Sly Fox Brewing Company - Ichor
Serving Temperature:48-55° F
Suggested Glassware:Tulip or Snifter
Ichor is an Abbot style Quadruple brewed with German Pils and Roast malts, Belgian Candi Sugar, and German Tradition hops. Expect it to pour a burgundy brown color, capped by a frothy, off white head. There is a slight, initial waft of Belgian-style farmhouse funk, supplemented by notes of gingerbread, pumpernickel, Irish cream, cookie dough, plums, raisins and date nut bread. Look for a bit of candied orange peel as well, not to mention some citrus/over-ripened orange notes. Notes from the aroma develop in the flavor profile, but are a bit inhibited by an undercurrent of alcohol, and also colored a bit with some tasty chocolate notes and even a touch of coffee. As Ichor warms, expect some leathery notes to emerge. This beer really just keeps on giving and giving as it comes up in temperature, evoking raisins and oranges soaked in liquor (a liquor that is somewhere between añejo tequila and dark rum), with an ever present brown sugar note. With flourishes of sour/granny smith apples as well, there’s a bit of something for everyone. There are some unexpected flashes of vanilla in the finish, suggesting some oak aging, but this beer has not seen any wood at all. Also look for suggestions of coriander and cardamom. The Belgian yeast has really worked its magic on this brew. The finish also suggests grapes, especially as it warms, as well as toffee. Wraps up with a faint spicy heat (peppery, probably from the alcohol). Some euro-pastries going on here too: think croissant with a bit of chocolate spread. Even with plenty of sweetness in this beer, the brewers have managed to balance things quite nicely with a hop profile that bitters things up a bit in the finish. The sweetness prevails, but it was a noble effort on the part of the hops. Overall, this is a big, tasty beer that melds tradition with modern craft brewing creativity. It gets a little hot here and there—but hell, whaddya expect—it’s 20 proof—not to mention being the blood of the gods! While it is certainly ready to drink now, this beer will only improve with careful aging. As a bottle-conditioned beer of stature, Ichor will hold up well in the bottle for at least 3 years. Maturation will occur from 3 to 48+ months. We have enjoyed it fresh, and, at 1, 2 and 4 years old, but we’re told if treated right (stored at consistent, cellar temperatures) it will provide a nice treat for up to 10 years. Consider picking up enough bottles now to allow yourself the opportunity to do a “vault check” at 1, 2 and 3+ year intervals. You won’t be disappointed.
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