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 KTCamm
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the special edition bomber (release 1) into a perfect pint glass.

Pours medium dark brown with some reddish hints. light layer of white foam. Malty smell, mostly caramel. Very minor hint of nutmeg. Some pumpkin taste, some cinammon. Not overloaded. All flavors mild and blended. Smoky too. Real flavor here, nicely done.

Photo of jondeelee
4/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Photo of TempeBeerMan
3.92/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint.

A - Pours a deep rust color with a creamy one-finger light tan head with good retention. Nice lacing of tiny bubbles.

S - Smells very much like pumpkin pie. Getting a lot of nutmeg, allspice, and ginger along with (obviously) pumpkin. Smells pretty inviting.

T - Lots of autumn spices, not so much pumpkin. Spice blend is aggressive; tons of ginger, allspice, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Pumpkin sweetness along with caramel malt forms the backbone. Flavor is rich. Alcohol comes through a little in the finish, and it along with the strong spice blend combine to give a slightly "hot" quality going down. It's basically the SA "Harvest Pumpkin Ale" on steroids, and with more ginger. I found it to be pretty tasty.

M - Medium bodied, with VERY prickly carbonation. Probably overcarbonated, but in it's defense, it does keep it from becoming syrupy.

O - I really enjoyed this, despite it's obvious flaws (over-spiced, over-carbonated). Not as good as DFH Punkin, but better than most I have tried. If you enjoy autumn spices, give it a whirl.

Photo of twaddlac
4.84/5  rDev +33.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Pours a dark amber/molasses color with a nice lacing that lines the cup with large bubbles. Can see a bit of carbonation stemming from the bottom.

S - Can definitely smell the spices but the sweet molasses notes engulf your senses ate the end which is very pleasant! I also smell this pie crust-like smell. It honestly smells like a pumpkin pie.

T - I was dreading this beer being as it's Sam Adams. I was expecting something on the lines of Buffalo Bill's Pumpkin Ale, but this is fantastic! Initially it seems like it will overwhelm you with spice but right before you finish that thought the molasses kicks in and complements it perfectly. I also noticed a nice yeasty finish.

M - Very smooth, medium bodies, and perfect combination.

O - I think this may be my favorite pumpkin beer, and this is my favorite style!

Photo of rangerred
3.92/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap.

Poured a clear ruby with a tan one finger head.

Aroma of cinnamon and nutmeg along with a little bit of roast. Spice is predominant though. A little bit of vanilla and allspice too.

The flavor was much like the smell. I especially like the roast character as this sets it apart from other pumpkin beers I have had. The beer wasn't too sweet and never really did become cloying.

Overall, a really great pumpkin beer and probably the best imperial variety I have had. Just wish I could find bottles of this.

Photo of Kinsman
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Photo of puboflyons
4.35/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From Batch #1. Sampled on September 25, 2012.

It pours an attractive looking deep amber with a delicate off-white head and garnet-ruby hues glistening along the side of the glass.

The aroma is vibrant with plenty of fall characteristics starting with pumpkin, allspice, nutmeg, and cinnamon.

The body is better than medium but also smooth and creamy.

My taste buds are introduced in a sweet fashion with dark malts and a little nutmeg and all spice but after a minute the moderate pepper-like bitterness kicks in and lingers briefly before pleasantly fading out. A nice pumpkin ale.

Photo of zeff80
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Nerudamann
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Photo of thecheapies
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very dark orange, almost garnet. Solid ring of head. 4.0

Cinnamon and roasted malts with hints of pumpkin. Decent. 3.5

Cinnamon and pumpkin. Boozy with notes of roast, vanilla, toffee, and light nutmeg. Rich in flavor and ringing with strength. 4.0

Lower carb, but a rich body. Heavy-handed with the booze, however. 3.5

Nice pumpkin ale from Sam Adams. Better than their Harvest Pumpkin. 4.0

Photo of riored4v
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured in to a tulip. Thin, 1 finger head thst was khaki colored. Faded fast. Clear, dark brown body with hints of uby red.

Aroma had some caramel and breast notes. Light right with notes of cinnamon, all spice and pumpkin. Slight raisin notes.

Taste was enjoyable. Slight notes of heat in the taste. Chewy upfront with a fairly clean finish. Cinnamon and bready flavors. Notes of nutmeg, allspice and caramel. Good amount of pumpkin flavor. Earthy hop presence.

Body was medium with medium carb. Chewy upfront but fairly crisp finish

Nice beer overall. Could be less chewy but it works

Photo of korguy123
3.8/5  rDev +5%
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.

Photo of JamesHenjum
2.8/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Review from someone who hates pumpkin in anything but pie.

A: I see through orange. Cool looking beer.

S: Smells like pumpkins....

T: The pumpkin hits you right away with. It is creamy like pie, then as you swallow it gets spicier from the hops. If you like pumpkin beers, I imagine this would be amazing tasting.

M: Wish it was drier. The taste stays with you so long.

O: If you like pumpkin beers this will be amazing. If not, then at least you can say you had one. Not my thing, but if it was, I would know I would like this beer.

Photo of jtd1969
3.3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark Amber with good head retention and lacing

S - Clove, ginger, nutmeg mainly, sweet malts

T - Very malty and caramel with lots of sweet bready tones, light pumpkin and lots of spices (Nutmeg and ginger) very rich

M - Full bodied, medium to light carbonation

O - Very rich beer but not as much pumpkin as I would like. More of a Spiced Fall beer with some pumpkin undertones... Not a bad beer, but I like other pumpkin ales more.

Photo of siege06nd
3.41/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Stumbled upon this guy on a recent trip to MD...

A. Beautiful dark amber color with some streaks of golden copper around the edges. Three fingers of perfectly uniform cream colored head. Consistent and heavy lacing. Head falls off rapidly to a half finger.

S. Some light (maybe even muted) pumpkin pie spices. Clove and nutmeg are most apparent. Faint caramel malt and a slightly roasty note.

T. Interesting. Very malt forward, with a lot of roasted caramel and even some chocolate-like notes. Graininess on the finish, similar to an Oktoberfest. Very faint spices, as the finish is all caramel. Reminds me a good deal of a winter warmer. Not much pumpkin to be seen here.

M. Creamy, robust, and some nice carbonation. A hearty brew that sits nicely on the palate.

O. Well, it doesn't taste much like a pumpkin ale, but that's not to say it's not a tasty beer. The traditional spicy notes are subdued, which I don't mind in the least, but they are replaced by a lot of roasted caramel notes and a finish that reminds me of a strong ale or winter warmer. I detect little pumpkin character in Fat Jack, which makes it a bit of a disappointment, but as a lightly spiced strong ale, it's not half bad.

Photo of Beaver13
3.19/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle. Pours ruby amber with a medium creamy off white head that goes to a thin film and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is sweet, slightly vegetal, malts with a lot of spicy cinnamon and some ginger.

The flavor is sweet caramel malts with some roast and a little dark fruit. It's followed by a ton of heavy spice - mostly cinnamon with some ginger. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a decent pumpkin beer. It's overly spiced with too much cinnamon. But the base is kind of a winter warmer old ale with some light roast and dark fruit that is kind of cool and plays well with the pumpkin.

Photo of Caterwaul
4.09/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark burnt orange-reddish body. White head, one finger.

Smell: Rich creamy pumpkin spiciness, alcohol. Mmmmm. I like how this one smells.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Verrrry toasty and sweet. Good balance between the spice and pumpkin flavor. Sweet, but not terribly cloying. Medium bodied, light carbonation.

Overall: Not too shabby. I wouldn’t say it beats out Pumking, but this stuff is tasty and cheap. Get you some.

Photo of Jwale73
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 1 - 22oz. bottle served in a tulip. Pours a translucent amber with a frothy, two inch, cream-colored head. As the head gradually collapses, delicate and consistent sheets of lacing are revealed. Nose expresses all-spice, a hint of ginger and something else that I can't quite put my finger on. Taste consistent with nose; however, a pleasant toasty, malty backbone asserts itself and a suggestion of brown sugar also comes out. Mouthfeel is medium-light in body with a smooth and even carbonation and a light, oily texture - there's almost a silkiness to it. Overall, a very enjoyable pumpkin beer. Flavors coalesce nicely without being overly sweet or cloying. A really nice job for the style I have to say. I'd love to see a variant aged in bourbon barrels.

Photo of alexgash
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cool-shaped 22 oz. bottle.

Pours a clear, clean, ruby-garnet. Pinkie finger of off-white to beige head. Some lacing. Nose shows many of the expected pumpkin ale features: clove, cinnamon, other pie spices, graham cracker, etc. Also get a little molasses, and a bit of plummy fruit.

Vegetal, woody bitterness up front. Spices and malt move in quickly, though. Mulled wine fruitiness (plums, cherries) mixes with cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg. Some caramel/butterscotch flavors come through, along with a little smokiness. Finishes with lingering spices and fruit malt. Medium-full body with a slightly oily feel. Overall not as "pumpkin-y" as, say a couple of better examples of this style, even though the spices are there. Still, not bad.

Photo of hardy008
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark copper with a two finger beige head, with very good retention and lacing. The aroma has plenty of cinnamon and nutmeg, as well as pumpkin, ginger, allspice, and bread malt.

The taste is heavy on the spices. Especially cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger. I can also taste the pumpkin, allspice, and bread malt, but the spices overpower everything else. Not a bad taste to be sure, but the spices have been kicked up a few too many notches, to be well balanced.

Medium to full bodied with average carbonation. There is an aftertaste of pumpkin pie spices. Overall I like this beer pretty well, but wish the spices would have been toned down somewhat. Worth trying again.

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in an over-sized tulip.

Appearance: Clear dark amber, head rose to maybe 1/3" orange tinted white with little strength to the head dissipating to about nothing with half a sip.

Smell: Light nutmeg and hard pumpkin, my only problem is that it is light. Comes and goes pretty quickly.

Taste: Nice complex favor, little sweet with a light spicy feel to it.

Mouth: Medium carbonation, not a notch higher and wouldn't have it any other way. Toasty and smooth.

Overall: Good beer, not the most extravagant pumpkin ale but definitely a keeper this Autumn. I really like the pumpkin ales the give a zest that is definitely needed during the season, this is definitely a top five pumpkin but at the cusp of five. Drink up and you won't be disappointed. Salud!

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

A - Pours a reddish-orange with a two finger head. Dissipates to a light cap and a sticky lacing.

S - Brown sugar and sweet pumpkin, good medley of spices, cinnamon and cloves being the primary ones.

T - Tastes lightly of pumpkin pie with a heavy dark malt flavor. Some of the lighter pie spices, nutmeg and cinnamon, show through a bit. There is spice in the aftertaste, but you feel it more than you taste it.

M - Medium body and carbonation, slightly syrupy.

O - Not a huge amount of pumpkin flavor, but still a really good beer. A darker feel to it than most pumpkin ales I have had. It does need heavier pumpkin and a touch more spice as well in the flavor. Overall a good beer, worth trying, but I would probably swing for a cheaper pumpkin ale that tastes just as good.

Photo of beer2day
4.17/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Bottle Rev in Raleigh.

Dark caramel pour with 2 fingers of caramel tinted head. Head fades in a flash, though, and does not lace well at all. Nice color, though.

Nose is very mild. Get hints of caramel malt and spice. I get the nutmeg, cinnamon, and a whiff of ripe, just opened pumpkin. What is there is nice, just wishing for more.

Lots of spice in the taste. Big dose of nutmeg, more cinnamon, and lots of ripe, fresh pumpkin. Finishes quite sharp, with a touch of pepper. Flavor is actually quite rich.

Body is like pumpkin bread or a pumpkin muffin. Not terribly thick, but leaves with a chewy character.

Very tasty and worth a try.

Photo of TCMike
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a mug, it produced a 2finger beige head. The beer color is a light, translucent mahogany.
The aroma is of biscuit, pumpkin, pie spice, and maybe plum?
The taste is similar, with a little hop, and sour taste.
Med-heavy mouth-feel, low carbonation.
Good beer, room for improvement though.

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Samuel Adams Fat Jack Double Pumpkin Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
82 out of 100 based on 1,233 ratings.