Samuel Adams Fat Jack Double Pumpkin Ale - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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Reviews by BrownNut:
4.28/5 rDev +18.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Served cool in a tulip. No idea what their bottle code means but it's late October - can't be too old.
A - 4.25 - Crystal clear red-brown, very pretty. Very nice light tan colored, multi-textured head that dissipates slowly.
S - 4.5 - Really wonderful smell. Definitely smells like pumpkin pie filling, which I love. Southern Tier Pumking shouts crust whereas this one is much more about the spiced filling, but not so heavy on the spices as to crowd out the actual pumpkin and sweetness. And there's still a hint of crust presence to round out the whole-pie experience.
T - 4.25 - Very nice, mild, round, full, slightly buttery, with just a touch of sting at the end and some nice faint fumes of booze and spice wafting up the throat. Actually pumpkiny, with some of that caramel-esque liquid you'd get in a can of candied yams. I don't know if there's a diacetyl thing happening here, but I'm a fan of that from my Samuel Smith's days and I feel there must be something of that nature deliberately going on here. That richness and fullness. Feels great, tastes great, makes me feel great. The aftertaste has something just approaching bitterness but not quite getting there. It stimulates the salivary glands.
M - 4.0 - Medium bodied, with other characteristics described above, with an ending that is slightly dry and sticky at the same time, drier in the front of the tongue and stickier in the back.
O - 4.25 - This is a solid winner. When you've given up on Samuel Adams' main line of beers as too tame, don't sleep on their special lines. There is quality stuff to be had. What I like about this one is the fullness of it. You're not left wanting. The spices are deftly handled and just a pleasure to smell, without being attacky and overdone on the palate. You can taste real pumpkin flavor and dream of mom's pumpkin pie to come in November. I can't wait. I'm basically a fan of anything double/imperial and this takes pumpkin ale where I want it to go.
Serving type: bottle
10-24-2012 02:05:58 | More by BrownNut
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2.91/5 rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3
Undated bottle at 45 degrees into standard pint glass
Aroma of spices
Head average (4 cm), light brown, frothy, rapidly diminishing to 2 mm ring
Lacing spotty; few small islands of various sized bubbles
Body dark amber, clear
Flavor begins slightly bitter with spices like a pumpkin pie; ends sweeter with an alcohol taste. No hops, no diacetyl.
Palate medium, oily, lively carbonation.
Not a particularly good beer, probably would taste better very cold. The appearance and aroma are both OK.
Serving type: bottle
07-09-2014 12:18:37 | More by Ozzylizard
Samuel Adams Fat Jack Double Pumpkin Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
82 out of 100 based on 856 ratings.