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

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1,099 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,099
Reviews: 210
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 16.02%
Wants: 80
Gots: 156 | FT: 2
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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
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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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

I expected more from Sam... maybe that's my fault. Disappointing. Not bad, just less than I expected. Try Warlock instead.

johnriley445, Sep 25, 2014
Photo of BTEMP0805
4.36/5  rDev +20.4%

BTEMP0805, Today at 04:50 AM
Photo of Jadjunk
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

Jadjunk, Today at 12:36 AM
Photo of Roguer
4.01/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

Roguer, Yesterday at 11:42 PM
Photo of jessealmlie
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%

jessealmlie, Yesterday at 09:24 PM
Photo of souvenirs
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%

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.

souvenirs, Yesterday at 05:51 AM
Photo of deac83
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%

deac83, Yesterday at 05:42 AM
Photo of Bpc24
3.76/5  rDev +3.9%

Bpc24, Yesterday at 03:48 AM
Photo of FCRICH
4.36/5  rDev +20.4%

FCRICH, Yesterday at 01:02 AM
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3.44/5  rDev -5%

IreRican, Yesterday at 12:46 AM
Photo of Garrett85
4.08/5  rDev +12.7%

Garrett85, Tuesday at 11:42 PM
Photo of GeorgeBeerS
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%

GeorgeBeerS, Tuesday at 10:20 PM
Photo of Repoman707
2.6/5  rDev -28.2%

Repoman707, Tuesday at 06:26 PM
Photo of ChrisMyhre
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%

ChrisMyhre, Tuesday at 10:48 AM
Photo of KG710
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%

KG710, Tuesday at 03:07 AM
Photo of rillo23
3.92/5  rDev +8.3%

rillo23, Tuesday at 02:56 AM
Photo of logitech886
2.5/5  rDev -30.9%

All I could taste was the alcohol

logitech886, Tuesday at 12:38 AM
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

iamjonriley, Monday at 10:10 PM
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3/5  rDev -17.1%

cfrobrew, Monday at 02:15 PM
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

SonOfOdin, Monday at 12:16 AM
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

crob3888, Sunday at 11:38 PM
Photo of maxcoinage
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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

maxcoinage, Sunday at 11:12 PM
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3.6/5  rDev -0.6%

confer, Sunday at 10:00 PM
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

DerwinWentworth, Sunday at 03:22 PM
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

zp6167a, Sunday at 05:11 AM
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Samuel Adams Fat Jack Double Pumpkin Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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