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

A - Very dark mahogany, very little light transmitted, nice head that fades quickly but leaves a lacing on top.

S - Plumbs, dates, lots of dark and sweet fruit aroma.

T - Very much like the aroma, lots of dark malt crystal malts give it some raisin and plumb flavors, but they almost taste candied because of the sweetness...good flavor but the sweetness is approaching cloying as if there is some brown sugar or molasses in there after fermentation.

M - Although there is definitely some left over sugars the body is just moderate and does not finish too heavy.

D - Not without flaw, but a good tasting and easy drinking big Belgian style quad.

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Photo of blackie
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

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Photo of magine
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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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 matty
3.38/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown colored beer with a slowly fading head.Aroma is Belgian yeast.Taste is Belgian yeast,dark fruit and sugar cane.Sweet and warming and pretty smooth for a heavier beer.I probably would enjoy this more in the winter months.A decent beer that I would recommend and purchase again.

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Photo of Chickenhawk9932
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this in a 750ml bottle that I aged for a year, poured with a nice head, carbonation was mellow but there just enough.

Deep ruby red with a tan head. Quite beautiful.

Sweet yeast and green apple, a pleasing, intriguing aroma.

Up front is sweet cider, then finnishes dry and smoothe like a fine wine. Flavor keeps popping. A full smoothe beer, suprisingly drinkable for the strength.

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Photo of JamnesCameron
4.7/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another fine example of beery goodness from chefmonty.

Poured into a St. Feuillien goblet. Big rich tannish head that dissipates fairly quickly to leave a thin wisp on the surface of a deep mahogany brew.

Aromas of dark candied fruit. A little musty, and sweet malt towards the back.

First sip is decadent. Dark fruits, hints of a fine sauterne. Alcohol makes its presence known after the beer warms a bit.

Mouthfeel is full, and luscious.

Highly and dangerously drinkable. Very nice beer.

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Photo of stonelis
4.6/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Dark red , almost brown. nice thick head, off white.

Smell: Brown sugar, raisin,

Taste: carmelized burnt sugar. has that belgian yeast taste.

Mouthfeel: not overly carbonated. I like this one.

Drinkability: The 10% alcohol is not present. I drank this one after a hard days work and it hit me hard. I could drink these until I hit the floor!

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Photo of Phillyphilms
4.16/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.


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Photo of ToddT
3.43/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Clear dark brown topped with a light tan colored head. Head is long lasting and leaves some lace on the glass.

S- Banana, bubblegum, spice, clove, caramel, and yeast.

T- Sweet raisin and candied fruit at first almost cloyingly sweet. Banana and spice mellow this out in the middle; the finish has some heat of alcohol and some more sticky sweetness.

M- Medium in body and carbonation, sweetness does leave a coating on the palate.

D- A sipper not from the 10.0% ABV, it's well hidden, but from the sticky sweetness that build up in the mouth.

Interesting take on a quad, but not one I'll want to drink again.

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

This pours a dark tan color.

Has a flowery, citrus nose to it. Very pleasant.

Pours with a nice head, but quickly dissipates, which is to be expected with a higher alcohol beer; but very pleased with the initial head.

Has a spicy, alcohol taste. The alcohol note is noticeable, but not overpowering. Also has hints of grape.

Very good beer, would drink again.

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Photo of ZeroSignal
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

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Photo of drcarver
4.47/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!!

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

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.

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