It's been unseasonably chilly lately, almost feeling autumnal. Not to mention the stores are already stocking up on Halloween goodies and...Octoberfests and Pumpkin Ale. I'm enjoying Samuel Adam's Limited Release series and cannot turn down a new pumpkin beer. I'm less of a pumpkin beer now than I used to be. Mainly becacuse I've had more bad ones than good ones. But every year I absolutely MUST have a Pumking. I do not see a ton of Southern Tier's beers in Michigan, but I hope I can find one this year.Anyhow, Fat Jack is a "double pumpkin" ale with plenty of booze and pumpkins. 28 lbs of pumpkin in each barrell to be precise, and 8.5% alcohol. It poured a fairly attractive deep reddish amber with a thick solid foam head. The nose was mild, just a touch sweet. It tasted of caramel malts, pumpkin, subtle spices (nutmeg, cinnamon), but not sweet. There was a bitter edge and a slight smokey flavor as well. A rather full body and enough alcohol to make this a slow-drinking beer. It's still one of the better pumpkin beers I've tried, but my beloved Pumking still reigns supreme. B+
We have an elementary school graduate! - Avery graduated from 5th grade. We're so proud! In the fall, our kids will be in 6th grade and 2nd grade!
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