Pimp My Sleigh | Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon

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Brewed by:
Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon
Ohio, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Winter

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Reviews: 23 | Ratings: 83
Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 11/21/2016. Pours fairly crystal clear dark ruby red/light brown color with a 1 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big raisin, plum, fig, date, cherry, apricot, apple, anise, pepper, clove, light banana/bubblegum, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, brown bread, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness/roast, herbal, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, anise, and dark/bready malt sweetness; with great strength. Taste of huge raisin, plum, fig, date, cherry, apricot, apple, anise, pepper, clove, light banana/bubblegum, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, brown bread, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness/roast, herbal, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Light herbal bitterness and yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark fruit, cherry, apricot, apple, anise, pepper, clove, light banana/bubblegum, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, brown bread, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness/roast, and yeast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, anise, and dark/bready malt sweetness; with a great malt/spiciness balance, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light dryness from bitter/spiciness, lightly increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy/bready, lightly sticky/chalky, and slightly slick/syrupy balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is fairly well hidden; a small pleasant warmth lingers after the finish, with no booziness. Overall this is an outstanding Belgian strong dark ale! All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, anise, and dark/bready malt sweetness; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the big ABV. Extremely rich, complex, and well balanced between yeast/malt flavors. Superb style execution all around. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.71/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a growler into a tulip
A: Translucent dark brown with a hint of red; the thin head disappears in a flash
S: Cherry, baking spice, plum/fig
T: Matches the nose; full-bodied, a bit hot
M: Full-bodied, a bit sweet/hot
O: Overall a decent interpretation of the style though I think FH does a better job with their hoppy beers

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the great brewers from Fat Head's via Jungle Jim's in a growler
and served in a snifter. This fine Belgian style strong pours a deep moderately
clear red tinged brown color with a nice head of white foam that settles to a thick
ring, thin light layer, and nice light lacing. Nose of moderate booze, brown sugars,
raisin bread, and dark cherries. Flavors exceed the nose with brown sugars and
lightly warming booze soaked in raisin breads with notes of dark cherry and light
cranberry notes. Very nice mouth feel; smooth, rich, warming, lightly dry, and
with modest carbonation. Overall a fantastic brew from a great Ohio brewer.


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Photo of glass_house
3.81/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter

Pours opaque cola brown with some bright garnet highlights. One finger of off white head quickly dissipates. Aroma is comprised of the usual suspects for a Belgian dark, albeit a bit muted. Raisin, fig , plum, licorice and little spicy yeast.

Taste is a smooth medley of the aforementioned nose. Nothing is nearly as prominent as would be expected in an authentic Belgian dark. More sweet raisin and fig than anything else, and a bit of belgian yeast, but again, it's all a bit muted. That being said, there's nothing remotely offensive and it's as smooth as any aspiring pimp could hope to be.

Overall, the only complaint would be that the flavor profile is a bit tame for the style. Extremely drinkable for the abv, and I'll have no issues finishing my 4-pack.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.99/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a nice Belgian Dark Ale. It pours a dark clear amber with thin white head and no lace. The scent and taste are typical of most Belgian darks....nothing notable outside that. The mouthfeel is fuller in body with smooth carbonation. Overall this is a solid offering and worth the try.

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Photo of ajm5108
3.46/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a syrupy cola brown with a thin head, aroma is mostly dark berry & phenol alcohol. Flavor is mostly the same, with piques of black licorice & fig, with a big boozey phenol wave on the end. Finishes pretty smooth despite that, with the anise & fig lingering the longest. Medium bodied, very little carbonation, faint bread. Decent beer but nothing exceptional, worth trying.

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Photo of BB1313
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on 11/9/15. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours auburn with some ruby hues; tan head that fades leaving nice retention and okay lacing. The aromas are full of dark fruits. Raisin, plum and fig. Some black cherry notes. Subtle yeast notes along with some sweet malts. The flavors seem to follow the nose. More dark fruits. Alcohol notes are there, but it's not boozy. Some sugar. It's sweet, but not cloying. Lots of malts. Finishes warm. Mouthfeel is full-bodied with moderate carbonation. It's slightly slick and syrupy. Makes for a nice sipper.

Nice brew. It might not matchup with its counterparts from overseas, but it's still an enjoyable experience. It hits the spot during the cold weather.

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4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I admit I'm not a huge fan of these big ass Belgian beers. But this is quite good. Lots of dark fruits and yeast and alcohol. Very big. A sipper for sure.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Woo hoo! This is a holiday brew to celebrate. I'm real happy I scored a four pack. I have been splitting the bottles with my son and son in law, but this one is all mine.

It deep brown with nice fine fizz. The aroma is a sweet amalgam of yeast, malts, and spices and things.

The taste is a rich, sweet yeasty, dark Belgian, with just a bit of bite, but yet nicely balanced. It is drinkable but you know you are getting a monster brew. The aftertaste sticks in the mouth pretty long too.

This is a special brew and I hope there is another batch coming so we can get more.

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Photo of GOBLIN
3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

In my opinion this is just not a good example of the style. Doesn't much resemble a Belgian . . . An American take at that. Not even in the nose. Color is nice though, has a pretty ruby hue to it which is this beers highlight. Flavors of cherries and winter spices. Very boozy. Overall an average take on the style with a horrible name.

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Photo of Stevem68
3.84/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark cherry Amber color. Has that classic Belgian yeast aroma. Flavor is that over ripe banana flavor, with notes of winter spices and some booziness. Overall it's an interesting beer but not great overall.

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Photo of ClePaul
3.86/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pimp My Sleigh

Look 8/10
Smell 16/20
Taste 34/40
Feel 8/10
Drinkability 16/20

Overall 82/100

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Photo of madelfonatree
4.59/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


Look - Brown with red tint or red with brown tint. No head with weak pour. No lacing. Relatively see through. Stone head if there was head.

Smell - Sweet. Cherry. Ginger. Malt.

Taste - Follows nose well. Plus Bubblegum. Plus Apple. Plus cinnamon. Belgian.

Feel - Medium. I can't believe there is so much alcohol. Dries up.

Overall - This is the lighter version of my namesake Mad Elf. I couldn't get it in December, so Christmas in July! I like it.

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Photo of Hoptometrist
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap into a snifter. The eighth beer of my 2014 twelve beers of Christmas.

A- Poured a dark reddish brown with off-white soapy head that left some light lace.

S- Lots of clove, Belgian yeast, dark fruit, and red apple notes.

T- Lots of clove, Belgian yeast, and bubblegum notes. Pretty big red apple notes, dark fruits, spicy yeast notes, and finishes with a mild bitterness.

M- Medium to fuller bodied, very dry, smooth, and lower carbonation. The alcohol is very well hidden for 10% ABV, it wasn't really noticeable at all.

O- Dark Belgians are usually not a favorite of mine, but this one is really good. Often I find this style to be a little too sweet for me. This beer has lots of rich, sweet, fruity flavors balanced out by spicy yeast notes and hop bitterness.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a plum/dark ruby color with virtually no head. Aroma of caramel, brown sugar, booze and fruit. In the taste, raisin, plum and sugary malts. Light bitter earthy hops but this beer is sweeter. Light spices and a small burn round out a nice flavor profile.

Pimp my Sleigh is a full bodied ale with good carbonation. Drinks smoothly and effortlessly. Overal this is a nice Christmas ale, one worth revisiting when it comes around.

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Photo of thecheapies
4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ouch! 16oz pour? Jeebus! Looks a cloudy dark brown-red. Mega-thick lacing. Intimidating-looking, in a good way.

Smells of candi sugar, sweet dark fruits, cherry, caramel, and cordial. Estery yeast and chiming booze. This is a big one.

Sweet toffee, red fruits, candi sugar, nectarine, cherry, plum, clove, hint of cinnamon, toastiness, and a hell of a lot of booze. Tastes tangy in a great yeasty way. Huge, in a scary way. Wowsers.

Drinks super-duper smooth in the body. Feels like cashmere. Carbonation is appropriately feisty. Booze is on overdrive, however, and murders the drinkability.

One tasty draft beer. Wish I had one of these for Christmas. Great representation.

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Photo of Tucquan
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on 2012-12-21 in Columbia, PA from a 5-hour old growler from the Pittsburgh pub.

A - Cloudy dark amber with a short light tan head and mild lacing. Got less opaque as it warmed.

S - Bubblegum and clove like a weizenback. Fruity Belgian yeast. Caramel candy apple. Touch of alcohol.

T - Pretty sweet, raisins, brown sugar, bubblegum, clove, little bit of fig. Mid tongue is like cinnamon on a tart orange and lots of sweet and dark cherry. A bit of balancing hop bitterness.

M - Medium body and carbonation. Syrupy but with cleansing carbonation.

O - A festive, holiday brew. Better than their Christmas ale.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.2/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This poured out as a reddish brown color with a thin cream colored head. The retention was minimal as well as the lacing. The smell of the beer gave off some decent spicy notes and some sweet malts. The taste of the beer was slightly bready with a decent mix of spices, sweet grains and candi sugar. The mouthfeel was medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level. Overall it's not a bad beer, not really too exciting though either.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep amber color with an off white head. In the aroma, a small dark fruit and spices. In the taste, lots of spices, dark fruits, and a note of alcohol. A spice bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry spice and dark fruit in the aftertaste. Quite nice, and it almost feels like a quad.

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Photo of nrbw23
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a clear dark amber color with a fairly thin egg shell colored head. Head becomes a very thin layer of bubbles and leaves pretty much no lacing.

S- Smell is pretty spice over all. Spice is a combination of the yeast and holiday spices. Quite a bit of sweetness here brown sugar and darker fruits.

T- Taste is very malt forward. Quite sweet with brown sugar, plums, raisins and figs leading the way. A good amount of spice too. A touch of alcohol warmth here.

M- Fuller side of medium and a good amount of carbonation.

O- A very solid brew. Pretty impressive.

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Photo of ckollias
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this on tap at Fat’s head.

A: Pours a dark amber-brown color with a thin 1-finger white head that quickly dissipates into a wispy lace.

S: Sweet caramel aroma with hints of spicy yeast.

T: Similar to the smell this beer is sweet with lots of caramel flavors. Hints of dark fruits and candy sugar in the background.

M: Medium body and minimal carbonation.

O: Super strong Belgian ale – but easily drinkable and very enjoyable.

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Photo of IronCitySteve
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Fat Heads Pgh.

A: Pours a clear dark amber color that is nice an brown in the middle with some lighter orangish and reddish hues on the edges. Provides a very small off white foam head that dissipates to a film. Very minimal lacing.

S: As it warms it gets better, but it is still not as potent as you would expect. There are hints of brown sugar, caramel and dark fruit. The main smell here is the alcohol. It is inviting though.

T: Starts off with a thick coating of brown sugar and caramel. Very sweet but not over the top sweet. In the middle the dark fruits such as plums and raisins comes to the fore front. On the backend, there is more brown sugar and caramel along with a slight hint of alcohol.

M: Leaves a thick and sweet taste on the palate. Good carbonation for this full style beer.

O: This was a tasty Beligan Strong Dark Ale. Ample amounts of malt sweetness. Definitely worth a try if you see it in Pgh or Cleveland.

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Photo of adamette
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Live review. Poured from the growler that I bought at Fat Head's about a month ago. I am happy to say that the cap came off with a satisfying "pffft" indicating that it was air tight. Poured into my Fat Head's Brewery rastal 0.5L Weizen glass.

A Translucent dark mahogany body under a medium light brown, creamy head. Nice, creamy head that further tells me that this beer stood up well in the growler. 4.0

S Sweet medium roast malt, candy sugar sweetness with little to no hops smell. I find it interesting and inviting. 4.0

T Medium roast sweet malt in a candy sugar kind of taste along with dark fruits/raisins. Very little to no hops in a nice craft Belgian Strong Dark Ale. 4.0

M An appropriate moderate syrupy sweetness to the feel and of course the feel overall is huge with the high ABV, high sweetness and dark fruit tastes. 4.0

D Good for this level of ABV which would not normally lend itself to repeated drinks. 3.5

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Pimp My Sleigh from Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon
3.95 out of 5 based on 83 ratings.
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