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

Samuel Adams Fat Jack Double Pumpkin AleSamuel Adams Fat Jack Double Pumpkin Ale

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Ratings: 821
Reviews: 189
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 15.98%

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Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of homebrew311


3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance is darker than most pumpkin ales, a deep dark orange with a generous 2 fingers of head. Great retention with decent lacing. Nose is full of pumpkin spice with an emphasis on the allspice. Notes of cinnamon are present with a touch of the actual pumpkin in the background. The taste takes an unexpected turn...the malt profile overshadows the pumpkin qualities that were present on the nose. Lots of caramel malts are there along with mellow cinnamon character. No pumpkin present on the taste. The mouthfeel is moderate with high carbonation. I must say I had high hopes after smelling this brew, but the taste is a bit of a let down.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2012 06:33:00 | More by homebrew311
Photo of BEERMILER12


4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a deep mahogany color with a fingers worth of tan head

S: A nice solid malt background along with spices and pumpkin. Definitely smells hearty

T: Again, nice and malty with hearty pumpkin and the usual spices. Some smokiness can also be found thanks to the malts. Also get a little brown sugar. Alcohol is nowhere to be found

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Full and meaty, which helps to hide the alcohol very well

O: This is what I think pumpkin beers should be like. Not over-spiced with fake stuff and a little pumpkin, but big and meaty with plenty of pumpkin to give this kind of heartiness and then a little bit of spice for the sake of the season. This is definitely one of my new favorite pumpkin beers. Don't expect one of those novelty "pumpkin pie" beers, either, because this is definitely not it

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2012 03:18:13 | More by BEERMILER12
Photo of keeganfrank


3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark cherry-colored beer with a thick head of foam the color of pumpkin seeds. Aromas of spice, dough and pumpkin. Smells very much like a pumpkin pie. Tastes of sweetened pumpkin and light spices with notes of doughy bread and leafy vegetables. The spices that appear so strongly in its aroma don't carry over in the flavor. Still, this is an excellent autumn beer.

Serving type: growler

08-28-2012 15:54:11 | More by keeganfrank
Photo of wedge

North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

@ Tyler's (Raleigh)

Clear, beautiful mahogany below a slim, patchy white head. Subtle, spiced aroma: ginger, nutmeg, allspice...the typical pumpkin pie spice blend. A little fruity tartness pops up as well. Lots of toasty caramel flavors, pie spices, dark fruit, and sweet bread. Lightly warming on the way down, but never boozy. Very smooth and on the verge of full bodied. Not exactly pumpkin pie in a glass, but I like that the spices aren't overdone. Good effort.

Serving type: on-tap

08-28-2012 15:23:40 | More by wedge
Photo of TX-Badger


4.43/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Fat Jack has a clear dark amber appearance. Leaves a nice thick inch of fluffy cream colored head on top.

S - On the nose I get pumpkin (very prevalent), some spices, cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice, even a hint of anise as well.

T - On the palate I mainly get pumpkin and lots of it. Bits of each spice are noticeable, they mingle well together. On the finish, a nice sweetness that is balanced out by the hops.

M - Full-bodied and rich on the palate, and the carbonation is just right.

O - A very well done pumpkin beer. I find that these usually go one of two ways: either really good or really bad. This one is in the really good category. The pumpkin and spices make it taste like a piece of pumpkin pie.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2012 01:26:05 | More by TX-Badger
Photo of BigPlay1824

New York

3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2012 00:18:04 | More by BigPlay1824
Photo of Dope


3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch Number 1

A: Pours a dark reddish-amber. Big dense tan head tops it off. Fades very slowly, leaving nice tendrils of lacing behind.

S: Pumpkin with prominent ginger, nutmeg and cinnamon. Oddly subtle aroma for a 8.5% brew.

T: Some nice pumpkin up front with the spices as mentioned. Quickly turns into a huge spice-fest however. Loaded with nutmeg and ginger primarily. Touch of cinnamon, mainly in the finish. Spicy and oddly bitter.

M: Medium bodied and smooth. Carbonation is good.

O: It's not horrible, just strange balance of flavors. Pumpkin is completely drowned out by unusually strong and uncomplimentary spices in the middle. Most pumpkin beers are very spice heavy but at least they compliment the flavor. This is more of a herbed/spiced beer than a pumpkin ale. Just doesn't work for me, unfortunately.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2012 04:01:31 | More by Dope
Photo of blackcompg


3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from their bomber bottle...

Appearance - Poured nearly 2 fingers of lite mocha head, body is a perfectly clear deep amber orange, with really nice lacing left after the session.

Smell - Roasted malts, nutmeg, allspice - really smells like pumpkin pie with a slightly well done crust ;)

Taste - Nearly like unsweetened pumpkin pie w/out the whipped cream. Begins with a good balance of roasted malts, pie crust, and spice. The foremost spices are allspice and nutmeg, I pick up just a whiff of cinnamon longer into the finish, but this is almost felt more than tasted. I really do get some pumpkin meat flavor here too, along with a good malt backbone that is there for the entire quaff.

Mouthfeel - Mouthfeel is almost medium and creamy smooth. Carb is medium with a few edges at the back of the tongue. Very drinkable, with the slightest alcohol warmth way long into the finish.

Overall - This is a good pumpkin ale, and the alcohol is mostly felt between sips, and more so as it warms. The spice flavor is good, and I do get the pumkin meat, but I feel that a touch more sweetness would really make nice difference, and would really give the effect of a pumpkin ale vs. more of a spiced ale. Definitely worth a try, but a Pumking it is not.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2012 03:07:29 | More by blackcompg
Photo of babbules


3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a mug. This beer has a nice rusty-orange color with aroung half a finger of cream-colored head. Great smell that promised lots of pumpkiny goodness. The flavor was a little disappointing, though. This really should be called pumpkin spice and not really pumpkin, since the nutmeg was soooo powerful. Otherwise, nice malty sweetness and good finish. I'll probably revisit this one around the holidays, but I won't miss it if I can't find it.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2012 22:42:35 | More by babbules
Photo of CloudStrife

New York

3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2012 18:54:42 | More by CloudStrife
Photo of BeerLover99


3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: deep rust, finger khaki head, very little lacing

S: big allspice, nutmeg, ginger, light pumpkin

T: ginger, allspice, malt, light pumpkin, mild bitter

M: med body, smooth mouth/solid carbonation

O: Not bad, not my fav but I do love the style
so gave it a go. Would recommend to die-hard
pumpkin beer fans only, the spices seem to over
power the pumpkin.


Serving type: bottle

08-26-2012 16:08:38 | More by BeerLover99
Photo of MoreThanWine


3.63/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2012 08:34:30 | More by MoreThanWine
Photo of GregSVT


4.33/5  rDev +19.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2012 07:33:53 | More by GregSVT
Photo of BeerFMAndy


3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle poured into a snifter.
Batch #1, 8.5% ABV, "Enjoy now or age it..." $6.49 / bottle

A - Deep ruby mahogany in color, the beer's darker color certainly mirrors the "double pumpkin" label. A light khaki head crowns the clear beer but doesn't stick around for long, leaving wrinkled lace gnarled on the glass.

S - Fat Jack's bold aroma is immediately more reminiscent of a late, late fall beer. I'm talking, Thanksgiving time. Roasted almonds pair with rich molasses and a light waft of smoke while a lightly phenolic alcohol hint emerges. Pumpkin and spice is more mellow, relaxed, instead of up in your face, but all the players remain; allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger. Pale malt creates a pie-crust aroma with a drizzle of sweet caramel weaving over the pie.

T - Plenty of malt creates an oomph on the tongue, battering it with sweet caramel and crumbly pie crust. Dark fruit follows with date and raisin hiding behind before really getting into the unfortunately subdued pumpkin attributes. Spiciness is there but tame while pumpkin doesn't really begin to shine until after the swallow. Mild solvent alcohol penetrates the flavors along the back end letting you know it's got some heft.

M - Full-bodied and meaty, Fat Jack is initially smooth before drying out with earthy hops and warming alcohol on the back end. Pumpkin and spice linger on the tongue for quite a while after a sip has gone down. The mouthfeel is nice for a double pumpkin in regards to the body's beef, the alcohol seems to thin it out though.

O - After Samuel Adam's Harvest Pumpkin beer last year, Fat Jack virtually jumped off the shelf into my pumpkin ale-loving hands, but the beer doesn't live up to my well placed expectations. Looming much closer to a double amber or American strong ale, this beer is a malty beast with a touch of pumpkin to it; not quite carving out that "double pumpkin" niche. While I find nothing offensive (warming alcohol could be hidden better, however) Fat Jack just doesn't really excite me the way other pumpkin beers do. I will say though, that after a fall of bold pumpkin beers, this one will do wonderfully as a "table beer" at Thanksgiving, lightly suggesting pumpkin pie; foreshadowing dessert, and pairing well with turkey, mashed potatoes, and gravy!

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2012 22:34:09 | More by BeerFMAndy
Photo of Cylinsier


3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Pours a reddish orange with a yellowish head which retains as a film.

Smells of bready malts with nutmeg, cinnamon and sweet pumpkin.

Flavor is cinnamon, pumpkin, nutmeg brown sugar and potent, bitter cloves.

Medium to full body with a sharp sting of carbonation on the tip of the tongue and in the back of the mouth.

Potent flavor and more spiced than other pumpkins I've had. Pretty good. There are still a couple other pumpkins I'd have before this, but this one is very enjoyable and I would have it again.

Serving type: on-tap

08-23-2012 21:54:58 | More by Cylinsier
Photo of beesy


3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass

A - pours an awesome deep mahagony with a two finger light khaki head. Head reduced quickly.

S - graham cracker and pumpkin pie spice

T - slightly pie spicy, but TONS of caramel, some molassas and a weird profile I think is coming from the yeast. Squashy. The yeast profile tastes like something that I remember from some Jackie O's beers - I am positive its a yeast profile. Sweet. Brown sugar.

M - very viscous and creamy. Slick.

D - medium low. The high mouthfeel prevents this from being drank too quickly.

Overall, close to being a really good beer. Its a little to caramel sweet and the mouthfeel is a little off. Addressing those two things and a solid beer exists underneath.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2012 02:54:40 | More by beesy
Photo of Beerlover


1.7/5  rDev -53.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

The aroma was the best thing about this beer, (and the cool Tim Burtonish label!) it smells like pumpkin pie! however is tasted like liquid pumpkin pie as well YUCK! (and i really like pumpkin pie) i think the brewers focused far too much on the spices in this beer, having cinnamon, nutmeg, and one or two other spices. I feel the ale would have been much more well rounded if they had only used one or two spices instead of three or four.Flavors in this beer were just far too overbearing, nothing smooth or balanced, maybe overpowering because its a "double pumpkin"...? Neither me or my beer padawan pal could finish this beer after four or five unpalatable swallows (we tried hard to like it) we ended up both pouring it. dont let your couriosity get the best of you with this one!

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2012 17:31:33 | More by Beerlover
Photo of Kromes


3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A clear dark brown with a thick tan colored head that laces the glass. Strong ginger, pumpkin and alcohol aromas. There's also some earthy peat in the smell. Flavors follow the aroma...Lots of ginger up front that gives way to a pumpkin, alcohol and smoky caramel malt flavor. The ginger flavor is a bit too much. This is full bodied and a tad syrupy, but it works. Rating it purely as a pumpkin ale, it is above average. Worth a try at $6.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2012 22:03:07 | More by Kromes
Photo of AdamBear


3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-dark reddish brown with a thick light tan head

S-faint taste of fresh barley grains. Not getting too much else at all. Reminds me exactly of what a vat of fresh barley smells like, only weaker.

T-comes in with a lighter taste of cinnamon and weak dark Belgian malts. Getting a hint of ginger as well. I really can't get any pumpkin out of this. Has matching after-taste

M-medium dry carbonation with a dry finish

O-this really is a terrible pumpkin ale. However as a beer, it's not too terrible at all. It to me tastes a lot like a winter Belgian ale of anything, maybe a fall Belgian ale. It's unique for sure. An okay drinker

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2012 02:33:30 | More by AdamBear
Photo of rdilauro


2.9/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I do love this time of year with all the pumpkin beers coming out. You never know what each year will bring in taste and style.
When I poured this Fat Jack, I was someone puzzled. The aroma highlited spices, but the glass was weak. The color was dark but not something that you could showcase.

The taste was nothing exciting. There was some of the typical pumpkin spices, but not one of them stood out.

Sorry, but this was just not one of my styles of pumpkin beer

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2012 02:23:46 | More by rdilauro
Photo of Gmann

New York

3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear deep copper color, almost ruby like. Quite pretty. The off white head is small and wispy, even after a hard pour.

The aroma is of the pumpkin pie spices, nutmeg and allspice. There is a cookie/pumpkin bread scent as well.

The taste is of a caramel bready malt base. It is quite smooth. The pumpkin pie spices follow, not too strong but well balanced. Nutmeg, allspice and ginger give this beer a pumpkin pie flavor. A wee bit of alcohol presence from this double but its not overbearing.

Moderate body with tingly carbonation. Sweet on the palate. Pretty smooth throughout but has a touch of an alcohol burn in the finish. Lightly bitter in the finish as well.

Probably the most drinkable of the imperial pumpkins that I have had. Not a style that I think needs to be imperialized but SA keeps this one in check for the most part. The flavors aren't big but they hit the style. I prefer their non-imperial version.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2012 18:37:29 | More by Gmann
Photo of bluejacket74


3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle, Batch #1. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a clear reddish/copper color with an inch light tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. The brew smells like pumpkins, cinnamon, ginger, and brown sugar. Taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes like pumpkins, cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar and a bit of smoked malt. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit oily and it's easy to drink. Moderate carbonation. The 8.5% ABV isn't very noticeable at all. I think this is a good pumpkin beer, I'd pick up this one again. $7.99 a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2012 22:33:46 | More by bluejacket74
Photo of jlindros


3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light fizzy head fades at a med pace nice soapy lacing, semi clear ruby red auburn brown

Nose light pumpkin, lots of toasty brown malts light brown sugar, bit of spices, little juicy and tangy, fresh pumpkin flesh.

Taste starts with light pumpkin again, little toasty bready brown malts, hint of pumpkin pie spices, then light warming booze kicks in, light juicy malt with a hint of tangy like, hint of brown sugar like caramelized and caked onto a pie, little grainy and light bitterness, and hint buttery. Finish is drier bit still fairly sweet, lingering brown sugar and light pumpkin pie, little sticky brown sugar and some bitterness.

Mouth is med bodied, light warming booze, decent carb.

Overall impressed for Sam Adams, nice flavors, good malts, good portion of pumpkin and spices that don't overpower and stay on the quite lighter side, but still let you know they are there, light bitterness and booze, fairly tasty. Its really easy to go overboard on any of the flavors which it doesn't do. If I can complain about anything would perhaps be a bit more overall reddish/brown malts and a bit more bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2012 16:43:06 | More by jlindros
Photo of kinglouix


1.28/5  rDev -64.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

This beer tasted like old molasses left out in the sun. I couldn't find the pumpkin flavor and the dark brown color with almost no carbonation was unappealing in a beer being consumed in what is still summer. For that matter I wouldn't want it in any season. If you didn't know it was a pumpkin beer you would have thought it to be a skunked double bock. Almost no head.
The alcohol content is noticeable, and the aftertaste is appalling. The beer literally left a bad taste in my mouth. I made it through about 4 oz. before pouring it and my $5.99 down the drain. Sam Adams is mediocre as a brewery and this is a pour offering even for them.
Cannot understand the positive rankings on this site unless you were tasting this after drinking a pint of Pine Sol. Had this in the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2012 21:44:01 | More by kinglouix
Photo of Greywulfken

New York

3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First pumpkin ale of the 2012 season...

A: dark amber brown with some riby highlights, brief head left behind some flecks of lace

S: pumpkin first, then malts and spices, caramel sweetness

T: strong dark ale with pumpkin and holidays spices like nutmeg and allspice; brown sugar

M: medium bodied, some syrupy stickiness

O: Sam Adams has only two lines of beer that interest me: their imperial series, most of which are "good" and their specialty brew bombers (don't know what they call that line) - and this beer is one of those, and like the others in the line that I've tried, they are also simply "good" - meaning they are not bad, but I would not buy them over other beers in that style. For example, this imperial pumpkin of theirs is good, but in a few weeks, there will be plenty better to choose from. Always worth a buy and try if you're a pumpkin ale person or a fan of Sam Adams' creations.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2012 21:01:00 | More by Greywulfken
Samuel Adams Fat Jack Double Pumpkin Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
82 out of 100 based on 821 ratings.