Sorcerer | Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon

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Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon
Ohio, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by sitarist on 12-30-2010

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Reviews: 20 | Ratings: 105
Photo of Ryan011235
2.84/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 1.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

On tap in a pint glass at Woodland's on 8/25/12

Dark brown appearance with a one finger head. Thin retention. Not much lace.

Dark bread and fruit aroma. Apple, banana, raisin, yeast, bubblegum. It has an upfront tangy flavor that tapers off quickly. Very bready. Moderate spice, clove and pepper. Earthy. Medium body with lively carbonation that dwindles after the beer opens up.

Overall impression: A decent beer, but nothing spectacular.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.54/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Light burgundy brown color with some murk. A patch of thin surface foam is all the head it wears.

Wine-y dark fruits like cherry, currant, blackberry, raisin, and grape. Almost a burlap aroma with a hint of tobacco. Quite nice and fruity.

Yeasty, fruity, and attenuated. Juggles between woody bitterness, dried fruit sap, and toast malt simplicity. Hanging with candi sugars and a sear of alcohol burn. A traditional Belgian yeast flavor complements without being showy. Too thin in the taste, however. Late cola finish with some herbals and spice coming through.

A tad flat. Body is pretty soppy, but close to medium. Not ideal, but okay.

Nothing killer in this representation of a Belgian dark. Enjoyably robust in the malts, however.

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Photo of UrbanCaveman
3.56/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Cappy's Loveland, arrived in a snifter.

Appearance: Pours a deep red like cherry wood, and forms a thick head of ecru foam that lasts a good long while. Lacing is appropriately decent as well.

Smell: It's mostly Belgian yeast that swells out of the glass - dark stone fruits (specifically cherries and plums), alongside that BSDA/quad candi sweetness. Said sweetness seems a little potent.

Taste: This follows the nose almost perfectly, heavy with thick plum and cherry flavors, which take on a somewhat cough-syrupy tone as the beer warms. The candi sweetness is more than present, swirling through to fill every crack and crevice left available by the plum-cherry combo, carrying along hints of spiciness as well.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and sticky, this is on the fuller side of medium-bodied.

Overall: Not a bad BSDA. Not my favorite, but not bad.

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Photo of jampics2
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.62/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown with a reddish hue and a fluffy, uniform puck of a tan head on top.

Soft banana and clove on the nose.

Banana raisin nut bread, with some spices, and a little boozy heat.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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Photo of soulfly1492
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: Moderate dark fruit esters. Plum and cherries. Some spicy notes, black pepper.

Appearance: Dark brown, appears to be very clear, no visible particles floating about. Barely off-white head dissipates quickly leaving spotty foam.

Taste: Moderate dark fruit, dates, plum and raisin. Dark malt sweetness. Molasses. Mild dark citrus. Mild hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Tingles in the mouth, although very low carbonation. Finishes about neutral, not much drying, although hard to believe that's possible at 9% ABV.

Overall: Pretty good. A bit harsh at the malt bitterness, but a good brew overall. Glad I got the 12 ounce and not a 16 ounce.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured out as a medium brown color with a cream colored head on top. The smell of the beer is on the sweeter side. There is some nice fruity notes as well as some bready yeast in there too. The taste of the beer is along the lines of a Quad but not quite as fruity or sweet. There is a nice element of Candi Sugar in there and some subtle yeast flavors. The mouthfeel is pretty smooth, lightly carbonated and dry in the finish. Overall this beer is pretty good.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of Brenden
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer is a dark red-brown color with a ruby flare at the edges. It is opaque simply due to its dark color. It grows a tan head to about half a finger with reasonable stay, and some lacing sticks in light patches and heavy spotting.
There's lots of fruit in here along with gentle spiciness and it has a sweet character overall. It develops dryness as it goes, though, while the spices and dark fruits integrate with a bit of tobacco leaf and a mild woodiness. Malts are bready and dry, balancing notes of caramel, raisin, and candi sugars. The dryness leads a bit yeasty into the finish.
The body is medium but cut through by a crispness that's fairly hard. The feel ends up ever so slightly leaning semi-sweet but very close to even. It gets a little smoother underneath as it goes.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.8/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of TheHoppiest
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Fat Head's in a snifter. Pours a hazy, darker brown, with a thin, almost non-existent head. Served colder than it should be.

Smell is fruity and sweet, with raisin, banana and spice notes.

Taste is mildly malty, with banana, raisin and fig notes, and hints of cloves. Improves as it warns.

Medium bodied, with a clean feel.

A decent brew, it is one you should order and let sit to warm to fully enjoy. Certainly a nice enough brew to sip on as my growler of Headhunter is being poured!

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of IronCitySteve
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of schoolboy
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I may have labeled Fat Heads as mostly ales and IPA's (but really good at them) early on. Then I gave them credit for great beers. Now I give them credit for great Belgians too. I was impressed from the first time I went there (9-26-2010), I'm more impressed now.

This baby looks, smells and tastes like a nice strong Belgian should. It may not be as refined as some, it felt like it should sit for a year, but is has all the right elements.

Highly recommended - if you are at the pub in North Olmsted (or elsewhere, I guess) and they have this, and it was a bit of Belgian you craved, this is a good move.

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Photo of ckollias
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of nrbw23
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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Photo of mattcrill
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a chalice.

Aroma: Pepper phenols up front. A nice pleasant spiciness with bready undertones. No hop aroma.

Appearance: Dark amber pour with golden edges. A low white head dissipates quickly.

Flavor: Spicy pepper notes up front, clove, and low fig notes all flood the palate. Soft dark bread malt character lays the foundation. Balance is even with a slight nod to the bitterness due to the phenol character. Earthy hop bitterness. Finish is clean and bone dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Prickly high carbonation. No creaminess or astringency.

Overall impression: A velvet hammer. Dangerously drinkable with tons of Belgian character. Worthy of recognition.

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Photo of sitarist
4.37/5  rDev +15%
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.

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Sorcerer from Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon
3.8 out of 5 based on 105 ratings.
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