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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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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 11/27/2011 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a dark reddish brown color, with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains pumpkin, spices, roasted malts, some chocolate and coffee along with a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a strong spice flavor followed by flavors of pumpkin, coffee and chocolate. Then a strong but not over-powering hops presence comes in. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a decent darker pumpkin beer worth drinking for a while.

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Photo of LampertLand
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Samuel Adams 'Fat Jack Double Pumpkin' @ 8.5% , served from a 1 pint/6 fl oz bottle purchased for $7.25 (hmm...ouch)

A-pour is a dark amber from the glass to bottle with a medium size beige head leaving a spotty lacing along the pint

S-boozey & pumpkins

T-nice big boozey tasting Imp. pumpkin ale , the Dbl/Imp certainly is not well hidden

MF-mild carbonation , full bodied

Ov-ok beer , good Dbl/Imp pumpkin ale ,

prost LampertLand

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Photo of jlindros
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light fizzy head fades at a med pace nice soapy lacing, semi clear ruby red auburn brown

Nose light pumpkin, lots of toasty brown malts light brown sugar, bit of spices, little juicy and tangy, fresh pumpkin flesh.

Taste starts with light pumpkin again, little toasty bready brown malts, hint of pumpkin pie spices, then light warming booze kicks in, light juicy malt with a hint of tangy like, hint of brown sugar like caramelized and caked onto a pie, little grainy and light bitterness, and hint buttery. Finish is drier bit still fairly sweet, lingering brown sugar and light pumpkin pie, little sticky brown sugar and some bitterness.

Mouth is med bodied, light warming booze, decent carb.

Overall impressed for Sam Adams, nice flavors, good malts, good portion of pumpkin and spices that don't overpower and stay on the quite lighter side, but still let you know they are there, light bitterness and booze, fairly tasty. Its really easy to go overboard on any of the flavors which it doesn't do. If I can complain about anything would perhaps be a bit more overall reddish/brown malts and a bit more bitterness.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%

Pours a one finger off-white head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Clear amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Spicy nose and flavor is sweet spices with some pumpkin. Higher ABV is hidden $7.50 for a 22oz bottle from Chase Street Market Plymouth, NH

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Photo of korguy123
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crystal clear dark brown with huge amounts of crimson highlights. Two finger off white head with loads of chunky lacing everywhere.

Tons of pumpkin in this, brown sugar and cinnamon. Nutmeg is there but not over powering like in most pumpkin beers.

Pumpkin and cinnamon with a nice vanilla and brown sugar sweetness. The base beer tastes nutty and roasty.

Medium body, slightly creamy, low carbonation.

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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 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 Jackofallbrews
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: This beer has a strong malty aroma with a hint of nutmeg. There is a subtle smoky note melded with a mild cinnamon. Overall not as aromatic as many of the pumpkin beers I've tried.

Appearance: A deep ruby color with excellent clarity. Pours with a huge off-white head that seems to last forever.

Flavor: A pleasant malty sweetness at the start that settles into an off-dry, almost roasty finish. I get some nutmeg and a bit of ginger, but pretty subtle. There is a somewhat creamy mouthfeel. I also get a bit of alcohol warming down the back of the throat. Light cinnamon and smoky notes as it warms.

Overall: This was much better than expected. I don't pick up much pumpkin, but the malty backbone and creaminess of this beer is very nice. The spices, dark malts and smokiness add a lot of complexity to this beer and makes you want to keep trying it. I know you will be shocked by this, but it goes very well with pumpkin bisque.

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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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Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in a dimpled glass stein @ the Corner in Litchfield, Conn.

A: Dark orange amber beneath a two-finger head of dense, beige foam that dissipated quickly and left a trace of lacing. Looks pretty robust for a SA pumpkin.

S: Big whiff of booze and pumpkin with breaks of cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg and ginger. Inviting aroma but the alcohol broadcasts a red flag.

T: Rich, earthy and sweet malts lend caramel and buttery toffee flavors to the palate. This is further sweetened up with a mashed pumpkin and spicy booze concoction that has a slightly artificial and syrupy flavor to it. Finishes sticky sweet with a touch of burning pumpkin bread.

M: Rich, medium to full-bodied pumpkin ale with a robust malt base but some harsh alcohol burn to boot.

O: Although I do prefer the complexity of the double pumpkin to SA Harvest Pumpkin, it doesn't handle the blend of pumpkin and high ABV the way Weyerbacher, Southern Tier and DFH do. I'd likely have a couple on a cool night, preferably in front of a fire pit.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very dark orange, almost garnet. Solid ring of head. 4.0

Cinnamon and roasted malts with hints of pumpkin. Decent. 3.5

Cinnamon and pumpkin. Boozy with notes of roast, vanilla, toffee, and light nutmeg. Rich in flavor and ringing with strength. 4.0

Lower carb, but a rich body. Heavy-handed with the booze, however. 3.5

Nice pumpkin ale from Sam Adams. Better than their Harvest Pumpkin. 4.0

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Photo of metter98
3.84/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear dark amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that died down, leaving a large patch of bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass and some lacing down the sides.
S: Moderate aromas of pumpkin and spices are present in the nose along with notes of spices—allspice seems to stand out in particular.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has a light amount of sweetness along with hints of cinnamon.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I found this pumpkin ale to be enjoyable because it has a good balance between the flavors of pumpkins and spices.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of CloudStrife
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle split and poured into a snifter. Batch No. 1.

A: Pours a dark ruby with a 1.5 finger off white head. A little bit of visible carbonation, head sticks around as a thin film and ring around the sides of the glass.

S: Spicy nose, I get nutmeg, cinnamon and allspice. Pumpkin may be in the background but hard to tell from the overpowering spice. Roasted malts and carmel in there as well.

T: More dark tasting than most pumpkin beers I have had. Almost as sweet the pie itself. A fair amount of carmel. Could use a little more pumpkin in the front, pretty dominated by spice.

M: Fairly heavy body that comes off a little syrupy. Isn't too sticky or anything. Low carbonation. Alcohol is well hidden.

Overall a good addition to the pumpkin scene. Glad Sam Adams stepped it up a little and released this in compliment to their regular harvest pumpkin. Always been a fan of pumpkin beers.

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Photo of Gmann
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear deep copper color, almost ruby like. Quite pretty. The off white head is small and wispy, even after a hard pour.

The aroma is of the pumpkin pie spices, nutmeg and allspice. There is a cookie/pumpkin bread scent as well.

The taste is of a caramel bready malt base. It is quite smooth. The pumpkin pie spices follow, not too strong but well balanced. Nutmeg, allspice and ginger give this beer a pumpkin pie flavor. A wee bit of alcohol presence from this double but its not overbearing.

Moderate body with tingly carbonation. Sweet on the palate. Pretty smooth throughout but has a touch of an alcohol burn in the finish. Lightly bitter in the finish as well.

Probably the most drinkable of the imperial pumpkins that I have had. Not a style that I think needs to be imperialized but SA keeps this one in check for the most part. The flavors aren't big but they hit the style. I prefer their non-imperial version.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%

This poured a thick hazy autumn brown with a fantastic thick head. Spicy nose of cinnamon with hints of nutmeg, clove and sweet pumpkin puree. A little boozy but a lot of pumpkin gourd. Spicy anise, caraway, nutmeg but very little cinnamon come at the finish. Throughout I get a maltiness that had significant structure and volume. It is a very good example of pumpkin ale.

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Photo of SHODriver
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pours into an imperial nonic a light brown with a definite rd tint to it.this beer sports a quarter inch of light tan head that fades to a small mat and some lacing
S: smells of pumpkin, some cinnamon and other pumpkin pie spices
T: tastes strongly of pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices, a little bit of caramel malt flavor as well. cinnamon is a standout but you can also taste the nutmeg and allspice. swallow brings a lot more pumpkin pie spiced flavor
M: medium carb on a medium mouthfeel a little bit of astringency
O: a bit over the top. nice pumpkin pie flavor and it really tastes of fall but it's a little too in your face. probably wouldn't be a bad beer to share but drinking it solo isn't a wise decision.

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Number 2 in today’s pumpkin beerathon. Let’s see how Jim Koch does the imperial pumpkin thing (and let’s hope it’s better than Harvest Pumpkin Ale)…

A: Gorgeous – shining, ruby red body with a thick, three-finger head of tan foam. Creamy retention and abundant lacing.

S: The nose of a dense, sugary brown ale with a pumpkin undertone: Maris Otter-style vanilla and grain husk, coupled with pecan pie and rich caramel aromas. Savory pumpkin purée adds to the sweet, alluring scents, while a cinnamon-sugar scents and a soft alcohol note inhabit the back end.

T: A mouthful of residual sugars greets the palate at first sip: marshmallow and vanilla cream soda, primarily. Thanksgiving dinner tastes supplement the sweets, with tastes of buttery, baked yam and canned pumpkin pie filling with whipped cream – I’m getting a bit of allspice and ginger, but the balance tips more towards pumpkin than spice. Finishes in accordance, with an English-ale smack of mild sweetness.

M: Creamy, with a texture that’s bordering on heavy. Chewy, medium body with a velvety carbonation.

O: This beer is an outright Pumking clone: same sweetness, same vanilla-heavy nose, same ABV for goodness’ sake (8.5% for SA, 8.6% for ST). But there’s just something so special about Pumking that this beer doesn’t capture, something that makes it like taking a bite of the world’s best pumpkin pie: I’m guessing it’s the pie crust malt and authentic pumpkin earthiness that this beer is lacking. That said, this is an excellent pumpkin ale, and one of the best seasonal I’ve had from Sam Adams. Sweet, but satisfyingly so.

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Photo of 57md
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance is brown in color with copper edges. There was over a finger of off-white head that retained for some time. The nose includes pumpkin and spices, but not too strong on the spice. The pumpkin also comes through in the flavor profile along with some spices underneath. The finish is mildly bitter.

This offering is more full-bodied than most pumpkin ales. I enjoyed it and would recommend it to anyone who likes this style.

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Photo of zeff80
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at 44 Stone in Columbia, MO.

A - Poured a clear, burgundy color with some golden highlights. It had a pillowy, off-white head of foam that left sudsy trails of lace.

S - It smelled of pumpkin, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Nice but not overpowering.

T - It tasted of sweet pumpkin with all the spices that come with pumpkin pie. Good cinnamon and nutmeg flavor with just enough bitterness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a pretty good pumpkin ale. Glad I could try it on tap at 44 Stone.

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Pours a reddish orange with a yellowish head which retains as a film.

Smells of bready malts with nutmeg, cinnamon and sweet pumpkin.

Flavor is cinnamon, pumpkin, nutmeg brown sugar and potent, bitter cloves.

Medium to full body with a sharp sting of carbonation on the tip of the tongue and in the back of the mouth.

Potent flavor and more spiced than other pumpkins I've had. Pretty good. There are still a couple other pumpkins I'd have before this, but this one is very enjoyable and I would have it again.

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Photo of JackMcAwesome
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint glass.

Look: It pours a really rich brown, with about a one finger head with a vigorous pour. A pretty solid amount of lacing throughout, and after 15 minutes, there's still a film of foam on top.

Smell: Almost nothing. at first. I was hoping to get a rich amount of pumpkin in my face, but it's really lacking. As it warmed up, it got a bit better, but not by much. There's a hint of pumpkin, and a soft chocolate note as well. Perhaps nutmeg that I just think is chocolate.

Taste: Very surprising, after the lackluster smell, I was expecting the exact same, but it packs a bit of a punch. The pumpkin spices are pretty prominent, and it's backed up by the nutmeg, with a bit of caramel.

Feel: A bit slick on the tongue, medium bodied, and warm going down.

Overall: I was pretty surprised by this one. Sam Adams rarely disappoints, but this was a tier higher than I was expecting from them. I was expecting a top 15 pumpkin brew, but this is easily in the top six. The only thing keeping it from really excelling was the lackluster aroma. I'll probably go pick up a couple of more though before the season ends so I can have some in October.

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Photo of BDIMike
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a great looking pumpkin beer. A dark red, mahogany colored beer that turns more orange when held to the light. A medium sized tan head is created that laces throughout the drink.
Smell is dominated by some really strong pumpkin. Great spice smells of cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg. Some nice roasted malts, too.
Taste has a lot going on. The pumpkin is very strong. The roasted malts take the driver's seat and have a very smokey taste to them. I am not a big smoke fan, so it kind of overpowers the sip to me.
Mouthfeel has a silky smoothness to it that goes down easy.
Drinkability is okay. A lot of good sights and smell on this beer, but the taste is overpowered by some very smokey malts. I would give this a try, some would like it better than me.

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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 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 bluejacket74
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle, Batch #1. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a clear reddish/copper color with an inch light tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. The brew smells like pumpkins, cinnamon, ginger, and brown sugar. Taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes like pumpkins, cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar and a bit of smoked malt. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit oily and it's easy to drink. Moderate carbonation. The 8.5% ABV isn't very noticeable at all. I think this is a good pumpkin beer, I'd pick up this one again. $7.99 a bottle.

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