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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: 306
Hads: 534
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: 306 | Hads: 534
Photo of dsa7783
3.91/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

6-Pack just copped from Bottle King in Livingston for $7.99...
Heard a lot of positive things about this seasonal brew, from a mostly little-heard-of brewery up in New England...
Appearance: Beautiful, slow, steady pour resulting in a pitch-black, opaque hue with an immense foamy and frothy head that exhibited impressive staying power... Nice stuff...
Smell: Mainly linked to pumpkins, along with a subtle hint of mocha and chocolate...
Taste: Definitely one of the most unique seasonal pumpkin ales I've come across... A near-perfect blend of pumpkin spices, including cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and dark sugars mingled with slight stout, chocolate and mocha essences...
Mouthfeel seemed pretty medium-bodied, and could've been a little thicker... Nice 6.75% ABV...
Easily drinkable... Hardly any alcohol detectable either...

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Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm not really a big fan of pumpkin flavored beers, but this is an exception I'm willing to make. I tried it for the first time at the brewery and was most impressed. It doesn't have an overwhelming pumpkin taste but you can easily notice it at the same time. Perfect fall or winter beverage, it's not too heavy so you can drink it with a big meal if you want.

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Photo of fdrich29
4.32/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.47/5  rDev +19.5%
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.

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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.

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Photo of tgbljb
3.16/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep brown color with some reddish highlights.
Smell is very light, almost non-existant. If I force myself, and know that this is a pumplin lae, I can detect a bit of pumpkin spice.
Taske is rich for roasted malt, with some coffe notes also present, and if I struggle I can find a touch of pumpkin.
Finishes strongly dry with some light pumpkin flavors.
I rated this as a pumpkin ale, but it was a bit lame as this type of beer. As a stout, I would have rated it better.

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

Poured frm a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass, the liquid is dark brown with good carbonation. Thehead is close to 2 fingers, mocha and leaves some lace.

The smell is slightly spicy, a bit of ripe pumpkin and alight toast note.

The taste is good, I think a stout is a better way to go for a pumpkin brew. Most Pumpkin beer are too heavey on the spice and don't balance well. This is beter, The spice is light and does not dominate, the stout with some coffee and char notes tries too make a stance, and the mild hops being the weekest link.

The mouthfeel is good not quite full but ok, with good carbonation.

Thedrinkability is good, I like this approach to a pumpkin beer, but I am still not a bg fan of them. This one is not bad and worth a try. MK

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Photo of david131
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pitch black with a small off-white head. When held to a light, some ruby can be seen around the edges.

S- Pumpkin and spice. Roasty with some noticeable coffee. I was kind of surprised how well things blended together here.

T- Same as the aroma. A sweet for my tastes.

M- Creamy with good carbonation. Something is a little off here, but I had trouble putting my finger on it. I think there was just a lack of lasting flavor for a stout.

D- A little on the sweet and rich side, but it is unique. 'A' for effort.

My girlfriend took a sip and said it tasted like vomit, but to each their own.

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Photo of weeare138
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to warriorsoul for sharing this at Kennett Brew Fest...
Appears black with a fluffy, off white head that slowly fades into a mild head. Sticky chunks of lacing are left.
Smell is of obvious pumpkin, chocolate, coffee, roasted grains, and some sweet caramel. The spices were remarkably toned down in this...quite tame compared to some of the overkilled versions I've had.
Taste is that of the mentioned aromas with the obvious nod to pumpkins and chocolate being in the forefront of the flavors.
Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with the sweetness and cocoa-like bitterness swirling about to an enjoyable brew. One of the better, more tolerable pumpkin beers I've had.

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Photo of Zorro
3.61/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled through the efforts of Imstillthegman and 1000 Miles (or East/West again) BIF.

A near lightproof beer with a good brown head that lasts.

The smell is sweet and spicy with a fairly strong coffee aroma. Notable pumpkin pie spices but the char of the patent malt covers it up somewhat.

The taste begins mildly sweet with coffee and pumpkin pie spice in the after taste. A bit of unsweetened chocolate flavor appears after a while and the spice remains as an after taste.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Don't know if I really like this or not. It wins points for originality but I think I would really rather have a Guinness instead.

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Photo of smcolw
4.27/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

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Photo of Brad007
4.38/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a dark black color with a brown head and ruby hues. Aroma was smooth and velvety with pumpkin and coffee essences. Taste had just the right amount of coffee and pumpkin flavors and was not overwhelming in any way. A nice bitterness reigned as well. Not a bad way to showcase pumpkin flavors in a darker beer.

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Photo of msolar
3.56/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pitch black, small foamy head

Smell - Espresso.

Taste - This tastes like a coffee stout. Where's the pumpkin?

Mouth - Good, medium bodied.

Drinkability - Carbonated.

Overall, I liked this but wouldn't consider it a "pumpkin beer". We tasted in in a line up of other pumpkin beers and this one had very subtle pumpkin flavoring. I'd purchase this beer again but for someone looking for a real pumpkin flavored beer I'd suggest the Imperial Pumpking or Dog Fish Head Punkin' Ale.

Original review: 10/20/07 (B+)
Updated: 9/20/09 - just wrote an independent review without checking prior description and had to lower the rating. Coincidentally I wrote that I think it's over-carbonated and lacking pumpkin spice. I wouldn't buy it again.

I'd recommend Berkshire's Coffeehouse Porter if you're looking for a good it's-cold-fall-is-here beer. If you're looking for a pumpkin beer, I'd suggest the South Hampton Pumpkin Ale or Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale. For a really outrageous pumpkin spice beer, there's nothing else like Southern Tier's "Pumking".

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Photo of WanderingFool
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fisherman's Pumpkin Stout pours black into the glass with a thin tan head on top. The foam dissolves quickly and leaves behind a few spots of lace as it disappears.

The aroma is is full of rich roasted malt, chocolate, and a subtle hint of pumpkin and nutmeg. Each sip of this medium to full bodied beer is smooth with a firm carbonated bite on the tip of the tongue.

The flavor begins with roasted malt and coffee. Pumpkin pie spices of cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice quickly take over and lasts until the end. It finishes dry and once gone some of the spices and roasted malt flavor lingers on the palate.

This is probably the first pumpkin stout I've ever had. Never thought of this combination before, but it definitely works.

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Photo of DaggerEyes
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a nice hearty fall brew
poured on tap at The Diamond a deep black with a brown head one finger high...disapated into a thin covering. Delicate lacing

Nose features notes of bitter chocolate, coffee nutmeg brown sugar cinnimon and of course the pumpkin

Taste is smokey and spicey. Coffee nutmeg pumpking all there, with a bit of berry fruit, cranberry bitterness and I even detected the faintest hint of mint.

Medium bodied silky smooth clean finish a fantastic fall and winter beer

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
4.32/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle

Pours a very dark mahogany brown with a small mocha head that fades. Mild spotted lacing on the glass.

Aroma is rather enticing. Rich, robust roasted malt smell along with a healthy dose of pumpkin pie spices. Smells of molasses, cocoa, and espresso are woven in.

Hearty, roasted malt flavor upfront leading into a dose of pumpkin spices. I am not a big fan of typical pumpkin pie spiced beers, but the spices really work well with the roasted malt flavors. Hints of cocoa and molasses and a bit of coffee flavor. Finishes quite roasty and dry. By far the best pumpkin spiced beer I have had.

Full body, light carbonation.

Extremely impressed by this beer. It's very drinkable, although I need something else after one or two in order to keep the spices from fatiguing my palate. Try this one.

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Photo of NEhophead
4.32/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 fl oz brown bottle; served in a nonic.

Deep caramel-tinted maple with auburn highlights. Somewhat creamy, off-white head that fades to a lasting, whispy sheet. Minimal lacing with not much strength.

Rich espresso and dark chocolate aromas underneath mild pumpkin and dry spices: cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice. Notes of peat and licorice.

Rich, roasted malts: dark chocolate, mocha, with a rough floral hop profile and a lingering peat-smoke. Mild, but noticeable pumpkin with soft, warming spices: gingerbread, nutmeg, and allspice. Deep, floral bite with anotes of licorice, bittered chocolate, and peat.

Full bodied; smooth, and nearly slick if it weren't for the roasted quality. Quite silky even with the rounded, warm spices.

A flavorful, unique combination of an American Stout and a Pumpkin Ale. If you're tired of the usual Pumpkin Ale monotony, here's your cure. Definitely my choice over other pumpkin-based, autumn ales.

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

A - this flavored stout pours a dark black with slight ruby highlights, unseen carbonation sustains a half finger of light brown head

S - the aroma is an amalgamation of typical stout malt aromas (noticeably without any coffee or chocolate elements) and a great pumpkin aroma, very enticing

T - there it is! theres the chocolate and coffee flavors, they blend with a nice perfectly spiced, not overspiced, pumpkin flavor for a great flavor combination, what a great flavor, it doesnt taste like a stout with pumpkin added, it tastes like a true pumpkin stout

M&D - this is very drinkable, no huge alcohol bite, just a great flavor easy down smooth beer, even the girlfriend enjoyed it, great brew

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Photo of heyyins09
4.32/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The leaves are changing college football is in full swing and it is time for pumpkin beer. One of many seasonal pumkin beers I have tried this season. My first pumkin spiced stout.

It pours dark like a typical stout with a small off white head.

The smell is of pumkin and spice and is not the typical stout smell.

The initial taste is of roasted malt and coffee slowly progressing into the finish of pumkin spice.

Mouth feel is above average as the stout coats your tongue and provides a base for the coffee to pumkin transition.

I was very impressed with the drinkability. Overall, a good beer that I will search for each fall season.

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Photo of SlowTwitch
4.51/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - very dark pour, with a nice thick dark tan head

S - heavy on the pumpkin and spice. a pleasant scent, but i was a little wary that it would be an overly pumpkin tasting beer.

T - fantastic. a nice roasted, chocolatey malt flavor. the pumpkin and spice are just enough to let you know it's there, but not overpower the malt.

D - entirely too easy to drink.

overall, this is one of the better pumpkin beers I've had.

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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.

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Photo of warriorsoul
4.21/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of pnkermiz
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When I first heard about this it sounded like a good match, but then I realized that there must be something off about the combination since no one seems to have tried it before. Nervously, I poured my first pint. Nice, dark color with a quickly disappearing head. Lightly carbonated like most of the Cape Ann beers. Aroma is all pumpkin and spices, but thankfully the flavor has more of the dark malt character of a traditional stout with hints of chocolate. The nutmeg and spiced pumpkin comes back in the finish. Overall, a nice beer from my friend Jeremy at Cape Ann Brewing and instantly one of my favorite pumpkin ales.

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Photo of AzAleC
4.3/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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

Had on-tap at the Sunset Grill and Tap in Allston.

Served in a tulip glass.

Dark and deep colour, but if held to a light, a bit of crimson appears. Nice tan head, that laces to the sides. Head dissapates afterwhile, but the lace stays around.

The aroma is spiced and very noticeable. Cinnoman, some pumpkin, and a bit of hops.

The taste is sweet, brown sugar malty, with pumpkin and cinnoman tastes coming after. Full-bodied and bold. The spices in this ale stay with you as you drink.

Perfect on a brisk autumn day in New England. This might go very well with Thanksgiving dinner.

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Fisherman's Pumpkin Stout from Cape Ann Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 306 ratings.