Samuel Adams Fat Jack Double Pumpkin Ale - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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Reviews by wrb357:
3.75/5 rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Poured from 22oz into pint glass.
A: Looks great. Honestly, this is what an autumn beer should look like. Nice lace of head, great amber color that looks brown/orange under no direct light. I know we don't talk about this much on here, but the labels for these Samuel Adams artisanal beers are great. This one isn't my favorite (Norse Legend wins that one) but the hand-drawn creepy pumpkin on the front? Awesome.
S: A nose-full of spices, right off the bat. Hits you nice and hard. Definitely intrigues you into drinking this bad boy.
T: Obviously, you gotta let this warm up. At first when it's cooler you're hit with a bunch of spices and they linger on your tongue. Definitely taste the nutmeg, cinnamon...can you taste the pumpkin though? Not really...until it warms up. Then there is definitely a pumpkin taste on the backbone of this beer. Interestingly, though not surprisingly, the spice flavors really pack a punch when it warms up, and my sips got smaller as time went on. And, almost sadly, it nearly overpowered. Like, the way to explain it is that it's most definitely a spiced beer, with hints of pumpkin; but this isn't something I would drink outside of small sips on a cold autumn day. I'm not bringing this to a party or to watch football. It's a solo beer (not Solo beer).
M: It really bubbles on the tip of the tongue, yet after you gulp it sits in your mouth and on the back of the tongue. The flavors linger awhile, but since they are so strongly spicy, I found myself having to take sips of water for fear of getting parched. I was a bit surprised by how much it kicked in the front. Can also taste the alcohol when it warms up a bit.
I haven't had many pumpkin beers outside of cheap macro versions, and this one didn't necessarily sell me on the whole idea of "pumpkin beer", yet I enjoyed its presentation and variety of spices. I don't think I'd get this again unless I was in a cabin and it was raining and I wanted something nice to sip by the fire. However, I'd probably take to a darker brown ale or a stout in that occasion.
Nevertheless, the long and short of it is: if you like spiced ales, or if you've never tried something like this, give it a shot. It's very surprising and interesting, though it won't be added to my list of favorite beers anytime soon. But at 8.5%? I'm a happy pumpkin, for sure.
Serving type: bottle
10-24-2012 03:32:37 | More by wrb357
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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)
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