Brew Review: Samuel Adams Fat Jack

by Kelli H. on October 15, 2014

Beer: Samuel Adams Fat Jack
Date: 10-3-14
Location: Boston, MA
Availability: Limited
Type: Double Pumpkin
Alcohol: 8.5%
IBU: 25

Appearance: Amber, clear not too much head retention, small amount of bubbles

Aroma: Sweet, honey, malt, warm spices

Body & Texture: Bitter up front, medium/heavier bodied than most pumpkin beers

Aftertaste: Sweet, cinnamon/nutmeg spices, maple

“This rich and luscious brew indulges flavor with over 28 lbs 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 roast 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 bath creations” – Samuel Adams

Overall Impression:
This beer was on the heavier side of pumpkin beers that I’ve tasted but I’m gonna go ahead and say that has to do with it being a double pumpkin. This pumpkin beer is definitely a pumpkin beer (duh!). TO be fair, some pumpkin beers are pretty weak and lack pumpkin flavor. If you’re a fan of pumpkin beers that really taste like pumpkin then this is your pumpkin beer. Personally, I’m not a huge pumpkin beer fan in general, so this was a bit over the top for me and much too sweet. Then again, I’m more of a hop fan, so it’s understandable why it didn’t appeal to me. Our friend Kyle gave it to us to try and I’m happy he did since I’m always down to try something new, but it just wasn’t one I’d seek out in the future. When we told Kyle we weren’t fans of Fat Jack he was surprised. I wouldn’t buy this beer and I’m not sure I’d even accept it if someone offered it to me. Pumpkin beer lovers, this one’s for you!

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Made in Sonoma October 15, 2014 at 11:30 am

Ah! Only a couple more weeks (or less) until I can enjoy pumpkin beer! I am really wanting to try New Belgium’s Pumpkick and this one will be added to the list, as well!


Made in Sonoma October 15, 2014 at 1:49 pm

I like Pumpkick more than this one. 🙂


Made in Sonoma October 16, 2014 at 2:56 pm

I’m not a huge fan of pumpkin either. I used to love them but now avoid them when possible. I have to admit though, I’m a fan of Sam Adams glassware. It’s just… nice.f


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