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RATINGS: 487   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 25   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
This rich and luscious brew indulges in flavor with over 28Ibs of pumpkin per barrel, for a full bodied sweetness and deep russet color. Classic pumpkin pie spices of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and allspice ignite a warmth and spark thatís deepened by an undercurrent of roasty smoked malts. The result is a delectable brew full of enveloping layers of flavor and spice. At Samuel Adams we love experimenting. This series of limited edition brews represents some of our favorite small batch creations. Style: Pumpkin Beer Hops: East Kent Goldings, Fuggle Malts: Samuel Adams Two-Row Pale Malt Blend, Caramel 60, Special B, Smoked Malt Extras: Real Pumpkin, Cinnamon, Ginger, Nutmeg, Allspice

Initially released on tap as "Double Pumpkin" in 2011, it was bottled as "Fat Jack Double Pumpkin" in 2012.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
chinchin (15) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - MAY 26, 2013
UPDATED: MAY 30, 2013 Fat Jack pours mahogany brown and gives off a nice red hue when held up to the light. Two fingers of biscuit colored head gives off an impressive aroma of nutmeg, malt, and the advertised big orange gourd. The first sip reveals an intense bright creamy body followed by an enjoyable warming effect. Big flavor with notes of fall spices, fruit, caramel, and lots of pumpkin. The finish has mild floral notes with a dominant pumpkin end. If its pumpkin you want, its pumpkin you get with this brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BlowOffTube (501) - Michigan, USA - MAY 18, 2013
Pours dirty, reddish brown.with an off white head. Smell is nutmeg, cinnamon, and pumpkin. Taste is sweet nutmeg, hint of vanilla and cinnamon with a big pumpkin taste in the end with a big malty body and medium carbonation. Would be better with the sweetness toned down and not letting the nutmeg over power. Overall a good outing for Sam Adams.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
llcooldave (1168) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - APR 5, 2013
Bright ruby copper in color. Spicy pumpkin aroma. Fall spice flavors, nutmeg, cinnamon & clove followed by more pumpkin notes and a touch of alcohol warmth. Overall, a good solid fall brew...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - MAR 28, 2013
THOUGHTS: If I didnít know this was a pumpkin beer, I might have never guessed it. Not a bad beer, just not the best pumpkin beer. It was almost like a doppelbock and a Belgian dubbel had a baby. The little bit of smoked malt blended well with both of those styles. Hid alcohol fairly well. I was kind of surprised that I didnít like this more. Way too much going on. Definitely interesting, just not pumpkin-beerish enough for me. TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a medium to dark reed that was nearly blood-red in the glass with an average, creamy, off-white head that mostly diminished but left excellent lacing. The aroma was overly sweet and contained heavy caramel malt; moderate to heavy musty yeast, fruity pumpkin sweetness, smoke, toffee, brown sugar, hints of pumpkin pie spices, bacon, wet do and dog shampoo. The initial flavor was moderately sweet and lightly bitter; while the finish was heavily sweet, moderately bitter and lightly sour with an average to long duration. There was caramel malt, molasses, smoked malt, burnt caramel, maybe pumpkin spices (but it comes across more as spicy yeast), fruity pumpkin, dark candy sugar, maple syrup and bacon. The medium body was sort of creamy with soft but very tingly carbonation and a dry and slightly alcoholic finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chudwick (2478) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - MAR 22, 2013
Bomber - pours brown amber with tan head and decent lacing. Nose is pumpkin spice and metal. Flavor adds alcohol, caramel, and bread. Sweet with spicy finish. Some hop to it. Medium body and sticky. Has qualities of a strong brown ale. Would be nicer without the metal presence and strong alcohol presence.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Boliv (1150) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 11, 2013
Bomber, Batch #1. Pours very dark orange, verging on ruby red, with a creamy 2-finger orange/beige head. Nice retention, thick lacing. Aromas of sweet pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon, clove, and allspice. Light pie crust, brown sugar, and some alcohol, with mild peat and smoke as it warms. The flavor is smoke and pumpkin, smoked spices, and peat. Mild buttered crust, pumpkin, and lots of brown sugar. Medium carbonation and verging on full-bodied. Slightly warming and creamy. Nice! The smoked malt was odd at first, but it grew on me; I think it works in this context. [1111]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dwyerpg (4902) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAR 2, 2013
This beer started off slow and then blew me away, style-wise. The aroma isnít that strong and the initial flavor isnít that pumpkin-y, but rather has a decent amount of strength. However, as the beer goes along, the strength and the rest of the beer mesh excellently.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - FEB 18, 2013
Bottle:   Copper hued ruby, thin sudsy white head, spotty lacing.   Squashy nose, subtle spices, seems a bit odd and not like other big Pumpkin beers.   Strong yet muted spices on the tongue.   Its spicy, but not bright.   Has a decent amount of smoked malt as well.   As it warms the smoke aspect comes out even more.   Certainly malty on the tongue, body and mouthfeel are moderate to full.   Finishes with strong yet muted spices, and a good dose of smoked malt.   Moderate sweetness, somewhat bready too.   Hides the 8.5% well, but other than that... not what I was expecting for a big Pumpkin beer.   Lacks brightness, and could stand to be a touch sweeter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nocturne (1203) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - FEB 12, 2013
Bottle. Pours a dark amber with good creamy head. Smokey notes in the aroma, almost peaty and chocolatey. Ginger and nutmeg showing as well. A little restrained aroma-wise though. Taste contains plenty of vanilla, caramel, more pumpkin spice and some berry fruit too, but dryness seems to smother things a bit. Ends with a collision of smoke and spice. Not bad but seemed a bit muddled and rough around the edges at times.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 9, 2013
Clear copper with a medium tan crown. Aroma of caramel, pumpkin, cinnamon, ginger and nuts. Taste of ginger, cinnamon, pumpkin, toffee and nutmeg, kind of a pumpkin pie thing going on. Sweet and spicy, perhaps too sweet but one of the better Sam Adams.

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