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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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82
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1,179 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,179
Reviews: 221
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 16.34%
Wants: 82
Gots: 176 | FT: 2
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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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4/5  rDev +10.8%

MarkyMOD, Aug 21, 2012
Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.5/5  rDev -3%

DrunkinYogi, Feb 13, 2014
Photo of beernads
2.25/5  rDev -37.7%

beernads, Jan 05, 2013
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

Mora2000, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of smcolw
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

smcolw, Sep 01, 2012
Photo of oriolesfan4
4/5  rDev +10.8%

oriolesfan4, Sep 15, 2013
Photo of kojevergas
2.9/5  rDev -19.7%
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.

C

kojevergas, Dec 16, 2013
Photo of Halcyondays
4.4/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Halcyondays, Oct 16, 2011
Photo of Gavage
3.93/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Gavage, Oct 27, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

imperialking, Aug 17, 2012
Photo of duceswild
3.25/5  rDev -10%

duceswild, Sep 04, 2012
Photo of dbrauneis
4/5  rDev +10.8%

dbrauneis, Oct 20, 2013
Photo of Billolick
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
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...

Billolick, Oct 26, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -10%

Georgiabeer, May 11, 2014
Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

superspak, Oct 03, 2012
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3/5  rDev -16.9%

ejimhof, Nov 02, 2012
Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a tulip glass)
Batch #1

A- This beer pours a slightly dense dark caramel red body with a gentle carbonation and a sticky light tan cream head that last for a good bit.

S- The gentle blend of pumpkin spice and dry toffee notes are mellow and mild.

T- The nice toasted malt flavor has some depth with a dark toffee flavor to follow and a faint smoke or char note that lingers. There is a creamy sweetness that grows in the finish as the beer opens.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with a creamy texture and a nice alcohol warmth coming through as it warms.

O- The nice malt depth with subtle spices have an interesting smoke hint and a pumpkin tartness that come through when it is warm. Nice solid pumpkin beer.

rhoadsrage, Nov 28, 2012
Photo of Zorro
3.28/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear reddish brown colored beer with a small yellowish tan colored head.

Smell is pumpkin and spice with lots of ginger. Pretty much smells like pumpkin pie without the crust.

Starts out sweet with a good amount of spice and caramel. Strange flavor to the malt here something like soy sauce and tobacco leaf at the same time. Ginger and clove dominate the taste as expected. All in all it is OK.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall, OK I tasted it and now back to something better.

Zorro, Oct 22, 2012
Photo of jdhilt
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%

Pours a one finger off-white head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Clear amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Spicy nose and flavor is sweet spices with some pumpkin. Higher ABV is hidden $7.50 for a 22oz bottle from Chase Street Market Plymouth, NH

jdhilt, Sunday at 11:54 PM
Photo of brandoman63
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

brandoman63, Oct 05, 2013
Photo of biegaman
4.01/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

If you're new to Pumpkin Ales, Fat Jack is clearly not your reference point. Its deep, dark, almost terracotta-red tone is not at all typical for the style (which usually emulates the colour of a pumpkin). But its clarity, sharpness, and head all show excellent poise and form. It may not look conventional but, boy, this sure does look like it was well-crafted.

At first glance, seeing it on paper, Fat Jack seems a perfectly crafted pumpkin ale: real pumpkin enhanced with the usual cast of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and allspice, complimented by earthy, leafy East Kent Goldings and Fuggles, and some Special B and smoked malt added for sweetness and depth. Couldn't have drawn it up any better myself (duh, I'm not a commercial brewer).

But does it translate to the glass? Sure smells like it! The burnt sugar, raisin, and dark dried fruit notes of the Special B stand right out and provide a wonderful contrast to the spices. Those hungry for pie, however, will be disappointed - the palate is also solid, dark, dense, and serious. It showcases heavy caramel notes and only dashes of cinnamon and nutmeg flavours. Little, if any pumpkin.

As far as pumpkin ales go, I'm not sure there's many more hearty, hefty, and rich than this one. Its sticky-sweet maltiness, dried fruit notes and savory spices are reminiscent of a dark Belgian ale, or even a Doppelbock of sorts. (Of course, at 8.5% its alcohol content is on par with both of those.) Spices can be big show-offs but this example doesn't allow it at all. There's way more to it.

Have you tired of pumpkin ales? Come to think of them as redundant and predictable? Try Fat Jack! Love it or hate it - and, trust me, there's a far better chance of the former - you're sure to find it an interesting take on the style. It's impossible to walk away from without an opinion. Don't expect as much of the holiday spirit, but be ready for a ton of character beyond the standard spices.

biegaman, Thursday at 01:51 AM
Photo of rab53
4/5  rDev +10.8%

rab53, Aug 16, 2012
Photo of tdm168
4.43/5  rDev +22.7%
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.

tdm168, Sep 03, 2012
Photo of Kelp
3.25/5  rDev -10%

Kelp, Apr 23, 2013
Photo of sendbeer
3.5/5  rDev -3%

sendbeer, Dec 14, 2012
Samuel Adams Fat Jack Double Pumpkin Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
82 out of 100 based on 1,179 ratings.