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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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849 Ratings
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Ratings: 849
Reviews: 190
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 16.3%
Wants: 52
Gots: 68 | FT: 1
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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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RyanGoodman

Bolivia

4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

09-29-2012 12:29:49 | More by RyanGoodman
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KTCamm

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the special edition bomber (release 1) into a perfect pint glass.

Pours medium dark brown with some reddish hints. light layer of white foam. Malty smell, mostly caramel. Very minor hint of nutmeg. Some pumpkin taste, some cinammon. Not overloaded. All flavors mild and blended. Smoky too. Real flavor here, nicely done.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2012 09:58:40 | More by KTCamm
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harrylee773

Illinois

1.5/5  rDev -58.6%

09-29-2012 03:04:45 | More by harrylee773
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fpreh1957

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -17.1%

09-28-2012 19:14:42 | More by fpreh1957
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jondeelee

Massachusetts

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

Fat Jack opens with a thick, rich, hearty pumpkin pie aroma, the nose immediately recalling grandma’s house at Thanksgiving with layers of pumpkin and heavy spice, including ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove/allspice. The spices might actually be a bit too heavy here, especially the ginger, which easily dominates the spices and actually slightly overwhelms the pumpkin. The malts are biscuit and toasty, adding a piecrust rim, and the sugars are full enough to seem almost like whipped cream. There are also good touches of vanilla and caramel, as well as a liqueur-strong whiff of alcohol, which when combined with the sugars and caramels resembles a cream liqueur. Some light chocolates and coffee. As a whole, the nose is very full, and boasts an impressive range of notes. Again, the spices might be a bit too heavy, but not obscenely so, making the beer as a whole smell like an alcoholic pumpkin pie with about 25% too much spice.

On the tongue, the beer opens with a heavy pumpkin and spice whang, slamming the tongue with virtual chunks of pumpkin flesh blended with, in descending order, ginger, nutmeg, allspice, and cinnamon. The ginger still seems slightly overpowering here, but much less so than it seemed on the nose. Still, the spices are a bit heavy overall. Some vanilla, toast crust, and biscuit float around in the background, mixed with a heavy peppery layer. There are also a few toasted pecans, some caramel, and a heavy dollop of brown sugar. Noticeable throughout the mouthful and lasting into the aftertaste is a vodka-like alcoholic burn that seems stronger than it should be for an 8.5% ABV beer, biting at the soft palate and tongue and actually seeming to increase in potency as the beer is held in the mouth and the sugars die off. When mixed with a medium-high carbonation, this high alcohol burn creates a seltzer liqueur sensation. Otherwise the aftertaste is more heavily-spiced pumpkin pie, and good remnants of homemade crust. Mouthfeel is an oily medium-light to medium.

Overall, this is a decent pumpkin-based beer, and it’s immediately obvious why Sam Adams chose to label this as a “Double Pumpkin” beer: the flavors are huge, and enough raw pumpkin has entered the mix to leave an oily sensation in the mouth after swallowing. The spices are slightly over-large, however, and the heavy alcoholic burn does somewhat detract from the flavors. And just at the edges of the beer is a very raw pumpkin flavor—not pumpkin pie-cooked, but raw straight from the gourd—which is also offsetting. Decent, but could have used a bit more fine-tuning.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2012 19:11:08 | More by jondeelee
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guinb


4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

09-28-2012 13:48:09 | More by guinb
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TempeBeerMan

Arizona

3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint.

A - Pours a deep rust color with a creamy one-finger light tan head with good retention. Nice lacing of tiny bubbles.

S - Smells very much like pumpkin pie. Getting a lot of nutmeg, allspice, and ginger along with (obviously) pumpkin. Smells pretty inviting.

T - Lots of autumn spices, not so much pumpkin. Spice blend is aggressive; tons of ginger, allspice, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Pumpkin sweetness along with caramel malt forms the backbone. Flavor is rich. Alcohol comes through a little in the finish, and it along with the strong spice blend combine to give a slightly "hot" quality going down. It's basically the SA "Harvest Pumpkin Ale" on steroids, and with more ginger. I found it to be pretty tasty.

M - Medium bodied, with VERY prickly carbonation. Probably overcarbonated, but in it's defense, it does keep it from becoming syrupy.

O - I really enjoyed this, despite it's obvious flaws (over-spiced, over-carbonated). Not as good as DFH Punkin, but better than most I have tried. If you enjoy autumn spices, give it a whirl.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2012 04:09:01 | More by TempeBeerMan
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PissWarmChango

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

09-28-2012 03:47:22 | More by PissWarmChango
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twaddlac

Ohio

4.85/5  rDev +34%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Pours a dark amber/molasses color with a nice lacing that lines the cup with large bubbles. Can see a bit of carbonation stemming from the bottom.

S - Can definitely smell the spices but the sweet molasses notes engulf your senses ate the end which is very pleasant! I also smell this pie crust-like smell. It honestly smells like a pumpkin pie.

T - I was dreading this beer being as it's Sam Adams. I was expecting something on the lines of Buffalo Bill's Pumpkin Ale, but this is fantastic! Initially it seems like it will overwhelm you with spice but right before you finish that thought the molasses kicks in and complements it perfectly. I also noticed a nice yeasty finish.

M - Very smooth, medium bodies, and perfect combination.

O - I think this may be my favorite pumpkin beer, and this is my favorite style!

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2012 01:03:40 | More by twaddlac
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rangerred

Tennessee

3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap.

Poured a clear ruby with a tan one finger head.

Aroma of cinnamon and nutmeg along with a little bit of roast. Spice is predominant though. A little bit of vanilla and allspice too.

The flavor was much like the smell. I especially like the roast character as this sets it apart from other pumpkin beers I have had. The beer wasn't too sweet and never really did become cloying.

Overall, a really great pumpkin beer and probably the best imperial variety I have had. Just wish I could find bottles of this.

Serving type: on-tap

09-28-2012 00:51:31 | More by rangerred
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Chrixsus

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +31.2%

09-27-2012 06:46:07 | More by Chrixsus
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Kinsman

California

3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark bronze color with an attractive dense and creamy head on top. Smells like liquid pumpkin pie with a nice gourdy pumpkin note and a boatload of nutmeg and cinnamon spice with a health dose of vanilla sweetness to offset it.

Nice full-bodied pumpkin flavor with a rich array of spices. Rich and creamy sweetness makes for a nice dessert beer. The typical pie spices can be a tad bit much as you work through all 22 ounces but they're not as over done as many other pumpkin beers can be. Overall, while many pumpkin beers lack the body to carry all the flavor, Fat Jack has a nice balance of heft to hold up all that is going on but splitting the bottle might be a good idea as the richness can get to you.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2012 01:01:13 | More by Kinsman
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

4.38/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From Batch #1. Sampled on September 25, 2012.

It pours an attractive looking deep amber with a delicate off-white head and garnet-ruby hues glistening along the side of the glass.

The aroma is vibrant with plenty of fall characteristics starting with pumpkin, allspice, nutmeg, and cinnamon.

The body is better than medium but also smooth and creamy.

My taste buds are introduced in a sweet fashion with dark malts and a little nutmeg and all spice but after a minute the moderate pepper-like bitterness kicks in and lingers briefly before pleasantly fading out. A nice pumpkin ale.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2012 22:07:41 | More by puboflyons
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TonyTalon

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +10.5%

09-25-2012 05:43:52 | More by TonyTalon
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zeff80

Missouri

3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at 44 Stone in Columbia, MO.

A - Poured a clear, burgundy color with some golden highlights. It had a pillowy, off-white head of foam that left sudsy trails of lace.

S - It smelled of pumpkin, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Nice but not overpowering.

T - It tasted of sweet pumpkin with all the spices that come with pumpkin pie. Good cinnamon and nutmeg flavor with just enough bitterness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a pretty good pumpkin ale. Glad I could try it on tap at 44 Stone.

Serving type: on-tap

09-25-2012 03:33:10 | More by zeff80
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Nerudamann

Oregon

3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look - medium red in color, with about two fingers' worth of foam that dissipates somewhat slowly.

Smell - the spices are a little more prevalent than the pumpkin itself. Though it is a good mix. The nutmeg and allspice especially seem to shout out to me.

Taste - much like the smell, the pumpkin flavor is there, but it seems like it's mostly the spices that are calling out on the taste. It does have a bit more mature of a flavor in the middle though, perhaps from certain hops there were used, or maybe from specially spiced malts? Interesting taste in the end though.

Mouthfeel - pretty well-balanced overall, not to far on the creamy side and not too far on the watery side.

Overall - not a bad brew overall. It's obviously just a play for the seasonal, so it's a little overdone in that sense, but it's still a good tasting brew.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2012 02:44:24 | More by Nerudamann
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very dark orange, almost garnet. Solid ring of head. 4.0

Cinnamon and roasted malts with hints of pumpkin. Decent. 3.5

Cinnamon and pumpkin. Boozy with notes of roast, vanilla, toffee, and light nutmeg. Rich in flavor and ringing with strength. 4.0

Lower carb, but a rich body. Heavy-handed with the booze, however. 3.5

Nice pumpkin ale from Sam Adams. Better than their Harvest Pumpkin. 4.0

Serving type: on-tap

09-24-2012 01:22:01 | More by thecheapies
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videofrog

Texas

3/5  rDev -17.1%

09-23-2012 23:11:14 | More by videofrog
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Kubrickx

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

09-23-2012 23:05:45 | More by Kubrickx
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riored4v

Colorado

3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured in to a tulip. Thin, 1 finger head thst was khaki colored. Faded fast. Clear, dark brown body with hints of uby red.

Aroma had some caramel and breast notes. Light right with notes of cinnamon, all spice and pumpkin. Slight raisin notes.

Taste was enjoyable. Slight notes of heat in the taste. Chewy upfront with a fairly clean finish. Cinnamon and bready flavors. Notes of nutmeg, allspice and caramel. Good amount of pumpkin flavor. Earthy hop presence.

Body was medium with medium carb. Chewy upfront but fairly crisp finish

Nice beer overall. Could be less chewy but it works

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2012 22:45:33 | More by riored4v
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KFaulkner

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -17.1%

09-23-2012 22:12:34 | More by KFaulkner
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korguy123

Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crystal clear dark brown with huge amounts of crimson highlights. Two finger off white head with loads of chunky lacing everywhere.

Tons of pumpkin in this, brown sugar and cinnamon. Nutmeg is there but not over powering like in most pumpkin beers.

Pumpkin and cinnamon with a nice vanilla and brown sugar sweetness. The base beer tastes nutty and roasty.

Medium body, slightly creamy, low carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2012 18:24:48 | More by korguy123
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MightiestBeard

Florida

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

09-23-2012 12:43:35 | More by MightiestBeard
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JamesHenjum

Florida

2.8/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Review from someone who hates pumpkin in anything but pie.

A: I see through orange. Cool looking beer.

S: Smells like pumpkins....

T: The pumpkin hits you right away with. It is creamy like pie, then as you swallow it gets spicier from the hops. If you like pumpkin beers, I imagine this would be amazing tasting.

M: Wish it was drier. The taste stays with you so long.

O: If you like pumpkin beers this will be amazing. If not, then at least you can say you had one. Not my thing, but if it was, I would know I would like this beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2012 02:29:36 | More by JamesHenjum
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jtd1969

North Carolina

3.28/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark Amber with good head retention and lacing

S - Clove, ginger, nutmeg mainly, sweet malts

T - Very malty and caramel with lots of sweet bready tones, light pumpkin and lots of spices (Nutmeg and ginger) very rich

M - Full bodied, medium to light carbonation

O - Very rich beer but not as much pumpkin as I would like. More of a Spiced Fall beer with some pumpkin undertones... Not a bad beer, but I like other pumpkin ales more.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2012 02:04:18 | More by jtd1969
Samuel Adams Fat Jack Double Pumpkin Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
82 out of 100 based on 849 ratings.