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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Reviews: 235
Hads: 1,283
Avg: 3.71
pDev: 37.2%
Wants: 92
Gots: 250 | FT: 3
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Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.17/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

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Photo of LampertLand
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
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

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Photo of KYGunner
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%

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.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.28/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

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Photo of Roguer
4.01/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

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Photo of souvenirs
3.4/5  rDev -8.4%

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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Photo of maxcoinage
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Split 22oz bottle with my wife.

Appearance - Aggressive pour into DFH signature glass left an inch off white head that settled at a decent pace. Dark amber brownish colored beer

Smell- Nutmeg clove allspice, pumpkin

Taste - sweet caramelt malt, cinnamon, nutmeg.

Mouthfeel - medium body. a little bit creamy but it coatsthe mouth on the finish

Overall - enjoyable pumpkin ale. For about the same price I'd probably reach for pumpking but this was worth trying

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.59/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark reddish-orange with a foamy tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, bread, caramel, and pumpkin pie aromas. Taste is much the same with raisin bread, earth, and pumpkin pie spice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with actual pumpkin pie aromas, but I am only getting pumpkin pie spice qualities from the taste.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of Furlinator
3.57/5  rDev -3.8%

Pours translucent cola brown. The 1/2 inch khaki head fades to a cap on top and leaves spotty lace.

The smell is of cinnamon, nutmeg, roasted malt and maple syrup.

The taste is of Autumn spices (cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice), pumpkin and brown sugar.

The texture is approaching heavy bodied with medium carbonation.

A decent pumpkin ale. Slightly over spiced in my opinion. Pleasant brown sugar sweetness and a nice thick mouthfeel.

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Photo of Shroud0fdoom
4.01/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

First off I'm not a SA fanboy by any means. So I will review this with an open mind. This brew pours very clean with a nice translucent Ruby Red Body, nice off white/khaki soapy head. Looks like it's up my alley. Time for a whiff. First hits the nostrils with nutmeg and ginger. Second hits of nice warm caramel slightly toasted bread in the backend. This has my attention now. Going in for the kill! This flavor is actually pretty good. All this caramel and toast with spices is just what the doctor ordered. Ginger is pronounced with all the other spices following through. Nutmeg making it earthy and slightly smoked malt to put in that fresh from the oven feel. This finishes slightly fruity and clean slightly bitter. Lingering pumpkin spices with a clean caramel flavor in the aftertaste. The feel is medium-light poppy carbonation.

Overall: Like I said before, I'm not a Samuel Adams fanboy at all. Yet this brew is balanced beyond belief! The reason why I might be enjoying this brew so much is that beneath the spices lays a nice Imperial English Style Amber Ale. I love me both American style and English Styles of the Amber Ales and Lagers. I think they nailed this one. This brew is recommended!

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Photo of PA-hunter
3.3/5  rDev -11.1%

Poured a 22oz bomber into glass. 8.5% abv

Appearance- Pours a dark, burnt type of reddish brown. Has a massive foamy head that has an obvious brownish tint to it.

Smell- Raw pumpkin, spices such cinamon and ginger are in the mix as well. Caramel sugar sweetness aroma also.

Taste- Pumpkin mash comes on, but an intense caramel malt rush of sweetness comes in quite strong. Has a phenolic taste as well mid-way. On the back end of the profile the spices come out. Cinnamon and nutmeg shine bright.

Mouthfeel- Thick and syrupy. Active carbonation.

Overall- The sweetness for me detracted from this beer (And I'm into sweet flavors in beers). The sweetness is more in the way of caramelized sugar and its intensity took away from the subtle pumpkin flavor. The spices were adequate. The malts added to this beer should be revisited.

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Photo of Scrapss
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

A: poured from the bomber into a wide-mouthed quart mason jar, it has a very deep orange-brown with a strongly tan 3 finger cap that turns into a disk after length of much time. Nearly opaque due to deep color, yet is filter-like clear for sure.

S: smells of thanksgiving. Spices and pumpkin yield to a strong caramel malted background. Hops are mild and yeast is subtle.

T: Big malts present a caramel sweetness then a nice thanksgiving pumpkin pie with pumpkin and cinnamon, but not klonking me over the head.

M: medium full due to large malt bill and moderate carbonation. Force-carbing this would make it a hair lighter on the palate and make it down right dangerously drinkable. Thick finish with surging notes on tongue and creamy ultimate-post-finish.

O: it's not terrible. It's middle of the road, pumpkin and spice. It's not overly spiced, not overly pumpkin. Just solid.

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Photo of TeamMathis
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Appearance: Dark Amber. Big head. Decent lace left.
Smell: Cinnamon and nutmeg.
Taste: Cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin, spice, and alcohol.

I think this is a great pumpkin ale; surely one of the best out there (which isn't saying much). I'm surprised at the current rating of 82. The spices are there. The kick is there. The taste not only compliments the smell, but is more intense. It's what I want from this type of drink. The nutmeg and cinnamon stand out the most. The smell is very warming. There's a nice bite to the drink. I would certainly get this again.

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Photo of stckhndlr
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

A- huge head on top of a dark amber. three finger head has awesome retention seems like it will last forever. fantastic lacing.

S- not a very big smell. All the traditional notes but everything seems faint and muted. Standard pumpkin and spices.

T- pumpkin and spice surrounded by a roasted nuttiness that seems a touch overdone.

M- good full body. Thick and a creamy finish.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.08/5  rDev +10%

It seemed like I had previously reviewed all the pumpkin brews, but they just keep making more for me to try. Here is another great one.

It is a dark reddish brown, very foamy affair. The aroma, surprise, pumpkin. The taste is a brown ale with spice, but mostly pumpkin. This is a thick and rich feeling brew, with loads of malt flavor lingering on the tongue. There is no boozy quality, or at least it is overridden by the malts. There is a little hops aroma, but generally the hop profile is well below the malts and pumpkin.

Overall this works and it is a great treat (but not a trick). Bool, the end!

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Sampling right now on 8/28/14. Comes in a nice 22 ounce (1 pint, 6 ounces) single bottle that costs around $4.99. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a 'Sam Adam's Boston Lager' glass.

Pours a very dark brown with some ruby highlights that has about a good 1/2 finger off-white foamy head that settles down to about a 2mm layering on top and a bit more on the sides of the glass. Some spotty lacing is seen when sipped but not a lot. The aroma is full of pumpkin and spices! Very pleasant and makes me wish it was autumn! Lots more going on with the taste with a good amount of punkin flavor with some spice that probably consists of clove and nutmeg with some malts. Very tasty and medium bodied. Goes down easy with no bitter or harsh aftertaste at all. Perfect carbonation for this type of brew. One of the better pumpkin seasonals

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Photo of generallee
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 1 pint 6 oz bottle into a tulip glass. The label lists the abv at 8.5% abv and it also lists the beers ingredients.

Appearance: Fat Jack has a dark garnet red color with good clarity. I can just make out some nice lively carbonation flowing up though the beer. From a slow pour down the middle of the glass I got a nice tight collar of foam. It’s light beige in color and hangs on well. This makes for some cool lacing on the glass.

Smell: The aroma is full of tasty spices and malty goodness. It brings notes of cinnamon and fresh out of the oven ginger bread with a nice boozy kick.

Taste / Palate: There is a lot going on in this full bodied festive beer. The base has a solid gingerbread like maltiness with loads of cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice. It also has notes of vanilla and a very mild bourbon like boozy character. In the middle of all this there is a very mild squash/sweet potatoe like sweetness. The finish brings some light herbal hop bitterness and dryness which blends with the dry spice within. The dry spice lingers and begs you to take another sip.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
2.93/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Undated bottle at 45 degrees into standard pint glass
Aroma of spices
Head average (4 cm), light brown, frothy, rapidly diminishing to 2 mm ring
Lacing spotty; few small islands of various sized bubbles
Body dark amber, clear
Flavor begins slightly bitter with spices like a pumpkin pie; ends sweeter with an alcohol taste. No hops, no diacetyl.
Palate medium, oily, lively carbonation.

Not a particularly good beer, probably would taste better very cold. The appearance and aroma are both OK.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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Dark chestnut color with a thin, dense head. Smells like cinnamon, nutmeg, graham crackers and molasses. A little smoke?

Doesn't taste as spicy as I feared although 6 months in the cellar may have helped. The pie spice is focused on cinnamon and nutmeg with minimal allspice. Allspice is easily overdone and I liked the restraint here. Malt lacks any actual pumpkin flavor but is a nice blend of graham cracker and brown sugar. Easily the best part of Fat Jack is the thick, smooth big body. It's a hearty mouthfeel, I feel nourished.

Some pumpkin beers are like pumpkin pie, some like pumpkin muffins and some actually taste like pumpkin. Fat Jack tastes like pumpkin bread. One of the better beers from one of my least favorite styles.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2013 Bottle, poured into a pint glass

A- Pours a clear dark copper color with a small creamy off-white head that retains nicely, leaving some short lasting lace behind

S- Lots of pumpkin spice aroma up front, consisting of nutmeg, cinnamon, clove and allspice. Also picking up a vanilla cream aroma that mixes nicely with the raw pumpkin, giving it a pumpkin pie-like aroma

T- Big and malty with lots of caramel malt, mixing in with some sweet bread and fig. Pumpkin flavors kick in mid-palate, with an emphasis on the nutmeg and a cinnamon linger. Lots of malt continues through to the finish with more bread notes on the linger with a bit of alcohol

M- Heavy body with moderate carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel, ending with a smooth and foamy finish, just a bit of alcohol warmth at the end

O- One of the more malty pumpkin beers that I've tried and I think it works well. The pumpkin flavors and the sweetness of the caramel malt work nicely together, well done

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Photo of tbryan5
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Deep ruby. Clear with a thick head.
S- Spice, fall. Pumpkin is secondary.
T- Pretty good. Not great. Has a slightly dry aftertaste.
M- Great mouthfeel. Perfect carbonation. Still slightly dry.
D- I could drink another one of these.

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Photo of nukem5
3.71/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a nicedark rich tea color with a great tan head which seems to cling to the glass For dear life!

S: Smell is of caramel and sweet malts very little spices.

T: Taste is of the same, mostly sweet malts and rich caramel.

M: Mouthfeel is a fuller bodied to medium bodied beer, good carbonation and you dont really get the higher abv% 8.5till your done with the second glass.

O: Overall a very drinkable but sadly bland beer was hoping for mor of a pumpkin spiced beer but not even slod as such. Good beer non the less.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.89/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

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.


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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.79/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a perfect pint.

5.0 A: Clear copper color. Three fingers of creamy tan head. Retention is very good and glass covering lacing is left.

3.5 S: While not the most adventurous nose, it is pleasant. Cinnamon, ginger, allspice, nutmeg, but I'd prefer a heftier dose. Pumpkin gives a nice earthiness. Caramel and toasted malts, but on the drier side.

3.75 T: Taste has more power in it than the nose. The pumpkin in particular stands out more. Again the spices mentioned above are on the mild side. Caramel and toasted malts. Good.

4.0 M: Medium body. Nice creaminess to this with chewiness. Good moderate carbonation.

3.75 D: Tasty beer. Other than it being a bit tame, it's tasty and drinks well.

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Photo of Jackofallbrews
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: This beer has a strong malty aroma with a hint of nutmeg. There is a subtle smoky note melded with a mild cinnamon. Overall not as aromatic as many of the pumpkin beers I've tried.

Appearance: A deep ruby color with excellent clarity. Pours with a huge off-white head that seems to last forever.

Flavor: A pleasant malty sweetness at the start that settles into an off-dry, almost roasty finish. I get some nutmeg and a bit of ginger, but pretty subtle. There is a somewhat creamy mouthfeel. I also get a bit of alcohol warming down the back of the throat. Light cinnamon and smoky notes as it warms.

Overall: This was much better than expected. I don't pick up much pumpkin, but the malty backbone and creaminess of this beer is very nice. The spices, dark malts and smokiness add a lot of complexity to this beer and makes you want to keep trying it. I know you will be shocked by this, but it goes very well with pumpkin bisque.

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Samuel Adams Fat Jack Double Pumpkin Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
84 out of 100 based on 235 ratings.