elektrikjester (90) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - OCT 7, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Served on tap @ The Vortex in Midtown Atlanta. Served in a goblet with a dark orange, near blood-red color. Practically no head to speak of and minimal lacing. Aroma is rather restrained, but sweetness predominates, mainly due to pumpkin pie spices (nutmeg, mainly). But there is really a (brown) sugar profile to the aroma. Flavor is likewise sweet, propelled by sugars and aided by faint alcohol. Spices--nutmeg, allspice, and clove--are detectible in the background. Toasted malts are there, too, but very faint. Palate is smooth and just slightly slick despite the carbonation--suits the beer just fine. In sum, a solid beer that’s probably more pumpkin than ale, but no slouch. Comparable to Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin in flavor but more distinctly more sugary than the major pumpkin beers of the season.
tkline3 (15) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - SEP 1, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark ruby red with a large off white foamy head. Aroma of cinnamon, all spice, and pumpkin. Flavors of cinnamon, carmel, pumpkin some smokiness, and all spice. Strong finish of spice and bourbon alcohol. Sweet with a warm spicy finish, full mouth feel and no bitterness.
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RRistow12 (243) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - SEP 1, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tasted from bottle. Pours a dark ruby color with beige head. Aroma is sweet with caramel, nutmeg, spices. Taste is similar to aroma. Minimal to no detectable bitterness with moderate to heavy sweetness. Sticky mouthfeel. Flavors of pumpkin, nutmeg, caramel. It's not quite as good as Pumking but still very good.
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robforbes (2073) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - AUG 30, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a cloudy dark amber with a small thick yellowish head and great lacing.
Smell is of pumpkin, bread, and some spice.
Taste is of pumpkin pie, spice, and a malt back. Ends thick.
Travlr (11327) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 22, 2014
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 6/20
Draft. Very dark brown, brown head. Aroma of spice! Taste is very sweet with tons of spice.
generallee08 (649) - New York, USA - AUG 14, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Presentation: It was poured from a brown 1 pint 6 oz bottle into a tulip glass. The label lists the abv at 8.5% abv and it also lists the beers ingredients.
Appearance: Fat Jack has a dark garnet red color with good clarity. I can just make out some nice lively carbonation flowing up though the beer. From a slow pour down the middle of the glass I got a nice tight collar of foam. It’s light beige in color and hangs on well. This makes for some cool lacing on the glass.
Smell: The aroma is full of tasty spices and malty goodness. It brings notes of cinnamon and fresh out of the oven ginger bread with a nice boozy kick.
Taste / Palate: There is a lot going on in this full bodied festive beer. The base has a solid gingerbread like maltiness with loads of cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice. It also has notes of vanilla and a very mild bourbon like boozy character. In the middle of all this there is a very mild squash/sweet potatoe like sweetness. The finish brings some light herbal hop bitterness and dryness which blends with the dry spice within. The dry spice lingers and begs you to take another sip.
solidfunk (3902) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - AUG 14, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hood enough for style. Pours maroon with OK head and lacing. Some light cinnamon, nutmeg, and sweet pumpkin. Soft carbonation. Finishes with some sweetness. Tap at RFD.
bu11zeye (11940) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - AUG 11, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(22oz bottle) Pours a clear amber body with a small beige head. Aroma of clove, ginger, cinnamon, and pumpkin. Flavor of pumpkin, cocoa, allspice, clove, ginger, bread, and cinnamon.
Busick (379) - South Carolina, USA - JUL 4, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Not bad coming from Sam Adams......an easy seasonal to get your hands on and very tasty!
GreatDane1632 (363) - Louisiana, USA - JUN 29, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rated from notes taken 13 Sep 2012 -- A decent offering from Sam Adams. Although I would just stick with Merry Maker, it is way better.
HIGHB4LL (489) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 18, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz. bottle; batch #2. Appearance: 2 finger light orange brown head, frothy, copper amber color, clear, good lacing. Aroma: light roast, nutmeg, pumpkin, malty caramel, other spices. Palate: medium body, bitter finish, soft carbonation, slick texture. Taste: sweet malt and pumpkin pie, with spices and bitterness coming through in the middle; hoppy bitterness lasts and tingle of spices fades out. Overall, very smooth beer, unique even among pumkin beers, and great fall beer.