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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: 1,069
Reviews: 204
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 16.3%
Wants: 79
Gots: 143 | 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%

DCav, Oct 05, 2012
Photo of flyers1980
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

flyers1980, Oct 05, 2012
Photo of The_Blodge
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 22 ounce bomber in a Detroit Tigers beer mug with the Old English "D".

A: Deep amber/burnt orange color. Poured aggressively creating a two finger foamy head dissipating slowly down the glass with substantial lacing.

S: Bock-like aromas with the sweet malt hitting the nose. No pumpkin pie aromas at all (no nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice). Somewhat disappointing. No hops aroma as would be usual for this style.

T: Again, bock-like flavor with the smoked malt really making its presence known. I am getting the smoked malt and rye. I like the maltiness of this beer. Very, very subtle pumpkin pie spice. Almost unnoticeable. Almost a Belgian feel to it. Some spiciness on the finish, maybe from the ginger. No pumpkin flavor. Alcohol is nicely masked in this beer. Very good flavor, just not the pumpkin flavor I would have hoped for.

M: Thick, viscous mouthfeel. Big bodied beer.

O: Great flavor in this beer. I really did enjoy it. Unfortunately, not what I was expecting with a name like "Double Pumpkin". I thought that it show cased the malts and yeast very well, just not the spicy pumpkin and autumn feeling pumpkin beer I was hoping for.

The_Blodge, Oct 04, 2012
Photo of djre4orm
4/5  rDev +10.5%

djre4orm, Oct 04, 2012
Photo of Scotchboy
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into a pint glass.

A: Clear coppery gold with a smaller amount of off-white head with some lacing left behind.

S: Pumpkin, gourd, squash...whatever you want to call it, that vegetal character is strong in this one...typical spices (nutmeg, ginger, cinnamon) seem to be muted...hint of vanilla.

T: The straight-up pumpkin flavors are here too, dominant but with a noticeable caramel/toffee malt backbone with hints of sweetness to pull the vegetable/herbal character back into check a bit...faint nutmeg is detectable too.

MF: Creamy feel, lower carbonation, medium body with some dryness on the finish.

O: Feels like a 'miss' for my palate but its not a bad beer overall. Just too much like pumpkin and not enough like sweet-pumpkin-pie-dessert for me. YMMV.

Scotchboy, Oct 04, 2012
Photo of dananabanana
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: transparent chestnut brown. Two-finger foam head, slightly off-white.

S: Definite smell of fresh squash (more of a clean butternut scent than pumpkin). None of the cinnamon, nutmeg, or usual pumpkin pie spice scents.

T: Pleasantly sweet pumpkin flavor, which comes out more as you drink more. You get a really BIG pumpkin flavor a few ounces in. A little bit of warming alcohol.

M: Small bubbles, quite effervescent, but they fade very quickly.

O: Different take on the dime-a-dozen pumpkin beer. Starts off "meh" but gets better as you drink more.

dananabanana, Oct 04, 2012
Photo of rkcrozier
2.75/5  rDev -24%

rkcrozier, Oct 03, 2012
Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, batch 1 bottled recently. Pours crystal clear reddish copper color with a nice 1-2 finger dense khaki head with nice retention, that reduces to a good cap that lingers. Slight spotty lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, caramel, toast, biscuit, allspice, nuttiness, and light herbal spiciness. Very nice and well balance aromas with good strength. Very pleasant. Taste of pumpkin, caramel, toast, biscuit, cinnamon, ginger, nuttiness, and light herbal. Lingering notes of caramel, biscuit, toast, pumpkin, nuttiness, and spices on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance and complexity of flavors, with a great spice balance; with no cloying flavors at all after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is extremely well hidden with nearly zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent imperial pumpkin ale! Great flavor balance overall with just the right amount of spices; very smooth to drink. A very pleasant and highly enjoyable offering.

superspak, Oct 03, 2012
Photo of szmnnl99
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

szmnnl99, Oct 02, 2012
Photo of twizzbeatz
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

twizzbeatz, Oct 02, 2012
Photo of SHODriver
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pours into an imperial nonic a light brown with a definite rd tint to it.this beer sports a quarter inch of light tan head that fades to a small mat and some lacing
S: smells of pumpkin, some cinnamon and other pumpkin pie spices
T: tastes strongly of pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices, a little bit of caramel malt flavor as well. cinnamon is a standout but you can also taste the nutmeg and allspice. swallow brings a lot more pumpkin pie spiced flavor
M: medium carb on a medium mouthfeel a little bit of astringency
O: a bit over the top. nice pumpkin pie flavor and it really tastes of fall but it's a little too in your face. probably wouldn't be a bad beer to share but drinking it solo isn't a wise decision.

SHODriver, Oct 01, 2012
Photo of Hopmodium
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Hopmodium, Oct 01, 2012
Photo of brendaniel
2.5/5  rDev -30.9%

brendaniel, Oct 01, 2012
Photo of mrebeka
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

mrebeka, Sep 30, 2012
Photo of SummerGoodSummerBetter
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

SummerGoodSummerBetter, Sep 30, 2012
Photo of DMXLOX22
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 Oz. picked up from Civera's deli. Looks very promising. Last bottle they had of this stuff.

Appearance: Pours a deep brown that leaves a nice white head behind

Smell: Has a nice scent of pumpkin and some nice tones of spices and somewhat bread-like complexion. I can smell the heavy hops as well.

Taste: Sweet pumpkin malts and some minor spices overtake the palate. Pretty hardy, but also welcoming soft-like tastes. I really liked the heavy hops also.

Mouthfeel: Pretty crisp and smooth, but also finishes with a dry overtone. Medium body with nice carbonation.

Overall: Pretty easy going down. Very nice and tasty and the spcies with pumpkin now bring this beer to a whole. The bitterness brought some very tight flavoring to the sweetness of the pumpkin malts. I will defiantly drink again.

DMXLOX22, Sep 30, 2012
Photo of Gosox8787
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 22 oz. stubby bomber bottle poured into a Portsmouth Brewery tulip glass. Served chilled and allowed to warm over about an hour. Labelled as Batch 1.

Appearance: Medium to dark brown in color. Pours a nice one finger beige head with pretty good retention. Sticks nicely as a lacing around the glass.

Aroma: A lot of the spices stand out in the aroma. Ginger and allspice in particular. Definitely some light caramel and pumpkin tones. Also a touch of toasted malt and some cinnamon. The alcohol character is not very well hidden.

Taste: Lots of darker malt character upfront. Some toasted notes along with caramel and pumpkin. The strongest spice note I got is the ginger, followed by allspice. Some nutmeg and cinnamon farther back. The boose is pretty well hidden. Any interesting combination of flavors.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with a nice creaminess to it. Plenty of carbonation.

Overall, a really unigue and interesting take on a pumpkin ale. The malt character paired with the pumpkin provides an interesting base beer for the spices to play off. I did think the spice levels were a bit off for what they were going for. Lots of ginger and allspice created a more savory, less sweet character to the beer. Interesting, but not something I would buy regularly.

Gosox8787, Sep 30, 2012
Photo of harpus
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

harpus, Sep 30, 2012
Photo of a74gent
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

a74gent, Sep 30, 2012
Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: quite dark, murky orange. Thick lingering swath of off white head and lacing.
Smell: pumpkin and associated spices, nutmeg etc. are present but understated. The smoked malt is a nice touch.
Taste: Ditto for the taste. Again, the smoked malt is a very nice addition. The flavors meld quite well.
Overall: Tried this in honor of pumpkin season and pleasantly surprised.it's a standout.

cindyjeffsmith, Sep 29, 2012
Photo of RyanGoodman
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

RyanGoodman, Sep 29, 2012
Photo of KTCamm
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.

KTCamm, Sep 29, 2012
Photo of harrylee773
1.5/5  rDev -58.6%

harrylee773, Sep 29, 2012
Photo of fpreh1957
3/5  rDev -17.1%

fpreh1957, Sep 28, 2012
Photo of jondeelee
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.

jondeelee, Sep 28, 2012
Samuel Adams Fat Jack Double Pumpkin Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
82 out of 100 based on 1,069 ratings.