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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 | website

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Fall

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Added by TMoney2591 on 10-03-2011

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3.71
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Photo of Billolick
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Growler filled at Yorktown Bev. in...you guessed it..Yorktown, NY

Pours dark mahogony amber, medium tan head, that is minor in size and staying power. Leaves a thin collar and just some minimal bits of lacing.

Powdered sugar nose, with some caramel and slight fall spices in the background.

Sugary sweet offering from Sam...dark sugar, caramel, sweet malts are what I get on the palate, with some fall/pumpkin pie spices present, but in the background.

Ehh, I've been warming to the style in general this fall, but this "2X" pumkin brew, really is not doing much to impress me...just too sweet and not enough spice...

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Photo of vfgccp
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
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 TheSevenDuffs
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in tulip glass.

A - Deep amber with one finger of cream coloured head that reduced to a thin layer.

S - Pumpkin and spice aromas come together nicely with some sweet bready malts, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg.

T - A big spice profile integrates well with pumpkin puree. Some pretty big cinnamon, all spice and nutmeg notes with a lighter ginger presence. Warming alcohol presence throughout.

M -Medium body. Chewy. Light carbonation.

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Photo of Tone
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, dark brown color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and great lacing. Smells of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, hint of allspice, and a hint of hop. Fits the style of a Pumpkin Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of slight roasted malt, sweet malt, hint of hops, slight pumpkin, and strong spices. Overall, good blend, appearance, and body.

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Photo of Gavage
3.91/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a hazy mahogany reddish color with a big fluffy 2"+ head. Nice lace develops.

Smell: light spiciness and caramel come through to the nose.

Taste: caramel, toffee, nutmeg, cinnamon, a hint of allspice, and a bit of pumpkin sweetness. Bitterness is moderate and alcohol is slightly noticeable.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Lightly crisp at the start, smoother at the finish. Long lasting aftertaste.

Overall: this is a tasty and flavorful pumpkin ale. Slower sipping than some other pumpkin beers, this one is satisfying. Worth trying this one if you can find it.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Holy Grail Pub in Plano.

The beer pours a dark amber-brown color with a tan head. The aroma is very spicy. I get a ton of cinnamon and nutmeg, as well as some pumpkin and some alcohol.

The flavor is similar. What really stands out is the intense cinnamon, nutmeg and clove notes. There is also some pumpkin notes, as well as quite a bit of booze.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.97/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a ruddy orange amber with a fine two finger pumpkin colored head that had great retention and lacing. Aroma is sweet bready malt with cooked pumpkin nd hints of pumpkin pie spicing, mild. Flavor is sweet malt, gentle but distinct smokiness, toffee, glazed pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger. Very nice, medium to heavy, creamy body. A quite sweet pumpkin ale, but good pumpkin pie character and I really liked the smokiness; like eating pie around an open fire. I think this might have been a bit cloying without the smoked malt, but kudos to Boston Beer for making this fun to drink. The malt support really makes this stand apart from many pumpkin ales that are all about spicing. I liked this more than I expected to and will add it to my Fall beer rotation.

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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 Halcyondays
4.4/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Beachwood I,

A: Pours a dark red-brown with a full long lasting white head, some good lace.

S: Brown sugar and pumpkin with definite cinnamon notes. Nice nose.

T: Great brown sugar and molasses notes but not overdone. Sweet pumpkin flesh with a nice balanced spice, nutmeg and cinnamon.

M: Full-bodied, a big pumpkin beer. It does get a tad cloying at the finish, but for most of the beer I wasn't even aware.

O: A strong big flavoured pumpkin beer. Sam Adams has made another classic, now only if they would bottle this. Nice to see a pumpkin ale of this quality on the West Coast.

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Photo of biegaman
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

If you're new to Pumpkin Ales, Fat Jack is clearly not your reference point. Its deep, dark, almost terracotta-red tone is not at all typical for the style (which usually emulates the colour of a pumpkin). But its clarity, sharpness, and head all show excellent poise and form. It may not look conventional but, boy, this sure does look like it was well-crafted.

At first glance, seeing it on paper, Fat Jack seems a perfectly crafted pumpkin ale: real pumpkin enhanced with the usual cast of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and allspice, complimented by earthy, leafy East Kent Goldings and Fuggles, and some Special B and smoked malt added for sweetness and depth. Couldn't have drawn it up any better myself (duh, I'm not a commercial brewer).

But does it translate to the glass? Sure smells like it! The burnt sugar, raisin, and dark dried fruit notes of the Special B stand right out and provide a wonderful contrast to the spices. Those hungry for pie, however, will be disappointed - the palate is also solid, dark, dense, and serious. It showcases heavy caramel notes and only dashes of cinnamon and nutmeg flavours. Little, if any pumpkin.

As far as pumpkin ales go, I'm not sure there's many more hearty, hefty, and rich than this one. Its sticky-sweet maltiness, dried fruit notes and savory spices are reminiscent of a dark Belgian ale, or even a Doppelbock of sorts. (Of course, at 8.5% its alcohol content is on par with both of those.) Spices can be big show-offs but this example doesn't allow it at all. There's way more to it.

Have you tired of pumpkin ales? Come to think of them as redundant and predictable? Try Fat Jack! Love it or hate it - and, trust me, there's a far better chance of the former - you're sure to find it an interesting take on the style. It's impossible to walk away from without an opinion. Don't expect as much of the holiday spirit, but be ready for a ton of character beyond the standard spices.

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Photo of Zorro
3.3/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear reddish brown colored beer with a small yellowish tan colored head.

Smell is pumpkin and spice with lots of ginger. Pretty much smells like pumpkin pie without the crust.

Starts out sweet with a good amount of spice and caramel. Strange flavor to the malt here something like soy sauce and tobacco leaf at the same time. Ginger and clove dominate the taste as expected. All in all it is OK.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall, OK I tasted it and now back to something better.

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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 puboflyons
4.35/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From Batch #1. Sampled on September 25, 2012.

It pours an attractive looking deep amber with a delicate off-white head and garnet-ruby hues glistening along the side of the glass.

The aroma is vibrant with plenty of fall characteristics starting with pumpkin, allspice, nutmeg, and cinnamon.

The body is better than medium but also smooth and creamy.

My taste buds are introduced in a sweet fashion with dark malts and a little nutmeg and all spice but after a minute the moderate pepper-like bitterness kicks in and lingers briefly before pleasantly fading out. A nice pumpkin ale.

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

(Served in a tulip glass)
Batch #1

A- This beer pours a slightly dense dark caramel red body with a gentle carbonation and a sticky light tan cream head that last for a good bit.

S- The gentle blend of pumpkin spice and dry toffee notes are mellow and mild.

T- The nice toasted malt flavor has some depth with a dark toffee flavor to follow and a faint smoke or char note that lingers. There is a creamy sweetness that grows in the finish as the beer opens.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with a creamy texture and a nice alcohol warmth coming through as it warms.

O- The nice malt depth with subtle spices have an interesting smoke hint and a pumpkin tartness that come through when it is warm. Nice solid pumpkin beer.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

-Real pumpkin, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and all spice. Batch#1.

A: Dark coppery pour shows a dense rising of effervesce. The head is bready, pitted foam, with a light cork board coloring. Retention is nice as is lacing which is modest in show.

S: The smoked malt is gentle, but noticeable and contributes a nice smoky toasted pumpkin feel, a nice twist and addition i dont recall in to many others by style. The cinnamon is present, nutmeg, as well a sweet dusting of caramel and all spice. Ginger is light with a respectable sniff of real pumpkin puree. Like that they kept this real pumpkin rather a dessert style load of pumpkin spicing.

T: Again nice smoked pumpkin puree is dominant, a nice toasty and warm pumpkin feel. Warm cinnamon, ginger spicing and nutmeg with a sweet toasted grain base. The real pumpkin flavor comes through nicely, accented by just the right amount of spicing, again not gagging you with the spicing, but letting it compliment the pumpkin puree. Toasty pie crust with a touch of warm honey-brown sugar sweetness coming on the close.

M: Malty mouthful, creamy pumpkin puree feel, soft carbonation, full body feel with an alcohol warmth.

O: Overall nice drinkability, not overly done spice wise but a blend of both worlds, real honest pumpkin flavor with just the right amount of spicing accent which doesnt come off like a pumpkin pie in a blender type of drink. Usually pumpkin beers are at one end of the spectrum or the other, a gag full of pumpkin pie spice, or just a bland amount of pumpkin pulp with little spicing, this seems to balance a nice sweet spot inbetween. Again sam adams achieves a nice balanced very drinkable beer that you just cant complain about.

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Photo of barczar
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brilliant amber with a foamy, moderate khaki head.

Nutmeg, clove, cinnamon, perhaps some ginger, and a touch of pumpkin form the aroma. Sweet molasses and lightly toasted malt accompany.

Flavor is less sweet and more pumpkiny than anticipated. Light caramel malt sweetness, with nutmeg and clove, finishing fairly squash dominantand dry. There's an underlying fruity squash character that detracts from the experience. Ginger surfaces in the aftertaste.

Body is moderate to full, smooth, with low carbonation and light alcohol warmth.

Not bad. The fruitiness was offputting and the spices overwhelmed a bit, but very festive. I'm not big on ginger. My favorite part about this brew is the dry finish.

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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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Photo of TX-Badger
4.42/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Fat Jack has a clear dark amber appearance. Leaves a nice thick inch of fluffy cream colored head on top.

S - On the nose I get pumpkin (very prevalent), some spices, cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice, even a hint of anise as well.

T - On the palate I mainly get pumpkin and lots of it. Bits of each spice are noticeable, they mingle well together. On the finish, a nice sweetness that is balanced out by the hops.

M - Full-bodied and rich on the palate, and the carbonation is just right.

O - A very well done pumpkin beer. I find that these usually go one of two ways: either really good or really bad. This one is in the really good category. The pumpkin and spices make it taste like a piece of pumpkin pie.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep mahogany, moderate cap of tan tinted froth, gone quickly. Scent of toaste dark malt, brown sugar, bready yeast, seasonal spice and muted pumpkin. Taste brings malts to the front - toasted, bready, caramel and brown sugar. Pie spices and actual pumpkin quite muted. Slightly boozy. Medium bodied. Decent pumpkin, needs a bit more seasonal kick from spices and pumpkin.

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Photo of tigg924
4.3/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: 1/3 inch head, dark brownish-orange in color, clear, high carbonation

Smell: caramel, big clove, and pumpkin spice

Taste: deep sweet caramel, clove, cinnamon, and rich pumpkin spice

Mouthfeel: sweet with slight bitterness, moderate carbonation, heavy bodied

Overall: This is what I expect from an imperial pumpkin. Nice bold and sweet flavors. This has elements of an English barleywine. I love the deep rich caramel and pumpkin. I will pick this up again next year.

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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 Jwale73
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 1 - 22oz. bottle served in a tulip. Pours a translucent amber with a frothy, two inch, cream-colored head. As the head gradually collapses, delicate and consistent sheets of lacing are revealed. Nose expresses all-spice, a hint of ginger and something else that I can't quite put my finger on. Taste consistent with nose; however, a pleasant toasty, malty backbone asserts itself and a suggestion of brown sugar also comes out. Mouthfeel is medium-light in body with a smooth and even carbonation and a light, oily texture - there's almost a silkiness to it. Overall, a very enjoyable pumpkin beer. Flavors coalesce nicely without being overly sweet or cloying. A really nice job for the style I have to say. I'd love to see a variant aged in bourbon barrels.

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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 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 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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