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Ichor - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

150 Ratings
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Ratings: 150
Reviews: 85
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 13.51%
Wants: 13
Gots: 12 | 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:
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.

(Beer added by: NeroFiddled on 02-18-2003)
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TheMultiYeast

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.9%

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!

02-16-2012 03:41:49 | More by TheMultiYeast
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gafferjohn

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -35.1%

02-13-2012 11:53:39 | More by gafferjohn
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ithinkimasofa

Washington

3/5  rDev -22.1%

02-13-2012 07:46:13 | More by ithinkimasofa
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JCFinn

Pennsylvania

1.5/5  rDev -61%

02-06-2012 21:29:10 | More by JCFinn
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djrn2

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

02-03-2012 00:50:16 | More by djrn2
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brendaniel

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.9%

01-29-2012 18:06:01 | More by brendaniel
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bkbergen

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

01-15-2012 04:15:26 | More by bkbergen
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heff316

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

01-14-2012 01:50:54 | More by heff316
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Fermenticusrex

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.9%

01-14-2012 00:54:40 | More by Fermenticusrex
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OneEyedJack

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.9%

11-30-2011 20:18:49 | More by OneEyedJack
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jmdrpi

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.9%

11-23-2011 04:17:16 | More by jmdrpi
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whallgren

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.9%

11-19-2011 19:32:54 | More by whallgren
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patm1986

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +3.9%

11-15-2011 06:15:08 | More by patm1986
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Jspriest

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -22.1%

11-14-2011 17:52:34 | More by Jspriest
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AARomanov

California

4/5  rDev +3.9%

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.

10-25-2011 23:08:03 | More by AARomanov
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +6%

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.

07-05-2011 01:40:32 | More by mikesgroove
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russwbeck

Virginia

3.95/5  rDev +2.6%

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!

06-21-2011 23:30:19 | More by russwbeck
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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.

06-20-2011 17:20:10 | More by Rifugium
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev -6.5%

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.

05-22-2011 01:48:13 | More by corby112
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev -1.3%

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.

04-19-2011 16:44:57 | More by liamt07
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srandycarter

California

3.78/5  rDev -1.8%

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.

03-18-2011 04:40:52 | More by srandycarter
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blackie

California

3.8/5  rDev -1.3%

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

11-01-2010 04:11:33 | More by blackie
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magine

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.9%

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.

10-21-2010 23:46:13 | More by magine
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Phillyphilms

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +7.8%

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

08-03-2010 21:29:11 | More by Phillyphilms
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ZeroSignal

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +7.8%

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!

02-23-2010 02:21:05 | More by ZeroSignal
Ichor from Sly Fox Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 150 ratings.