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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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Reviews: 247
Hads: 1,320
Avg: 3.71
pDev: 36.39%
Wants: 94
Gots: 273 | 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 UCLABrewN84
3.59/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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Photo of metter98
3.84/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear dark amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that died down, leaving a large patch of bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass and some lacing down the sides.
S: Moderate aromas of pumpkin and spices are present in the nose along with notes of spices—allspice seems to stand out in particular.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has a light amount of sweetness along with hints of cinnamon.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I found this pumpkin ale to be enjoyable because it has a good balance between the flavors of pumpkins and spices.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.79/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

in terms of flavor this is not particularly unique, a well spiced pumpkin beer, high in alcohol and big in flavor. in terms of feel it is different, very rich for the style, with a lot of body as long lasting stick to your guts sweet finish that makes it a pleasantly warming autumn offering. a gorgeous dark appearance, glowing the deepest amber and boasting a generous off white cream head with ring lacing as it drinks. aromatics of ginger and clove above sweet red and caramel malt. plenty of spice but keeping balanced flavors throughout, regal richness on the finish, really quite lovely. this fills me up a little, warms me up a lot, and genuinely ignites the holiday spirit in me. tis the season, and this beer is a perfect seasonal reminder of the beauty of the harvest and the months to come. I believe this is woefully underrated on BA.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.38/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out as a nice looking deep orange hue, a cream colored head on top. The head retention and lacing are moderate. The smell of the beer is spicy, not the best pumpkin spice aroma but still pretty decent. The taste of the beer is smokey, there is a good amount of smoked flavors in this one. The flavors of this are unique mostly because of the incorporation of the smoked malts. The mouthfeel was pretty good, has a nice sharp carbonation to it. The finish was sticky and dry. Overall it's not a bad Pumpkin Ale, not my favorite though either.

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Photo of brentk56
3.86/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Clear and burnt orange off the pour, with a nice bubble show that settles in to a head with good staying power; drapery action on the lacing front

Smell: Pumpkin pie spice and underlying pumpkin tones; crusty, underneath

Taste: Very sweet, on the tip of the tongue, with brown sugar, cinnamon, allspice and clove; some ginger picks up in the middle; the pumpkin flavor, however, is rather subdued, as the sweet tones linger into the finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, with moderate carbonation; some warmth in the gullet

Overall: Well, the spices really come through in this beer but the pumkin flavor is not where I would want it to be

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Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

All of the beers of Samuel Adams 22 oz give the greater beer enthusiast just what they want: bolder flavor, keen balance, and a unique twist that we didn't see coming. Fat Jack does all that with the most popular of all seasonal varietals- the pumpkin ale!

With a color of oxidized bronze, the darker tawny hue hardly lets any light pass but because of its dark brownish red hue and not because of haze. The beer seems brilliantly clear. An off white foamy head releases from the beer and retains the session well with moderate lacing as the beer falls.

Balanced aromas share notions of graham cracker cookies, pumpkin pie, molasses, and a hint of pepper. A toasted malt character seem to be of bread crust, roasted nuts, and deeply caramelized sugars. Pumpkin-like character is tertiary to malt and spice heading into taste.

Likewise the flavors of spice carry the beer. Cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and ginger all create a collage that both complicates the taste and balances it at the same time. What those spicy additions press against is a dry toast flavor that hinges on graham cracker, baguette crust, roasted pecan, and the slight scorching of brown sugar. Where there's just enough sweetness to give a rounded taste to pumpkin fruit, there's no real excessive sweetness- this keeps the beer very drinkable.

Malty-dry textures want to dictate the mouthfeel, but the starchy taste and texture of pumpkin flesh insists on a dextrin-rich body full of starch and heavy whipping cream. The back-and-forth between the toasty and pumpkiny textures give the beer a rich and complex body that's only interrupted in a spicy, peppery finish (presumably from ginger) with alcohol warmth.

I'm quite impressed with Fat Jack, however I feel guilty for dismissing the Boston Beer Company's ability for excellence. I've seen a lot of great breweries spew off lackluster or ill-balanced pumpkin ales routinely. But the palate is certainly rewarded with a glass of Fat Jack on the eve of Halloween!

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

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…

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Photo of biboergosum
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle - we don't get a lot of BBC seasonals up here, so this is a nice surprise to see! Sufficiently putrid gourd front and center on the label.

This beer pours a clear, bright medium bronzed amber colour, with two fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and somewhat bubbly beige head, which leaves some bug-splattered windshield lace around the glass as things quickly fall away.

It smells of bready caramel malt, mildly musty pumpkin mash, some zingy nutmeg, ginger, cinnamon, and all-spice, erm, spice, a wee grainy nuttiness, and a testy and nosehair-taunting alcohol measure. The taste is semi-sweet, doughy caramel malt, a lesser vegetal pumpkin fleshiness, ginger, nutmeg, anise, clove, and cinnamon spice, further brown-ale-esque nutty notes, and a growing metallic and somewhat intrusive booziness.

The bubbles are fairly obscure in their barely supportive frothiness, the body a solid middleweight, and pretty smooth, with a pleasant attendant creaminess. It finishes trending sweet, the malt and subtle pumpkin essence still hosting a range of seasonal dessert spices, as well as an alcohol heat that has tucked in and made itself at home.

Not a bad Imperial pumpkin ale, but two things could be improved: more (not a lot, but still) pumpkin character, and fewer overt booze esters. That said, this is enjoyable enough for a seasonably warm autumn supping experience - the elevated ABV just storing energy up for winter, I suppose!

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Photo of zeff80
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of oberon
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Came in a goblet a deep amber shade with a thinner head atop,a nice looking body to it.Aromas are spiced and warming,nutmeg,allspice,with cinnamon not quite as big.Flavors are heavily spiced with a decent amount of alcohol heat,it's not crazy sweet as there is a bit of a earthy tinge in the finish.Not bad bud it's spiced to the hilt in my opinion.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of jlindros
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light fizzy head fades at a med pace nice soapy lacing, semi clear ruby red auburn brown

Nose light pumpkin, lots of toasty brown malts light brown sugar, bit of spices, little juicy and tangy, fresh pumpkin flesh.

Taste starts with light pumpkin again, little toasty bready brown malts, hint of pumpkin pie spices, then light warming booze kicks in, light juicy malt with a hint of tangy like, hint of brown sugar like caramelized and caked onto a pie, little grainy and light bitterness, and hint buttery. Finish is drier bit still fairly sweet, lingering brown sugar and light pumpkin pie, little sticky brown sugar and some bitterness.

Mouth is med bodied, light warming booze, decent carb.

Overall impressed for Sam Adams, nice flavors, good malts, good portion of pumpkin and spices that don't overpower and stay on the quite lighter side, but still let you know they are there, light bitterness and booze, fairly tasty. Its really easy to go overboard on any of the flavors which it doesn't do. If I can complain about anything would perhaps be a bit more overall reddish/brown malts and a bit more bitterness.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a shaker pint glass at The Lucky Monk.

Wow, never thought I'd see a new Sam Adams brew randomly at the Monk. Right on. It pours a murky brown-tawny topped by a finger of dirty cream-tan foam. The nose comprises cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar, toasted toffee, clove, and mandarin orange syrup. The taste brings in more of the same, though with a lightly buttery caramel flavor that offsets a decent amount of the spices. The body is a light-ish medium, with a light moderate carbonation, and a lightly grainy feel. Overall, a pretty solid pumpkin beer, slightly better than the usual SA Pumpkin, but the flavor offset hurts it in the long run.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.89/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with generic unappealing yellow label art and branded black pry-off pressure cap acquired at a local bottle shop and served into an Odell stem-tulip/snifter hybrid glass in me friend's gaff in high altitude Fort Collins, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average.

Served cold - straight from the fridge - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a half finger wide head of off-white colour. Decent thickness and creaminess. Retention is average - about 2 minutes. No real lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

Body colour is a dark translucent amber. No floating yeast particles are visible.

Overall, it's mundane for a pumpkin beer. There's nothing unique or special here. I'm looking forward to it. There are no egregious flaws.

Sm: Pumpkin gourd, mild nutmeg, allspice, clove, amber malts, and caramel. A sweet pleasant aroma of mild strength. Generic floral hop character.

No yeast character or alcohol is detectable.

T: Pumpkin gourd, faint brown sugar, nutmeg, allspice, clove, amber malts, clean barley, floral hop notes, and fruity hops.

Balanced enough, but ultimately underwhelming. Cohesive enough, but not gestalt. Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour. A bit sweet. Lacks complexity, subtlety, intricacy, and nuance.

Mf: Smooth, wet, unrefreshing, thick, overly full-bodied, and over-carbonated.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, or harsh. Doesn't suit the flavour profile all that well.

Dr: Downable but unremarkable. A mediocre pumpkin ale. I wouldn't get it again. A mundane offering from Sam Adams. It's not great. I wouldn't recommend it to friends or trade partners. Doesn't hide its ABV particularly well. Not as pumpkin-forward as a good pumpkin beer should be. A bit difficult to drink given its low quality.


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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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Photo of russpowell
4.09/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First time I've come this one

Pours an effervescent crimson with 3 fingers of tan head. Great lacing & head retention

S: Nutmeg & cinnamon

T: A touch of pumpkin, gingersnap, cinnamon & nutmeg up front. More nutmeg & allspice as this warms, faint pumpkin bread flavor & dryness as this warms. Finishes dry with a touch pumpkin bread & cinnamon

MF: Fairly thick with firm carbonation, warming

An enjoyable Pumpkin ale, one of the better ones I've tried, I like'em malty & with a little kick

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.52/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance is a deep ruby hue with highlights all day thick textured tan head fills the glass, light sporadic chunky layered lacing gives you the idea of texture. Aroma has a hint of spice and earthy hop additions it's actually pretty muted on the nose. go figure. Flavor has it all ginger, all spice, cinnamon to the point where it almost burns you, it's a beer that actually feels like it's a heated addition due to the level of ginger this Fat Jack decided to take on. It's a big beer almost too much, calories I could guess at least 500 per 12 ounce serving. Residual sugars flood the mouthfeeel making it full to the bone. I want an easy drinking ale to come around.

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Photo of smcolw
3.54/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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Photo of tdm168
4.42/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - dark caramel brown with a soft brown head

S - pumpkin, caramel, cinnamon, allspice

T - pumpkin, allspice, nutmeg, caramel, cinnamon

M - medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This is a really delicious pumpkin ale. It's not over spiced and the pumpkin comes through nicely. There's a great balance here that most pumpkin ales don't reach. The caramel notes that come through smooth out the spices and offer some drinkability. The ABV is also well hidden. I will definitely return to this as the fall season approaches.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.92/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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Photo of Billolick
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Growler filled at Yorktown Bev. in...you guessed it..Yorktown, NY

Pours dark mahogony amber, medium tan head, that is minor in size and staying power. Leaves a thin collar and just some minimal bits of lacing.

Powdered sugar nose, with some caramel and slight fall spices in the background.

Sugary sweet offering from Sam...dark sugar, caramel, sweet malts are what I get on the palate, with some fall/pumpkin pie spices present, but in the background.

Ehh, I've been warming to the style in general this fall, but this "2X" pumkin brew, really is not doing much to impress me...just too sweet and not enough spice...

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Photo of Gavage
3.91/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a hazy mahogany reddish color with a big fluffy 2"+ head. Nice lace develops.

Smell: light spiciness and caramel come through to the nose.

Taste: caramel, toffee, nutmeg, cinnamon, a hint of allspice, and a bit of pumpkin sweetness. Bitterness is moderate and alcohol is slightly noticeable.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Lightly crisp at the start, smoother at the finish. Long lasting aftertaste.

Overall: this is a tasty and flavorful pumpkin ale. Slower sipping than some other pumpkin beers, this one is satisfying. Worth trying this one if you can find it.

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Samuel Adams Fat Jack Double Pumpkin Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
84 out of 100 based on 247 ratings.