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: 221
Hads: 1,237
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 15.18%
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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 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 BeerWithMike
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Sampling right now on 8/28/14. Comes in a nice 22 ounce (1 pint, 6 ounces) single bottle that costs around $4.99. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a 'Sam Adam's Boston Lager' glass.

Pours a very dark brown with some ruby highlights that has about a good 1/2 finger off-white foamy head that settles down to about a 2mm layering on top and a bit more on the sides of the glass. Some spotty lacing is seen when sipped but not a lot. The aroma is full of pumpkin and spices! Very pleasant and makes me wish it was autumn! Lots more going on with the taste with a good amount of punkin flavor with some spice that probably consists of clove and nutmeg with some malts. Very tasty and medium bodied. Goes down easy with no bitter or harsh aftertaste at all. Perfect carbonation for this type of brew. One of the better pumpkin seasonals (873 characters)

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

22 oz bottle split and poured into a snifter. Batch No. 1.

A: Pours a dark ruby with a 1.5 finger off white head. A little bit of visible carbonation, head sticks around as a thin film and ring around the sides of the glass.

S: Spicy nose, I get nutmeg, cinnamon and allspice. Pumpkin may be in the background but hard to tell from the overpowering spice. Roasted malts and carmel in there as well.

T: More dark tasting than most pumpkin beers I have had. Almost as sweet the pie itself. A fair amount of carmel. Could use a little more pumpkin in the front, pretty dominated by spice.

M: Fairly heavy body that comes off a little syrupy. Isn't too sticky or anything. Low carbonation. Alcohol is well hidden.

Overall a good addition to the pumpkin scene. Glad Sam Adams stepped it up a little and released this in compliment to their regular harvest pumpkin. Always been a fan of pumpkin beers. (905 characters)

Photo of nebula1999
4.47/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. Can I begin and end my review there? Guess not...

Dark copper color, tall whitish head.

Smells of, well, pumpkin pie. But it's really more than that. there's a richness in the aroma that goes WAY beyond the usual pumpkin ale swill. A sweetness that comes through in the scent.

Taste is over the top right off the bat. Cinnamon, clove, allspice, ginger, nutmeg, booze, even some caramel sweetness. It's all in there, and more. This beer has depth unlike any of the double or imperial pumpkins out there that I have tried. this is what a pumpkin ale should be. Rich, creamy, high alcohol, pumpkin pie spice, without the cloying sweetness. I've always been disappointed in other pumpkins, because they lack depth of character. I believe the quintessential pumpkin ale should be rich and full bodied with the requisite spices, but even with some porter or stout characteristics too.."Pumpkin Barleywine" possibly? Until then, this one fits perfectly.

Cheers to Sam Adams. I finally found it!....the pumpkin ale to beat all other pumpkin ales. (1,047 characters)

Photo of JRed
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ruby hue that shines when brought to the light. Its creamy off-white head dissipates to a thin mist in the glass. Aroma of apple skins up front, light booze, caramel, black cherry, mild pumpkin spice, and honeyed cereal grains. Tastes of caramel-dipped apples, pumpkin spice, nutmeg, undertones of pumpkin vegetal flavor, faint wood and a tingling boozy aftertaste reminiscent of a red wine or a liqueur. Medium bodied with light carbonation that leaves some slickness on the tongue. A sweet, slow sipper that showcases the vegetable nature of the pumpkin behind a sweetened exterior. (584 characters)

Photo of MoreThanWine
3.61/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'm not usually a fan of pumpkin beers but this is more of a beer-beer. Poured a 1.25" beige head of medium life. The clear body is deep burnt sienna brown in masstone but held to the light it's actually a very deep winey amber color. Smells mildly of pumpkin pie spice. The taste carries less of the pie spice than the smell suggested and instead is a rich malt. Body and mouthfeel are full and rich. Quite nice. (413 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 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 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 whynot44
4.09/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Very dark mahogany red, almost brown without light behind it with a modest tan head that shrinks to a film fairly quickly but does manage some decent lacing.

The aroma is caramel malt with mild pumpkin pie spices.

The taste is similar, starting out caramel with an overtone of pumpkin pie. The spices come out a little more in the finish and aftertaste, but remain more subtle and mellow than most pumpkin ales which sometimes get overpowering. The pumpkin taste is also muted, giving just a bit of earthy, nutty tone. I'm impressed that you get the pumpkin pie experience while still getting a good beer, a very nice balance.

Medium bodied and fairly smooth with a hint of alcohol warmth.

Overall, the name is fortunately misleading, probably because the pumpkin pie routine does not overwhelm in favor of good beer, should be good for sipping on a cool fall day. (872 characters)

Photo of maxcoinage
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Split 22oz bottle with my wife.

Appearance - Aggressive pour into DFH signature glass left an inch off white head that settled at a decent pace. Dark amber brownish colored beer

Smell- Nutmeg clove allspice, pumpkin

Taste - sweet caramelt malt, cinnamon, nutmeg.

Mouthfeel - medium body. a little bit creamy but it coatsthe mouth on the finish

Overall - enjoyable pumpkin ale. For about the same price I'd probably reach for pumpking but this was worth trying (468 characters)

Photo of Jeffreysan
3.94/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, deep, dark mahogany color with a full finger of white head that quickly dissolved into a thin lacing of foam that covered the entire top of the beer.

Aroma: Malty and bready up front with strong notes of pumpkin, cinnamon, brown sugar, all-spice and ginger. Not much in the hops department though.

Taste: Very malty and bready, like freshly baked gingerbread, followed by pumpkin, spices of cinnamon, all-spice, nutmeg, ginger, brown sugar. There is practically no hops bitterness to speak of, which I overall prefer. This beer tastes essentially like an English brown ale with pumpkins and spices added to it. Delicious!

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied to slightly chewy. Hardly any carbonation to speak of. With an ABV of 8.5%, there is some alcohol presence on the palate.

Overall: I really, really like this beer! As stated above, it’s basically an English brown ale flavored with pumpkins and spices, and I find it very delicious. I’m definitely getting a bottle or two of this next year! (1,078 characters)

Photo of GregSVT
4.32/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a dark amber with a nice off-white head that fades to a layering and leaves some bits of lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is full of sweet pumpkin along with notes of nutmeg, allspice, and crystal malt. This actually smells like a real pumpkin beer where most smell like mostly spices.

T: The taste is very similar to the nose. Lots of pumpkin and malt along with hints of nutmeg and other holiday spices. The pumpkin is much more forward than most other beers in the style including Pumking.

M: The feel is creamy and medium bodied...almost on the edge of full. Pretty good stuff.

O: I thought this was a much better representation of a Pumpkin beer compared to their Harvest Pumpkin Ale which was watery and weak. (757 characters)

Photo of KickbacksSteve
3.71/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (566 characters)

Photo of BigPlay1824
3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a sam adams perfect pint glass

A: pours a beautiful amber color that is fully clear with a few carbonation bubbles floating to the top, very bright color, pours with a ton of head that is light and fluffy with tiny bubbles and lingers for a moderate time before dissipating and leaving a ton of lacing on the glass
S: a warm scent, nutmeg is most evident, pumpkin and all spice slide in towards the end, also a slight licorice note is present not overpowering just there, nice scent overall
T: a pretty solid pumpkin ale IMO, really well balanced, only the slightest alcohol note right up front, solid nutmeg spiciness and rounded sweetness with cinnamon, pumpkin note is well placed and level with the other notes, leaves a slight syrupy sweetness on the palate
M: light carbonation tingle, pleasant spice notes really pump up the palate and bring in alot of character, nice thickness to the texture, finishes cleanly
O: a really well rounded pumpkin ale, quite delicious (984 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 acevenom
4.5/5  rDev +22%
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. (1,139 characters)

Photo of Hopswagger
4.09/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P: Dark mahogany body that boasts a creamy khaki head that settles to a thin silky layer. Retention was low with minimal lacing.

S: Sweet caramel malt, roast pumpkin, ginger, nutmeg, allspice, and pale malts. Sweetness is subdued by an earthy aroma.

T/M: Smoked malt, natural pumpkin without added sweetener, pie crust, aged wood, the above mentioned spices with cinnamon chiming in on the aftertaste. Taste is more natural and spiced than the sweeter nose. Medium-full sticky body with a gentle prickle of carbonation.

O: This reminds me of setting around a camp fire in fall with the smell of pumpkins and spice crackling in the air. The pumpkin is not like your typical artificial pumpkin pie flavored beer but a more roasty and earthy flavor. It's quite nice and warming. (781 characters)

Photo of JGlitz87
3.44/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep amber, thick head and a good amount of lacing.

S: Strong pumpkin scent. Almost overpowering amounts of pumpkin and nutmeg. Slightly off putting.

T: Creamy. Decent amount of pumpkin. Alcohol is not hidden very well.

F: Smooth, medium to strong body. Moderate carbonation.

O: Good, but far from my favorite pumpkin ale. (333 characters)

Photo of mountdew1
3.69/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into an oversized wine glass. Color was a dark reddish burgundy with a thick 2 finger off white head. Aroma was predominantly spicey, nutmeg and cloves. Slight earthiness akin to pumpkin as well. Flavor was peppery, with some sweetness from the pumpkin. Not overly spiced, or overly sweet. Nicely balanced. Felt decent in the mouth. A bit of bite, not overly thick, coated ok. Overall, a solid beer at the $6 I paid. (423 characters)

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

Appearance - brownish red color with fluffy beige head

smell - nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger

taste - cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, pumkin as it warms, a little harsh/hot on the aftertaste

mouthfeel - medium bodied, medium carbonation, slightly sweet upfront, spicy kick in the middle

overall - decent seasonal from Sam Adams, starts out well enough, but there is a weird effect with the mouthfeel that I can't quite put my finger on that makes this a step below enjoyable, not sure about a revisit, though

Price Point - $6.99/16.9 oz bottle (536 characters)

Photo of DeFaz
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

There's no doubt that this is a good beer, but I think many are disappointed because it labels itself a "double pumpkin" beer when actually the pumpkin flavor takes a backseat to the spice. There are flavors of nutmeg, cinnamon, malt, a bit of hops, and vanilla. The alcohol is well concealed in the taste, but there's nothing here that's particularly exciting. I paid around $8 for 1 pt. 6 fl,. oz. (hence the slightly lower "Overall" rating) and frankly I wish I would've spent that money elsewhere, but the beer was still enjoyable. (535 characters)

Photo of Cavanaghty
4.64/5  rDev +25.7%
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! (488 characters)

Photo of nukem5
3.71/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a nicedark rich tea color with a great tan head which seems to cling to the glass For dear life!

S: Smell is of caramel and sweet malts very little spices.

T: Taste is of the same, mostly sweet malts and rich caramel.

M: Mouthfeel is a fuller bodied to medium bodied beer, good carbonation and you dont really get the higher abv% 8.5till your done with the second glass.

O: Overall a very drinkable but sadly bland beer was hoping for mor of a pumpkin spiced beer but not even slod as such. Good beer non the less. (527 characters)

Photo of BDIMike
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a great looking pumpkin beer. A dark red, mahogany colored beer that turns more orange when held to the light. A medium sized tan head is created that laces throughout the drink.
Smell is dominated by some really strong pumpkin. Great spice smells of cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg. Some nice roasted malts, too.
Taste has a lot going on. The pumpkin is very strong. The roasted malts take the driver's seat and have a very smokey taste to them. I am not a big smoke fan, so it kind of overpowers the sip to me.
Mouthfeel has a silky smoothness to it that goes down easy.
Drinkability is okay. A lot of good sights and smell on this beer, but the taste is overpowered by some very smokey malts. I would give this a try, some would like it better than me. (758 characters)

Samuel Adams Fat Jack Double Pumpkin Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 221 ratings.