Fisherman's Pumpkin Stout - Cape Ann Brewing Company

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Ratings: 510
Reviews: 302
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 12.57%
Wants: 38
Gots: 28 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cape Ann Brewing Company visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: WanderingFool on 10-13-2006

Had been 6.75% ABV.
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Photo of metter98
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very dark amber (near black) in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter-finger beige head that died down but consistently left wispy patterns of bubbles on the surface and a thick ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light to moderately strong aromas of pumpkin and pumpkin spices in the nose
T: Much like the smell, the taste has balanced flavors of pumpkin and pumpkin spices along with hints of roasted malts from the stout.
M: It feels medium-bodied, quite smooth and somewhat creamy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is very easy to drink and is a nice hybrid of a stout and a pumpkin ale.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours near black with a slight mocha head and a tad bit of lacing. Nose is roast and chocolate with some pumpkin and ligt spicing in the background. The taste is the same and is more lime a stout with just a bit of pumpkin. Good feel with a bit of dryness. Drinks well and is a nice twist on the style.

Photo of oberon
3.82/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours into a becker a deep dark chocolate color with a nice creamy beige head that never really completely settles,just a nice creamy mass with a few broken rings of lace left behind.Aromas pumpkin pie spice,chocolate,and mild coffee roast.A fucll creamy feel in the mouth,it glides down very easy,cinnamon and nutmeg on the palate with roast playing a backup role,a little chocolate in the finish.It is just a tad sweet for me to be considered great but the feel is top notch and it has nice flavors.

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown pour with a half inch of light tan head on top. Holding the brew up to the light reveals a deep garnet red accent as well. Aromas start off with a mix of densely roasted dark malts that have a smoky hint colliding with spicy tones of cinnamon, nutmeg, sugar and anise. Notes of chocolate come through with a mild vegetal note of pumpkin.

First sip brings a rich dark malt upfront that brings along roasted chocolate accents and a subtle smokiness as well. It flows into spicy notes of cinnamon and nutmeg. A touch of coffee midway through along with pumpkin pie afterthoughts. Flows down a bit on the dry side with a lingering spicy/roasty aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a somewhat punchy carbonation that races across the palate. Not as chewy as some other stouts, but that also makes it a bit easier to drink. Overall, I enjoy the spiciness of a pumpkin beer better in the format of a stout or porter personally, and wouldn't mind seeing more brews like this! Wish I had access to this when it is available. Thanks to Truh for leaving me this bottle.

Photo of generallee
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass. The label has a nice description of the beer but there is no abv% or freshness date. Also of note the label does state that the Cape Ann Brewing Co. donates to the Northeast Seafood Coalition.

Appearance: The body has very dark brown, nearly black color with a small white head on top. In no time the small head is reduced to just a wispy thin layer of off white foam. Lacing is next to nothing with just a few slick spots of lace.

Smell: The aroma is that of a basic stout, dark roasted maltiness, with some modest pumpkin flesh notes and hints of spice.

Taste/Palate: There is a nice light cinnamon and nutmeg spice blended into a nice roasty/toasty stout base. Pumpkin notes are also present but subdued. The overall feel was medium bodied and a little bit light and very drinkable.

Notes: For me this beer was ok but I was looking for something to really stand out. I think I would like Cape Ann's Imperial Pumpkin Stout more but that's just a wild guess.

Photo of Doomcifer
4.18/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My first pumpkin stout. Im not the biggest fan of spiced beers, but pumpkin + stout sounds really good.

Pours very dark with an excellent frothy head that goes nowhere. Smells of pumpkin, allspice, and roasted malt. Taste is initially all pumpkin, nutmeg, and allspice but then gives way to a nice roastiness and fades into the finish marrying each other. Fantastic. Mouthfeel is typical of a stout, ...maybe a little thin. medium dry finish. Extremely drinkable and one of the best pumpkin/spiced beers I have had.

Photo of Billolick
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, no freshness info offered. Pours darkest of browns, moderate dark mocha head and more then just bits of lace left behind. Malty, roasty malt nose. Tasty stout, with ample roasted malts, light dark chocolate and equally light pumpkin notes mostly tasted towards the finish. Not being a big pumpkin beer fan, this one seemed to hit the right note on the amount of pumpkin flavor for me. Noticable but nowhere near overpowering. Nice fall beer

Photo of fdrich29
4.32/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler filled at the Cape Ann Brewing Company Saturday, August 23, 2008. Review Wednesday, August 27, 2008.

Pours a solid black with tan head. Smells like pumpkin and malt, very rich and deep aroma. Taste is amazing, pumpkin, chocolate, malt. Yum. Very smooth drinking beer, slightest bit of alcohol at the end. Surprisingly smooth, goes down very easily.

Definitely worth trying if you can get your hands on it. Looking forward to finishing up my growler...and then refilling it.

Photo of warriorsoul
4.21/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A huge thank you to Mike for a chance to try this brew....freshly filled today.
Pitch black with a full two fingers of creamy, tan head with an agressive pour.
Very inviting in the nose...not all pumpkin, although it takes up a lot of the aroma. Some nutmeg too...not a lot of roastiness, which is a good thing for the creative style.
Taste is fantastic...who would have thought this style could be so successful, but the folks at CA pull it off.
Add to the usual pumpkin flavors, a hint of anise, some chocolate with just a small dose of roasty flavor in the aftertaste.
Very clean...extremely drinkable. Mouthfeel is just thick enough to call itself a stout.
Abv is not detected one bit...dangerous if not careful.
The growler is shared w/ friends, and we are all very pleased with the results.
Glad to see this creation will find it's way to local bars and even sixers...will definitely look forward to this one every year.

Photo of tigg924
4.6/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: dark brown in color, 1/3 inch head, clear, moderate carbonation

Smell: pumpkin, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice

Taste: pumpkin, pumpkin pie spice, burnt malt, dark chocolate

Mouthfeel: smooth, medium/heavy bodied, medium-high carbonation, sweet start, bitter middle with a sweet end

Drinkability: A wonderful combination of a stout beer and pumpkin. This I believe is the best/most interesting pumpkin beer I have had. You can taste way more than just pumpkin spices. I want to have several. This will be the beer I look forward to most in October.

Photo of jondeelee
2.95/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pumpkin Stout begins well, the nose smelling simultaneously of a rich, decadent pumpkin pie heavily spiced with nutmeg, allspice, and clove, and a thick, bourbon-aroma-laced stout that reminds me of bourbon-infused whipped cream. The spices are just slightly too heavy on the nose, the cloves being especially pungent, but the aromas are still welcoming and reminiscent of autumn.

On the tongue, the beer begins with a heavy shot of spice--again, heavy on the clove, though allspice and nutmeg aren't far behind in strength, joined here by shades of fresh ginger--which overshadows the pumpkin flavors and leaves much of the rest of the beer struggling to make itself noticed. Hints of a good pumpkin pie crust linger in the background, thanks to the stout malts. But even the stout flavors, which have to be fairly large to even make themselves heard against the spice roar, don't quite pull themselves up the hill. The immediate effect is of a pumpkin pie that has been double, or perhaps even triple spiced and laced with bourbon, unfortunately spoiling much of the effect. And at least for me, late in the mouthful the overabundance of spices takes on a distinctly unpleasant overtone, reminding me strongly of the aromas of bicycle tire inner tubes. The aftertaste is spice and some pumpkin, as well as bike tube, and lingers for a while. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, while I thought this beer showed promise on the nose, the overly-heavy spices and bike tube overtones revealed in the mouth spoil the brew. I actually put off reviewing this beer for quite a while, hoping that the first few bottles out of the six-pack were bad, or that I was just having a bad beer-tasting day. I suppose it's possible that I've had a bad batch, but I'm not sure that I care to purchase another six-pack to see.

Photo of AzAleC
4.3/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: As dark as night, 1/4-1/2" creamy head, decent head retention.

S: Strong pumpkin aroma, pronounced nutmeg, and cinnamon. Slight alcohol tinge.

T: The flavor of pumpkin, nutmeg, and cinnamon are very pronounced, with a lovely chocolate malt twist. It finishes very spicy and floral with extremely rich malt tones.

M: Thick and rich but bright, and by no means syrupy.

D: Had I not been on vacation at a bar with numerous beers not available in my home state, it definitely would have warranted ordering another.

Photo of glid02
4.3/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Grant - thanks!

Pours a dark brown color with a half-finger tan head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of lightly roasted malts and moderately sweet pumpkin pulp. Also present are good amounts of dark chocolate aromas and light spices.

Tastes similar to how it smells though more robust. Equal amounts of lightly roasted malt and rich dark chocolate flavors kick things off. Joining in shortly thereafter are good amounts of deep pumpkin flavors backed by hints of spices - nutmeg mostly. The pumpkin flavors carry through to a mildly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall I was a fan of this beer, a very close approximation of TREAT which I believe is the only other pumpkin stout I've had. A very nice sub-style and this beer is well worth a shot.

Photo of ianjsullivan
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

ST: 12oz poured into a pint glass.

A: A very dark, almost black, brown with a fluffy dark brown head that quickly settles into wisps of foam.

S: Mellow malt and sweet pumpkin with a slight hint of espresso bean.

T: Starts malty with a hint of sour, bitter coffee. Some pumpkin joins in the middle, and the finish displays some alcohol with some earthy notes from the pumpkin.

M: Medium and dry

O: The stout and the slight pumpkin really take over the flavor profile; the spices take a seat in the back of this beer. The roasted malt has some moments of sweetness, but, the earthy pumpkin and bitter coffee keep the stout honest.

Photo of apbarwood
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jet black with minimal head retention and lace but a small rim of tan foam around the edges. The smell is pleasant with roasted notes taking the lead and some pumpkin/spice lurking in the background. The pumpkin flavor comes a little fuller on the palate with maybe some nutmeg and a little bit of cinnamon. Again though, the roasted stout qualities are dominant. I get the sense that the pumpkin flavors counterbalance the typical stout flavors. As a result, both are subdued but in a good way. Nice medium-bodied mouthfeel that has some palate-sticking qualities. This has been my favorite pumpkin beer so far mostly because it tasted less like pumpkin pie and more like a beer. Maybe something like Dogfish Head would be a truer expression of the pumpkin but I'll take a beer like Fisherman's Stout. Hopefully other brewers will steer towards more balanced flavors like Cape Ann has. All around I could have used more robust flavors and aromas but it's definitely a solid beer that's drinkable.

Photo of LordofTime25
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours to a dark black with maybe dark amber around the edges with a thin creamy head that leaves a little lacing on glass.

You can smell the chocolate, nutmeg, cinnamon, and slight pumpkin smell. Has kind of a smoky aroma.

You a chocolate smoky taste to start then goes to a pumpkin spice blend with a hint of cocoa.

Has a smooth medium body with little or no carbonation.

An average beer in my opinion.

Photo of TheycallmeTim
4.09/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a growler into an American pint glass.

A--Black body that only lightens to a deep brown up to light toward the bottom. Cap is pretty tiny, maybe quarter inch, and thick rich tan cream. Subsides to a skim pretty quick and doesn't leave much on the glass.

S--All pumpkin and malt, with mostly pumpkin. Two roasty flavors that don't compete, happily. There's also a touch of coffee-like acidity, with gives a nice stringent bite to the rounder major aromas.

T--Follows the nose for the most part. Big, big squash flavor, without a lot of that apple cider or pumpkin pie spice--cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, allspice, etc. Really it's almost all orange-fleshed squash, all the time, which makes sense because I don't see the deeper chocolate malt flavors playing real nice with spice. Rather than a slice of pumpkin pie, this is more like having a cup of coffee with a pumpkin chocolate chunk muffin, though the chocolate flavors are much more subdued than the coffee bitterness paired with sweetish pumpkin.

M&D--Not impressive--too thin for a stout, lacks that creamy bulkiness I would have expected. Mouthfeel's fine for a pumpkin ale generally, but not for a pumpkin stout specifically, if that makes any sense at all. Carbonation's low, though, which I enjoy--on cask this sucker would be even better. Drinkability is fine but the ABV seems a little high for a regular stout.

I let the growler sit on the counter for a good hour before pouring the second tasting, and it really opened this beer up, especially that crazy vegetal character you get from the pumpkin. I'd recommend drinking this as warm as you can stand it, and I'd recommend the beer as a whole heartily. This and Smuttynose's contributions are so far my favorites in the style.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cape Ann- Pumpkin Stout

A- Dark cola brown with a good frothy tan head. Good messy lacing on the glass.
S- Light hints of chocolate malt, nutmeg, pumpkin spice, and molasses.
T- Sweet brown sugar, molasses, and chocolate malts with a nice touch of pmpkin spices and nutmeg. Very sweet with a thick malty finish.
M- Thick and sweet. Light dry spicy feel in the middle with a thick sweet malty finish.

Overall- The amount of pumpkin is just right.

Photo of asabreed
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Near-opaque with a mocha-colored head and spots of lacing around the top of the glass.

Smell: Toasted grains and darker malt aromas, mint or creme de menthe, pumpkin with cinnamon and nutmeg, nuts and dough, mild chocolate and coffee in the background.

Taste: Immediate roasted malt flavors in a more mild way with some creme de menthe, egg nog, cookie dough, mild chocolate and citrus hops, and mild pumpkin and cinnamon, everything adding to the complexity of the stout flavors without masking them or being way too spiced. And for as holiday-esque or pie-in-a-bottle as it seems, it's really not that way.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and medium-bodied and good full carbonation making it very easy to drink and not necessarily making it feel like a stout either.

Drinkability: Not too heavy with the pumpkin doing better here with the stout flavors than most of the straight up ale varieties, which either seem to be pie-in-a-bottle or regular brew with a bit of pumpkin spice. Flavorful and a bit different, especially for a stout. I was impressed with the balance of this brew, and I'd recommend it, especially if you're a fan of both types of brew.

Photo of augustgarage
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Obtained in trade from ShogoKawada (thanks!). Vigorously poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Liquid pours a nearly opaque seal brown with faint copper highlights. Small desert sand colored active head forms, retaining a collar and a small peninsula in the center. Fizzy lacing ebbs rapidly like the evaporating peaks of an ocean wave.

Roasted malt and light coffee notes permeate the nose. As the beverage warms, the pumpkin begins to stand out more along with some dark chocolate. Somewhat restrained overall.

Heavy roast flavor profile, with scorched coffee, slightly burnt toast, bitter cocoa nibs, along with a little lemon-like note presumably from the hops. This intermingles with the bitterness of the roast malt, along with a hint of broiled lightly carmelized kabocha skins seasonsed with black pepper, clove, and nutmeg. Medium-dry finish, though the slightly grassy notes of pumpkin add a persistent savory sweetness as well.

Medium-light-bodied, clean and slightly astringent mouthfeel. Carbonation seems a little high and artificial (after drinking so many bottle-conditioned ales recently, the juxtaposition is more readily apparent) though it doesn't do much for head retention.

High drinkability, though it could almost be mistaken for a porter.

Very nice, straight-forward seasonal ale, going light on the pumpkin. A good casual beer to pop open after a morning raking leaves or working in the garden.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
2.92/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Bill (portia99) for this one. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

A: Pours a nearly flat, dark, almost opaque deep amber brew with no head. Just a few thin wisps of white atop the beer. Lacing is patchy but spare with decent cling.

S: Nose is subtle pumpkin, cinnamon, sugar cookie, and a hint of coffee and liquorice. Very appropriate given the combination of styles though not the most aromatic or appetizing.

T: Opens liquorice, pumpkin, and coffee with a weird cinnamon and nutmeg sweet and tartness in the background. Tastes almost infected but it lacks the intense charactersitic nose and sourness. Coffee and liquorice come up big towards the middle, asserting their stout-y presence. Cinnamon and nutmeg linger. Finish and aftertaste is an unpleasant bitter liquorice.

M: Medium bodied and lightly carbonated. Rather smooth and appreciably oily in the mouth and goes down silky. Finish is messy with an aftertaste that lingers just a bit.

D: There's something I don't like about this beer but its really hard to put my finger on it. Appearance is decent and feel is actually very good. However, the flavors present here just don't work for me. Worth a try if just for the semi-odd combination but I won't be revisiting this one myself.

Photo of prototypic
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to csmiley for the bottle.

Appearance: This one's a nice, dark brown cola color. There's a little light getting through at the edges giving it a slightly scarlet look. A light mocha colored head sits atop. It's about a finger and a half deep. It dissipated quickly and left a light, spotty lacing on the glass.

Smell: The nose is very intriguing and pretty well done. There's a nice, sweet chocolate malt aroma up front. It's followed by a mix of pumpkin, cinnamon, and nutmeg spices. It's a very nice mix. There's a hint of coffee in there. Not much past that. It's lacking a little in depth, but certainly makes up for it in character. Nice smelling beer.

Taste: Things don't drop off here. Chocolate malts are sweet and start things off nicely. Tastes like there's a little roasted and caramel malt in the mix. Pumpkin, nutmeg, and cinnamon spices are very flavorful and work with the malts really well. Surprisingly well. This is my first pumpkin stout and I didn't know what to expect. There's a little coffee at the secondary level. No alcohol is noted. Finishes sweet and spicy.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: The body is light to a fault. It's far from bad, but a little too thin. Carbonation is just bubbly enough to get in the way a little. It could use a little more body and less carbonation. Drinkability is good. I'm not much for pounding session beers, so one is enough for me. But, it goes down easy.

Cape Ann impressed me with this one. I wasn't expecting much from a stout brewed with pumpkin spices, but it works well. It could use more body and less carbonation. That'd be a slight improvement. But, it's a nice beer. Certainly worth checking out if you have the opportunity.

Photo of JohnFatAss
3.74/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Almost black in color. Tan head that faded away quickly but left some delicate lacing behind.
Very faint, boozy smell.
Initial sweetness, roasted malts, a little pumpkin, semi-sweet chocolate, some spice, a little warmth from the alcohol, and a dry finish with a bitter aftertaste.

Overall, a very good beer and a interesting take on a pumpkin ale.
Worth a try.

Photo of miketd
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from jjpm74. Pours a deep, dark brown. Has a nice brown head that slowly diminishes into a smallish ring. Lively carbonation and decent lacing. Aroma is spice and pumpkin. Flavor is quite spicy too and has loads of pumpkin. There is a kind of weird aftertaste, but it isn't bad. Just a little thin. Very nice brew.

Photo of russpowell
4.36/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this from RblWthACoz, cheers John!

Pours mahogany with 1+ finger of tan head. Average lacing & head retention

S: Chocolate, a touch of oaky smoke & pumpkin pie spices

T: A touch chocolate, some restrained smokeyness & rich pumpkin up front. A bit of roasted, grain, nutmeg & cocoa are there as this warms. Finishes with plums, cocoa & slight smokeyness

MF: Smooth, medium bodied, low carbonation

Drinks very easy for the style & ABV. This is among the best for this style I've ever had

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Fisherman's Pumpkin Stout from Cape Ann Brewing Company
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