Ichor | Sly Fox Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Sly Fox Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States | website

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by NeroFiddled on 02-18-2003

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Reviews: 155 | Ratings: 273
Photo of Minotaur
4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
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 -20.7%
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 +11.4%
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 -6.5%
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 -4.7%
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 +1.6%
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 -1.6%
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 +3.6%
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 -2.8%
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 +2.3%
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 +15.8%
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 +1%
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 +6%
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 -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 -2.6%
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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Photo of lackenhauser
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not a lot of carbonation upon opening. Deep chestnut and mahogany color. Ok sized head on top. Very nice caramel and treacle like aroma. Deep raisen smell. Big malty flavor up front. Again, very raisen like flavor going on. Sugars give it a pleasant and complex sweetness. Mild port wine flavor in finish. Good body-the sweetness quietly fades to a pleasant dryness. No sense of the 10% abv. Very drinkable beer-almost dangerously so. Best Sly Fox beer I have had.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Abbey style quad.

A: Pours a dark ruby red color with a slight off white fizzy head that soon dispersed.

S: The nose was fruity with fresh cherries and faint smoky woody tones along with dried fruit and alcohol.

T: The initial flavor was fruity and sweet with fresh cherries, caramel and dried fruit (raisins, prunes). There was a nice Belgian yeastiness as well. Finishes sweet, malty with some candi-sugar sweetness.

M: very smooth and soft carbonation provides a wine like texture and palate on the tongue. A fruity cherry finish with some alcohol warming.

D: Good drinkability and worth checking out but falls short when compared to Belgian quads.

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Photo of deanhead
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark cola like appearance. Highly effervescent , and a multitude of bubbles, yet disintergrated into a flat looking drink,

Fruity and buttery scent with notes of juicyfruit gum. Earthy esters with sweet candylike notes.

Cola like malty tatse, sweet and yet somewhat bitter. I wonder if they mashopped this beer. It's viscous and boozy, silky and raisiny.

light mouthfeel, yet warming and sticky...Sweet finish

Very big beer that just keeps giving back. This beer is moderately exciting. Drink it with a friend.

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Photo of Beertracker
3.12/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Sly Fox Ichor opens without much release and pours up nearly flat. Bad corks? Maybe a wisp of head? Opaque dark brown-burnt mahogony in color. The aroma is very spicy (anise, cardamon, licorice) with lots of dark fruits (burnt raisin, fig, plum). The roast contributions are very distracting and innappropriate per style. Alcohol is prickly hot. The flavor is very one-dimensional with a caramel malt sweetness that never seems quite balanced by the spicy bitterness. Black or chocolate malt roastiness muddles up the rest. Very warming. This medium-full bodied Belgian Quad is overly sweet from the lack of carbonation and is quite honestly a train wreck of bold flavors. Aging probably won't help, but couldn't hurt. I definitely would like to try this one again on draught. Definitely not Greek ambrosia, but certainly worth a try for Quad lovers.

CHEERS! Beertracker

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Photo of joepais
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Kempleton for this one
Bottle poured into a tulip produced a good two fingers worth of off white head. The body of this brew was a wonderful maroon color and the head left a little ring of lace around the glass

Aromas of dark fruits and grapes filled my nose a good quad smell that is for sure. This had one of the best noses on it for an American Quad

Flavors of dark fruits, caramel and a slight alcohol warmth that arose as it warmed in the glass medium to thick mouthfeel light carbonation on the tongue

Drank it today and I must say I enjoyed every drop I was quite impressed by this brew. Dead on Style wise for a Quad, I would have thought it was a Belgian. Great job Sly Fox keep it up. I would by it again for sure

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Photo of Lexluthor33
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours Reddish brown with a small frothy head and a small,sticky lace.
The aroma is of fruits,some malts,grapes and alcohol with some yeast tones.
The taste is basically sweet,fruits,grapes and a touch of caramel. I sensed the flavors came out more once it warmed. The caramel and fruit really popped,but so did the alcohol.
The feel was smooth,light carbonation and almost wine like.
It was not a light body beer,it was about medium to light-heavy.
The alcohol was not well masked and this really did hurt the beer,just not my thing.
It could have been more carbonated,but it was still an above average beer.

Notes: Good brew,alcohol sensation could be tamer.
I liked this and wisely had this beer as my last for the day while at the "Eden of Ales".

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Photo of sholland119
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of my favorite Sly Fox beers.

Pours a clear rich ruby red with very little head or lacing.

Smells strongly of dark fruits and brown sugar with a hint of vanilla and just a bit of alcohol.

Tastes of raisins, plums, brown sugar and caramel sweetness. A bit of alcohol warming at the very end of the finish. Excellent.

Mouthfeel is good if a little light. A little lingering sweetness.

Very drinkable especially for the ABV. Very smooth and delicious with light carbonation.

HV

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

After a tiring struggle with the cork, which would not budge no matter what force I applied to it, the thing finally gave way with a very wimpy "pop." Not "pop!!!" but "pop." Nice and polite. Kinda worries me.

Looks healthy enough on the pour, with a thick foamy head that snaps and crackles down to half-size slowly, sitting on top of an absolutely gorgeous dark rusty/ruby-shaded brown. The regal reddish hue turns this into quite the beautiful beer.

Aroma is clearly quite Belgian in character, especially in the yeast department, but the malts also give off a vinous quality that reminds of the best Belgian quads. Lots of grape, obviously, but also other mild fruits, mingling with the yeast in a most pleasing way. Not terribly complex, but quite nice all the same.

Here's one where taste and mouthfeel work significantly hand-in-hand. Flavor-wise this is grape-y, with a strong alcohol warmth that nobody could call "well-hidden", but with the velvet-smooth texture, the mildly funky yeast and the sweet dark fruit, it becomes more like a robust red wine or a sherry: a sweet concoction made exclusively for sipping. A beer that takes on new dimensions and certainly defies many people's idea of what beer is and can be. It doesn't hit you over the head, just pushes the limits in a different way than other big beers.

Tasty, soothing, rich, sweet, well-made and different. You better like grapes and red wine if you're gonna tackle this. The closest comparison I can make is Westvleteren 12, another vinous quad of fine quality. Not only in terms of flavor, but it looks similar, smells similar and has that same dry, sticky finish. I won't hold out for the opportunity to try them side by side, and I'm not saying it's "as good as", cuz it's not, but if you're jonesing for a Westy 12 and can't locate one, join the club and go for this instead.

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Photo of Brianmerrilyn
4.4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a goblet at David Copperfields. After 2 tries of different style beers,I was more than happy to find out that the Ichor was a quad.

A:Dard brown with ruby accents. 2 finger khaki head with nice ringing laces and perfect retention sticking to my glass.

S: Dark fruits and earthy malts.

T: A powerful sweetness transitioning into a slighy hoppy taste, with candys returning for the finish.

M: Thick,rich and creamy. Carbonation at a moderate level to add to the complexity.

D: Pure bliss with every quaff of this gem. There may be bourbon accents or just that the high abv level really takes off half way through as it warms and the scents grow.

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Ichor from Sly Fox Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 155 ratings.