Sunday, October 6, 2013

Review: Samuel Adams Fat Jack

Samuel Adams Fat Jack
8.5% ABV
The Boston Beer Company, Boston, MA
22 oz btl
Served in Duvel tulip glass
No date on bottle
Reviewed on 9/21/13

This pumpkin ale pours a dark brownish amber color with a bubbly light beige head that has decent retention.  Good lacing.

Smell consists of pumpkin, malt, hints of nutmeg and cinnamon, mild caramel and sugar, some hops.

Taste has malt, cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin, sugar, touch of hops, caramel.

Mouthfeel is fairly smooth on the palate with some good earthy/sugary texture.

Overall, this is a good tasting pumpkin ale that has solid flavors of cinnamon, nutmeg, and pumpkin with some good sugar and caramel accents.  It's a touch thin in the the middle, but the flavoring is good and it's fairly drinkable.  As pumpkin ales go, it's a touch or two above average, though not quite up there with DFH Punkin Ale, Southern Tier Pumking, or Schlafly.

My score: 89

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