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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 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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Photo of RoamingGnome
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From tasting notes... Poured 750 ml bottle into CBS snifter. Served at recommended temperature.

A) This is a dark brown, nearly black. I poured a bit aggressively, which led to a little over 2 fingers of off white head. The head dissipated quickly. Not much lacing.

S) Roasted malt and yeast. Dark fruits, kind of like burnt raisin. There's some spice in there too. A touch of chocolate. Alcohol is also detected.

T) Fairly close to the nose, but I just enjoyed the aroma a bit more than the flavor. This isn't just all sweetness, as far as flavor. There was a little hop bitterness on the backend. I found it quite earthy/woody. Some alcohol warmth as well.

M) The body seemed medium to me, with carbonation that seemed comparable to other quads I've had. I'd say it's pretty smooth and slightly coating.

O) I don't work quads into my beer rotation nearly as frequently as several other styles, but I do know which quads I've enjoyed immensely. This does not fall into that category. That said, it is pretty good, and is worth a try.

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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 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 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 TheMultiYeast
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very dark brown with muddy bubbly head and plentiful lacing.

Lots of clove in the nose. Mild spiciness with coriander and some pepper. Creamy banana ice cream and some malty sweetness.

Taste follows spice trail but with more booze. Alcohol is assertive with flavors following and preceding. Some nanners and spice, burnt sugar is nice, then warming booze, then warm bread with musty herb.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and warming.

I don't associate Slyfox with Belgian styles....but this was good!

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Photo of TheCorkStopsHere
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The first beer of my new project, the Ichor from Sly Fox Brewing. I picked up this bottle when I was home visiting my folks in PA over the Christmas weekend. Every time I visit the local Wegman's, I'm impressed by their beer selection. There was a handful of Sly Fox beers available, but this Quadrupel was the one that caught my attention. Low on the IBU scale (20 IBU) and high on the alcohol scale (10%), this year-round brew is one I'm going to sit down for.

The Ichor pours a dark cola color, not quite black, but pretty close to it. There is a couple fingers of lively tan-colored foam, which leaves behind a mild amount of lacing. Throughout the entire 750mL brew there is always a continuous stream of tiny bubbles rising from the bottom of my Duvel tulip glass.

The nose isn't as sweet as I expected, it's a very mild blend of candies, molasses and I think I'm getting a little vanilla too. It's not as bold as some Quads I remember, but it's definitely not unimpressive either.

On the palate the Ichor is a little more impressive than in the nose. As expected there is a lot of different malty sweet components kicking around, with some candy sugars, some mild fruitiness, and a little bit of that vanilla/toffee note I detected earlier. Overall it's pretty complex, but still quite drinkable. Normally I would sit down with a Quad like this to share with someone, but I think I'll manage to take care of this one by myself tonight!

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Photo of Jwale73
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged bottle secured at the brewpub in June. Served in a tulip. Pours a brownish-aurburn hue with a fluffy, two-inch off-white head that dissipates into a sudsy cluster. Nose expresses vinous notes, an herbal quality, sassafras and black licorice and/or anise. Taste consistent with nose but I definitely get a rootbeer barrel candy character in this brew. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with an easy carbonation that falls short of lively. Overall, an easy drinking, albeit not very robust, domestic Quad. Not something I would cellar for an extended period, but really quite drinkable and approachable.

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

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.

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Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: 1 inch head, dark leather brown in color, clear, high carbonation

Smell: sour apple rind, cardamom, coriander, and other Belgian spices

Taste: sour apple rind and bread—maybe pumpernickel dominate, with some brown sugar cardamom, coriander, and other Belgian spices

Mouthfeel: high carbonation, medium-light body, sweet with a touch of bitterness at the end

Overall: A very enjoyable quad. I love the combo of sugar and fruit. Sly Fox is really becoming one of my favorite breweries. I will certainly pick this up again.

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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.