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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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1,197 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,197
Reviews: 225
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 16.34%
Wants: 82
Gots: 174 | FT: 1
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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 BrownNut
4.28/5  rDev +18.6%
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%

Photo of goblue3509
3.25/5  rDev -10%

Photo of KAP1356
3.25/5  rDev -10%

Photo of BlesstheHarvest
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!

Photo of scm2787
2.5/5  rDev -30.7%

Photo of hollywood_15063
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of Gehrig13
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of Zorro
3.28/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear reddish brown colored beer with a small yellowish tan colored head.

Smell is pumpkin and spice with lots of ginger. Pretty much smells like pumpkin pie without the crust.

Starts out sweet with a good amount of spice and caramel. Strange flavor to the malt here something like soy sauce and tobacco leaf at the same time. Ginger and clove dominate the taste as expected. All in all it is OK.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall, OK I tasted it and now back to something better.

Photo of bsp77
3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Fairly dark reddish-orange with large, bubbly tan head that leaves some sticky lacing.

Smell: Cherry and some floral, spicy notes. That's about it, with only a titch of the pumpkin spices.

Taste: Cherry stands out here as well, but there are also major nutty and roasted notes. Autumn spices add to the profile.

Feel: Fairly smooth, medium-full body but there is a strange off-dry chalky finish that detracts slightly.

Overall: Despite some issues with the aroma and mouthfeel, this is still a tasty brew. And that is certainly most important.

Photo of Mikeynas
3/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of FEUO
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of budgood1
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours out of the 22 ounce bottle a very dark crimson/garnet colour with a light tan head...thin in nature with some decent retention after an aggressive pour. bits of lace. the smoked malts and yeasty notes in the nose are welcome. this gives it a bit of character to go along with the usual pumpkin base malts and spices. the flavour profile is basically a doubled up version of the harvest pumpkin ale...and welcome at that with the smoked malts really adding a nice nuance. it seems extra spicy but i'm assuming the thinly diguised boozy alcohol punch is accentuating the rest of the flavour profile. it definitely has a gourdy, fleshy, squashy undertone that gives it an authencity of a pumpkin ale. this characteristic carries over to the body, which seems rich and full with a mouthfeel that is sleek and smooth sans the boozy overtones. fat jack is not overly drinkable...but could be a nice attitude adjuster on a blustery, cool autumn evening.

overall i have mixed feelings about this concoction. without any other amped up pumpkin beers to compare this to, methinks this is a pretty good ale. but the overly boozy aspect distracts a bit too much, crippling the overall enjoyment. find a way to incorporate the high ABV a bit better into the taste profile and this would be a fantastic fall seasonal.

Photo of Cardmarauder
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of ZenBiscuits
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of RoryOMoore
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

Photo of Josh
2.08/5  rDev -42.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A – I poured the beer into a Sam Adams pint glass. It was amber in color and got darker at the wider portions of the glass. There were three fingers of head, which subsided within two minutes. A very thin layer of carbonation bubbles stayed on top of the beer.
S – The beer smelled like cheap watered down light or even diet beer, but it also reminds of the smell of some of my favorite amber beers. Not sure why, but amber beers always smell like watered down cheap beer to me.
T – This beer starts out with a deep roasted taste and quickly fades to a bitter alcohol taste. Several seconds after my swallow I taste pumpkin. Not the pumpkin I expected though. Not the sweet kind like in pumpkin pie or pumpkin bread, but bland as if you reached into a pumpkin and put its slimy contents directly into your mouth.
M – Strong carbonation and thin.

Photo of MudDrinker
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of ShakaShakaShaka
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of spence524
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of Chickenhawk9932
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber leaning towards brown with a creamy tan head. Good retention and leaves some lacing.

Smells of pumpkin, caramel, roasted malt, and yeasty earthiness.

Big pumpkin up front with a nice spice bitter punch - definitely get cinnamon, ginger, and clove, but they are subtle and balanced - not obnoxious as many pumpkin ales can be. Has real creamy smooth mouth feel with caramel and roasted malt coming through. Alcohol is well hidden and it is very drinkable. I don't think I could love any pumpkin beer, but this is one of the best I've had, and it surprised me - I was expecting to not like it.

Photo of JJFordick
3.25/5  rDev -10%

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.23/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Samuel Adams Fat Jack Double Pumpkin Ale has a medium-to-thick creamy, cream-colored head, and a dark, yet clear, rust color, with thick, splotchy lacing down the glass. The aroma is of strong all-spice, cinnamon, and pumpkin, with some underlying sweet smell. The flavor is of all-spice (Jamaica pepper), cinnamon, lots of pumpkin pulp, pie crust, alcohol, and a back bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium to thick, and Samuel Adams Fat Jack finished semi-dry, sweet, cloying, ragged, and almost too rich and sugary to stomach. Overall, this beer is poorly balanced and an obvious gimmick, of which the Samuel Adams line is becoming notorious. This beer might work for those who do not care for beer that tastes like beer. Overall, it’s a bit of a mess. You might want to try it, but I know I’ll never buy it again.

RJT

Samuel Adams Fat Jack Double Pumpkin Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
82 out of 100 based on 1,197 ratings.