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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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82
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948 Ratings
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Ratings: 948
Reviews: 198
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 16.34%
Wants: 72
Gots: 95 | 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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Photo of Jakk
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Jakk, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of MoreThanWine
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'm not usually a fan of pumpkin beers but this is more of a beer-beer. Poured a 1.25" beige head of medium life. The clear body is deep burnt sienna brown in masstone but held to the light it's actually a very deep winey amber color. Smells mildly of pumpkin pie spice. The taste carries less of the pie spice than the smell suggested and instead is a rich malt. Body and mouthfeel are full and rich. Quite nice.

MoreThanWine, Aug 24, 2012
Photo of GregSVT
4.33/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a dark amber with a nice off-white head that fades to a layering and leaves some bits of lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is full of sweet pumpkin along with notes of nutmeg, allspice, and crystal malt. This actually smells like a real pumpkin beer where most smell like mostly spices.

T: The taste is very similar to the nose. Lots of pumpkin and malt along with hints of nutmeg and other holiday spices. The pumpkin is much more forward than most other beers in the style including Pumking.

M: The feel is creamy and medium bodied...almost on the edge of full. Pretty good stuff.

O: I thought this was a much better representation of a Pumpkin beer compared to their Harvest Pumpkin Ale which was watery and weak.

GregSVT, Aug 24, 2012
Photo of surprenant1138
3/5  rDev -16.9%

surprenant1138, Aug 24, 2012
Photo of JoshuaGoins
4/5  rDev +10.8%

JoshuaGoins, Aug 24, 2012
Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle poured into a snifter.
Batch #1, 8.5% ABV, "Enjoy now or age it..." $6.49 / bottle

A - Deep ruby mahogany in color, the beer's darker color certainly mirrors the "double pumpkin" label. A light khaki head crowns the clear beer but doesn't stick around for long, leaving wrinkled lace gnarled on the glass.

S - Fat Jack's bold aroma is immediately more reminiscent of a late, late fall beer. I'm talking, Thanksgiving time. Roasted almonds pair with rich molasses and a light waft of smoke while a lightly phenolic alcohol hint emerges. Pumpkin and spice is more mellow, relaxed, instead of up in your face, but all the players remain; allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger. Pale malt creates a pie-crust aroma with a drizzle of sweet caramel weaving over the pie.

T - Plenty of malt creates an oomph on the tongue, battering it with sweet caramel and crumbly pie crust. Dark fruit follows with date and raisin hiding behind before really getting into the unfortunately subdued pumpkin attributes. Spiciness is there but tame while pumpkin doesn't really begin to shine until after the swallow. Mild solvent alcohol penetrates the flavors along the back end letting you know it's got some heft.

M - Full-bodied and meaty, Fat Jack is initially smooth before drying out with earthy hops and warming alcohol on the back end. Pumpkin and spice linger on the tongue for quite a while after a sip has gone down. The mouthfeel is nice for a double pumpkin in regards to the body's beef, the alcohol seems to thin it out though.

O - After Samuel Adam's Harvest Pumpkin beer last year, Fat Jack virtually jumped off the shelf into my pumpkin ale-loving hands, but the beer doesn't live up to my well placed expectations. Looming much closer to a double amber or American strong ale, this beer is a malty beast with a touch of pumpkin to it; not quite carving out that "double pumpkin" niche. While I find nothing offensive (warming alcohol could be hidden better, however) Fat Jack just doesn't really excite me the way other pumpkin beers do. I will say though, that after a fall of bold pumpkin beers, this one will do wonderfully as a "table beer" at Thanksgiving, lightly suggesting pumpkin pie; foreshadowing dessert, and pairing well with turkey, mashed potatoes, and gravy!

BeerFMAndy, Aug 23, 2012
Photo of Cylinsier
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

tap

Pours a reddish orange with a yellowish head which retains as a film.

Smells of bready malts with nutmeg, cinnamon and sweet pumpkin.

Flavor is cinnamon, pumpkin, nutmeg brown sugar and potent, bitter cloves.

Medium to full body with a sharp sting of carbonation on the tip of the tongue and in the back of the mouth.

Potent flavor and more spiced than other pumpkins I've had. Pretty good. There are still a couple other pumpkins I'd have before this, but this one is very enjoyable and I would have it again.

Cylinsier, Aug 23, 2012
Photo of beesy
3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass

A - pours an awesome deep mahagony with a two finger light khaki head. Head reduced quickly.

S - graham cracker and pumpkin pie spice

T - slightly pie spicy, but TONS of caramel, some molassas and a weird profile I think is coming from the yeast. Squashy. The yeast profile tastes like something that I remember from some Jackie O's beers - I am positive its a yeast profile. Sweet. Brown sugar.

M - very viscous and creamy. Slick.

D - medium low. The high mouthfeel prevents this from being drank too quickly.

Overall, close to being a really good beer. Its a little to caramel sweet and the mouthfeel is a little off. Addressing those two things and a solid beer exists underneath.

beesy, Aug 23, 2012
Photo of tellish33
4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

tellish33, Aug 22, 2012
Photo of Beerlover
1.7/5  rDev -52.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

The aroma was the best thing about this beer, (and the cool Tim Burtonish label!) it smells like pumpkin pie! however is tasted like liquid pumpkin pie as well YUCK! (and i really like pumpkin pie) i think the brewers focused far too much on the spices in this beer, having cinnamon, nutmeg, and one or two other spices. I feel the ale would have been much more well rounded if they had only used one or two spices instead of three or four.Flavors in this beer were just far too overbearing, nothing smooth or balanced, maybe overpowering because its a "double pumpkin"...? Neither me or my beer padawan pal could finish this beer after four or five unpalatable swallows (we tried hard to like it) we ended up both pouring it. dont let your couriosity get the best of you with this one!

Beerlover, Aug 22, 2012
Photo of Woodysbeard
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Woodysbeard, Aug 22, 2012
Photo of Kromes
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A clear dark brown with a thick tan colored head that laces the glass. Strong ginger, pumpkin and alcohol aromas. There's also some earthy peat in the smell. Flavors follow the aroma...Lots of ginger up front that gives way to a pumpkin, alcohol and smoky caramel malt flavor. The ginger flavor is a bit too much. This is full bodied and a tad syrupy, but it works. Rating it purely as a pumpkin ale, it is above average. Worth a try at $6.

Kromes, Aug 21, 2012
Photo of anhigdon
3.5/5  rDev -3%

anhigdon, Aug 21, 2012
Photo of MarkyMOD
4/5  rDev +10.8%

MarkyMOD, Aug 21, 2012
Photo of AdamBear
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-dark reddish brown with a thick light tan head

S-faint taste of fresh barley grains. Not getting too much else at all. Reminds me exactly of what a vat of fresh barley smells like, only weaker.

T-comes in with a lighter taste of cinnamon and weak dark Belgian malts. Getting a hint of ginger as well. I really can't get any pumpkin out of this. Has matching after-taste

M-medium dry carbonation with a dry finish

O-this really is a terrible pumpkin ale. However as a beer, it's not too terrible at all. It to me tastes a lot like a winter Belgian ale of anything, maybe a fall Belgian ale. It's unique for sure. An okay drinker

AdamBear, Aug 21, 2012
Photo of rdilauro
2.9/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I do love this time of year with all the pumpkin beers coming out. You never know what each year will bring in taste and style.
When I poured this Fat Jack, I was someone puzzled. The aroma highlited spices, but the glass was weak. The color was dark but not something that you could showcase.

The taste was nothing exciting. There was some of the typical pumpkin spices, but not one of them stood out.

Sorry, but this was just not one of my styles of pumpkin beer

rdilauro, Aug 21, 2012
Photo of 2dogbrew
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

2dogbrew, Aug 20, 2012
Photo of Gmann
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear deep copper color, almost ruby like. Quite pretty. The off white head is small and wispy, even after a hard pour.

The aroma is of the pumpkin pie spices, nutmeg and allspice. There is a cookie/pumpkin bread scent as well.

The taste is of a caramel bready malt base. It is quite smooth. The pumpkin pie spices follow, not too strong but well balanced. Nutmeg, allspice and ginger give this beer a pumpkin pie flavor. A wee bit of alcohol presence from this double but its not overbearing.

Moderate body with tingly carbonation. Sweet on the palate. Pretty smooth throughout but has a touch of an alcohol burn in the finish. Lightly bitter in the finish as well.

Probably the most drinkable of the imperial pumpkins that I have had. Not a style that I think needs to be imperialized but SA keeps this one in check for the most part. The flavors aren't big but they hit the style. I prefer their non-imperial version.

Gmann, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of darcange
4/5  rDev +10.8%

darcange, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of SpectralAbyss
4/5  rDev +10.8%

SpectralAbyss, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of olbubba
4/5  rDev +10.8%

olbubba, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of mattparsons
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

mattparsons, Aug 18, 2012
Photo of bluejacket74
3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle, Batch #1. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a clear reddish/copper color with an inch light tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. The brew smells like pumpkins, cinnamon, ginger, and brown sugar. Taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes like pumpkins, cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar and a bit of smoked malt. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit oily and it's easy to drink. Moderate carbonation. The 8.5% ABV isn't very noticeable at all. I think this is a good pumpkin beer, I'd pick up this one again. $7.99 a bottle.

bluejacket74, Aug 18, 2012
Photo of PEIhop
4/5  rDev +10.8%

PEIhop, Aug 18, 2012
Photo of Yallnumbskulls
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Yallnumbskulls, Aug 18, 2012
Samuel Adams Fat Jack Double Pumpkin Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
82 out of 100 based on 948 ratings.