Ichor - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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85 Reviews
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Reviews: 85
Hads: 164
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 8.16%
Wants: 14
Gots: 20 | 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: 85 | Hads: 164
Photo of MadScientist
3.72/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: a medium brown with a hint of red, having excellent clarity an number of fine floaters. The head is a long lasting thin cap, off-white leave some light lacing on the glass.

S: Dark cherries and dried fruit dominate with a light touch of chocolate and malt sweetness. There is a Christmas like spice aroma going that's mostly clove and ginger. A soft perfumey alcohol note.

T: A rich, sweet malty beer with moderate fruit flavors of dark cherries and some dried fruit. There is a moderately-low bitterness and a very light spicy hop flavor. The balance is moderately sweet with alcohol. The finish is sweet with an aftertaste of malty sweetness and cherries.

M: Medium-full bodied with a moderately-high level of carbonation. There is a good amount of warmth and moderately-high creaminess.

O: A good after dinner beer that is like sugar glazed cherries, prunes and raisins. It borders on being cloying, which I not my favorite but it's a solid beer with nice belgian character. (985 characters)

Photo of Hex92
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sweet, bubbly, tasty.

I have had this sitting around for a bit and decided to open it tonight.
A- decent head' nice lacing
S- smells like candy ...probably more sweet malt
T- sweet. Very nice, no hops, I can't taste the alcohol at all. Very well hidden by this big beer.
M-real nice, not too syrupy.

Overall a very nice beer I dig it and would by it again. (359 characters)

Photo of weazal
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (592 characters)

Photo of mwilbur
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
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. (782 characters)

Photo of StaveHooks
3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
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. (823 characters)

Photo of RoamingGnome
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
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. (1,039 characters)

Photo of Imsothirsty
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
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. (436 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.45/5  rDev -12%
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. (1,533 characters)

Photo of rdickey
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
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. (1,119 characters)

Photo of TheMultiYeast
4/5  rDev +2%
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! (503 characters)

Photo of AARomanov
4/5  rDev +2%
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. (288 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
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. (2,112 characters)

Photo of russwbeck
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
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! (418 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
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. (519 characters)

Photo of corby112
3.61/5  rDev -7.9%
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. (734 characters)

Photo of liamt07
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
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. (504 characters)

Photo of srandycarter
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
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. (312 characters)

Photo of blackie
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
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 (697 characters)

Photo of magine
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
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. (762 characters)

Photo of Phillyphilms
4.16/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

RESPECT (832 characters)

Photo of ZeroSignal
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
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! (765 characters)

Photo of drcarver
4.47/5  rDev +14%
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!! (654 characters)

Photo of Minotaur
4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
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. (1,184 characters)

Photo of deaconoflove
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
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. (587 characters)

Photo of rhinos00
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
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. (1,406 characters)

Ichor from Sly Fox Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.