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

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Reviews: 224
Hads: 1,254
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 15.18%
Wants: 92
Gots: 216 | 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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Photo of maxcoinage
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Split 22oz bottle with my wife.

Appearance - Aggressive pour into DFH signature glass left an inch off white head that settled at a decent pace. Dark amber brownish colored beer

Smell- Nutmeg clove allspice, pumpkin

Taste - sweet caramelt malt, cinnamon, nutmeg.

Mouthfeel - medium body. a little bit creamy but it coatsthe mouth on the finish

Overall - enjoyable pumpkin ale. For about the same price I'd probably reach for pumpking but this was worth trying (468 characters)

Photo of Scrapss
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

A: poured from the bomber into a wide-mouthed quart mason jar, it has a very deep orange-brown with a strongly tan 3 finger cap that turns into a disk after length of much time. Nearly opaque due to deep color, yet is filter-like clear for sure.

S: smells of thanksgiving. Spices and pumpkin yield to a strong caramel malted background. Hops are mild and yeast is subtle.

T: Big malts present a caramel sweetness then a nice thanksgiving pumpkin pie with pumpkin and cinnamon, but not klonking me over the head.

M: medium full due to large malt bill and moderate carbonation. Force-carbing this would make it a hair lighter on the palate and make it down right dangerously drinkable. Thick finish with surging notes on tongue and creamy ultimate-post-finish.

O: it's not terrible. It's middle of the road, pumpkin and spice. It's not overly spiced, not overly pumpkin. Just solid. (900 characters)

Photo of stckhndlr
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

A- huge head on top of a dark amber. three finger head has awesome retention seems like it will last forever. fantastic lacing.

S- not a very big smell. All the traditional notes but everything seems faint and muted. Standard pumpkin and spices.

T- pumpkin and spice surrounded by a roasted nuttiness that seems a touch overdone.

M- good full body. Thick and a creamy finish. (387 characters)

Photo of bsp77
3.74/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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. (614 characters)

Photo of JordonHoltzman
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

had this at my favorite restaurant in new orleans, Boucherie. enjoyed with boudin balls, and brisket and garlic parmesan fries.
poured a dark blood red amber body with a thick frothy tan head.
smells of pumpkin pie, with actual pumpkin smell more prevalent than spices.
tastes strong of pumpkin, with subtle cinnamon and nutmeg too
good light carbonation and a smooth creaminess, but there is a peculiar aftertaste that was a little off-putting.
overall this was a good pumpkin beer, but not my favorite. as far as samuel adams fall seasonals, i would stick to their octoberfest.

had this again by the bottle, tastes smokey and has a very balanced taste between the pumpkin and the spices (690 characters)

Photo of Goosehunter75
3.72/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a beautiful deep copper red with a huge fluffy 4 finger head with awesome retention and lacing

S - Not as much aroma as I expected it would have. Still, the aroma that is there is pleasant. I picked up pumpkin, caramel, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Good balance too. None of the aromas seemed to over power the others.

T - Big flavor! Nutmeg hits her palatte immediately. Then comes a nice balanced blend of other tastes...pumpkin, caramel, toffee, cinnamon. I also like the fact that the pumpkin is not everpowering. Its just right for my tastes and mixes well with the other flavors.

M - A medium body creamy feelnig beer. It does have a nice burn from the alcohol content, but still I would call it fairl smooth drinking.

O - Great fall pumpkin beer! Love the fact that the pumpkin isnt overpowering and doesnt mask the other flavors in the beer. Very well balanced. A very drinkable beer but one is enough (specially since I had a 22 oz bomber). Strong stuff and you can feel the burn (997 characters)

Photo of WesM63
3.72/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint. First production run, labeled "Fat Jack Double Pumpkin" (Labeled 8.5% as well)

A: Pours a clear orangeish amber with a 2finger light brown/amber head. Some retention and lacing present.

S: Smells lots of spices (nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon) some pumpkin and a hint of smokiness.

T: Up front there is a huge hit of smokeyness followed by all the goodies. Pumpkin and loads of spices (nutget, allspice, cinnamon). Makes the finish very sweet.

M: Medium body and carbonation.

O: Overall, not bad. Lots of flavor mid to late in the taste which threw me off in the beginning. Be sure to drink around 50F, as it tasted better after sitting for ~10min. (706 characters)

Photo of KickbacksSteve
3.71/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a small snifter. Light beige, frothy head, high retention. Body is dark amber to light mahogany. Lacing is sudsy and sticky. Aroma includes caramel malts, some brown sugar, light beef jerky (no idea why), maybe some cinnamon. Not really any pumpkin flavors per se, maybe they are there and the beef jerky smell is throwing me off. Taste is also not pumkiney, just hints of pumpkin pie spices. Tickles the tongue and lips slightly. Pretty tasty beer just a little less pumpkin flavor than expected from a "double pumpkin" beer. (566 characters)

Photo of CampusCrew
3.71/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thought this was well done... loved the color, dark brown, decent head rentention. The aromas and flavors were decent. Nothing spectaculr but a decent pumpkin beer with a nice big malty body. That was the best thing abiut the beer is that it had some substance to it, not a weak spicy pumpkin soda like so many on the market today. Pumpkin nor the spice was overpowering and the brown ale base was solid. (404 characters)

Photo of nukem5
3.71/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a nicedark rich tea color with a great tan head which seems to cling to the glass For dear life!

S: Smell is of caramel and sweet malts very little spices.

T: Taste is of the same, mostly sweet malts and rich caramel.

M: Mouthfeel is a fuller bodied to medium bodied beer, good carbonation and you dont really get the higher abv% 8.5till your done with the second glass.

O: Overall a very drinkable but sadly bland beer was hoping for mor of a pumpkin spiced beer but not even slod as such. Good beer non the less. (527 characters)

Photo of undeadozzy
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured on tap at a beer festival, not sure if it's the beer or the pour, but it had literally no head, even agitating it a little bit didn't make any head appear. Was a deep brown color with some orange hues.

S - The pumpkin smell is just incredible, huge pumpkin showing, maybe a little malt, some caramel, and a lot of pumpkin pie spice.

T - It tastes like a dark lager maybe, a little lighter maybe. Not very much pumpkin to be had here, maybe a hint here and there, but after touting itself as a "double pumpkin ale", I was expecting to be drowning in pumpkin. Not a bad tasting beer, just not very pumpkiny. Some hints of candied dark fruit, some dark malt sweetness, and a hint of straw or earthiness. Finish is kind of fruity, not pumpkin, maybe some candied fruit or fruitcake, with a dark undertone of pumpernickel bread or sourdough, and a trace of pumpkin pie here and there, but nothing significant to be found.

M - Sort of watery, very very cold with little to no texture. Some attempts at thickness, but does seem to stick to the mouth, albeit for only a few moments.

O - Sam Adams has always has unique seasonal beers, and this one, unfortunately, is a little disappointing. Sure it has some pumpkin, but I was hoping for more. A lot more, as a fall-themed beer, it's great, but as a pumpkin beer, it misses its mark. (1,340 characters)

Photo of riored4v
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured in to a tulip. Thin, 1 finger head thst was khaki colored. Faded fast. Clear, dark brown body with hints of uby red.

Aroma had some caramel and breast notes. Light right with notes of cinnamon, all spice and pumpkin. Slight raisin notes.

Taste was enjoyable. Slight notes of heat in the taste. Chewy upfront with a fairly clean finish. Cinnamon and bready flavors. Notes of nutmeg, allspice and caramel. Good amount of pumpkin flavor. Earthy hop presence.

Body was medium with medium carb. Chewy upfront but fairly crisp finish

Nice beer overall. Could be less chewy but it works (590 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a shaker pint glass at The Lucky Monk.

Wow, never thought I'd see a new Sam Adams brew randomly at the Monk. Right on. It pours a murky brown-tawny topped by a finger of dirty cream-tan foam. The nose comprises cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar, toasted toffee, clove, and mandarin orange syrup. The taste brings in more of the same, though with a lightly buttery caramel flavor that offsets a decent amount of the spices. The body is a light-ish medium, with a light moderate carbonation, and a lightly grainy feel. Overall, a pretty solid pumpkin beer, slightly better than the usual SA Pumpkin, but the flavor offset hurts it in the long run. (654 characters)

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very spicy, but without a single over-dominant spice that's likely to throw you off, a nice (if strong) blend of flavors. Body is pretty thick and adds a nice touch. It's on the side of the more "festive" pumpkin ales. (220 characters)

Photo of DeFaz
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

There's no doubt that this is a good beer, but I think many are disappointed because it labels itself a "double pumpkin" beer when actually the pumpkin flavor takes a backseat to the spice. There are flavors of nutmeg, cinnamon, malt, a bit of hops, and vanilla. The alcohol is well concealed in the taste, but there's nothing here that's particularly exciting. I paid around $8 for 1 pt. 6 fl,. oz. (hence the slightly lower "Overall" rating) and frankly I wish I would've spent that money elsewhere, but the beer was still enjoyable. (535 characters)

Photo of WastingFreetime
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours out a clear copper-amber with a fizzy head that lasts for about two minutes, leaving behind some minimal lacing on the glass. Medium body and carbonation levels.

Smells of a sweet caramel apple with plenty of toasted bread and pumpkin pie spice in layers on top of each other. The flavor has the same breadiness and pumpkin pie spice but with a touch more cinnamon hotness and plenty of brown sugar. Fresh, meaty pumpkin is actually identifiable within the flavor profile, as is a mild sort of milk chocolate background nuance. The ABV is semi-hidden, but does show up towards the end of the sip as a rising heat, which also helps to dry out the finish. (682 characters)

Photo of runbirddrinkbeer
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Another one of an avalanche of pumpkin ales this summer, and I mean summer as these started to show up in July. I love this style and enjoy trying as many as I can so it's all good. This one is quite good, appearance is dark copper with a healthy off white head which persists. The aroma is sweet malt and pumpkin pie, and is its strongest feature. The taste is not as complex as the aroma but decent malt forward followed by pumpkin. Mouthfeel doesn't stand out but average. Overall a pleasant surprise from a macro-micro. I'll buy this one again! (548 characters)

Photo of alexgash
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cool-shaped 22 oz. bottle.

Pours a clear, clean, ruby-garnet. Pinkie finger of off-white to beige head. Some lacing. Nose shows many of the expected pumpkin ale features: clove, cinnamon, other pie spices, graham cracker, etc. Also get a little molasses, and a bit of plummy fruit.

Vegetal, woody bitterness up front. Spices and malt move in quickly, though. Mulled wine fruitiness (plums, cherries) mixes with cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg. Some caramel/butterscotch flavors come through, along with a little smokiness. Finishes with lingering spices and fruit malt. Medium-full body with a slightly oily feel. Overall not as "pumpkin-y" as, say a couple of better examples of this style, even though the spices are there. Still, not bad. (740 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16 ounce pint - $5.25 at Taco Mac in Canton, Georgia.

Appearance: Served a clear, deep mahogany-hued body with a small-sized layering of yellowed beige foam.

Smell: Sweet-scented maltiness, a bit bready, a bit toasty given a crust of ground holidaytime spices and an extra mete of liquor.

Taste: Bready, toasty malts, same as last time, still with a brown sugar character, but, this time, with more sweetness implied. Large spoonful of coagulated squash. Same mix of pumpkin pie spice blend. Light accents of yeastiness. Small rebound of pumpkin prior to the warming, lightly spicy finish.

Mouthfeel: A notch beyond medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: While I enjoyed the Harvest Pumpkin from the mix-pack, I wasn't too keen on this. It delivers more alcohol and more sweetness, but not all that much more flavor than the standard-strength release, though I'm sure naming it Samuel Adams Slightly A Bit More Than Our Other Pumpkin Ale Ale would've been problematic for printing promotional materials. (1,013 characters)

Photo of mountdew1
3.69/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into an oversized wine glass. Color was a dark reddish burgundy with a thick 2 finger off white head. Aroma was predominantly spicey, nutmeg and cloves. Slight earthiness akin to pumpkin as well. Flavor was peppery, with some sweetness from the pumpkin. Not overly spiced, or overly sweet. Nicely balanced. Felt decent in the mouth. A bit of bite, not overly thick, coated ok. Overall, a solid beer at the $6 I paid. (423 characters)

Photo of dananabanana
3.69/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: transparent chestnut brown. Two-finger foam head, slightly off-white.

S: Definite smell of fresh squash (more of a clean butternut scent than pumpkin). None of the cinnamon, nutmeg, or usual pumpkin pie spice scents.

T: Pleasantly sweet pumpkin flavor, which comes out more as you drink more. You get a really BIG pumpkin flavor a few ounces in. A little bit of warming alcohol.

M: Small bubbles, quite effervescent, but they fade very quickly.

O: Different take on the dime-a-dozen pumpkin beer. Starts off "meh" but gets better as you drink more. (556 characters)

Photo of hardy008
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark copper with a two finger beige head, with very good retention and lacing. The aroma has plenty of cinnamon and nutmeg, as well as pumpkin, ginger, allspice, and bread malt.

The taste is heavy on the spices. Especially cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger. I can also taste the pumpkin, allspice, and bread malt, but the spices overpower everything else. Not a bad taste to be sure, but the spices have been kicked up a few too many notches, to be well balanced.

Medium to full bodied with average carbonation. There is an aftertaste of pumpkin pie spices. Overall I like this beer pretty well, but wish the spices would have been toned down somewhat. Worth trying again. (670 characters)

Photo of TempeBeerMan
3.67/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint.

A - Pours a deep rust color with a creamy one-finger light tan head with good retention. Nice lacing of tiny bubbles.

S - Smells very much like pumpkin pie. Getting a lot of nutmeg, allspice, and ginger along with (obviously) pumpkin.

T - Lots of autumn spices, not so much pumpkin. Spice blend is aggressive; tons of ginger, allspice, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Pumpkin sweetness along with caramel malt forms the backbone. Flavor is rich. Alcohol comes through a little in the finish, and it along with the strong spice blend combine to give a slightly "hot" quality going down. It's basically the SA "Harvest Pumpkin Ale" on steroids, and with more ginger. Sweetness became cloying after a while. Not terribly well balanced.

M - Medium bodied, with VERY prickly carbonation. Overcarbonated, but it may actually need the high carbonation as it's a little syrupy even with it.

O - It has some obvious flaws (over-spiced, over-carbonated). Not as good as DFH Punkin. If you really enjoy enjoy autumn spices, might be worth a try. (1,074 characters)

Photo of scootny
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 32 oz growler from DeCicco's in Ardsley. Nice clear cola color with a decent somewhat creamy light khaki head. Some bits of lace here and there. Smell is roasty with toffee notes. Pumpkin is laced with a fair amount of spice. Some dark bread and dark figgy/plum sweetness. A touch of alcohol too. Taste is a bit forward on the spice but it works with the sticky sweet pie like malt and gourd blend to come across nicely. Broad malt core gives a good bready "crust" for the pie flavors to ride on. Nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla, they are all here and in harmony. As I continue with this one and it warms up the flavors really start to come together with a dark roasted pumpkin center and the spices doing a nice job of taming the fusel alcohol bits that come in the finish. The finish is clean and dry with light alcohol twang and faint graham, pumpkin, and toffee sweet brown bread. Quite drinkable in spite of the abv and spicy nature. Overall a solid player, kind of like a spicier, darker, roastier, Pumpking. The $7.99 for the growler really gives this a lot of value and I am considering another for the Thanksgiving weekend. I'll say it again, solid brew. (1,159 characters)

Photo of TruePerception
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

(Previous review, transferred from beer journal)

Sam Adam's Fat Jack Double Pumpkin Ale: 8.5% ABV; Appearance: thick, medium amber-red, thin head, fades quick; Smell: pumpkin skin, nutty; Taste/Mouthfeel: pumpkin sweetness, citrusy hop, slight nuttiness, light aftertaste; good/pretty good.

Poured into a pint glass. (318 characters)

Samuel Adams Fat Jack Double Pumpkin Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 224 ratings.