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

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

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BA SCORE
82
good

821 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 821
Reviews: 189
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 15.98%


Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: TMoney2591 on 10-03-2011)
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Treyliff

West Virginia

4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2013 Bottle, poured into a pint glass

A- Pours a clear dark copper color with a small creamy off-white head that retains nicely, leaving some short lasting lace behind

S- Lots of pumpkin spice aroma up front, consisting of nutmeg, cinnamon, clove and allspice. Also picking up a vanilla cream aroma that mixes nicely with the raw pumpkin, giving it a pumpkin pie-like aroma

T- Big and malty with lots of caramel malt, mixing in with some sweet bread and fig. Pumpkin flavors kick in mid-palate, with an emphasis on the nutmeg and a cinnamon linger. Lots of malt continues through to the finish with more bread notes on the linger with a bit of alcohol

M- Heavy body with moderate carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel, ending with a smooth and foamy finish, just a bit of alcohol warmth at the end

O- One of the more malty pumpkin beers that I've tried and I think it works well. The pumpkin flavors and the sweetness of the caramel malt work nicely together, well done

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2014 22:08:53 | More by Treyliff
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nukem5

Pennsylvania

3.71/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2013 02:53:40 | More by nukem5
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kojevergas

Texas

2.9/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with generic unappealing yellow label art and branded black pry-off pressure cap acquired at a local bottle shop and served into an Odell stem-tulip/snifter hybrid glass in me friend's gaff in high altitude Fort Collins, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average.

Served cold - straight from the fridge - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a half finger wide head of off-white colour. Decent thickness and creaminess. Retention is average - about 2 minutes. No real lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

Body colour is a dark translucent amber. No floating yeast particles are visible.

Overall, it's mundane for a pumpkin beer. There's nothing unique or special here. I'm looking forward to it. There are no egregious flaws.

Sm: Pumpkin gourd, mild nutmeg, allspice, clove, amber malts, and caramel. A sweet pleasant aroma of mild strength. Generic floral hop character.

No yeast character or alcohol is detectable.

T: Pumpkin gourd, faint brown sugar, nutmeg, allspice, clove, amber malts, clean barley, floral hop notes, and fruity hops.

Balanced enough, but ultimately underwhelming. Cohesive enough, but not gestalt. Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour. A bit sweet. Lacks complexity, subtlety, intricacy, and nuance.

Mf: Smooth, wet, unrefreshing, thick, overly full-bodied, and over-carbonated.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, or harsh. Doesn't suit the flavour profile all that well.

Dr: Downable but unremarkable. A mediocre pumpkin ale. I wouldn't get it again. A mundane offering from Sam Adams. It's not great. I wouldn't recommend it to friends or trade partners. Doesn't hide its ABV particularly well. Not as pumpkin-forward as a good pumpkin beer should be. A bit difficult to drink given its low quality.

C

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2013 05:27:21 | More by kojevergas
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

3.79/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2013 01:58:11 | More by DavoleBomb
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Jackofallbrews

Minnesota

3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: This beer has a strong malty aroma with a hint of nutmeg. There is a subtle smoky note melded with a mild cinnamon. Overall not as aromatic as many of the pumpkin beers I've tried.

Appearance: A deep ruby color with excellent clarity. Pours with a huge off-white head that seems to last forever.

Flavor: A pleasant malty sweetness at the start that settles into an off-dry, almost roasty finish. I get some nutmeg and a bit of ginger, but pretty subtle. There is a somewhat creamy mouthfeel. I also get a bit of alcohol warming down the back of the throat. Light cinnamon and smoky notes as it warms.

Overall: This was much better than expected. I don't pick up much pumpkin, but the malty backbone and creaminess of this beer is very nice. The spices, dark malts and smokiness add a lot of complexity to this beer and makes you want to keep trying it. I know you will be shocked by this, but it goes very well with pumpkin bisque.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2013 21:53:56 | More by Jackofallbrews
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57md

Pennsylvania

3.86/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance is brown in color with copper edges. There was over a finger of off-white head that retained for some time. The nose includes pumpkin and spices, but not too strong on the spice. The pumpkin also comes through in the flavor profile along with some spices underneath. The finish is mildly bitter.

This offering is more full-bodied than most pumpkin ales. I enjoyed it and would recommend it to anyone who likes this style.

Serving type: on-tap

11-09-2013 05:53:56 | More by 57md
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Lemke10

Wisconsin

4.04/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This pours a medium brown color with a creamy, off-white head. The aroma is full of pumpkin and spice. The texture is much creamier then I would have expected. The mixture of pumpkin and spice is just right with a great finish. Finishes with a touch of lingering cinnamon. It still doesn’t rival the taste of Pumking, but it is still very good in it’s own way!

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2013 01:07:56 | More by Lemke10
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Matthew_Phoenix

Illinois

4.09/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this last night to celebrate halloween.

A - I didn't have any glass to pour it in, so this rating of appearance is based on the bottle alone. Very attractive label just all around cool with the jack-o-lanturn and everything. Neat printing as well along with a description of the main ingredients. The label said it uses 28 pumpkins per barrel in the brewing process!

S - I didn't really get a whole lot of smell from this, mainly because I didn't pour, so I didn't get the full aroma. It gets an average score because of that.

T - This is where the beer shines. When it first hits my tongue, I don't get a whole lot, but like a delayed reaction, all the flavors start coming in. A whole load of spices is the most prominent taste noticed. Mostly cinnamon, nutmeg, maybe vanilla, maybe a few others I might be forgetting, I don't know my spices very well. I got a sort of pie crust, almost buttery taste at the end. For some reason I didn't taste a whole lot of pumpkin, its mostly spices, followed by buttery crust, then it finishes off with a slight beery bitterness, I missed the pumpkin, but that's not to say the taste isn't good, I just think they missed the pumpkin taste by making the spices and crust overpower the pumpkin itself.

M - It's real grainy on the tongue, probably a product of the spices, and it complements the pie crust thing they got going on. it's medium bodied, fishes off slightly on the wet side. Pretty good.

O - Pleasant experience. I would buy it again next fall. My only critique is the pumpkin taste got lost in all the other things they got going on, which is really what the beer is suppose to be about, pumpkin ale, other than that, a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2013 21:21:30 | More by Matthew_Phoenix
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Steamer

Missouri

3.91/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful dark Amber color with a nice orangish head. Spices and a hint of sweet pumpkin. Excellent flavor, a real seasonal that is different from others I've had, the pumpkin taste is there but not over powering, nutmeg with a sweet after taste, no bitterness. Mouth feel: Medium carbonation and body. Overall: A very pleasant surprise. Sam Adams hit the mark with this one.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2013 02:09:07 | More by Steamer
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barczar

Kentucky

3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brilliant amber with a foamy, moderate khaki head.

Nutmeg, clove, cinnamon, perhaps some ginger, and a touch of pumpkin form the aroma. Sweet molasses and lightly toasted malt accompany.

Flavor is less sweet and more pumpkiny than anticipated. Light caramel malt sweetness, with nutmeg and clove, finishing fairly squash dominantand dry. There's an underlying fruity squash character that detracts from the experience. Ginger surfaces in the aftertaste.

Body is moderate to full, smooth, with low carbonation and light alcohol warmth.

Not bad. The fruitiness was offputting and the spices overwhelmed a bit, but very festive. I'm not big on ginger. My favorite part about this brew is the dry finish.

Serving type: on-tap

10-31-2013 00:38:44 | More by barczar
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.79/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2013 23:52:52 | More by StonedTrippin
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mountdew1

New Hampshire

3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2013 22:21:24 | More by mountdew1
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Mikecap

Louisiana

3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a deep amber with two fingers of fluffy white head that fades quickly, leaving a thin splotchy lacing in its path.

Smell: Spice forward, with notes of cinnamon, allspice, and a bit of pumpkin. Also a sweetness to the aroma, with a good deal of sweet malts and hints of dark fruit.

Taste: Similar to the nose, with not a ton of pumpkin present, more cinnamon, brown sugar, and a good deal of malt sweetness. The dark fruit notes from the nose come through here for me, and this reminds me of a Belgian Dubbel.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with mild carbonation and slight tastes of alcohol. Low bitterness and drinks pretty easily for the size.

Overall: A pretty decent pumpkin offering here and something I'd likely try again. Given its availability, worth trying if you like a full bodied pumpkin ale without too much pumpkin character.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2013 16:39:50 | More by Mikecap
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First time I've come this one

Pours an effervescent crimson with 3 fingers of tan head. Great lacing & head retention

S: Nutmeg & cinnamon

T: A touch of pumpkin, gingersnap, cinnamon & nutmeg up front. More nutmeg & allspice as this warms, faint pumpkin bread flavor & dryness as this warms. Finishes dry with a touch pumpkin bread & cinnamon

MF: Fairly thick with firm carbonation, warming

An enjoyable Pumpkin ale, one of the better ones I've tried, I like'em malty & with a little kick

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2013 03:23:53 | More by russpowell
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Joshpu

California

3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber to a snifter

A: Poured a dark ruby red, almost brown. One finger of off-white head.

S: Nutmeg, dark fruit, caramel malty, slight pumpkin, slight spices. Smell is pleasant. Smells pretty sweet.

T: The taste basically follows the nose. Malty, dark fruits, nutmeg, spices on the end. Getting the smokiness as it warms.

M: Medium bodied. Average amount of carbonation. Goes down pretty easy. Not surprisingly, a little sticky on the mouth.

Overall a good beer. I would say its actually one of the better pumpkin ales I've had. It's not blowing my socks off or anything, but its good.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2013 07:00:00 | More by Joshpu
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Bob1966

Texas

3.19/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1/2 pint served on tap. Clear dark amber color. Perhaps a slight orange tinge if you try to look for it. No lacing and little head.
Mouthfeel is rather thick, which I think is appropriate for this beer. Carbonation on the low side, but is visible when I looked carefully after a few sips.

I get little aroma from this beer.
The aroma is kept for the tasting. At this time, there is a definite alcohol bite, and pumpkin notes in the after taste.

Overall, this is an an interesting, novelty seasonal beer. I recommend it if you have not had it before, but I don't know I would order it regularly, therefore I can't rate it's drinkability very high.

Serving type: on-tap

10-14-2013 18:13:13 | More by Bob1966
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1000lbgrizzly

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Very dark red, looks black at the core. Clear. Slow streams of bubbles rise. Tan 1-finger head leaves a patchwork of lacing on the glass.

S: Somewhat faint, pumpkin, typical pumpkin pie spices, malt.

T: Really nice. Pretty high-brow for this style; some aspects remind me of some great Belgian quads. Pumpkin first, then some well-selected malt varieties, finally the spices back it up. Medium finish, mild sweetness overtakes the even milder bitterness. This is a balanced beer, not a pumpkin pie- almost works as an Oktoberfest, too. Great if you want to appreciate a beer, maybe not so great if you want a dessert. Also, alcohol is hidden magnificently.

M: Great. You can really bite into it, but it isn't overly heavy or thick. You will appreciate every sip.

O: I was curious what Sam Adams would do with their shot at this style. Glad to see they took not only the balanced approach but a unique one, too. Balanced flavors, cross-varietal even, and an appreciably high ABV for the style. As stated before, make sure you want a beer, not pie.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2013 04:51:34 | More by 1000lbgrizzly
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BarryMFBurton

Indiana

3.84/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Number 2 in today’s pumpkin beerathon. Let’s see how Jim Koch does the imperial pumpkin thing (and let’s hope it’s better than Harvest Pumpkin Ale)…

A: Gorgeous – shining, ruby red body with a thick, three-finger head of tan foam. Creamy retention and abundant lacing.

S: The nose of a dense, sugary brown ale with a pumpkin undertone: Maris Otter-style vanilla and grain husk, coupled with pecan pie and rich caramel aromas. Savory pumpkin purée adds to the sweet, alluring scents, while a cinnamon-sugar scents and a soft alcohol note inhabit the back end.

T: A mouthful of residual sugars greets the palate at first sip: marshmallow and vanilla cream soda, primarily. Thanksgiving dinner tastes supplement the sweets, with tastes of buttery, baked yam and canned pumpkin pie filling with whipped cream – I’m getting a bit of allspice and ginger, but the balance tips more towards pumpkin than spice. Finishes in accordance, with an English-ale smack of mild sweetness.

M: Creamy, with a texture that’s bordering on heavy. Chewy, medium body with a velvety carbonation.

O: This beer is an outright Pumking clone: same sweetness, same vanilla-heavy nose, same ABV for goodness’ sake (8.5% for SA, 8.6% for ST). But there’s just something so special about Pumking that this beer doesn’t capture, something that makes it like taking a bite of the world’s best pumpkin pie: I’m guessing it’s the pie crust malt and authentic pumpkin earthiness that this beer is lacking. That said, this is an excellent pumpkin ale, and one of the best seasonal I’ve had from Sam Adams. Sweet, but satisfyingly so.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2013 22:28:42 | More by BarryMFBurton
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whynot44

Missouri

4.08/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Very dark mahogany red, almost brown without light behind it with a modest tan head that shrinks to a film fairly quickly but does manage some decent lacing.

The aroma is caramel malt with mild pumpkin pie spices.

The taste is similar, starting out caramel with an overtone of pumpkin pie. The spices come out a little more in the finish and aftertaste, but remain more subtle and mellow than most pumpkin ales which sometimes get overpowering. The pumpkin taste is also muted, giving just a bit of earthy, nutty tone. I'm impressed that you get the pumpkin pie experience while still getting a good beer, a very nice balance.

Medium bodied and fairly smooth with a hint of alcohol warmth.

Overall, the name is fortunately misleading, probably because the pumpkin pie routine does not overwhelm in favor of good beer, should be good for sipping on a cool fall day.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2013 04:33:25 | More by whynot44
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RickS95

Indiana

3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It's extremely dark til you hold it to a light source. Then you see both the clarity (too much for my liking) and that it's more of a reddish garnet color. The head is a finger thick, moderate retention, and a mostly off-white color. The head looks nice sitting up top.

The smell is a combination of caramel malt and fall seasonal spices. I enjoy pumpkin beers and pumpkin spice, but the ginger is a bit much for me. The ginger overpowers most everything else.

All you smell is multiplied in the taste. Very malty with loads of caramel and full of spices. Again, the ginger overwhelms and the cinnamon isn't far behind. You don't taste much pumpkin, but it's got pumpkin spices in spades.

It's very sweet initially, then the caramel and ginger/cinnamon combo really takes over. The spicy feel lasts long after the swallow and makes for a less than stellar finish. It's full bodied and somewhat filling and as it warms, the alcohol becomes more prevalent. Dry and spicy finish.

Overall, it's an ok beer. A little underwhelming because I like the style and Sam Adams' bombers are usually better than their 12-ounce bottled beers. However, it's just a bit too spicy.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2013 02:59:00 | More by RickS95
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Hopswagger

South Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P: Dark mahogany body that boasts a creamy khaki head that settles to a thin silky layer. Retention was low with minimal lacing.

S: Sweet caramel malt, roast pumpkin, ginger, nutmeg, allspice, and pale malts. Sweetness is subdued by an earthy aroma.

T/M: Smoked malt, natural pumpkin without added sweetener, pie crust, aged wood, the above mentioned spices with cinnamon chiming in on the aftertaste. Taste is more natural and spiced than the sweeter nose. Medium-full sticky body with a gentle prickle of carbonation.

O: This reminds me of setting around a camp fire in fall with the smell of pumpkins and spice crackling in the air. The pumpkin is not like your typical artificial pumpkin pie flavored beer but a more roasty and earthy flavor. It's quite nice and warming.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2013 02:17:44 | More by Hopswagger
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a snifter glass

Appearance – The beer pours a deep ruby/mahogany color bordering on brownish. Upon pouring there is a one-half inch finger of tan colored head. The head fades over a moderate amount of time leaving a decent level of streaky lace on the sides of the glass and a good level of bubbly persistent foam on the surface of the brew.

Smell – The aroma has lots of roasted pumpkin with a good deal of brown sugar and toffee sweetness. Along with these aromas, are some lighter spice aromas of nutmeg, allspice, and cinnamon. A little bit of a bready aroma and a small amount of roasted nut are there as well.

Taste –The taste begins with a sweet caramel and toffee flavor mixed with a good dose of smooth roasted pumpkin. The sweetness is much more then I was anticipating from the nose, with the roasted pumpkin being much less. Spice flavors are present from the start, with flavors of cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice all present. For the most part the spice remains at a rather low level with the nutmeg and cinnamon flavors increasing a bit more toward the end. Some light bitter nutty and earthy flavors come to the tongue at the end, balancing out the sweetness a bit. Along with this, so too comes some alcohol flavors, which in the end when mixed with the rest, leave a nice warming and moderately sweet pumpkin pie flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the creamier and chewier side with a carbonation level that is on the average side. The thicker and chewier body are rather nice for the sweeter pumpkin flavors of the brew and make it a rather nice slow sipper.

Overall – A rather tasty pumpkin ale. It’s a little on the sweeter side for an imperial pumpkin ale, but is still balanced in many respects, as it has a good blend of booze, spice, and pumpkin to tame the sweet. Overall a rather enjoyable drinker.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2013 00:55:12 | More by Darkmagus82
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undeadozzy

Pennsylvania

3.69/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-03-2013 12:41:46 | More by undeadozzy
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tjumfrid

Arizona

3.21/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2013 03:34:26 | More by tjumfrid
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brewskifan55

Mississippi

3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter

A: Clear burgundy color. A quarter finger white head that turns to bubbles. Decent lacing.

S: Not picking up a lot here. Light spices, some pumpkin. Just doesn't stimulate the olfactory.

T: A real surprise here. More bourbon than pumpkin. Sweet, robust. A late pumpkin arrival. As it warms, cherries and plums pop up. Then the cherries dominate.

M: Medium to heavy with frothy carbonation.

O: for a pumpkin ale, this doesn't fit the bill. For an abbey ale, it's just right. Dark fruits overrule the pumpkin and stay all night for a pleasant sipper.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2013 16:00:53 | More by brewskifan55
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Samuel Adams Fat Jack Double Pumpkin Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
82 out of 100 based on 821 ratings.