Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Sly Fox Ichor


Ichor

Brewed by:
Sly Fox Brewing Company


Phoenixville, Pennsylvania

Quadrupel (Quad)
 

10.00% ABV






Commercial Description:
An Abbot style Quadruple brewed with German Pils and Roast malts and Belgian 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.
(ratebeer.com)
   
General Pricing:
750ml bottle, ~ $10.00

Background:
 Stopped at the brew pub for lunch and a sampling I decided to take this one home. I must say that everything I sampled was outstanding.
   
Review:
The beer pours a dark brown with just a hint of ruby hues peeking thru around the edges of the glass and an off white to tan head.

The nose is wonderful with rich malts, dark fruit esters and a light sweet aroma, not sure if that’s a light floral hop or alcohol. At any rate this is extremely inviting.

We are starting this one off at 46 degrees

WOW, this is great. What a wonderful first sip. It may be just a touch too sweet on the finish and final aftertaste but all and all this is a pretty good quad.

It starts off with sweet rich malts up front on the tip of the tongue then the most enjoyable mouthfeel in mid-sip. The back-end is nice; rich and malty with a pleasant bite and surprisingly very easy to swallow. The finish is rich with creamy sweet malts and candi sugar. The final aftertaste is a lingering caramel sweetness.

There is a nice creaminess to this beer.

All and all this is a very good Quad. It is lacking in a just a few areas. This beer has a lighter body than what is typical for this style. It is also just a tad too sweet.

 Now that the negatives are out of the way we can get back to this great beer.

We have warmed to 65 degrees now. This is creamier and maltier now that it has warmed and opened up a little.

One thing I forgot to mention was the alcohol. There was a sweetness on the nose that I suspected could be alcohol but that is really the only sign of alcohol in this beer. If you didn’t read the description you would have figured maybe 8 %. It is extremely impressive that this beer is 10%. The alcohol is not masked, this is stealth.

As I’m getting to the bottom of the glass I can see the clarity and lighter body of this beer. I am also finally starting to pick up some alcohol notes now that this has warmed 70 degrees.

It is also interesting how the last few ounces are clinging to the glass. This may be an aspect of the alcohol.

This is a solid A for me; Rich, malty, luscious goodness with dark fruit esters and a silky smooth mouthfeel.
I highly recommend this beer to anyone that likes the rich malty flavors of a Belgian Quad.

This may even be a little young and need to cellar for a while to mature a little. If I ever make it up to their Royersford site I’ll pick up a few warm bottles and cellar one for a while. What a great beer!

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