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Ichor - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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very good

86 Reviews
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Reviews: 86
Hads: 169
Avg: 3.9
pDev: 13.08%
Wants: 15
Gots: 22 | 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: 86 | Hads: 169
Photo of Beertracker
3.12/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Sly Fox Ichor opens without much release and pours up nearly flat. Bad corks? Maybe a wisp of head? Opaque dark brown-burnt mahogony in color. The aroma is very spicy (anise, cardamon, licorice) with lots of dark fruits (burnt raisin, fig, plum). The roast contributions are very distracting and innappropriate per style. Alcohol is prickly hot. The flavor is very one-dimensional with a caramel malt sweetness that never seems quite balanced by the spicy bitterness. Black or chocolate malt roastiness muddles up the rest. Very warming. This medium-full bodied Belgian Quad is overly sweet from the lack of carbonation and is quite honestly a train wreck of bold flavors. Aging probably won't help, but couldn't hurt. I definitely would like to try this one again on draught. Definitely not Greek ambrosia, but certainly worth a try for Quad lovers.

CHEERS! Beertracker

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Photo of BeerCon5
3.33/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of meatyard
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, dark mahogany with a light tan head that falls relatively quickly without any lace.

The smell is sweet, dark fruit and a mild bit of alcohol.

The taste is cola and more of the dark fruit like plums & raisins. There is a waft of alcohol that comes back up through the nose after swallowing.

Mouthfeel is medium towards full with ample carbonation and a fairly high level of sweetness.

Overall: This leans in the direction of a very good quad. I am enjoying this while thinking this doesn't quite measure up to Rochfort 10 or S. Bernardus 12. It's unfair in a way but it does have some of the same nice qualities.

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Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - rich reddish dark brown in color, a whisp of bubbles around the edges which quickly settle out and leave a trickle of bubbles coming up the sides of the glass.

S - ripe dark fruit, dark brown sugar, dark candi sugar and an underlying mild belgian yeast. Rich but on the sweet side of things.

T - follow's the aroma very closely. A bit more play in the yeast flavors but pretty much spot on with the aroma.

M - medium bodied, under carbonated and smooth.

D - nicely drinkable. Definitely on the sweet side and light bodied for how I prefer the style but easy to quaff.

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Photo of RoamingGnome
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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Photo of joepais
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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Photo of bjohnson
2.26/5  rDev -42.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Another big thanks to warriorsoul for handing this off to me. you are too kind. After a labor intensive 5 minutes of prying the cork out, it finally popped--crap that took awhile.

A: Pours a very dark brown with a reddish tint to it. Very soapy and bubbly head dissipates very fast--no retention on the head. Bubbles on the sides of the glass make me believe it's carbonated, but I'm not sure as the cork slide out of the bottle and didn't pop. Looking at the cork now, I see it didn't expand outward as most corks in beer bottles do once they're popped. This almost looks like an aggressively poured red wine.
S: Spicy and wheaty in the nose with intense fruit. Cherries and other dark fruits. Those are the perfect aromas to a quad. The spicyness is subdued and the fruit aromas are hefty.
T/M: Well, this isn't carbonated at all. Flat, well, no sir, I don't particularly like my beer flat, unless it's on cask. Since it took me about 5 minutes to pry the cork out, well...I'm not a happy camper right now. Tastes like thick sweet juic with a wheaty aftertaste--those are layman's terms if you weren't aware. Wheaty notes aren't big but definitely noticeable. Dark fruit--fig and plum--notes covered in spices and a candied thickness stick to the palate and don't let go. Cough syrup like flavors towards the back of the throat and on the tongue made me cringe a bit. Aftertaste of wheaty cough syrup to put it bluntly. Unfortunately this wasn't the best quad in the world.
D: This went the way of the drain after the first snifter. Quality control problem? Possibly. If I cross the brew again, I'd be tempted to pick it up as it could be a great one.

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Photo of TheMultiYeast
4/5  rDev +2.6%
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!

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Photo of dacrza1
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

DATE REVIEWED: June 17, 2014... GLASSWARE: Duvel snifter... OCCASION: year in public education #15--done!...APPEARANCE: intimidating dark black body that sports a thin white head that settles quickly--a white on black spectacle... AROMA: toffee and peat malt dominate the nostrils; fruity yeasts--peach, pear, apple--provide a floral balance... PALATE: active, warm, full-bodied--worth sipping of 10% ABV; like a strong ale in texture, but a bit buttery too... TASTE: complex fruit--plum, black currants, and banana--with clove cigarettes and milk stout properties--a demanding,, playful experience... OVERALLL: the kitchen sink seems thrown in here, with a serious backbone that rewards the drinker with hear and flavor--a big beer that could be brought out for big occasions....

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Photo of pezoids
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

The first thing that comes to mind in describing this beer is overwhelming. It has a smack in the face sweetness to it –
I’m 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 you’re 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.

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Photo of IrishRedRock
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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Photo of cbl2
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of mwilbur
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

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Photo of beerluvr
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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!

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Photo of Ego
2.84/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

in stock @ oak tree buy rite, edison nj (it says brewed in royersford on the label)

I am a bit wary of their bomber stuff as I haven't really liked any of them except the dopplebock... but the canned stuff they make is so damn good I want to at least give them the old college try. plus oak tree really needs my money... I mean, they seem to love taking it by providing a ridiculous selection.. even in the last 3 months the places has improved 5 times!

damn this cork took a workout to get off... good thing my right hand is in good shape. what little head there is is gone in 20 seconds.. maybe less, I think I blinked... near black and almost opaque. leaves legs like a boozy wine. not much is impressing me in the look of this one.

boozy like bourbon barrells, prunes and dark fruit absolutely soaked in booze for a year. some light hints of floral sweetness float on top, there is a dash of vinegar in there as well. interesting nose.

taste etc...
the carbonation is very low, almost non existent, it is very coating and syrupy especially in the finish. the alcohol is nearly burning on the way down, blind I might think this is some sort of barleywine... it drinks and tastes more like that, there is a strange blackberry/wine flavor to this one with a sweet finish like a red wine (not sugary). It almost tastes a bit artificial.. like those ice sticks you buy and stick in your freezer. ever have the grape one? well, dip one in absolut and suck on it.. that's this beer. I can't say it is too enjoyable. the body is medium but just a hair more carbonation might suit this one better. the alcohol is not that noticeable in the flavor, one of the only "kudos" moments I can give this one... dissapointing.

when I can buy abt12 for nearly the same price why the heck would I get this? I give this one a thumbs down. it isn't offensive but it isn't very good either.

folllow up:
I had to dump about 30% of this bottle.. it sucked that bad.. I am actually being sort of kind on this review with my scores... it probably deserves worse.

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Photo of oelergud
4.37/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

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Photo of MadScientist
3.72/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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Photo of warriorsoul
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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Photo of magine
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of ZimZamZoom
4.47/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 into a goblet. About a year's age on this bottle. This one pours a deep brown color, with a nice dense tan head. Free of any floaties which is always a plus.

Aroma is thick and bready, full of dark fruity wonders and spicy pleasure. Prunes, and even licorice come to mind. Lovely. The taste follows along nicely, with mysterious dark fruits, almost a fruitcake thick bready spiciness. It all entwines around the alcohol warmth nicely. This is a great beer.

Big bodied, yet smooth and definitely easy to sip on. No doubt that it is a big beer but the alcohol is subdued in its presence. A great sipper on a cold Sunday afternoon.

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Photo of matty
3.38/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown colored beer with a slowly fading head.Aroma is Belgian yeast.Taste is Belgian yeast,dark fruit and sugar cane.Sweet and warming and pretty smooth for a heavier beer.I probably would enjoy this more in the winter months.A decent beer that I would recommend and purchase again.

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Photo of BlindPig
3.23/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Thin tan head that fades fast! Dark body, when held to light you get hues of clear dark ruby.
S- Chocolate, plum, raisins, grass hops, toffee, and alcohol.
T- Strong esters, coffee, dark chocolate, alcohol, raisins, lots of sugars, some grass hops, and some plums. It comes off not to good at all and then as your taste buds get used to it, it is drinkable.
M- Full body, low carbonation.
D- Not to good. I would never buy this again. Just has some rough flavors and IMO you can tell this is an American attempt at it. Seems that they just threw a bunch of stuff together.

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Photo of JamnesCameron
4.7/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another fine example of beery goodness from chefmonty.

Poured into a St. Feuillien goblet. Big rich tannish head that dissipates fairly quickly to leave a thin wisp on the surface of a deep mahogany brew.

Aromas of dark candied fruit. A little musty, and sweet malt towards the back.

First sip is decadent. Dark fruits, hints of a fine sauterne. Alcohol makes its presence known after the beer warms a bit.

Mouthfeel is full, and luscious.

Highly and dangerously drinkable. Very nice beer.

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Photo of hoppymeal
4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark cola brown to black in color, mainly clear, a faint skirmish of whitish bubbles appears and is gone quickly. Rich and sugary bready aroma, with caramel and ripe raisins and other dark fruits mix with a strong aroma of alcohol. Taste follows with a very sweet and rich raisin flavor, a slight hint of tingling on the tongue fades into a good dose of warming alcohol. Very low carbonation keeps the beer from feeling to full and accentuates the drying alcohol in the finish. A very enjoyable beer for the style, big for sure, but in the right amounts. Had this in the cellar for 6mos to year.

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Photo of ski271
4.6/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I reviewed a bottle of this earlier and was quite disappointed, but after enjoying a hand-pulled pint of this at Zeno's in State College, PA, I'm thinking I got a mishandled bottle. This beer has all the characteristics I listed before for the nose, but appearance, taste, mouthfeel and just the overall drinking experience were far superior to my last encounter. I love the rich complexity. The high alcohol is well hidden by its fruity and malty sweetness, and as big as this beer is it is surprisingly easy-drinking. If I hadn't known better I'd have had a couple of these and not been able to drive home safely. A wonderful beer and I really enjoyed.

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Ichor from Sly Fox Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 86 ratings.