Samuel Adams Fat Jack Double Pumpkin Ale - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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2.9/5 rDev -19.9%
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.
12-16-2013 05:27:21 | More by kojevergas
3.55/5 rDev -1.9%
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...
10-26-2011 00:08:47 | More by Billolick
4/5 rDev +10.5%
(Served in a tulip glass)
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.
11-28-2012 21:00:12 | More by rhoadsrage
3.28/5 rDev -9.4%
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.
10-21-2012 23:16:07 | More by Zorro
4.1/5 rDev +13.3%
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.
10-03-2012 03:37:54 | More by superspak
3.8/5 rDev +5%
-Real pumpkin, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and all spice. Batch#1.
A: Dark coppery pour shows a dense rising of effervesce. The head is bready, pitted foam, with a light cork board coloring. Retention is nice as is lacing which is modest in show.
S: The smoked malt is gentle, but noticeable and contributes a nice smoky toasted pumpkin feel, a nice twist and addition i dont recall in to many others by style. The cinnamon is present, nutmeg, as well a sweet dusting of caramel and all spice. Ginger is light with a respectable sniff of real pumpkin puree. Like that they kept this real pumpkin rather a dessert style load of pumpkin spicing.
T: Again nice smoked pumpkin puree is dominant, a nice toasty and warm pumpkin feel. Warm cinnamon, ginger spicing and nutmeg with a sweet toasted grain base. The real pumpkin flavor comes through nicely, accented by just the right amount of spicing, again not gagging you with the spicing, but letting it compliment the pumpkin puree. Toasty pie crust with a touch of warm honey-brown sugar sweetness coming on the close.
M: Malty mouthful, creamy pumpkin puree feel, soft carbonation, full body feel with an alcohol warmth.
O: Overall nice drinkability, not overly done spice wise but a blend of both worlds, real honest pumpkin flavor with just the right amount of spicing accent which doesnt come off like a pumpkin pie in a blender type of drink. Usually pumpkin beers are at one end of the spectrum or the other, a gag full of pumpkin pie spice, or just a bland amount of pumpkin pulp with little spicing, this seems to balance a nice sweet spot inbetween. Again sam adams achieves a nice balanced very drinkable beer that you just cant complain about.
11-06-2012 01:09:03 | More by beerthulhu
4.43/5 rDev +22.4%
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.
09-03-2012 13:08:59 | More by tdm168
3.89/5 rDev +7.5%
Pours a clear, dark brown color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and great lacing. Smells of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, hint of allspice, and a hint of hop. Fits the style of a Pumpkin Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of slight roasted malt, sweet malt, hint of hops, slight pumpkin, and strong spices. Overall, good blend, appearance, and body.
08-12-2013 22:38:36 | More by Tone
3.95/5 rDev +9.1%
Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is a deep, vibrant, ruby-copper coloring, almost blood colored, with a thin, dense, frothy, foamy, off-white head of a solid quarter of an inch. Looks delicious. Aromas of roasty sweet pumpkin with a mild blending of cinnamon, nutmeg, and all-spice that smell like pumpkin pie cooking in the next room. Flavors are super-rich, with a solid pumpkin backbone that is roasted and sugary sweet. The spices are highlighting throughout in a sharp, contrasting overtone that keeps the body from hitting the cloying mark on the palate. Roasty sweet and earthy aftertaste, with a rich, smooth, clean finish. Very heavy palate, but very flavorful. If you like Harvest and/or Pumpkin beers, this one is worth a try.
09-14-2012 23:40:58 | More by GarthDanielson
Samuel Adams Fat Jack Double Pumpkin Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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