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

Samuel Adams Fat Jack Double Pumpkin AleSamuel Adams Fat Jack Double Pumpkin Ale
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Style:
Pumpkin Beer
Ranked #288
ABV:
8.5%
Score:
83
Ranked #39,740
Avg:
3.67 | pDev: 15.53%
Reviews:
262
Ratings:
1,367
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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
 
Massachusetts, United States
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SCORE
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ravisingh from Connecticut

4.17/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Tried this at Eli Cannon's in Middletown, CT. Came in a tulip glass with about a half inch of head. Not much lacing if any. Dark cola color. Smells slightly of cinnamon and pumpkin spice. Tastes like nag champa. Its pretty good.

Nov 04, 2018
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JimboBrews54 from Michigan

5/5  rDev +36.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This goes a long with the October theme, of course this makes a great brew when the leaves are falling. A different variety to the Oktoberfests. This one has variations of sweet and bitter. This one seems to a bit drier than the others but still has a sweet finish. One of my favorites from Sam Adams again. This one takes the sweetness and crispness to a whole new level!

Oct 29, 2018
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Willvoll from Connecticut

4.4/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An amazing pumpkin ale. Very hard to find near me. It's pretty dark compared to others. Smell has the usual spices. Taste is nice sweet pumpkin goodness. Try it

Oct 12, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. The appearance had a dark brown/black colored body and left a one finger white foamy head that lasted less than twenty seconds. The body was too dark for any carbonation to be seen rising. Some nice light yet filmy/foamy lacing appeared but settled and slid down the sides of the glass. The smell was superb as not just pumpkin, but allspice, ginger, clove, some slight molasses and cinnamon speckled themselves throughout the entire "pumpkin" aroma. Big wow (at least to me). The taste had all of these typical flavorings and added a slight caramel flavoring, a bit of malt and some extra rich dark fruitiness to it. The palate sat about a medium with nothing harsh on the tongue. This wasn’t exactly a very drinkable beer, could be close to a palate wrecker with all that was going on with it. It has a sweet dry finish. Overall, though not very drinkable, I really liked this, probably would have been better if I saved this just a tad longer. This is a very good "pumpkin" ale.

Jul 14, 2017
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dd53grif from Michigan

3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an orange color with a foamy head that lasts quite a while. Aroma is pumpkin pie spice. Sweet taste of pumpkin spices and brown sugar. A strong alcohol flavor.

May 28, 2017
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yuenglingfan101 from Ohio

4.95/5  rDev +34.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

its like drinking pumpkin pie at thanksgiving. And this would be a great beer to go with Thanksgiving dinner. Smells of pumpkin and cinnamon and nutmeg. The Taste of pumpkin is overshadowed by the cinnamon and nutmeg. Head was a little thick for me but i loved this beer

Sep 17, 2016
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goodsuds from Missouri

4.38/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got this for my wife because she likes pumpkin beers. I'm not usually a big fan of them, but I'll drink one on occasion. I really enjoyed this beer and could drink it regularly. The smoked malt gives it a subtle hint of smokiness.

Aug 20, 2016
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bbtkd from South Dakota

3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Starts with a nice pumpkin spice nose, but taste is more vegetal/squashy. If they could sweeten it up a bit, and add some nutmeg, this could be decent. As it is, not the worst effort.

May 05, 2016
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Victory_Sabre1973 from Minnesota

3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a dark amber. The head was moderate. There's some pumpkin spice on the nose. The taste is strong with pumpkin spice. Nutmeg, cinnamon. A delicious pumpkin beer.

Apr 25, 2016
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chinchill from South Carolina

4.07/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle with a very well designed label. Marked as 8.5% ABV.

This pours clear but dark, red-brown, with a decent bone-colored head. This soon reduces to a ring that leaves minimal lacing.

Aroma: caramel; dark bread, vanilla and surprisingly light spicing.


Flavor: For those of us who often find pumpkin beers over-spiced but who do not object in principle to the addition of such spices, this pumpkin ale hits the proper spicing level: The well chosen and balanced mix of spices is both obvious and light enough to let the underlying ale shine. There's even a nice pumpkin note here that has none of the unfortunate vegetative characteristics found in some other pumpkin ales. Lightly sweet and mildly boozy with hints of fruitcake and vanilla.

Mouthfeel: Slick and smooth, the body is medium-full and well (light-medium) carbonated.

Overall: an outstanding pumpkin beer; certainly one of the best I've tried.

Feb 02, 2016
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

In review is a 2012 vintage.

A - Pours a hazy dark amber color with a caramel lacing ring.

S - Spice, nutmeg, cinnamon, maple, pumpkin, and ginger.

T - Pumpkin, ginger, all spice, cinnamon, some traces of vanilla. Mostly malt and spice with a mild bitterness on the back end to knock down some of the sweetness.

M - Big medium body that's a little watery up top but robust underneath. Carbonation in non-existent. Very viscous.

O - This aged far better than I ever expected.

Jan 30, 2016
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Samuel Adams "Fat Jack"
22 oz. brown glass bottle, "ENJOY NOW OR AGE IT TO FURTHER DEVELOP RICH AND UNIQUE FLAVORS"
$6.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Not a bad pumpkin beer at all! It's got a lot of fruitiness to it, and a fairly full-flavored caramelish and toasty malt base, but most importantly the spice isn't overdone. The ginger comes through in the nose quite clearly, and the cinnamon in the flavor as well, but beyond that the spices (nutmeg, allspice) blend very nicely with the darkish malt. It's strong, but not too strong, and although it does show at points it's remains mostly contained... it gives just the amount of alcohol that you want to find! Really nicely done in my opinion.

Dec 05, 2015
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oberon from North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Came in a goblet a deep amber shade with a thinner head atop,a nice looking body to it.Aromas are spiced and warming,nutmeg,allspice,with cinnamon not quite as big.Flavors are heavily spiced with a decent amount of alcohol heat,it's not crazy sweet as there is a bit of a earthy tinge in the finish.Not bad bud it's spiced to the hilt in my opinion.

Nov 27, 2015
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FickleBeast from New Jersey

3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a Delerium Tremens snifter.

Pours a clear auburn color with a finger of foam that fades quickly without lacing. Aroma is sweet, pumpkin spice, cinnamon, nutmeg.

Flavor is very strongly spiced. Bitter cinnamon like drying finish. Slightly boozy. Medium bodied, but finishes a bit spicy.

Not bad. A bit overspiced for my liking, but a pretty standard pumpkin offering.

Nov 15, 2015
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CMIKEHUNT from New York

5/5  rDev +36.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Best sam adams beer I've ever had. .. great flavor .good feel. Smell was like fall..great notes of pumpkin nutmeg cinnamon. .
Caramel after taste. Sweet but tart..very strong but not in a bad way like alcohol. . Was presently surprised of how nice it was
Definitely the best fall beer I've ever had.
Can't wait to buy again. kudos sam adams

Nov 13, 2015
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Wasatch from Colorado

3.99/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16.6 oz. Bottle

Pours a nice clean/clear golden brown/amber color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice one-finger plus creamy off-white head, which leaves some very nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, with some nice pumpkin, nutmeg, cinimmon notes. The taste is pretty nice, not really over done, malty, sweet, nice pumpkin, nutmeg, cinimmon. Medium body. Overall a pretty tasty brew.

Nov 09, 2015
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zdk9 from Ohio

3.34/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A- Pours a dark but crystal clear brown- close to a mahogany. A finger of just slightly off-white head covers the beer. Not really any lacing.

S- Very malty- molasses, malt syrup, a bit of maple syrup.Overall pretty dark sweetness like almost burnt malt syrup. Is there spice in there? I'm having trouble finding it.

T- Like the aroma, lots of malt- some huskiness to accompany the dark malt flavors. Like a dark rye bread with 10x the regular sugar to it. I'm not really gettng pumpkin or much spice. A little bit of fruitcake booziness though.

M- Sweetness lingers and not much else. It's fairly think I suppose is worth noting.

O- I would not have guessed this was a pumpkin beer without knowing- it's more in the realm of a doppelbock- very malty, a touch of balancing hops that don't lend much flavor, and where is the pumpkin and the spice?

Nov 02, 2015
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brentk56 from North Carolina

3.86/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Clear and burnt orange off the pour, with a nice bubble show that settles in to a head with good staying power; drapery action on the lacing front

Smell: Pumpkin pie spice and underlying pumpkin tones; crusty, underneath

Taste: Very sweet, on the tip of the tongue, with brown sugar, cinnamon, allspice and clove; some ginger picks up in the middle; the pumpkin flavor, however, is rather subdued, as the sweet tones linger into the finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, with moderate carbonation; some warmth in the gullet

Overall: Well, the spices really come through in this beer but the pumkin flavor is not where I would want it to be

Oct 31, 2015
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Fatehunter from Oregon

4.06/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours two fingers of head on a dark straw body.
The aroma is an excellent blend of spices, just like a good pumpkin pie.
The taste plays between bread crust, malty sweetness and mild bitterness to hold it together. It's complex and quite drinkable.
The texture is smooth.
One of the better pumpkin beers out there.

Oct 29, 2015
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wattoclone from California

2.2/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

This is probably the worst pumpkin ale I have ever had. Tastes like a blend of mostly vodka and rum with a lot of sugar and a dash of pumpkin. What I find perplexing is that most of these strong ales are typically sold in large bottles (this one was 22 ounce) whereas the lower ABV sessionable beers are generally sold in small 11-12 ounce bottles. Seems counterintuitive. After drinking 8 ounce of this poorly constructed beer I already feel inebriated so I recapped the bottle. It might be good as an aperitif following a large meal so I will give it a try after Thanksgiving dinner.

Oct 21, 2015
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the_awesometeer from California

3.82/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brown with a nice half inch head that lasts most of the brink and laces the glass. The smell of sweet malts and pumpkin fill the nose. The taste is similar with a maybe a little bit more pumpkin. The beer is thick and sticky feeling, almost like a soda. Overall nice beer, nice flavor.

Oct 21, 2015
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SD-Alefan from South Dakota

4.19/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark ruby brown with a light tan head.
The aroma is roasted malt, pumpkin, clove and a hint of cinnamon.
Pretty darn tasty. Plenty of semi-sweet malt character, pumpkin and earthy squash notes with clove and cinnamon backing it up. Just a hint of booziness.
Mouthfeel is outstanding, medium to thick and nice and creamy.
Overall, I think it's a nicely balanced and tasty fall brew.

Oct 17, 2015
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JamesBondGA from Georgia

3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a darkened golden amber color with a nice head and lacing. Pumpkin flavor was present on the nose and taste. Also has aromas of nutmeg and cinnamon. Taste you also got some caramel. Quite enjoyable.

Oct 11, 2015
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FloridaMan from Florida

3.81/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Very enjoyable pour, appealing color and smell to this seasonal beer. Almost like a Belgian to me in terms of taste and feel, at 8.5% it is a good beer to enjoy on it's own. 3.75 because I was craving a more intense pumpkin flavor and wasn't as strong as I had anticipated. Still a very flavorful and good beer that I would recommend and get again

Oct 10, 2015
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Eeroomnhoj from Virginia

4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bought this at Costco a few weeks ago and finally opened it up. My daughter thought it smelled like a pumpkin but I didn't think so. It poured amber-ish and was a little sweet, but it was still an overall good beer. One I would drink again, but not more than one. A good beer if you are having one.

Oct 04, 2015
Samuel Adams Fat Jack Double Pumpkin Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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