Ichor - Sly Fox Brewing Company
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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
3.45/5 rDev -10.4%
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.
03-02-2012 00:58:35 | More by Darkmagus82
3.73/5 rDev -3.1%
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!
07-28-2006 21:21:12 | More by GCBrewingCo
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
District of Columbia
3.13/5 rDev -18.7%
Welcome to DC, Sly Fox!
Served in a "Game of Thrones" glass.
A: Poured a dark, dark, brown with a slight bit of translucence, possibly only detected by some serious astronomical tools.
S: PEZ dust, with figs, plums, and various dark fruit. Somewhat understated, yet still present.
T: Kinda strong on the sugar and Belgian yeast front. Totally overwhelming. The fruit was there, along with a bucket of brown sugar.
M: Decent carbonation bill, but this stuff is boozy as hell. Seriously, It's hard to take a gulp of it.
O: This one was fairly cheap, at only $8.99. If you're looking for some cheap social lubricant, go ahead. However, I'll pass on this in the future.
12-12-2013 05:42:48 | More by Chaney
4.38/5 rDev +13.8%
Sensational brew. Im not going to say this is on par with Westvleteren or Rochefort, but this is definately one of the better American examples Ive tried. A little confused by it low score, perhaps its 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.
02-09-2007 17:32:37 | More by Crosling
2.51/5 rDev -34.8%
a: Clear dark chestnut; pours with a thick fizzy head.
s: Lots of cherries, some kind of artificial sweetner, and flowery booze. Not very Quad like.
t: Very sweet overall but not all that malty. Raisins and cherries are there but kind of syrupy. That artificial from the smell is here too. Lots of sugar but lacks any Belgian yeat character.
m: Gentle fizzy carbonation and a syrupy body.
o: Too sweet and pretty far off-style.
06-30-2013 20:39:47 | More by DIM
4.05/5 rDev +5.2%
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.
05-23-2006 15:27:20 | More by TastyTaste
United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)
4.41/5 rDev +14.5%
750ml bottle bought from Lighthouse Wines, Jordanstown
Poured a deep burgundy red / brown colour with a slight haze... Creamy tan head poured quite foamy but faded very quickly to thin covering with thick edging... fair amount of carbonation bubbles... light patchy lacing...
Aroma - Dark sweet and spicy fruits (raisins, prunes, some blackcurrents), strong toasted toffee maltiness, some molasses notes, yeasty, caramel, light aniseed hints, some light rum traces, vanilla, some nuttiness, peppery hops...
Taste - Spicy dark fruits (definite raisins and prunes, spicy apples, some figs and blackcurrents), brown sugar / toffee sweetness, milk chocolate, toasted malt loaf, strong Belgian yeastiness, light herbal notes, nice warming alcohol, liquorice hints, spicy hops...
Feel - Quite sharp and dry then some smoothness coming through after.. Medium / full bodied... Pretty drinkable considering the strength...
Overall - An excellent Quad and one of the best i've had... recommended...
01-25-2014 15:02:04 | More by mdagnew
4.22/5 rDev +9.6%
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.
08-12-2008 14:54:26 | More by sholland119
3.88/5 rDev +0.8%
A: Pours a dark purple brown with orange highlights and a tight tan head, which dissipates quickly with no lacing. Tons of champagne bubbles.
S: Smells of sweet prunes, purple otter pops, with a slight alcohol burn in the nose.
T: The flavor is interesting in that it doesn't really hit until after you swallow. I get an explosion of yeasty thickness, prunes, dates, raisins, a heavy alcohol warmth, and some bready spiciness like a fruitcake. A great taste, but it's still a heavy beer and the alcohol isn't completely hidden.
M: Medium body, light carbonation.
D: I couldn't drink more than one bottle of it, but still a decent sipping beer. Not my cup of tea, due to heavy sweetness and the assault of flavors after the swallow, but still good.
05-16-2009 03:34:22 | More by Phelps
4.33/5 rDev +12.5%
This bottle had been in my cellar at least a year. It pours into my glass a dark cola brown color with mellow carbonation and a small off white head that leaves quickly. Aromas being with dark candied malts and fruits. Brown sugar, cherry, slight vanilla and an earthy, somewhat spicy yeast tone. Raisins and caramel work in as well.
First sip is a smooth rich maltiness upfront. Dark candi sugar with brown sugar sweetness as well. It rolls into cherry, vanilla and a spicy, earthy yeast flavor. Dark raisins come in on the finish. Overall the brew is incredibly smooth and silky with a touch of bitterness on the end.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a mellow, laid back carbonation. It could be a little more carbonated but I can't really complain. An easy drinking American brewed Quad that's well worth seeking out. A yummy treat from Sly Fox.
01-01-2008 23:52:49 | More by orbitalr0x
4/5 rDev +3.9%
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.
04-02-2007 05:55:13 | More by Phatz
Ichor from Sly Fox Brewing Company
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