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: 1,199
Reviews: 225
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 16.34%
Wants: 82
Gots: 175 | FT: 1
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Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

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(Beer added by: TMoney2591 on 10-03-2011)
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4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 650 ml bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Batch no. 1.

Appearance: Pours a deep and slightly hazy brownish amber. Lots of bubbles and a solid three fingers of off white head with good retention. Leaves a decent amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A very malty aroma with mix of spices and pumpkin. Toasted malts with hints of caramel, toffee, biscuit, and a little smoke. Solid hints of pumpkin. Spices including cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and ginger. Spices are quite noticeable but not overwhelming. Pumpkin smells real. Also some earthy, grassy, hops adding some balance. A pretty solid well balanced aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a solid malty, spicy taste with a good dose of pumpkin. Toasted malts with a taste of caramel, toffee, smoke, and biscuit. A good taste of real pumpkins. Solid spicing with notes of nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, and allspice. Some grassy and earthy hops that add some bitterness and dryness. A big taste that is well balanced. Pretty good.

Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, spicy, and pretty smooth. Alcohol is hidden well.

Overall: A really solid take on the pumpkin ale style. Real pumpkin taste with a solid spicing that doesn't go overboard.

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

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Photo of nebula1999
4.48/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. Can I begin and end my review there? Guess not...

Dark copper color, tall whitish head.

Smells of, well, pumpkin pie. But it's really more than that. there's a richness in the aroma that goes WAY beyond the usual pumpkin ale swill. A sweetness that comes through in the scent.

Taste is over the top right off the bat. Cinnamon, clove, allspice, ginger, nutmeg, booze, even some caramel sweetness. It's all in there, and more. This beer has depth unlike any of the double or imperial pumpkins out there that I have tried. this is what a pumpkin ale should be. Rich, creamy, high alcohol, pumpkin pie spice, without the cloying sweetness. I've always been disappointed in other pumpkins, because they lack depth of character. I believe the quintessential pumpkin ale should be rich and full bodied with the requisite spices, but even with some porter or stout characteristics too.."Pumpkin Barleywine" possibly? Until then, this one fits perfectly.

Cheers to Sam Adams. I finally found it!....the pumpkin ale to beat all other pumpkin ales.

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of falloutsnow
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From: Binny's, IL
Date: No obvious date on bottle (from store in September)
Glass: Standard American pint glass

Sam Adams' imperial pumpkin ale is a heavy, caramelized-sugar-sweet pumpkin pie filling-influenced ale that generally hits all the right notes for the style. While the carbonation might be increased a notch without problem, this is still a solid effort. One to definitely try or enjoy again, at least once a year (not sure I'd want to have more than a bottle of this per several months, though).

Pours a modest 1cm head, made up of medium to large bubbles, with fairly average to poor retention. The head fades to a thin ring around the glass with a few ghostly islands of foam atop the body, leaving very modest lacing (a few dots and lines stick to the sides of the glass). Body is a dark reddish-amber color, transparent, with little visible carbonation.

Aroma is very sweet and thick overall, with notable pie spices and mild smokiness. More complex than a non-imperial pumpkin ale, and generally pleasing. Specifically, a caramel-like sweetness is quite prominent. Secondary scents of cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger are apparent as well. The smoked malts are detectable, though not particularly strong to me. If I inhale deeply, I also pull in some mild ethanol.

The combined flavor palette for the beer is hearty, caramel sweetness with pumpkin pie base and a noticeable smokiness. Front of palate picks up pumpkin puree combined with caramelized sugars. Mid-palate features rich caramel malt sweetness; pumpkin pie base including pumpkin, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg; some smokiness; and even slight chocolate. Back of palate detects continued pumpkin pie base with some caramel-like sweetness, while the smokiness and chocolate are toned down. Aftertaste of caramelized sugars and residual pumpkin pie filling.

Beer is medium-heavy in weight, with fairly modest carbonation considering the ethanol and heft. The resulting mouthfeel is slightly sluggish, a bit more carbonation would perhaps make the aroma more prominent and ease the sipping of this beer. I appreciate the heaviness of the beer, though, as this seems to complement both the heaviness of the flavors and the style in general. Ethanol warmth on the back of the palate and throat, not unpleasant. Finishes rather dry, with a bit of residual stickiness around the lips.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

-Real pumpkin, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and all spice. Batch#1.

A: Dark coppery pour shows a dense rising of effervesce. The head is bready, pitted foam, with a light cork board coloring. Retention is nice as is lacing which is modest in show.

S: The smoked malt is gentle, but noticeable and contributes a nice smoky toasted pumpkin feel, a nice twist and addition i dont recall in to many others by style. The cinnamon is present, nutmeg, as well a sweet dusting of caramel and all spice. Ginger is light with a respectable sniff of real pumpkin puree. Like that they kept this real pumpkin rather a dessert style load of pumpkin spicing.

T: Again nice smoked pumpkin puree is dominant, a nice toasty and warm pumpkin feel. Warm cinnamon, ginger spicing and nutmeg with a sweet toasted grain base. The real pumpkin flavor comes through nicely, accented by just the right amount of spicing, again not gagging you with the spicing, but letting it compliment the pumpkin puree. Toasty pie crust with a touch of warm honey-brown sugar sweetness coming on the close.

M: Malty mouthful, creamy pumpkin puree feel, soft carbonation, full body feel with an alcohol warmth.

O: Overall nice drinkability, not overly done spice wise but a blend of both worlds, real honest pumpkin flavor with just the right amount of spicing accent which doesnt come off like a pumpkin pie in a blender type of drink. Usually pumpkin beers are at one end of the spectrum or the other, a gag full of pumpkin pie spice, or just a bland amount of pumpkin pulp with little spicing, this seems to balance a nice sweet spot inbetween. Again sam adams achieves a nice balanced very drinkable beer that you just cant complain about.

Samuel Adams Fat Jack Double Pumpkin Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
82 out of 100 based on 1,199 ratings.