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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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1,063 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,063
Reviews: 203
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 16.02%
Wants: 79
Gots: 141 | FT: 2
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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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Photo of Kinsman
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.

Kinsman, Sep 26, 2012
Photo of puboflyons
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.

puboflyons, Sep 25, 2012
Photo of TonyTalon
4/5  rDev +10.5%

TonyTalon, Sep 25, 2012
Photo of zeff80
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.

zeff80, Sep 25, 2012
Photo of Nerudamann
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.

Nerudamann, Sep 24, 2012
Photo of thecheapies
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

thecheapies, Sep 24, 2012
Photo of videofrog
3/5  rDev -17.1%

videofrog, Sep 24, 2012
Photo of Kubrickx
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Kubrickx, Sep 24, 2012
Photo of riored4v
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

riored4v, Sep 23, 2012
Photo of KFaulkner
3/5  rDev -17.1%

KFaulkner, Sep 23, 2012
Photo of korguy123
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.

korguy123, Sep 23, 2012
Photo of MightiestBeard
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

MightiestBeard, Sep 23, 2012
Photo of JamesHenjum
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.

JamesHenjum, Sep 23, 2012
Photo of jtd1969
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.

jtd1969, Sep 23, 2012
Photo of djtomain
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

djtomain, Sep 23, 2012
Photo of Dbrag
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Dbrag, Sep 23, 2012
Photo of hockeyfighter19
4/5  rDev +10.5%

hockeyfighter19, Sep 22, 2012
Photo of ctrevino
3/5  rDev -17.1%

ctrevino, Sep 22, 2012
Photo of BeerB4Water
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

BeerB4Water, Sep 22, 2012
Photo of siege06nd
3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Stumbled upon this guy on a recent trip to MD...

A. Beautiful dark amber color with some streaks of golden copper around the edges. Three fingers of perfectly uniform cream colored head. Consistent and heavy lacing. Head falls off rapidly to a half finger.

S. Some light (maybe even muted) pumpkin pie spices. Clove and nutmeg are most apparent. Faint caramel malt and a slightly roasty note.

T. Interesting. Very malt forward, with a lot of roasted caramel and even some chocolate-like notes. Graininess on the finish, similar to an Oktoberfest. Very faint spices, as the finish is all caramel. Reminds me a good deal of a winter warmer. Not much pumpkin to be seen here.

M. Creamy, robust, and some nice carbonation. A hearty brew that sits nicely on the palate.

O. Well, it doesn't taste much like a pumpkin ale, but that's not to say it's not a tasty beer. The traditional spicy notes are subdued, which I don't mind in the least, but they are replaced by a lot of roasted caramel notes and a finish that reminds me of a strong ale or winter warmer. I detect little pumpkin character in Fat Jack, which makes it a bit of a disappointment, but as a lightly spiced strong ale, it's not half bad.

siege06nd, Sep 21, 2012
Photo of skaboom420
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

skaboom420, Sep 21, 2012
Photo of Lantern
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Lantern, Sep 20, 2012
Photo of Beaver13
3.18/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle. Pours ruby amber with a medium creamy off white head that goes to a thin film and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is sweet, slightly vegetal, malts with a lot of spicy cinnamon and some ginger.

The flavor is sweet caramel malts with some roast and a little dark fruit. It's followed by a ton of heavy spice - mostly cinnamon with some ginger. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a decent pumpkin beer. It's overly spiced with too much cinnamon. But the base is kind of a winter warmer old ale with some light roast and dark fruit that is kind of cool and plays well with the pumpkin.

Beaver13, Sep 20, 2012
Photo of Beer4Baltimore
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Beer4Baltimore, Sep 20, 2012
Photo of ACD
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

ACD, Sep 19, 2012
Samuel Adams Fat Jack Double Pumpkin Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
82 out of 100 based on 1,063 ratings.