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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: 926
Reviews: 198
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 16.3%
Wants: 69
Gots: 90 | 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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Photo of SpartanHistory2013
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

SpartanHistory2013, Aug 29, 2012
Photo of ao125
1.7/5  rDev -53%

Serving Type: poured from a Fat Jack bottle into a tulip glass

Appearance: Pumpkin orange

Smell: Cinnamon.

Taste: Cinnamon.

Mouthfeel: Actually, not too bad. About what I'd expect from an ale from SA.

Overall: Okay, this has got to stop. Somewhere along the way, someone equated pumpkin beers with cinnamon beers... and that line of thinking is instant failure. Southern Tier's Pumking was a paradigm shift in the way people think about pumpkin ales, in that they made a beer that tasted exactly like pumpkin pie. Perhaps cloyingly sweet and over-spiced, but still, there was a well-intentioned goal.

The goal of this beer seems to be to get as close to making a cinnamon beer as humanly possible. Remember that old dare that kids did, where they tried to eat a whole spoonful of cinnamon? This is a lot like that. Trying to drink an entire beer that tastes like this.

...Fax mentis incendium gloria cultum, et cetera, et cetera... Memo bis punitor delicatum! It's all there, black and white, clear as crystal! You made a terrible beer! You sold me undrinkable swill that I poured into my glass - which now has to be washed and sterilized, so you get nothing! You lose! Good day, sir!

ao125, Aug 29, 2012
Photo of sanitarium16
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

sanitarium16, Aug 29, 2012
Photo of macrosmatic
3.3/5  rDev -8.8%

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.

macrosmatic, Aug 29, 2012
Photo of TheBeard89
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

TheBeard89, Aug 29, 2012
Photo of homebrew311
3.3/5  rDev -8.8%

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.

homebrew311, Aug 29, 2012
Photo of BEERMILER12
4.15/5  rDev +14.6%

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

BEERMILER12, Aug 29, 2012
Photo of guezarka
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

guezarka, Aug 29, 2012
Photo of keeganfrank
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%

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.

keeganfrank, Aug 28, 2012
Photo of wedge
3.93/5  rDev +8.6%

@ 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.

wedge, Aug 28, 2012
Photo of Keith_R
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Keith_R, Aug 28, 2012
Photo of Zach136
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Zach136, Aug 28, 2012
Photo of TX-Badger
4.43/5  rDev +22.4%

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.

TX-Badger, Aug 28, 2012
Photo of BigPlay1824
3.93/5  rDev +8.6%

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

BigPlay1824, Aug 28, 2012
Photo of shadowofthereaper_666
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

shadowofthereaper_666, Aug 27, 2012
Photo of Dope
3.38/5  rDev -6.6%

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.

Dope, Aug 27, 2012
Photo of blackcompg
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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.

blackcompg, Aug 27, 2012
Photo of AaronBurr
4/5  rDev +10.5%

AaronBurr, Aug 27, 2012
Photo of Dcor
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Dcor, Aug 27, 2012
Photo of babbules
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%

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.

babbules, Aug 26, 2012
Photo of CloudStrife
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%

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.

CloudStrife, Aug 26, 2012
Photo of PeteRiz
3/5  rDev -17.1%

PeteRiz, Aug 26, 2012
Photo of BeerLover99
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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.


BeerLover99, Aug 26, 2012
Photo of shockrocker65
4.75/5  rDev +31.2%

shockrocker65, Aug 26, 2012
Photo of rypkr
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

rypkr, Aug 26, 2012
Samuel Adams Fat Jack Double Pumpkin Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
82 out of 100 based on 926 ratings.