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Samuel Adams Fat Jack Double Pumpkin AleSamuel Adams Fat Jack Double Pumpkin Ale
BEER INFO

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

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by TMoney2591 on 10-03-2011

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3.7
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Photo of SD-Alefan
4.19/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

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Photo of beer2day
4.17/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Bottle Rev in Raleigh.

Dark caramel pour with 2 fingers of caramel tinted head. Head fades in a flash, though, and does not lace well at all. Nice color, though.

Nose is very mild. Get hints of caramel malt and spice. I get the nutmeg, cinnamon, and a whiff of ripe, just opened pumpkin. What is there is nice, just wishing for more.

Lots of spice in the taste. Big dose of nutmeg, more cinnamon, and lots of ripe, fresh pumpkin. Finishes quite sharp, with a touch of pepper. Flavor is actually quite rich.

Body is like pumpkin bread or a pumpkin muffin. Not terribly thick, but leaves with a chewy character.

Very tasty and worth a try.

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Photo of thepeter
4.17/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear dark Brown, close to mohogany with a slight head that lasted and looked nice.

S - Everything I love and expect. Pumpkin pie!! cinamin, allspice, lot's of nutmeg, pumpkin

T - Just like the smell, Pumkin and spice and again heavey on the Nutmeg and I love it

M - Medium body and a good carbonation, smooth and just as it should be.

O - Just an excellent Pumkin Beer, one of the best I've had!!

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Photo of neophilus
4.17/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark amber pour, cloudy with light lacing.

Sweet malty aroma underneath a wave of spices. There is a hint of smoke, then a wave of ginger washes over the flavor. Ginger leads the pie spice charge but otherwise finds a balance on top of the malty body.

Refreshingly suitable malt base to carry this spice-forward ale. Ginger up front but not overpowering.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.15/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a deep mahogany color with a fingers worth of tan head

S: A nice solid malt background along with spices and pumpkin. Definitely smells hearty

T: Again, nice and malty with hearty pumpkin and the usual spices. Some smokiness can also be found thanks to the malts. Also get a little brown sugar. Alcohol is nowhere to be found

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Full and meaty, which helps to hide the alcohol very well

O: This is what I think pumpkin beers should be like. Not over-spiced with fake stuff and a little pumpkin, but big and meaty with plenty of pumpkin to give this kind of heartiness and then a little bit of spice for the sake of the season. This is definitely one of my new favorite pumpkin beers. Don't expect one of those novelty "pumpkin pie" beers, either, because this is definitely not it

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Photo of Suds
4.14/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Chasing that elusive perfect pumpkin ale...this one is a contender, but it still falls a bit short. It's a clear reddish-brown color. The head is off-white and slim. Great aroma...pumpkin, spice (cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg). It's not a pumpkin pie smell, but is a rich, adult candy-pumpkin smell. Malt, a touch of smoke, maybe a fleeting caramel scent. The flavor is rich and intense, with a diminished pumpkin and some earthiness. Full body. Very nice beer, interesting and satisfying, but not quite exceptional.

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Photo of fank2788
4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle served in a pint glass
This is a really good looking beer, deep dark mahogany brown in the glass with a huge rocky light tan head with lots of lace. The smell is dominated by the pie spices (nutmeg, ginger, cinnamon), sweet caramel malt and maybe a bit of chocolate. The taste is of the spices first. Those are backed by the malt which is pretty solid and well rounded with everything from caramels to chocolates represented. There is a bit of hop bitterness in there as well there is little to nothing in the way of hop flavor but the bitterness is there. The finish is relatively clean, just a little bitter, given the heavy spice character, the body is quite full and satisfying and the high alcohol is only very slightly evident at least to start but you'll feel it near the end. Overall this is a pretty good pumpkin ale. It tends to lean on the side of higher spiced versions but the spices are supported by a substantial malt base which makes it quite tasty and a pleasure to drink.

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Photo of Makisupajoey
4.11/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured 12 oz of a 22oz bottle into a 16 oz snifter

A: Pours dark, I got about a half inch of head that dissipated fairly quickly, but left some lacing throughout.

S: smells mostly of nutmeg with some pumpkin in the back

T: Pumpkin spices, but not over whelming. The flavors blend in well together. A little alcohol taste is present.

M: Thicker than alot of the pumpkins I've tried. Feels like a double.

O: I was not disappointed. I prefer stouts and such, but would like to revisit this one.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 650 ml bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Batch no. 1.

Appearance: Pours a deep and slightly hazy brownish amber. Lots of bubbles and a solid three fingers of off white head with good retention. Leaves a decent amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A very malty aroma with mix of spices and pumpkin. Toasted malts with hints of caramel, toffee, biscuit, and a little smoke. Solid hints of pumpkin. Spices including cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and ginger. Spices are quite noticeable but not overwhelming. Pumpkin smells real. Also some earthy, grassy, hops adding some balance. A pretty solid well balanced aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a solid malty, spicy taste with a good dose of pumpkin. Toasted malts with a taste of caramel, toffee, smoke, and biscuit. A good taste of real pumpkins. Solid spicing with notes of nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, and allspice. Some grassy and earthy hops that add some bitterness and dryness. A big taste that is well balanced. Pretty good.

Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, spicy, and pretty smooth. Alcohol is hidden well.

Overall: A really solid take on the pumpkin ale style. Real pumpkin taste with a solid spicing that doesn't go overboard.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, batch 1 bottled recently. Pours crystal clear reddish copper color with a nice 1-2 finger dense khaki head with nice retention, that reduces to a good cap that lingers. Slight spotty lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, caramel, toast, biscuit, allspice, nuttiness, and light herbal spiciness. Very nice and well balance aromas with good strength. Very pleasant. Taste of pumpkin, caramel, toast, biscuit, cinnamon, ginger, nuttiness, and light herbal. Lingering notes of caramel, biscuit, toast, pumpkin, nuttiness, and spices on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance and complexity of flavors, with a great spice balance; with no cloying flavors at all after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is extremely well hidden with nearly zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent imperial pumpkin ale! Great flavor balance overall with just the right amount of spices; very smooth to drink. A very pleasant and highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A – Dense, cranberry body with orange brown highlights. Bone-white head settles into a creamy dusting.

S – Deep and delicious. Great nose for a pumpkin brew. Cinnamon, nutmeg, and pumpkin are elevate under a light booze. The net effect is bright with a complex depth.

T – Smooth opening with a mellow brown sugar sweetness. Cinnamon toast, cider, pumpkin, and nutmeg explode in the center. Tingly booze lightens the backend as the profile finishes with mulling spice.

M – Medium light body is smooth with a semi-sweet finish.

O – A very solid pumpkin beer, one of the better ones of the season.

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Photo of russpowell
4.09/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First time I've come this one

Pours an effervescent crimson with 3 fingers of tan head. Great lacing & head retention

S: Nutmeg & cinnamon

T: A touch of pumpkin, gingersnap, cinnamon & nutmeg up front. More nutmeg & allspice as this warms, faint pumpkin bread flavor & dryness as this warms. Finishes dry with a touch pumpkin bread & cinnamon

MF: Fairly thick with firm carbonation, warming

An enjoyable Pumpkin ale, one of the better ones I've tried, I like'em malty & with a little kick

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Photo of Hopswagger
4.09/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P: Dark mahogany body that boasts a creamy khaki head that settles to a thin silky layer. Retention was low with minimal lacing.

S: Sweet caramel malt, roast pumpkin, ginger, nutmeg, allspice, and pale malts. Sweetness is subdued by an earthy aroma.

T/M: Smoked malt, natural pumpkin without added sweetener, pie crust, aged wood, the above mentioned spices with cinnamon chiming in on the aftertaste. Taste is more natural and spiced than the sweeter nose. Medium-full sticky body with a gentle prickle of carbonation.

O: This reminds me of setting around a camp fire in fall with the smell of pumpkins and spice crackling in the air. The pumpkin is not like your typical artificial pumpkin pie flavored beer but a more roasty and earthy flavor. It's quite nice and warming.

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Photo of Caterwaul
4.09/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark burnt orange-reddish body. White head, one finger.

Smell: Rich creamy pumpkin spiciness, alcohol. Mmmmm. I like how this one smells.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Verrrry toasty and sweet. Good balance between the spice and pumpkin flavor. Sweet, but not terribly cloying. Medium bodied, light carbonation.

Overall: Not too shabby. I wouldn’t say it beats out Pumking, but this stuff is tasty and cheap. Get you some.

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Photo of whynot44
4.09/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Very dark mahogany red, almost brown without light behind it with a modest tan head that shrinks to a film fairly quickly but does manage some decent lacing.

The aroma is caramel malt with mild pumpkin pie spices.

The taste is similar, starting out caramel with an overtone of pumpkin pie. The spices come out a little more in the finish and aftertaste, but remain more subtle and mellow than most pumpkin ales which sometimes get overpowering. The pumpkin taste is also muted, giving just a bit of earthy, nutty tone. I'm impressed that you get the pumpkin pie experience while still getting a good beer, a very nice balance.

Medium bodied and fairly smooth with a hint of alcohol warmth.

Overall, the name is fortunately misleading, probably because the pumpkin pie routine does not overwhelm in favor of good beer, should be good for sipping on a cool fall day.

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Photo of jslice99
4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
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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Photo of schoolboy
4.08/5  rDev +10.3%

It seemed like I had previously reviewed all the pumpkin brews, but they just keep making more for me to try. Here is another great one.

It is a dark reddish brown, very foamy affair. The aroma, surprise, pumpkin. The taste is a brown ale with spice, but mostly pumpkin. This is a thick and rich feeling brew, with loads of malt flavor lingering on the tongue. There is no boozy quality, or at least it is overridden by the malts. There is a little hops aroma, but generally the hop profile is well below the malts and pumpkin.

Overall this works and it is a great treat (but not a trick). Bool, the end!

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Photo of chinchill
4.07/5  rDev +10%
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 Fatehunter
4.06/5  rDev +9.7%
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 tbryan5
4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Deep ruby. Clear with a thick head.
S- Spice, fall. Pumpkin is secondary.
T- Pretty good. Not great. Has a slightly dry aftertaste.
M- Great mouthfeel. Perfect carbonation. Still slightly dry.
D- I could drink another one of these.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2013 Bottle, poured into a pint glass

A- Pours a clear dark copper color with a small creamy off-white head that retains nicely, leaving some short lasting lace behind

S- Lots of pumpkin spice aroma up front, consisting of nutmeg, cinnamon, clove and allspice. Also picking up a vanilla cream aroma that mixes nicely with the raw pumpkin, giving it a pumpkin pie-like aroma

T- Big and malty with lots of caramel malt, mixing in with some sweet bread and fig. Pumpkin flavors kick in mid-palate, with an emphasis on the nutmeg and a cinnamon linger. Lots of malt continues through to the finish with more bread notes on the linger with a bit of alcohol

M- Heavy body with moderate carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel, ending with a smooth and foamy finish, just a bit of alcohol warmth at the end

O- One of the more malty pumpkin beers that I've tried and I think it works well. The pumpkin flavors and the sweetness of the caramel malt work nicely together, well done

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Photo of Lemke10
4.04/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This pours a medium brown color with a creamy, off-white head. The aroma is full of pumpkin and spice. The texture is much creamier then I would have expected. The mixture of pumpkin and spice is just right with a great finish. Finishes with a touch of lingering cinnamon. It still doesn’t rival the taste of Pumking, but it is still very good in it’s own way!

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Photo of philbe311
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - An active cascading billowing pour yields close to three finger's worth of densely packed slightly creamy light khaki colored... Excellent retention ultimately gives way to a thick veil of lacing and moderate collar... The color is a darker than expected brown that shows a slight ruby hue when back lit... A limited bit of moderate paced carbonation can be seen streaking along the sides towards the very top of the glass... This one is also audibly fizzy... A very nice looking imperial pumpkin brew...

S - Excellent balance even if the slightest bit understated... Pumpkin pie crust... Nutmeg... Cinnamon... Pumpkin... Squash... Sweet Potatoes... Brown sugar... Nothing dominates and everything compliments one another perfectly... Very nice aroma for an imperial pumpkin brew...

T - A bit of boozy heat is first to great the tongue... Next is a wonderfully balanced mix of all things pumpkin pie... Slightly sweet pumpkin filling... A light graham cracker crust... A nice mix of autumnal spices... Hints of caramel and brown sugar... The booze lingers beneath the surface...

M -Medium to full bodied... A bit dense... Slightly sleek... Slightly sticky... Limited carbonation... Smooth... Even and consistent throughout...

D - Fat Jack is welcome in my beer fridge any time... This is a really really good imperial pumpkin ale that I had expected to be slightly disappointed in given the reviews I've seen, bit I walk away rather impressed... Definitely in the top quartile of pumpkin brews I've tried... If there's any room for complaint its in the "double pumpkin" labeling... Other than the slight heat on the palate, there is little or no indication that this is an imperial or double pumpkin ale... None the less, this is a highly recommended Pumpkin Ale and a damn fine job from Boston Beer Company...

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Photo of Matthew_Phoenix
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this last night to celebrate halloween.

A - I didn't have any glass to pour it in, so this rating of appearance is based on the bottle alone. Very attractive label just all around cool with the jack-o-lanturn and everything. Neat printing as well along with a description of the main ingredients. The label said it uses 28 pumpkins per barrel in the brewing process!

S - I didn't really get a whole lot of smell from this, mainly because I didn't pour, so I didn't get the full aroma. It gets an average score because of that.

T - This is where the beer shines. When it first hits my tongue, I don't get a whole lot, but like a delayed reaction, all the flavors start coming in. A whole load of spices is the most prominent taste noticed. Mostly cinnamon, nutmeg, maybe vanilla, maybe a few others I might be forgetting, I don't know my spices very well. I got a sort of pie crust, almost buttery taste at the end. For some reason I didn't taste a whole lot of pumpkin, its mostly spices, followed by buttery crust, then it finishes off with a slight beery bitterness, I missed the pumpkin, but that's not to say the taste isn't good, I just think they missed the pumpkin taste by making the spices and crust overpower the pumpkin itself.

M - It's real grainy on the tongue, probably a product of the spices, and it complements the pie crust thing they got going on. it's medium bodied, fishes off slightly on the wet side. Pretty good.

O - Pleasant experience. I would buy it again next fall. My only critique is the pumpkin taste got lost in all the other things they got going on, which is really what the beer is suppose to be about, pumpkin ale, other than that, a great beer.

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Photo of lambpasty
4.02/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22oz (1pt 6 oz) bomber into a heavy beer mug.

A - Pours a clear, deep amber-brown reminiscent of past-peak New England autumn leaves. About an inch of light khaki head began to form 3/4 of the way into the pour, which dissipated after about a minute leaving a light foam layer on the surface along with a solid quilt of lacing along the sides of the glass that stayed throughout.

S - Lots happening here; very up front with toasted malt, heavy bread, spices (nutmeg, cinnamon, and a little allspice) and of course pumpkin. Hints of sweet, dried fruit and chestnuts combine with vanilla and finish with some mild citrus hop notes.

T - Much of what's exposed in on the nose unfolds on the tongue, and then some. Waves of toasted malt and dried dark fruit and bread for days at first, giving way to the spice notes and the slightest hint of hops to dry it up towards the end. Surprisingly the pumpkin flavor itself doesn't really make it's debut until after the swallow, first arriving as a hearty squash flavor and then opening into the sweeter hints of vanilla and caramel that is expected in pumpkin pie. The 8.5% ABV is surprisingly well hidden in terms of flavor, really only showing itself due tot he inevitable warmth it brings.

M - Reminiscent of many Oktoberfest brews in my opinion. A hearty, beefy quaff that lets you know its there while you're sipping but cleans up towards the end. Upon the first few sips I actually had to double-check to see that it was in fact an ale and not a weak stout, which it really does mirror in some ways with how malt-forward the brew is. IMO the moderately high ABV does just enough to keep it from being syrupy without diluting it too much.

O - Overall, one of the more interesting Pumpkin beers I've had so far this year. It's a solid take on the style with a lot going on in the nose and palate, but to me it doesn't overdo any of the characteristics that it's going for. In a sea of over-spiced and/or over-sweetened pumpkin-soda-beers, this one stands on the higher end and will definitely be a brew I'll look forward to. If you're someone who generally partakes in the Sam Adams stigma and would have avoided it because of the name, I think you'll be pleasantly surprised if you reconsider and pick up a bomber or five.

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Samuel Adams Fat Jack Double Pumpkin Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.7 out of 5 based on 1,352 ratings.
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