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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%

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:
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(Beer added by: TMoney2591 on 10-03-2011)
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Photo of twaddlac


4.85/5  rDev +33.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Pours a dark amber/molasses color with a nice lacing that lines the cup with large bubbles. Can see a bit of carbonation stemming from the bottom.

S - Can definitely smell the spices but the sweet molasses notes engulf your senses ate the end which is very pleasant! I also smell this pie crust-like smell. It honestly smells like a pumpkin pie.

T - I was dreading this beer being as it's Sam Adams. I was expecting something on the lines of Buffalo Bill's Pumpkin Ale, but this is fantastic! Initially it seems like it will overwhelm you with spice but right before you finish that thought the molasses kicks in and complements it perfectly. I also noticed a nice yeasty finish.

M - Very smooth, medium bodies, and perfect combination.

O - I think this may be my favorite pumpkin beer, and this is my favorite style!

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2012 01:03:40 | More by twaddlac
Photo of Kinsman


3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark bronze color with an attractive dense and creamy head on top. Smells like liquid pumpkin pie with a nice gourdy pumpkin note and a boatload of nutmeg and cinnamon spice with a health dose of vanilla sweetness to offset it.

Nice full-bodied pumpkin flavor with a rich array of spices. Rich and creamy sweetness makes for a nice dessert beer. The typical pie spices can be a tad bit much as you work through all 22 ounces but they're not as over done as many other pumpkin beers can be. Overall, while many pumpkin beers lack the body to carry all the flavor, Fat Jack has a nice balance of heft to hold up all that is going on but splitting the bottle might be a good idea as the richness can get to you.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2012 01:01:13 | More by Kinsman
Photo of puboflyons

New Hampshire

4.38/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From Batch #1. Sampled on September 25, 2012.

It pours an attractive looking deep amber with a delicate off-white head and garnet-ruby hues glistening along the side of the glass.

The aroma is vibrant with plenty of fall characteristics starting with pumpkin, allspice, nutmeg, and cinnamon.

The body is better than medium but also smooth and creamy.

My taste buds are introduced in a sweet fashion with dark malts and a little nutmeg and all spice but after a minute the moderate pepper-like bitterness kicks in and lingers briefly before pleasantly fading out. A nice pumpkin ale.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2012 22:07:41 | More by puboflyons
Photo of Nerudamann


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

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look - medium red in color, with about two fingers' worth of foam that dissipates somewhat slowly.

Smell - the spices are a little more prevalent than the pumpkin itself. Though it is a good mix. The nutmeg and allspice especially seem to shout out to me.

Taste - much like the smell, the pumpkin flavor is there, but it seems like it's mostly the spices that are calling out on the taste. It does have a bit more mature of a flavor in the middle though, perhaps from certain hops there were used, or maybe from specially spiced malts? Interesting taste in the end though.

Mouthfeel - pretty well-balanced overall, not to far on the creamy side and not too far on the watery side.

Overall - not a bad brew overall. It's obviously just a play for the seasonal, so it's a little overdone in that sense, but it's still a good tasting brew.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2012 02:44:24 | More by Nerudamann
Photo of riored4v


3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured in to a tulip. Thin, 1 finger head thst was khaki colored. Faded fast. Clear, dark brown body with hints of uby red.

Aroma had some caramel and breast notes. Light right with notes of cinnamon, all spice and pumpkin. Slight raisin notes.

Taste was enjoyable. Slight notes of heat in the taste. Chewy upfront with a fairly clean finish. Cinnamon and bready flavors. Notes of nutmeg, allspice and caramel. Good amount of pumpkin flavor. Earthy hop presence.

Body was medium with medium carb. Chewy upfront but fairly crisp finish

Nice beer overall. Could be less chewy but it works

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2012 22:45:33 | More by riored4v
Photo of korguy123

Ontario (Canada)

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

Crystal clear dark brown with huge amounts of crimson highlights. Two finger off white head with loads of chunky lacing everywhere.

Tons of pumpkin in this, brown sugar and cinnamon. Nutmeg is there but not over powering like in most pumpkin beers.

Pumpkin and cinnamon with a nice vanilla and brown sugar sweetness. The base beer tastes nutty and roasty.

Medium body, slightly creamy, low carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2012 18:24:48 | More by korguy123
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 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 siege06nd


3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Stumbled upon this guy on a recent trip to MD...

A. Beautiful dark amber color with some streaks of golden copper around the edges. Three fingers of perfectly uniform cream colored head. Consistent and heavy lacing. Head falls off rapidly to a half finger.

S. Some light (maybe even muted) pumpkin pie spices. Clove and nutmeg are most apparent. Faint caramel malt and a slightly roasty note.

T. Interesting. Very malt forward, with a lot of roasted caramel and even some chocolate-like notes. Graininess on the finish, similar to an Oktoberfest. Very faint spices, as the finish is all caramel. Reminds me a good deal of a winter warmer. Not much pumpkin to be seen here.

M. Creamy, robust, and some nice carbonation. A hearty brew that sits nicely on the palate.

O. Well, it doesn't taste much like a pumpkin ale, but that's not to say it's not a tasty beer. The traditional spicy notes are subdued, which I don't mind in the least, but they are replaced by a lot of roasted caramel notes and a finish that reminds me of a strong ale or winter warmer. I detect little pumpkin character in Fat Jack, which makes it a bit of a disappointment, but as a lightly spiced strong ale, it's not half bad.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2012 16:24:08 | More by siege06nd
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 Caterwaul


4.08/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark burnt orange-reddish body. White head, one finger.

Smell: Rich creamy pumpkin spiciness, alcohol. Mmmmm. I like how this one smells.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Verrrry toasty and sweet. Good balance between the spice and pumpkin flavor. Sweet, but not terribly cloying. Medium bodied, light carbonation.

Overall: Not too shabby. I wouldn’t say it beats out Pumking, but this stuff is tasty and cheap. Get you some.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2012 13:38:24 | More by Caterwaul
Photo of Jwale73

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 1 - 22oz. bottle served in a tulip. Pours a translucent amber with a frothy, two inch, cream-colored head. As the head gradually collapses, delicate and consistent sheets of lacing are revealed. Nose expresses all-spice, a hint of ginger and something else that I can't quite put my finger on. Taste consistent with nose; however, a pleasant toasty, malty backbone asserts itself and a suggestion of brown sugar also comes out. Mouthfeel is medium-light in body with a smooth and even carbonation and a light, oily texture - there's almost a silkiness to it. Overall, a very enjoyable pumpkin beer. Flavors coalesce nicely without being overly sweet or cloying. A really nice job for the style I have to say. I'd love to see a variant aged in bourbon barrels.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2012 00:35:35 | More by Jwale73
Photo of alexgash


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

Cool-shaped 22 oz. bottle.

Pours a clear, clean, ruby-garnet. Pinkie finger of off-white to beige head. Some lacing. Nose shows many of the expected pumpkin ale features: clove, cinnamon, other pie spices, graham cracker, etc. Also get a little molasses, and a bit of plummy fruit.

Vegetal, woody bitterness up front. Spices and malt move in quickly, though. Mulled wine fruitiness (plums, cherries) mixes with cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg. Some caramel/butterscotch flavors come through, along with a little smokiness. Finishes with lingering spices and fruit malt. Medium-full body with a slightly oily feel. Overall not as "pumpkin-y" as, say a couple of better examples of this style, even though the spices are there. Still, not bad.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2012 21:36:26 | More by alexgash
Photo of hardy008


3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark copper with a two finger beige head, with very good retention and lacing. The aroma has plenty of cinnamon and nutmeg, as well as pumpkin, ginger, allspice, and bread malt.

The taste is heavy on the spices. Especially cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger. I can also taste the pumpkin, allspice, and bread malt, but the spices overpower everything else. Not a bad taste to be sure, but the spices have been kicked up a few too many notches, to be well balanced.

Medium to full bodied with average carbonation. There is an aftertaste of pumpkin pie spices. Overall I like this beer pretty well, but wish the spices would have been toned down somewhat. Worth trying again.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2012 00:21:47 | More by hardy008
Photo of BlurryVisi0n

New York

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

Served in an over-sized tulip.

Appearance: Clear dark amber, head rose to maybe 1/3" orange tinted white with little strength to the head dissipating to about nothing with half a sip.

Smell: Light nutmeg and hard pumpkin, my only problem is that it is light. Comes and goes pretty quickly.

Taste: Nice complex favor, little sweet with a light spicy feel to it.

Mouth: Medium carbonation, not a notch higher and wouldn't have it any other way. Toasty and smooth.

Overall: Good beer, not the most extravagant pumpkin ale but definitely a keeper this Autumn. I really like the pumpkin ales the give a zest that is definitely needed during the season, this is definitely a top five pumpkin but at the cusp of five. Drink up and you won't be disappointed. Salud!

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2012 03:29:03 | More by BlurryVisi0n
Photo of JustinAniello


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

A - Pours a reddish-orange with a two finger head. Dissipates to a light cap and a sticky lacing.

S - Brown sugar and sweet pumpkin, good medley of spices, cinnamon and cloves being the primary ones.

T - Tastes lightly of pumpkin pie with a heavy dark malt flavor. Some of the lighter pie spices, nutmeg and cinnamon, show through a bit. There is spice in the aftertaste, but you feel it more than you taste it.

M - Medium body and carbonation, slightly syrupy.

O - Not a huge amount of pumpkin flavor, but still a really good beer. A darker feel to it than most pumpkin ales I have had. It does need heavier pumpkin and a touch more spice as well in the flavor. Overall a good beer, worth trying, but I would probably swing for a cheaper pumpkin ale that tastes just as good.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2012 01:42:12 | More by JustinAniello
Photo of beer2day

North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Bottle Rev in Raleigh.

Dark caramel pour with 2 fingers of caramel tinted head. Head fades in a flash, though, and does not lace well at all. Nice color, though.

Nose is very mild. Get hints of caramel malt and spice. I get the nutmeg, cinnamon, and a whiff of ripe, just opened pumpkin. What is there is nice, just wishing for more.

Lots of spice in the taste. Big dose of nutmeg, more cinnamon, and lots of ripe, fresh pumpkin. Finishes quite sharp, with a touch of pepper. Flavor is actually quite rich.

Body is like pumpkin bread or a pumpkin muffin. Not terribly thick, but leaves with a chewy character.

Very tasty and worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2012 00:48:58 | More by beer2day
Photo of TCMike


3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a mug, it produced a 2finger beige head. The beer color is a light, translucent mahogany.
The aroma is of biscuit, pumpkin, pie spice, and maybe plum?
The taste is similar, with a little hop, and sour taste.
Med-heavy mouth-feel, low carbonation.
Good beer, room for improvement though.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2012 00:09:07 | More by TCMike
Photo of GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is a deep, vibrant, ruby-copper coloring, almost blood colored, with a thin, dense, frothy, foamy, off-white head of a solid quarter of an inch. Looks delicious. Aromas of roasty sweet pumpkin with a mild blending of cinnamon, nutmeg, and all-spice that smell like pumpkin pie cooking in the next room. Flavors are super-rich, with a solid pumpkin backbone that is roasted and sugary sweet. The spices are highlighting throughout in a sharp, contrasting overtone that keeps the body from hitting the cloying mark on the palate. Roasty sweet and earthy aftertaste, with a rich, smooth, clean finish. Very heavy palate, but very flavorful. If you like Harvest and/or Pumpkin beers, this one is worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2012 23:40:58 | More by GarthDanielson
Photo of ksimons

New York

3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-a clear deep orange ruby color with a thin layer of white head that makes a ring around the top

S-really strong pumpkin pie aroma, spices, vanilla, and alcohol

T-taste is pretty similar to the smell, expect the pumpkin flavor doesn't come out as much. I am getting a more malty flavor with cinnamon and nutmeg, sweet vanilla, and a hint of dark chocolate.

M-medium body, light to medium carbonation, light alcohol warming

Overall a nice pumpkin beer to have on a cloudy Fall night though I wish the pumpkin was a bit stronger

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2012 23:10:41 | More by ksimons
Photo of runbirddrinkbeer


3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Another one of an avalanche of pumpkin ales this summer, and I mean summer as these started to show up in July. I love this style and enjoy trying as many as I can so it's all good. This one is quite good, appearance is dark copper with a healthy off white head which persists. The aroma is sweet malt and pumpkin pie, and is its strongest feature. The taste is not as complex as the aroma but decent malt forward followed by pumpkin. Mouthfeel doesn't stand out but average. Overall a pleasant surprise from a macro-micro. I'll buy this one again!

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2012 23:43:06 | More by runbirddrinkbeer
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 acevenom


4.5/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a large brandy snifter. Pours dark caramel brown with a finger length biege head that dissipates moderately quickly. I can see some bubbles rising in the beer. I detect plenty of those pumpkin pie spices in the aroma: cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and allspice. The malt aroma is not very strong, but I do pick up plentiful pumpkin. It smells spicy and sweet. The first thought that hit my mind on the first sip was, "Pumpkin bread."

The spices, pumpkin, and malt come together well in the flavor to give that spiced pumpkin bread flavor I was looking for. The malt adds nice bready and roasty backbone here and the abundant pumpkin is definitely present in the flavor. There is some nice molasses type flavor adding some depth and sweetness here. Those spices really come through beautifully in the finish. There's some pleasant earthiness from the hops. I also pick up some of the alcohol as well. The body is medium to full with strong carbonation. The finish is pretty clean this beer lends itself beautifully to sipping. This is an excellent beer and one I would try again. It's definitely a step up from Harvest Pumpkin Ale.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2012 22:34:19 | More by acevenom
Photo of Cavanaghty


4.68/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler into a sample glass.

Appearance: Darker almost brown color with a beige head. Head was thick and lasted a bit.

Smell: Smells of nutmeg, brown sugar, malts and pumpkin. This beer is very close to the smell of a pumpkin pie.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium to full bodied. Taste is that of pumpkin, brown sugar, nutmeg and some other mild spices that go with pumpkin pie type flavors.

Overall: Very enjoyable seasonal brew, I will buy this again no questions asked!

Serving type: growler

09-10-2012 19:41:57 | More by Cavanaghty
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
Samuel Adams Fat Jack Double Pumpkin Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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