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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: 1,099
Reviews: 210
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 16.02%
Wants: 79
Gots: 156 | 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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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

JJFordick, Oct 14, 2012
Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.23/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Samuel Adams Fat Jack Double Pumpkin Ale has a medium-to-thick creamy, cream-colored head, and a dark, yet clear, rust color, with thick, splotchy lacing down the glass. The aroma is of strong all-spice, cinnamon, and pumpkin, with some underlying sweet smell. The flavor is of all-spice (Jamaica pepper), cinnamon, lots of pumpkin pulp, pie crust, alcohol, and a back bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium to thick, and Samuel Adams Fat Jack finished semi-dry, sweet, cloying, ragged, and almost too rich and sugary to stomach. Overall, this beer is poorly balanced and an obvious gimmick, of which the Samuel Adams line is becoming notorious. This beer might work for those who do not care for beer that tastes like beer. Overall, it’s a bit of a mess. You might want to try it, but I know I’ll never buy it again.


RonaldTheriot, Oct 14, 2012
Photo of SFC21
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

SFC21, Oct 14, 2012
Photo of TheRealBigC
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a solid brew from Sam Adams. This new line of beers has proven to be quite inspired and at the very least respectable from a brewer that has come dangerously close to being macro. Fat Jack pours a deep red color with notes of cinnamon and big time nutmeg. Taste follows suit, but stronger and much more robust than their Harvest Pumpkin Ale. I wish it were creamier like an iced pumpkin or chai latte, but still it ranks highly in its field. Pumpkin ale fans should check it out!

TheRealBigC, Oct 14, 2012
Photo of CaptDavyJones
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

CaptDavyJones, Oct 14, 2012
Photo of BDIMike
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a great looking pumpkin beer. A dark red, mahogany colored beer that turns more orange when held to the light. A medium sized tan head is created that laces throughout the drink.
Smell is dominated by some really strong pumpkin. Great spice smells of cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg. Some nice roasted malts, too.
Taste has a lot going on. The pumpkin is very strong. The roasted malts take the driver's seat and have a very smokey taste to them. I am not a big smoke fan, so it kind of overpowers the sip to me.
Mouthfeel has a silky smoothness to it that goes down easy.
Drinkability is okay. A lot of good sights and smell on this beer, but the taste is overpowered by some very smokey malts. I would give this a try, some would like it better than me.

BDIMike, Oct 14, 2012
Photo of JRed
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ruby hue that shines when brought to the light. Its creamy off-white head dissipates to a thin mist in the glass. Aroma of apple skins up front, light booze, caramel, black cherry, mild pumpkin spice, and honeyed cereal grains. Tastes of caramel-dipped apples, pumpkin spice, nutmeg, undertones of pumpkin vegetal flavor, faint wood and a tingling boozy aftertaste reminiscent of a red wine or a liqueur. Medium bodied with light carbonation that leaves some slickness on the tongue. A sweet, slow sipper that showcases the vegetable nature of the pumpkin behind a sweetened exterior.

JRed, Oct 14, 2012
Photo of CGMLS3
2/5  rDev -44.8%

CGMLS3, Oct 13, 2012
Photo of rundocrun
3.33/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Body is deep orange-brown and crystal clear. A 1/2 finger of coarse off-white foam forms, but fades to nothing quickly.

S - I am getting over the last dregs of a cold so my sense of smell isn't too sharp, but I can definitely get a good whiff of allspice, clove, molasses, and a rich, sweet fruitiness.

T - Caramely sweet up front. Hints of roasted, biscuity malt. Hop bitterness comes in stronger than expected toward the middle and holds out through the finish. There is also some definite "pumpkiny" vegetal flavor mixed with spices.

M - Medium-to-thick body with balanced carbonation. Finish is sweet and sticky. More of a sipper this one.

rundocrun, Oct 13, 2012
Photo of Suds
4.13/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Chasing that elusive perfect pumpkin ale...this one is a contender, but it still falls a bit short. It's a clear reddish-brown color. The head is off-white and slim. Great aroma...pumpkin, spice (cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg). It's not a pumpkin pie smell, but is a rich, adult candy-pumpkin smell. Malt, a touch of smoke, maybe a fleeting caramel scent. The flavor is rich and intense, with a diminished pumpkin and some earthiness. Full body. Very nice beer, interesting and satisfying, but not quite exceptional.

Suds, Oct 13, 2012
Photo of 08Deltadawn8
5/5  rDev +38.1%

08Deltadawn8, Oct 12, 2012
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2/5  rDev -44.8%

smartassboiler, Oct 12, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

pirmannt1, Oct 12, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Mattybz28, Oct 12, 2012
Photo of SawDog505
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass. Pours a dark reddish orange, with a half inch of white head that leaves some lacing. Smell is pumpkin, cinnamon, brown sugar, and nutmeg. Taste is what you would expect, very straight forward. Body is medium, enough carbonation, not dry, and drinkable. Now I don't love pumpkin beers, but find this to be exactly what I expect from the style. A easy drinking 8.5 in my opinion. Solid pumpkin brew.

SawDog505, Oct 12, 2012
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3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a clear mahogany with three fingers of tan head that fades into a thin cap with a solid sheet of lacing. The best looking pumpkin ale I've seen.

S: subtle pumpkin spices up front with creamy vanilla and squashy pumpkin aromas. Smells quite nice.

T: pumpkin spices with caramel malts, wheat bread flavors, and notes of vanilla and pumpkin. Moderate alcohol presence on the finish.

M: medium-thick body with lowish carbonation, this beer is nice and creamy, though somewhat lessened by the alcohol burn.

O: a good pumpkin ale, overall. Smells great, though a little too boozy and lacking the complexity of the aroma.

n2185, Oct 12, 2012
Photo of TheBishopco
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

TheBishopco, Oct 10, 2012
Photo of Stoutlad
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Stoutlad, Oct 09, 2012
Photo of JohnK17
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

JohnK17, Oct 09, 2012
Photo of Bethie
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Bethie, Oct 09, 2012
Photo of pogoowner
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

pogoowner, Oct 09, 2012
Photo of cofeeguru
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

cofeeguru, Oct 07, 2012
Photo of philbe311
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - An active cascading billowing pour yields close to three finger's worth of densely packed slightly creamy light khaki colored... Excellent retention ultimately gives way to a thick veil of lacing and moderate collar... The color is a darker than expected brown that shows a slight ruby hue when back lit... A limited bit of moderate paced carbonation can be seen streaking along the sides towards the very top of the glass... This one is also audibly fizzy... A very nice looking imperial pumpkin brew...

S - Excellent balance even if the slightest bit understated... Pumpkin pie crust... Nutmeg... Cinnamon... Pumpkin... Squash... Sweet Potatoes... Brown sugar... Nothing dominates and everything compliments one another perfectly... Very nice aroma for an imperial pumpkin brew...

T - A bit of boozy heat is first to great the tongue... Next is a wonderfully balanced mix of all things pumpkin pie... Slightly sweet pumpkin filling... A light graham cracker crust... A nice mix of autumnal spices... Hints of caramel and brown sugar... The booze lingers beneath the surface...

M -Medium to full bodied... A bit dense... Slightly sleek... Slightly sticky... Limited carbonation... Smooth... Even and consistent throughout...

D - Fat Jack is welcome in my beer fridge any time... This is a really really good imperial pumpkin ale that I had expected to be slightly disappointed in given the reviews I've seen, bit I walk away rather impressed... Definitely in the top quartile of pumpkin brews I've tried... If there's any room for complaint its in the "double pumpkin" labeling... Other than the slight heat on the palate, there is little or no indication that this is an imperial or double pumpkin ale... None the less, this is a highly recommended Pumpkin Ale and a damn fine job from Boston Beer Company...

philbe311, Oct 07, 2012
Photo of Kunstman
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Kunstman, Oct 07, 2012
Photo of BrewBastard
1/5  rDev -72.4%

BrewBastard, Oct 06, 2012
Samuel Adams Fat Jack Double Pumpkin Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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