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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: 821
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 57md


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
Photo of barczar


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
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 undeadozzy


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
Photo of Redrover


4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Crooked Pint in Minneapolis, served in an Imperial Pint style (but not size) glass, the beer is brown with a slim of tan head.

Aroma of pumpkin pie spices, malts, a hint of caramel.

Substantial spices and malts lead. There are hints of toffee and caramel. Bit of biscuit and over ripe apple. It is a well-made pumpkin beer. I want to stock-up for the fall.

It is definitely an end of night type beer.

Well done!

Serving type: on-tap

09-22-2013 02:25:56 | More by Redrover
Photo of Tone


3.89/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, dark brown color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and great lacing. Smells of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, hint of allspice, and a hint of hop. Fits the style of a Pumpkin Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of slight roasted malt, sweet malt, hint of hops, slight pumpkin, and strong spices. Overall, good blend, appearance, and body.

Serving type: on-tap

08-12-2013 22:38:36 | More by Tone
Photo of KickbacksSteve


3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-29-2012 06:49:24 | More by KickbacksSteve
Photo of rangerred


3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap.

Poured a clear ruby with a tan one finger head.

Aroma of cinnamon and nutmeg along with a little bit of roast. Spice is predominant though. A little bit of vanilla and allspice too.

The flavor was much like the smell. I especially like the roast character as this sets it apart from other pumpkin beers I have had. The beer wasn't too sweet and never really did become cloying.

Overall, a really great pumpkin beer and probably the best imperial variety I have had. Just wish I could find bottles of this.

Serving type: on-tap

09-28-2012 00:51:31 | More by rangerred
Photo of zeff80


3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at 44 Stone in Columbia, MO.

A - Poured a clear, burgundy color with some golden highlights. It had a pillowy, off-white head of foam that left sudsy trails of lace.

S - It smelled of pumpkin, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Nice but not overpowering.

T - It tasted of sweet pumpkin with all the spices that come with pumpkin pie. Good cinnamon and nutmeg flavor with just enough bitterness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a pretty good pumpkin ale. Glad I could try it on tap at 44 Stone.

Serving type: on-tap

09-25-2012 03:33:10 | More by zeff80
Photo of thecheapies


3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very dark orange, almost garnet. Solid ring of head. 4.0

Cinnamon and roasted malts with hints of pumpkin. Decent. 3.5

Cinnamon and pumpkin. Boozy with notes of roast, vanilla, toffee, and light nutmeg. Rich in flavor and ringing with strength. 4.0

Lower carb, but a rich body. Heavy-handed with the booze, however. 3.5

Nice pumpkin ale from Sam Adams. Better than their Harvest Pumpkin. 4.0

Serving type: on-tap

09-24-2012 01:22:01 | More by thecheapies
Photo of rfgetz

New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep mahogany, moderate cap of tan tinted froth, gone quickly. Scent of toaste dark malt, brown sugar, bready yeast, seasonal spice and muted pumpkin. Taste brings malts to the front - toasted, bready, caramel and brown sugar. Pie spices and actual pumpkin quite muted. Slightly boozy. Medium bodied. Decent pumpkin, needs a bit more seasonal kick from spices and pumpkin.

Serving type: on-tap

09-10-2012 15:38:43 | More by rfgetz
Photo of Brenden


3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a deep mahogany red-brown in color, or perhaps a cherry wood, with lots of clarity. There's a creamy ring of tight head that doesn't exactly form a crown; it probably looks better out of the bottle, but off the tap it fades to a thin foam and leaves a broken sheet of lacing that peters to spotting.
The profile features some natural pumpkin flesh but is centered more on spicing, which isn't overdone but excellently balanced, and the strong malts backbone. It's sweet but not cloying, offering some brown sugar to complement lots of nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon and the like. The malt sets a firm foundation to rest upon and the pumpkin itself isn't neglected. This is nicely done overall.
The feel has both crispness and smoothness but leans more crisp with a bit of a bite. It's got an even carbonation in a medium body.

Serving type: on-tap

09-06-2012 13:30:46 | More by Brenden
Photo of smcolw


3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Moderate bar-poured head, but it dies very quickly to near nothingness. The beer is ruby brown, but light does pass easily. Appears clear. No lace.

Strong cinnamon with a lighter pumpkin smell.

Starts off as a homebrewed brown ale but there is smokiness that shows up quickly and lasts through the aftertaste. Thick body, almost oily; high carbonation. I don't sense "pumpkin" per se, but this may be because the beer doesn't match the typical pumpkin pie profile. I applaud this. Overall, I like the complexity.

Serving type: on-tap

09-01-2012 17:14:47 | More by smcolw
Photo of wedge

North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

@ Tyler's (Raleigh)

Clear, beautiful mahogany below a slim, patchy white head. Subtle, spiced aroma: ginger, nutmeg, allspice...the typical pumpkin pie spice blend. A little fruity tartness pops up as well. Lots of toasty caramel flavors, pie spices, dark fruit, and sweet bread. Lightly warming on the way down, but never boozy. Very smooth and on the verge of full bodied. Not exactly pumpkin pie in a glass, but I like that the spices aren't overdone. Good effort.

Serving type: on-tap

08-28-2012 15:23:40 | More by wedge
Photo of Cylinsier


3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Pours a reddish orange with a yellowish head which retains as a film.

Smells of bready malts with nutmeg, cinnamon and sweet pumpkin.

Flavor is cinnamon, pumpkin, nutmeg brown sugar and potent, bitter cloves.

Medium to full body with a sharp sting of carbonation on the tip of the tongue and in the back of the mouth.

Potent flavor and more spiced than other pumpkins I've had. Pretty good. There are still a couple other pumpkins I'd have before this, but this one is very enjoyable and I would have it again.

Serving type: on-tap

08-23-2012 21:54:58 | More by Cylinsier
Photo of kylehay2004


4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single finger head on a Clear amber with orange hues. Some lacing.

S: pumpkin and cola with some malt.

T: musty pumpkin flavor throughout with additional herbal and earthy notes on a smooth malt background.

M: moderate to full body and moderate carbonation.

Overall this one goes milder on the pumpkin side and evens it out with a nice malt flavor and it's not too sweet.

Serving type: on-tap

02-02-2012 01:28:17 | More by kylehay2004
Photo of jsanford


3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Distillery in Savannah, GA.

Pours a very dark copper with a creamy off-white head that settles to a nice cap. Nice aromas of sweet pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, and the typical Sam Adams caramel malt profile. Taste is similar to the nose, sweet and malty with strong pumpkin flavors and a good amount of spices. Definitely taste like a double version the the regular Pumpkin Ale, that about sums it up. Mouthfeel is smooth and a touch sticky, with a medium-full body and good carbonation. Solid Pumpkin Ale, I'd love to see this bottled next year!

Serving type: on-tap

12-12-2011 16:07:50 | More by jsanford
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 11/27/2011 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a dark reddish brown color, with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains pumpkin, spices, roasted malts, some chocolate and coffee along with a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a strong spice flavor followed by flavors of pumpkin, coffee and chocolate. Then a strong but not over-powering hops presence comes in. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a decent darker pumpkin beer worth drinking for a while.

Serving type: on-tap

11-27-2011 20:53:34 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of Mora2000


4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Holy Grail Pub in Plano.

The beer pours a dark amber-brown color with a tan head. The aroma is very spicy. I get a ton of cinnamon and nutmeg, as well as some pumpkin and some alcohol.

The flavor is similar. What really stands out is the intense cinnamon, nutmeg and clove notes. There is also some pumpkin notes, as well as quite a bit of booze.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Serving type: on-tap

11-17-2011 18:52:14 | More by Mora2000
Photo of Redsoxnation


3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had in Springfield Illinois on tap. Very good beer but one that you can only have one of. Heavy pumpkin flavor but balanced. A good dessert beer and a nice change of pace for Boston Beer. Have had a ton of pumpkin beers this fall and this one is towards the top..right below Pumking from Southern Tier.

Serving type: on-tap

11-15-2011 22:08:18 | More by Redsoxnation
Photo of adamette


4.45/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at World Wines & Liquor in Mentor, Ohio about a week ago for $3.00. Review from notes taken at the time.

A Huge, fluffy light brown head over a medium brown caramel body. Really good look for the style. 4.5

S Very sweet, malty pumpkin goodness. I am very interested in tasting a beer that has this smell. 4.0

T Deep malty pumpkin goodness! The taste of this beer is everything that I look for in a beer of this style. Possibly some spices but mostly that great malty, pumpkin goodness. 4.5

M Creamy smooth goodness. Again here, the feel is the type that I look for from this style. The mouthfeel is the best aspect of the beer. 5.0

D/O Very good. I am always impressed with Sam Adam's less available beers. 4.5

Serving type: on-tap

11-13-2011 04:20:26 | More by adamette
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 JordonHoltzman

New York

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
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

Serving type: on-tap

10-27-2011 23:38:02 | More by JordonHoltzman
Photo of GreenGoblinCC


3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

For an 8% Pumpkin beer from Sam Adams I was quite surprised! A Mild taste of Pumpkin and a dark amber color made for an enjoyable drink at a Clam Bake. Comparing to other pumpkins I would rank it right in the middle. Better than Blue Moon, Buffalo Bills,Shipyard, and New Holland.

Serving type: on-tap

10-27-2011 02:22:18 | More by GreenGoblinCC
Photo of ChainGangGuy


3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16 ounce pint - $5.25 at Taco Mac in Canton, Georgia.

Appearance: Served a clear, deep mahogany-hued body with a small-sized layering of yellowed beige foam.

Smell: Sweet-scented maltiness, a bit bready, a bit toasty given a crust of ground holidaytime spices and an extra mete of liquor.

Taste: Bready, toasty malts, same as last time, still with a brown sugar character, but, this time, with more sweetness implied. Large spoonful of coagulated squash. Same mix of pumpkin pie spice blend. Light accents of yeastiness. Small rebound of pumpkin prior to the warming, lightly spicy finish.

Mouthfeel: A notch beyond medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: While I enjoyed the Harvest Pumpkin from the mix-pack, I wasn't too keen on this. It delivers more alcohol and more sweetness, but not all that much more flavor than the standard-strength release, though I'm sure naming it Samuel Adams Slightly A Bit More Than Our Other Pumpkin Ale Ale would've been problematic for printing promotional materials.

Serving type: on-tap

10-21-2011 16:53:30 | More by ChainGangGuy
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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.