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Ichor - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

156 Ratings
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Ratings: 156
Reviews: 85
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 13.25%
Wants: 14
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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Photo of Sammy
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A rich and sweetish combonation of fruit and mild spices that was a delight to sip with supper.The promise is that this could age, I think it was 1.3 years in my basement. It was very little carbonated, and may be better on tap.
German Pils and Roast malts and Belgian Candi Sugar, German Tradition hops. The alcohol was present. Very much like an American take on the quad, still very good.

Photo of Slatetank
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to gottajiboo2 for the chance to taste this ale. Shared w/ octopus87 decanted into a La fin du monde tulip cool.
A - The cork emits a high pitched 'poit' as it is pulled from the neck. Shades of raisins and date, a kind of dark caramel brown. The head appears and vanishes like whack-a-mole. The color of medium strength coffee as the liquid settles the head has a fine bead.

S - Very port and sherry-like aromas w/ raisin essence and dark candy sugar w/ a coriander and clove spiced essence Vinous aromas w/ tropical fruit esters and a bit of fusel odors. The nutty belgian malts peak out from under the boozy aroma.

M - Rich, sweet, candy-like, boozy and smooth. Harly a hint at the potency it contains. Sweet and spicy as it rolls down. Slightly low in the carbonation dept, but the feel suffers only minimally.

T - A big dose of sweetness w/ a brandy-like dryness in taste. Candy sugar and dry husky, lighty toasty malt w/ fruit and spice essence. Slightly oily w/ it's slick malty and light roasted taste w/ a woody aspect. Rum like as it warms w/ a subtle alcoholic bit. Sweet toasty as it comes to the smooth finish.

D - A bruiser it packs a wallop w/ concealed intensity. Half of the 750ml is a meal in itself. I love it, but a glass is filling a full of flavor, Prost!

Photo of brentk56
2.75/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance: I knew there was a problem when the cork released without a sound...pours out without producing any carbonation; rich caramel color

Smell: Caramel and dark fruit aroma

Taste: Starts out with a caramel sugar solution flavor that adds some dark fruit by mid-palate; no flavor progression after the swallow

Mouthfeel: Rich and syrupy; no carbonation

Drinkability: Like drinking liquid caramel; where's the quality control?

Photo of weeare138
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an aged version of the original bottling that was released in early 2003. It has been cellared since the day I bought it.
Appears a deep, rich mahogany with a dark red hue. A small, off white head slowly fades out into a film and collar.
Smell is of tons of candi-sugar, vinuous, port wine, roasted nuts, tobacco, cocoa, hints of cola, slight oxidation with mild cardboard notes, caramel, light cherries, wood notes, figs, & sawdust.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with a light bubblegum, cherry, and caramel flavor rising to the top of the palate.
Mouthfeel is of low CO2, full bodied with light cardboard, nuts, semi-dryness and a slightly rough ending.

I had this side by side with a fresh growler from 2007 and a bottled version from last year. I rated this version almost identically to the fresh version. Next to each other they looked the same. Nose wise and flavor wise, this has matured a bit and would be appealing to those who appreciate a more dense aroma and flavor as opposed to the fresh, more estery version.

Photo of Phatz
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A bottle shared with Mac300 and his wife Jess, and DarkerTheBetter at the 5th Annual Philly/BA gathering. What a treat that we ended up at Sly Fox. I enjoyed this beer though my deer friend Jess did not. The beer has about as much carbonation as a smooth bottle of wine. AKA, none. That was a turnoff for her. I felt the beer is tasty nightcap type of beer but cetainaly minimal on drinkability.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown color with a touch of ruby to the hue and very very little colar around the edge even after a hard pour there was little head that dissipates right away.

Smell: Dark fruits and warm alcohol. Plum prune raisin cherry and brown sugar in the nose.

Taste: Like the nose it is dominantly sweet and warm. It seems reminiscent of the wheat wine I had the other night the warm green grape and sweet wheat attribute but the cherry and fig attribute are there as well with some sherry.

Mouthfeel: Very viscous and yet slick smooth edges due to the fact that there is no carbonation.

Drinkability: It is a *sweet* nightcap beer. I was happy to be sharing one bottle.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

Photo of orsulacp
2.53/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I must have gotten a bad bottle of this; it was way off and not up to par with other Sly Fox beers. I will review it with hopes to try it again. The body was deep ruby with no head and very little carbonation. I got a strong whiff of wet cardboard with muted alcohol and pepper. There was a cherry flavor with a little pepper, the taste was way off. The wet cardboard smell really did this beer in; I couldn't taste much because of the smell. The low carbonation gave a really syrupy body. I am assuming I got a bad bottle.

Photo of Crosling
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sensational brew. I’m not going to say this is on par with Westvleteren or Rochefort, but this is definately one of the better American examples I’ve tried. A little confused by it low score, perhaps it’s a newer, more improved batch. Yum, this is a great beer. The mouthfeel could definately be a bit creamier and more heavy and I wish the finish was a little more lasting, BUT this is still a great brew, worth seeking out.

Photo of akorsak
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A snifter-sized glass poured at Iron Hill West Chester's Belgium Comes to West Chester.

A: The ale is a muddy creek brown color, brownish with a lot of haze. As I drank the ale, the haze became more concentrated in the bottom of the snifter.

S: The aroma is malty sweetness with a fruity aroma that highlights darker fruits.

T: The flavor is full-bodied malts, thick and chewy and not shy on the alcohol. As the ale sits on the tongue, some prunes and raisins stick out, providing a nice malty fruit base. Some bittering hops shine on top of the malts, but the malts are the star here. The flavors finish long and climax in a nice yeasty thickness.

M: The alefruits are delicious, providing a darker depth to the strong malts.

D: I wrote this beer off after an earlier tasting but clearly that was premature. This is a strong quad, full of malty strength and a very nice product. Thank God for second chances!

Photo of Billolick
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Caged and corked Belgian bomber. $7.50 from New Beer in NYC. No vintage/bottling info. Opened with no pop, hmm, poured with little head being generated, low carbonation noted. Darkest of brown shades, no head, no lacing. Nose is strongly of raisiny bourbon. Strong, heady brew, notes of more raisins, cola, vanilla,brandy, dark grains and ripe fruits, on the sweet side, could use some more thickness on the palate. Fine brew that could use some more complexity and depth to earn world class scores. I'd like to try this one with a year or two in the bottle. Still well worth a try. Nice cold weather night caper.

Photo of fartingdog
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this thanks to zrrbrrt.

It had some sticky beer residue around the edge of the cork, so I figured I ought to drink it right off. Not a sound of carbonation upon uncorking. After removing the cork, i noticed it was gray and feared the worst.

Poured with zero head. None. Bummer.
Aroma was fine- quite good actually. Notes of vanilla, sasparilla?, raisin. Very appealing and no signs of spoilage. Taste is also superb, and there's a slight pleasant bite on the tongue. Faint alcohol warming at the finish, but well masked. Very, very drinkable.

I think that if there was some head to this, it would be an amazing beer, but I'd reccommend it regardless.

Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Brought back from PA by expatsteve. Thanks for the opportunity.

Pour: deep, dark garnet/mahogany, mostly clear, no real head to speak of...alcohol?

Nose: vinuous blast of fermented grapes, raisins, molasses, cherries, light yeast

Taste: molasses and caramel sweetness, musty yeast, dark fruits, grape juice, dry, clean booze in the finish.

Feel: where this one falls short, a little thin, a little flat. I like a little more crispness in a Belgian like this.

Drinkability/Overall: Another completely solid beer from Sly Fox. Ridiculously drinkable for a quad of 10%. Not a mind-blower, but well-made on most fronts and hart to fault in too many places.

Photo of Zorro
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled due to BIGsBIF and the kindness of BeerBeing.

750 ML Bottle.

Pours a clear coke a cola colored brown beer with no real head formation.

Smell is slightly spicy with a lot of burnt sugar aroma and the scent of grapes. Alcohol carries the smell of black pepper.

Taste is sweet and spicy with a lot of grape flavor. Taste of fresh crushed black pepper. Not as complex as expected. Fair amount or tobacco flavor makes me wonder if there isn't Fuggles in this one.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Wish I could say I liked this one but not really. Nothing off about the bottle it just tastes too much like grape soda for my tastes.

Photo of warriorsoul
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to DarkerTheBetter for this one...
Dark brown in color...mahogany highlights with some natural light.
Less than a half a finger of light tan head...thin lacing forms as it quickly disappears.
Nice aroma...figs and cherries in the aroma with no alcohol detected.
The taste is fantastic...quite sweet with a huge grape/fig flavor. The alcohol is very well masked and finishes sweet, yet also dry...not overly bitter.
Mouthfeel is maybe thin for the style, and the carbonation is low...goes down too easy, but you know to take your time with this one after you start to warm up.
Very impressed with this bottle conditioned beauty from the folks at Sly Fox.

Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured into the chalice clear dark brown with zilch for head, nada, none.

The aroma was fruity with a strong dark fruit impression of raisins and prunes. Chocolate also was present with a dark caramel character. No head and a somewhat low carbonation made the aromas more subdued.

The flavor was fruity with a cinnamon spice and a light peppery character. The flavor was somewhat sweet with a dark caramel and chocolate presence and a strong dark fruit character. The dark fruits, mainly prunes with some raisins, well represented.

The finish was lightly sweet but heading toward dry with a lasting dark fruit and dark caramel presence and chocolate fairly long and lingering into the aftertaste. The body was medium full and the carbonation was mostly nonexistent leaving a fairly still beer. The warming after consumption was very, very high and almost burning which made the beer just a bit difficult to consume. This one would be much better if properly carbonated for the style.

750 ml bottle. Thanks BeerBeing!

Photo of cbl2
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

No best by date. 750 mL bottle.

Appearance:

Pours a very still, almost noncarbonated ruby brown. Mostly opaque, only faint traces of light seep through. No head. No lacing.

Aroma:

Sweet belgian candied sugar coupled with earthen tones of mushrooms, overripe fruit and intense alcohol. I'm slightly congested though, so not 100% on this.

Taste/Mouthfeel:

Still, and slightly viscous with a sweet syrupy quality to it. Apples and tropical fruit mingle with a heady alcohol sensation that warms as it trickles down the throat. Definitely a sipping beer, this would make a nice aperifit, as it shares some characteristics with a botrysized wine.

Photo of Gavage
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: pours a clear browinsh burgandy color with a spotty head. No lacing develops.

Smell: alcohol is immediately detectable, and after the nose gets through that some caramels and chocolate tones are very pleasant.

Taste: loads of roasted malts, caramels, chocolate, prunes, raisins, and alcohol. Some pepper spice is also noticeable. Nice and hearty.

Mouthfeel: smooth from start to finish. Aftertaste is very long as the alcohol, caramel, and chocolate tones last a while.

Drinkability: very tasty beer, but the alcohol tends to overwhelm after a while. One glass is enough in a session.

Photo of OldSock
3.33/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – 750 ml bottle purchased at Oak Tree. A bit of a pain to get the cork out, I ended up having to use a wine corker. The head disappeared with the same speed and hissing sound as the foam on a freshly poured coke. The beer is clear brown with some ruby highlights, but the lack of any head or lacing is greatly detrimental.

Smell – Some banana with clean non-fusel alcohol. Most of the aroma is from the fruity Belgian yeast, with small contribution from dark the grains and/or sugar.

Taste – Again the banana is upfront with some dark fruits in the back. The alcohol is subtle, but present. Hops are only present as a mild counterpoint to the extreme sweetness provided by the malt. This just doesn't posses the complexities required by such a strong, dark style that has so many great examples.

Mouthfeel – Syrupy body with almost no carbonation which explains the lack of head.

Drinkability & Notes – Nothing makes this one hard to drink, its relatively balanced and the alcohol is in check, but the flavor just isn't what it could be. Its a solid beer, but in a category that has so many breathtaking beers, this one is lackluster.

Photo of jaluria
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a ruby-burgundy color with minimal carbonation and only the slightest bit of head. Aromas of plums, raisins, alcohol, and maple seemed to come out nicely. The taste was sweet with fruity undertones, as might be expected for the style. Very subtle hops in the finish, but not as smooth as might be desired with the flavor profile. Overly dry and yet crisp; the beer didn't seem to flow very well from initial sip to the finish; very disjointed. The sweetness was more like that of a doppelbock with fruit flavors taking a back seat to the malt sweetness. A good beer, one worth trying, but not a great example of the style due to several flaws.

Photo of TastyTaste
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750 milliliters received from BeerBeing (thanks again Alex) in Bif 25**.

Appearance: Dark forboding body, maroon/scarlet when held to light, beautiful, but no head on the pour whatsoever.

Smell: Dark fruits, roasted malts, belgian yeast, very nice.

Taste: Wow, a very nice collaboration of flavors, rich and sippable. Alcohol burns and warms, the taste is savorable and sippable. Toffee and more dark fruit throughout, not a rough edge in site, this is a very smooth brew.

Drinkability: Smooth, rich, fruity, and a joy to sip. Something so strong is so smooth is amazing.

Photo of oelergud
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Corked and caged old fashioned brown bottle.
Very dark clear body almost completely opaque at the center. Deep ruby/brown toward the edges and red/copper at the edge.
Lace, head and carbonation are next to non-existant.
Plum, raisen, brown sugar and concentrated molasses make up first impression of the nose. Quite a rush altually and the alcohol detectable in the smell if looked for.
Taste is a dried fruit medley, raisen, plum and a hint of pear and nuts drizzled with brown sugar. A very strong presence to be sure.
Even the aftertaste is malt dominated and fairly short finishing in a nutty and semi-dry sensation. into the mouthfeel which is solid, full and chewable.
Good Drinkability but be mindfull of the ABV.
Thanks to Weeare138 for the bottle.
-Oelergud

Photo of Foxman
4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It pours a deep clear mahogany, ruby in lighter spots. A mere half finger of light tan head drops promptly away to the lightest of froth traces. There's pretty much no lacing to speak of.

In the aroma, there drifts a thick cloud of roasted grain, densely sweet and partnered with spice, yeast, dark berry, and alcohol. Plum and a trace of anise round things out.

Upon sipping, it's all about raosted toasty malted grain, berry sweet and sherry vinous. The savory earthiness of baked dough joins more sweetness, with plum and cola, to play counterpoint to a sinewy tendon of alcohol. A mild spicy bitterness and yeasty esters carry toward the close before a sweet, residual malt finish. The flavor is a stylistic pleasure with a dash of signature.

Full bodied, the sticky syrupy malt lays like cloying napalm on the palate. Alcohol helps dry the tongue marginally.

the thick, heavy, fruity sweetness is exactly what I'd hoped for from this quad, and even a bit more. It's blended very craftily, and even slyly, if I may, each piece meshing well with the others. The ABV is never shy, and it gives fair and due warning. Wisdon says heed it. If you're looking for crisp and refreshing, look elsewhere. But if you want a hearty, rewarding quadruppel, look no further...you've found it here.

Photo of Schooly
3.28/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pulled the cork and no "pffft" Uh-oh. Hey weren't these just bottled? Gave it a vigorous pour in my Duvel glass and only a tiny ring appeared around the glass. Smells good like a quad should. I'm still hung up on no head though...Tastes good but without the creamy carbonation you would expect from a 10% quad. What gives? Mouthfeel is flat with no carbonation to bring the taste to the top of my palate. It just drains down my throat. I don't know what happened with this one, just released Friday. I hope the bottling didn't go wrong. Maybe the corks are bad?
I have another one, so I can revisit this one after some more 'bottle conditioning' and review it again.

Photo of maybrick
4.83/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Brian's quad. Awesome. Deep, dark, malty, carmel, every big beer lovers dream. The head holds on, the mouthfeel exceptional and the complexity and balance are truly remakrable. This stuff is not for light hearted the ABV is well over 10. As it warms the characteristics become more refined and this is a truly remarkable and memorable brew.

Photo of IrishRedRock
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one I've been waiting for. Poured in front of me straight from a quarter keg, a deep brown, nearly black with only a thin, darker than white head that did not hang around. Strong aroma of alcohol and dark fruits. I figured the alcohol would be prevalent in the flavor since it was in the nose, but it was quite well hidden. I thought the ABV was somewhere near 10 (which it is), but was so well hidden that I went and double-checked right then. I was at the Kennett Brewfest, by the way.

Smooth and delightful in the mouth...as it warms there the flavors come out. Plums, spices and a rich malt character make this one a winner.

Photo of oberon
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer is really something different,whats up with the sticky bottle cap?Pours a deep chesnut brown with some ruby hues with no head to speak of.The aroma is of Xmas fruit cake and some alcohol notes.The taste starts out very sweet with some dried fruit thrown in there,its a sweet beer but not overdone.Iam sure I couldnt drink more than this bottle but still a very good,well made beer.

Ichor from Sly Fox Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 156 ratings.