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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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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 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 sevreng
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml bottle purchased in March, 2014 at Shadyside Giant Eagle. Poured into tulip glass.

A - Dark dark ruby brown, must be held to direct light to demonstrate brightness. Nice 1 1/2" head on pour that fades slowly.

S - Cured plum, dates, and raison with a healthy dose of spiced rum. Rum intensifies as the glass warms, blueberries and chocolate come out.

T - Sweet dark fruits upfront, a little heat from the alcohol, fading into cured dates, dark fruit preserves, and a note of port on the finish.

M - Creamy with moderate carbonation, little sticky on the finish.

O - Very rich and full quad, paired nicely with a shoulder roast braised in black IPA. I think this bottle would have been better if given a few more months, but I couldn't wait, it paired too well with the dinner at hand.

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Photo of dacrza1
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

DATE REVIEWED: June 17, 2014... GLASSWARE: Duvel snifter... OCCASION: year in public education #15--done!...APPEARANCE: intimidating dark black body that sports a thin white head that settles quickly--a white on black spectacle... AROMA: toffee and peat malt dominate the nostrils; fruity yeasts--peach, pear, apple--provide a floral balance... PALATE: active, warm, full-bodied--worth sipping of 10% ABV; like a strong ale in texture, but a bit buttery too... TASTE: complex fruit--plum, black currants, and banana--with clove cigarettes and milk stout properties--a demanding,, playful experience... OVERALLL: the kitchen sink seems thrown in here, with a serious backbone that rewards the drinker with hear and flavor--a big beer that could be brought out for big occasions....

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Photo of mdagnew
4.4/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle bought from Lighthouse Wines, Jordanstown

Poured a deep burgundy red / brown colour with a slight haze... Creamy tan head poured quite foamy but faded very quickly to thin covering with thick edging... fair amount of carbonation bubbles... light patchy lacing...

Aroma - Dark sweet and spicy fruits (raisins, prunes, some blackcurrents), strong toasted toffee maltiness, some molasses notes, yeasty, caramel, light aniseed hints, some light rum traces, vanilla, some nuttiness, peppery hops...

Taste - Spicy dark fruits (definite raisins and prunes, spicy apples, some figs and blackcurrents), brown sugar / toffee sweetness, milk chocolate, toasted malt loaf, strong Belgian yeastiness, light herbal notes, nice warming alcohol, liquorice hints, spicy hops...

Feel - Quite sharp and dry then some smoothness coming through after.. Medium / full bodied... Pretty drinkable considering the strength...

Overall - An excellent Quad and one of the best i've had... recommended...

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Photo of deg
3.71/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The is dark with a light colored head. The head stuck around. There is a smell of something, but I'm not sure what. There is a fruitiness to the taste. I can pick up some roastiness and some bitterness as the taste fades away. There is a light creaminess to the beer. I don't detect any alcohol warmth. The alcohol sneaks up on you.

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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 Chaney
3.17/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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.

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

750 ml bottle into chalice, no bottle dating. Pours moderately cloudy deep ruby red color with a 1 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of big pear, apple, raisin, plum, light banana, caramel, brown sugar, toast, brown bread, candi sugar, clove, pepper, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of bright fruity/spicy yeast and dark malt notes; with good strength. Taste of pear, apple, raisin, plum, light banana, caramel, toast, brown bread, brown sugar, clove, pepper, herbal, candi sugar, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of light fruits, caramel, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, clove, pepper, herbal, candi sugar, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity and balance of bright fruity/spicy yeast and dark malt flavors; with a great malt/fruity/spicy balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a moderately slick, crisp, and lightly syrupy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent quadrupel style. All around great complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast and dark malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of DIM
2.54/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

a: Clear dark chestnut; pours with a thick fizzy head.

s: Lots of cherries, some kind of artificial sweetner, and flowery booze. Not very Quad like.

t: Very sweet overall but not all that malty. Raisins and cherries are there but kind of syrupy. That artificial from the smell is here too. Lots of sugar but lacks any Belgian yeat character.

m: Gentle fizzy carbonation and a syrupy body.

o: Too sweet and pretty far off-style.

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Photo of thecheapies
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Mahogany red-brown, but dark. Maybe chestnut. Looks rich. Has very little clarity. Mucky. Enough light passes through the narrow end of the goblet to show some sunken specks of yeast cake.

Distinctly emphasized by prune, black cherry, raisin, and browned pear. Clove-like phenols are pertinent. Has a mild kriek-like tartness. I wouldn't call it sour, but it's certainly a positive, thus far. Backing malts have that brown bread unctuousness. Light nuttiness, overpowered by a whole basket of dark fruits. Hints of red apple and grape. Very ripe for a quad. The booze note is actually pretty tame, and I don't know the actual levels yet, as the bottle label doesn't reveal the ABV%.

Pleasing tartness. It's very subtle, but it makes the whole experience refreshing and all the more approachable. Dark fruits stacked on top of one another. Prune, red grape, tart cherry, pomme fruits, raisin, and blackberry (maybe even pomegranate). Clove-y elements that are legit, not just the taste of something medicinal (except that there is something reminiscent of Ricola cough drops). Perhaps, I am getting a hint of eucalyptus. Somewhat vinous (port notes), a descriptor that I could have used for the nose, as well. Big bouts of maltiness and yeast, playing out like a true Belgian strong ale. Fusel alcohol has that floral note. Exceptional sweetness, but not too far gone. Rather addicting in the way that it's so delicious. Fruity, with a tobacco note that builds from the middle on. Finishes sweet and clove-y. Alcohol is so subdued, I can't wait to see where this one is at.

Feels nice and full and soppy (one of my favorite words to use). Carbonation is perfectly mild with that wee-bit crackle and pop in the back folds of the mouth. Still uses the body to drive the feel. Alcohol has a light spicy bite in the finish. So good.

I'm wondering how long this bottle has sat on the shelf. Amazing complexities built up here. On the sweet side, but hardly atrocious; done the right way! It just happens to have some leftover residual sugars. Wicked good. However, I might open an Abt 12 next...

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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 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 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 BeerCon5
3.33/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up an old bottle of this for 6 bucks at the local House of 1,000 beers.

A - Head is nice on this one yet just a 1/4 inch which is not very sticky. Color is a deep chestnut brown almost to the point of pitch black but clear at the base.

S - Getting some great sugar plums and cherries in the smell. By far the sweetest smelling quad I ever got.

T - Well the cherries kind of come off artificial and with the alcohol remind me somewhat of cough syrup. Still it's easy to drink with some average dark fruits and candied sugar tastes.

M - Really fizzy much lighter than I expected for the style. Makes for an easy drinking beer it just feels weird for a quad.

Overall worth the 6 bucks I paid but not worth a revisit at around 9-10 bucks. I would rather pick up a St Bernard for the same price. Also the fake cherry taste is kind of off putting.

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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 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 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 jera1350
4.45/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010 vintage.

Dark mahogany with an ever active head of dense sandy colored foam that just keeps growing.

Massive fruit notes with malty sweetness and bubblegum. Layer after layer of complex fruit scents.

Huge sweetness up front with dark fruits such as plum, raisin, date, red grape and fig. Warm alcohol, woody/oaky spice, toffee, caramelized sugar and toasted walnuts. So very complex and deliciously drinkable at the same time.

The carbonation is big and pretty soft, but a touch fizzy. The body is a touch light for the style and the finish is extremely dry.

Great quad here. This is an awesome american made example of the style. This is up there with the top ones straight out of Belgium for me.

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Photo of weazal
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

SMELL: The initial waft reminds me of fresh ground coffee beans in a coffee shop. Just like the appearance there's an incredible contrast of sweet and savory. A lot of spiced orange peel and sweet raisins. Despite all the sweet, there's depth there, too. A heftiness, a weight to it. The aroma's not very potent, so maybe a notch off for that.

TASTE: Ohh, the taste is pungent! Tangy! A surge of sugar. Thick and creamy mouthfeel. Decadent and almost too sweet. The faintest/briefest alcohol hit towards the end, but otherwise finishes well. I think I enjoyed the aroma more than the flavor.

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

Pours a dark red tinted brown, cloudy with thick khaki head, good retention, some stickiness to the beer and lacing. Scent brings a potent mix of dark fried fruits - raisins, dates, prunes - and backs it up with candied sugar, brown sugar, light light molasses, faint herbal quality. Taste tones the nose down a bit, still strong in the fruit front, backing off on the sweetness a bit, slightly lacking in the yeast department for the style. Medium bodied, smooth, creamy, touch of earthiness. Not as subtle and complex as world class quads, but still very nice with some bold notes.

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