Sorcerer - Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon

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87
very good

85 Ratings
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Ratings: 85
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 8.23%
Wants: 2
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: sitarist on 12-30-2010

Dark ruby brown Belgian style strong ale with complex flavors reminiscent of dried fruits. The sweet hints of raisin, fig and plum are accentuated with rock candy sugar then warmed away by the strength of the dry alcoholic finish.
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Ratings: 85 | Reviews: 20
Photo of nrbw23
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a clear dark reddish brown color with a solid tannish colored head. Head has pretty good retention and leaves quite a bit of spotty lacing.

S- Picking up quite a bit of darker fruits here. A good amount of spice from the yeast. Pretty sweet smelling too.

T- Taste is pretty sweet but also very good. Tons of dark fruits, raisins, plums and figs. Quite a bit of candie sugars. A hint of alcohol here too.

M- Fuller side of medium and carbonation was nice.

O- Very solid brew. I can also imagine this one would sneak up on you if you're not careful.

Photo of ckollias
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this on tap at Fat’s head.

A: Pours a dark brown color with a thin 1-finger head that quickly dissipates into a solid persistent lace.

S: Sweet fruity aroma with hints of raisins.

T: Fruity flavor with lots of complex flavors here. Raisins, plums, and candi sugar are present in the background.

M: Medium body and minimal carbonation.

O: Wow – great beer – super strong and delicious through and through.

Photo of jampics2
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ Fat Heads Cleveland. Served in a tulip for around $5.50.

The Sorcerer is a nice looking brew. It’s like some kind of supernatural forces are at work here. The beer isn’t cloudy – it’s mostly clear copper with some gold edges. Not as dark as some Belgians, but decent looking, especially with regards to the nice head retention & lace.

The nose is decisively Belgian – driven by a relatively expressive Belgian yeast strain and notes of dark fruit from the malt. There’s an abundance of fig, raisin, and Belgian candy sugar. I get a touch of bubblegum from the yeast. There could be a bit more distinction, as this smells much like other American attempts at the style. Still pleasant.

As is the taste – my taste buds are greeted by dark fruit, brown sugar and even a hint of plum, cherry and chocolate. The beer comes across as both sweet and tangy, and, unfortunately, the booze is very evident. In surmising how I feel, I would say this beer is just a bit too big for its shoes. A bit less booze or more expressive flavors would work much better for me.

The mouthfeel is back to an excellent score with nice carbonation enhancing the medium body. While the booze is evident, the beer feels good in my mouth. I liked this a bit more than some other Belgian offerings from Fat Heads, but, again, I find myself feeling like this beer isn’t quite delicate enough to hang with anything overseas or even the best of what America is offering. While the flavors work, I find the best Belgians have a:

1 (base) + 1 (yeast) = 3

equation going on. Here, we’re stuck at 2.

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.38/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy deep amber to brown-ish color with a small light tan head. In the aroma, dark fruit and licorice. In the taste, licorice, dark fruit, especially sweet plum. A smooth and medium to light bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry to clean aftertaste. Hides the alcohol, a bit thin and lacking flavor and nose.

Photo of IronCitySteve
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Fat Heads Pgh.

A: Pours a dark amber color with a small off white foam head with no real lacing.

S: As it warms there are some scents of caramel, brown sugar, dark fruit and alcohol.

T: A nice amount of sweet brown candified sugar and caramel hit the palate first. The dark fruit esters are more prevalent on the back end. There is a slight alcohol taste as well, but it more of a sherry or port wine alcohol taste.

M: A nice medium body with sufficient carbonation. Leaves a nice candy flavor on the palate.

D: A nice sipper, where the alcohol is well hidden. A really nice Belgian Strong Dark Ale.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Fat Heads in Cleveland.

Poured a medium brown color with a good off-white head. Bit of a reddish hue to the beer. The nose brought forward quite a bit of dark fruits plus some caramel and a good amount of clove. General yeastiness there as well. The taste consisted of more clove plus some dates and figs. Light malt sweetness came through as well, complementing the spice. Mouthfeel was nice and full with good, low-level carbonation. Drinkability was quite good. A pretty impressive brew.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fat Heads Sorcerer, belgian strong dark ale, 9%

Pours dark mahogony brown. Light off white head. Aroma of belgian yeast, fruit and some booze. In the taste, raisen, mild citrus, candi sugar and caramel. Sweet, malty, estery, belgian goodness. Stands up to many other belgian strong darks. This one is light to medium bodied, airy and fruity. Semi dry finish. Alcohol is well concealed. Overall very tasty and a nice interpretation of the style.

Photo of cpetrone84
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-pours a dark ruby red color, quite transparent with a frothy bubbly head that is light brown in color.

S-there are notes of a dusty dark malt up front, a hint of chocolate malt, candied sugars come in towards the back with light notes of figs and dried plums. notes of phenol and alcohol in the back.

T-the taste has that same dusty malt flavor up front with just a faint touch of chocolate in there. the sugars are much more pronounced, candied sugars, lots more figs and dried plums with just a hint of alcohol in the finish.

M-medium body and lively on the palate with a very light feel to it. the finish is dry and lightly crisp.

D-this is pretty drinkable for the big abv as the alcohol is hidden very well. the sugars are most dominant and the malt flavors try to balance the sweetness. pretty nice belgian ale.

Photo of clayrock81
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a brownish body (almost, anyway) with a frothy head that left a great lace sheen down the snifter. Heavily sweetened aroma with caramel and tropical orange along w/ candi-sugar and some booziness from the high ABV. Sweet tasting as I pick up caramel and a hint of chocolate as well as some plush fruits and there's a slight bready dryness as well. Carbonation leads to a crisp finish of a balanced, medium-bodied ale that while somewhat simplistic for style is very enjoyable to sip and the ABV stay hidden, making for a dangerous session beer.

Photo of sitarist
4.37/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear ruby / garnet color. Lots of tiny bubbles are racing up to a thick, khaki colored head. The head slowly falls to a dusting that leaves some spots of lacing.

Its aroma is sweet and phenolic. I smell plum, figs, raisins, trail mix, spice, and candy. It kind of reminds me of a Chinese plum BBQ sauce.

I taste sweet plum, red apple, sweet rolls, pepper, Dr. Pepper, and a hint of brandy. Tastefully phenolic. The flavors are not as complex as the aromas, but both are very well balanced.

Medium bodied with nice carbonation. It is a little bitter for style. It has a dry finish that is pleasant.

Highly drinkable, but beware it does pack a punch. I'm feeling it after only a 10 oz pour.

F.T. Id love to have this beer with a little aging to it. I'm thinking with little time for the flavors to marry this brew would rival any Belgian offering.

Sorcerer from Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon
87 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.