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RATINGS: 470   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48   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 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.

Heathen's rating

   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ghostbeer (27) - Nebraska, USA - DEC 14, 2014
A beautiful beer. I love pumpkin beer and this is one of my tops in this style. Lots of real pumpkin flavors and jus the right amount of spice to keep it interesting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Lagerboy (1324) - British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 9, 2014
1 PT. 6 FL. OZ. bottle. Clear medium copper, fine tan foam mostly lasts. Malty pumpkin spice aroma. Taste is too rich and sweet c-malt, mild toasted pumpkin, over spiced. ABV is well hidden. Average carbonation, medium bodied, low hopped. Next. NFL (Not For Lagerboys)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
blankboy (6263) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 27, 2014
[Bottle (750ml)] Pours a deep orange-amber with a large lasting fluffy off-white head. Minimal lacing. Aroma of pumpkin, caramel malt, vegetal notes and light spices. Flavour of caramel malt, pumpkin, light spices and some alcohol. Medium bodied. Just good, not great, I wouldíve liked more spices, they are too subtle.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Edmoe (241) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 27, 2014
Mahogany pour with thin white head. Aroma is a pleasantly subtle pumpkin. Taste is decent pumpkin ale that is a tad heavy on pumpkin spice and a little sweet. Still good, though. Medium body and fairly clean finish. Not my favorite but would get again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ingevara (816) - SWEDEN - NOV 25, 2014
Big head, slowly shrinking. Tempting floral smell. But still - I donít know about this. All the spices are not very apparent. Doesnít taste at all like pumpkin pie or pepparkakor but more like a failed german doppelbock with too much alcohol. I hope the guys at Samuel Adams keep on experimenting; this one is not ready.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Boutip (4856) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 24, 2014
Bottle: Poured a clear copper color ale with a nice off-white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of cinnamon and cloves with light cereal notes is OK but subtler then I was expecting. Taste is also dominated by cloves and cinnamon with almost no perceptible pumpkin notes. Body is lighter than expected with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. A lot more tame than I was expectingÖ

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jimhilt (2428) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 23, 2014
Pours a one finger off-white head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Clear amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Spicy nose and flavor is sweet spices with some pumpkin. Higher ABV is hidden. $7.50 for a 22oz bottle from Chase Street Market Plymouth, NH.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
UXO (406) - CANADA - NOV 22, 2014
Pours deep amber with one fat finger of light beige head diminishing gradually to a thin cap, moderate lacing (4/5) Nose is nutmeg, pumpkin, toffee, maybe some dark fruit, just a hint of smoke. (7/10) Taste is moderately strong sweet, moderately strong bitter. (7/10) Full body, moderate to low carbonation, somewhat syrupy, mild bitter finish. (4/5) A good way to do pumpkin - a winter warmer style thatís almost barleywine in nature. Itís quite sweet, and Iím not exactly sure why that doesnít play out as cloying - I guess itís the heavy spices, lots of pumpkin, and a distinct alcohol warming, built on a thick, syrupy caramel. Subtle? Nope. Does it work? Yep. In fact, given the high ABV, utter absence of hop character, and the explicit suggestion on the bottle, I think I might pick up one or two more for long-term cellaring. (14/20)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Nicke80 (206) - SŲdertšlje, SWEDEN - NOV 22, 2014
650 ml bottle from systembolaget. Pours golden orange with white head. Sweet aroma and taste with spices and pumpkin.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
shorlin (687) - St. Johnís, Newfoundland, CANADA - NOV 21, 2014
Nice reddish brown, very clear, minor off white head that lasts well. Aroma is solid caramel malt, with a little spice. Taste is ok, some sweetness, not a ridiculous amount of spice. Mostly nutmeg. This is actually ok, one of the first pumpkin beers Iíve enjoyed. Feel is very full, sticky and nice.

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