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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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Ratings: 820
Reviews: 189
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 15.98%

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

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: TMoney2591 on 10-03-2011)
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Photo of kinglouix


1.28/5  rDev -64.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

This beer tasted like old molasses left out in the sun. I couldn't find the pumpkin flavor and the dark brown color with almost no carbonation was unappealing in a beer being consumed in what is still summer. For that matter I wouldn't want it in any season. If you didn't know it was a pumpkin beer you would have thought it to be a skunked double bock. Almost no head.
The alcohol content is noticeable, and the aftertaste is appalling. The beer literally left a bad taste in my mouth. I made it through about 4 oz. before pouring it and my $5.99 down the drain. Sam Adams is mediocre as a brewery and this is a pour offering even for them.
Cannot understand the positive rankings on this site unless you were tasting this after drinking a pint of Pine Sol. Had this in the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2012 21:44:01 | More by kinglouix
Photo of jtierney89

New Jersey

1.3/5  rDev -64.2%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Deep burnt orange hue with a thin sticky white head. Farm like nose, with grassy and barnyard smells along with pumpkins and spice. Begins to smell like warm pumpkin pie as it airs out.

Wow, super super sweet, way too much sweet. Burn brown sugar and caramel. Molasses as well, all on the tip of the tongue. Dark overly ripe fruit, plums, figs, and raisins. Touch of pumpkin, spices get whisked away on the back of the tongue by alcohol. Not recommended. Tastes like pumpkin loaf bread with dark berry jam ontop soaked in booze and sprinkled with spices. Tries to be super complex and fails bigtime by having way to many flavors. Not to mention it's cloyingly sweet.

The problem is here that theres probably way too much pumpkin flavor which is supposed to be subtle and for a reason, too much in your beer ends up tasting like liquified pumpkin guts; along with whatever flavors come with the brew.

Another bad beer in this line of sam adams brews

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2012 22:37:08 | More by jtierney89
Photo of thor638

New Jersey

1.5/5  rDev -58.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Another mediocre offering from the "Micro-Brewery" known as Sam Adams. The tap boasts a double pumpkin both in name and picture on the tap handle.

The beer has no pumpkin flavor or nutmeg/cinnamon or other spice that you would expect out of a pumpkin beer.

To expand further:
Appearance: Is very dark drown, and is resembling of no other pumpkin beer I've seen before. Very small, and dissipating head was present. This is honestly almost stout looking, unusual since most other pumpkin are lighter in color and typically have an orange color to them.
Smell: No hints of spice or pumpkin smell; other drinkers in the bar noticed this as well. By the smell, you can tell it will be on the heavy side (in alcohol content).
Taste: "Malty-Madness"; as expected, no pumpkin flavoring and no spices noticed either. No real taste to be described here on a beer connoisseur website. very bland and generic.
Mouthfeel: As already observed, almost stout like feel in your mouth.

It is quite similar to a nut brown ale (almost), the beer is void of any kind of "Autumn" flavoring.The alcohol content is noticeable, and the aftertaste is appalling. The beer literally left a bad taste in my mouth. I would stay away from this beer, unless you love maltiness masked as pumpkin flavor.

As you can tell the beer was not enticing / appetizing / tasty at all.

Bad lines, would not be an excuse either. Served into a clean pint glass, at one of the best bars around.

If you rate above a C for this beer, your membership here should be revoked. (If you do not read the sarcasm in this statement, take a deep breathe and read again...)

Serving type: on-tap

10-08-2011 18:51:22 | More by thor638
Photo of Beerlover


1.7/5  rDev -53.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

The aroma was the best thing about this beer, (and the cool Tim Burtonish label!) it smells like pumpkin pie! however is tasted like liquid pumpkin pie as well YUCK! (and i really like pumpkin pie) i think the brewers focused far too much on the spices in this beer, having cinnamon, nutmeg, and one or two other spices. I feel the ale would have been much more well rounded if they had only used one or two spices instead of three or four.Flavors in this beer were just far too overbearing, nothing smooth or balanced, maybe overpowering because its a "double pumpkin"...? Neither me or my beer padawan pal could finish this beer after four or five unpalatable swallows (we tried hard to like it) we ended up both pouring it. dont let your couriosity get the best of you with this one!

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2012 17:31:33 | More by Beerlover
Photo of ao125


1.7/5  rDev -53.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Serving Type: poured from a Fat Jack bottle into a tulip glass

Appearance: Pumpkin orange

Smell: Cinnamon.

Taste: Cinnamon.

Mouthfeel: Actually, not too bad. About what I'd expect from an ale from SA.

Overall: Okay, this has got to stop. Somewhere along the way, someone equated pumpkin beers with cinnamon beers... and that line of thinking is instant failure. Southern Tier's Pumking was a paradigm shift in the way people think about pumpkin ales, in that they made a beer that tasted exactly like pumpkin pie. Perhaps cloyingly sweet and over-spiced, but still, there was a well-intentioned goal.

The goal of this beer seems to be to get as close to making a cinnamon beer as humanly possible. Remember that old dare that kids did, where they tried to eat a whole spoonful of cinnamon? This is a lot like that. Trying to drink an entire beer that tastes like this.

...Fax mentis incendium gloria cultum, et cetera, et cetera... Memo bis punitor delicatum! It's all there, black and white, clear as crystal! You made a terrible beer! You sold me undrinkable swill that I poured into my glass - which now has to be washed and sterilized, so you get nothing! You lose! Good day, sir!

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2012 16:17:07 | More by ao125
Photo of Moss


1.78/5  rDev -51%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I poured this beer into my Samuel Adams glass and was very excited to try this beer. On the bottle it was written Batch #1.

It poured an attractive dark brown color which was still see-through with a white head. Its smell wasn't too complex and just smelt a little smokey and cinnamon.

When I tasted this beer I did not enjoy it at all. I tasted very little pumpkin and more just of smoke and some cinnamon. It reminded me similar to the taste of Samuel Adams Bonfire Rauchbier which tasted just smokey to me. I must say I was disappointed in this one but if you like the smokier taste to beer then you will probably enjoy this. I did not taste much Pumpkin in this one compared to the Sam Adams Harvest Pumpkin which was disappointing considering the price and how it was specially marketed.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2012 19:31:20 | More by Moss
Photo of Josh

2.08/5  rDev -42.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A – I poured the beer into a Sam Adams pint glass. It was amber in color and got darker at the wider portions of the glass. There were three fingers of head, which subsided within two minutes. A very thin layer of carbonation bubbles stayed on top of the beer.
S – The beer smelled like cheap watered down light or even diet beer, but it also reminds of the smell of some of my favorite amber beers. Not sure why, but amber beers always smell like watered down cheap beer to me.
T – This beer starts out with a deep roasted taste and quickly fades to a bitter alcohol taste. Several seconds after my swallow I taste pumpkin. Not the pumpkin I expected though. Not the sweet kind like in pumpkin pie or pumpkin bread, but bland as if you reached into a pumpkin and put its slimy contents directly into your mouth.
M – Strong carbonation and thin.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2012 02:37:32 | More by Josh
Photo of ThisWangsChung


2.45/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Portion of a 22 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a burgundy color with excellent clarity for a dark beer. The head is a two finger offwhite color that recedes to about a half finger in a quick manner, but it leaves a nice ring of lacing on the glass.

S: Well spiced in general; there are notes of cinammon, cardamom, and allspice. If I really focus, I can get a bit of smokiness to it. Sadly, there isn't much pumpkin, but it's still an acceptable aroma.

T: An initial wave of light smoke gives way to...well, I don't know. Normally, I'd pick out how the flavors progress in a story like manner, but there's something incredibly nondescript about this. Everything just blends together to an excessive degree, to the point where I have a LOT of trouble picking out the pumpkin and the spices. I don't hate the taste by any means - after all, how is it possible to hate something so bland and neutral tasting?

M: The body is neither heavy nor light, but it has a slight creaminess to it I kind of enjoy. Otherwise, like the flavor, it suffers from being too neutral and unassuming. Carbonation is on the lower side.

O: A good idea with a fairly poor execution, but at least it's mildly drinkable. Sam Adams makes quite a few good brews - this isn't one of them. To be fair, this isn't my favorite style, but I nonetheless won't be repeating this one.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2012 23:47:06 | More by ThisWangsChung
Photo of Fergyx825


2.5/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: a very dark copper red. With alot of head upon pouring the beer. This color is very common for pumpkin ales. So far not very characteristic of this beer style.

S: Very faint smell of spices, pumpkin. Its very rich smelling and quite common for pumpkin ales, just not so strong. I really am looking forward to tasting this beer. I don't smell very much alcohol either.

T: First and foremost the alcohol is very evident when first tasting. I can also taste some spices and some of the pumpkin but not too much. The alcohol just takes over, and this somewhat ruins the beer for me.

M: Very very creamy. Almost no carbonation, and this is a pretty medium-high thick beer. I can't complain about the mouthfeel, but i'm not impressed.

Overall: There is alot of alcohol detected when tasting this beer, that i don't detect when i smell it. I'm disappointed by the taste, after expecting a lot more from Sam Adam's special beers.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2013 01:01:13 | More by Fergyx825
Photo of PabstLou

New York

2.5/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

after having a few beers tonight I decided to take a shot at Samuel Adams Fat Jack. I've got to say, every time I passed this beer on my way to pick up a Pumking (if you haven't had it you need to find it and hoard it forever). I've got to say I'm pretty happy that I've picked pumking over this 99/100 times. I feel like it literally tastes like a slim jim. the smell doesn't add a thing to the experience and the taste is far off from what the label describes it as. do yourself a favor and pick up something you can drink without thinking about macho man randy savage

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2013 01:17:26 | More by PabstLou
Photo of JamesHenjum


2.8/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Review from someone who hates pumpkin in anything but pie.

A: I see through orange. Cool looking beer.

S: Smells like pumpkins....

T: The pumpkin hits you right away with. It is creamy like pie, then as you swallow it gets spicier from the hops. If you like pumpkin beers, I imagine this would be amazing tasting.

M: Wish it was drier. The taste stays with you so long.

O: If you like pumpkin beers this will be amazing. If not, then at least you can say you had one. Not my thing, but if it was, I would know I would like this beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2012 02:29:36 | More by JamesHenjum
Photo of sinstaineddemon


2.85/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - walnut brown with crimson highlights with a tan head that laces pretty quickly fed by very scant carbonation

S - as expected, pumpkin and the associated spices dominate the aroma, nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice are all with their round orange friend in the nose. Some malts kick in to remind you that you are smelling a beer

T - the taste flip flops, the malts are huge in the taste, some dark sweetness like toffee or vanilla, which is then followed by sublime fall spices mentioned in the aroma

M&D - super sweet and super smooth, maybe too sweet, but the smoothness is nice and easy to put back, the spices, to me this falls into the same trap as most pumpkin beers, too much spice not enough pumpkin

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2012 23:55:18 | More by sinstaineddemon
Photo of rdilauro


2.9/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I do love this time of year with all the pumpkin beers coming out. You never know what each year will bring in taste and style.
When I poured this Fat Jack, I was someone puzzled. The aroma highlited spices, but the glass was weak. The color was dark but not something that you could showcase.

The taste was nothing exciting. There was some of the typical pumpkin spices, but not one of them stood out.

Sorry, but this was just not one of my styles of pumpkin beer

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2012 02:23:46 | More by rdilauro
Photo of kojevergas


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.


Serving type: bottle

12-16-2013 05:27:21 | More by kojevergas
Photo of Wrex68


3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A- Pours dark amber almost red in color minimal head dissipates quickly with almost no lacing

S- smells of fermented pumpkin and pumpkin spice very heavy alcohol smell

T- very strong alcohol flavor IMO too overpowering it really bring down the rest of the beer. Very ligh pumpkin and pumpkin spice flavor

M- light and very alcoholic not like a regular pumpkin ale

O- could have done without trying this one it wasn't great. The two row and 8% abv ruined this beer for me..

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2013 14:56:38 | More by Wrex68
Photo of TheSarge


3.03/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this one into a generic 12oz tasting glass (probably a pilsner of some sort). The brew makes a two finger thick light tan head, and the body is cleanly filtered and is copper in color.

The aroma is pumpkin, vanilla, and maybe a slight hint of cinnamon.

In the taste I'm getting the the spices traditionally found in pumpkin pies, but with an earthy tone.

Full in body, a little slick, and warming in the end.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2012 00:19:10 | More by TheSarge
Photo of Keithstone44


3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On-tap at the Indianapolis Colts Grille in downtown Indy.

A: Dark amber with a reddish hue, and a solid 3-finger head that leaves behind some great lace.

S: Sweet-malt in the foreground, followed by some apparent ginger and vanilla.

T: this is a total malt-bomb. The taste is overly sweet, with no detectable hop-bitterness. The alcohol is very evident, almost too evident.

M: Very syrupy mouthfeel, with a little too much carbonation. The body is appropriate for the for the amount of alcohol in the beer

O: No balance in this. Way too sweet, and the alcohol is way too discernable

Serving type: on-tap

10-20-2011 02:11:53 | More by Keithstone44
Photo of jamescain


3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a sniffer.

Appearance: Dark red-mahogany with a thin off white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin ring round the side of the glass.

Aroma: Straight up pumpkin spices, clove, nutmeg, cinnamon, possibly a little over spice, with a hint of gourd aroma.

Taste: Mostly spices, no pumpkin gourd flavor with a touch of roasted caramel.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body with medium carbonation and a touch of alcohol on the end.

Overall: Not too impressed with this pumpkin ale, would have preferred less spices.

Serving type: on-tap

10-28-2011 16:53:29 | More by jamescain
Photo of Beaver13


3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle. Pours ruby amber with a medium creamy off white head that goes to a thin film and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is sweet, slightly vegetal, malts with a lot of spicy cinnamon and some ginger.

The flavor is sweet caramel malts with some roast and a little dark fruit. It's followed by a ton of heavy spice - mostly cinnamon with some ginger. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a decent pumpkin beer. It's overly spiced with too much cinnamon. But the base is kind of a winter warmer old ale with some light roast and dark fruit that is kind of cool and plays well with the pumpkin.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2012 04:06:03 | More by Beaver13
Photo of Bob1966


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
Photo of jsprain1


3.2/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours deep red/garnet/brown. Much darker than the average pumpkin ale. Head is one finger, light tan, falls flat to a slick pretty quickly. Some lacing.
S- Smell is a bit of pumpkin, a good bit of spice, and a note of fruity/yeastyness. There is a hint of booze.
T- The pumpkin is not as deep as the better pumpkin ales, but it is still tasty. Pumpkin, clove, banana, and booze.
M- Medium bodied. Carbonation is high. I like low carbed smooth pumpkin ales. This one tends to the crisp.
O- It's just an ok pumpkin ale. Not bad, but probably not worth the price.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2012 01:39:14 | More by jsprain1
Photo of tjumfrid


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
Photo of RonaldTheriot


3.23/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Samuel Adams Fat Jack Double Pumpkin Ale has a medium-to-thick creamy, cream-colored head, and a dark, yet clear, rust color, with thick, splotchy lacing down the glass. The aroma is of strong all-spice, cinnamon, and pumpkin, with some underlying sweet smell. The flavor is of all-spice (Jamaica pepper), cinnamon, lots of pumpkin pulp, pie crust, alcohol, and a back bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium to thick, and Samuel Adams Fat Jack finished semi-dry, sweet, cloying, ragged, and almost too rich and sugary to stomach. Overall, this beer is poorly balanced and an obvious gimmick, of which the Samuel Adams line is becoming notorious. This beer might work for those who do not care for beer that tastes like beer. Overall, it’s a bit of a mess. You might want to try it, but I know I’ll never buy it again.


Serving type: bottle

10-14-2012 21:49:10 | More by RonaldTheriot
Photo of jtd1969

North Carolina

3.28/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark Amber with good head retention and lacing

S - Clove, ginger, nutmeg mainly, sweet malts

T - Very malty and caramel with lots of sweet bready tones, light pumpkin and lots of spices (Nutmeg and ginger) very rich

M - Full bodied, medium to light carbonation

O - Very rich beer but not as much pumpkin as I would like. More of a Spiced Fall beer with some pumpkin undertones... Not a bad beer, but I like other pumpkin ales more.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2012 02:04:18 | More by jtd1969
Photo of Zorro


3.28/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear reddish brown colored beer with a small yellowish tan colored head.

Smell is pumpkin and spice with lots of ginger. Pretty much smells like pumpkin pie without the crust.

Starts out sweet with a good amount of spice and caramel. Strange flavor to the malt here something like soy sauce and tobacco leaf at the same time. Ginger and clove dominate the taste as expected. All in all it is OK.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall, OK I tasted it and now back to something better.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2012 23:16:07 | More by Zorro
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Samuel Adams Fat Jack Double Pumpkin Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
82 out of 100 based on 820 ratings.