73. samuel adams fat jack double pumpkin

I’m still here, trudging through the pumpkins. Pace is starting to slow down a bit…getting slightly weary, palate is beginning to reject anything with cinnamon, but I carry on! For you. Pour vous…

You will find us giving pumpkins their final send-off back to the hells from whence they came this Saturday at Cambridge Brewing Company’s Great Pumpkin Festival. Over 40 pumpkin beers from breweries all over the country, pumpkin-inspired food, and a ceremonial tapping of a giant pumpkin full of CBC’s Great Pumpkin Ale. I’ll be the one wearing the luchadore mask, scarfing bratwurst.

Here’s another pumpkin beer from Boston’s Sam Adams. This is an imperial version, using 28 pounds of pumpkin per barrel, as compared to the 17 pounds in their Harvest Ale. Fat Jack pours a rich garnet with a thin tan head that quickly collapses into a light surface layer. It doesn’t look like your typical pumpkin beer. And I like that. The aroma is full of pumpkin meat, cinnamon, and vanilla. It has as very strong fall spicing smell, but not overly sweet like the Harvest.

I was expecting that imperial bite in the taste but was instead hit with a luscious malt base. On the palate it’s bready, toasted malts, a slight smokiness, and a great squash character; plus that same holiday spicing as the nose, very cider-like. There’s a light booziness and just enough bitterness to give a nice kick. Incredibly smooth and drinkable for an imperial pumpkin, Fat Jack is a great representation of the dark pumpkin style and it’ll definitely be a beer that I pick up again next year.

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