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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: 849
Reviews: 190
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 16.3%
Wants: 52
Gots: 68 | FT: 1
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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Photo of sanitarium16

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

08-29-2012 14:03:48 | More by sanitarium16
Photo of macrosmatic


3.3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into a 7vnth Sun snifter.

A: Dark auburn that appears clear when the light hits it. Only a bit of visible carbonation and a small off-white head that fades to a ring of foam.

S: Pumpkin, grainy, allspice, cinnamon, and some dark fruitiness.

T: Pumpkin sweetness, roasted malts, some spices (same as aroma). There's a smoky flavor near the end that I'm not a big fan of, and it detracts from (although doesn't altogether ruin) the beer. The smokiness does seem to arise from the pumpkin flavor on the palate & doesn't just jump out of nowhere; and it blends into the sweet finish on the back end.

M: Medium mouthfeel. Good carbonation sensation. Relatively sweet & sticky overall.

O: I guess I could have read the label more closely, but I didn't notice the inclusion of smoked malts in this beer. It doesn't completely overwhelm the rest of the flavor palate, but in my opinion it's not a welcome addition to this beer. Even taking the smokiness out, this is a simply average beer. Also, I learned that no matter how good they sound, I think I've gotta stop drinking pumpkin beer...I just don't tend to enjoy them.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2012 12:52:49 | More by macrosmatic
Photo of TheBeard89


3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

08-29-2012 09:39:24 | More by TheBeard89
Photo of homebrew311


3.3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance is darker than most pumpkin ales, a deep dark orange with a generous 2 fingers of head. Great retention with decent lacing. Nose is full of pumpkin spice with an emphasis on the allspice. Notes of cinnamon are present with a touch of the actual pumpkin in the background. The taste takes an unexpected turn...the malt profile overshadows the pumpkin qualities that were present on the nose. Lots of caramel malts are there along with mellow cinnamon character. No pumpkin present on the taste. The mouthfeel is moderate with high carbonation. I must say I had high hopes after smelling this brew, but the taste is a bit of a let down.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2012 06:33:00 | More by homebrew311
Photo of BEERMILER12


4.15/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a deep mahogany color with a fingers worth of tan head

S: A nice solid malt background along with spices and pumpkin. Definitely smells hearty

T: Again, nice and malty with hearty pumpkin and the usual spices. Some smokiness can also be found thanks to the malts. Also get a little brown sugar. Alcohol is nowhere to be found

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Full and meaty, which helps to hide the alcohol very well

O: This is what I think pumpkin beers should be like. Not over-spiced with fake stuff and a little pumpkin, but big and meaty with plenty of pumpkin to give this kind of heartiness and then a little bit of spice for the sake of the season. This is definitely one of my new favorite pumpkin beers. Don't expect one of those novelty "pumpkin pie" beers, either, because this is definitely not it

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2012 03:18:13 | More by BEERMILER12
Photo of guezarka


3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

08-29-2012 01:24:11 | More by guezarka
Photo of keeganfrank


3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark cherry-colored beer with a thick head of foam the color of pumpkin seeds. Aromas of spice, dough and pumpkin. Smells very much like a pumpkin pie. Tastes of sweetened pumpkin and light spices with notes of doughy bread and leafy vegetables. The spices that appear so strongly in its aroma don't carry over in the flavor. Still, this is an excellent autumn beer.

Serving type: growler

08-28-2012 15:54:11 | More by keeganfrank
Photo of wedge

North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

@ Tyler's (Raleigh)

Clear, beautiful mahogany below a slim, patchy white head. Subtle, spiced aroma: ginger, nutmeg, allspice...the typical pumpkin pie spice blend. A little fruity tartness pops up as well. Lots of toasty caramel flavors, pie spices, dark fruit, and sweet bread. Lightly warming on the way down, but never boozy. Very smooth and on the verge of full bodied. Not exactly pumpkin pie in a glass, but I like that the spices aren't overdone. Good effort.

Serving type: on-tap

08-28-2012 15:23:40 | More by wedge
Photo of Keith_R


4/5  rDev +10.5%

08-28-2012 02:08:41 | More by Keith_R
Photo of Zach136


3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

08-28-2012 02:08:33 | More by Zach136
Photo of TX-Badger


4.43/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Fat Jack has a clear dark amber appearance. Leaves a nice thick inch of fluffy cream colored head on top.

S - On the nose I get pumpkin (very prevalent), some spices, cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice, even a hint of anise as well.

T - On the palate I mainly get pumpkin and lots of it. Bits of each spice are noticeable, they mingle well together. On the finish, a nice sweetness that is balanced out by the hops.

M - Full-bodied and rich on the palate, and the carbonation is just right.

O - A very well done pumpkin beer. I find that these usually go one of two ways: either really good or really bad. This one is in the really good category. The pumpkin and spices make it taste like a piece of pumpkin pie.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2012 01:26:05 | More by TX-Badger
Photo of BigPlay1824

New York

3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a sam adams perfect pint glass

A: pours a beautiful amber color that is fully clear with a few carbonation bubbles floating to the top, very bright color, pours with a ton of head that is light and fluffy with tiny bubbles and lingers for a moderate time before dissipating and leaving a ton of lacing on the glass
S: a warm scent, nutmeg is most evident, pumpkin and all spice slide in towards the end, also a slight licorice note is present not overpowering just there, nice scent overall
T: a pretty solid pumpkin ale IMO, really well balanced, only the slightest alcohol note right up front, solid nutmeg spiciness and rounded sweetness with cinnamon, pumpkin note is well placed and level with the other notes, leaves a slight syrupy sweetness on the palate
M: light carbonation tingle, pleasant spice notes really pump up the palate and bring in alot of character, nice thickness to the texture, finishes cleanly
O: a really well rounded pumpkin ale, quite delicious

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2012 00:18:04 | More by BigPlay1824
Photo of shadowofthereaper_666

New Mexico

4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

08-27-2012 06:07:36 | More by shadowofthereaper_666
Photo of Dope


3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch Number 1

A: Pours a dark reddish-amber. Big dense tan head tops it off. Fades very slowly, leaving nice tendrils of lacing behind.

S: Pumpkin with prominent ginger, nutmeg and cinnamon. Oddly subtle aroma for a 8.5% brew.

T: Some nice pumpkin up front with the spices as mentioned. Quickly turns into a huge spice-fest however. Loaded with nutmeg and ginger primarily. Touch of cinnamon, mainly in the finish. Spicy and oddly bitter.

M: Medium bodied and smooth. Carbonation is good.

O: It's not horrible, just strange balance of flavors. Pumpkin is completely drowned out by unusually strong and uncomplimentary spices in the middle. Most pumpkin beers are very spice heavy but at least they compliment the flavor. This is more of a herbed/spiced beer than a pumpkin ale. Just doesn't work for me, unfortunately.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2012 04:01:31 | More by Dope
Photo of blackcompg


3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from their bomber bottle...

Appearance - Poured nearly 2 fingers of lite mocha head, body is a perfectly clear deep amber orange, with really nice lacing left after the session.

Smell - Roasted malts, nutmeg, allspice - really smells like pumpkin pie with a slightly well done crust ;)

Taste - Nearly like unsweetened pumpkin pie w/out the whipped cream. Begins with a good balance of roasted malts, pie crust, and spice. The foremost spices are allspice and nutmeg, I pick up just a whiff of cinnamon longer into the finish, but this is almost felt more than tasted. I really do get some pumpkin meat flavor here too, along with a good malt backbone that is there for the entire quaff.

Mouthfeel - Mouthfeel is almost medium and creamy smooth. Carb is medium with a few edges at the back of the tongue. Very drinkable, with the slightest alcohol warmth way long into the finish.

Overall - This is a good pumpkin ale, and the alcohol is mostly felt between sips, and more so as it warms. The spice flavor is good, and I do get the pumkin meat, but I feel that a touch more sweetness would really make nice difference, and would really give the effect of a pumpkin ale vs. more of a spiced ale. Definitely worth a try, but a Pumking it is not.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2012 03:07:29 | More by blackcompg
Photo of AaronBurr


4/5  rDev +10.5%

08-27-2012 02:09:44 | More by AaronBurr
Photo of Dcor


4/5  rDev +10.5%

08-27-2012 01:42:31 | More by Dcor
Photo of babbules


3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a mug. This beer has a nice rusty-orange color with aroung half a finger of cream-colored head. Great smell that promised lots of pumpkiny goodness. The flavor was a little disappointing, though. This really should be called pumpkin spice and not really pumpkin, since the nutmeg was soooo powerful. Otherwise, nice malty sweetness and good finish. I'll probably revisit this one around the holidays, but I won't miss it if I can't find it.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2012 22:42:35 | More by babbules
Photo of CloudStrife

New York

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

22 oz bottle split and poured into a snifter. Batch No. 1.

A: Pours a dark ruby with a 1.5 finger off white head. A little bit of visible carbonation, head sticks around as a thin film and ring around the sides of the glass.

S: Spicy nose, I get nutmeg, cinnamon and allspice. Pumpkin may be in the background but hard to tell from the overpowering spice. Roasted malts and carmel in there as well.

T: More dark tasting than most pumpkin beers I have had. Almost as sweet the pie itself. A fair amount of carmel. Could use a little more pumpkin in the front, pretty dominated by spice.

M: Fairly heavy body that comes off a little syrupy. Isn't too sticky or anything. Low carbonation. Alcohol is well hidden.

Overall a good addition to the pumpkin scene. Glad Sam Adams stepped it up a little and released this in compliment to their regular harvest pumpkin. Always been a fan of pumpkin beers.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2012 18:54:42 | More by CloudStrife
Photo of PeteRiz


3/5  rDev -17.1%

08-26-2012 18:11:43 | More by PeteRiz
Photo of BeerLover99


3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: deep rust, finger khaki head, very little lacing

S: big allspice, nutmeg, ginger, light pumpkin

T: ginger, allspice, malt, light pumpkin, mild bitter

M: med body, smooth mouth/solid carbonation

O: Not bad, not my fav but I do love the style
so gave it a go. Would recommend to die-hard
pumpkin beer fans only, the spices seem to over
power the pumpkin.


Serving type: bottle

08-26-2012 16:08:38 | More by BeerLover99
Photo of shockrocker65


4.75/5  rDev +31.2%

08-26-2012 06:20:53 | More by shockrocker65
Photo of rypkr


4.75/5  rDev +31.2%

08-26-2012 03:44:58 | More by rypkr
Photo of hardcor33


3/5  rDev -17.1%

08-26-2012 02:32:00 | More by hardcor33
Photo of H0rnedFr0gs


3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

08-26-2012 01:52:45 | More by H0rnedFr0gs
Samuel Adams Fat Jack Double Pumpkin Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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