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

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Reviews: 221
Hads: 1,237
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 15.18%
Wants: 84
Gots: 201 | 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 Pegasus
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy amber brown in color, with a small, dense tan head, which retains quite well. Belgian-style lacing adorns the glass walls.

Aroma: Prominent pumpkin pie spices, such as ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves, as well as vanilla, sweet alcohol, and wood.

Taste: Opens with profound pumpkin pie spices, slightly sweet dark bread malts. Soon after, an undercurrent of sweet alcohol appears. As the taste progresses, prominent wood notes dominates the taste, and the vanilla notes persist. The taste finishes with a flourish of pumpkin pie spices and lingering alcohol.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, and full, with delicate carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: A simply excellent Pumpkin ale, well-worth seeking out.

Presentation: Packaged in a custom 22 ounce brown glass bomber, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

In Memoriam: Pumpkin (April 1998 - November 22, 2014) - the best cat ever. We will always miss you (929 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 Jeffreysan
3.94/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, deep, dark mahogany color with a full finger of white head that quickly dissolved into a thin lacing of foam that covered the entire top of the beer.

Aroma: Malty and bready up front with strong notes of pumpkin, cinnamon, brown sugar, all-spice and ginger. Not much in the hops department though.

Taste: Very malty and bready, like freshly baked gingerbread, followed by pumpkin, spices of cinnamon, all-spice, nutmeg, ginger, brown sugar. There is practically no hops bitterness to speak of, which I overall prefer. This beer tastes essentially like an English brown ale with pumpkins and spices added to it. Delicious!

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied to slightly chewy. Hardly any carbonation to speak of. With an ABV of 8.5%, there is some alcohol presence on the palate.

Overall: I really, really like this beer! As stated above, it’s basically an English brown ale flavored with pumpkins and spices, and I find it very delicious. I’m definitely getting a bottle or two of this next year! (1,078 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
3.92/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a large snifter glass. Sure why not, go big or go home.

Real nice creamed thick yellow and orange to tan head, real creamy appearance with two finger tall height and soupy retention. Body color seems to go for more of brown on the spectrum, with a chestnut orange rather than a red or so. Quite good clarity and some scattered real leggy and whispy thin lacing, quite a nice looking beer actually.

As far as pumpkin ales go, pretty solid and unexpected. Clove notes, slight squash and good amounts of nutmeg as well. Seems to hint more to hotter spices almost kind ok a sensing mule wine coming off of this actually, as opposed to a big sugar rush or something. Very solid.

Palate actually delivers interestingly. Very toned down sweetness and a surprising angle. Has more of a fruity cherry and spiced winter warmer character than hinting at pumpkin. Clove and mid palate, and a good spiced cinnamon finish. Hints of mild cherry and soft fruit, but no bread crust or pumpkin pie to be had here.

Overall this is actually a decent brew, and the aroma seems to indicate a true pumpkin brew, but this really doesn't taste like one. For that it's more appealing to me, but this really tastes like a winter warmer, or perhaps a pumpkin aroma version of Old Fezziwig? Hard to score this one, decent, but to style not really? So I'll be on the fence. (1,388 characters)

Photo of rlee1390
3.8/5  rDev +3%

A-Clear amber in the glass, some carbonation and a one finger head that leaves lacing.

S-Pumpkin, not that much in the way of spices, like a brown ale base.

T-Moderate pumpkin, needs more spices though, too much of the base beer comes through.

M-Medium bodied and some carbonation.

O-Too much a brown ale and not enough of a pumpkin beer. (342 characters)

Photo of stannard2
1/5  rDev -72.9%

Judging by the label of this beer "Over 28lbs of pumpkin per barrel" you would think this brew would be screaming with pumpkin and spice flavor. The only thing I could taste was the malt. I don't know what has happened with the Boston Beer company as of late but it seems they are just brewing beer to say they brew beer. The best pumpkin beer that I have had is Southern Tier's Warlock. (392 characters)

Photo of biegaman
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

If you're new to Pumpkin Ales, Fat Jack is clearly not your reference point. Its deep, dark, almost terracotta-red tone is not at all typical for the style (which usually emulates the colour of a pumpkin). But its clarity, sharpness, and head all show excellent poise and form. It may not look conventional but, boy, this sure does look like it was well-crafted.

At first glance, seeing it on paper, Fat Jack seems a perfectly crafted pumpkin ale: real pumpkin enhanced with the usual cast of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and allspice, complimented by earthy, leafy East Kent Goldings and Fuggles, and some Special B and smoked malt added for sweetness and depth. Couldn't have drawn it up any better myself (duh, I'm not a commercial brewer).

But does it translate to the glass? Sure smells like it! The burnt sugar, raisin, and dark dried fruit notes of the Special B stand right out and provide a wonderful contrast to the spices. Those hungry for pie, however, will be disappointed - the palate is also solid, dark, dense, and serious. It showcases heavy caramel notes and only dashes of cinnamon and nutmeg flavours. Little, if any pumpkin.

As far as pumpkin ales go, I'm not sure there's many more hearty, hefty, and rich than this one. Its sticky-sweet maltiness, dried fruit notes and savory spices are reminiscent of a dark Belgian ale, or even a Doppelbock of sorts. (Of course, at 8.5% its alcohol content is on par with both of those.) Spices can be big show-offs but this example doesn't allow it at all. There's way more to it.

Have you tired of pumpkin ales? Come to think of them as redundant and predictable? Try Fat Jack! Love it or hate it - and, trust me, there's a far better chance of the former - you're sure to find it an interesting take on the style. It's impossible to walk away from without an opinion. Don't expect as much of the holiday spirit, but be ready for a ton of character beyond the standard spices. (1,941 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Bottle: Poured a clear copper color ale with a nice off-white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of cinnamon and cloves with light cereal notes is OK but subtler then I was expecting. Taste is also dominated by cloves and cinnamon with almost no perceptible pumpkin notes. Body is lighter than expected with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. A lot more tame than I was expecting… (408 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
3.8/5  rDev +3%

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 (269 characters)

Photo of TerryW
2.7/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

No. Looks awesome, but just too sweet and cloying to enjoy. Sticky sweet. Not distinct enough as a pumpkin brew to be worth the bother. Disappointing. (150 characters)

Photo of JayQue
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
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. (481 characters)

Photo of mikeg67
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle. Pours amber with long lasting off-white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of bready malt, grassy hops, pumpkin and spices. Body is full and crisp. Pumpkin, caramel, spices, herbal hops nicely balanced on the palate. Finish is long, semi-sweet and spicy. Delicious brew. (286 characters)

Photo of spacecake9
2.75/5  rDev -25.5%

Poured into a Duvel tulip class.....

A - This is a great looking beer. Clear, dark brown with a tall head.
S - Aroma is more pumpkin than anything else.
T - Not a fan of the flavors. Tastes more medicinal than anything else. Needs more pumpkin or spices.
M - Medium thick, taste sticks around.
O - This is my second bottle of the season and I'd say it is disappointing. Won't be buying any Fat Jack next year. (413 characters)

Photo of DenisKolkin
3.17/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

650 ml bottle served cold into a Murphy's pint glass. Purchased from LCBO in Hamilton for $7 CDN.

Appearance - Clear amber color, with few bubbles. There is a nice thick two fingers of dense white foam that rests on top and takes its time in relinquishing its grasp on the glass.

Smell - Sweet caramel, some element of corn, plenty of spice sand a bit of fruit like cherries. A bit minerally again before the pumpkin aromas finally hit my nostrils.

Taste - Sweet cough syrup like up front with the cherry flavor, before a plethora of spices come through. Pumpkin is there but more on the back burner. Very sweet before some bitterness comes through to tame it.

Mouthfeel - Smooth, but a bit syrupy. Low carbonation and heavier than average body.

Overall - It's not bad, but it's not quite got enough pumpkin for my liking as the spices and strangely the cherry cough syrup flavor get the top billing here. Not my cup of tea. (931 characters)

Photo of LampertLand
3.8/5  rDev +3%
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 (439 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%

This poured a thick hazy autumn brown with a fantastic thick head. Spicy nose of cinnamon with hints of nutmeg, clove and sweet pumpkin puree. A little boozy but a lot of pumpkin gourd. Spicy anise, caraway, nutmeg but very little cinnamon come at the finish. Throughout I get a maltiness that had significant structure and volume. It is a very good example of pumpkin ale. (373 characters)

Photo of Jadjunk
3.28/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

"This rich and luscious brew indulges in flavor with over 28lbs of pumpkin per barrel, for a full bodied sweetness and deep russet color. Classic pumpkin pie spices of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and allspice ignite a warmth and spark that's deepened by an undercurrent of roasty smoked malts the result is a delectable brew full of enveloping layers of flavor and spice." Fat Jack is brewed in the style of a Pumpkin Ale. Available in 22 oz. bottles and on limited draft as a fall release in the small batch series. Enjoyed alongside Batch #2 (2013) for a vertical comparison.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a tulip glass. Served above 52º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a creamy frothed caramel cream head over a burgundy champagne body with high clarity. Retention is very good, lacing is light and streaked. 4

(Smell) The aroma consists of toasted caramel syrup, bread malts, dry cinnamon, allspice and mace spice alongside lightly toasted caramelized pumpkin flesh. Some mild alcohol on the nose too. Potency is mild. 3.5

(Taste) Fairly sharp grainy esters and very dry spices up front, finishing slightly boozy with a subtle rind of raw pumpkin. It's surprisingly shallow on flavor as well as hot on alcohol considering that the aroma was somewhat intriguing and fairly balanced, but the overall flavor is just too sharp and grainy with not nearly enough pumpkin flavor to maintain interest. 3

(Mouthfeel) The texture is moderately thick, slightly sticky and faintly dry. Carbonation generates a subtle frothiness for a smooth, silky mouthfeel. Body is medium+ for a pumpkin ale and medium/heavy amongst all beers. Balance is grainy and sharp over sweet. Alcohol presence is medium/high, and the boozy edge of this beer cuts down the drinkability. 3.5

(Overall) This is quite a messy-drinking beer within the pumpkin ale category, and I much prefer Samuel Adams Harvest Pumpkin Ale for that matter for its lightness and precision of flavor. Double Pumpkin ales could have double the pumpkin flavor, double the body perhaps, but Fat Jack comes off hot enough to have double the perceived alcohol with very little pumpkin nor complexity. Borderline unenjoyable and certainly a far cry from other quality Pumpkin Ales that come out around this time. 3.25

Boston Beer Company's
Samuel Adams Fat Jack
3.25/5.00

1 Year Aged: Nearly identical appearance aside from some slightly increased haziness. The aroma is slightly more funky with some fruity tartness of sour cherry atop the predicted aromas of pumpkin, spice and malt for a incredibly curious but slightly more potent aroma. Despite having a flavor which comes through as shallow on pumpkin as the fresh vintage, the funk does manage to cut the graininess somewhat and make the beer slightly more enjoyable in flavor, otherwise most of the glaring imperfections remain. The texture and carbonation remain nearly the same, very slick and nearly under carbonated. In general it's just about as difficult to drink as a fresh Fat Jack and any aging just adds to the complications. If you have a bottle, I do not recommend storing it away. (3,098 characters)

Photo of Roguer
4.01/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear, deep red brew with lots of center action, and topped by a solid creamy/light tan head. Good retention and nice lacing.

Smells quite a lot like pumpkin pie. Spices and pumpkin are present in roughly equal quantities; almost a buttery quality. Difficult to pick out any of the malt profile; caramel and toffee, perhaps a bit of vanilla.

Sweet and smooth flavor: definitely a pumpkin pie factor. Very rich. This kind of hyperbole is overused with these kinds of pumpkin ales, but in this case, I think it's accurate: imagine pumpkin pie in a glass.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly thick and creamy.

This may be the most under the radar pumpkin beer out there for craft beer geeks, simply because it's made by SA. Don't overlook it; it's maybe the best non-porter pumpkin-style ale I've had yet. (797 characters)

Photo of souvenirs
3.4/5  rDev -7.9%

Of the pumpkin beers I've tried, I'd say this one is closest to Howe Sound's Pumpkineater. Low on pumpkin, high on alcohol. More brown sugar than pumpkin or spice. Well, okay. It's far from awful, but it's not what I want out of a pumpkin ale. (243 characters)

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 UCLABrewN84
3.59/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark reddish-orange with a foamy tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, bread, caramel, and pumpkin pie aromas. Taste is much the same with raisin bread, earth, and pumpkin pie spice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with actual pumpkin pie aromas, but I am only getting pumpkin pie spice qualities from the taste.

Serving type: bottle. (625 characters)

Photo of Furlinator
3.57/5  rDev -3.3%

Pours translucent cola brown. The 1/2 inch khaki head fades to a cap on top and leaves spotty lace.

The smell is of cinnamon, nutmeg, roasted malt and maple syrup.

The taste is of Autumn spices (cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice), pumpkin and brown sugar.

The texture is approaching heavy bodied with medium carbonation.

A decent pumpkin ale. Slightly over spiced in my opinion. Pleasant brown sugar sweetness and a nice thick mouthfeel. (441 characters)

Photo of Shroud0fdoom
4.01/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

First off I'm not a SA fanboy by any means. So I will review this with an open mind. This brew pours very clean with a nice translucent Ruby Red Body, nice off white/khaki soapy head. Looks like it's up my alley. Time for a whiff. First hits the nostrils with nutmeg and ginger. Second hits of nice warm caramel slightly toasted bread in the backend. This has my attention now. Going in for the kill! This flavor is actually pretty good. All this caramel and toast with spices is just what the doctor ordered. Ginger is pronounced with all the other spices following through. Nutmeg making it earthy and slightly smoked malt to put in that fresh from the oven feel. This finishes slightly fruity and clean slightly bitter. Lingering pumpkin spices with a clean caramel flavor in the aftertaste. The feel is medium-light poppy carbonation.


Overall: Like I said before, I'm not a Samuel Adams fanboy at all. Yet this brew is balanced beyond belief! The reason why I might be enjoying this brew so much is that beneath the spices lays a nice Imperial English Style Amber Ale. I love me both American style and English Styles of the Amber Ales and Lagers. I think they nailed this one. This brew is recommended! (1,209 characters)

Photo of PA-hunter
3.3/5  rDev -10.6%

Poured a 22oz bomber into glass. 8.5% abv

Appearance- Pours a dark, burnt type of reddish brown. Has a massive foamy head that has an obvious brownish tint to it.

Smell- Raw pumpkin, spices such cinamon and ginger are in the mix as well. Caramel sugar sweetness aroma also.

Taste- Pumpkin mash comes on, but an intense caramel malt rush of sweetness comes in quite strong. Has a phenolic taste as well mid-way. On the back end of the profile the spices come out. Cinnamon and nutmeg shine bright.

Mouthfeel- Thick and syrupy. Active carbonation.

Overall- The sweetness for me detracted from this beer (And I'm into sweet flavors in beers). The sweetness is more in the way of caramelized sugar and its intensity took away from the subtle pumpkin flavor. The spices were adequate. The malts added to this beer should be revisited. (837 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)

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Samuel Adams Fat Jack Double Pumpkin Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 221 ratings.