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
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

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Added by TMoney2591 on 10-03-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,359
Reviews:
258
Avg:
3.71
pDev:
15.63%
 
 
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100
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287
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Photo of crobinso
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of Suds
4.14/5  rDev +11.6%
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 n2185
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a clear mahogany with three fingers of tan head that fades into a thin cap with a solid sheet of lacing. The best looking pumpkin ale I've seen.

S: subtle pumpkin spices up front with creamy vanilla and squashy pumpkin aromas. Smells quite nice.

T: pumpkin spices with caramel malts, wheat bread flavors, and notes of vanilla and pumpkin. Moderate alcohol presence on the finish.

M: medium-thick body with lowish carbonation, this beer is nice and creamy, though somewhat lessened by the alcohol burn.

O: a good pumpkin ale, overall. Smells great, though a little too boozy and lacking the complexity of the aroma.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.94/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a snifter glass

Appearance – The beer pours a deep ruby/mahogany color bordering on brownish. Upon pouring there is a one-half inch finger of tan colored head. The head fades over a moderate amount of time leaving a decent level of streaky lace on the sides of the glass and a good level of bubbly persistent foam on the surface of the brew.

Smell – The aroma has lots of roasted pumpkin with a good deal of brown sugar and toffee sweetness. Along with these aromas, are some lighter spice aromas of nutmeg, allspice, and cinnamon. A little bit of a bready aroma and a small amount of roasted nut are there as well.

Taste –The taste begins with a sweet caramel and toffee flavor mixed with a good dose of smooth roasted pumpkin. The sweetness is much more then I was anticipating from the nose, with the roasted pumpkin being much less. Spice flavors are present from the start, with flavors of cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice all present. For the most part the spice remains at a rather low level with the nutmeg and cinnamon flavors increasing a bit more toward the end. Some light bitter nutty and earthy flavors come to the tongue at the end, balancing out the sweetness a bit. Along with this, so too comes some alcohol flavors, which in the end when mixed with the rest, leave a nice warming and moderately sweet pumpkin pie flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the creamier and chewier side with a carbonation level that is on the average side. The thicker and chewier body are rather nice for the sweeter pumpkin flavors of the brew and make it a rather nice slow sipper.

Overall – A rather tasty pumpkin ale. It’s a little on the sweeter side for an imperial pumpkin ale, but is still balanced in many respects, as it has a good blend of booze, spice, and pumpkin to tame the sweet. Overall a rather enjoyable drinker.

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Photo of Lucnifter
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of Zach136
4.02/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear brown-red bodied, light small cap.

Aroma/Flavor: Nutty earthy pumkin pulp, with in-check fall spices.

Mouthfeel: Medium+ bodied, slight drying sensation from the spices.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%

A-Clear amber in the glass, some carbonation and a one finger head that leaves lacing.

S-Pumpkin, not that much in the way of spices, like a brown ale base.

T-Moderate pumpkin, needs more spices though, too much of the base beer comes through.

M-Medium bodied and some carbonation.

O-Too much a brown ale and not enough of a pumpkin beer.

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Photo of GraduatedCashew
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.51/5  rDev -32.3%
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 StoutHunter
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle of Samuel Adams Fat Jack Double Pumpkin Ale a couple weeks ago for $6.99 at The Lager Mill. I'm still on the search for a great Pumpkin Ale and since today is Halloween I thought it would be fitting to give this beer a try, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date Batch #1. Poured from a brown 24 ounce brown bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks pretty good, its nicely done and it's a little eye catching. It poured a muddy amber color that took on a copper hue when held to the light with two and a half fingers worth of tan head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and left lots of nice lacing. This is a good looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with some malts that have a higher amount of medium sweetness and impart some caramel, toffee, and a slight nutty aroma. After that comes a nice pumpkin aroma that seems to be pretty natural smelling and is followed by some nice pumpkin pie spices with nutmeg and cinnamon seeming to stick out the most. The aroma is pretty good, the malts show up nicely and pumpkin smells authentic without being overly spiced, I like it.

T- The taste seems to be fairly similar to the aroma and it starts off with some malts that have a higher amount of medium sweetness and impart some nice caramel and toffee like flavors followed by a slight smokey flavor that I wasn't expecting but it works well and adds some complexity to this brew. Up next comes the pumpkin which has a nice meaty pumpkin flavor that is pretty natural and is followed by a medium amount of pumpkin pie spices with the nutmeg sticking out the most. This beer tasted good, it was fairly complex with some natural pumpkin flavor and it wasn't over spiced, I enjoyed it.

M- Pretty smooth, a little chewy, pretty damn creamy, on the lighter side of being full bodied with a nice amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was good and it worked well with this beer, I have no complaints.

Overall I thought this was a good beer and a pretty damn good example of the style, it had everything I look for in a Pumpkin Ale with some nice balance and a pretty creamy mouthfeel. This beer had good drinkability, it went down pretty smooth and the 8.5% alcohol barely showed up in the taste, I think one bomber is the perfect amount with this beer, I couldn't see myself drinking another bottle after this one. What I liked the most about this beer was it's balance and the fact that it wasn't overly spiced and the creamy mouthfeel was also pretty noteworthy. What I liked least about this beer was nothing, I can't think of anything that I disliked or would change about this beer, it's fine just the way it is. I would buy another bottle of this if it's released next year, it's a good all around Pumpkin Ale, and it isn't that expensive, I recommend this beer to anyone looking for a good Pumpkin Ale. All in all I was pretty satisfied with this beer and I would say this is one of the best Pumpkin Ales that I have had this year but I don't think it knocks the now retired Screaming Pumpkin off as being my favorite Pumpkin Ale, but this was a pretty damn good one in it's own right and I'm glad that I took a chance on it. This is much better then their Harvest Pumpkin Ale and it's worthy of being put in bombers, good job guys this is one good Pumpkin Ale that's really hitting the spot on this cold Halloween night.

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Photo of andrenaline
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of atone315
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

Photo of THECPJ
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of aztraz
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

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

500 ml bottle poured into a snifter.
Batch #1, 8.5% ABV, "Enjoy now or age it..." $6.49 / bottle

A - Deep ruby mahogany in color, the beer's darker color certainly mirrors the "double pumpkin" label. A light khaki head crowns the clear beer but doesn't stick around for long, leaving wrinkled lace gnarled on the glass.

S - Fat Jack's bold aroma is immediately more reminiscent of a late, late fall beer. I'm talking, Thanksgiving time. Roasted almonds pair with rich molasses and a light waft of smoke while a lightly phenolic alcohol hint emerges. Pumpkin and spice is more mellow, relaxed, instead of up in your face, but all the players remain; allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger. Pale malt creates a pie-crust aroma with a drizzle of sweet caramel weaving over the pie.

T - Plenty of malt creates an oomph on the tongue, battering it with sweet caramel and crumbly pie crust. Dark fruit follows with date and raisin hiding behind before really getting into the unfortunately subdued pumpkin attributes. Spiciness is there but tame while pumpkin doesn't really begin to shine until after the swallow. Mild solvent alcohol penetrates the flavors along the back end letting you know it's got some heft.

M - Full-bodied and meaty, Fat Jack is initially smooth before drying out with earthy hops and warming alcohol on the back end. Pumpkin and spice linger on the tongue for quite a while after a sip has gone down. The mouthfeel is nice for a double pumpkin in regards to the body's beef, the alcohol seems to thin it out though.

O - After Samuel Adam's Harvest Pumpkin beer last year, Fat Jack virtually jumped off the shelf into my pumpkin ale-loving hands, but the beer doesn't live up to my well placed expectations. Looming much closer to a double amber or American strong ale, this beer is a malty beast with a touch of pumpkin to it; not quite carving out that "double pumpkin" niche. While I find nothing offensive (warming alcohol could be hidden better, however) Fat Jack just doesn't really excite me the way other pumpkin beers do. I will say though, that after a fall of bold pumpkin beers, this one will do wonderfully as a "table beer" at Thanksgiving, lightly suggesting pumpkin pie; foreshadowing dessert, and pairing well with turkey, mashed potatoes, and gravy!

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Photo of MattyG85
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
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 2dogbrew
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of JamieDuncan
4.31/5  rDev +16.2%

Enjoyed this one very much, not sure why it is getting dinged so much. Not a big Pumpkin Beer fan but liked this one very much.

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Photo of Griffith
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of Jason_cs
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of hollywood_15063
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.91/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Aroma has decided pumpkin and cinnamon notes, plus hints of malt and cloves. It pours a clear mahogany with a fairly thick light, slightly pumpkin-orange head that leaves good lacing. Satisfying flavor has a malty core with a noticeable but not overpowering pumpkin tone, as well as notes of cinnamon, horehound and cloves and a touch of caramel. Smooth texture has good body though not a lot of fizz.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.45/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle pours a crystal clear amber color with a small-bubbled tan head. Average retention and lace.

Nose is pretty heavy on the pie spices - sugar, cinnamon, baked apples and nutmeg. Malts are caramely and sweet.

Taste is a little milder than the nose would indicate with the malts holding their own against the spices. It has the typical Sam Adams yeast/burnt caramel character I seem to get in so many of their beers. It tastes a bit like sauteed pumpkin left in the skillet a little too long. Its ok...I wont buy it again, but I'll finish my half bottle sample.

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Photo of Brenden
3.94/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a deep mahogany red-brown in color, or perhaps a cherry wood, with lots of clarity. There's a creamy ring of tight head that doesn't exactly form a crown; it probably looks better out of the bottle, but off the tap it fades to a thin foam and leaves a broken sheet of lacing that peters to spotting.
The profile features some natural pumpkin flesh but is centered more on spicing, which isn't overdone but excellently balanced, and the strong malts backbone. It's sweet but not cloying, offering some brown sugar to complement lots of nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon and the like. The malt sets a firm foundation to rest upon and the pumpkin itself isn't neglected. This is nicely done overall.
The feel has both crispness and smoothness but leans more crisp with a bit of a bite. It's got an even carbonation in a medium body.

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Photo of gtermi
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Samuel Adams Fat Jack Double Pumpkin Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.71 out of 5 based on 1,359 ratings.
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