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

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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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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of dowen17
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear dark brown with a big thick head as most Sam Adams brews do.

Smell is heavy on pumpkin spice. A lot darker than most pumpkin beers. Very good smelling beer.

Great taste. Again, much darker than most pumpkin beers. Good spice here with some dark malt. The pumpkin comes through but it tastes more natural with nowhere near the sweetness. Has a little bit of a bubblegum sweetness.

Great mouthfeel. Nice amount of carbonation. Good body.

Would definitely drink again. Great pumpkin beer without being overly sweet.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of jngrizzaffi
3.99/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a very cloudy dark amber/reddish color with a 1.5-2 finger foamy head. Head retention is good. Lacing is great. Strong aroma of pumpkin spices, cinnamon and nutmeg. Nice smooth taste but is a tad bit watered down to my surprise. Is more smooth and creamy at first. Cinnamon and nutmeg. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Hides the alcohol content very well.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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

On tap at the Crooked Pint in Minneapolis, served in an Imperial Pint style (but not size) glass, the beer is brown with a slim of tan head.

Aroma of pumpkin pie spices, malts, a hint of caramel.

Substantial spices and malts lead. There are hints of toffee and caramel. Bit of biscuit and over ripe apple. It is a well-made pumpkin beer. I want to stock-up for the fall.

It is definitely an end of night type beer.

Well done!

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2.75/5  rDev -25.9%

Photo of lambpasty
4.02/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22oz (1pt 6 oz) bomber into a heavy beer mug.

A - Pours a clear, deep amber-brown reminiscent of past-peak New England autumn leaves. About an inch of light khaki head began to form 3/4 of the way into the pour, which dissipated after about a minute leaving a light foam layer on the surface along with a solid quilt of lacing along the sides of the glass that stayed throughout.

S - Lots happening here; very up front with toasted malt, heavy bread, spices (nutmeg, cinnamon, and a little allspice) and of course pumpkin. Hints of sweet, dried fruit and chestnuts combine with vanilla and finish with some mild citrus hop notes.

T - Much of what's exposed in on the nose unfolds on the tongue, and then some. Waves of toasted malt and dried dark fruit and bread for days at first, giving way to the spice notes and the slightest hint of hops to dry it up towards the end. Surprisingly the pumpkin flavor itself doesn't really make it's debut until after the swallow, first arriving as a hearty squash flavor and then opening into the sweeter hints of vanilla and caramel that is expected in pumpkin pie. The 8.5% ABV is surprisingly well hidden in terms of flavor, really only showing itself due tot he inevitable warmth it brings.

M - Reminiscent of many Oktoberfest brews in my opinion. A hearty, beefy quaff that lets you know its there while you're sipping but cleans up towards the end. Upon the first few sips I actually had to double-check to see that it was in fact an ale and not a weak stout, which it really does mirror in some ways with how malt-forward the brew is. IMO the moderately high ABV does just enough to keep it from being syrupy without diluting it too much.

O - Overall, one of the more interesting Pumpkin beers I've had so far this year. It's a solid take on the style with a lot going on in the nose and palate, but to me it doesn't overdo any of the characteristics that it's going for. In a sea of over-spiced and/or over-sweetened pumpkin-soda-beers, this one stands on the higher end and will definitely be a brew I'll look forward to. If you're someone who generally partakes in the Sam Adams stigma and would have avoided it because of the name, I think you'll be pleasantly surprised if you reconsider and pick up a bomber or five.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of bmwats
3.57/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 650 ml bottle into a nonic.

A: Medium brown. Pours a 1 finger, foamy, brown-white head. Settles pretty quickly, but not completely leaving a thick foam blanket on the surface. Thick beer ring lacing.

S: Pumpkin, nutmeg, and cinnamon... characteristic.

T: Pumpkin, black licorice, cinnamon stick, pine sap, and oak bark.

M: Thick and syrupy. Very strong alcohol character. Bitter, pungent finish.

D: The strong alcohol and pungency will dictate a sipping experience.

Atmosphere is really nice. Nice head, and some thick lacing. Characteristic nose, consisting of pumpkin and fall spices. Bitter and pungent, high alcohol, combo of pumpkin, licorice, and wood components. Very robust. Overall, this is a good quaff.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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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