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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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Ratings: 1,166
Reviews: 218
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 16.34%
Wants: 82
Gots: 175 | 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:
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(Beer added by: TMoney2591 on 10-03-2011)
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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

BlueMoon10, Nov 01, 2014
Photo of Monkeefartz
2.25/5  rDev -37.7%

Monkeefartz, Nov 01, 2014
Photo of DenisKolkin
3.23/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | 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 cheery cough syrup flavor get the top billing here. Not my cup of tea.

DenisKolkin, Nov 01, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

Igormatos, Nov 01, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

RedAleMan, Nov 01, 2014
Photo of Kahlerbock
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Kahlerbock, Nov 01, 2014
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3.4/5  rDev -5.8%

kriskelly19, Nov 01, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -10%

StaveHooks, Nov 01, 2014
Photo of Lucnifter
3.25/5  rDev -10%

Lucnifter, Nov 01, 2014
Photo of Boca-X
3.25/5  rDev -10%

Boca-X, Nov 01, 2014
Photo of LampertLand
3.79/5  rDev +5%
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

LampertLand, Nov 01, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

relynnjr, Nov 01, 2014
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3.84/5  rDev +6.4%

batt6343, Nov 01, 2014
Photo of R11415
2/5  rDev -44.6%

R11415, Nov 01, 2014
Photo of KYGunner
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%

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.

KYGunner, Oct 31, 2014
Photo of Brewlinson
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Brewlinson, Oct 31, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

ARico77, Oct 31, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -10%

csrbv, Oct 31, 2014
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4.36/5  rDev +20.8%

BTEMP0805, Oct 30, 2014
Photo of Jadjunk
3.25/5  rDev -10%
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.

Jadjunk, Oct 30, 2014
Photo of Roguer
4.01/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

Roguer, Oct 29, 2014
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3.68/5  rDev +1.9%

jessealmlie, Oct 29, 2014
Photo of souvenirs
3.4/5  rDev -5.8%

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.

souvenirs, Oct 29, 2014
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3.6/5  rDev -0.3%

deac83, Oct 29, 2014
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3.76/5  rDev +4.2%

Bpc24, Oct 29, 2014
Samuel Adams Fat Jack Double Pumpkin Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
82 out of 100 based on 1,166 ratings.