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RATINGS: 400   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 25   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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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 that’s 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 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
smcolw (530) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 29, 2014
Moderate bar-poured head, but it dies very quickly to near nothingness. The beer is ruby brown, but light does pass easily. Appears clear. No lace. Strong cinnamon with a lighter pumpkin smell. Starts off as a homebrewed brown ale but there is smokiness that shows up quickly and lasts through the aftertaste. Thick body, almost oily; high carbonation. I don’t sense "pumpkin" per se, but this may be because the beer doesn’t match the typical pumpkin pie profile. I applaud this. Overall, I like the complexity.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
olsvammel (3034) - Örebro, SWEDEN - JAN 26, 2014
Bottle from Systembolaget. Spicy smell with cinnamon, feels christmasy. Sweet and spicy taste. Allot of spices in this which I recon bothers allot of drinkers, I think it slightly over the top, but still very drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
Beerenberger (1425) - Fischer, Texas, USA - JAN 19, 2014
(A bomber from Ken) Pumpkin and all the typical (and appropriate) spices greet the nose. A clear maghogny pour with thin tan head and minimal to no lacing. The taste is overall sweet yet spicy. Pumpkin, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, ginger with some graininess in the finish. Medium body with medium carbonation. Slick mouthfeel. Overall, a nicely brewed pumpkin ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
HuskerTan (489) - Holdrege, Nebraska, USA - DEC 30, 2013
Draft. A- Pumpkin, alcohol, spices. A- Mahogany color, clear liquid, white head. T- Pumpkin, alcohol, cinnamon, spices. P- Medium body, average texture, high carbonation, spiced finish. O- A strong pumpkin beer. The 8.5% abv is a welcome plus, but it’s got a little too much spice that outweighs the pumpkin tones.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
_angst_ (2757) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 26, 2013
UPDATED: JUL 27, 2014 Temporary rating. At some point I might re-write this.

Clear deep brownish ruby red, frothy golden head, slow diss, Spicy, malty, biscuits, sweet bread, allspice, nutmeg, pumpkin, hay, dry soil, black pepper corn, burnt sugar, sweet condensed milk, pie crust, Very sweet, spicy, malty, pumpkin, allspice, nutmeg, cinnamon, sweet bread, caramel, burnt sugar, hay, dry wood, black pepper corns, corn bread, pie crust, spongecake, tiny alcohol, Sticky sweet, slightly cloying, tiny spicy astringent, tiny boozy, medium. sweet, tiny bitter, sweet bread, caramel, pie crust, pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon, brown sugar, hay, Quite good, had expected less, but too spicy for me…

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HogTownHarry (6064) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - DEC 20, 2013
500ml bottle. Clear mahogany-amber with a huge fairly lasting beige-tan fizzy/foamy head. Aroma is big pumpkin spice and mild ceral malt, some alchohol. Taste follows, some cucumber, which is weird. Average body, astringent, solid carbonation, longish spicy dry finish. Damned good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
stefannilssons (1458) - SWEDEN - DEC 10, 2013
Det här var rätt okej, men kryddningen blir lite för påträngande mot bottnen av flaskan. Kroppen var okej och balansen likaså, smaken bar toner av halm, nejlika och pumpa.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Slubgob (183) - West Hartford, USA - DEC 8, 2013
Bomber into water glass. Sweet pumpkin and typical lyre slice nose. Very nice dark orange. Inn the mouth pleasantly pumpkin with food and not overwhelming spice. A bit of sweetness.Finishes with more prominent pumpkin and a bit of spice. Good version of a style that’s too often over spiced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
brewballs (190) - USA - DEC 1, 2013
I had this at the Big Hops Growler a few months back and didn’t think too much of it. I bought a bottle of it before I went to that even and thought maybe when I popped it open for Thanksgiving Day it would be a waste of money. I was wrong. It has a dark hue, unlike other pumpkin brews I have seen. Smooth head. Notes of cinnamon and other sweet spices. The pumpkin is more stark in this one. It contrasts the bitterness of the pumpkin with a sweet, molasses flavor. Mellow wash down. Actually quite a good brew. Excellent seasonal beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
trujahwarrior (509) - Monroe, Washington, USA - NOV 30, 2013
Bomber pours a brownish dark amber color with a medium tan head that leaves good lacing. Smells of pumpkin, caramel, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and smoked malt. Tastes of the same things in the smell. Mouthfeel is medium and creamy with good carbonation. Pretty good Imperial pumpkin ale nice pumpkin pie flavor with a touch of smokiness. Will be having some again next year for sure.

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