Ichor | Sly Fox Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Sly Fox Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
slyfoxbeer.com

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

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.

Added by NeroFiddled on 02-18-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
277
Reviews:
159
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
13.51%
 
 
Wants:
18
Gots:
28
For Trade:
2
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Ratings: 277 |  Reviews: 159
Photo of edelavega
1/5  rDev -74%

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1.5/5  rDev -61%

Photo of bjohnson
2.26/5  rDev -41.3%
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 jiffymon
2.5/5  rDev -35.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -35.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -35.1%

Photo of RyanPB
2.52/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Really didn't like this in the least. So little carbonation I thought it was a bad cork, until I read some other reviews. Looked great in terms of color, but no nose to speak of. Weyerbacher's Quad is superior across the board to my mind, including price in my neck of the woods. Thinking back on the Odyssey, perhaps the brewery's philosophy is different than mine.

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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.

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Photo of DIM
2.54/5  rDev -34%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of KTCamm
2.69/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.25

1/8/17....pours murky brown, mostly dark. Active fizzy foam builds high. Chocolately nose, subtle cherry fruits. Super carbonated malty mess. Disjointed bitter amidst the fizzy astringency. Hard to discern much in the mix. Not sure what happened, but this one bombed for me.

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Photo of brentk56
2.76/5  rDev -28.3%
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?

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Photo of Ego
2.84/5  rDev -26.2%
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!

eyes...
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.

nose...
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.

verdict?
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 goodbyeohio
2.93/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

my bottle says it was brewed and bottled in royersford. for what its worth, the label (pictured, right) is kick-ass. their graphic design is tops in the world of beer packaging. it's a shame the beer doesn't look so good.

the bottle opens with a thpftpop. for those of you who don't speak in cork sounds, that means that the sound the cork made being pulled out of the bottle is akin to a wet.. um, 'tube' sliding out of a um.. 'hole'. nothing. no carbonation, no buildup, nothing. when i pour it.. well.. it's the right color, but too much light is getting through. there are crimson highlights where there should be more complex darkness, and there is a reflective brown shine where there should be bubbles and hazy clouds.

the beer smells pretty good. bright fruity berry hints , slightly phenolic but not overpowering. a crisp waft of tart red apple and a complex belgian sugary sweetness. warmth and deeper inhales bring banana to the phenol and even a hint of sweetly spiced african coffee beans.

mouthfeel is awful. it's painfully thin for the boozy and sweet shock that hits you. although it doesn't overpower the flavor, its like drinking something caustic or otherwise assaultive to the taste buds. before you have a chance to enjoy it, you've taken too much in and your face sucks up in a death cringe. it's too sweet, in an unfermented way. the candied fig and date puree flavors that i like in belgian quads are there, but go somewhat underappreciated due to the mess this beer has created. i am really kind of afraid before i take each sip, although its not bad enough to drain pour.

i wonder if time would have done anything here. somehow i doubt it, and i tried this back in april and dug it.. so, in closing, i'd say drink them fresh and hope you hear a popppzz and not a thrpftpop.

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Photo of ccrida
2.97/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Really had the wrangle the cork out of this 750ml bottle, with my teeth ultimately, only to have a headless pour with a wisp of light tan skim and no lace over a cola colored body. In it's defense, it's quickly roused with a swirl of the St. Feuillien goblet, but it recedes just as quickly. An overly vigorous 2nd pour roused a 1/4 inch head that that immediately vanished to a collar and swirled skim...

The smell is all dark stone fruit sweetness and a touch of spicy yeast. While it had it moments, it has an astringency to it that was unwelcome.

The taste is dominated by dark candi sugar. Theres a very rummy booze that works well, but is inadequately tempered by any yeasty complexity, save for a slight spiciness on the finish. Boarding on sugar bomb, this one's a diabetic's nightmare!

The mouthfeel is very light, easily passing the Belgian digestibility test, but seriously lacking in carbonation.

The drinkablity was low, because this one was so sugary and not very interesting. The light body made it a good candidate for a quick buzz if you had a serious sweet tooth for, which I sometimes do, but this was really too much. I brought this back from my last visit to Pittsburgh, and had been looking forward too it. While not a total disappointment, it's not a quad I'll be making any effort to have again.

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Photo of VikeMan
3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of bamadog
3/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to beerman207 for picking this one up for me a little over a year ago on a trip back to PA. Review is from notes taken on 9/25/2011 and poured from the bottle to a snifter:

Appearance: Pour is a dark, coppery/plum color and it starts with a fair 1 and 1/2 finger light tan head with pretty solid retention; body is cloudy, dark and a little murky, yet still manages to show strong and fast carbonation bubbling up from the bottom;

Smell: Lots of dark fruit that is overripe (figs, raisins, perhaps even some grape); plenty of Belgian candi sugar as well accompanied by some spiciness

Taste: It's sweet and sugary, and perhaps too much so... It's a tad cloying; following the candi sugars, there is plenty of dark and overripe fruit behind it, with a touch of the spiciness, but it's really subdued in the mouth by all of the sweetness; fair presence of alcohol lingering in the back.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is pretty strong and borders on sharp, so it could probably have stood a bit more time in the bottle to work on mellowing out; body is medium weight; warming alcohol in the back keeps the belly warm and a little uncomfortable with all of the carbonation and sweetness.

Overall: Not something I would go out of my way to get again... It's not bad, and I wish I had someone to share it with as I don't really want to drain pour it, but the sweetness is definitely getting to me....

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Photo of davidwhatshisnam
3/5  rDev -22.1%

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.06/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a dark ruby red color, really no carbonation and no pop on the cork either. That left a few bubbles. Nose is malty, slight sweetness, raisins, figs, plums, and caramel. Taste is sweet but flat with dark fruits and caramel. The alcohol is hidden pretty well. Mouthfeel was pretty flat. I drain poured it, mainly upon the carbonation and lack there of left unintrigued.

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Photo of Beertracker
3.12/5  rDev -19%
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 utopiajane
3.14/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

This poured a dark brown with plenty of sediment or yeast to obscure what would have been a much better color. In all that snow globe mess were some hues that would have liked to be seen. Thin head of off white foam that did not last but refreshed on each swirl. Nose is a touch of booze and dark sweet bread. Fruity, raisin, prune, a bit of sugar and molasses. taste is darn sweet with candi sugar and brown sugar. Lots of dark fruits in there. Body is heavy and mouthfeel is full and chewy in places. The carbonation was not as good as it should be so this drank thickly and flatly. The finish was cloying and not dry but thankfully not hot either. Brunt sugar, raisins and prune finish this one pretty syrupy.

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Photo of Chaney
3.17/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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.

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Ichor from Sly Fox Brewing Company
3.85 out of 5 based on 277 ratings.
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