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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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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Photo of brewskifan55
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter

A: Clear burgundy color. A quarter finger white head that turns to bubbles. Decent lacing.

S: Not picking up a lot here. Light spices, some pumpkin. Just doesn't stimulate the olfactory.

T: A real surprise here. More bourbon than pumpkin. Sweet, robust. A late pumpkin arrival. As it warms, cherries and plums pop up. Then the cherries dominate.

M: Medium to heavy with frothy carbonation.

O: for a pumpkin ale, this doesn't fit the bill. For an abbey ale, it's just right. Dark fruits overrule the pumpkin and stay all night for a pleasant sipper.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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

Poured from 22 oz. bottle into a snifter.

The big head and abundant lace are immediately noticeable. This is quite a divergence from other pumpkin beers that I have had of late...in a good way. The beer is dark brown with orange tint, very suggestive of autumn. The smell is again different from other pumpkin beers I've tried in that it is not dominated by spice. Instead, the smell is much more reminiscent of an imperial stout. It's boozy and smells potent with a deep malt profile.

The taste surprises as well, as the beer is more hop forward than I've experienced with pumpkin beers. Caramel and toffee notes hit the tongue first, followed by subtle pumpkin and spice and a bit of heat from the booze. Smokiness shows up throughout and adds a layer of complexity. The beer drinks much more like an imperial stout or dark strong ale, with a thick mouthfeel and alcohol burn similar to those beers. Still, it is smooth, complex and overall quite enjoyable. I am impressed by this beer and surprised it doesn't receive more mention or love such as what Pumking gets.

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2.55/5  rDev -31.3%
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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3/5  rDev -19.1%

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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