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Sunday, October 21, 2012

Samuel Adams - Fat Jack (2012)

Fat Jack is a small-batch, limited release double pumpkin ale brewed by Samuel Adams. This is the second year that it has been available. The label boasts that 28 pounds of pumpkin go into every barrel.

BASICS
Style: Pumpkin Ale
Availability: Seasonal, limited release
ABV: 8.5%
Serving Type: 22oz bottle, poured into tulip glass

APPEARANCE 
Color: Deep ruby
Clarity: Jewel-like
Carbonation: Significant. Small, slow rising bubbles
Head: Foamy & cream colored. 
Lacing: Thick

EXPERIENCE 
Aromas: Caramel. Bourbon. Pie spice. Hard candy. Almond. 
Flavors: Brown sugar. Pumpkin. Cinnamon. Earthy hops. Bourbon finish. 
Body: Medium
Feel: Bold, bubbly and a bit boozy. 

VERDICT
This is a nice alternative to the super-spicy, malty pumpkin ales that have dominated the market for the last few years. It's still a bit spicy, but is very well blended and balanced. As big as they've become, Sam Adams still manages to stay true to the craft roots when it comes to putting out specialty beers like this.

I'd call this one a must-try.

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