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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
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821 Ratings
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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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kristiekatk

Massachusetts

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

Fat Jack pours a rich garnet with a thin tan head that quickly collapses into a light surface layer. It doesn’t look like your typical pumpkin beer. And I like that. The aroma is full of pumpkin meat, cinnamon, and vanilla. It has as very strong fall spicing smell, but not overly sweet like the Harvest.

I was expecting that imperial bite in the taste but was instead hit with a luscious malt base. On the palate it’s bready, toasted malts, a slight smokiness, and a great squash character; plus that same holiday spicing as the nose, very cider-like. There’s a light booziness and just enough bitterness to give a nice kick. Incredibly smooth and drinkable for an imperial pumpkin, Fat Jack is a great representation of the dark pumpkin style and it’ll definitely be a beer that I pick up again next year.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2012 01:33:46 | More by kristiekatk
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TheSixthRing

California

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

Appearance - Pours a clear, deep, near ruby brown with an off-white, yellowsish two-finger head. Fair retention. The lacing is spotty a best.

Smell - Hits on strong nutmeg and cinnamon character with lesser notes of pumpkin taking a backseat. Hints at a subtle, lightly baked pie crust aroma.

Taste - Follows the nose. Pumpkin flavor is subdued in favor of the nutmeg and cinnamon spice. Hints of pie crust. Finishes with a bit brown sugar sweetness and a moderate alcohol heat.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with a tingly carbonation. Somewhat creamy. Finishes fairly dry.

Overall - This is basically their Harvest Pumpkin Ale on steroids. That's not necessarily a good thing, as the Harvest Pumpkin wasn't all that good to begin with. Drinkable, but not too terribly enjoyable, and I cringe at the thought of paying the full asking price for it.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2012 08:20:07 | More by TheSixthRing
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

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

(Served in a tulip glass)
Batch #1

A- This beer pours a slightly dense dark caramel red body with a gentle carbonation and a sticky light tan cream head that last for a good bit.

S- The gentle blend of pumpkin spice and dry toffee notes are mellow and mild.

T- The nice toasted malt flavor has some depth with a dark toffee flavor to follow and a faint smoke or char note that lingers. There is a creamy sweetness that grows in the finish as the beer opens.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with a creamy texture and a nice alcohol warmth coming through as it warms.

O- The nice malt depth with subtle spices have an interesting smoke hint and a pumpkin tartness that come through when it is warm. Nice solid pumpkin beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2012 21:00:12 | More by rhoadsrage
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MattyG85

Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 650 ml bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Batch no. 1.

Appearance: Pours a deep and slightly hazy brownish amber. Lots of bubbles and a solid three fingers of off white head with good retention. Leaves a decent amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A very malty aroma with mix of spices and pumpkin. Toasted malts with hints of caramel, toffee, biscuit, and a little smoke. Solid hints of pumpkin. Spices including cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and ginger. Spices are quite noticeable but not overwhelming. Pumpkin smells real. Also some earthy, grassy, hops adding some balance. A pretty solid well balanced aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a solid malty, spicy taste with a good dose of pumpkin. Toasted malts with a taste of caramel, toffee, smoke, and biscuit. A good taste of real pumpkins. Solid spicing with notes of nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, and allspice. Some grassy and earthy hops that add some bitterness and dryness. A big taste that is well balanced. Pretty good.

Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, spicy, and pretty smooth. Alcohol is hidden well.

Overall: A really solid take on the pumpkin ale style. Real pumpkin taste with a solid spicing that doesn't go overboard.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2012 07:12:36 | More by MattyG85
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nebula1999

Connecticut

4.48/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. Can I begin and end my review there? Guess not...

Dark copper color, tall whitish head.

Smells of, well, pumpkin pie. But it's really more than that. there's a richness in the aroma that goes WAY beyond the usual pumpkin ale swill. A sweetness that comes through in the scent.

Taste is over the top right off the bat. Cinnamon, clove, allspice, ginger, nutmeg, booze, even some caramel sweetness. It's all in there, and more. This beer has depth unlike any of the double or imperial pumpkins out there that I have tried. this is what a pumpkin ale should be. Rich, creamy, high alcohol, pumpkin pie spice, without the cloying sweetness. I've always been disappointed in other pumpkins, because they lack depth of character. I believe the quintessential pumpkin ale should be rich and full bodied with the requisite spices, but even with some porter or stout characteristics too.."Pumpkin Barleywine" possibly? Until then, this one fits perfectly.

Cheers to Sam Adams. I finally found it!....the pumpkin ale to beat all other pumpkin ales.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2012 17:10:33 | More by nebula1999
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falloutsnow

Illinois

3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From: Binny's, IL
Date: No obvious date on bottle (from store in September)
Glass: Standard American pint glass

Sam Adams' imperial pumpkin ale is a heavy, caramelized-sugar-sweet pumpkin pie filling-influenced ale that generally hits all the right notes for the style. While the carbonation might be increased a notch without problem, this is still a solid effort. One to definitely try or enjoy again, at least once a year (not sure I'd want to have more than a bottle of this per several months, though).

Pours a modest 1cm head, made up of medium to large bubbles, with fairly average to poor retention. The head fades to a thin ring around the glass with a few ghostly islands of foam atop the body, leaving very modest lacing (a few dots and lines stick to the sides of the glass). Body is a dark reddish-amber color, transparent, with little visible carbonation.

Aroma is very sweet and thick overall, with notable pie spices and mild smokiness. More complex than a non-imperial pumpkin ale, and generally pleasing. Specifically, a caramel-like sweetness is quite prominent. Secondary scents of cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger are apparent as well. The smoked malts are detectable, though not particularly strong to me. If I inhale deeply, I also pull in some mild ethanol.

The combined flavor palette for the beer is hearty, caramel sweetness with pumpkin pie base and a noticeable smokiness. Front of palate picks up pumpkin puree combined with caramelized sugars. Mid-palate features rich caramel malt sweetness; pumpkin pie base including pumpkin, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg; some smokiness; and even slight chocolate. Back of palate detects continued pumpkin pie base with some caramel-like sweetness, while the smokiness and chocolate are toned down. Aftertaste of caramelized sugars and residual pumpkin pie filling.

Beer is medium-heavy in weight, with fairly modest carbonation considering the ethanol and heft. The resulting mouthfeel is slightly sluggish, a bit more carbonation would perhaps make the aroma more prominent and ease the sipping of this beer. I appreciate the heaviness of the beer, though, as this seems to complement both the heaviness of the flavors and the style in general. Ethanol warmth on the back of the palate and throat, not unpleasant. Finishes rather dry, with a bit of residual stickiness around the lips.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2012 02:41:34 | More by falloutsnow
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

-Real pumpkin, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and all spice. Batch#1.

A: Dark coppery pour shows a dense rising of effervesce. The head is bready, pitted foam, with a light cork board coloring. Retention is nice as is lacing which is modest in show.

S: The smoked malt is gentle, but noticeable and contributes a nice smoky toasted pumpkin feel, a nice twist and addition i dont recall in to many others by style. The cinnamon is present, nutmeg, as well a sweet dusting of caramel and all spice. Ginger is light with a respectable sniff of real pumpkin puree. Like that they kept this real pumpkin rather a dessert style load of pumpkin spicing.

T: Again nice smoked pumpkin puree is dominant, a nice toasty and warm pumpkin feel. Warm cinnamon, ginger spicing and nutmeg with a sweet toasted grain base. The real pumpkin flavor comes through nicely, accented by just the right amount of spicing, again not gagging you with the spicing, but letting it compliment the pumpkin puree. Toasty pie crust with a touch of warm honey-brown sugar sweetness coming on the close.

M: Malty mouthful, creamy pumpkin puree feel, soft carbonation, full body feel with an alcohol warmth.

O: Overall nice drinkability, not overly done spice wise but a blend of both worlds, real honest pumpkin flavor with just the right amount of spicing accent which doesnt come off like a pumpkin pie in a blender type of drink. Usually pumpkin beers are at one end of the spectrum or the other, a gag full of pumpkin pie spice, or just a bland amount of pumpkin pulp with little spicing, this seems to balance a nice sweet spot inbetween. Again sam adams achieves a nice balanced very drinkable beer that you just cant complain about.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2012 01:09:03 | More by beerthulhu
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tvljr

Virginia

4.68/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a big ass bottle of this while on vacation in Orlando recently. Poured into a tulip glass.

This is definitely one of the best Pumpkin Ales I've ever had. It poured nice and dark with a serious aroma of pumpkin, nutmeg and cinnamon.

Unlike many pumpkin ales it didn't overwhelm with spices. While the hints of spice are there, the beer is still just that, a beer. The spices augment the beer and make this a true positive drinking experience.

Also, despite the high alcohol content, there is no overt alcohol taste found in many similar ABV brews.

This is really good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2012 21:39:14 | More by tvljr
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

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

Poured in tulip glass.

A - Deep amber with one finger of cream coloured head that reduced to a thin layer.

S - Pumpkin and spice aromas come together nicely with some sweet bready malts, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg.

T - A big spice profile integrates well with pumpkin puree. Some pretty big cinnamon, all spice and nutmeg notes with a lighter ginger presence. Warming alcohol presence throughout.

M -Medium body. Chewy. Light carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2012 23:07:58 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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CampusCrew

Florida

3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thought this was well done... loved the color, dark brown, decent head rentention. The aromas and flavors were decent. Nothing spectaculr but a decent pumpkin beer with a nice big malty body. That was the best thing abiut the beer is that it had some substance to it, not a weak spicy pumpkin soda like so many on the market today. Pumpkin nor the spice was overpowering and the brown ale base was solid.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2012 19:45:17 | More by CampusCrew
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StoutHunter

Michigan

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

I picked up a bottle of Samuel Adams Fat Jack Double Pumpkin Ale a couple weeks ago for $6.99 at The Lager Mill. I'm still on the search for a great Pumpkin Ale and since today is Halloween I thought it would be fitting to give this beer a try, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date Batch #1. Poured from a brown 24 ounce brown bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks pretty good, its nicely done and it's a little eye catching. It poured a muddy amber color that took on a copper hue when held to the light with two and a half fingers worth of tan head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and left lots of nice lacing. This is a good looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with some malts that have a higher amount of medium sweetness and impart some caramel, toffee, and a slight nutty aroma. After that comes a nice pumpkin aroma that seems to be pretty natural smelling and is followed by some nice pumpkin pie spices with nutmeg and cinnamon seeming to stick out the most. The aroma is pretty good, the malts show up nicely and pumpkin smells authentic without being overly spiced, I like it.

T- The taste seems to be fairly similar to the aroma and it starts off with some malts that have a higher amount of medium sweetness and impart some nice caramel and toffee like flavors followed by a slight smokey flavor that I wasn't expecting but it works well and adds some complexity to this brew. Up next comes the pumpkin which has a nice meaty pumpkin flavor that is pretty natural and is followed by a medium amount of pumpkin pie spices with the nutmeg sticking out the most. This beer tasted good, it was fairly complex with some natural pumpkin flavor and it wasn't over spiced, I enjoyed it.

M- Pretty smooth, a little chewy, pretty damn creamy, on the lighter side of being full bodied with a nice amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was good and it worked well with this beer, I have no complaints.

Overall I thought this was a good beer and a pretty damn good example of the style, it had everything I look for in a Pumpkin Ale with some nice balance and a pretty creamy mouthfeel. This beer had good drinkability, it went down pretty smooth and the 8.5% alcohol barely showed up in the taste, I think one bomber is the perfect amount with this beer, I couldn't see myself drinking another bottle after this one. What I liked the most about this beer was it's balance and the fact that it wasn't overly spiced and the creamy mouthfeel was also pretty noteworthy. What I liked least about this beer was nothing, I can't think of anything that I disliked or would change about this beer, it's fine just the way it is. I would buy another bottle of this if it's released next year, it's a good all around Pumpkin Ale, and it isn't that expensive, I recommend this beer to anyone looking for a good Pumpkin Ale. All in all I was pretty satisfied with this beer and I would say this is one of the best Pumpkin Ales that I have had this year but I don't think it knocks the now retired Screaming Pumpkin off as being my favorite Pumpkin Ale, but this was a pretty damn good one in it's own right and I'm glad that I took a chance on it. This is much better then their Harvest Pumpkin Ale and it's worthy of being put in bombers, good job guys this is one good Pumpkin Ale that's really hitting the spot on this cold Halloween night.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2012 03:48:12 | More by StoutHunter
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WastingFreetime

Wisconsin

3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours out a clear copper-amber with a fizzy head that lasts for about two minutes, leaving behind some minimal lacing on the glass. Medium body and carbonation levels.

Smells of a sweet caramel apple with plenty of toasted bread and pumpkin pie spice in layers on top of each other. The flavor has the same breadiness and pumpkin pie spice but with a touch more cinnamon hotness and plenty of brown sugar. Fresh, meaty pumpkin is actually identifiable within the flavor profile, as is a mild sort of milk chocolate background nuance. The ABV is semi-hidden, but does show up towards the end of the sip as a rising heat, which also helps to dry out the finish.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2012 01:10:25 | More by WastingFreetime
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

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

All of the beers of Samuel Adams 22 oz give the greater beer enthusiast just what they want: bolder flavor, keen balance, and a unique twist that we didn't see coming. Fat Jack does all that with the most popular of all seasonal varietals- the pumpkin ale!

With a color of oxidized bronze, the darker tawny hue hardly lets any light pass but because of its dark brownish red hue and not because of haze. The beer seems brilliantly clear. An off white foamy head releases from the beer and retains the session well with moderate lacing as the beer falls.

Balanced aromas share notions of graham cracker cookies, pumpkin pie, molasses, and a hint of pepper. A toasted malt character seem to be of bread crust, roasted nuts, and deeply caramelized sugars. Pumpkin-like character is tertiary to malt and spice heading into taste.

Likewise the flavors of spice carry the beer. Cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and ginger all create a collage that both complicates the taste and balances it at the same time. What those spicy additions press against is a dry toast flavor that hinges on graham cracker, baguette crust, roasted pecan, and the slight scorching of brown sugar. Where there's just enough sweetness to give a rounded taste to pumpkin fruit, there's no real excessive sweetness- this keeps the beer very drinkable.

Malty-dry textures want to dictate the mouthfeel, but the starchy taste and texture of pumpkin flesh insists on a dextrin-rich body full of starch and heavy whipping cream. The back-and-forth between the toasty and pumpkiny textures give the beer a rich and complex body that's only interrupted in a spicy, peppery finish (presumably from ginger) with alcohol warmth.

I'm quite impressed with Fat Jack, however I feel guilty for dismissing the Boston Beer Company's ability for excellence. I've seen a lot of great breweries spew off lackluster or ill-balanced pumpkin ales routinely. But the palate is certainly rewarded with a glass of Fat Jack on the eve of Halloween!

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2012 05:33:55 | More by BEERchitect
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tigg924

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: 1/3 inch head, dark brownish-orange in color, clear, high carbonation

Smell: caramel, big clove, and pumpkin spice

Taste: deep sweet caramel, clove, cinnamon, and rich pumpkin spice

Mouthfeel: sweet with slight bitterness, moderate carbonation, heavy bodied

Overall: This is what I expect from an imperial pumpkin. Nice bold and sweet flavors. This has elements of an English barleywine. I love the deep rich caramel and pumpkin. I will pick this up again next year.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2012 13:22:17 | More by tigg924
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KickbacksSteve

Florida

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a small snifter. Light beige, frothy head, high retention. Body is dark amber to light mahogany. Lacing is sudsy and sticky. Aroma includes caramel malts, some brown sugar, light beef jerky (no idea why), maybe some cinnamon. Not really any pumpkin flavors per se, maybe they are there and the beef jerky smell is throwing me off. Taste is also not pumkiney, just hints of pumpkin pie spices. Tickles the tongue and lips slightly. Pretty tasty beer just a little less pumpkin flavor than expected from a "double pumpkin" beer.

Serving type: on-tap

10-29-2012 06:49:24 | More by KickbacksSteve
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RonfromJersey

New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Outstanding orange red color, excellent clarity, topped by three fingers of bubbly off-white foam.

A spice rack of a nose: cinnamon, nutmeg, clove. Bit of pumpkin, too.

Taste follows that nose. Cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove, mixed with pumpkin. Undercurrent of caramel sweetness. Sense of bigness, but no alcohol burn.

Mouthfeel is thick and chewy, some real body to it.

Not something to throw down a sixer of at a Halloween party, but a nice sipper on a cool autumn night.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2012 04:50:05 | More by RonfromJersey
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JuicesFlowing

Kansas

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

Poured into a balloon glass.

The beer is a dark ruby mahogany with an off white head that's slow to recede. Rings of wispy lacing coat the glass initially.

The beer smells more of pumpkin pie mix than spices overload, which is good. Some faint alcohol gets mixed in there as well.

The taste is again, not overspiced. It's a creamy, earthy pumpkin with some faint marshmallowy sweetness in the back end. Also, a slight tangy lime peel finish.

Mouthfeel is totally creamy and smooth.

Overall, not a bad effort, in fact it's a relief to not use the words "cinnamon and nutmeg" at all in this review. And that alone makes this worth sipping.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2012 00:39:19 | More by JuicesFlowing
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Gavage

New Jersey

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

Appearance: pours a hazy mahogany reddish color with a big fluffy 2"+ head. Nice lace develops.

Smell: light spiciness and caramel come through to the nose.

Taste: caramel, toffee, nutmeg, cinnamon, a hint of allspice, and a bit of pumpkin sweetness. Bitterness is moderate and alcohol is slightly noticeable.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Lightly crisp at the start, smoother at the finish. Long lasting aftertaste.

Overall: this is a tasty and flavorful pumpkin ale. Slower sipping than some other pumpkin beers, this one is satisfying. Worth trying this one if you can find it.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2012 23:14:58 | More by Gavage
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keithmurray

New York

3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - brownish red color with fluffy beige head

smell - nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger

taste - cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, pumkin as it warms, a little harsh/hot on the aftertaste

mouthfeel - medium bodied, medium carbonation, slightly sweet upfront, spicy kick in the middle

overall - decent seasonal from Sam Adams, starts out well enough, but there is a weird effect with the mouthfeel that I can't quite put my finger on that makes this a step below enjoyable, not sure about a revisit, though

Price Point - $6.99/16.9 oz bottle

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2012 21:18:09 | More by keithmurray
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wrb357

California

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz into pint glass.

A: Looks great. Honestly, this is what an autumn beer should look like. Nice lace of head, great amber color that looks brown/orange under no direct light. I know we don't talk about this much on here, but the labels for these Samuel Adams artisanal beers are great. This one isn't my favorite (Norse Legend wins that one) but the hand-drawn creepy pumpkin on the front? Awesome.

S: A nose-full of spices, right off the bat. Hits you nice and hard. Definitely intrigues you into drinking this bad boy.

T: Obviously, you gotta let this warm up. At first when it's cooler you're hit with a bunch of spices and they linger on your tongue. Definitely taste the nutmeg, cinnamon...can you taste the pumpkin though? Not really...until it warms up. Then there is definitely a pumpkin taste on the backbone of this beer. Interestingly, though not surprisingly, the spice flavors really pack a punch when it warms up, and my sips got smaller as time went on. And, almost sadly, it nearly overpowered. Like, the way to explain it is that it's most definitely a spiced beer, with hints of pumpkin; but this isn't something I would drink outside of small sips on a cold autumn day. I'm not bringing this to a party or to watch football. It's a solo beer (not Solo beer).

M: It really bubbles on the tip of the tongue, yet after you gulp it sits in your mouth and on the back of the tongue. The flavors linger awhile, but since they are so strongly spicy, I found myself having to take sips of water for fear of getting parched. I was a bit surprised by how much it kicked in the front. Can also taste the alcohol when it warms up a bit.

I haven't had many pumpkin beers outside of cheap macro versions, and this one didn't necessarily sell me on the whole idea of "pumpkin beer", yet I enjoyed its presentation and variety of spices. I don't think I'd get this again unless I was in a cabin and it was raining and I wanted something nice to sip by the fire. However, I'd probably take to a darker brown ale or a stout in that occasion.

Nevertheless, the long and short of it is: if you like spiced ales, or if you've never tried something like this, give it a shot. It's very surprising and interesting, though it won't be added to my list of favorite beers anytime soon. But at 8.5%? I'm a happy pumpkin, for sure.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2012 03:32:37 | More by wrb357
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BrownNut

Florida

4.28/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served cool in a tulip. No idea what their bottle code means but it's late October - can't be too old.

A - 4.25 - Crystal clear red-brown, very pretty. Very nice light tan colored, multi-textured head that dissipates slowly.

S - 4.5 - Really wonderful smell. Definitely smells like pumpkin pie filling, which I love. Southern Tier Pumking shouts crust whereas this one is much more about the spiced filling, but not so heavy on the spices as to crowd out the actual pumpkin and sweetness. And there's still a hint of crust presence to round out the whole-pie experience.

T - 4.25 - Very nice, mild, round, full, slightly buttery, with just a touch of sting at the end and some nice faint fumes of booze and spice wafting up the throat. Actually pumpkiny, with some of that caramel-esque liquid you'd get in a can of candied yams. I don't know if there's a diacetyl thing happening here, but I'm a fan of that from my Samuel Smith's days and I feel there must be something of that nature deliberately going on here. That richness and fullness. Feels great, tastes great, makes me feel great. The aftertaste has something just approaching bitterness but not quite getting there. It stimulates the salivary glands.

M - 4.0 - Medium bodied, with other characteristics described above, with an ending that is slightly dry and sticky at the same time, drier in the front of the tongue and stickier in the back.

O - 4.25 - This is a solid winner. When you've given up on Samuel Adams' main line of beers as too tame, don't sleep on their special lines. There is quality stuff to be had. What I like about this one is the fullness of it. You're not left wanting. The spices are deftly handled and just a pleasure to smell, without being attacky and overdone on the palate. You can taste real pumpkin flavor and dream of mom's pumpkin pie to come in November. I can't wait. I'm basically a fan of anything double/imperial and this takes pumpkin ale where I want it to go.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2012 02:05:58 | More by BrownNut
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Smurfsuit


3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Dark amber, decent mild yellow lacing

Smell- More spicy than "pumpkiny".

Taste- Flat and uninteresting on the tip of the tongue but quickly perks up on the back end with explosion of "said" spices. Not getting a whole lotta real pumpkin taste here. Is it just me?

Mouthfeel- Velvety feel and texture, good carbonation, The high ABV is definitely disguised. Watch out.

Overall- Definitely worth a shot for pumpkin fans, but for the amount of pumpkin that is claimed to be used, I was hoping for more pumpkin and less spice.

Serving type: bottle

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2012 20:35:16 | More by Smurfsuit
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jslice99

New York

4.08/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Dark red/orange color with a tan head that leaves some lacing on the glass.

Smell- More on the spice side, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and allspice. You do pick up a slight pumpkin scent.

Taste- The taste is same as the smell. Sort of heavy on the spices with a sweet pumpkin taste towards the finish that hides the abv well.

Mouthfeel- The mouthfeel is well balanced. medium to full body with slight carbonation.

Overall- This is a great seasonal offering from Sam Adams. Perfect for a cool autumn night. It's way better than their harvest pumpkin ale that they offer in their harvest mix pack. Try it if you can find it!

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2012 04:46:37 | More by jslice99
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Zorro

California

3.28/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear reddish brown colored beer with a small yellowish tan colored head.

Smell is pumpkin and spice with lots of ginger. Pretty much smells like pumpkin pie without the crust.

Starts out sweet with a good amount of spice and caramel. Strange flavor to the malt here something like soy sauce and tobacco leaf at the same time. Ginger and clove dominate the taste as expected. All in all it is OK.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall, OK I tasted it and now back to something better.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2012 23:16:07 | More by Zorro
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bsp77

Minnesota

3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Fairly dark reddish-orange with large, bubbly tan head that leaves some sticky lacing.

Smell: Cherry and some floral, spicy notes. That's about it, with only a titch of the pumpkin spices.

Taste: Cherry stands out here as well, but there are also major nutty and roasted notes. Autumn spices add to the profile.

Feel: Fairly smooth, medium-full body but there is a strange off-dry chalky finish that detracts slightly.

Overall: Despite some issues with the aroma and mouthfeel, this is still a tasty brew. And that is certainly most important.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2012 23:41:10 | More by bsp77
Samuel Adams Fat Jack Double Pumpkin Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
82 out of 100 based on 821 ratings.