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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

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

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Avg:
3.71
pDev:
36.39%
 
 
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Photo of Makisupajoey
4.11/5  rDev +10.8%
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 JGlitz87
3.44/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep amber, thick head and a good amount of lacing.

S: Strong pumpkin scent. Almost overpowering amounts of pumpkin and nutmeg. Slightly off putting.

T: Creamy. Decent amount of pumpkin. Alcohol is not hidden very well.

F: Smooth, medium to strong body. Moderate carbonation.

O: Good, but far from my favorite pumpkin ale.

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Photo of Wrex68
3.03/5  rDev -18.3%
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 WVbeergeek
3.52/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance is a deep ruby hue with highlights all day thick textured tan head fills the glass, light sporadic chunky layered lacing gives you the idea of texture. Aroma has a hint of spice and earthy hop additions it's actually pretty muted on the nose. go figure. Flavor has it all ginger, all spice, cinnamon to the point where it almost burns you, it's a beer that actually feels like it's a heated addition due to the level of ginger this Fat Jack decided to take on. It's a big beer almost too much, calories I could guess at least 500 per 12 ounce serving. Residual sugars flood the mouthfeeel making it full to the bone. I want an easy drinking ale to come around.

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Photo of Fergyx825
2.58/5  rDev -30.5%
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 Goosehunter75
3.72/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a beautiful deep copper red with a huge fluffy 4 finger head with awesome retention and lacing

S - Not as much aroma as I expected it would have. Still, the aroma that is there is pleasant. I picked up pumpkin, caramel, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Good balance too. None of the aromas seemed to over power the others.

T - Big flavor! Nutmeg hits her palatte immediately. Then comes a nice balanced blend of other tastes...pumpkin, caramel, toffee, cinnamon. I also like the fact that the pumpkin is not everpowering. Its just right for my tastes and mixes well with the other flavors.

M - A medium body creamy feelnig beer. It does have a nice burn from the alcohol content, but still I would call it fairl smooth drinking.

O - Great fall pumpkin beer! Love the fact that the pumpkin isnt overpowering and doesnt mask the other flavors in the beer. Very well balanced. A very drinkable beer but one is enough (specially since I had a 22 oz bomber). Strong stuff and you can feel the burn

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Photo of Roland45s
3.97/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My initial pour and taste didn't have high hopes for this beer. While the color is very caramely (is that a word) and hazel brown with a 2" head (aggressive pour) the taste really develops. The caramel and hints of subtle pumpkin pie are definitely there. Along with all of the classic spices. Kudos go out to Samuel Adams for a good beer (finally). I still am on my quest to find one that beats the Schlafly/Pumking/Chatoe Rogue but I don't see it happening....

A: hazel brown/caramel

S: spice and pumpkin

T: subtle pumpkin with a robust rich flavor of spice/caramel

M: smooth and heavier than expected

O: Top 10 pumpkin beers.

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Photo of DeFaz
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

There's no doubt that this is a good beer, but I think many are disappointed because it labels itself a "double pumpkin" beer when actually the pumpkin flavor takes a backseat to the spice. There are flavors of nutmeg, cinnamon, malt, a bit of hops, and vanilla. The alcohol is well concealed in the taste, but there's nothing here that's particularly exciting. I paid around $8 for 1 pt. 6 fl,. oz. (hence the slightly lower "Overall" rating) and frankly I wish I would've spent that money elsewhere, but the beer was still enjoyable.

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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 TruePerception
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

(Previous review, transferred from beer journal)

Sam Adam's Fat Jack Double Pumpkin Ale: 8.5% ABV; Appearance: thick, medium amber-red, thin head, fades quick; Smell: pumpkin skin, nutty; Taste/Mouthfeel: pumpkin sweetness, citrusy hop, slight nuttiness, light aftertaste; good/pretty good.

Poured into a pint glass.

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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 UnderPressure
3.92/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark copper colored. Nice, thick rocky head that lasts forever. Crystal clear. Terrific lacing.

Spices, toasted malt, and a slight funk in the aroma. It also has that distinct boozy aroma that I associate with double IPAs. But it must be with any high alcohol beer.

Sweet malt and spices dominate the flavor. A sweet, yet alcoholic flavor upfront. With a clean yet sweet finish with a nice spice blend lingering at the very end.

Heavy bodied mouthfeel with a nice appropriate level of carbonation.

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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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Photo of neophilus
4.17/5  rDev +12.4%
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 kristiekatk
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fat Jack pours a rich garnet with a thin tan head that quickly collapses into a light surface layer. It doesn’t look like your typical pumpkin beer. And I like that. The aroma is full of pumpkin meat, cinnamon, and vanilla. It has as very strong fall spicing smell, but not overly sweet like the Harvest.

I was expecting that imperial bite in the taste but was instead hit with a luscious malt base. On the palate it’s bready, toasted malts, a slight smokiness, and a great squash character; plus that same holiday spicing as the nose, very cider-like. There’s a light booziness and just enough bitterness to give a nice kick. Incredibly smooth and drinkable for an imperial pumpkin, Fat Jack is a great representation of the dark pumpkin style and it’ll definitely be a beer that I pick up again next year.

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

Appearance - Pours a clear, deep, near ruby brown with an off-white, yellowsish two-finger head. Fair retention. The lacing is spotty a best.

Smell - Hits on strong nutmeg and cinnamon character with lesser notes of pumpkin taking a backseat. Hints at a subtle, lightly baked pie crust aroma.

Taste - Follows the nose. Pumpkin flavor is subdued in favor of the nutmeg and cinnamon spice. Hints of pie crust. Finishes with a bit brown sugar sweetness and a moderate alcohol heat.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with a tingly carbonation. Somewhat creamy. Finishes fairly dry.

Overall - This is basically their Harvest Pumpkin Ale on steroids. That's not necessarily a good thing, as the Harvest Pumpkin wasn't all that good to begin with. Drinkable, but not too terribly enjoyable, and I cringe at the thought of paying the full asking price for it.

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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 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 nebula1999
4.47/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. Can I begin and end my review there? Guess not...

Dark copper color, tall whitish head.

Smells of, well, pumpkin pie. But it's really more than that. there's a richness in the aroma that goes WAY beyond the usual pumpkin ale swill. A sweetness that comes through in the scent.

Taste is over the top right off the bat. Cinnamon, clove, allspice, ginger, nutmeg, booze, even some caramel sweetness. It's all in there, and more. This beer has depth unlike any of the double or imperial pumpkins out there that I have tried. this is what a pumpkin ale should be. Rich, creamy, high alcohol, pumpkin pie spice, without the cloying sweetness. I've always been disappointed in other pumpkins, because they lack depth of character. I believe the quintessential pumpkin ale should be rich and full bodied with the requisite spices, but even with some porter or stout characteristics too.."Pumpkin Barleywine" possibly? Until then, this one fits perfectly.

Cheers to Sam Adams. I finally found it!....the pumpkin ale to beat all other pumpkin ales.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From: Binny's, IL
Date: No obvious date on bottle (from store in September)
Glass: Standard American pint glass

Sam Adams' imperial pumpkin ale is a heavy, caramelized-sugar-sweet pumpkin pie filling-influenced ale that generally hits all the right notes for the style. While the carbonation might be increased a notch without problem, this is still a solid effort. One to definitely try or enjoy again, at least once a year (not sure I'd want to have more than a bottle of this per several months, though).

Pours a modest 1cm head, made up of medium to large bubbles, with fairly average to poor retention. The head fades to a thin ring around the glass with a few ghostly islands of foam atop the body, leaving very modest lacing (a few dots and lines stick to the sides of the glass). Body is a dark reddish-amber color, transparent, with little visible carbonation.

Aroma is very sweet and thick overall, with notable pie spices and mild smokiness. More complex than a non-imperial pumpkin ale, and generally pleasing. Specifically, a caramel-like sweetness is quite prominent. Secondary scents of cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger are apparent as well. The smoked malts are detectable, though not particularly strong to me. If I inhale deeply, I also pull in some mild ethanol.

The combined flavor palette for the beer is hearty, caramel sweetness with pumpkin pie base and a noticeable smokiness. Front of palate picks up pumpkin puree combined with caramelized sugars. Mid-palate features rich caramel malt sweetness; pumpkin pie base including pumpkin, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg; some smokiness; and even slight chocolate. Back of palate detects continued pumpkin pie base with some caramel-like sweetness, while the smokiness and chocolate are toned down. Aftertaste of caramelized sugars and residual pumpkin pie filling.

Beer is medium-heavy in weight, with fairly modest carbonation considering the ethanol and heft. The resulting mouthfeel is slightly sluggish, a bit more carbonation would perhaps make the aroma more prominent and ease the sipping of this beer. I appreciate the heaviness of the beer, though, as this seems to complement both the heaviness of the flavors and the style in general. Ethanol warmth on the back of the palate and throat, not unpleasant. Finishes rather dry, with a bit of residual stickiness around the lips.

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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 tvljr
4.65/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a big ass bottle of this while on vacation in Orlando recently. Poured into a tulip glass.

This is definitely one of the best Pumpkin Ales I've ever had. It poured nice and dark with a serious aroma of pumpkin, nutmeg and cinnamon.

Unlike many pumpkin ales it didn't overwhelm with spices. While the hints of spice are there, the beer is still just that, a beer. The spices augment the beer and make this a true positive drinking experience.

Also, despite the high alcohol content, there is no overt alcohol taste found in many similar ABV brews.

This is really good stuff.

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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 CampusCrew
3.71/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thought this was well done... loved the color, dark brown, decent head rentention. The aromas and flavors were decent. Nothing spectaculr but a decent pumpkin beer with a nice big malty body. That was the best thing abiut the beer is that it had some substance to it, not a weak spicy pumpkin soda like so many on the market today. Pumpkin nor the spice was overpowering and the brown ale base was solid.

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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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Samuel Adams Fat Jack Double Pumpkin Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
84 out of 100 based on 253 ratings.
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