Fisherman's Pumpkin Stout - Cape Ann Brewing Company

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Ratings: 503
Reviews: 300
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 12.83%
Wants: 38
Gots: 23 | 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:
Had been 6.75% ABV.

(Beer added by: WanderingFool on 10-13-2006)
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Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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 nmann08
4/5  rDev +7%

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 ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of mikesgroove
3.75/5  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.

Photo of Knapp85
3.33/5  rDev -11%
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.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Photo of oberon
3.81/5  rDev +1.9%
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 TMoney2591
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Photo of nickfl
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of Kegatron
3.93/5  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.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Photo of jlindros
4.35/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

Photo of Slatetank
4.15/5  rDev +11%
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.

Photo of russpowell
4.38/5  rDev +17.1%
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

Photo of oline73
3/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of mdfb79
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Photo of WesWes
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Photo of jwc215
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Photo of smcolw
4.3/5  rDev +15%
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.

Photo of Rochefort10nh
5/5  rDev +33.7%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.28/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

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Fisherman's Pumpkin Stout from Cape Ann Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 503 ratings.