edges which quickly settle out and leave a trickle of bubbles coming up the sides of the glass.

S - ripe dark fruit, dark brown sugar, dark candi sugar and an underlying mild belgian yeast. Rich but on the sweet side of things.

T - follow's the aroma very closely. A bit more play in the yeast flavors but pretty much spot on with the aroma.

M - medium bodied, under carbonated and smooth.

D - nicely drinkable. Definitely on the sweet side and light bodied for how I prefer the style but easy to quaff.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle obtained via trade with hopdog. Thanks for the opportunity... Corked and caged.

Poured into a Rapscallion glass, formed a 3/8" creamy beige head over the clear dark burgundy brew. Head almost immediately recedes to just bubbling around the rim, with ample lacing. Aroma is malt syrup with dark fruits and spicing. Taste is spicy dark malt sweetness, with dark fruit notes, closing warm and with a bit of cough syrup lingering. Mouthfeel is okay, a bit too chewy for me though, and drinkability is quashed a tad by same. A little too hot for me to enjoy as much as I would have liked.

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Photo of deanhead
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark cola like appearance. Highly effervescent , and a multitude of bubbles, yet disintergrated into a flat looking drink,

Fruity and buttery scent with notes of juicyfruit gum. Earthy esters with sweet candylike notes.

Cola like malty tatse, sweet and yet somewhat bitter. I wonder if they mashopped this beer. It's viscous and boozy, silky and raisiny.

light mouthfeel, yet warming and sticky...Sweet finish

Very big beer that just keeps giving back. This beer is moderately exciting. Drink it with a friend.

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Photo of Imsothirsty
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy brown, with some redish coloration to it.

Nose is bready and biscuity with some acidic aromas and some of the alcohol coming through

Taste: Some very sweet malts, banana, biscuit, toffee notes and definitely a little alcohol. I find it lacking in the spicy tangy notes department

Mouthfeel: Creamy and slick, full bodied, warming.

Overall a good beer, lacks a few characteristics for the style, definitely worth trying.

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Photo of bonkers
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured from a 25 ounce bottle into a snifter. It pours a deep bourgandy with a slight white head, somwewhat sticky. The aroma is a combination of alchohol, dark fruit and cough syrup. The flavor is sweeter than the aroma. It has a steady alcohol burn with a sweet raisiny background. The finish lingers and is sweet. The brew has slight to moderate carbonation, is full bodied and a sipper. While I enjoyed this there are better quads out there.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It came down to this or Incubus, Chose Ichor strictly based on the style of the beer. I enjoy Quad's quite a bit so I wanted to give this one a shot. The beer poured out as a traditional brown color with a cream colored head on top. The retention wasn't too bad here but there wasn't any lacing at all. The smell of the beer was bready and fruity, there were also some aromas of caramel in there too. The taste of the beer has a sweet start to it that gives off flavors that coinside with the nose of the beer. The finishing flavors remind me of bubblegum. The mouthfeel is well carbonated and gives the beer is a decent dry finish. Overall it's not a terrible Quad and I'm thankful for that. It is probably one of the better Slyfox beers on the market.

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Photo of rdickey
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a dark brown that turns slightly reddish around the edges. A thin one-finger head drops away quickly, leaving spotty lacing.

Smell: Dark stone fruits and raisins dominate, along with sugary sweetness. There are also citrus notes coming through, and a slight hint of white pepper as it warms. The alcohol is also readily apparent.

Taste: The nose generally gets replicated in the mouth, although a very slight tart fruit flavor makes a welcome appearance and helps to keep the sweet malts from completely overrunning the flavor profile. As you would expect, the massive ABV makes itself known throughout the taste. The beer also shows itself to be more balanced than I would have expected due to a likely unappreciated but nevertheless critical hop backbone. The full hop flavors never fully come through due to the armies of sweetness that they’re battling, but they do enough to make the finish at least trend towards dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy, but what would you expect – it’s a 10% quad!

Drinkability: This is definitely a slow sipper, but it’s reasonably drinkable for the style.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured into the chalice clear dark brown with zilch for head, nada, none.

The aroma was fruity with a strong dark fruit impression of raisins and prunes. Chocolate also was present with a dark caramel character. No head and a somewhat low carbonation made the aromas more subdued.

The flavor was fruity with a cinnamon spice and a light peppery character. The flavor was somewhat sweet with a dark caramel and chocolate presence and a strong dark fruit character. The dark fruits, mainly prunes with some raisins, well represented.

The finish was lightly sweet but heading toward dry with a lasting dark fruit and dark caramel presence and chocolate fairly long and lingering into the aftertaste. The body was medium full and the carbonation was mostly nonexistent leaving a fairly still beer. The warming after consumption was very, very high and almost burning which made the beer just a bit difficult to consume. This one would be much better if properly carbonated for the style.

750 ml bottle. Thanks BeerBeing!

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