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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 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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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.06/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a dark ruby red color, really no carbonation and no pop on the cork either. That left a few bubbles. Nose is malty, slight sweetness, raisins, figs, plums, and caramel. Taste is sweet but flat with dark fruits and caramel. The alcohol is hidden pretty well. Mouthfeel was pretty flat. I drain poured it, mainly upon the carbonation and lack there of left unintrigued.

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Photo of deaconoflove
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ap. Poured into a giant goblet producing a nice tan head. I said dark brown with amber bits, but others have been more imaginative...purple, copper, burgandy, orange...very nice by any account.
Sm. I said Hops! nice strength, citris, tart fresh. Woof said smells like grape flavored something, but in a good way.
Ta. I said fresh grapefruit with a little honey, caramel, and chocolate in the background. Clean finish. Woof said, I like wine better.
Mf. Full but light and crisp.
Dr. Very easy to drink it down, just knocks my socks off too quickly.
Summary: This is good stuff, love it.

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Photo of jordanmills
3.61/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got in a beer trade. Bottle condition might be a result of shipping instead of condition from the brewery - possible points of compromise have been ignored for the rating, but are reviewed.

Poured into my Saint Arnold stein from a bomber. Cork was jammed in good, had a brown resin or residue caulking the cork to the bottle. It was promising or forboding. It poured thick and dark, almost no carbonation. It sat in the glass with a few strands of dark foam, nearly opaque.

The smell is strong and sweet, hits the senses hard, but it's hard to sense refinement over the sweetness.

It hits you hard in the front, turns icky sweet in the middle and leaves sweet and thick with a hint savory. It almost reminds me of Sam Adams triple bock... you know, the cork stains looked kind of similar too.

It feels thick and clingy in the mouth, with just the barest hint of carbonation in the back as it goes down. It's good for a quad, very good.

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Photo of bonkers
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured from a 25 ounce bottle into a snifter. It pours a deep bourgandy with a slight white head, somwewhat sticky. The aroma is a combination of alchohol, dark fruit and cough syrup. The flavor is sweeter than the aroma. It has a steady alcohol burn with a sweet raisiny background. The finish lingers and is sweet. The brew has slight to moderate carbonation, is full bodied and a sipper. While I enjoyed this there are better quads out there.

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Photo of bminor7
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml from Hoosick St. Beverage in Troy NY, consumed on 9.20.2009. Best by 2/14/17.

When opened, a small pop...not a good sign? Low carbonation followed accordingly. Resembles pepsi/coke poured into a tulip glass - reddish hue. Spicy, boozy malt scent. Syrupy mouthfeel, with a chocolate malt taste and banana, clove notes. Sweet sugary fig with a touch of balsamic vinegar.

Not the most complex quad out there. I was expecting a lot more from this beer and was disappointed.

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Photo of rhinos00
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into my Rochefort chalice. Drink by date of 2/14/2012.

A- Pours a dark burgundy. When held into light, shows great clarity and amber hues. Produced a thin layer of white. Reduced to a ring upon consumption. Slight lacing.

S- Potent nose. Lots of ripe figs and raisins along with sweet candied malts. The aroma is there, just lacking a bit in complexity.

T- Honestly, this almost is like drinking fig juice (or at least how I imagine it would taste). Upfront the taste packs a huge wallop of dark fruits. Caramel malts and fruit juices give off quite the sweet finish. Much like the aroma, almost spot on, just lacking some complexity.

M- It's unfortunate, but this part of the beer had a negative impact on the taste. Way too thin for a quad. Somewhat undercarbonated as well. To be successful this beer needs to be much more viscous.

D- Drinkability suffers from the thin, undercarbonated mouthfeel and the lack of complexity in the taste. The sweetness in the taste grows and over time becomes overplayed and tiresome. There needs to be more going on to cut it.

Overall, the common theme I noticed is that the basic flavors and aromas are there, but just not complex enough to put this beer on the next level. The sweetness in this beer is unchecked and too one dimensional...not too mention the ridiculously thin mouthfeel. With some changes this beer has potential.

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Photo of thain709
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A dark brown with some light shining through...a big tan head forms and slowly fades...nice lacing

S - Very sweet on the nose...big doses of grapes and other fruits

T - Once again...very sweet here...but it works...malty flavors and sweetness mixing with wine qualities of grapes and a little bit of dryness

M - Medium to full bodied...lack of carbonation makes for a smooth mouthfeel

D - This was my first Quad and I must say it was pretty tasty...you usually can't go wrong with Sly Fox

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Photo of lpayette
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance- On the darker side I'd say when it comes to quads- pretty much brown with a ruby hue. The head is on the small side but manages some lacing. Could use more carbonation, especially considering it's in a corked 750ml bottle package.

Smell- Lots of raisins and phenols. Apple peal/over-ripened apple. Medicinal/herbal notes (think jagermeister, but not overpowering and horrible). Spicy with a good dose of alcohol to boot. Took me a while to figure it out, but licorice- obvious once you do.

Taste- Very very medicinal/herbal, especially when warm. Almost minty at times, but mostly just an intense LICORICE flavor. Interesting- for sure, but not what I see as being good for the style. Noticeable alcohol presence.

Mouthfeel- I think this could use a bit more carbonation- a little lacking in that department. Full-bodied, but this beer seems to be at odds with itself- not quite sure what it wants to do.

Drinkability- OK on the drinkability scale. There are better quads out there for sure. The new releases from Harpoon and Smuttynose do better I think at a lower price. If you like black licorice though you'll probably love this beer.

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Photo of jlb307
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from the tap into a Chimay chalice.

A: Dark chocolate brown in appearance. Thin head with almost no lacing. Not much carbonation when poured.

S: Roasted malts with a sweet, earthy aroma. Slight alcohol scent mixed with fruit.

T: Somewhat of a yeasty aftertaste. Not too strong of an alcohol taste, but it's definitely there. Hints of sugary fruit on the roof of the mouth.

M: Medium bodied and yet thick. Struggled to put my finger on it. Started off very crisp, and then finished kind of flat.

D: This beer was kind of hard for me to define, but still pretty enjoyable. That 10% ABV really creeps up on you, so definitely enjoy this one slowly.

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

Poured from a 750 into a goblet. About a year's age on this bottle. This one pours a deep brown color, with a nice dense tan head. Free of any floaties which is always a plus.

Aroma is thick and bready, full of dark fruity wonders and spicy pleasure. Prunes, and even licorice come to mind. Lovely. The taste follows along nicely, with mysterious dark fruits, almost a fruitcake thick bready spiciness. It all entwines around the alcohol warmth nicely. This is a great beer.

Big bodied, yet smooth and definitely easy to sip on. No doubt that it is a big beer but the alcohol is subdued in its presence. A great sipper on a cold Sunday afternoon.

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

Broke this one out in a tasting with treyrab last weekend...review from notes. It was my first time trying this beer.

A: Dark brown copper color with a thin film of head, even with an aggressive pour. A thin golden lining around the edge of the glass when held up to light.

S: very yeasty, cloves are evident, but most striking is the sweetness! It smells like a big sweet malty sugar ball...which is a terrible image to describe it, but use your imagination...

T: Cidery flavors meld with a yeasty and malty sweetness. Dark fruits complement the flavor, and there is a hint of warming alcohol in the finish.

M/D: medium carbonation and medium to heavy texture. Lighter for a quad, but the alcohol starts to hit you hard towards the end of the bottle. I couldn't drink too many of these without falling asleep.

Tasted again on 7/5/10. Same batch as the first sampling. I bought the bottle at the same time. Usually the aroma of alcohol mellows with time. Not so with this one. The nose is ethanol to the point that it smells like 80 proof liquor. The taste is about the same as it was with relatively little alcohol presence, and the fruits even come out more with age. Dropping aroma to 3.5 from 4.0 initially.

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Photo of treyrab
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to nittanybeerfan for popping this one tonight. Thus far I have not had anything from Sly Fox that I enjoyed, but this changed my mind!

A: Pours a dark, rusty copper brown with a solid one finger head, but that does not last for more than 30 seconds. This is opaque, but only because it is dark, as it is pretty clear, not hazy.

S: Smell is very sweet and complex with tons of dark candi sugar. The yeast spice makes its presence shown as well, accompanied by incredibly sweet, bananas...like the kind that have been sitting on the counter for a week.

T: So incredibly sweet like a bag of sugar. Dark fruits such as raisins, figs, prunes and red grapes really make their showing here. The candi sugar sweetness comes in as well as the spiciness.

Overall, this was a solid Quad. I prefer my quads to be more on the dry side, and this was way beyond sweet. But good nonetheless.

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

750ml bottle at 52 degrees.

Pours dark mahogany with a ruby hue when held to the light. Mostly clear in the body with a few fine particulates in suspension.
Barely a half-inch head developed and quickly dissapated to a placid surface with zero lacework.

Aromatics lead off with ripe malt, grape jam, rum-soaked raisins, cloves, and cotton candy.
Hints of cocoa, hard candies, and juicy fruits follow through.

Medium bodied with a sticky, tacky mouthfeel. A bit flatish and limp.

Red grapes, marmalade, dark rum, and plump malt start the palate. Hints of sweet apples, bubblegum, Jolly Ranchers, and cane sugar follow through.

Finishes with a building warmth, lingering sweetness, and chewy grape jam.

The nose is pretty deluxe on this one, but the low carbonation and high level of residuals detracts. Dry it up and increase the carbonation and this one would be a homerun.

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Photo of coldmeat23
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

GLASS: Goblet
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees
Thanks to sholland119 for this one!
My first from Sly Fox!

Very dark ruby-brown colored liquid. One-finger head of very loose off-white colored foam. Minimal retention, but quite decent lacing.

Big malty nose. Smells sweet and delicious. Lots of fruity esters. Dark fruit and just a touch of burnt caramel. Dried cherries. Oaky, with a hint of smoke. Lots of raisins.

Much like the nose. Big maltiness, here. Huge notes of dark fruits. Raisins and cherries, mostly. Brown sugar and a touch of molasses. Hints of caramel and candi sugars. Nice light pepperey spice in the finish.

Medium to full-bodied. Nice and creamy smooth. Very good carbonation level.

Nice and easy to drink, but the strength of it, combined with the sweet maltiness of it, would prevent most persons from drinking more than one.
Very good Quad, nice representation of the style. Sly Fox, I'd like to know you better.

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Photo of mikereaser
3.76/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a deep mahogany with red tones, 1/4 inch of foam that eventually left just pools of tiny bubbles

S - nice aroma of cherries and a bit of woodiness in the background

T - really tasty cherry flavor with some malty background, and a nice alcoholness to it that reminded me this was a quad.

M/D - It is lacking pretty much any carbonation, but the taste is pretty fantastic. Its easy to drink, but maybe too easy at the ABV :)

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