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RATINGS: 511   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48/5   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
freeofthoughts (688) - Raytown, Missouri, USA - OCT 16, 2012
Pours dark orange copper with beige foam. Aroma of nutmeg, pumpkin, grain. The taste is rich, strong pumpkin with an even stronger push of spice. Cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, somewhat of a clove kick, just kind of overboard. The grain is easy going and smooth but the spice up front and the hops in the end jack this beer up. There is a grassy hop finish with lingering spices and rich pumpkin flesh, not ideal really, bold try by Sam Adams tho.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
alogan97 (71) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - OCT 15, 2012
Great pumpkin spice aroma. Dark amber appearance. Malty pumpkin flavor with distinct pumpkin spices. Worth a try

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ronaldtheriot (1599) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - OCT 14, 2012
Samuel Adams Fat Jack Double Pumpkin Ale has a medium-to-thick creamy, cream-colored head, and a dark, yet clear, rust color, with thick, splotchy lacing down the glass. The aroma is of strong all-spice, cinnamon, and pumpkin, with some underlying sweet smell. The flavor is of all-spice (Jamaica pepper), cinnamon, lots of pumpkin pulp, pie crust, alcohol, and a back bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium to thick, and Samuel Adams Fat Jack finished semi-dry, sweet, cloying, ragged, and almost too rich and sugary to stomach. Overall, this beer is poorly balanced and an obvious gimmick, of which the Samuel Adams line is becoming notorious. This beer might work for those who do not care for beer that tastes like beer. Overall, itís a bit of a mess. You might want to try it, but I know Iíll never buy it again. RJT

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dfhhead25 (251) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 11, 2012
Aroma- roasted notes, cinnamon, nutmeg, spiciness, figs Appearance- dark brown with a white head Taste- spices upfront with some pumpkin meat, caramel, malts, dark fruits Palate- somewhat thin, drinkable yet not preferable Overall- A slightly above average pumpkin for me. Itís a nice beer just not special in any way.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Chipalsa (1311) - Florida, USA - OCT 11, 2012
With all of these pumpkin beers, itís hard to find one that stands out. This one is above average, as the medium carbonation doesnít kill the sweet malty body with dryness. Flavors are very festive and warm with lots of spices and pumpkin with a touch of hops at the end. At 8.5% alcohol by volume, it is very easy to sit back and suck on a few of these. Fuggin yeah.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Robbievegas (230) - Las vegas, Nevada, USA - OCT 9, 2012
Picked this up in the bottle from Total Wine in Henderson, NV. This fantastic double pumpkin ale has a robust malty pumpkin flavor with cinnamon, clove and nutmeg notes. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jcos (1747) - Maryland, USA - OCT 9, 2012
Location/Date:Bottle split with Bryan on 10/06/2012.

Appearance: Pours a dark clear maroon.
Aroma: Sweet aroma of cinnamon, some allspice.
Taste: Cinnamon, pumpkin, faint roast malt.
Palate: Medium light.

Summary: Solid pumpkin beer that hits all the notes for the style and has a solid backing of alcohol that isnít noticable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 8, 2012
Deep amber pour with off white luxurious head. Nose is pumpkin pie spicing and herbal/floral hopping. Flavors are surprisingly restrained pumpkin pie, ginger, nutmeg, etc., etc....along with some nicely highlighted caramel and toffee, and tasty herbal hopping. Very rich and creamy texture...(whipped cream, anyone?) Huge alcohol is extremely well hidden. Extraordinarily well done for the style.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
b79turner (243) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - OCT 7, 2012
Growler from Hop City poured into a tulip glass. Amber color, small tan head that disappears quickly, thin somewhat oily body with medium carbonation. Nose is pumpkin pie, nutmeg, rich sweetness. Taste is less sweet and spicy, more pumpkin meat. The alcohol really burns through on the finish of this beer. This is not a beer for a day of watching football, but a great fall seasonal offering from Sam Adams. Even though these guys are gaining so much popularity, they still continue producing world class high quality craft beers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (10265) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 7, 2012
Bottle... Clear, dark, copper ale with a mid-sized, tight, mushroom-colored head. Good retention. Big malty nose - caramel, brown sugar and spices with a rumor of smoke. Full-bodied and chewy with dancing carbonation. The flavor is a malty, spicy swirl of caramel, brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg. Finishes sweet and full of holiday spices. I get no pumpkin out of this. More like a winter warmer than a pumpkin ale - maybe even a spiced wee heavy. Hand a glass of this to me without telling me what it is and Iíd say "Thanks. Nice winter warmer." Iím digging it.

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