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Samuel Adams Fat Jack Double Pumpkin Ale - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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1,212 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,212
Reviews: 230
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 16.34%
Wants: 82
Gots: 182 | 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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3.25/5  rDev -10%

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -23.8%

Photo of tigg924
4.3/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: 1/3 inch head, dark brownish-orange in color, clear, high carbonation

Smell: caramel, big clove, and pumpkin spice

Taste: deep sweet caramel, clove, cinnamon, and rich pumpkin spice

Mouthfeel: sweet with slight bitterness, moderate carbonation, heavy bodied

Overall: This is what I expect from an imperial pumpkin. Nice bold and sweet flavors. This has elements of an English barleywine. I love the deep rich caramel and pumpkin. I will pick this up again next year.

Photo of baconman91
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of KickbacksSteve
3.71/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a small snifter. Light beige, frothy head, high retention. Body is dark amber to light mahogany. Lacing is sudsy and sticky. Aroma includes caramel malts, some brown sugar, light beef jerky (no idea why), maybe some cinnamon. Not really any pumpkin flavors per se, maybe they are there and the beef jerky smell is throwing me off. Taste is also not pumkiney, just hints of pumpkin pie spices. Tickles the tongue and lips slightly. Pretty tasty beer just a little less pumpkin flavor than expected from a "double pumpkin" beer.

Photo of RonfromJersey
4.23/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Outstanding orange red color, excellent clarity, topped by three fingers of bubbly off-white foam.

A spice rack of a nose: cinnamon, nutmeg, clove. Bit of pumpkin, too.

Taste follows that nose. Cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove, mixed with pumpkin. Undercurrent of caramel sweetness. Sense of bigness, but no alcohol burn.

Mouthfeel is thick and chewy, some real body to it.

Not something to throw down a sixer of at a Halloween party, but a nice sipper on a cool autumn night.

Photo of Magoosh
4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

Photo of JuicesFlowing
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a balloon glass.

The beer is a dark ruby mahogany with an off white head that's slow to recede. Rings of wispy lacing coat the glass initially.

The beer smells more of pumpkin pie mix than spices overload, which is good. Some faint alcohol gets mixed in there as well.

The taste is again, not overspiced. It's a creamy, earthy pumpkin with some faint marshmallowy sweetness in the back end. Also, a slight tangy lime peel finish.

Mouthfeel is totally creamy and smooth.

Overall, not a bad effort, in fact it's a relief to not use the words "cinnamon and nutmeg" at all in this review. And that alone makes this worth sipping.

Photo of ilikebeer03
3/5  rDev -16.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

Photo of Gavage
3.91/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a hazy mahogany reddish color with a big fluffy 2"+ head. Nice lace develops.

Smell: light spiciness and caramel come through to the nose.

Taste: caramel, toffee, nutmeg, cinnamon, a hint of allspice, and a bit of pumpkin sweetness. Bitterness is moderate and alcohol is slightly noticeable.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Lightly crisp at the start, smoother at the finish. Long lasting aftertaste.

Overall: this is a tasty and flavorful pumpkin ale. Slower sipping than some other pumpkin beers, this one is satisfying. Worth trying this one if you can find it.

Photo of keithmurray
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - brownish red color with fluffy beige head

smell - nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger

taste - cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, pumkin as it warms, a little harsh/hot on the aftertaste

mouthfeel - medium bodied, medium carbonation, slightly sweet upfront, spicy kick in the middle

overall - decent seasonal from Sam Adams, starts out well enough, but there is a weird effect with the mouthfeel that I can't quite put my finger on that makes this a step below enjoyable, not sure about a revisit, though

Price Point - $6.99/16.9 oz bottle

Photo of EigenBeer
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of wrb357
3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz into pint glass.

A: Looks great. Honestly, this is what an autumn beer should look like. Nice lace of head, great amber color that looks brown/orange under no direct light. I know we don't talk about this much on here, but the labels for these Samuel Adams artisanal beers are great. This one isn't my favorite (Norse Legend wins that one) but the hand-drawn creepy pumpkin on the front? Awesome.

S: A nose-full of spices, right off the bat. Hits you nice and hard. Definitely intrigues you into drinking this bad boy.

T: Obviously, you gotta let this warm up. At first when it's cooler you're hit with a bunch of spices and they linger on your tongue. Definitely taste the nutmeg, cinnamon...can you taste the pumpkin though? Not really...until it warms up. Then there is definitely a pumpkin taste on the backbone of this beer. Interestingly, though not surprisingly, the spice flavors really pack a punch when it warms up, and my sips got smaller as time went on. And, almost sadly, it nearly overpowered. Like, the way to explain it is that it's most definitely a spiced beer, with hints of pumpkin; but this isn't something I would drink outside of small sips on a cold autumn day. I'm not bringing this to a party or to watch football. It's a solo beer (not Solo beer).

M: It really bubbles on the tip of the tongue, yet after you gulp it sits in your mouth and on the back of the tongue. The flavors linger awhile, but since they are so strongly spicy, I found myself having to take sips of water for fear of getting parched. I was a bit surprised by how much it kicked in the front. Can also taste the alcohol when it warms up a bit.

I haven't had many pumpkin beers outside of cheap macro versions, and this one didn't necessarily sell me on the whole idea of "pumpkin beer", yet I enjoyed its presentation and variety of spices. I don't think I'd get this again unless I was in a cabin and it was raining and I wanted something nice to sip by the fire. However, I'd probably take to a darker brown ale or a stout in that occasion.

Nevertheless, the long and short of it is: if you like spiced ales, or if you've never tried something like this, give it a shot. It's very surprising and interesting, though it won't be added to my list of favorite beers anytime soon. But at 8.5%? I'm a happy pumpkin, for sure.

Photo of BrownNut
4.29/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served cool in a tulip. No idea what their bottle code means but it's late October - can't be too old.

A - 4.25 - Crystal clear red-brown, very pretty. Very nice light tan colored, multi-textured head that dissipates slowly.

S - 4.5 - Really wonderful smell. Definitely smells like pumpkin pie filling, which I love. Southern Tier Pumking shouts crust whereas this one is much more about the spiced filling, but not so heavy on the spices as to crowd out the actual pumpkin and sweetness. And there's still a hint of crust presence to round out the whole-pie experience.

T - 4.25 - Very nice, mild, round, full, slightly buttery, with just a touch of sting at the end and some nice faint fumes of booze and spice wafting up the throat. Actually pumpkiny, with some of that caramel-esque liquid you'd get in a can of candied yams. I don't know if there's a diacetyl thing happening here, but I'm a fan of that from my Samuel Smith's days and I feel there must be something of that nature deliberately going on here. That richness and fullness. Feels great, tastes great, makes me feel great. The aftertaste has something just approaching bitterness but not quite getting there. It stimulates the salivary glands.

M - 4.0 - Medium bodied, with other characteristics described above, with an ending that is slightly dry and sticky at the same time, drier in the front of the tongue and stickier in the back.

O - 4.25 - This is a solid winner. When you've given up on Samuel Adams' main line of beers as too tame, don't sleep on their special lines. There is quality stuff to be had. What I like about this one is the fullness of it. You're not left wanting. The spices are deftly handled and just a pleasure to smell, without being attacky and overdone on the palate. You can taste real pumpkin flavor and dream of mom's pumpkin pie to come in November. I can't wait. I'm basically a fan of anything double/imperial and this takes pumpkin ale where I want it to go.

Photo of Smurfsuit
3.45/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Dark amber, decent mild yellow lacing

Smell- More spicy than "pumpkiny".

Taste- Flat and uninteresting on the tip of the tongue but quickly perks up on the back end with explosion of "said" spices. Not getting a whole lotta real pumpkin taste here. Is it just me?

Mouthfeel- Velvety feel and texture, good carbonation, The high ABV is definitely disguised. Watch out.

Overall- Definitely worth a shot for pumpkin fans, but for the amount of pumpkin that is claimed to be used, I was hoping for more pumpkin and less spice.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of QuakeAttack
3/5  rDev -16.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -10%

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3.25/5  rDev -10%

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3/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of jslice99
4.08/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Dark red/orange color with a tan head that leaves some lacing on the glass.

Smell- More on the spice side, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and allspice. You do pick up a slight pumpkin scent.

Taste- The taste is same as the smell. Sort of heavy on the spices with a sweet pumpkin taste towards the finish that hides the abv well.

Mouthfeel- The mouthfeel is well balanced. medium to full body with slight carbonation.

Overall- This is a great seasonal offering from Sam Adams. Perfect for a cool autumn night. It's way better than their harvest pumpkin ale that they offer in their harvest mix pack. Try it if you can find it!

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2.5/5  rDev -30.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

Samuel Adams Fat Jack Double Pumpkin Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
82 out of 100 based on 1,212 ratings.