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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 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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Photo of mikesgroove
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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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 Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of JunkYardJake
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the brewery. This quad is darker than expected with a modest off-white head. The body is cola colored with very little light bleeding through. Smells pretty potent and appetizing. Dark fruit notes and a heathy dose of spicy begian yeast. Palate follows the nose closely and is suprisingly not very boozy. This brew impressed me with it's drinkability and was very enjoyable.

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Photo of corby112
3.61/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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

750ml bottle picked up at the brewery. Let's hope this is better than the spice bomb that was Incubus.

A- Loud cork pop with gunsmoke. The pour is fairly viscous looking, and 2 fingers of eggshell colored, tight head that takes time in settling. Good carbonation is evident in sides. The brew is a mix of dark brown and mohagony, very nice. No lace.

S- Nose is real fruity. Plum, raisin, and dates come to mind. Several whiffs in brings caramel and Mary Jane malt aromas. The alc is completely masked.

T- The flavor may be fruitier than the nose. Mostly plums and dates like in the aroma. Almost a cherry syrup sweetness too. Small flavors of cola. Not enough malt profile in flavor for a quad though. It does come in slightly as beer warms but very faint.

M- Body is medium with good carbonation. A little syrupy as well.

O- This was deffinitely better than their tripel, and a fairly drinkable quad. For 10%, this honestly feels more like 6-7. Not as much complexity as other quads, or malt as I'd like but I would have again and have my less experienced friends try this.

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Photo of meatyard
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, dark mahogany with a light tan head that falls relatively quickly without any lace.

The smell is sweet, dark fruit and a mild bit of alcohol.

The taste is cola and more of the dark fruit like plums & raisins. There is a waft of alcohol that comes back up through the nose after swallowing.

Mouthfeel is medium towards full with ample carbonation and a fairly high level of sweetness.

Overall: This leans in the direction of a very good quad. I am enjoying this while thinking this doesn't quite measure up to Rochfort 10 or S. Bernardus 12. It's unfair in a way but it does have some of the same nice qualities.

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Photo of liamt07
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of TheKingofWichita
3.33/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another Sly Fox brew courtesy of G311.
Pours an interesting looking deep brown color with purple highlights when held up to the light with a light brown colored head and a lot of lacing all over the glass. Smells of candied raisins, plums, molasses, and dark malts. Tastes of plenty of malts, candy sugar, brown sugar, molasses, raisin, plum, and cloying sweetness. Mouthfeel is nice with a mild carbonation. Overall, not a bad beer, but not something I could enjoy often and it is really just too sweet for my palate.

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

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.

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