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Fisherman's Pumpkin Stout - Cape Ann Brewing Company

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Fisherman's Pumpkin StoutFisherman's Pumpkin Stout

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Reviews: 302
Hads: 521
Avg: 3.74
pDev: 16.31%
Wants: 41
Gots: 35 | 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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Reviews: 302 | Hads: 521
Photo of tkelley
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A -- dark black. Pillowy tan head with good retention. Nice lacing.

N -- fall spices and roasty malts.

T -- fall spices. Roasty malts. Pumpkin flavor. Very well balanced.

M -- medium bodied and smooth.

O -- love the idea. Love that it isn't over the top spicy or boozy. Very good. Cheers.

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Photo of dar482
4.37/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours out pitch black with a huge huge 3 finger tan head.

The aroma has roasty malt, sweet grainy pumpkin, spices, cinnamon, a bit of chocolate.

The flavor follows with roasty malt, chocolate, and coffee. The beer melds perfectly into pumpkin and the spices along with earthy bitterness on the end.

I do somewhat wish it was a bigger bolder beer, but then, I'm also so impressed by how well the beer is crafted (stout and pumpkin integration).

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Photo of mitch3114
4.38/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- very dark, almost black. Off-white head to about an inch. After a few minutes, it subsided into a ring around the edge of my glass.

S- roasted malts, yeast? Sweet fermented fruits, raisins, some faint hints of spice. cinnamon, brown sugar. I can faintly smell the alcohol.

T- A little fruity, some chocolate, some sweetness, roasted malt, some faint hops, not detecting any spices or-wait, is this a pumpkin beer? I am not detecting any pumpkin.

M- A little chewy, quite nice. Not too carbonated, smooth and creamy.

O- Overall this is a great stout. A really great stout. However, it just tastes like...a great stout. I cannot taste and pumpkin or even any spices. Because of that I am taking some points off as it's not really consistent with the style (pumpkin ale, or pumpkin stout) as it doesn't show any signs of pumpkin flavor. I would recommend this highly though if you would like a nice stout with a higher ABV. It is just shy of an imperial stout, which is nice as you might be able to drink two or three of these in a night, which is hard to do with an imperial stout...unless you are drinking to get drunk...but then you probably wont be drinking an imperial stout for that.

FYI, I am eating a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup and it pairs really well!

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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.

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Photo of themind
3.36/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

The appearance of this beer was very good, pitch black with a nice mocha colored head. The aroma was pumpkin and not much else. The mouthfeel was nice but slightly over carbonated but is smooth and creamy. The taste has several things going on, subtle pumpkin, nutmeg and other spices along with possibly some chocolate. Its hard to put a finger on what this beer resembles. That said over all even though the base stout is slightly weak this beer is worth drinking.

Bottom Line: Interesting beer.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.16/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a wine glass.

A: Pours a very dark brown color. The head is a one finger khaki shade with surprisingly good retention. Good rings of lacing are left on the glass, too.

S: Smells like a pumpkin ale. It's reasonably well-spiced, but not extraordinarily so. I also pick up a little bit of caramel sweetness. Not much stout qualities come through, though, and that's a bit of a problem.

T: Again, this is supposed to be a pumpkin stout, so where's the stout part? I pick up mostly opening cinnamon/nutmeg with a touch of finishing caramel. Having said that, I actually get a touch of actual gourd character - and that's pretty rare in a pumpkin ale (weird, eh?) It's a bit imbalanced in terms of how the spice character overpowers the malt flavors, also.

M: The only suggestion that this is a stout is in the mouthfeel, which is both creamy on the front end and mildly dry on the back end. Carbonation is a bit high for the style, though. It really has a wonderful feel, but the thickness doesn't do the drinkability any favors.

O: This is just another pumpkin ale I'm not terribly enthused by, and the stout part is a letdown. However, it's not bad - it feels great in the mouth and isn't undrinkable. It's just kind of boring is all. Worth trying, but I won't buy again.

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Photo of papat444
2.87/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

What does a fisherman have to to with pumpkins anyway?

Poured from a 12oz. bottle with no freshness info.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown with a fizzling, bubble head that doesn't stick around long enough. Not much traces are left either.

Smell: Nutmeg, allspice, hint of cinnamon, some roasted malt and a bit of pumpkin flesh.

Taste: Compared to the aroma, this is quite disappointing. Bit of roasted malt, lots of caramel(?), muted spices and an afterthought of pumpkin. Tastes more like an amber ale than a stout.

Mouthfeel: Bit of high carbonation, watery, not stout-like, thin.

Overall: What is this? You call yourself a stout, you better back it up and this doesn't. Did someone switch the labels from another beer? Nothing about this resembles a stout. Spices are present but this is more of a red/amber ale. False advertising and a pass.

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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.

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Photo of abraxel
2.52/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Tasted blind as part of Blind BIF 7, courtesy of ShogoKawada. Poured into a snifter.

A - Near-black with lots of chestnut highlights, and a fizzy head that quickly drops to a ring. No persistent lacing to speak of.

S - Coffee roastiness (can't tell if it's actual coffee or just roasty malt), meaty smoke, and maybe a touch of fruity sweetness. Interesting... I'm a little hesitant, but it's growing on me. I'm tentatively guessing a smoked porter, but I doubt it'll be so simple.

T - Buhh, not what I was hoping for. It doesn't have all that much flavor, and what's there isn't all that great. A little acrid bitterness, a backdrop of cola, and a light coating of ash (or something). It's not a drainpour, but I'm not lovin' it.

M - Pretty thin, with minimal carbonation. The lingering ashiness doesn't help much.

Overall... not a fan! I have no idea what this is (I'll guess it's supposed to be some variation of porter?), but I can tell you I won't be looking for it again.

Non-blind thoughts:
Gotta say, got neither pumpkin nor stout (nor fisherman, but I doubt that's an ingredient) from this beer. I'm pretty sure dat ash was actually the added spices (now that I know, I can pick up some cinnamon and nutmeg, maybe) but that doesn't change my impression.

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Photo of gcamparone
3.99/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A- Dark brown body with cherry highlights. Medium white head that reduces to a very thin white ring.

S- Toffee, toasted malt, roasted malt. Light pumpkin pie in the background.

T- Definitely a dry stout. I'm not getting much pumpkin, just lots of smokey, coffee, and chocolate notes. Slightly watery.

M- Thin with medium high carbonation. Odd for a stout

Nicely crafted. Could use more pumpkin, good stout nonetheless.

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Photo of jbertsch
3.94/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Previously reviewed this from a bottle, which didn't do so well. However, I recently had it on tap, and thoroughly enjoyed it.

Black in appearance with almost no head. Can't tell if the beer doesn't generate much head or if the bartender just didn't give me any head (giggity). But I remember not getting much head when I poured from a bottle.

Aroma serves up toasty and charred grains with some general fall spices lingering in the background. Didn't smell much pumpkin, but seasonal spices were noticeable.

The flavor was a pleasant improvement from the bottle I had. Dense, layers of charred malts with a touches of dark fruit, cinnamon, and cocoa underneath made me think I was drinking something that toed the imperial line. Spices were noticeable....if I hadn't known this was a pumpkin beer, I may not have thought of pumpkin spice. But it didn't matter. I enjoyed this very much despite the subdued pumpkin flavor. Slight buttery finish.

Heavier in body. dense.

Though this brew had some weight and body to it, it was very drinkable. I really enjoyed it, thought the pumpkin flavor is almost non existent.

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.62/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

well, the bottle dropped right out of my hand as soon as the cap pried off and i spilled 3/4 of the 12oz bottle all over myself and the floor.
what was left from the bottle poured a deep brown/black with no head at all.
the smell is mainly of pumpkin spices, with a strong whiff of milk chocolate!
there's not much flavor of pumpkin but it is faintly there as a backdrop.. more noticeable are subtle roasty flavors from the toasted grains, chocolate, coffee.

again, from the accident, i can't tell if this is just an undercarbonated beer or it's flat because of the fall to the ground. either way, what i'm drinking right now is almost flat, and as far as stouts are concerned, this is a light one.. medium body but very watery texture.

overall, i feel i should get another bottle and see how it compares. not proud of myself for spilling this all over the place.

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Photo of Lordquackingstic
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Deep, dark black with an off white head. Lacing is medium.

S: Dark chocolate and pumpkin pie spices.

T: Burnt chocolate with a bunch of roasty pumpkin pie spices. Little bit of a coffee aftertaste. Malt sweetness is medium and the spices are pretty well balanced.

M: Long and smooth finish, medium-low carbonation.

O: This is my first pumpkin stout, and I really don't know why there aren't more of these. These spices work so well with the huge maltiness of stouts. Very enjoyable on a cold autumn night.

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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.

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Photo of ksimons
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-very very dark brown with just the slightest chestnut highlights and a fingers worth of tan head

S-dark malts, molasses, coffee, vanilla, and light amount of pumpkin pie spices. Not getting much pumpkin in the smell.

T-taste is mostly stout, roasted malt, roasted coffee, and light chocolate. I am really not getting much pumpkin taste or even the typical pumpkin pie spices that I got in the smell. It is still a nice tasting stout but I don't know if I would call it a pumpkin stout.

M-medium body, light to medium carbonation, leaves a dry roasted taste in the mouth

Overall I am not getting much pumpkin out of this beer. Still a pretty decent tasting beer, just not what I was expecting.

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Photo of Maxwell
3.48/5  rDev -7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a light black, if that makes any sense…There is a definite ruby tint to it if you hold it up to the light, but overall it is a black color with a nice light sand-dune-tan head that turns into a scrim quickly. Carbonation appears healthy within the beer, and judging by the way the light passes through it, I would say it quite clean and free of particles. To sum it all up, the beer looks a little weak for a stout. The beer does, however, smell richly of sweet pumpkins, even from a distance away. The pumpkin fruit is rich and pungent, but below it can be smelled some nice roasty malts and hint of chocolate. The pumpkin smell does turn a little vegetal the more you sniff, but I suppose that is expected when you use a vegetable…

The beer tastes rich and chocolaty, with much fainter hints of the pumpkin than there was in the smell. Roasted malts are also present, but there is a lingering hint of metal that mixes with the pumpkin and brings down the overall enjoyment of this beer. The spices are also rather faint in the beer until the aftertaste where they ring out as cinnamon, allspice, and nutmeg, though they too could be contributing to the metallic tinge. Mouthfeel is slightly prickly and quite thin, though it thickens a little if swished around the mouth. The tongue is left pretty clean, with just a hint of saliva and a little roasted dryness at the back of the throat. Overall this beer is a little disappointing. I’ve had the imperial pumpkin stout, and it by far surpasses it in everything, as might be expected, but it seems like the stout is just missing something that shouldn’t be missing. I liked my initial sips of this, but as it grew in my mouth it brought a weird metallic taste that I couldn’t shake. It is a cool next step for the style of the pumpkin beer, and I still think it’s worth a taste, but I would recommend the imperial pumpkin stout over the plain stout if you’re looking for good flavoring.

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Photo of BigCheese
4.35/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle fresh to death,

A: Pours a deep brown just lighter than black. Opaque, thin head dissaptes quickly.

S: Yum, fresh pumpkin, some roasted chocolatey malts, maybe hints of pumpkin pie spices.

T: Juicy Sweet Pumpkins right of the bat, pie crust, some pumpkin pie spices but there subdued. More of a sweeter stout. Tons of pumpkin flavor throughout. More chocolate than coffee stout base.

M: Low Carbonation, Silky Smooth body, real smoth. ABV hardly present.

O: Really awesome pumpkin brew. Highly recommended, nice change from typical Pumpkin Ales. My favorite non imperial pumpkin ale.

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Photo of Greywulfken
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: deep dark brown, almost black body, quick small head

S: well, some roasted notes, some espresso notes, not enough pumpkin or sweet spice

T: tasted by and large like a vegetal stout, the pumpkin added additional dryness without adding bitterness; bitter espresso flavors mellowed by the pumpkin flavors

M: medium body, tongue-coating bitters, some vegetal aftertaste

O: not impressed; I enjoy imperial pumpkin ales and stouts, but this was my first pumpkin stout and it was okay - not a rebuy for me, but it wasn't a bad beer

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Photo of OleJohnnieAle
3.59/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark brown with a half finger of head that fell quickly into a nice collar. No lacing left behind.

S: A smokey malt start followed by a pumpking and nutmeg note. Bit of cinnamon at the end. Smokey roasted malt is over powering up front.

T: Bit more sublte than I was expecting from the smell. The flavor is primarily the roasted mald as the nose would suspect. Harder to find the pumpkin than I would have thought it would be since it is a pumpkin ale. Nothing over powering here... almost seemed watered down.

M: Seemed watered down so very light, smooth. Well balanced as nothing was overpowering.

O: I was hoping for a bigger flavor but that being said, this was still a good tasting beer but was much more subtle flavor than I was hoping for.

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Photo of thain709
4.04/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured a dark brown body with a tan, one finger head...the head fell to a wispy cap and left a little lacing

S - This smells like fall...pumpkin pie baking in the oven...cinnamon and chocolate

T - The roasted malts jump out first and are present throughout the entire beer...dark, roasted chocolate comes out towards the middle adding some depth to the beer...there is an underlying fleshy pumpkin flavor that lets you know this is a pumpkin beer...the spice bill creeps in at the end creating pumpkin pie-like flavors...there is an ever-so-slight hop bite right at the end

M - Medium bodied...soft carbonation...watery...spicy, roasty, and slightly hoppy

O - I just found out there is an imperial version of this beer...I'd like to try that one because this Pumpkin Stout was one of my favorites this year...a great nose, nice flavor profile, could use some help with the finish

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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.

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Photo of Dope
3.76/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A very dark brown pour with a foamy chocolate milk head. Pretty decent retention and lacing.

S: Surprisingly subtle. Little bit of roasted malt and just a touch of pumpkin. Can't really even detect any pumpkin spice - maybe a touch of nutmeg?

T: Lots of roasted malt up front, followed by some nice pumpkin and nutmeg. Maybe a little allspice? Very interesting combo.

M: Smooth and creamy.

O: Nice departure from your typical pumpkin ale. The roasted malt really compliments the pumpkin flavor. Super smooth and drinkable too.

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Photo of palma
4.12/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice head.

Aroma of nutmeg, allspice, apples, cloves.

Taste is a medium bodied stout. A nice roastedness. Sweeter than most dry stouts. More along the lines of a sweet/milk stout. Pumpkin, cinnamon, clove is a great addition. works well and does not overpower in the least. The beer becomes a little astringent as the beer warms up to room temp. Great smooth mouthfeel. more creamy than your typical american stout.

One of my favorites.

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Photo of tone77
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A big shout out to travisnd for sending this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of pumpkin, nutmeg. Taste is roasted malts up front, setteling in with some smoth pumpkin flavor, not much spices. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall this is a solid beer.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.62/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle was poured into a Guiness pint glass.

Appearance: The beer poured a 1/2 finger that is staying there. Almost pitch black with some light coming through the bottom of the glass. No signs of carboantion. Head of beer dissapeared quickly with no lacing.

Smell: pumkpin, spices, pumpkin bread, starch, sweet produces from malts and whatever pumpkin base is used in the beer.

Taste: Same as above, the taste is a little weak. Nice up front, but dies in your mouth. Really wish there was a little more to offer out of the stout part of the beer. Good on the pumpkin flavor though.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium bodied, medium carbonation, and a little watery. Very easy to drink

Overall: Not another shabby pumpkin beer. A pumpkin stout is different and enjoyable. Would be cool to try this on draft or nitro. Will work up to their Imperial Pumpkin Stout next if I can find one in the next few weeks.

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Fisherman's Pumpkin Stout from Cape Ann Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 302 ratings.