Ichor - Sly Fox Brewing Company
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4/5 rDev +3.6%
A - Pours a lovely deep almost violet color. The head dissipated rather quickly.
Ar - Very full aroma of dark fruits, I get raisins.
T - Good balance of malt, not too sweet. Alcohol well masked. Finish is plum and dry.
O - Nice beer to slowly sip. Opens up more as you let it warm up.
10-25-2011 23:08:03 | More by AARomanov
4.08/5 rDev +5.7%
dark brown, almost a cola like color with a very hazy and cloudy appearance pretty much obscuring everything inside and making it look a very thick consistency. A very nice three finger high head of tan colored lace came flying up to the top. Very active on the pour would be an understatement, this thing was all over the place.
Aroma was very varied, deep and complex with different hints and small nuances of smell coming through at various different times during the course of the session. The first thing I was able to pick up with a very nice dark fruity aroma. Lots of raisins, figs, plums, and even a touch of grape showing up in here. Very well mixed and balanced between them but leading more toward the sugary notes as it started to warm up. Lots of spice was evident as well right from the start. A sort of odd nutmeg like spice along with a touch of cinnamon, and sugar. Some aromas of oak or other wood like characteristics starting to come through now as well. The profile is really starting to thicken up now and get a bit complex on me. Some light grassy like smells along with touches of earthy grains all floating around in there as well.
Notes of raisins, which were just a wonderful way to start off the whole thing. Deep dark fruity flavors were the norm on this was with prunes and figs lining up behind it, quickly delving it deeper and deeper. A very strong presence of sugar was next up, really pushing through and drying to lighten it up. A touch of something sour playing around in the back, and just briefly showing up in the flavor before diving back down and out of site again. Rolling on some nice earthy, oak like notes starting to come now with spices becoming more and more dominant. Cinnamon and nutmeg, even some all spice and a hint of banana keeping developing it further. The finish brought everything back together again and just kept evolving it and drying you out, making you come back and get another sip so that you could bring it back to where it was before.
Overall, I was quite pleased with the overall flavor and thought that it really developed quite well.
07-05-2011 01:40:32 | More by mikesgroove
3.95/5 rDev +2.3%
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!
06-21-2011 23:30:19 | More by russwbeck
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
3.6/5 rDev -6.7%
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.
05-22-2011 01:48:13 | More by corby112
3.8/5 rDev -1.6%
Bottle shared with Steve and crew, 25oz into a few snifters.
Pours a very dark brown, some dark burgundy shades in there. Not truly opaque, but comes close enough. Bright white head. Nose has some heavy, dark vinous notes, a general dryness about it too. Vinous and candied. Taste has some alcohol right off the bat, dark fruits, sweet and warming with some brown sugar and candied notes again. Full bodied but quite sweet, almost cloyingly so. Nice overall, but the sweetness could be toned down a bit.
04-19-2011 16:44:57 | More by liamt07
3.78/5 rDev -2.1%
A - Murky brownish orange, light near white head. Not much lace.
S - I get mostly Belgian yeast and not much more. A little juicy fruit and spice.
T - Lush fruit and malt, not quite quelled by hops.
M - Medium body, good carb, faults to the sweet.
D - Nice beer. High ABV and sweet nature not so sessionable.
03-18-2011 04:40:52 | More by srandycarter
3.8/5 rDev -1.6%
a: unibroue snifter, the beer pours a thick sheet of cream colored carbonation, great retention and some light lace
s: dark plummy malts, toasted sugar, aged earthy citrus hops, spicy booze, mild yeasty phenols, a decent quad overall with good fruit but a touch dull in character
m: carbonation lively at first, gradually smoothing as it sits, body medium with a nice slickness
t: sweet malt fruits, plum preserves, raisin purée, toasted sugars, papery noble hops, sugary to begin but drying well in the finish, leathery fruit skins, sweet alcohol, spicy yeast influence, maybe some light chocolate
d: a nice quad, alcohol on the strong side but manageable
750 from Wegmans, Williamsport, PA
11-01-2010 04:11:33 | More by blackie
4/5 rDev +3.6%
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.
10-21-2010 23:46:13 | More by magine
4.15/5 rDev +7.5%
Bought a bomber from Sly Fox Phoenixville.
Poured into chalice at home.
Poured a dark brown with an almost eggplant hue to it. A thin white head disappears before you can say ROYERSFORD PENNSYLVANIA. Lacing was good for the style.
Smells dark, rich and fruity. Some candisugar and dark fruits as well as grapes and bananas.
Big malt upfront and a blast of carbonation hits the tongue. A spicey front leads to the sweetness which builds toward the finish which was very nice. The booziness you'd expect from a double digit abv is not there as it hides behind a sweet fruit finish that lingers quite long yet cleanly.
Great quad and yet another fine brew from Brian O'Riley and the Sly Fox gang. Sweeter than most I have had in the style which was interesting and will bring me back to this big bodies sipper once again.
08-03-2010 21:29:11 | More by Phillyphilms
4.15/5 rDev +7.5%
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!
02-23-2010 02:21:05 | More by ZeroSignal
4.47/5 rDev +15.8%
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!!
02-20-2010 01:01:14 | More by drcarver
4.45/5 rDev +15.3%
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.
01-18-2010 01:30:49 | More by Minotaur
4.33/5 rDev +12.2%
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.
11-25-2009 00:56:14 | More by deaconoflove
3.8/5 rDev -1.6%
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.
08-14-2009 03:07:13 | More by rhinos00
4/5 rDev +3.6%
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
06-19-2009 17:39:57 | More by thain709
3.88/5 rDev +0.5%
A: Pours a dark purple brown with orange highlights and a tight tan head, which dissipates quickly with no lacing. Tons of champagne bubbles.
S: Smells of sweet prunes, purple otter pops, with a slight alcohol burn in the nose.
T: The flavor is interesting in that it doesn't really hit until after you swallow. I get an explosion of yeasty thickness, prunes, dates, raisins, a heavy alcohol warmth, and some bready spiciness like a fruitcake. A great taste, but it's still a heavy beer and the alcohol isn't completely hidden.
M: Medium body, light carbonation.
D: I couldn't drink more than one bottle of it, but still a decent sipping beer. Not my cup of tea, due to heavy sweetness and the assault of flavors after the swallow, but still good.
05-16-2009 03:34:22 | More by Phelps
Ichor from Sly Fox Brewing Company
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