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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Ratings: 1,233
Reviews: 233
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 16.02%
Wants: 84
Gots: 199 | 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 AlCaponeJunior
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very spicy, but without a single over-dominant spice that's likely to throw you off, a nice (if strong) blend of flavors. Body is pretty thick and adds a nice touch. It's on the side of the more "festive" pumpkin ales.

Photo of JoelClark
4.24/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Batch 1 (2012). I sampled this beer on 10/20/2014.

Photo of DarkRaverebm
5/5  rDev +38.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Very awesome brew is kind of like a spice beer

Photo of Jeffreysan
3.94/5  rDev +8.8%
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!

Photo of JavieX
4.75/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Yes! It's worth the wait. The Best

Photo of Beer-Revelry
4.61/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Tons of pumpkin, pumpkin spice, warming alcohol and I even got a bit of bourbon. Hands down one of the best pumpkin ales I've had to date!

Photo of smakawhat
3.92/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Photo of rlee1390
3.8/5  rDev +5%

A-Clear amber in the glass, some carbonation and a one finger head that leaves lacing.

S-Pumpkin, not that much in the way of spices, like a brown ale base.

T-Moderate pumpkin, needs more spices though, too much of the base beer comes through.

M-Medium bodied and some carbonation.

O-Too much a brown ale and not enough of a pumpkin beer.

Photo of Ike_Potter
3.69/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Good but you must LOVE pumpkin to like this beer.

Photo of bubseymour
4.2/5  rDev +16%

A solid imperial pumpkin ale. Nice and spicey!

Photo of stannard2
1/5  rDev -72.4%

Judging by the label of this beer "Over 28lbs of pumpkin per barrel" you would think this brew would be screaming with pumpkin and spice flavor. The only thing I could taste was the malt. I don't know what has happened with the Boston Beer company as of late but it seems they are just brewing beer to say they brew beer. The best pumpkin beer that I have had is Southern Tier's Warlock.

Photo of biegaman
4/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

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…

Photo of jdhilt
3.8/5  rDev +5%

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

Photo of TerryW
2.7/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

No. Looks awesome, but just too sweet and cloying to enjoy. Sticky sweet. Not distinct enough as a pumpkin brew to be worth the bother. Disappointing.

Photo of Mfbda1daonly
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Very sweet, but lacks pumpkin flavors

Photo of JayQue
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Good solid pumpkin ale. Has all the ingredients: pumpkin spices and rich malty background including real pumpkin. Pours a mostly clear dark orange color into a pint glass. Small light tan head with average retention and streaks of lacing on the glass.

Aroma is pretty robust: Pumpkin spices and some pumpkin. Flavor is similar but the pumpkin and malt is more pronounced.

Mouthfeel is the best part, very rich, malty and smooth. The spicing is just right/ Good pumpkin ale.

Photo of mikeg67
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle. Pours amber with long lasting off-white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of bready malt, grassy hops, pumpkin and spices. Body is full and crisp. Pumpkin, caramel, spices, herbal hops nicely balanced on the palate. Finish is long, semi-sweet and spicy. Delicious brew.

Photo of spacecake9
2.75/5  rDev -24%

Poured into a Duvel tulip class.....

A - This is a great looking beer. Clear, dark brown with a tall head.
S - Aroma is more pumpkin than anything else.
T - Not a fan of the flavors. Tastes more medicinal than anything else. Needs more pumpkin or spices.
M - Medium thick, taste sticks around.
O - This is my second bottle of the season and I'd say it is disappointing. Won't be buying any Fat Jack next year.

Photo of DenisKolkin
3.17/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

650 ml bottle served cold into a Murphy's pint glass. Purchased from LCBO in Hamilton for $7 CDN.

Appearance - Clear amber color, with few bubbles. There is a nice thick two fingers of dense white foam that rests on top and takes its time in relinquishing its grasp on the glass.

Smell - Sweet caramel, some element of corn, plenty of spice sand a bit of fruit like cherries. A bit minerally again before the pumpkin aromas finally hit my nostrils.

Taste - Sweet cough syrup like up front with the cherry flavor, before a plethora of spices come through. Pumpkin is there but more on the back burner. Very sweet before some bitterness comes through to tame it.

Mouthfeel - Smooth, but a bit syrupy. Low carbonation and heavier than average body.

Overall - It's not bad, but it's not quite got enough pumpkin for my liking as the spices and strangely the cherry cough syrup flavor get the top billing here. Not my cup of tea.

Photo of LampertLand
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Samuel Adams 'Fat Jack Double Pumpkin' @ 8.5% , served from a 1 pint/6 fl oz bottle purchased for $7.25 (hmm...ouch)

A-pour is a dark amber from the glass to bottle with a medium size beige head leaving a spotty lacing along the pint

S-boozey & pumpkins

T-nice big boozey tasting Imp. pumpkin ale , the Dbl/Imp certainly is not well hidden

MF-mild carbonation , full bodied

Ov-ok beer , good Dbl/Imp pumpkin ale ,

prost LampertLand

Photo of KYGunner
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%

This poured a thick hazy autumn brown with a fantastic thick head. Spicy nose of cinnamon with hints of nutmeg, clove and sweet pumpkin puree. A little boozy but a lot of pumpkin gourd. Spicy anise, caraway, nutmeg but very little cinnamon come at the finish. Throughout I get a maltiness that had significant structure and volume. It is a very good example of pumpkin ale.

Photo of Jadjunk
3.28/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

"This rich and luscious brew indulges in flavor with over 28lbs of pumpkin per barrel, for a full bodied sweetness and deep russet color. Classic pumpkin pie spices of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and allspice ignite a warmth and spark that's deepened by an undercurrent of roasty smoked malts the result is a delectable brew full of enveloping layers of flavor and spice." Fat Jack is brewed in the style of a Pumpkin Ale. Available in 22 oz. bottles and on limited draft as a fall release in the small batch series. Enjoyed alongside Batch #2 (2013) for a vertical comparison.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a tulip glass. Served above 52º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a creamy frothed caramel cream head over a burgundy champagne body with high clarity. Retention is very good, lacing is light and streaked. 4

(Smell) The aroma consists of toasted caramel syrup, bread malts, dry cinnamon, allspice and mace spice alongside lightly toasted caramelized pumpkin flesh. Some mild alcohol on the nose too. Potency is mild. 3.5

(Taste) Fairly sharp grainy esters and very dry spices up front, finishing slightly boozy with a subtle rind of raw pumpkin. It's surprisingly shallow on flavor as well as hot on alcohol considering that the aroma was somewhat intriguing and fairly balanced, but the overall flavor is just too sharp and grainy with not nearly enough pumpkin flavor to maintain interest. 3

(Mouthfeel) The texture is moderately thick, slightly sticky and faintly dry. Carbonation generates a subtle frothiness for a smooth, silky mouthfeel. Body is medium+ for a pumpkin ale and medium/heavy amongst all beers. Balance is grainy and sharp over sweet. Alcohol presence is medium/high, and the boozy edge of this beer cuts down the drinkability. 3.5

(Overall) This is quite a messy-drinking beer within the pumpkin ale category, and I much prefer Samuel Adams Harvest Pumpkin Ale for that matter for its lightness and precision of flavor. Double Pumpkin ales could have double the pumpkin flavor, double the body perhaps, but Fat Jack comes off hot enough to have double the perceived alcohol with very little pumpkin nor complexity. Borderline unenjoyable and certainly a far cry from other quality Pumpkin Ales that come out around this time. 3.25

Boston Beer Company's
Samuel Adams Fat Jack

1 Year Aged: Nearly identical appearance aside from some slightly increased haziness. The aroma is slightly more funky with some fruity tartness of sour cherry atop the predicted aromas of pumpkin, spice and malt for a incredibly curious but slightly more potent aroma. Despite having a flavor which comes through as shallow on pumpkin as the fresh vintage, the funk does manage to cut the graininess somewhat and make the beer slightly more enjoyable in flavor, otherwise most of the glaring imperfections remain. The texture and carbonation remain nearly the same, very slick and nearly under carbonated. In general it's just about as difficult to drink as a fresh Fat Jack and any aging just adds to the complications. If you have a bottle, I do not recommend storing it away.

Photo of Roguer
4.01/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear, deep red brew with lots of center action, and topped by a solid creamy/light tan head. Good retention and nice lacing.

Smells quite a lot like pumpkin pie. Spices and pumpkin are present in roughly equal quantities; almost a buttery quality. Difficult to pick out any of the malt profile; caramel and toffee, perhaps a bit of vanilla.

Sweet and smooth flavor: definitely a pumpkin pie factor. Very rich. This kind of hyperbole is overused with these kinds of pumpkin ales, but in this case, I think it's accurate: imagine pumpkin pie in a glass.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly thick and creamy.

This may be the most under the radar pumpkin beer out there for craft beer geeks, simply because it's made by SA. Don't overlook it; it's maybe the best non-porter pumpkin-style ale I've had yet.

Photo of souvenirs
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%

Of the pumpkin beers I've tried, I'd say this one is closest to Howe Sound's Pumpkineater. Low on pumpkin, high on alcohol. More brown sugar than pumpkin or spice. Well, okay. It's far from awful, but it's not what I want out of a pumpkin ale.

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Samuel Adams Fat Jack Double Pumpkin Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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