Fisherman's Pumpkin Stout - Cape Ann Brewing Company
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Reviews by Chaney:
District of Columbia
3.4/5 rDev -9.1%
I picked up a single on the advice of another beer geek friend who is also the beer buyer at my local Whole Foods store.
I poured this into a pint glass.
A: Dark brown, almost black, but with a little bit of little light passing around the edges. Absolutely no head.
S: Pumpkin galore - really nice! Like a pumpkin ale, but more malty in nature.
T: A bit on the thin side. The dark malts seem kind of watery to me. Also, the pumpkin loses its appeal after the 3rd or 4th sip.
M: Here is where the beer is hurt the most. The carbonation is almost non-existent and the beer itself needed more of a "creamy" quality.
D: I might have another one at some point, but I could go through the Harvest season without this one if I had to.
Overall: Okay, but I was kind of let down by this one. The idea of a pumpkin stout sounds good on paper, but this is definitely not the ideal realization of that attempt.
08-24-2010 21:19:02 | More by Chaney
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3.81/5 rDev +1.9%
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.
10-04-2013 20:26:20 | More by oberon
4/5 rDev +7%
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.
12-11-2008 03:08:36 | More by orbitalr0x
3.88/5 rDev +3.7%
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.
12-27-2010 19:44:59 | More by generallee
4.2/5 rDev +12.3%
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.
09-29-2009 23:26:14 | More by Doomcifer
3.8/5 rDev +1.6%
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
11-17-2009 00:06:30 | More by Billolick
4.33/5 rDev +15.8%
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.
08-27-2008 21:09:36 | More by fdrich29
4.25/5 rDev +13.6%
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.
09-13-2007 01:11:40 | More by warriorsoul
4.65/5 rDev +24.3%
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.
11-02-2009 18:00:50 | More by tigg924
2.85/5 rDev -23.8%
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.
09-18-2011 23:57:50 | More by jondeelee
4.33/5 rDev +15.8%
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.
10-25-2006 02:03:45 | More by AzAleC
4.33/5 rDev +15.8%
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.
12-13-2010 02:50:06 | More by glid02
3.5/5 rDev -6.4%
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.
10-04-2012 18:56:12 | More by ianjsullivan
3.59/5 rDev -4%
Poured from a 12oz bottle into a heavy beer mug.
A - Began as a deep mahogany brown that quickly turned to an ebony shade after a few ounces were int he mug. a 2.5 finger crown of sudsy foam capped the pour and slowly receded down to a 0.5 finger foam that tended to remain through the whole experience. Decent lacing bordering on weak, leaving a few wispy layers every inch or so along the glass.
S - Pumpkin right in the face, followed by the expected pie spices of nutmeg, cinnamon. A bit of toasted pie crust is followed by some ashy caramel and vanilla, reminiscent of a campfire marshmallow that's been toasted 2 seconds too long.
T - The taste is actually a bit less complex than the nose suggested to me; all of the flavors were there and mingled well, but there was a noted lack of over-complexity in such a way that every flavor stood out at different stages of the quaff. First off comes pumpkin and toasted crust, followed by the expected spices once again and perhaps a bit of molasses. Dark fruit comes for a brief driveby and is quickly surpassed by vanilla, clove and toasted crust once again. Finishing the swallow is a nice blend of what I would describe as a vanilla pumpkin custard, smoothing out an fading into a typical creamy, malty stout finish.
M - Typical stout here, maybe a bit on the lighter end. It holds it's own and isn't a slouch per-se with a good smooth, creamy feel throughout, however for me personally I could have stood it to be a bit thicker.
O - Overall a solid stout and a nice addition to the ranks of New England pumpkin beer offerings. It's got enough pumpkin for the pumpkin lovers but not too much on the palette to scare away those just looking for a malt-forward fall brew. I won't go on a witch hunt for it, but if I happened to see it I'd likely buy it again.
09-30-2013 23:58:46 | More by lambpasty
4/5 rDev +7%
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.
09-26-2009 14:56:16 | More by apbarwood
3.63/5 rDev -2.9%
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.
12-18-2008 04:19:41 | More by LordofTime25
4.1/5 rDev +9.6%
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.
11-06-2008 19:59:01 | More by TheycallmeTim
3.9/5 rDev +4.3%
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.
12-08-2009 22:26:36 | More by NJpadreFan
4/5 rDev +7%
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.
11-26-2008 04:28:49 | More by asabreed
Fisherman's Pumpkin Stout from Cape Ann Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 439 ratings.