Ichor - Sly Fox Brewing Company
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3.48/5 rDev -9.6%
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.
04-01-2012 21:01:06 | More by StaveHooks
4/5 rDev +3.9%
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
06-19-2009 17:39:57 | More by thain709
4.28/5 rDev +11.2%
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.
04-24-2006 20:41:45 | More by Foxman
3.83/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
01-11-2009 02:05:25 | More by coldmeat23
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
3.98/5 rDev +3.4%
Pours with no head and leaves almost next to nothing as far as lacing goes. Has a dark and murky brown color.
Smells sugary, lots of dark fruits, alcohol and a mix of wood and tobacco.
Tastes of sweet malts (toffee), nice mixture of fruits (wine like) and booze.
05-15-2008 05:50:22 | More by irishkyle21
3.93/5 rDev +2.1%
750ml bottle brewed and bottled in Royersford, PA.
A: deep mahogany color, clear, head dissipated quickly
S: dark fruits, jam-like, leathery, cidery hints
T: mellow, sweeter, cloying, leather, dark fruit
M: well-balanced, mellow
O: overall I thought about rating this beer lower but after contemplating on the style, it's not bad, a well-aged quad
12-15-2013 02:46:35 | More by wisrarebeer
4/5 rDev +3.9%
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
08-22-2008 21:37:23 | More by joepais
4.08/5 rDev +6%
The first thing that comes to mind in describing this beer is overwhelming. It has a smack in the face sweetness to it
Im sure it comes from the Belgium candy sugar. Intensely
Flavorful, complex and very interesting. Some of this beer was spilled and in 2 minutes my fingers felt as sticky as a movie theater floor. Beautiful dark ruby red color with a short lived small head. This is a definite sipping beer for me, unless youre insane and decide to gulp it down. The hops in this beer were pretty subdued and taken over by all heavy malt sweetness and sugars. A nice treat that I would even consider warming up on a cold rainy night, rather than drinking it chilled.
04-07-2003 11:55:58 | More by pezoids
4.15/5 rDev +7.8%
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.
09-15-2003 21:29:01 | More by IrishRedRock
3.78/5 rDev -1.8%
No best by date. 750 mL bottle.
Pours a very still, almost noncarbonated ruby brown. Mostly opaque, only faint traces of light seep through. No head. No lacing.
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.
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.
07-11-2006 19:52:12 | More by cbl2
3.28/5 rDev -14.8%
Pours a deep red color, almost brown with one finger of foamy off-white head that remains throughout most of the beer.
The scent is of sweet fruit, some grapes, cherry, and notes of peach, sweet sugar, and caramel malt.
The taste is of dark and sweet fruits, cherry is apparent, sweet sugar, and notes of caramel.
Full body, smooth and kind of a syrupy texture, low to moderate carbonation.
This was an average Quad, the syrupy texture was too unpleasant to make this enjoyable.
12-07-2012 14:32:08 | More by BeerCon5
3.88/5 rDev +0.8%
Pours with a sticky off white head that finally settles over deep red clear liquid. Nose has a depth of Belgian character to it: sweet candi sugar, strong maltiness, yeast esters. Taste is heavy, sweet at first, and quite alcoholic. Maltiness gives way to some dark fruitiness, rum & brown sugar. A taste of a winey note pops up near the end. Finishes long and heady, drying slightly after swallowing. A good interpretation of a Belgian Quadruple.
A big "Thank You" to rotsaruch for the bottle!
03-22-2003 22:39:53 | More by beerluvr
4.38/5 rDev +13.8%
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.
04-29-2006 17:08:03 | More by oelergud
Ichor from Sly Fox Brewing Company
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