boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - JAN 17, 2007
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 6, 2007 2006. Hazy amber pour with hues of orange and red. Well retained khaki head, thick lacing that looks like sea foam. Aroma is at first akin to massive fresh ginger bread, awesome prelude. Also some earthy hops in a meek appearance, caraway, nutmeg, slightly sweet malts, cinnamon teddy grahams, half & half, small evergreen nuances. Boldly spiced flavor is very sweet up front. Spruce, cinnamon, and a lot less gingerbread, which was really just an illusion provided by a deftly wrought combination of the aforementioned aromatic spices, or perhaps just an outcome I rather enjoyed. The carbonation in the mouthfeel is way too fizzy and heavy, but syrupy sugars balance that out somewhat. The finish is semi-sweet and of commendable length and mellow character. Just the right amount of sugar and yeast in this beer. Pretty decent. I want to lay one down for a few years to monitor progress, but my experiences with older Sly Fox beers have been nothing short of horrific.
kramer (5611) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 29, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
25 oz bottle, 2006 vintage. Pours a mostly clear reddish amber colored body under a fizzy off-white head with decent retention due to heavy carbonation. Aroma is sweet and heavily spiced. Alot of cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves, with lighter notes of caramel and toffee malt. Flavor hits you over the head with cinnamon and nutmeg from front to back. Minimal toffee malt mid-swallow and a little yeast on the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with too much fizzy prickly carbonation. Texture is fairly thin and watery. Overall, too heavily spiced for me, and the mouthfeel was really annoying. Maybe if this sits a while it will mellow an those fronts.
eaglefan538 (2982) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - DEC 28, 2006
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
Poured a clear copper to ruby color with a nice initial head. Good retention. All downhill from there. Tons of ginger in the aroma, and ginger starts to turn me off. Man, the flavor was all ginger, totally reminded me of Great Lakesí Christmas Ale, and that isnít a good thing. Ginger, cardamum (bottle didnít mention it, though), cinammon, a big spicey mess, no idea what the malt base tasted like. Mouthfeel wasnít bad, slightly acidic, boy the flavor was a mess. Too much spice.
cheap (4880) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 27, 2006
1.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 2/20
UPDATED: JUN 25, 2011 My first fox. Got this on tap at the Bocktown Bar in the Robinson Township Mall shopping center complex. Terra the waitress told me it has lots of cloves. Pours brown yellow orange with no red in my glass. Tan head that hangs around for awhile. Has a sweet clove aroma. Yep, lots of cloves in the intital taste bite, perhaps a bit too much spices. There is a noticable lack of sweetness. Has an offensive bitterness to it that I just canít handle. More like an IPA or imp stout. Finish is medicine bitter that long lingers after you finally swallow it. Some hints of dirt in the finish also.
rayg1 (586) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 25, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
2006 version, Merry Christmas! Well, pours out a very deep and pretty reddish copper with a thick white head. Man this thing smells spicy and sweet. Sugar, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, and candied fruit come out in the nose. Taste is nice and definatley Chirstmas. All your favorite holiday spices with a hint of orange and some slight bitterness. Not a bad beer but Iím afraid this might be a clone of Anchor OSA. Still not a bad little beer.
Sammy (10320) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 18, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2006 edition brought by Dr.Jay.Mostly foamy head on orange body. Medium mouthfeel,lots of spice, not too crazy on the ginger, then there is nutmeg, orange, cinammon, clove. Hops back there, and not bitter. Kind of thrown all together, a spicy flavour beer.Not my best Sly Fox, but quaffable.
argo0 (12636) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 11, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(75cl, 2006 vintage, thanks shadrach) Clear copper body topped by enormous beige head. Aroma is moderately sweet, pumpkin pie -- ginger, nutmeg, clove, allspice. Taste is medium sweet, clove, allspice, ginger, light nutmeg, cinnamon. Light-medium body. Despite the spices essentially being the sole characteristic, they never overpower.
blank (996) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 9, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
really nice rich heavy beer, not sure how to describe the style, but still a good beer.
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - DEC 8, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
09.12.06 750ml, 2006 version. I intended to send this out in trade but it didnít fit in the box so, here I am, drinking it myself. The beer is an attractive caramel brown with massive tan head that lasts with consistent and large bubbles. Theyíre the kind of bubbles that make me think this beer is headed in the wrong direction - worrisome. Aroma is as advertised with a bunch of spices and a decent dose of earthy hops. Nothing at all to confirm that there may be an issue with the beer (diacetyl, etc) and there was not. The aroma develops nicely with temp with cakey, full, and sweet flavors, deep spicing, and some nice earthtones. While it was (thankfully) less spiced than expected, it was sweeter than Iíd like and the body seemed overwhelmed by some hefty eff. The finish is redeeming as the hops really shine and the beer cleans up nicely with a good woodsy driness. Something tells me thereís a lack of communication between the major players in this beer, yet itís one of the better so-called spiced beers Iíve had in a while.
sheatripper (863) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - DEC 3, 2006
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Tap at WAH. Clear dark copper with a minimal head. Almost overpowering multi-spice aroma--nutmeg, clove, ginger, brown sugar and some meatiness--reminiscent of a glazed Virginia ham. Is there apple, pumpkin and/or mincemeat in the aroma as well, or is my brain being led to believe so by the heavily suggestive spices? After a while, the ginger and meaty yeast characteristics in the beer lead to a Chinese pork dumpling and soy sauce aroma. Flavor a little more subtle than the aroma-- dark apple spice cake malt with a bit of brown sugar, but still too overdone. Medium bodied with slight carbonation. In my opinion, an overspiced mess. Bah.