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Ichor - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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Reviews: 86
Hads: 167
Avg: 3.9
pDev: 18.21%
Wants: 15
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: 167
Photo of oelergud
4.37/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of MadScientist
3.72/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: a medium brown with a hint of red, having excellent clarity an number of fine floaters. The head is a long lasting thin cap, off-white leave some light lacing on the glass.

S: Dark cherries and dried fruit dominate with a light touch of chocolate and malt sweetness. There is a Christmas like spice aroma going that's mostly clove and ginger. A soft perfumey alcohol note.

T: A rich, sweet malty beer with moderate fruit flavors of dark cherries and some dried fruit. There is a moderately-low bitterness and a very light spicy hop flavor. The balance is moderately sweet with alcohol. The finish is sweet with an aftertaste of malty sweetness and cherries.

M: Medium-full bodied with a moderately-high level of carbonation. There is a good amount of warmth and moderately-high creaminess.

O: A good after dinner beer that is like sugar glazed cherries, prunes and raisins. It borders on being cloying, which I not my favorite but it's a solid beer with nice belgian character.

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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 magine
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a chalice.

Pours a dark brown with some ruby shining through. Has a carbonated lace head that settles to a lace wisp head. Good looking brew.

Brew smells yeasty; dark fruits, peppery and spiced. Good smell.

Brew is creamy and smooth, spiced, yeasty. Some dark sweet fruits. Sweet flavored and warming effects for sure. Finishes dry, the brew goes down very easy. Decent carbonation, very balanced. Very approachable, easy drinking quadrupel.

This is a very enjoyable brew. It is different in the flavor department then most of the other quad's I have had. Very sweet and smooth. Very good but not as big and well flavored as I would want, could be too sweet for some. But you could session this brew, which says alot for a quad. Very good stuff.

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Photo of ZimZamZoom
4.47/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of ski271
4.6/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I reviewed a bottle of this earlier and was quite disappointed, but after enjoying a hand-pulled pint of this at Zeno's in State College, PA, I'm thinking I got a mishandled bottle. This beer has all the characteristics I listed before for the nose, but appearance, taste, mouthfeel and just the overall drinking experience were far superior to my last encounter. I love the rich complexity. The high alcohol is well hidden by its fruity and malty sweetness, and as big as this beer is it is surprisingly easy-drinking. If I hadn't known better I'd have had a couple of these and not been able to drive home safely. A wonderful beer and I really enjoyed.

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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 treyrab
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to nittanybeerfan for popping this one tonight. Thus far I have not had anything from Sly Fox that I enjoyed, but this changed my mind!

A: Pours a dark, rusty copper brown with a solid one finger head, but that does not last for more than 30 seconds. This is opaque, but only because it is dark, as it is pretty clear, not hazy.

S: Smell is very sweet and complex with tons of dark candi sugar. The yeast spice makes its presence shown as well, accompanied by incredibly sweet, bananas...like the kind that have been sitting on the counter for a week.

T: So incredibly sweet like a bag of sugar. Dark fruits such as raisins, figs, prunes and red grapes really make their showing here. The candi sugar sweetness comes in as well as the spiciness.

Overall, this was a solid Quad. I prefer my quads to be more on the dry side, and this was way beyond sweet. But good nonetheless.

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Photo of rhinos00
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into my Rochefort chalice. Drink by date of 2/14/2012.

A- Pours a dark burgundy. When held into light, shows great clarity and amber hues. Produced a thin layer of white. Reduced to a ring upon consumption. Slight lacing.

S- Potent nose. Lots of ripe figs and raisins along with sweet candied malts. The aroma is there, just lacking a bit in complexity.

T- Honestly, this almost is like drinking fig juice (or at least how I imagine it would taste). Upfront the taste packs a huge wallop of dark fruits. Caramel malts and fruit juices give off quite the sweet finish. Much like the aroma, almost spot on, just lacking some complexity.

M- It's unfortunate, but this part of the beer had a negative impact on the taste. Way too thin for a quad. Somewhat undercarbonated as well. To be successful this beer needs to be much more viscous.

D- Drinkability suffers from the thin, undercarbonated mouthfeel and the lack of complexity in the taste. The sweetness in the taste grows and over time becomes overplayed and tiresome. There needs to be more going on to cut it.

Overall, the common theme I noticed is that the basic flavors and aromas are there, but just not complex enough to put this beer on the next level. The sweetness in this beer is unchecked and too one dimensional...not too mention the ridiculously thin mouthfeel. With some changes this beer has potential.

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Photo of kenito799
3.84/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

8 oz pour at South Philly Tap Room.

The caveat with this richly complex brew is that the keg seems to have gone flat, so the beer might not show nearly as well as possible. I liked it enough that I will certainly give it another try if I come across it on tap or in the bottle, when I get the chance. The sample I had was delivered to me with no head at all. A very dark beer with maroon and purple highlights when held to the light. Good Belgian quad aromas of root beer, cola, cherries and spice waft from the glass. Carbonation not absent when drinking, but certainly subdued, and at least a bit more would have elevated what is a rich, heavy style. The bright spiciness and winey cherry fruit kept the beer surprisingly drinakble, however. A wonderfully complex interplay of rich flavors. I hope to try a better sample someday.

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Photo of Jarod
4.55/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

1pt 9.4 oz bottle
Bottle reads: Dark, luscious and seductive. Ichor is a treat for both the body and the soul.
Served at slightly above cellar temperature.
Bottle cap was oozing sweet black gold that when opened the cap refused to separate completely from the bottle, it left a sweet caramel braid that connected the two like two lovers not wanting to say goodbye to each other.
This beer poured a combination of mahogany and chestnut colors that had scarlet tones on the edges when held to the light. It produced a light beige colored head that quickly faded into a simple ring on the outside edges, and left behind no lace. The aroma was intoxicating but not over-powering, aromas of deep dark malts and sweet malts, caramel, dark fruits (black cherry, plum, raisin), soft wood tones, a slight roasted grain and the warmth of alcohol all filled my nose and mouth. The flavors were just as intoxicating, seductive and more pronounced. My tongue tasted rich malts (roasted, sweet), dark fruits (plums, raisins, black cherries), caramel, a warming alcohol, candied sugar, slight bread grains and a hint of spice. The taste that stayed on my tongue - were of the sweet candied sugar, and the warmth of the alcohol. The body of this beer can only described as thick and spoony (at the warmer temperature at which it was served). Very rich and creamy all through the taste, from the first sip to the last. A very complex beer that should be sipped, savored and respected to the very end. The bottle label was correct.

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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 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 Brianmerrilyn
4.4/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

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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 orsulacp
2.53/5  rDev -35.1%
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.

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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 OldSock
3.29/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

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Photo of drcarver
4.47/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!!

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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 bierman2000
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an excellent beer. Fruity, whisky, malty and delicious. It also is high on the alcohol content and you can taste it throughout. A great ale for a nightcap or with chocolate, it warms the tongue and throat. Sip this and let it warm to enjoy the full range of flavors. An excellent Belgian Quad that doesn't overpower the senses too much.

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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 CJfromPhilly
4.44/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

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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 Minotaur
4.45/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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