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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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BA SCORE
82
good

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


Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
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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twiggamortis420

Texas

3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle pours a crystal clear amber color with a small-bubbled tan head. Average retention and lace.

Nose is pretty heavy on the pie spices - sugar, cinnamon, baked apples and nutmeg. Malts are caramely and sweet.

Taste is a little milder than the nose would indicate with the malts holding their own against the spices. It has the typical Sam Adams yeast/burnt caramel character I seem to get in so many of their beers. It tastes a bit like sauteed pumpkin left in the skillet a little too long. Its ok...I wont buy it again, but I'll finish my half bottle sample.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2013 22:36:27 | More by twiggamortis420
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ONovoMexicano

New Mexico

4.01/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz. bottle into a snifter.

The big head and abundant lace are immediately noticeable. This is quite a divergence from other pumpkin beers that I have had of late...in a good way. The beer is dark brown with orange tint, very suggestive of autumn. The smell is again different from other pumpkin beers I've tried in that it is not dominated by spice. Instead, the smell is much more reminiscent of an imperial stout. It's boozy and smells potent with a deep malt profile.

The taste surprises as well, as the beer is more hop forward than I've experienced with pumpkin beers. Caramel and toffee notes hit the tongue first, followed by subtle pumpkin and spice and a bit of heat from the booze. Smokiness shows up throughout and adds a layer of complexity. The beer drinks much more like an imperial stout or dark strong ale, with a thick mouthfeel and alcohol burn similar to those beers. Still, it is smooth, complex and overall quite enjoyable. I am impressed by this beer and surprised it doesn't receive more mention or love such as what Pumking gets.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2013 02:42:18 | More by ONovoMexicano
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PabstLou

New York

2.5/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

after having a few beers tonight I decided to take a shot at Samuel Adams Fat Jack. I've got to say, every time I passed this beer on my way to pick up a Pumking (if you haven't had it you need to find it and hoard it forever). I've got to say I'm pretty happy that I've picked pumking over this 99/100 times. I feel like it literally tastes like a slim jim. the smell doesn't add a thing to the experience and the taste is far off from what the label describes it as. do yourself a favor and pick up something you can drink without thinking about macho man randy savage

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2013 01:17:26 | More by PabstLou
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dowen17

Alabama

3.81/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear dark brown with a big thick head as most Sam Adams brews do.

Smell is heavy on pumpkin spice. A lot darker than most pumpkin beers. Very good smelling beer.

Great taste. Again, much darker than most pumpkin beers. Good spice here with some dark malt. The pumpkin comes through but it tastes more natural with nowhere near the sweetness. Has a little bit of a bubblegum sweetness.

Great mouthfeel. Nice amount of carbonation. Good body.

Would definitely drink again. Great pumpkin beer without being overly sweet.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2013 23:40:22 | More by dowen17
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LiquidAmber

Washington

3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a ruddy orange amber with a fine two finger pumpkin colored head that had great retention and lacing. Aroma is sweet bready malt with cooked pumpkin nd hints of pumpkin pie spicing, mild. Flavor is sweet malt, gentle but distinct smokiness, toffee, glazed pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger. Very nice, medium to heavy, creamy body. A quite sweet pumpkin ale, but good pumpkin pie character and I really liked the smokiness; like eating pie around an open fire. I think this might have been a bit cloying without the smoked malt, but kudos to Boston Beer for making this fun to drink. The malt support really makes this stand apart from many pumpkin ales that are all about spicing. I liked this more than I expected to and will add it to my Fall beer rotation.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2013 03:29:48 | More by LiquidAmber
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Redrover

Illinois

4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Crooked Pint in Minneapolis, served in an Imperial Pint style (but not size) glass, the beer is brown with a slim of tan head.

Aroma of pumpkin pie spices, malts, a hint of caramel.

Substantial spices and malts lead. There are hints of toffee and caramel. Bit of biscuit and over ripe apple. It is a well-made pumpkin beer. I want to stock-up for the fall.

It is definitely an end of night type beer.

Well done!

Serving type: on-tap

09-22-2013 02:25:56 | More by Redrover
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lambpasty

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22oz (1pt 6 oz) bomber into a heavy beer mug.

A - Pours a clear, deep amber-brown reminiscent of past-peak New England autumn leaves. About an inch of light khaki head began to form 3/4 of the way into the pour, which dissipated after about a minute leaving a light foam layer on the surface along with a solid quilt of lacing along the sides of the glass that stayed throughout.

S - Lots happening here; very up front with toasted malt, heavy bread, spices (nutmeg, cinnamon, and a little allspice) and of course pumpkin. Hints of sweet, dried fruit and chestnuts combine with vanilla and finish with some mild citrus hop notes.

T - Much of what's exposed in on the nose unfolds on the tongue, and then some. Waves of toasted malt and dried dark fruit and bread for days at first, giving way to the spice notes and the slightest hint of hops to dry it up towards the end. Surprisingly the pumpkin flavor itself doesn't really make it's debut until after the swallow, first arriving as a hearty squash flavor and then opening into the sweeter hints of vanilla and caramel that is expected in pumpkin pie. The 8.5% ABV is surprisingly well hidden in terms of flavor, really only showing itself due tot he inevitable warmth it brings.

M - Reminiscent of many Oktoberfest brews in my opinion. A hearty, beefy quaff that lets you know its there while you're sipping but cleans up towards the end. Upon the first few sips I actually had to double-check to see that it was in fact an ale and not a weak stout, which it really does mirror in some ways with how malt-forward the brew is. IMO the moderately high ABV does just enough to keep it from being syrupy without diluting it too much.

O - Overall, one of the more interesting Pumpkin beers I've had so far this year. It's a solid take on the style with a lot going on in the nose and palate, but to me it doesn't overdo any of the characteristics that it's going for. In a sea of over-spiced and/or over-sweetened pumpkin-soda-beers, this one stands on the higher end and will definitely be a brew I'll look forward to. If you're someone who generally partakes in the Sam Adams stigma and would have avoided it because of the name, I think you'll be pleasantly surprised if you reconsider and pick up a bomber or five.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2013 00:00:05 | More by lambpasty
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bmwats

Louisiana

3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 650 ml bottle into a nonic.

A: Medium brown. Pours a 1 finger, foamy, brown-white head. Settles pretty quickly, but not completely leaving a thick foam blanket on the surface. Thick beer ring lacing.

S: Pumpkin, nutmeg, and cinnamon... characteristic.

T: Pumpkin, black licorice, cinnamon stick, pine sap, and oak bark.

M: Thick and syrupy. Very strong alcohol character. Bitter, pungent finish.

D: The strong alcohol and pungency will dictate a sipping experience.

Atmosphere is really nice. Nice head, and some thick lacing. Characteristic nose, consisting of pumpkin and fall spices. Bitter and pungent, high alcohol, combo of pumpkin, licorice, and wood components. Very robust. Overall, this is a good quaff.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2013 02:30:13 | More by bmwats
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TappaKeggaBrew

Ohio

4.01/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Mahogany hue, clear. A 2-plus finger head of pale gold foam left delicate lacing as it faded.

S: A nice balance of malted grain, pumpkin pie spice, and floral hops, with none overpowering the others.

T: Sweet malt is strong up front, and is sustained even as other flavors appear and fade. Mildly tart fruit shows up, then fades into vegetable pumpkin flavor. Then come the spices, nicely balancing the other flavors without drowning them out (as is all too common among pumpkin ales). I definitely taste buttery diacetyl as well. The bitter hops in the finish is not strong, but somehow it doesn't fit well with the others -- I can't put my finger on it, but it doesn't quite work.

M: Smooth, nicely carbonated, with only the slightest alcohol burn (about what I'd expect for the ABV).

O: I saw this one advertised in "Beer Advocate Magazine" and cynically thought it would be another macrobrewery's attempt to capitalize on the popular style, but when I saw it in the store I took a chance -- I'm glad I did, as this is a fine example of the style. The finishing taste was a little off, but just slightly; otherwise it was a very good beer. I think it's a little pricey, but I would (and did) recommend it to friends.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2013 23:38:31 | More by TappaKeggaBrew
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Chaney

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lots of hate for Sam Adams on here overall. Not sure why.

Served in a Port City glass.

A: Poured a dark orange color, with a sticky, icky off-white that stuck around for a bit.

S: Actually smelled good: The usual pumpkin spices - nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice, etc.

T: Definitely an intense malt bomb. Under all the mess, I got Sam Adams' signature profile which I totally dig.

M: Absolutely and utterly ridiculous lacing left on the glass. The carbonation was just right for this style.

O: The pumpkin ale category is very, very competitive, for sure. I firmly believe that a lot of the negativity on here is due to Sam Adams hate.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2013 04:33:11 | More by Chaney
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ocelot2500

Arizona

4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear mahogany color with a tight, white head that leaves little bits of lacing.

Smells of cinnamon and nutmeg mostly with some toasted bread and brown sugar as well.

Tastes of the pumpkin pie spices with a solid malt foundation. Nutmeg, cinnamon, and allspice lead off before a wave of malty sweetness come through. Brown sugar and toffee come through next along with some cookie like malt notes. Some toasted notes come through as well with a bit of nuttiness backing up the cookies. Finishes on the dry side with a bit more cinnamon making its way through.

Mouthfeel is medium-full with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, I find this to fit in quite well with the other standard pumpkin ales out there and is definitely worth a drink.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2013 03:17:01 | More by ocelot2500
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Makisupajoey

Ohio

4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured 12 oz of a 22oz bottle into a 16 oz snifter

A: Pours dark, I got about a half inch of head that dissipated fairly quickly, but left some lacing throughout.

S: smells mostly of nutmeg with some pumpkin in the back

T: Pumpkin spices, but not over whelming. The flavors blend in well together. A little alcohol taste is present.

M: Thicker than alot of the pumpkins I've tried. Feels like a double.

O: I was not disappointed. I prefer stouts and such, but would like to revisit this one.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2013 22:55:01 | More by Makisupajoey
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JGlitz87

Texas

3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep amber, thick head and a good amount of lacing.

S: Strong pumpkin scent. Almost overpowering amounts of pumpkin and nutmeg. Slightly off putting.

T: Creamy. Decent amount of pumpkin. Alcohol is not hidden very well.

F: Smooth, medium to strong body. Moderate carbonation.

O: Good, but far from my favorite pumpkin ale.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2013 01:52:55 | More by JGlitz87
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Wrex68

Washington

3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A- Pours dark amber almost red in color minimal head dissipates quickly with almost no lacing

S- smells of fermented pumpkin and pumpkin spice very heavy alcohol smell

T- very strong alcohol flavor IMO too overpowering it really bring down the rest of the beer. Very ligh pumpkin and pumpkin spice flavor

M- light and very alcoholic not like a regular pumpkin ale

O- could have done without trying this one it wasn't great. The two row and 8% abv ruined this beer for me..

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2013 14:56:38 | More by Wrex68
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

3.54/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance is a deep ruby hue with highlights all day thick textured tan head fills the glass, light sporadic chunky layered lacing gives you the idea of texture. Aroma has a hint of spice and earthy hop additions it's actually pretty muted on the nose. go figure. Flavor has it all ginger, all spice, cinnamon to the point where it almost burns you, it's a beer that actually feels like it's a heated addition due to the level of ginger this Fat Jack decided to take on. It's a big beer almost too much, calories I could guess at least 500 per 12 ounce serving. Residual sugars flood the mouthfeeel making it full to the bone. I want an easy drinking ale to come around.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2013 06:56:35 | More by WVbeergeek
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Fergyx825

Massachusetts

2.5/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: a very dark copper red. With alot of head upon pouring the beer. This color is very common for pumpkin ales. So far not very characteristic of this beer style.

S: Very faint smell of spices, pumpkin. Its very rich smelling and quite common for pumpkin ales, just not so strong. I really am looking forward to tasting this beer. I don't smell very much alcohol either.

T: First and foremost the alcohol is very evident when first tasting. I can also taste some spices and some of the pumpkin but not too much. The alcohol just takes over, and this somewhat ruins the beer for me.

M: Very very creamy. Almost no carbonation, and this is a pretty medium-high thick beer. I can't complain about the mouthfeel, but i'm not impressed.

Overall: There is alot of alcohol detected when tasting this beer, that i don't detect when i smell it. I'm disappointed by the taste, after expecting a lot more from Sam Adam's special beers.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2013 01:01:13 | More by Fergyx825
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Goosehunter75

Missouri

3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a beautiful deep copper red with a huge fluffy 4 finger head with awesome retention and lacing

S - Not as much aroma as I expected it would have. Still, the aroma that is there is pleasant. I picked up pumpkin, caramel, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Good balance too. None of the aromas seemed to over power the others.

T - Big flavor! Nutmeg hits her palatte immediately. Then comes a nice balanced blend of other tastes...pumpkin, caramel, toffee, cinnamon. I also like the fact that the pumpkin is not everpowering. Its just right for my tastes and mixes well with the other flavors.

M - A medium body creamy feelnig beer. It does have a nice burn from the alcohol content, but still I would call it fairl smooth drinking.

O - Great fall pumpkin beer! Love the fact that the pumpkin isnt overpowering and doesnt mask the other flavors in the beer. Very well balanced. A very drinkable beer but one is enough (specially since I had a 22 oz bomber). Strong stuff and you can feel the burn

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2013 18:09:22 | More by Goosehunter75
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Roland45s

Virginia

3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My initial pour and taste didn't have high hopes for this beer. While the color is very caramely (is that a word) and hazel brown with a 2" head (aggressive pour) the taste really develops. The caramel and hints of subtle pumpkin pie are definitely there. Along with all of the classic spices. Kudos go out to Samuel Adams for a good beer (finally). I still am on my quest to find one that beats the Schlafly/Pumking/Chatoe Rogue but I don't see it happening....

A: hazel brown/caramel

S: spice and pumpkin

T: subtle pumpkin with a robust rich flavor of spice/caramel

M: smooth and heavier than expected

O: Top 10 pumpkin beers.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2013 02:45:27 | More by Roland45s
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DeFaz

Ohio

3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

There's no doubt that this is a good beer, but I think many are disappointed because it labels itself a "double pumpkin" beer when actually the pumpkin flavor takes a backseat to the spice. There are flavors of nutmeg, cinnamon, malt, a bit of hops, and vanilla. The alcohol is well concealed in the taste, but there's nothing here that's particularly exciting. I paid around $8 for 1 pt. 6 fl,. oz. (hence the slightly lower "Overall" rating) and frankly I wish I would've spent that money elsewhere, but the beer was still enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2013 02:38:22 | More by DeFaz
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JackMcAwesome

Florida

3.89/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint glass.

Look: It pours a really rich brown, with about a one finger head with a vigorous pour. A pretty solid amount of lacing throughout, and after 15 minutes, there's still a film of foam on top.

Smell: Almost nothing. at first. I was hoping to get a rich amount of pumpkin in my face, but it's really lacking. As it warmed up, it got a bit better, but not by much. There's a hint of pumpkin, and a soft chocolate note as well. Perhaps nutmeg that I just think is chocolate.

Taste: Very surprising, after the lackluster smell, I was expecting the exact same, but it packs a bit of a punch. The pumpkin spices are pretty prominent, and it's backed up by the nutmeg, with a bit of caramel.

Feel: A bit slick on the tongue, medium bodied, and warm going down.

Overall: I was pretty surprised by this one. Sam Adams rarely disappoints, but this was a tier higher than I was expecting from them. I was expecting a top 15 pumpkin brew, but this is easily in the top six. The only thing keeping it from really excelling was the lackluster aroma. I'll probably go pick up a couple of more though before the season ends so I can have some in October.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2013 22:23:28 | More by JackMcAwesome
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TruePerception

California

3.66/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

(Previous review, transferred from beer journal)

Sam Adam's Fat Jack Double Pumpkin Ale: 8.5% ABV; Appearance: thick, medium amber-red, thin head, fades quick; Smell: pumpkin skin, nutty; Taste/Mouthfeel: pumpkin sweetness, citrusy hop, slight nuttiness, light aftertaste; good/pretty good.

Poured into a pint glass.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2013 08:26:49 | More by TruePerception
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Tone

Missouri

3.89/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-12-2013 22:38:36 | More by Tone
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UnderPressure

South Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark copper colored. Nice, thick rocky head that lasts forever. Crystal clear. Terrific lacing.

Spices, toasted malt, and a slight funk in the aroma. It also has that distinct boozy aroma that I associate with double IPAs. But it must be with any high alcohol beer.

Sweet malt and spices dominate the flavor. A sweet, yet alcoholic flavor upfront. With a clean yet sweet finish with a nice spice blend lingering at the very end.

Heavy bodied mouthfeel with a nice appropriate level of carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2013 13:25:03 | More by UnderPressure
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

3.94/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Aroma has decided pumpkin and cinnamon notes, plus hints of malt and cloves. It pours a clear mahogany with a fairly thick light, slightly pumpkin-orange head that leaves good lacing. Satisfying flavor has a malty core with a noticeable but not overpowering pumpkin tone, as well as notes of cinnamon, horehound and cloves and a touch of caramel. Smooth texture has good body though not a lot of fizz.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2013 01:30:13 | More by Cyberkedi
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neophilus

Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark amber pour, cloudy with light lacing.

Sweet malty aroma underneath a wave of spices. There is a hint of smoke, then a wave of ginger washes over the flavor. Ginger leads the pie spice charge but otherwise finds a balance on top of the malty body.

Refreshingly suitable malt base to carry this spice-forward ale. Ginger up front but not overpowering.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2013 18:26:01 | More by neophilus
Samuel Adams Fat Jack Double Pumpkin Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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