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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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BA SCORE
82
good

947 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 947
Reviews: 198
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 16.34%
Wants: 72
Gots: 94 | FT: 2
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: TMoney2591 on 10-03-2011)
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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

kwkdmk, Sep 22, 2013
Photo of JOrtt
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%

JOrtt, Sep 22, 2013
Photo of Redrover
4/5  rDev +10.8%
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!

Redrover, Sep 22, 2013
Photo of BigTrubble
2.75/5  rDev -23.8%

BigTrubble, Sep 22, 2013
Photo of lambpasty
4.03/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

lambpasty, Sep 22, 2013
Photo of BeerMeColorado
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

BeerMeColorado, Sep 21, 2013
Photo of JMurphy41
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

JMurphy41, Sep 21, 2013
Photo of goodonya
3.5/5  rDev -3%

goodonya, Sep 21, 2013
Photo of DrewskiWhit
3.25/5  rDev -10%

DrewskiWhit, Sep 21, 2013
Photo of bmwats
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

bmwats, Sep 20, 2013
Photo of fisherbray
3.5/5  rDev -3%

fisherbray, Sep 20, 2013
Photo of surfrogue1
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

surfrogue1, Sep 19, 2013
Photo of rjvanston
2.5/5  rDev -30.7%

rjvanston, Sep 19, 2013
Photo of TappaKeggaBrew
4.01/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

TappaKeggaBrew, Sep 19, 2013
Photo of KISSFR33K
3.25/5  rDev -10%

KISSFR33K, Sep 18, 2013
Photo of aasher
3.5/5  rDev -3%

aasher, Sep 18, 2013
Photo of Chaney
4/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

Chaney, Sep 18, 2013
Photo of ocelot2500
4/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

ocelot2500, Sep 18, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

Lanstrum, Sep 18, 2013
Photo of Makisupajoey
4.13/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

Makisupajoey, Sep 17, 2013
Photo of FreshButterbeer
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

FreshButterbeer, Sep 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

hermit990, Sep 17, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

Yogz, Sep 16, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

chucksim, Sep 16, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

Burt, Sep 16, 2013
Samuel Adams Fat Jack Double Pumpkin Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
82 out of 100 based on 947 ratings.