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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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Fall

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Photo of stannard2
1/5  rDev -73%

Judging by the label of this beer "Over 28lbs of pumpkin per barrel" you would think this brew would be screaming with pumpkin and spice flavor. The only thing I could taste was the malt. I don't know what has happened with the Boston Beer company as of late but it seems they are just brewing beer to say they brew beer. The best pumpkin beer that I have had is Southern Tier's Warlock.

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Photo of jtierney89
1.3/5  rDev -64.9%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Deep burnt orange hue with a thin sticky white head. Farm like nose, with grassy and barnyard smells along with pumpkins and spice. Begins to smell like warm pumpkin pie as it airs out.

Wow, super super sweet, way too much sweet. Burn brown sugar and caramel. Molasses as well, all on the tip of the tongue. Dark overly ripe fruit, plums, figs, and raisins. Touch of pumpkin, spices get whisked away on the back of the tongue by alcohol. Not recommended. Tastes like pumpkin loaf bread with dark berry jam ontop soaked in booze and sprinkled with spices. Tries to be super complex and fails bigtime by having way to many flavors. Not to mention it's cloyingly sweet.

The problem is here that theres probably way too much pumpkin flavor which is supposed to be subtle and for a reason, too much in your beer ends up tasting like liquified pumpkin guts; along with whatever flavors come with the brew.

Another bad beer in this line of sam adams brews

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Photo of kinglouix
1.3/5  rDev -64.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

This beer tasted like old molasses left out in the sun. I couldn't find the pumpkin flavor and the dark brown color with almost no carbonation was unappealing in a beer being consumed in what is still summer. For that matter I wouldn't want it in any season. If you didn't know it was a pumpkin beer you would have thought it to be a skunked double bock. Almost no head.
The alcohol content is noticeable, and the aftertaste is appalling. The beer literally left a bad taste in my mouth. I made it through about 4 oz. before pouring it and my $5.99 down the drain. Sam Adams is mediocre as a brewery and this is a pour offering even for them.
Cannot understand the positive rankings on this site unless you were tasting this after drinking a pint of Pine Sol. Had this in the bottle.

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Photo of thor638
1.6/5  rDev -56.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Another mediocre offering from the "Micro-Brewery" known as Sam Adams. The tap boasts a double pumpkin both in name and picture on the tap handle.

The beer has no pumpkin flavor or nutmeg/cinnamon or other spice that you would expect out of a pumpkin beer.

To expand further:
Appearance: Is very dark drown, and is resembling of no other pumpkin beer I've seen before. Very small, and dissipating head was present. This is honestly almost stout looking, unusual since most other pumpkin are lighter in color and typically have an orange color to them.
Smell: No hints of spice or pumpkin smell; other drinkers in the bar noticed this as well. By the smell, you can tell it will be on the heavy side (in alcohol content).
Taste: "Malty-Madness"; as expected, no pumpkin flavoring and no spices noticed either. No real taste to be described here on a beer connoisseur website. very bland and generic.
Mouthfeel: As already observed, almost stout like feel in your mouth.

It is quite similar to a nut brown ale (almost), the beer is void of any kind of "Autumn" flavoring.The alcohol content is noticeable, and the aftertaste is appalling. The beer literally left a bad taste in my mouth. I would stay away from this beer, unless you love maltiness masked as pumpkin flavor.

As you can tell the beer was not enticing / appetizing / tasty at all.

Bad lines, would not be an excuse either. Served into a clean pint glass, at one of the best bars around.

If you rate above a C for this beer, your membership here should be revoked. (If you do not read the sarcasm in this statement, take a deep breathe and read again...)

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Photo of ao125
1.78/5  rDev -51.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Serving Type: poured from a Fat Jack bottle into a tulip glass

Appearance: Pumpkin orange

Smell: Cinnamon.

Taste: Cinnamon.

Mouthfeel: Actually, not too bad. About what I'd expect from an ale from SA.

Overall: Okay, this has got to stop. Somewhere along the way, someone equated pumpkin beers with cinnamon beers... and that line of thinking is instant failure. Southern Tier's Pumking was a paradigm shift in the way people think about pumpkin ales, in that they made a beer that tasted exactly like pumpkin pie. Perhaps cloyingly sweet and over-spiced, but still, there was a well-intentioned goal.

The goal of this beer seems to be to get as close to making a cinnamon beer as humanly possible. Remember that old dare that kids did, where they tried to eat a whole spoonful of cinnamon? This is a lot like that. Trying to drink an entire beer that tastes like this.

...Fax mentis incendium gloria cultum, et cetera, et cetera... Memo bis punitor delicatum! It's all there, black and white, clear as crystal! You made a terrible beer! You sold me undrinkable swill that I poured into my glass - which now has to be washed and sterilized, so you get nothing! You lose! Good day, sir!

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Photo of Beerlover
1.82/5  rDev -50.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

The aroma was the best thing about this beer, (and the cool Tim Burtonish label!) it smells like pumpkin pie! however is tasted like liquid pumpkin pie as well YUCK! (and i really like pumpkin pie) i think the brewers focused far too much on the spices in this beer, having cinnamon, nutmeg, and one or two other spices. I feel the ale would have been much more well rounded if they had only used one or two spices instead of three or four.Flavors in this beer were just far too overbearing, nothing smooth or balanced, maybe overpowering because its a "double pumpkin"...? Neither me or my beer padawan pal could finish this beer after four or five unpalatable swallows (we tried hard to like it) we ended up both pouring it. dont let your couriosity get the best of you with this one!

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Photo of Moss
1.89/5  rDev -48.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I poured this beer into my Samuel Adams glass and was very excited to try this beer. On the bottle it was written Batch #1.

It poured an attractive dark brown color which was still see-through with a white head. Its smell wasn't too complex and just smelt a little smokey and cinnamon.

When I tasted this beer I did not enjoy it at all. I tasted very little pumpkin and more just of smoke and some cinnamon. It reminded me similar to the taste of Samuel Adams Bonfire Rauchbier which tasted just smokey to me. I must say I was disappointed in this one but if you like the smokier taste to beer then you will probably enjoy this. I did not taste much Pumpkin in this one compared to the Sam Adams Harvest Pumpkin which was disappointing considering the price and how it was specially marketed.

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Photo of Josh
2.1/5  rDev -43.2%
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.

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Photo of wattoclone
2.2/5  rDev -40.5%
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 ThisWangsChung
2.51/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Portion of a 22 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a burgundy color with excellent clarity for a dark beer. The head is a two finger offwhite color that recedes to about a half finger in a quick manner, but it leaves a nice ring of lacing on the glass.

S: Well spiced in general; there are notes of cinammon, cardamom, and allspice. If I really focus, I can get a bit of smokiness to it. Sadly, there isn't much pumpkin, but it's still an acceptable aroma.

T: An initial wave of light smoke gives way to...well, I don't know. Normally, I'd pick out how the flavors progress in a story like manner, but there's something incredibly nondescript about this. Everything just blends together to an excessive degree, to the point where I have a LOT of trouble picking out the pumpkin and the spices. I don't hate the taste by any means - after all, how is it possible to hate something so bland and neutral tasting?

M: The body is neither heavy nor light, but it has a slight creaminess to it I kind of enjoy. Otherwise, like the flavor, it suffers from being too neutral and unassuming. Carbonation is on the lower side.

O: A good idea with a fairly poor execution, but at least it's mildly drinkable. Sam Adams makes quite a few good brews - this isn't one of them. To be fair, this isn't my favorite style, but I nonetheless won't be repeating this one.

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Photo of PabstLou
2.55/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

after having a few beers tonight I decided to take a shot at Samuel Adams Fat Jack. I've got to say, every time I passed this beer on my way to pick up a Pumking (if you haven't had it you need to find it and hoard it forever). I've got to say I'm pretty happy that I've picked pumking over this 99/100 times. I feel like it literally tastes like a slim jim. the smell doesn't add a thing to the experience and the taste is far off from what the label describes it as. do yourself a favor and pick up something you can drink without thinking about macho man randy savage

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Photo of Fergyx825
2.58/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: a very dark copper red. With alot of head upon pouring the beer. This color is very common for pumpkin ales. So far not very characteristic of this beer style.

S: Very faint smell of spices, pumpkin. Its very rich smelling and quite common for pumpkin ales, just not so strong. I really am looking forward to tasting this beer. I don't smell very much alcohol either.

T: First and foremost the alcohol is very evident when first tasting. I can also taste some spices and some of the pumpkin but not too much. The alcohol just takes over, and this somewhat ruins the beer for me.

M: Very very creamy. Almost no carbonation, and this is a pretty medium-high thick beer. I can't complain about the mouthfeel, but i'm not impressed.

Overall: There is alot of alcohol detected when tasting this beer, that i don't detect when i smell it. I'm disappointed by the taste, after expecting a lot more from Sam Adam's special beers.

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Photo of TerryW
2.7/5  rDev -27%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

No. Looks awesome, but just too sweet and cloying to enjoy. Sticky sweet. Not distinct enough as a pumpkin brew to be worth the bother. Disappointing.

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Photo of spacecake9
2.75/5  rDev -25.7%

Poured into a Duvel tulip class.....

A - This is a great looking beer. Clear, dark brown with a tall head.
S - Aroma is more pumpkin than anything else.
T - Not a fan of the flavors. Tastes more medicinal than anything else. Needs more pumpkin or spices.
M - Medium thick, taste sticks around.
O - This is my second bottle of the season and I'd say it is disappointing. Won't be buying any Fat Jack next year.

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Photo of JamesHenjum
2.8/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Review from someone who hates pumpkin in anything but pie.

A: I see through orange. Cool looking beer.

S: Smells like pumpkins....

T: The pumpkin hits you right away with. It is creamy like pie, then as you swallow it gets spicier from the hops. If you like pumpkin beers, I imagine this would be amazing tasting.

M: Wish it was drier. The taste stays with you so long.

O: If you like pumpkin beers this will be amazing. If not, then at least you can say you had one. Not my thing, but if it was, I would know I would like this beer.

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Photo of rdilauro
2.88/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I do love this time of year with all the pumpkin beers coming out. You never know what each year will bring in taste and style.
When I poured this Fat Jack, I was someone puzzled. The aroma highlited spices, but the glass was weak. The color was dark but not something that you could showcase.

The taste was nothing exciting. There was some of the typical pumpkin spices, but not one of them stood out.

Sorry, but this was just not one of my styles of pumpkin beer

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
2.88/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - walnut brown with crimson highlights with a tan head that laces pretty quickly fed by very scant carbonation

S - as expected, pumpkin and the associated spices dominate the aroma, nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice are all with their round orange friend in the nose. Some malts kick in to remind you that you are smelling a beer

T - the taste flip flops, the malts are huge in the taste, some dark sweetness like toffee or vanilla, which is then followed by sublime fall spices mentioned in the aroma

M&D - super sweet and super smooth, maybe too sweet, but the smoothness is nice and easy to put back, the spices, to me this falls into the same trap as most pumpkin beers, too much spice not enough pumpkin

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Photo of kojevergas
2.89/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with generic unappealing yellow label art and branded black pry-off pressure cap acquired at a local bottle shop and served into an Odell stem-tulip/snifter hybrid glass in me friend's gaff in high altitude Fort Collins, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average.

Served cold - straight from the fridge - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a half finger wide head of off-white colour. Decent thickness and creaminess. Retention is average - about 2 minutes. No real lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

Body colour is a dark translucent amber. No floating yeast particles are visible.

Overall, it's mundane for a pumpkin beer. There's nothing unique or special here. I'm looking forward to it. There are no egregious flaws.

Sm: Pumpkin gourd, mild nutmeg, allspice, clove, amber malts, and caramel. A sweet pleasant aroma of mild strength. Generic floral hop character.

No yeast character or alcohol is detectable.

T: Pumpkin gourd, faint brown sugar, nutmeg, allspice, clove, amber malts, clean barley, floral hop notes, and fruity hops.

Balanced enough, but ultimately underwhelming. Cohesive enough, but not gestalt. Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour. A bit sweet. Lacks complexity, subtlety, intricacy, and nuance.

Mf: Smooth, wet, unrefreshing, thick, overly full-bodied, and over-carbonated.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, or harsh. Doesn't suit the flavour profile all that well.

Dr: Downable but unremarkable. A mediocre pumpkin ale. I wouldn't get it again. A mundane offering from Sam Adams. It's not great. I wouldn't recommend it to friends or trade partners. Doesn't hide its ABV particularly well. Not as pumpkin-forward as a good pumpkin beer should be. A bit difficult to drink given its low quality.


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Photo of Ozzylizard
2.93/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Undated bottle at 45 degrees into standard pint glass
Aroma of spices
Head average (4 cm), light brown, frothy, rapidly diminishing to 2 mm ring
Lacing spotty; few small islands of various sized bubbles
Body dark amber, clear
Flavor begins slightly bitter with spices like a pumpkin pie; ends sweeter with an alcohol taste. No hops, no diacetyl.
Palate medium, oily, lively carbonation.

Not a particularly good beer, probably would taste better very cold. The appearance and aroma are both OK.

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Photo of ScaryEd
2.95/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pours a deep, clear amber color with a large tan head. Minimal lacing is left around the glass.

The aroma is very malty and boozy. There are notes of nutmeg and cinnamon, as well as the faintest hint of pumpkin pie spice.

The taste, much like the nose, is rather boozy with the sweet malt character dominating the flavor. I get some nutmeg, some ginger, a bit of cloves, a tiny bit of cinnamon, and unfortunately very little pumpkin.

The feel is medium-bodied with medium carbonation. Very sticky. Very bitter aftertaste. Not very pleasant.

Overall this was a major disappointment. I expected far more pumpkin flavor and it simply isn't there. The aroma is one of my favorite parts of a pumpkin ale and this disappointed on that end as well. Hopefully Sam Adams will re-think their recipe for this one and actually add some pumpkin flavor.

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Photo of TheSarge
3.03/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this one into a generic 12oz tasting glass (probably a pilsner of some sort). The brew makes a two finger thick light tan head, and the body is cleanly filtered and is copper in color.

The aroma is pumpkin, vanilla, and maybe a slight hint of cinnamon.

In the taste I'm getting the the spices traditionally found in pumpkin pies, but with an earthy tone.

Full in body, a little slick, and warming in the end.

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Photo of Wrex68
3.03/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A- Pours dark amber almost red in color minimal head dissipates quickly with almost no lacing

S- smells of fermented pumpkin and pumpkin spice very heavy alcohol smell

T- very strong alcohol flavor IMO too overpowering it really bring down the rest of the beer. Very ligh pumpkin and pumpkin spice flavor

M- light and very alcoholic not like a regular pumpkin ale

O- could have done without trying this one it wasn't great. The two row and 8% abv ruined this beer for me..

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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.17/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

650 ml bottle served cold into a Murphy's pint glass. Purchased from LCBO in Hamilton for $7 CDN.

Appearance - Clear amber color, with few bubbles. There is a nice thick two fingers of dense white foam that rests on top and takes its time in relinquishing its grasp on the glass.

Smell - Sweet caramel, some element of corn, plenty of spice sand a bit of fruit like cherries. A bit minerally again before the pumpkin aromas finally hit my nostrils.

Taste - Sweet cough syrup like up front with the cherry flavor, before a plethora of spices come through. Pumpkin is there but more on the back burner. Very sweet before some bitterness comes through to tame it.

Mouthfeel - Smooth, but a bit syrupy. Low carbonation and heavier than average body.

Overall - It's not bad, but it's not quite got enough pumpkin for my liking as the spices and strangely the cherry cough syrup flavor get the top billing here. Not my cup of tea.

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Photo of jsprain1
3.18/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours deep red/garnet/brown. Much darker than the average pumpkin ale. Head is one finger, light tan, falls flat to a slick pretty quickly. Some lacing.
S- Smell is a bit of pumpkin, a good bit of spice, and a note of fruity/yeastyness. There is a hint of booze.
T- The pumpkin is not as deep as the better pumpkin ales, but it is still tasty. Pumpkin, clove, banana, and booze.
M- Medium bodied. Carbonation is high. I like low carbed smooth pumpkin ales. This one tends to the crisp.
O- It's just an ok pumpkin ale. Not bad, but probably not worth the price.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.19/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle. Pours ruby amber with a medium creamy off white head that goes to a thin film and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is sweet, slightly vegetal, malts with a lot of spicy cinnamon and some ginger.

The flavor is sweet caramel malts with some roast and a little dark fruit. It's followed by a ton of heavy spice - mostly cinnamon with some ginger. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a decent pumpkin beer. It's overly spiced with too much cinnamon. But the base is kind of a winter warmer old ale with some light roast and dark fruit that is kind of cool and plays well with the pumpkin.

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