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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

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Fall

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Reviews: 254 | Ratings: 1,351
Photo of yuenglingfan101
4.95/5  rDev +33.4%
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

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Photo of goodsuds
4.38/5  rDev +18.1%
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.

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Photo of Victory_Sabre1973
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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Photo of chinchill
4.07/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Samuel Adams "Fat Jack"
$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.

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Photo of oberon
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of FickleBeast
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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5/5  rDev +34.8%
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

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Photo of Wasatch
3.99/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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Photo of zdk9
3.34/5  rDev -10%
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?

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Photo of brentk56
3.86/5  rDev +4%
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

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Photo of Fatehunter
4.06/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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Photo of wattoclone
2.2/5  rDev -40.7%
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.

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Photo of the_awesometeer
3.82/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
4.19/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

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Photo of JamesBondGA
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of FloridaMan
3.81/5  rDev +2.7%
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

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Photo of Eeroomnhoj
4.3/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle - we don't get a lot of BBC seasonals up here, so this is a nice surprise to see! Sufficiently putrid gourd appearing front and center on the label.

This beer pours a clear, bright medium bronzed amber colour, with two fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and somewhat bubbly beige head, which leaves some bug-splattered windshield lace around the glass as things quickly fall away.

It smells of bready caramel malt, mildly musty pumpkin mash, some zingy nutmeg, ginger, cinnamon, and all-spice, erm, spice, a wee grainy nuttiness, and a testy and nosehair-taunting alcohol measure. The taste is semi-sweet, doughy caramel malt, a lesser vegetal pumpkin fleshiness, ginger, nutmeg, anise, clove, and cinnamon spice, further brown ale-esque nutty notes, and a growing metallic and somewhat intrusive booziness.

The bubbles are fairly obscure in their barely supportive frothiness, the body a solid middleweight, and pretty smooth, with a pleasant attendant creaminess. It finishes trending sweet, the malt and subtle pumpkin essence still hosting a range of seasonal dessert spices, as well as an alcohol heat that has tucked in and made itself at home.

Not a bad Imperial pumpkin ale, but two things could be improved: more (not a lot, but still) pumpkin character, and fewer overt boozy esters. That said, this is enjoyable enough for an unseasonably warm autumn supping experience - the elevated ABV just storing energy up for winter, I suppose!

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Photo of BeerWizard
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Love the graphic on the bottle, and the 1pt 6oz bomber was pretty reasonably priced for a pumpkin imperial at around $8. Marked an an 8.5%; pretty excited about the deal and a new "IPA" (Imperial Pumpkin Ale, ha ha) to try.

This pours a dark, red-tinged brown, with minimal head, and it manages to keep up a light sheen of foam across the top. Personal preference for the style here, but I like pumpkin ales to be lighter, so I scored it down a bit in the visual category. Aroma-wise there is no pumpkin to speak of. Definitely get the smoked malts that they use, and overall the nose is just a lot of malt and cola-aromas, but I wouldn't have ever guessed this is a pumpkin ale from the nose.

A couple of pulls and It's a nice, sweet, syrupy mouthful, with a lot of malt, but again, no pumpkin, and not much detectable spice either. The spice lineup is pretty passive and just squashed (no pun intended) by all of that malt. Really only cinnamon remains detectable, but even that needs some brightness. With a little more carbonation, it'd pretty much be an alcoholic Mexicola, but it's pretty flat, so all you've got is a nice malt character and some light spice. My wife said "This is the double-pumpkin? This just tastes like a brown ale," and I think she pretty much sums it up there.

I want to like it, but if you're going to do a pumpkin ale, don't hold back on making the pumpkin stand out and enhancing it with spices. If they relabeled it as a brown ale I would've given it a higher score!

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Photo of NotAlcoholicJustAHobby
3.72/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L- deep transparent cola brown, half centimeter head dies down to nothing. No lacing.
S- lots of cinnmon and nutmeg overwhelming pretty much everything else
T- I get no pumpkin out of this due to the heavy handed use of the spices.
F-Low level of carb, but still feels pretty thin. In this case it works. If it had been thicker I don't think I could have gotten through it with the heavy spice.
O- It's pretty drinkable for 8.5%, but it is a pumpkin ale in name only. If you want to call it a pumpkin beer you actually have to be able to taste pumpkin.

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Photo of 2ellas
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber
smells enjoyably of pumpkin and spice
tastes like it smells
feel is thick and almost syrupy
overall a good pumpkin beer that I would drink again

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Photo of mooseisloose
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Picked this up a while back, it's been cellaring until now, appropriate time for pumpkin. Let's give it a whirl. Popping the top on the bomber I get a a waft of pumpkin, spices, coriander. Pours into a dogfish pint with a big two finger light tan head and a robust deep brown. On the taste this brew is a wallop, lots of cloves, coriander and sweet malt. Just a tad bit of bitterness in the middle of the taste along with a hint of the ABV, then a zesty dry finish. If you want a tasty fall brew that is smooth as silk, this is your ticket.

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Photo of allforbetterbeer
3.4/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured into an antique Czech tall stange glass.

Smells rather faint, but like a fall holiday. A touch of gingerbread and cinnamon. Like smelling a refirgerated pumpkin pie.

The flavor is not very pumpkin or spice focused, but instead is a big and rather sweet malt-bomb. Dark sugar, caramel, and sweetness encircle lightly roasty malt. No hop presence. I faintly taste pumpkin, and the spices that I smell are almost nowhere to be found.

Feel: Thick and heavy, I (for once) almost want a lighter body. Very mouthfilling- I just wish it was a mouthful of pumpkin pie flavor.

Conclusion: I really wanted to like this more. I have a lot of respect for Sam Adams, but this is far outclassed by an under-developed field of competition. It just doesn't have enough pumpkin pie beauty to compete. A big malty beer with a faint touch of pumpkin and spice. Not bad by any means, but far from great.

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