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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: 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: 169
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 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 TastyTaste
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750 milliliters received from BeerBeing (thanks again Alex) in Bif 25**.

Appearance: Dark forboding body, maroon/scarlet when held to light, beautiful, but no head on the pour whatsoever.

Smell: Dark fruits, roasted malts, belgian yeast, very nice.

Taste: Wow, a very nice collaboration of flavors, rich and sippable. Alcohol burns and warms, the taste is savorable and sippable. Toffee and more dark fruit throughout, not a rough edge in site, this is a very smooth brew.

Drinkability: Smooth, rich, fruity, and a joy to sip. Something so strong is so smooth is amazing.

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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 brewandbbq
4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle at 52 degrees.

Pours dark mahogany with a ruby hue when held to the light. Mostly clear in the body with a few fine particulates in suspension.
Barely a half-inch head developed and quickly dissapated to a placid surface with zero lacework.

Aromatics lead off with ripe malt, grape jam, rum-soaked raisins, cloves, and cotton candy.
Hints of cocoa, hard candies, and juicy fruits follow through.

Medium bodied with a sticky, tacky mouthfeel. A bit flatish and limp.

Red grapes, marmalade, dark rum, and plump malt start the palate. Hints of sweet apples, bubblegum, Jolly Ranchers, and cane sugar follow through.

Finishes with a building warmth, lingering sweetness, and chewy grape jam.

The nose is pretty deluxe on this one, but the low carbonation and high level of residuals detracts. Dry it up and increase the carbonation and this one would be a homerun.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to DarkerTheBetter for the bottle with attractive label on this 750 which is way more than any human needs to consume in a sitting.

Apearance is a murky dark buh-lack crimson with a scant ray of light oozing through when held up to the light. Nary a headcap exists and an occasional stray bubble rises to the still surface. It seems that booze has the best of this one.

Anise and root beer notes in the nose with a followup of vanilla pudding. Intersting scents here that seem to linger about a melange of dark fruit such as figs and even some red apple. Quite nice.

First swigs: Blend of birch beer, anise and toasted caramel malt. A middle twinge of brown sugar. Booze wallop of 10% is in check. Quick aftertaste of toasted grain waffle and maple syrup.

Feel is restrained in carbonation with a lingering dryness. Seductive awl-kee-hawl silky smoothness.

Last swigs: Anise and sugar tea quad. Why are quads so rare? This one rocks and so does Weyerbacher. I need more.

Beer is good. Happy local quad beering.

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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 mentor
3.84/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle provided by Beerbeing ala BIF33. Thanks for the opportunity. Hard pour earns a thin layer of light brown head. Flat. Super dark browsn and clear-brown edgings when held to light. Smells chocolate and a touch of belgian funk. Burnt grains, plums, mildly of toffee, cheery sour. Some alcohol sting that's clean of fusels.

Tastes belgian funky with chocolate. Belgian candy sugar. Sweet. Plum wine stingy. Swet malt hangs on the tongue due to the thick body., but the chocolate is drying, as is the alcohol sting. Still on the sweet though. Touch of cherry sour.

Thick mouthfel and nearly absent carbonation. But, the lack of carb was not disturbing. Pretty tasty, but not something I'll seek out again. I'm glad I shared half of the 750 ml bottle with my wife.

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Photo of Phatz
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A bottle shared with Mac300 and his wife Jess, and DarkerTheBetter at the 5th Annual Philly/BA gathering. What a treat that we ended up at Sly Fox. I enjoyed this beer though my deer friend Jess did not. The beer has about as much carbonation as a smooth bottle of wine. AKA, none. That was a turnoff for her. I felt the beer is tasty nightcap type of beer but cetainaly minimal on drinkability.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown color with a touch of ruby to the hue and very very little colar around the edge even after a hard pour there was little head that dissipates right away.

Smell: Dark fruits and warm alcohol. Plum prune raisin cherry and brown sugar in the nose.

Taste: Like the nose it is dominantly sweet and warm. It seems reminiscent of the wheat wine I had the other night the warm green grape and sweet wheat attribute but the cherry and fig attribute are there as well with some sherry.

Mouthfeel: Very viscous and yet slick smooth edges due to the fact that there is no carbonation.

Drinkability: It is a *sweet* nightcap beer. I was happy to be sharing one bottle.

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of Beejay
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks DmanGTR.

A: Pours a very dark brown, in the glass it is a ruby red color against the light. Not a lot of head, but what is there is white.

S: Raisons, brown sugar, burnt caramel. Some strawberries in there as well. Slightly yesaty.. Definitely Sweet.

T: Now that is delicious. Raisons, caramel, fruit, and brown sugar. Definitely sweet, slightly yeasty, and a little booze.

M: Highly carbonated especially for something that has a bit of a syrup taste to it. Very nice.

D: Very good. A sweet treat that I would seek out again. Perhaps not as yeasty as I would expect from a belgian style, but all in all very good. Now I am going to grab some aged gouda from the fridge, cause it is going to be awesome with this.

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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 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 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 wisrarebeer
3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml bottle brewed and bottled in Royersford, PA.

A: deep mahogany color, clear, head dissipated quickly
S: dark fruits, jam-like, leathery, cidery hints
T: mellow, sweeter, cloying, leather, dark fruit
M: well-balanced, mellow
O: overall I thought about rating this beer lower but after contemplating on the style, it's not bad, a well-aged quad

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Photo of utopiajane
3.14/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

This poured a dark brown with plenty of sediment or yeast to obscure what would have been a much better color. In all that snow globe mess were some hues that would have liked to be seen. Thin head of off white foam that did not last but refreshed on each swirl. Nose is a touch of booze and dark sweet bread. Fruity, raisin, prune, a bit of sugar and molasses. taste is darn sweet with candi sugar and brown sugar. Lots of dark fruits in there. Body is heavy and mouthfeel is full and chewy in places. The carbonation was not as good as it should be so this drank thickly and flatly. The finish was cloying and not dry but thankfully not hot either. Brunt sugar, raisins and prune finish this one pretty syrupy.

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Photo of thain709
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A dark brown with some light shining through...a big tan head forms and slowly fades...nice lacing

S - Very sweet on the nose...big doses of grapes and other fruits

T - Once again...very sweet here...but it works...malty flavors and sweetness mixing with wine qualities of grapes and a little bit of dryness

M - Medium to full bodied...lack of carbonation makes for a smooth mouthfeel

D - This was my first Quad and I must say it was pretty tasty...you usually can't go wrong with Sly Fox

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Photo of callmemickey
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown/amber body with a thin offwhite head... decent lacing...

S: Lots of prunes, raisins, figs... good spicyness and yeast.

T: The fruits start off the profile before giving way to a sweet sugary caramel malt base which is accented with pepper and clove... nice yeast finish.

M: Smooth and velvety... the alcohol is present...

D: Its a sipper... but a good American quad indeed.

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Photo of mikereaser
3.76/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a deep mahogany with red tones, 1/4 inch of foam that eventually left just pools of tiny bubbles

S - nice aroma of cherries and a bit of woodiness in the background

T - really tasty cherry flavor with some malty background, and a nice alcoholness to it that reminded me this was a quad.

M/D - It is lacking pretty much any carbonation, but the taste is pretty fantastic. Its easy to drink, but maybe too easy at the ABV :)

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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 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 goodbyeohio
2.93/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

my bottle says it was brewed and bottled in royersford. for what its worth, the label (pictured, right) is kick-ass. their graphic design is tops in the world of beer packaging. it's a shame the beer doesn't look so good.

the bottle opens with a thpftpop. for those of you who don't speak in cork sounds, that means that the sound the cork made being pulled out of the bottle is akin to a wet.. um, 'tube' sliding out of a um.. 'hole'. nothing. no carbonation, no buildup, nothing. when i pour it.. well.. it's the right color, but too much light is getting through. there are crimson highlights where there should be more complex darkness, and there is a reflective brown shine where there should be bubbles and hazy clouds.

the beer smells pretty good. bright fruity berry hints , slightly phenolic but not overpowering. a crisp waft of tart red apple and a complex belgian sugary sweetness. warmth and deeper inhales bring banana to the phenol and even a hint of sweetly spiced african coffee beans.

mouthfeel is awful. it's painfully thin for the boozy and sweet shock that hits you. although it doesn't overpower the flavor, its like drinking something caustic or otherwise assaultive to the taste buds. before you have a chance to enjoy it, you've taken too much in and your face sucks up in a death cringe. it's too sweet, in an unfermented way. the candied fig and date puree flavors that i like in belgian quads are there, but go somewhat underappreciated due to the mess this beer has created. i am really kind of afraid before i take each sip, although its not bad enough to drain pour.

i wonder if time would have done anything here. somehow i doubt it, and i tried this back in april and dug it.. so, in closing, i'd say drink them fresh and hope you hear a popppzz and not a thrpftpop.

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Photo of coldmeat23
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

GLASS: Goblet
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees
Thanks to sholland119 for this one!
My first from Sly Fox!

Very dark ruby-brown colored liquid. One-finger head of very loose off-white colored foam. Minimal retention, but quite decent lacing.

Big malty nose. Smells sweet and delicious. Lots of fruity esters. Dark fruit and just a touch of burnt caramel. Dried cherries. Oaky, with a hint of smoke. Lots of raisins.

Much like the nose. Big maltiness, here. Huge notes of dark fruits. Raisins and cherries, mostly. Brown sugar and a touch of molasses. Hints of caramel and candi sugars. Nice light pepperey spice in the finish.

Medium to full-bodied. Nice and creamy smooth. Very good carbonation level.

Nice and easy to drink, but the strength of it, combined with the sweet maltiness of it, would prevent most persons from drinking more than one.
Very good Quad, nice representation of the style. Sly Fox, I'd like to know you better.

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Photo of russwbeck
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Z Bar in State College

A: A very dark pour with a small white head. Nice lacing from what head remains.

S: Dry, dark fruits mainly. A bit of candied sugar. Very sweet overall.

T: Big candied sugar and dark fruit taste. Little bit of booziness on the backend. Some roasted malts mixed in as well.

MF: Medium bodied with a nice amount of carbonation.

O: Not a great quad, but you can't beat the price!

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Photo of irishkyle21
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with no head and leaves almost next to nothing as far as lacing goes. Has a dark and murky brown color.

Smells sugary, lots of dark fruits, alcohol and a mix of wood and tobacco.

Tastes of sweet malts (toffee), nice mixture of fruits (wine like) and booze.

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Photo of bamadog
3/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to beerman207 for picking this one up for me a little over a year ago on a trip back to PA. Review is from notes taken on 9/25/2011 and poured from the bottle to a snifter:

Appearance: Pour is a dark, coppery/plum color and it starts with a fair 1 and 1/2 finger light tan head with pretty solid retention; body is cloudy, dark and a little murky, yet still manages to show strong and fast carbonation bubbling up from the bottom;

Smell: Lots of dark fruit that is overripe (figs, raisins, perhaps even some grape); plenty of Belgian candi sugar as well accompanied by some spiciness

Taste: It's sweet and sugary, and perhaps too much so... It's a tad cloying; following the candi sugars, there is plenty of dark and overripe fruit behind it, with a touch of the spiciness, but it's really subdued in the mouth by all of the sweetness; fair presence of alcohol lingering in the back.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is pretty strong and borders on sharp, so it could probably have stood a bit more time in the bottle to work on mellowing out; body is medium weight; warming alcohol in the back keeps the belly warm and a little uncomfortable with all of the carbonation and sweetness.

Overall: Not something I would go out of my way to get again... It's not bad, and I wish I had someone to share it with as I don't really want to drain pour it, but the sweetness is definitely getting to me....

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