Fisherman's Pumpkin Stout - Cape Ann Brewing Company

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rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 9.65%
Wants: 38
Gots: 29 | FT: 0
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Cape Ann Brewing Company visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: WanderingFool on 10-13-2006

Had been 6.75% ABV.
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Photo of metter98
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
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. (701 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
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. (324 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.37/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This pumpkin stout pours as a deep brown color with a tan colored head on it. The smell have some pretty good spices on the nose. The flavor of the beer kind of lacked for me, the spicy nose doesn't transfer over to the taste all that much. The mouthfeel is pretty light for a stout . Overall it's a decent brew for the style. It's probably worth checking out in the fall. (372 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
3.72/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

One of the last few pumpkin beers of the year for me tonight. I have been waiting to try this one, and decided to take it out for a little bit of a nightcap last night. Served at cellar temp and poured into a wine glass. This one was consumed on 11/03/2008.

The pour came off to me at least a little bit unusual for the style. A stout? Not really seeing it. A nice dark brown, that was definitely translucent from what I could see. A small, wispy head of off white came up over the top and settled down gracefully into the glass, leaving just a trace of side glass lacing.

The aroma was filled with pumpkin spice, though not as big on the light, autumn sent that I have been accustomed to over the last couple months. Nice notes of chocolate and caramel mixed in left it feeling a bit fuller, though admittedly a little light in the overall punch. The flavor though I really thought was quite interesting. Hints of chocolate and roasted malts, melting seamlessly with cinnamon and nutmeg touches that really accented them well. Rolling flavor that coated the tongue fully. The feel though was lacking for me, barely thicker then an ale, this was a little short for calling itself a stout. Still though very solid and something that was a very easy drinker.

Overall not bad, not my favorite of the year here, but overall not bad. I would not turn my nose up at this one anytime soon. (1,385 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.82/5  rDev +2.4%
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. (501 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a dark brown body with a medium-sized, light tan head.

Smell: Dark roasted malts with star anise, unsweetened chocolate, pumpkin, and the obligatory pumpkin spice.

Taste: Roasted malt flavor with a fair amount of chocolate and even some licorice. The pumpkin flavor takes a backseat to the stout. However, the pumpkin spice is, well... spicy, and it really helps to lighten things up. Drying, spicy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Pumpkin Ale and Stout, what a cute combination. (536 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a small snifter.

Thanks to cbeer88 for this bottle!

Reviewed blind as part of Blind BIF 7. This stuff pours a very dark black brown, an inky cola, topped by a finger of dusty khaki foam. The nose comprises brown sugar, light cinnamon, clove, and light cocoa powder. The taste holds notes of cola, brown sugar, molasses, light hickory smoke and clove. The body is a light medium, with a moderate carbonation and a thinly smooth feel. Overall, a nice little stout. I suppose the smoke character I got was actually some toasted pumpkin seeds or something, but it doesn't really matter all that much. If this stuff were a smidge thicker, this would be some great beer-age. (680 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours black, with some ruby highlights along the bottom, and a finger of fizzy mocha colored head. Thin retention that skims the surface, leaving some moderate spotty lacing behind. The aroma is straight up pumpkin spices that dominate the nose with a tingling mix of cinnamon, ginger, and clove with underlying notes of chocolate sweetness and roast.

The taste is chocolate sweetness and dry roasted malt character with pumpkin pie spices that come out in the finish and linger. The mouthfeel is lighter-medium bodied with a moderate carbonation that has a bit of a thinner feel at times. It's hard to believe that this is nearly 7% though, as I don't sense it at all.

I liked this. The body seemed a bit light for a stout but the roasted chocolate malts and spices really worked well together. I'm going to have to drink a couple more of these on Thanksgiving with some pumpkin pie. (922 characters)

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

On-tap 12/28/08 at Doherty's East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark brown color, with a large light brown head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of dark malt, pumpkin and chocolate with a touch of hops.

T: The taste is malty with flavors of chocolate, coffee, pumpkin and spices up front. There's a hearty malt character and a mild but complimentary hops presence that brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style and fits its niche within the style well, although it's a decent beer, I'm not a big enough fan of Pumpkin Ales or stouts to what to drink this beer again. (845 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I can't believe I somehow never put up a review for this beer. I love it, and I was on a pumpkin kick for a while. Found another 6-pack the other day, so I had to get more.

A: Pours creamy huge 2.5 finger head of darker milky rich thick creamy head. Almost pitch black color with no real light getting through. The head fades very slowly and leaves a lacing on the glass.

N: Some dark malts, some roast, hints of chocolate, and some pumpkin. A nice pumpkin aroma, with hints of little spice, Cinnamon, pumpkin pie, toasty pumpkin seeds, and lots of nice deliciousness.

T: Starts like a stout. A little bitter earthy stoutness, with some dark malt flavors, some roasted and chocolate but little, a nice dark rich stout flavor. Creamy chocolate and a little baker's chocolate. Rich dark fruit flavors even. Then comes a little hint of a nice pumpkin flavor, it's not over the top at all, its very subtle and nice. A hint of spices comes with it, adding a little cinnamon, and making it taste also a little like pumpkin pie.

M: Semi thick and very rich and creamy, a decent carbonation.

F: Finishes semi bitter, probably both the stouty roastedness and some hints of hops. Finishes a little drier which is nice. Lingering roasted and dark malt flavors, and hints of lingering pumpkin. Not really any late spices, just nice rich stout, almost as if the spices disappeared and this just became a nice creamy dry stout. Again I remember how much I like this beer. (1,464 characters)

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A pumpkin seasonal that is a stout? Very interesting. Tried this at as a gift from my father. Pours a darkish brown color, not much head to it. Taste is a bit watered down, higher ABV is well hidden. Pumpkin shines through a bit, but for the most part is subdued, tastes more like a generic above average stout to me. While I commend the brewery for trying something different with a pumpkin beer, I felt the pumpkin taste isn't as prevalent as it should be, pretty good beer overall though. (491 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had a pint of this on tap at Max's Taphouse in Baltimore.
A - Deep brown w/ medium brown and a thin tan head.

S - Nice nutmeg and very fine roasted notes w'/ a hint of cinnamon and vegetal odor.

M - Medium roasty, subtle sweetness moderate spiced feel w/ carbonation. Subtle hop spice w/ allspice dry flavor.

T - A nice mix of stout and pumpkin spices w/ a dry nutty and lightly roasted stout taste. A complement of nutmeg a little cinnamon w/ malty dark roastiness, mellow hops w/ a pine tinge at the end. The flavor of pumpkin is not usurped by the dark maltiness of the stout, but rather a fine juxtaposition of both pumpkin and stout is achieved.

D - Very tasty blend of stout w/ spice, the drinkability of this is above average. The spice is not overdone the mix is fresh w/ a unique take on the style. I recommend a taste of this. (842 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.76/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a tan head. Nose is all spices, but not really overpowering. Flavor is a mild mix of spices, pumpkin, and stout character. Honestly, I was expecting a thicker profile and just more pumpkin than what was delivered. I think the Dark Horse Blueberry Stout has spoiled me. Feel is okay, buts but thin on liquid. Lower carbonation. This is a nice attempt at an unusual combination. I think if it were thicker, it could go a lot farther. (448 characters)

Photo of russpowell
4.36/5  rDev +16.9%
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 (496 characters)

Photo of smcolw
4.27/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Modest head that leaves spotty lace. Pours a dark brown where the slightest of light will penetrate the edge of the glass.

Strong sweet chocolate with spicy pumpkin pie aromas.

Given the smell, this is a surprising taste--dry and bitter. A generous amount of hops gives this beer a bitter finish. The black patent malt gives this a coffee-like flavor. The sweetness is gone. Full bodied with a correspondingly above average carbonation.

This beer has character. It is complex without being gimicky. While this may be a Pumpkin Stout, I see it more as a good beer. (566 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my Duvel tulip.

a - Pours a dark brown color, almost black, with less than an inch of white head and low carbonation evident.

s - Smells of roasted malts, coffee, light pumpkin, light spices, and a hint of chocolate.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, light bitter coffee, chocolate, and light pumpkin. No real spices in the taste.

m - Full body stout with low carbonation. Pretty smooth.

d - A decent stout that was small hints of pumpkin. If you like coffee stouts it's worth checking out, but it is not really a pumpkin beer if that's what you're looking for. (594 characters)

Photo of jwc215
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with ruby highlights. A thin tan head leaves uneven lines of lacing.

The smell is of pumpkin spicing with chocolate and slight roast.

The taste is of medium pumpkin spicing with chocolatey and roasty stout character, especially in the finish.

The feel is a bit thin, but smooth with enough creaminess to that holds within the lighter side of the style well enough.

An interesting brew that is pumpkin-y with a stout character that blends well. The alcohol is very well-hidden, though the spiciness is enough for me to be happy having one (or two at most) at a time. (581 characters)

Photo of WesWes
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a pitch black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a fresh pumpkin scent along with a solid chocolate and black malt aroma. It's light and creamy, almost like a Guiness with pumpkin added. The taste is decent. It has a light, almost watery, black malt and pumpkin flavor. It's easily quaffable with just a mild earthy feel. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking seasonal. I love how it's light and refreshing, not heavy and alcohol ridden. (570 characters)

Photo of mothman
2.7/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into snifter.

Pours 1/2 finger of beige head. Color is a dark brown, near black.

Aroma: Pumpkin, spices, cinnamon, nutmeg, and chocolate. Not very stout like.

Taste: More pumpkins and spices. Nutmeg, cinnamon both show a lot. It has some roasted malts and coffee notes as well.

Mouthfeel: Spiced and creamy. Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Ends dry and roasted.

Overall, not a big fan of this one. The pumpkin and spice took to much away from the stout part of this beer. Not to drinkable for me. (525 characters)

Photo of stakem
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a standard 12oz brown bottle into a snifter. This brew appears a very dark brown color with a ring of clear lighter brown around the edges. Less than a finger of tan head appears and receeds very fast to just a ring of bubbles around the inside of the glass.

Sweet aroma of dark roasty grains smelling like coffee and chocolate upfront satisfy the stout portion of this brew that is quite enjoyable. In the background though comes the scent of autumn almost like foliage mixed with a festive scent of spices like cinnamon. As it warms, the distinct smell of pumpkin is evident but not bold by any means.

The taste of this brew is similar to the nose. Upfront it tastes like a normal stout. Flavors of darkly roasted grains tasting like chocolate and coffee give way to the flavor of pumpkin and other spices similar to cinnamon. There is a lingering flavor of both malty sweetness and pumpkin flavoring left in the mouth along with the spices that does a good job of hiding the alcohol character.

Medium bodied and lightly carbonated, this is quite drinkable. While it isn't a tride and true pumpkin ale, it definitely ranks up there as one of the most enjoyable ones I have had. Mostly in part of the stout character and the lack of the long lasting spices that are not overdone in this brew. I like it and would drink it again. (1,344 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
3.62/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I am in the process of weeding out the backlog here at Chez Woody and it is interesting to see what I bought at various times and forgot about. This is another one from The Friendly Greek Bottle Shop, which is a major source for singles around here.

From the bottle: "As the leaves begin to turn and we are faced with summers end, The Cape Ann Brewing Company looks ahead to the holiday season with a bold taste that embodies such a time. Our Pumpkin Stout is a subtle combination of spice and pumpkin matched perfectly with the hearty flavors of a stout. We hope you enjoy drinking it as much as we enjoy making it. Enjoy!"; "Cape Ann Brewing Co. Donates to the Northeast Seafood Coalition".

I am finding that Pop!ping a cap is not nearly as satisfying as a Crack! and Glug, but I really need to get rid of the standing backlog of bottles before resuming The CANQuest (tm). After doing so, I began an aggro pour which resulted in two fingers of dense, foamy, light-tan head with good retention. Color was Very Dark Brown, just short of being Black/Opaque (SRM = > 34, < 44) by dint of a bit of light penetration, but not by much. It was giving off pretty garnet highlights, also. Nose was interesting, evincing a combination of smoke, molasses and cinnamon. Mouthfeel was medium with a good bit of carbonation. The taste was more stout than pumpkin, I thought, with notes of dark chocolate, light smoke and a tad bit of spice, but as to the latter, it was not enough to be recognizable, only discernible. It now became a conundrum as to how to rate it. It was a decent enough stout, but it was lacking as a pumpkin ale. Finish left me in the same lurch. I could easily identify it as a stout, but where were the spices? It was dry, probably thanks to the spices, but then again, I have had dry stouts. Aaarrgh! (1,814 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.47/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with an almost, three finger-thick, lightly browned, tan colored head that is a mix of creamy and frothy consistencies. The beer is a dark brown almost black color that is dark enough to be opaque when held up to the light, despite showing a clear, dark chocolate hue as I was pouring. The aroma is clearly pumpkin influenced as that is what is most noticeable as I am pouring this brew; not just spices either, there is a nice, fleshy pumpkin meat character to this brew. Upon deeper inspecting softly roasted, dark malt notes (light espresso, toasted grain, touch of chocolate) accent notes of cinnamon, caramelized pumpkin flesh and a touch of nutmeg. The nose of this brew has a really nice balance that I was not expecting; this is clearly a pumpkin beer, but the spice notes are quite restrained and the underlying Stout aromatics are a really nice touch.

The beer starts out dry and lightly tart, but picks up a malty, chocolate-like sweetness through the middle at which point some cinnamon notes accentuate the sweetness a bit more. The beer finishes with a flash of pumpkin pie and then a long, lingering, roasted grain character that tastes of charcoal, a light burnt acidity, a touch of blackened chalk, and a dry black coffee finish. Initially the pumpkin meat is not as noticeable in the flavor as it was in the aroma, but I think it does accent the middle of this brew and adds just a hint of squash flavors towards the finish. As the beer warms up though, the pumpkin flavors start to play a little bit bigger role here and are actually fairly noticeable. The texture of this beer is quite nice; soft, sort of creamy, with a palate coating quality to it, yet it is not overly heavy and is a the perfect drinking beer for cooler weather.

Definitely one of the best Pumpkin beers I have ever had; I would not have guessed it but the base beer style of a Stout pairs really well with the typical Pumpkin flavors and light spice notes. I definitely love well made Pumpkin brews, but they have been so hard to find commercially that I am really loving this beer. One of those beers that justs really hits the spot at this particular moment in time. (2,167 characters)

Photo of Gavage
3.06/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: black in color with a fluffy 1" head that lasts a while.

Smell: roasted malts and some hints of spice are hard to detect.

Taste: roasted malt, mild pumpkin spice flavors of nutmeg and cinnamon, some mellow cocoa tones, some earthiness, and a light bitterness make up a strange flavored beer that did not come across as expected.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Smooth from start to finish. Very short aftertaste with his beer.

Drinkability: the flavor profile did not do it for me. Slow sipping, this one had me looking for another style before I finished it. (575 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
3.72/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a 12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours black with a soft white head, good retention.

S: Nice sweet note of pumpkin flesh mixed in with roasted malt, this is really where the pumpkin come out in the beer.

T: Heavy roasted malt, coffee, it tastes like a regular stout, I really didn't get a pumpkin flavour out of it.

M: On the lighter side for a stout, little bit of a brash carbonation.

D: A solid beer, not wowing by any means, not a pumpkin ale in the classic sense. (465 characters)

Photo of Billolick
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
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 (457 characters)

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Fisherman's Pumpkin Stout from Cape Ann Brewing Company
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