Samuel Adams Fat Jack Double Pumpkin Ale - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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4/5 rDev +10.5%
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!
10-30-2012 05:33:55 | More by BEERchitect
4/5 rDev +10.5%
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.
02-02-2012 01:28:17 | More by kylehay2004
3.68/5 rDev +1.7%
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.
10-21-2011 16:53:30 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.4/5 rDev -6.1%
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.
08-31-2012 03:01:20 | More by Knapp85
3.68/5 rDev +1.7%
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.
10-03-2011 03:22:03 | More by TMoney2591
3.88/5 rDev +7.2%
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.
09-25-2012 03:33:10 | More by zeff80
3.78/5 rDev +4.4%
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.
11-27-2011 20:53:34 | More by TheManiacalOne
3.54/5 rDev -2.2%
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.
09-15-2013 06:56:35 | More by WVbeergeek
4.1/5 rDev +13.3%
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
10-17-2013 03:23:53 | More by russpowell
3.78/5 rDev +4.4%
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.
08-14-2012 16:43:06 | More by jlindros
3.79/5 rDev +4.7%
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.
10-28-2013 23:52:52 | More by StonedTrippin
4/5 rDev +10.5%
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.
11-17-2011 18:52:14 | More by Mora2000
3.6/5 rDev -0.6%
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.
09-01-2012 17:14:47 | More by smcolw
4.4/5 rDev +21.5%
On-tap at Beachwood I,
A: Pours a dark red-brown with a full long lasting white head, some good lace.
S: Brown sugar and pumpkin with definite cinnamon notes. Nice nose.
T: Great brown sugar and molasses notes but not overdone. Sweet pumpkin flesh with a nice balanced spice, nutmeg and cinnamon.
M: Full-bodied, a big pumpkin beer. It does get a tad cloying at the finish, but for most of the beer I wasn't even aware.
O: A strong big flavoured pumpkin beer. Sam Adams has made another classic, now only if they would bottle this. Nice to see a pumpkin ale of this quality on the West Coast.
10-16-2011 00:20:02 | More by Halcyondays
3.93/5 rDev +8.6%
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.
10-26-2012 23:14:58 | More by Gavage
Samuel Adams Fat Jack Double Pumpkin Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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