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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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Photo of LampertLand
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Samuel Adams 'Fat Jack Double Pumpkin' @ 8.5% , served from a 1 pint/6 fl oz bottle purchased for $7.25 (hmm...ouch)

A-pour is a dark amber from the glass to bottle with a medium size beige head leaving a spotty lacing along the pint

S-boozey & pumpkins

T-nice big boozey tasting Imp. pumpkin ale , the Dbl/Imp certainly is not well hidden

MF-mild carbonation , full bodied

Ov-ok beer , good Dbl/Imp pumpkin ale ,

prost LampertLand

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Photo of jlindros
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light fizzy head fades at a med pace nice soapy lacing, semi clear ruby red auburn brown

Nose light pumpkin, lots of toasty brown malts light brown sugar, bit of spices, little juicy and tangy, fresh pumpkin flesh.

Taste starts with light pumpkin again, little toasty bready brown malts, hint of pumpkin pie spices, then light warming booze kicks in, light juicy malt with a hint of tangy like, hint of brown sugar like caramelized and caked onto a pie, little grainy and light bitterness, and hint buttery. Finish is drier bit still fairly sweet, lingering brown sugar and light pumpkin pie, little sticky brown sugar and some bitterness.

Mouth is med bodied, light warming booze, decent carb.

Overall impressed for Sam Adams, nice flavors, good malts, good portion of pumpkin and spices that don't overpower and stay on the quite lighter side, but still let you know they are there, light bitterness and booze, fairly tasty. Its really easy to go overboard on any of the flavors which it doesn't do. If I can complain about anything would perhaps be a bit more overall reddish/brown malts and a bit more bitterness.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%

Pours a one finger off-white head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Clear amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Spicy nose and flavor is sweet spices with some pumpkin. Higher ABV is hidden $7.50 for a 22oz bottle from Chase Street Market Plymouth, NH

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Photo of korguy123
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crystal clear dark brown with huge amounts of crimson highlights. Two finger off white head with loads of chunky lacing everywhere.

Tons of pumpkin in this, brown sugar and cinnamon. Nutmeg is there but not over powering like in most pumpkin beers.

Pumpkin and cinnamon with a nice vanilla and brown sugar sweetness. The base beer tastes nutty and roasty.

Medium body, slightly creamy, low carbonation.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.79/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a perfect pint.

5.0 A: Clear copper color. Three fingers of creamy tan head. Retention is very good and glass covering lacing is left.

3.5 S: While not the most adventurous nose, it is pleasant. Cinnamon, ginger, allspice, nutmeg, but I'd prefer a heftier dose. Pumpkin gives a nice earthiness. Caramel and toasted malts, but on the drier side.

3.75 T: Taste has more power in it than the nose. The pumpkin in particular stands out more. Again the spices mentioned above are on the mild side. Caramel and toasted malts. Good.

4.0 M: Medium body. Nice creaminess to this with chewiness. Good moderate carbonation.

3.75 D: Tasty beer. Other than it being a bit tame, it's tasty and drinks well.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.79/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

in terms of flavor this is not particularly unique, a well spiced pumpkin beer, high in alcohol and big in flavor. in terms of feel it is different, very rich for the style, with a lot of body as long lasting stick to your guts sweet finish that makes it a pleasantly warming autumn offering. a gorgeous dark appearance, glowing the deepest amber and boasting a generous off white cream head with ring lacing as it drinks. aromatics of ginger and clove above sweet red and caramel malt. plenty of spice but keeping balanced flavors throughout, regal richness on the finish, really quite lovely. this fills me up a little, warms me up a lot, and genuinely ignites the holiday spirit in me. tis the season, and this beer is a perfect seasonal reminder of the beauty of the harvest and the months to come. I believe this is woefully underrated on BA.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

-Real pumpkin, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and all spice. Batch#1.

A: Dark coppery pour shows a dense rising of effervesce. The head is bready, pitted foam, with a light cork board coloring. Retention is nice as is lacing which is modest in show.

S: The smoked malt is gentle, but noticeable and contributes a nice smoky toasted pumpkin feel, a nice twist and addition i dont recall in to many others by style. The cinnamon is present, nutmeg, as well a sweet dusting of caramel and all spice. Ginger is light with a respectable sniff of real pumpkin puree. Like that they kept this real pumpkin rather a dessert style load of pumpkin spicing.

T: Again nice smoked pumpkin puree is dominant, a nice toasty and warm pumpkin feel. Warm cinnamon, ginger spicing and nutmeg with a sweet toasted grain base. The real pumpkin flavor comes through nicely, accented by just the right amount of spicing, again not gagging you with the spicing, but letting it compliment the pumpkin puree. Toasty pie crust with a touch of warm honey-brown sugar sweetness coming on the close.

M: Malty mouthful, creamy pumpkin puree feel, soft carbonation, full body feel with an alcohol warmth.

O: Overall nice drinkability, not overly done spice wise but a blend of both worlds, real honest pumpkin flavor with just the right amount of spicing accent which doesnt come off like a pumpkin pie in a blender type of drink. Usually pumpkin beers are at one end of the spectrum or the other, a gag full of pumpkin pie spice, or just a bland amount of pumpkin pulp with little spicing, this seems to balance a nice sweet spot inbetween. Again sam adams achieves a nice balanced very drinkable beer that you just cant complain about.

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Photo of mooseisloose
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Picked this up a while back, it's been cellaring until now, appropriate time for pumpkin. Let's give it a whirl. Popping the top on the bomber I get a a waft of pumpkin, spices, coriander. Pours into a dogfish pint with a big two finger light tan head and a robust deep brown. On the taste this brew is a wallop, lots of cloves, coriander and sweet malt. Just a tad bit of bitterness in the middle of the taste along with a hint of the ABV, then a zesty dry finish. If you want a tasty fall brew that is smooth as silk, this is your ticket.

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Photo of Chickenhawk9932
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber leaning towards brown with a creamy tan head. Good retention and leaves some lacing.

Smells of pumpkin, caramel, roasted malt, and yeasty earthiness.

Big pumpkin up front with a nice spice bitter punch - definitely get cinnamon, ginger, and clove, but they are subtle and balanced - not obnoxious as many pumpkin ales can be. Has real creamy smooth mouth feel with caramel and roasted malt coming through. Alcohol is well hidden and it is very drinkable. I don't think I could love any pumpkin beer, but this is one of the best I've had, and it surprised me - I was expecting to not like it.

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Photo of wrb357
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of JayQue
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Good solid pumpkin ale. Has all the ingredients: pumpkin spices and rich malty background including real pumpkin. Pours a mostly clear dark orange color into a pint glass. Small light tan head with average retention and streaks of lacing on the glass.

Aroma is pretty robust: Pumpkin spices and some pumpkin. Flavor is similar but the pumpkin and malt is more pronounced.

Mouthfeel is the best part, very rich, malty and smooth. The spicing is just right/ Good pumpkin ale.

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Photo of blackcompg
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from their bomber bottle...

Appearance - Poured nearly 2 fingers of lite mocha head, body is a perfectly clear deep amber orange, with really nice lacing left after the session.

Smell - Roasted malts, nutmeg, allspice - really smells like pumpkin pie with a slightly well done crust ;)

Taste - Nearly like unsweetened pumpkin pie w/out the whipped cream. Begins with a good balance of roasted malts, pie crust, and spice. The foremost spices are allspice and nutmeg, I pick up just a whiff of cinnamon longer into the finish, but this is almost felt more than tasted. I really do get some pumpkin meat flavor here too, along with a good malt backbone that is there for the entire quaff.

Mouthfeel - Mouthfeel is almost medium and creamy smooth. Carb is medium with a few edges at the back of the tongue. Very drinkable, with the slightest alcohol warmth way long into the finish.

Overall - This is a good pumpkin ale, and the alcohol is mostly felt between sips, and more so as it warms. The spice flavor is good, and I do get the pumkin meat, but I feel that a touch more sweetness would really make nice difference, and would really give the effect of a pumpkin ale vs. more of a spiced ale. Definitely worth a try, but a Pumking it is not.

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Photo of 2ellas
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber
smells enjoyably of pumpkin and spice
tastes like it smells
feel is thick and almost syrupy
overall a good pumpkin beer that I would drink again

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From: Binny's, IL
Date: No obvious date on bottle (from store in September)
Glass: Standard American pint glass

Sam Adams' imperial pumpkin ale is a heavy, caramelized-sugar-sweet pumpkin pie filling-influenced ale that generally hits all the right notes for the style. While the carbonation might be increased a notch without problem, this is still a solid effort. One to definitely try or enjoy again, at least once a year (not sure I'd want to have more than a bottle of this per several months, though).

Pours a modest 1cm head, made up of medium to large bubbles, with fairly average to poor retention. The head fades to a thin ring around the glass with a few ghostly islands of foam atop the body, leaving very modest lacing (a few dots and lines stick to the sides of the glass). Body is a dark reddish-amber color, transparent, with little visible carbonation.

Aroma is very sweet and thick overall, with notable pie spices and mild smokiness. More complex than a non-imperial pumpkin ale, and generally pleasing. Specifically, a caramel-like sweetness is quite prominent. Secondary scents of cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger are apparent as well. The smoked malts are detectable, though not particularly strong to me. If I inhale deeply, I also pull in some mild ethanol.

The combined flavor palette for the beer is hearty, caramel sweetness with pumpkin pie base and a noticeable smokiness. Front of palate picks up pumpkin puree combined with caramelized sugars. Mid-palate features rich caramel malt sweetness; pumpkin pie base including pumpkin, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg; some smokiness; and even slight chocolate. Back of palate detects continued pumpkin pie base with some caramel-like sweetness, while the smokiness and chocolate are toned down. Aftertaste of caramelized sugars and residual pumpkin pie filling.

Beer is medium-heavy in weight, with fairly modest carbonation considering the ethanol and heft. The resulting mouthfeel is slightly sluggish, a bit more carbonation would perhaps make the aroma more prominent and ease the sipping of this beer. I appreciate the heaviness of the beer, though, as this seems to complement both the heaviness of the flavors and the style in general. Ethanol warmth on the back of the palate and throat, not unpleasant. Finishes rather dry, with a bit of residual stickiness around the lips.

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Photo of maxcoinage
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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

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Photo of Scrapss
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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.

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Photo of stckhndlr
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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.

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Photo of bsp77
3.74/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle - we don't get a lot of BBC seasonals up here, so this is a nice surprise to see! Sufficiently putrid gourd front and center on the label.

This beer pours a clear, bright medium bronzed amber colour, with two fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and somewhat bubbly beige head, which leaves some bug-splattered windshield lace around the glass as things quickly fall away.

It smells of bready caramel malt, mildly musty pumpkin mash, some zingy nutmeg, ginger, cinnamon, and all-spice, erm, spice, a wee grainy nuttiness, and a testy and nosehair-taunting alcohol measure. The taste is semi-sweet, doughy caramel malt, a lesser vegetal pumpkin fleshiness, ginger, nutmeg, anise, clove, and cinnamon spice, further brown-ale-esque nutty notes, and a growing metallic and somewhat intrusive booziness.

The bubbles are fairly obscure in their barely supportive frothiness, the body a solid middleweight, and pretty smooth, with a pleasant attendant creaminess. It finishes trending sweet, the malt and subtle pumpkin essence still hosting a range of seasonal dessert spices, as well as an alcohol heat that has tucked in and made itself at home.

Not a bad Imperial pumpkin ale, but two things could be improved: more (not a lot, but still) pumpkin character, and fewer overt booze esters. That said, this is enjoyable enough for a seasonably warm autumn supping experience - the elevated ABV just storing energy up for winter, I suppose!

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Photo of JordonHoltzman
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
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

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Photo of Goosehunter75
3.72/5  rDev +0.3%
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

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Photo of WesM63
3.72/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of NotAlcoholicJustAHobby
3.72/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L- deep transparent cola brown, half centimeter head dies down to nothing. No lacing.
S- lots of cinnmon and nutmeg overwhelming pretty much everything else
T- I get no pumpkin out of this due to the heavy handed use of the spices.
F-Low level of carb, but still feels pretty thin. In this case it works. If it had been thicker I don't think I could have gotten through it with the heavy spice.
O- It's pretty drinkable for 8.5%, but it is a pumpkin ale in name only. If you want to call it a pumpkin beer you actually have to be able to taste pumpkin.

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
3.71/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of CampusCrew
3.71/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Samuel Adams Fat Jack Double Pumpkin Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
84 out of 100 based on 246 ratings.