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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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304 Reviews
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Reviews: 304
Hads: 532
Avg: 3.74
pDev: 16.31%
Wants: 41
Gots: 38 | 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: 304 | Hads: 532
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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Photo of bbeerman
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A.. dark, thick looking pour. Resembles flat cola in the glass. I had no head on the few bottles I enjoyed.

S.. light pumpkin scent. Also a very faint sweet smell I can't place.

T.. quite tasty. Pumpkin is obvious without being overpowering and is a nice addition to a stout style. Happy overall with this one.

M.. just above average. Not too heavy or too light, which most people will like. I would prefer a bit heavier for the style.

O.. I like this beer a lot and look forward to next Autumn when it comes back around. I would recommend even if there was no pumpkin included.

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Photo of DrunkPagan
4.62/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I don't like pumpkin beers. I LOVE this beer.

It pours a thick dark color with a slightly brown head. The nose notes some spices and roasted malt. The taste absolutely blew me away.
It didn't taste like pumpkin pie crammed into a bottle. The rich stout melded with the pumpkin and spice flavors in a delicious threesome where neither overpowered the other. The mouthfeel was good, not too heavy.
Some people complain that they can't drink more than one pumpkin beer. I defy you to ONLY drink one of these.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a two-fingered light cream head that fades quickly to a ring leaving some lace. Black color, no highlights. Medium carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Light chocolate/pumpkin nose and flavor is almost sweet pumpkin and chocolate. $2.25 for a 12oz bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, Ma.

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Photo of jb413
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark, near black with a small one finger coffee/khaki head. Little lacing that lasted on the way down.

S - Roasted Malt, some spices (allspice/nutmeg) and perhaps a faint pumpkin, though hard to tell. Nice though.

T - Dark malt and slight spice in the front. Nice mild sweetness as well. A bit of hoppy undertone and dryness in the finish. No pumpkin to speak of.

MF - Very smooth with nice drinkability. Medium carbonation and a bit of alcohol warmth in the end.

O - A solid offering. I enjoyed it and would buy another or try the Imperial in the future. For me, lack of discernible pumpkin keeps this beer from being great.

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Photo of Arbitrator
3.12/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Chilled bottle into a glass. 2011 vintage shared by alfrantzell. Thanks, Arne! From notes.

A: Pours a translucent dark brown body with a generous tan head that retains well. No lace is left on the sides of the glass; the beer does not maintain a collar or film on top of the beer after the head vanishes.

S: Mild aromas of roasted malt and a touch of caramel, backed by nutmeg and perhaps allspice. Having this next to its big brother later, I marveled at the difference; this one really needs to step up its bouquet.

T: This has a light, drinkable stout-with-some-pumpkin-spice approach to it. It's not very punchy, but it delivers a backbone of roast, caramel, and even a mild presence of milk chocolate. Nutmeg and a touch of licorice in the finish.

M: Light-medium bodied, with medium carbonation. Nothing really stands out or offends here.

O: This is solid, and I'd probably try it once a season if I were local, but it's not something that I will go out of my way to trade for.

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Photo of scootny
4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge brown head that stays for quite a while and then evaporates. Black brown fluid is impervious to light. Smell is dark a roasty with coffee and and chocolate. Burnt sugar and subtle pumpkin that is savory and inviting. Earthy hops give a nice balance. Taste is full of coffee and chocolate covered mild pumpkin. Some notes of nutmeg and cinnamon. Good roasted malt core has me lovin' this brew. Finish is dry with notes of earth and vanilla and more subtle pumpkinand spice. Feel nice and light like a dry Irish stout and super drinkable. Easy to knock back quite a few of these as the abv is completely hidden. An excellent beer that blossoms as it warms up. Delicious to start and improves with each sip. Thinks I'll get another growler.

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

A - This beer pours dark brown in color. There is a nice 2-figner light tan head resting on top. The head has pretty good retention, and it leaves some scattered lace behind on the glass.

S - The smell is roasty, and there is quite a bit of pumpkin. There are some spice notes, mostly nutmeg and cinnamon. Also, there is some lactose sweetness.

T - The taste starts off with some dark roasted malt and a nice mild pumpkin flavor and sweetness. There are some light spices flavors of cinnamon and nutmeg. The lactose sweetness is present as well. Also, there are some flavors of chocolate, toffee, and a mild hop presence as well. The finish leaves some lingering roasted malt flavor and a touch of sweetness on the palate.

M - This has a medium body and good carbonation. It goes down easy and has a smooth velvety feel to it. There is some roasted bitterness, as well as some tingly spice notes. Also there is some light pumpkin sweetness.

O - This has good drinkability. It goes down really easy, and I could easily knock a few of these back. This has a really nice flavor, and i really enjoyed it. I don't know why more breweries aren't making pumpkin stouts. I think the combination works really well, at least in this beer it does. Overall, I thought this was a good interesting beer. It is easy to drink and goes down smooth. I recommend checking it out.

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Photo of Ungertaker
3.49/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a New Belgium globe.

A- Pours the darkest brown with a two-finger, khaki head and very little light penetration.

S- Some chocolate, hints of spices and pumpkin, a little bit of espresso.

T- The pumpkin was there, but difficult to pick up. A fair amount of coffee, chocolate, toffee and roasted malts.

M- Medium-bodied with a balanced carbonation level.

O- This was the first pumpkin stout I have ever had. It was good, for a stout, but the pumpkin was too difficult to pick up. I served it at cellar temp (which I do with most stouts); I am wondering if I should have served it a little cooler. Could the stout characteristics have taken over because of the temp? Either way, the beer was good and worth a try.

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Photo of Florida9
3.28/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Appears black in the glass, but shows to be dark brown around the edges. Forms a large fizzy mocha colored head that quickly reduces to a thin surface coating and eventually, nothing. No lacing.

S: Lightly sweet with notes of brown sugar, molasses, allspice, nutmeg, vanilla, and a little cinnamon.

T: Rather thin flavors all around. Cola and pumpkin pie spice. Some light molasses. If there is actual pumpkin in this beer, I'm not getting it.

M: Medium bodied, but thin for the style. Even a little watery. Appropriate carbonation.

O: Thin in both mouthfeel and flavor resulting in a decent, drinkable, but rather unimpressive beer. The double version was much more impressive.

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Photo of CheezyBlaster
2.58/5  rDev -31%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Nose: Pumpkin spices quickly make space to share for the robust stout aromas we're all used to. Not powerful or present.

Taste and feel: Drier in the middle than I would have thought, and not as full bodied as I expected -a tad watery, for a stout, or an ale. After a bit it doesn't taste like anything. Carbonation is quite present. Neat mouthfeel, but I have no flavors to speak of . . . it should taste like something, right? Not drain pouring, but I wouldn't buy it again. I have had friends say the opposite of what I'm writing, so, maybe it's just a bad bottle?

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Photo of Neorebel
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown, almost black hue with a light brown head. Good retention and lacing. The aroma is nice and complex with nutmeg, clove, pumpkin, toast, and mocha. Nice mix of pumpkin and stout in the flavor profile. Spicy. Could be a bit more full bodied however, and there is some sort of oxidized taste in the finish that puts me off a bit.

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Photo of danmcg62
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Poured into a pint glass. Pours a deep, black color with a decent looking mocha colored head. Love the look of this brew. This is how a stout should look.

S-At first whiff you get a mix of pumpkin spice and roasted coffee. Also a mix of spice and cocoa. I like this very much.

T-Major pumpkin flavor with a chocolate mix. A little malty, mild spice. Decent mix of flavors.

M-Thick feel in the mouth. Spicy and smooth.

O-Overall this is a solid offering from Cape Ann. I like the combination of flavors and I like that the pumpkin beer is a stout. I like that they are trying to mix it up, trying something different. Cape Ann is slowly becoming one of my favorite breweries.

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Photo of Phelps
3.35/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle sent by augustiner719, poured into a tulip.

Inky black, not syrupy but completely opaque. Half a finger of fizzy tan head pops away rather quickly, leaving just a thin ring and no lace.

Burnt biscuits and roasted pumpkin seeds provide the backbone, while sweet roasted pumpkin, vanilla and clove make up the body. A hint of chocolate and allspice complete the experience.

Subtlety is the name of the game with this pumpkin stout. There’s not much initial flavor aside from some tangy chocolate and a bit of pumpkin pie spice. Toast and roast pumpkin emerge after the swallow, but both are pretty light. Dry finish with lingering notes of pie crust.

Medium-light body displays moderate carbonation and silky fizziness. It starts watery, but expands a bit as it warms. Alcohol is negligible, and the finish is dry and crisp.

I’m a man who likes his pumpkin beers packed with pumpkin, and Fisherman’s Pumpkin Stout doesn’t really deliver there. The gourd here seems to be more of an afterthought, and even the stout flavor is too light.

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Fisherman's Pumpkin Stout from Cape Ann Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 304 ratings.