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

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Samuel Adams Fat Jack Double Pumpkin AleSamuel Adams Fat Jack Double Pumpkin Ale

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226 Reviews
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Reviews: 226
Hads: 1,257
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 15.18%
Wants: 92
Gots: 219 | FT: 3
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Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Photo of The_Blodge
3.33/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 22 ounce bomber in a Detroit Tigers beer mug with the Old English "D".

A: Deep amber/burnt orange color. Poured aggressively creating a two finger foamy head dissipating slowly down the glass with substantial lacing.

S: Bock-like aromas with the sweet malt hitting the nose. No pumpkin pie aromas at all (no nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice). Somewhat disappointing. No hops aroma as would be usual for this style.

T: Again, bock-like flavor with the smoked malt really making its presence known. I am getting the smoked malt and rye. I like the maltiness of this beer. Very, very subtle pumpkin pie spice. Almost unnoticeable. Almost a Belgian feel to it. Some spiciness on the finish, maybe from the ginger. No pumpkin flavor. Alcohol is nicely masked in this beer. Very good flavor, just not the pumpkin flavor I would have hoped for.

M: Thick, viscous mouthfeel. Big bodied beer.

O: Great flavor in this beer. I really did enjoy it. Unfortunately, not what I was expecting with a name like "Double Pumpkin". I thought that it show cased the malts and yeast very well, just not the spicy pumpkin and autumn feeling pumpkin beer I was hoping for. (1,162 characters)

Photo of Scotchboy
3.38/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into a pint glass.

A: Clear coppery gold with a smaller amount of off-white head with some lacing left behind.

S: Pumpkin, gourd, squash...whatever you want to call it, that vegetal character is strong in this one...typical spices (nutmeg, ginger, cinnamon) seem to be muted...hint of vanilla.

T: The straight-up pumpkin flavors are here too, dominant but with a noticeable caramel/toffee malt backbone with hints of sweetness to pull the vegetable/herbal character back into check a bit...faint nutmeg is detectable too.

MF: Creamy feel, lower carbonation, medium body with some dryness on the finish.

O: Feels like a 'miss' for my palate but its not a bad beer overall. Just too much like pumpkin and not enough like sweet-pumpkin-pie-dessert for me. YMMV. (777 characters)

Photo of dananabanana
3.69/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: transparent chestnut brown. Two-finger foam head, slightly off-white.

S: Definite smell of fresh squash (more of a clean butternut scent than pumpkin). None of the cinnamon, nutmeg, or usual pumpkin pie spice scents.

T: Pleasantly sweet pumpkin flavor, which comes out more as you drink more. You get a really BIG pumpkin flavor a few ounces in. A little bit of warming alcohol.

M: Small bubbles, quite effervescent, but they fade very quickly.

O: Different take on the dime-a-dozen pumpkin beer. Starts off "meh" but gets better as you drink more. (556 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, batch 1 bottled recently. Pours crystal clear reddish copper color with a nice 1-2 finger dense khaki head with nice retention, that reduces to a good cap that lingers. Slight spotty lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, caramel, toast, biscuit, allspice, nuttiness, and light herbal spiciness. Very nice and well balance aromas with good strength. Very pleasant. Taste of pumpkin, caramel, toast, biscuit, cinnamon, ginger, nuttiness, and light herbal. Lingering notes of caramel, biscuit, toast, pumpkin, nuttiness, and spices on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance and complexity of flavors, with a great spice balance; with no cloying flavors at all after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is extremely well hidden with nearly zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent imperial pumpkin ale! Great flavor balance overall with just the right amount of spices; very smooth to drink. A very pleasant and highly enjoyable offering. (1,091 characters)

Photo of SHODriver
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pours into an imperial nonic a light brown with a definite rd tint to it.this beer sports a quarter inch of light tan head that fades to a small mat and some lacing
S: smells of pumpkin, some cinnamon and other pumpkin pie spices
T: tastes strongly of pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices, a little bit of caramel malt flavor as well. cinnamon is a standout but you can also taste the nutmeg and allspice. swallow brings a lot more pumpkin pie spiced flavor
M: medium carb on a medium mouthfeel a little bit of astringency
O: a bit over the top. nice pumpkin pie flavor and it really tastes of fall but it's a little too in your face. probably wouldn't be a bad beer to share but drinking it solo isn't a wise decision. (716 characters)

Photo of DMXLOX22
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 Oz. picked up from Civera's deli. Looks very promising. Last bottle they had of this stuff.

Appearance: Pours a deep brown that leaves a nice white head behind

Smell: Has a nice scent of pumpkin and some nice tones of spices and somewhat bread-like complexion. I can smell the heavy hops as well.

Taste: Sweet pumpkin malts and some minor spices overtake the palate. Pretty hardy, but also welcoming soft-like tastes. I really liked the heavy hops also.

Mouthfeel: Pretty crisp and smooth, but also finishes with a dry overtone. Medium body with nice carbonation.

Overall: Pretty easy going down. Very nice and tasty and the spcies with pumpkin now bring this beer to a whole. The bitterness brought some very tight flavoring to the sweetness of the pumpkin malts. I will defiantly drink again. (802 characters)

Photo of Gosox8787
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 22 oz. stubby bomber bottle poured into a Portsmouth Brewery tulip glass. Served chilled and allowed to warm over about an hour. Labelled as Batch 1.

Appearance: Medium to dark brown in color. Pours a nice one finger beige head with pretty good retention. Sticks nicely as a lacing around the glass.

Aroma: A lot of the spices stand out in the aroma. Ginger and allspice in particular. Definitely some light caramel and pumpkin tones. Also a touch of toasted malt and some cinnamon. The alcohol character is not very well hidden.

Taste: Lots of darker malt character upfront. Some toasted notes along with caramel and pumpkin. The strongest spice note I got is the ginger, followed by allspice. Some nutmeg and cinnamon farther back. The boose is pretty well hidden. Any interesting combination of flavors.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with a nice creaminess to it. Plenty of carbonation.

Overall, a really unigue and interesting take on a pumpkin ale. The malt character paired with the pumpkin provides an interesting base beer for the spices to play off. I did think the spice levels were a bit off for what they were going for. Lots of ginger and allspice created a more savory, less sweet character to the beer. Interesting, but not something I would buy regularly. (1,293 characters)

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: quite dark, murky orange. Thick lingering swath of off white head and lacing.
Smell: pumpkin and associated spices, nutmeg etc. are present but understated. The smoked malt is a nice touch.
Taste: Ditto for the taste. Again, the smoked malt is a very nice addition. The flavors meld quite well.
Overall: Tried this in honor of pumpkin season and pleasantly surprised.it's a standout. (395 characters)

Photo of KTCamm
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the special edition bomber (release 1) into a perfect pint glass.

Pours medium dark brown with some reddish hints. light layer of white foam. Malty smell, mostly caramel. Very minor hint of nutmeg. Some pumpkin taste, some cinammon. Not overloaded. All flavors mild and blended. Smoky too. Real flavor here, nicely done. (333 characters)

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

Fat Jack opens with a thick, rich, hearty pumpkin pie aroma, the nose immediately recalling grandma’s house at Thanksgiving with layers of pumpkin and heavy spice, including ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove/allspice. The spices might actually be a bit too heavy here, especially the ginger, which easily dominates the spices and actually slightly overwhelms the pumpkin. The malts are biscuit and toasty, adding a piecrust rim, and the sugars are full enough to seem almost like whipped cream. There are also good touches of vanilla and caramel, as well as a liqueur-strong whiff of alcohol, which when combined with the sugars and caramels resembles a cream liqueur. Some light chocolates and coffee. As a whole, the nose is very full, and boasts an impressive range of notes. Again, the spices might be a bit too heavy, but not obscenely so, making the beer as a whole smell like an alcoholic pumpkin pie with about 25% too much spice.

On the tongue, the beer opens with a heavy pumpkin and spice whang, slamming the tongue with virtual chunks of pumpkin flesh blended with, in descending order, ginger, nutmeg, allspice, and cinnamon. The ginger still seems slightly overpowering here, but much less so than it seemed on the nose. Still, the spices are a bit heavy overall. Some vanilla, toast crust, and biscuit float around in the background, mixed with a heavy peppery layer. There are also a few toasted pecans, some caramel, and a heavy dollop of brown sugar. Noticeable throughout the mouthful and lasting into the aftertaste is a vodka-like alcoholic burn that seems stronger than it should be for an 8.5% ABV beer, biting at the soft palate and tongue and actually seeming to increase in potency as the beer is held in the mouth and the sugars die off. When mixed with a medium-high carbonation, this high alcohol burn creates a seltzer liqueur sensation. Otherwise the aftertaste is more heavily-spiced pumpkin pie, and good remnants of homemade crust. Mouthfeel is an oily medium-light to medium.

Overall, this is a decent pumpkin-based beer, and it’s immediately obvious why Sam Adams chose to label this as a “Double Pumpkin” beer: the flavors are huge, and enough raw pumpkin has entered the mix to leave an oily sensation in the mouth after swallowing. The spices are slightly over-large, however, and the heavy alcoholic burn does somewhat detract from the flavors. And just at the edges of the beer is a very raw pumpkin flavor—not pumpkin pie-cooked, but raw straight from the gourd—which is also offsetting. Decent, but could have used a bit more fine-tuning. (2,597 characters)

Photo of TempeBeerMan
3.67/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint.

A - Pours a deep rust color with a creamy one-finger light tan head with good retention. Nice lacing of tiny bubbles.

S - Smells very much like pumpkin pie. Getting a lot of nutmeg, allspice, and ginger along with (obviously) pumpkin.

T - Lots of autumn spices, not so much pumpkin. Spice blend is aggressive; tons of ginger, allspice, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Pumpkin sweetness along with caramel malt forms the backbone. Flavor is rich. Alcohol comes through a little in the finish, and it along with the strong spice blend combine to give a slightly "hot" quality going down. It's basically the SA "Harvest Pumpkin Ale" on steroids, and with more ginger. Sweetness became cloying after a while. Not terribly well balanced.

M - Medium bodied, with VERY prickly carbonation. Overcarbonated, but it may actually need the high carbonation as it's a little syrupy even with it.

O - It has some obvious flaws (over-spiced, over-carbonated). Not as good as DFH Punkin. If you really enjoy enjoy autumn spices, might be worth a try. (1,074 characters)

Photo of twaddlac
4.84/5  rDev +31.2%
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! (825 characters)

Photo of rangerred
3.92/5  rDev +6.2%
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. (523 characters)

Photo of Kinsman
3.95/5  rDev +7%
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. (723 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
4.35/5  rDev +17.9%
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. (587 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
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. (547 characters)

Photo of Nerudamann
3.58/5  rDev -3%
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. (881 characters)

Photo of thecheapies
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
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 (395 characters)

Photo of riored4v
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
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 (590 characters)

Photo of korguy123
3.8/5  rDev +3%
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. (405 characters)

Photo of JamesHenjum
2.8/5  rDev -24.1%
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. (538 characters)

Photo of jtd1969
3.3/5  rDev -10.6%
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. (439 characters)

Photo of siege06nd
3.41/5  rDev -7.6%
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. (1,203 characters)

Photo of Beaver13
3.19/5  rDev -13.6%
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. (635 characters)

Photo of Caterwaul
4.09/5  rDev +10.8%
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. (426 characters)

Samuel Adams Fat Jack Double Pumpkin Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 226 ratings.