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Samuel Adams Fat Jack Double Pumpkin Ale - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Samuel Adams Fat Jack Double Pumpkin AleSamuel Adams Fat Jack Double Pumpkin Ale

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Reviews: 246
Hads: 1,316
Avg: 3.71
pDev: 36.66%
Wants: 93
Gots: 274 | FT: 3
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Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: TMoney2591 on 10-03-2011

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Reviews: 246 | Hads: 1,316
5/5  rDev +34.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Best sam adams beer I've ever had. .. great flavor .good feel. Smell was like fall..great notes of pumpkin nutmeg cinnamon. .
Caramel after taste. Sweet but tart..very strong but not in a bad way like alcohol. . Was presently surprised of how nice it was
Definitely the best fall beer I've ever had.
Can't wait to buy again. kudos sam adams

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Photo of twaddlac
4.84/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Pours a dark amber/molasses color with a nice lacing that lines the cup with large bubbles. Can see a bit of carbonation stemming from the bottom.

S - Can definitely smell the spices but the sweet molasses notes engulf your senses ate the end which is very pleasant! I also smell this pie crust-like smell. It honestly smells like a pumpkin pie.

T - I was dreading this beer being as it's Sam Adams. I was expecting something on the lines of Buffalo Bill's Pumpkin Ale, but this is fantastic! Initially it seems like it will overwhelm you with spice but right before you finish that thought the molasses kicks in and complements it perfectly. I also noticed a nice yeasty finish.

M - Very smooth, medium bodies, and perfect combination.

O - I think this may be my favorite pumpkin beer, and this is my favorite style!

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Photo of tvljr
4.65/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a big ass bottle of this while on vacation in Orlando recently. Poured into a tulip glass.

This is definitely one of the best Pumpkin Ales I've ever had. It poured nice and dark with a serious aroma of pumpkin, nutmeg and cinnamon.

Unlike many pumpkin ales it didn't overwhelm with spices. While the hints of spice are there, the beer is still just that, a beer. The spices augment the beer and make this a true positive drinking experience.

Also, despite the high alcohol content, there is no overt alcohol taste found in many similar ABV brews.

This is really good stuff.

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Photo of Cavanaghty
4.64/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

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Photo of 303beer
4.63/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a deep clear copper with an inch of head that leaves good lacing. Has pumkin and spice nose. Well balanced. Great pumpkin beer. Starts pumkin then the balance of spice finishes up with a light sweetness.

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Photo of generallee
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

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.

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Photo of acevenom
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a large brandy snifter. Pours dark caramel brown with a finger length biege head that dissipates moderately quickly. I can see some bubbles rising in the beer. I detect plenty of those pumpkin pie spices in the aroma: cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and allspice. The malt aroma is not very strong, but I do pick up plentiful pumpkin. It smells spicy and sweet. The first thought that hit my mind on the first sip was, "Pumpkin bread."

The spices, pumpkin, and malt come together well in the flavor to give that spiced pumpkin bread flavor I was looking for. The malt adds nice bready and roasty backbone here and the abundant pumpkin is definitely present in the flavor. There is some nice molasses type flavor adding some depth and sweetness here. Those spices really come through beautifully in the finish. There's some pleasant earthiness from the hops. I also pick up some of the alcohol as well. The body is medium to full with strong carbonation. The finish is pretty clean this beer lends itself beautifully to sipping. This is an excellent beer and one I would try again. It's definitely a step up from Harvest Pumpkin Ale.

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Photo of nebula1999
4.47/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. Can I begin and end my review there? Guess not...

Dark copper color, tall whitish head.

Smells of, well, pumpkin pie. But it's really more than that. there's a richness in the aroma that goes WAY beyond the usual pumpkin ale swill. A sweetness that comes through in the scent.

Taste is over the top right off the bat. Cinnamon, clove, allspice, ginger, nutmeg, booze, even some caramel sweetness. It's all in there, and more. This beer has depth unlike any of the double or imperial pumpkins out there that I have tried. this is what a pumpkin ale should be. Rich, creamy, high alcohol, pumpkin pie spice, without the cloying sweetness. I've always been disappointed in other pumpkins, because they lack depth of character. I believe the quintessential pumpkin ale should be rich and full bodied with the requisite spices, but even with some porter or stout characteristics too.."Pumpkin Barleywine" possibly? Until then, this one fits perfectly.

Cheers to Sam Adams. I finally found it!....the pumpkin ale to beat all other pumpkin ales.

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Photo of adamette
4.43/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at World Wines & Liquor in Mentor, Ohio about a week ago for $3.00. Review from notes taken at the time.

A Huge, fluffy light brown head over a medium brown caramel body. Really good look for the style. 4.5

S Very sweet, malty pumpkin goodness. I am very interested in tasting a beer that has this smell. 4.0

T Deep malty pumpkin goodness! The taste of this beer is everything that I look for in a beer of this style. Possibly some spices but mostly that great malty, pumpkin goodness. 4.5

M Creamy smooth goodness. Again here, the feel is the type that I look for from this style. The mouthfeel is the best aspect of the beer. 5.0

D/O Very good. I am always impressed with Sam Adam's less available beers. 4.5

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4.42/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - dark caramel brown with a soft brown head

S - pumpkin, caramel, cinnamon, allspice

T - pumpkin, allspice, nutmeg, caramel, cinnamon

M - medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This is a really delicious pumpkin ale. It's not over spiced and the pumpkin comes through nicely. There's a great balance here that most pumpkin ales don't reach. The caramel notes that come through smooth out the spices and offer some drinkability. The ABV is also well hidden. I will definitely return to this as the fall season approaches.

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4.42/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Fat Jack has a clear dark amber appearance. Leaves a nice thick inch of fluffy cream colored head on top.

S - On the nose I get pumpkin (very prevalent), some spices, cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice, even a hint of anise as well.

T - On the palate I mainly get pumpkin and lots of it. Bits of each spice are noticeable, they mingle well together. On the finish, a nice sweetness that is balanced out by the hops.

M - Full-bodied and rich on the palate, and the carbonation is just right.

O - A very well done pumpkin beer. I find that these usually go one of two ways: either really good or really bad. This one is in the really good category. The pumpkin and spices make it taste like a piece of pumpkin pie.

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4.4/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Beachwood I,

A: Pours a dark red-brown with a full long lasting white head, some good lace.

S: Brown sugar and pumpkin with definite cinnamon notes. Nice nose.

T: Great brown sugar and molasses notes but not overdone. Sweet pumpkin flesh with a nice balanced spice, nutmeg and cinnamon.

M: Full-bodied, a big pumpkin beer. It does get a tad cloying at the finish, but for most of the beer I wasn't even aware.

O: A strong big flavoured pumpkin beer. Sam Adams has made another classic, now only if they would bottle this. Nice to see a pumpkin ale of this quality on the West Coast.

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4.37/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Very dark amber color, with two fingers of head. Head fades to about a 1mm layer.

Smell: Cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin spices with a malty base.

Taste: A deep, and bitter sweet pumpkin flavor. Cinnamon, and lots of it. Very malty.

Feel: Full bodied, and creamy

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4.35/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From Batch #1. Sampled on September 25, 2012.

It pours an attractive looking deep amber with a delicate off-white head and garnet-ruby hues glistening along the side of the glass.

The aroma is vibrant with plenty of fall characteristics starting with pumpkin, allspice, nutmeg, and cinnamon.

The body is better than medium but also smooth and creamy.

My taste buds are introduced in a sweet fashion with dark malts and a little nutmeg and all spice but after a minute the moderate pepper-like bitterness kicks in and lingers briefly before pleasantly fading out. A nice pumpkin ale.

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4.32/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a dark amber with a nice off-white head that fades to a layering and leaves some bits of lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is full of sweet pumpkin along with notes of nutmeg, allspice, and crystal malt. This actually smells like a real pumpkin beer where most smell like mostly spices.

T: The taste is very similar to the nose. Lots of pumpkin and malt along with hints of nutmeg and other holiday spices. The pumpkin is much more forward than most other beers in the style including Pumking.

M: The feel is creamy and medium bodied...almost on the edge of full. Pretty good stuff.

O: I thought this was a much better representation of a Pumpkin beer compared to their Harvest Pumpkin Ale which was watery and weak.

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4.3/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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4.3/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bought this at Costco a few weeks ago and finally opened it up. My daughter thought it smelled like a pumpkin but I didn't think so. It poured amber-ish and was a little sweet, but it was still an overall good beer. One I would drink again, but not more than one. A good beer if you are having one.

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4.29/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

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4.29/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Like a jack-o-lantern on steroids. The best pumpkin beer I have ever tasted. Glad to see old Sammy coming up with something new and GOOD. Immaculate pumpkin flavor. The beer is darker than your usual pumpkin seasonal, but would you really want it any other way?

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Sampling right now on 8/28/14. Comes in a nice 22 ounce (1 pint, 6 ounces) single bottle that costs around $4.99. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a 'Sam Adam's Boston Lager' glass.

Pours a very dark brown with some ruby highlights that has about a good 1/2 finger off-white foamy head that settles down to about a 2mm layering on top and a bit more on the sides of the glass. Some spotty lacing is seen when sipped but not a lot. The aroma is full of pumpkin and spices! Very pleasant and makes me wish it was autumn! Lots more going on with the taste with a good amount of punkin flavor with some spice that probably consists of clove and nutmeg with some malts. Very tasty and medium bodied. Goes down easy with no bitter or harsh aftertaste at all. Perfect carbonation for this type of brew. One of the better pumpkin seasonals

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4.23/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Outstanding orange red color, excellent clarity, topped by three fingers of bubbly off-white foam.

A spice rack of a nose: cinnamon, nutmeg, clove. Bit of pumpkin, too.

Taste follows that nose. Cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove, mixed with pumpkin. Undercurrent of caramel sweetness. Sense of bigness, but no alcohol burn.

Mouthfeel is thick and chewy, some real body to it.

Not something to throw down a sixer of at a Halloween party, but a nice sipper on a cool autumn night.

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4.21/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was very excited to try this beer, and it did not disappoint. I had the beer on tap, and it's limited in that Samuel Adams only released it in 5 gallon barrel kegs. In fact, the bar I drank it at ran out within 2 hours (I attempted to order one more before I left).

The appearance was very darkish brown, and almost seemed like a brown ale or stout. The smell had hints of cinnamon and nutmeg, but had very little fizzle and absolutely no head at all.

My first taste made me think of the experience I've had trying other pumpkin beers (even Samuel Adams Harvest Pumpkin), but someone throwing a shot of whiskey in it! That's how strong the taste was, and it was definitely not the way to start my night at the pub! Having said this, I definitely liked the beer on sip (and yes I sipped on the beer it was that strong) 2, 3, 5, and so on. By the end I was drinking the beer, and would have ordered another without hesitation!

If you have the opportunity to try one, definitely do so! Not a beer I could drink everyday, but the best Pumpkin Beer I've had, and definitely the best I've had on tap. It's refreshing to see Bars and breweries embrace Pumpkin beers, and this is one of the better ones!

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4.19/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark ruby brown with a light tan head.
The aroma is roasted malt, pumpkin, clove and a hint of cinnamon.
Pretty darn tasty. Plenty of semi-sweet malt character, pumpkin and earthy squash notes with clove and cinnamon backing it up. Just a hint of booziness.
Mouthfeel is outstanding, medium to thick and nice and creamy.
Overall, I think it's a nicely balanced and tasty fall brew.

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4.17/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Bottle Rev in Raleigh.

Dark caramel pour with 2 fingers of caramel tinted head. Head fades in a flash, though, and does not lace well at all. Nice color, though.

Nose is very mild. Get hints of caramel malt and spice. I get the nutmeg, cinnamon, and a whiff of ripe, just opened pumpkin. What is there is nice, just wishing for more.

Lots of spice in the taste. Big dose of nutmeg, more cinnamon, and lots of ripe, fresh pumpkin. Finishes quite sharp, with a touch of pepper. Flavor is actually quite rich.

Body is like pumpkin bread or a pumpkin muffin. Not terribly thick, but leaves with a chewy character.

Very tasty and worth a try.

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4.17/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear dark Brown, close to mohogany with a slight head that lasted and looked nice.

S - Everything I love and expect. Pumpkin pie!! cinamin, allspice, lot's of nutmeg, pumpkin

T - Just like the smell, Pumkin and spice and again heavey on the Nutmeg and I love it

M - Medium body and a good carbonation, smooth and just as it should be.

O - Just an excellent Pumkin Beer, one of the best I've had!!

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Samuel Adams Fat Jack Double Pumpkin Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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