In 1984, Jim Koch, founder and chairman of The Boston Beer Company, began production of Samuel Adams in his kitchen. These days, Sam Adams produces two million barrels of Samuel Adams flagship Lager a year. They also now produces over two dozen additional beers on a regular and seasonal basis. Their Fat Jack Double Pumpkin Ale is part of their seasonal line, available on a limited basis, in limited quantities.
The Fat Jack Double Pumpkin is a rich copper color with red hues when poured. The head is thin, light tan in color, and dissipates immediately. The carbonation is light but lively in the glass from the first sip to the last.
On the nose there are sweet aromas of honeyed, malted cinnamon. As the malty notes begin to fade, they are filled with a wave of apple pie and vanilla while still maintaining the honey and cinnamon originally detected. Pumpkin, being as mild as it is, was not discernible on the nose despite the 28 pounds of pumpkin that is used to brew each barrel of the Fat Jack.
On the palate you immediately notice the creamy mouthfeel of this medium bodied brew. The first wave delivers a strong malt flavor interlaced with notes of cinnamon. Similar to the nose, the malt begins to fade while the cinnamon remains and intertwines beautifully with the emerging ginger, nutmeg and caramel flavors. On the finish malt returns as the caramel sweetness fades. The spice notes also diffuse and finally give way to notes of pumpkin which linger on the smooth finish.
The Beer Buyer Overall Rating: 2.5 Pints out of 5
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