Samuel Adams Fat Jack Double Pumpkin Ale - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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3.21/5 rDev -11.3%
Served from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip.
A: Pours somewhere between a dark amber and a transparent brown. Minimal lacing and small bubbles remain along the edges of glass.
S: Yams, honey and dark fruits crowd the senses. Pleasant and autumnal.
T: Molasses, honey, strawberry preserves. Surprisingly, not much of a pumpkin flavor. A bit too sweet after the second sip.
M: Medium bodied.
O: A pretty good seasonal from Sam Adams. This is a nice alternative to the droves of lighter/smoother pumpkin ales that flood the market around this time of year. A bit too sweet for my tastes, but good in small doses.
10-03-2013 03:34:26 | More by tjumfrid
3.18/5 rDev -12.2%
22 oz bottle. Pours ruby amber with a medium creamy off white head that goes to a thin film and leaves some lacing.
The aroma is sweet, slightly vegetal, malts with a lot of spicy cinnamon and some ginger.
The flavor is sweet caramel malts with some roast and a little dark fruit. It's followed by a ton of heavy spice - mostly cinnamon with some ginger. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.
Overall, a decent pumpkin beer. It's overly spiced with too much cinnamon. But the base is kind of a winter warmer old ale with some light roast and dark fruit that is kind of cool and plays well with the pumpkin.
09-20-2012 04:06:03 | More by Beaver13
4.5/5 rDev +24.3%
Presentation: It was poured from a brown 1 pint 6 oz bottle into a tulip glass. The label lists the abv at 8.5% abv and it also lists the beers ingredients.
Appearance: Fat Jack has a dark garnet red color with good clarity. I can just make out some nice lively carbonation flowing up though the beer. From a slow pour down the middle of the glass I got a nice tight collar of foam. It’s light beige in color and hangs on well. This makes for some cool lacing on the glass.
Smell: The aroma is full of tasty spices and malty goodness. It brings notes of cinnamon and fresh out of the oven ginger bread with a nice boozy kick.
Taste / Palate: There is a lot going on in this full bodied festive beer. The base has a solid gingerbread like maltiness with loads of cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice. It also has notes of vanilla and a very mild bourbon like boozy character. In the middle of all this there is a very mild squash/sweet potatoe like sweetness. The finish brings some light herbal hop bitterness and dryness which blends with the dry spice within. The dry spice lingers and begs you to take another sip.
08-17-2014 00:38:22 | More by generallee
3.55/5 rDev -1.9%
Growler filled at Yorktown Bev. in...you guessed it..Yorktown, NY
Pours dark mahogony amber, medium tan head, that is minor in size and staying power. Leaves a thin collar and just some minimal bits of lacing.
Powdered sugar nose, with some caramel and slight fall spices in the background.
Sugary sweet offering from Sam...dark sugar, caramel, sweet malts are what I get on the palate, with some fall/pumpkin pie spices present, but in the background.
Ehh, I've been warming to the style in general this fall, but this "2X" pumkin brew, really is not doing much to impress me...just too sweet and not enough spice...
10-26-2011 00:08:47 | More by Billolick
4.33/5 rDev +19.6%
Appearance: 1/3 inch head, dark brownish-orange in color, clear, high carbonation
Smell: caramel, big clove, and pumpkin spice
Taste: deep sweet caramel, clove, cinnamon, and rich pumpkin spice
Mouthfeel: sweet with slight bitterness, moderate carbonation, heavy bodied
Overall: This is what I expect from an imperial pumpkin. Nice bold and sweet flavors. This has elements of an English barleywine. I love the deep rich caramel and pumpkin. I will pick this up again next year.
10-29-2012 13:22:17 | More by tigg924
4/5 rDev +10.5%
On tap at the Holy Grail Pub in Plano.
The beer pours a dark amber-brown color with a tan head. The aroma is very spicy. I get a ton of cinnamon and nutmeg, as well as some pumpkin and some alcohol.
The flavor is similar. What really stands out is the intense cinnamon, nutmeg and clove notes. There is also some pumpkin notes, as well as quite a bit of booze.
Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
11-17-2011 18:52:14 | More by Mora2000
4.68/5 rDev +29.3%
Poured from a growler into a sample glass.
Appearance: Darker almost brown color with a beige head. Head was thick and lasted a bit.
Smell: Smells of nutmeg, brown sugar, malts and pumpkin. This beer is very close to the smell of a pumpkin pie.
Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium to full bodied. Taste is that of pumpkin, brown sugar, nutmeg and some other mild spices that go with pumpkin pie type flavors.
Overall: Very enjoyable seasonal brew, I will buy this again no questions asked!
09-10-2012 19:41:57 | More by Cavanaghty
3.78/5 rDev +4.4%
Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Imperial Pint.
Appearance: Fairly dark reddish-orange with large, bubbly tan head that leaves some sticky lacing.
Smell: Cherry and some floral, spicy notes. That's about it, with only a titch of the pumpkin spices.
Taste: Cherry stands out here as well, but there are also major nutty and roasted notes. Autumn spices add to the profile.
Feel: Fairly smooth, medium-full body but there is a strange off-dry chalky finish that detracts slightly.
Overall: Despite some issues with the aroma and mouthfeel, this is still a tasty brew. And that is certainly most important.
10-20-2012 23:41:10 | More by bsp77
4/5 rDev +10.5%
Fat Jack opens with a thick, rich, hearty pumpkin pie aroma, the nose immediately recalling grandma’s house at Thanksgiving with layers of pumpkin and heavy spice, including ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove/allspice. The spices might actually be a bit too heavy here, especially the ginger, which easily dominates the spices and actually slightly overwhelms the pumpkin. The malts are biscuit and toasty, adding a piecrust rim, and the sugars are full enough to seem almost like whipped cream. There are also good touches of vanilla and caramel, as well as a liqueur-strong whiff of alcohol, which when combined with the sugars and caramels resembles a cream liqueur. Some light chocolates and coffee. As a whole, the nose is very full, and boasts an impressive range of notes. Again, the spices might be a bit too heavy, but not obscenely so, making the beer as a whole smell like an alcoholic pumpkin pie with about 25% too much spice.
On the tongue, the beer opens with a heavy pumpkin and spice whang, slamming the tongue with virtual chunks of pumpkin flesh blended with, in descending order, ginger, nutmeg, allspice, and cinnamon. The ginger still seems slightly overpowering here, but much less so than it seemed on the nose. Still, the spices are a bit heavy overall. Some vanilla, toast crust, and biscuit float around in the background, mixed with a heavy peppery layer. There are also a few toasted pecans, some caramel, and a heavy dollop of brown sugar. Noticeable throughout the mouthful and lasting into the aftertaste is a vodka-like alcoholic burn that seems stronger than it should be for an 8.5% ABV beer, biting at the soft palate and tongue and actually seeming to increase in potency as the beer is held in the mouth and the sugars die off. When mixed with a medium-high carbonation, this high alcohol burn creates a seltzer liqueur sensation. Otherwise the aftertaste is more heavily-spiced pumpkin pie, and good remnants of homemade crust. Mouthfeel is an oily medium-light to medium.
Overall, this is a decent pumpkin-based beer, and it’s immediately obvious why Sam Adams chose to label this as a “Double Pumpkin” beer: the flavors are huge, and enough raw pumpkin has entered the mix to leave an oily sensation in the mouth after swallowing. The spices are slightly over-large, however, and the heavy alcoholic burn does somewhat detract from the flavors. And just at the edges of the beer is a very raw pumpkin flavor—not pumpkin pie-cooked, but raw straight from the gourd—which is also offsetting. Decent, but could have used a bit more fine-tuning.
09-28-2012 19:11:08 | More by jondeelee
4.1/5 rDev +13.3%
Poured from 650 ml bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Batch no. 1.
Appearance: Pours a deep and slightly hazy brownish amber. Lots of bubbles and a solid three fingers of off white head with good retention. Leaves a decent amount of lacing around the glass.
Smell: A very malty aroma with mix of spices and pumpkin. Toasted malts with hints of caramel, toffee, biscuit, and a little smoke. Solid hints of pumpkin. Spices including cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and ginger. Spices are quite noticeable but not overwhelming. Pumpkin smells real. Also some earthy, grassy, hops adding some balance. A pretty solid well balanced aroma.
Taste: Like it smells, a solid malty, spicy taste with a good dose of pumpkin. Toasted malts with a taste of caramel, toffee, smoke, and biscuit. A good taste of real pumpkins. Solid spicing with notes of nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, and allspice. Some grassy and earthy hops that add some bitterness and dryness. A big taste that is well balanced. Pretty good.
Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, spicy, and pretty smooth. Alcohol is hidden well.
Overall: A really solid take on the pumpkin ale style. Real pumpkin taste with a solid spicing that doesn't go overboard.
11-27-2012 07:12:36 | More by MattyG85
3.54/5 rDev -2.2%
Appearance is a deep ruby hue with highlights all day thick textured tan head fills the glass, light sporadic chunky layered lacing gives you the idea of texture. Aroma has a hint of spice and earthy hop additions it's actually pretty muted on the nose. go figure. Flavor has it all ginger, all spice, cinnamon to the point where it almost burns you, it's a beer that actually feels like it's a heated addition due to the level of ginger this Fat Jack decided to take on. It's a big beer almost too much, calories I could guess at least 500 per 12 ounce serving. Residual sugars flood the mouthfeeel making it full to the bone. I want an easy drinking ale to come around.
09-15-2013 06:56:35 | More by WVbeergeek
Samuel Adams Fat Jack Double Pumpkin Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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