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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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Ratings: 505
Reviews: 300
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 38
Gots: 26 | 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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Photo of EchoCharlieEcho
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Opaque and very dark brown to black with a thick tan head. Head dissipates to leave a ring. Moderate lacing.

S: Bitter dark chocolate malts, fruity pumpkin, and light spice.

T: A mix of pumpkin and dark chocolate up front. Hints of spice present as it warms. Finishes a little bitter.

M: Medium. A little thin for the style.

D: Split a bomber three ways and had no problem finishing. Could see having this on a cold night. The flavor is too aggressive to drink several glasses but an interesting and enjoyable take on the style and I'm glad I got a chance to try this.

Photo of generallee
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass. The label has a nice description of the beer but there is no abv% or freshness date. Also of note the label does state that the Cape Ann Brewing Co. donates to the Northeast Seafood Coalition.

Appearance: The body has very dark brown, nearly black color with a small white head on top. In no time the small head is reduced to just a wispy thin layer of off white foam. Lacing is next to nothing with just a few slick spots of lace.

Smell: The aroma is that of a basic stout, dark roasted maltiness, with some modest pumpkin flesh notes and hints of spice.

Taste/Palate: There is a nice light cinnamon and nutmeg spice blended into a nice roasty/toasty stout base. Pumpkin notes are also present but subdued. The overall feel was medium bodied and a little bit light and very drinkable.

Notes: For me this beer was ok but I was looking for something to really stand out. I think I would like Cape Ann's Imperial Pumpkin Stout more but that's just a wild guess.

Photo of glid02
4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Grant - thanks!

Pours a dark brown color with a half-finger tan head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of lightly roasted malts and moderately sweet pumpkin pulp. Also present are good amounts of dark chocolate aromas and light spices.

Tastes similar to how it smells though more robust. Equal amounts of lightly roasted malt and rich dark chocolate flavors kick things off. Joining in shortly thereafter are good amounts of deep pumpkin flavors backed by hints of spices - nutmeg mostly. The pumpkin flavors carry through to a mildly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall I was a fan of this beer, a very close approximation of TREAT which I believe is the only other pumpkin stout I've had. A very nice sub-style and this beer is well worth a shot.

Photo of bruachan
3.02/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

smells like pumpkin and NOT pie spice (why do so many breweries feel that allspice and cinnamon make a pumkpin brew?). the pumpkin is starchy and slightly sweet. the roast sits in the background, seemingly content to allow pumpkin to ride shotgun (or drive...whatever). some spice at the finish

smooth brew. too smooth, really: the stout slips by without much opportunity to enjoy much but bitterness and pumpkin (adding pumpkin doesn't warrant a flimsy brew...i want a stout with pumpkin, not pumpkin and some other stuff). roast is minimal. dry

this is really smelling and tasting more like a pumpkin brown ale. an overly dark pumpkin brown ale

Photo of SpeedwayJim
2.92/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Bill (portia99) for this one. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

A: Pours a nearly flat, dark, almost opaque deep amber brew with no head. Just a few thin wisps of white atop the beer. Lacing is patchy but spare with decent cling.

S: Nose is subtle pumpkin, cinnamon, sugar cookie, and a hint of coffee and liquorice. Very appropriate given the combination of styles though not the most aromatic or appetizing.

T: Opens liquorice, pumpkin, and coffee with a weird cinnamon and nutmeg sweet and tartness in the background. Tastes almost infected but it lacks the intense charactersitic nose and sourness. Coffee and liquorice come up big towards the middle, asserting their stout-y presence. Cinnamon and nutmeg linger. Finish and aftertaste is an unpleasant bitter liquorice.

M: Medium bodied and lightly carbonated. Rather smooth and appreciably oily in the mouth and goes down silky. Finish is messy with an aftertaste that lingers just a bit.

D: There's something I don't like about this beer but its really hard to put my finger on it. Appearance is decent and feel is actually very good. However, the flavors present here just don't work for me. Worth a try if just for the semi-odd combination but I won't be revisiting this one myself.

Photo of Lolli1315
3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Black in color with a small tan head. Head almost disappears completely pretty quickly with little lacing to be left. Nothing too exciting on this end.

S- Some roasty notes begin the beer with a noticeable degree of malty sweetness. The pumpkin pie spices then emerge towards the middle of the beer and take much of the attention. Chocolate sweetness compliments the pumpkin spices.

T- Sweet chocolate and coffee notes begin the beer as it jumps into the pumpkin pie spices. The sweetness of the sweet stout coupled with the spices makes a relatively decent combination that is pretty refreshing for a pumpkin ale and different in a stout version.

M- A little more than a medium body with lower than adequate carbonation. The residual sweetness is present that you would expect in the stout making it the highlight of the mouthfeel.

D- Relatively good drink for a pumpkin ale. I like the balance between the stout and the pumpkin pie spices, a nice change from the usual pumpkin ale.

Photo of Chico1985
3.47/5  rDev -7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a small beige head that instantly turns to a swirly cap and bubbly ring, almost looks flat.

Smell is very faint, gains strength as it warms however. I can smell pumpkin, sugar and spices but not much stoutiness except for slight coffee/roasted malt.

Taste is a better mix of the styles, although the tables have turned and it tastes more like a stout now. Stout flavors are of the milk chocolate/doughy/coffee with cream and sugar variety, sort of like an Irish Dry Stout. Pumpkin/spice notes are weak and get weaker as the beer goes on. Pretty sweet and malty, not much hop action. Pretty stellar mouthfeel with low carbonation and alcohol is very well-hidden.

Definitely doesn't really deliver a pumpkin stout as I had hoped, it basically tastes like an average stout with high sweetness and very faint fall spices...not a bad beer but could be better.

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.

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

Aroma is a lovely combination of pumpkin and spices, with some underlying darker roasted malts.

The taste is absolutely amazing. At first I was skeptical because I wasn't sure the combination of flavors would work, but Cape Ann has taught me to stop judging. This is such a great execution of a hybrid style beer I really don't have the words to describe. The best thing about the flavor is that it's not over-spiced like a lot of pumpkin beers, there's a great balance of flavor between dark chocolate, actual pumpkin "flesh" and moderate "pumpkin" spices. There's a definite hint of creamy sweetness on the finish, like a liquid version of the best dessert you've never had. I thought I knew pumpkin beers until I experienced this guy.

The mouthfeel is perfectly smooth. The restrained spicing leaves this feeling very cool and pleasant on the tongue.

Overall this is a delite. Couldn't possibly be more drinkable. It's just so smooth and creamy and it's dangerously drinkable. Crazy good.

Photo of ryan1788a5
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours black with ruby around the edges of the glass. A thin tan head caps the beer, but dissipates very quickly. Almost no lacing is left behind. Appearance leaves more to be desired.

S: All spice and cinnamon. Cinnamon is most dominant. Hints of pumpkin meat and dark malts beneath. Some chocolate. I'm not sure if I smell coffee or if I'm imagining it. If it's there, it is very faint.

T: Pumpkin, cinnamon, and spices arrive on the tongue first, then subside as notes of coffee, chocolate, and roasted malts take over. All of these flavors blend together nicely to create a delicious cookie-like impression. Finishes semi dry with some lingering roast and spices.

M: Medium bodied and slightly silky. A bit too light in my opinion. Almost no carbonation. Very average.

D: High. Tasty little stout, very easy to drink.

Notes: A truly unique beer, though I feel it could use some work. Appearance is rather lackluster with poor head formation and retention, mouthfeel is too thin, and it seems a bit under-carbonated. However, these faults are not enough to completely detract from the overall drinking experience. Spicing is well balanced and incorporated very well into the stout style, making for a very original and tasty beer.

Photo of portia99
3.72/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Portsmouth tulip.

A - Pours a solid, deep black color...only the faintest of brown highlights when held to the light. A thin cap of white foam that recedes quickly to a small collar. Lacing is minimal.

S - I'm getting lots of spicy cinnamon at the front, some nutmeg and some real pumpkiny aromas. As for the stout portion, I'm rally not getting much at all. The spice truly overpowers everything...only a hint of roasted malt comes thru. Different...I'm liking the sharp spicyness here.

T - Sadly, the spicy character of the aroma is vastly more subtle in the flavor. I still get some cinnamon in the flavor with a bit of a "burn" on the exhale, but the roasty stout flavors come thru much more and cut into its intensity for the sake of balance. A bit of espresso bean, burnt and slightly acidic. Not especially hoppy in character either. Some pumpkin pie with a lightly sweet touch.

M - Thinnish medium bodied, with light to medium carbonation. Enough pumpkin character to satisfy and lots of spices. Leaves a somewhat drying sensation after the swallow...constantly need to go back for another sip.

D - I'm liking this beer, but it isn't blowing me away. A slightly different take on the pumpkin beers, which I appreciate. A worthy pumpkin beer that I would definitely have again, but not sure I'll be looking for this one once the season is over.

Photo of david18
3.3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had a sixteen ounce pour of this at the Amsterdam Ale House on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. I'm not a huge fan of pumpkin beers but this one, as a stout, sounded interesting. It was very dark in color and had a good pumpkin spice aroma with not an overwhelming flavor. Low on the hops, pretty tasty. Won't have it again but it was worth trying.

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

A: Dark pitch with coffee head that disappeared rather quickly.

S: Dark, roasted malts, slight sweet, and peppered with pumpkin spices and coriander.

T/M: Incredibly thick, frothy stout with dark, roasted malts, a smoky sweetness and barely perceptible peppery spices. I don't taste much (if any) pumpkin though; I think it's rather overwhelmed by the strength of the stout.

D: A wonderfully frothy stout, but I can't quite mark anything remotely pumpkin about it, other than the fact that it's released in the typical time when pumpkins are harvested.

Photo of theBubba
3.42/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep, typically stout-like umber in the glass. Head disappeared in about 30 seconds. Some lacing remained.

Mildly smelled of your expected clove, cinnamon, etc. pumpkin pie spices.

Taste? Good. Malty...smokey...a decent stout. But let's not get carried away with the season. There ain't no pumpkin there. And by the way anybody eaten pumpkin lately? Taste is nil. It's all in the spices.

So this is a decent stout. If yer lookin' for pumpkin, head out to the patch.

Photo of tbrown4
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been meaning to try this style for a month or so. I'm a big fan of the pumpkin brews.

Pours dark brown with a very thin, cream head.

Decently balanced pumpkin pie spice flavors. As it settles in there are some pungent smoky notes. I liked the combination, perfect taste-able snapshot of the season.

I'd get this again on tap, once or twice a season.

Photo of HopNuggets
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured 12oz bottle into White Birch signature glass.

A - Poured a deep, dark, midnight black that lets absolutely no light through at any point of the glass. Almost no head but a spotty coating of a coffee color head. You can stir up a very small head to get the color but it dissipates quickly, but never completely. Spotty lacing down the glass but nothing much.

S - Pumpkin pie filling with cinnamon and brown sugar up front with chocolate and sweet toffee backing it up any maybe a hint of coffee.

T - Chocolate and coffee up front that give way to a nice pumpkin pie taste that isn't over powering. Bitter stout flavors come back and finish in the end. Very nice!

M - Medium to full body but closer to the medium side of things. A bit dry which is great leaving you wanting more. A very slight heat is in the after taste. Light to medium carbonation.

D - A great dessert beer as what I think a pumpkin ale should be. Very drinkable for the combination of styles but probably wouldn't finish a 6-pack in a night, wanting it to last a while.

Photo of jiggahertz
3.54/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep dark oily brow, little head which dissipates quickly leaving a ring of carbonation.

S: Cocoa, coffee, pumpkin little on the faint side.

T: Nice deep stout, follows the nose with cocoa and coffee. Pumpkin comes on the finish.

M: Finish is thinner than I would like.

D: Just a decent stout, take it or leave it.

Photo of birchstick
3.81/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - pours black without much of a head

S - smells of pumpkin, spices (cinnamon and brown sugar), with some nice chocolate tones. Fantastic nose.

T - The taste follows the nose. There is a nice roasted malt backbone that allows the pumpkin, spices, and chocolate flavors to play off of. As this warms, the spices become more dominant in the palate. That's when I got some nice interplay with the subtle chocolate and more noticeable coffee / burnt malt flavors. I got the pumpkin on the exhale. Nice flavor profile.

M - light to medium body with a more than average amount of carbonation.

D - this was a very solid pumpkin stout...the first I have tried of its kind. This combines two of my favorite styles, which seems so natural a pairing I am surprised I haven't had or seen one before. I wish I had more than one to drink. Big thanks to BogleHill for sending this unexpected extra my way!

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.

Photo of Gfunk720
3.22/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, out of my Lost Abbey pint glass.

A- Dark blackish brown. Very small light tan head. No lacing.

S- Smells nice and malty, some cinnamon. I get a little bit of spice, but no pumpkin smell to speak of.

T- Tastes like an average stout with some spice, pretty creamy. Very little pumpkin flavor, and the spice is pretty subdued as well. Better than over the top pumpkin beers, but almost not enough pumpkin/spice

M- A little light for me. Thin and slightly watery.

D- It was easy to put down, but wasn't anything incredible. The only real pumpkin/spice I get out of this beer is in the aftertaste.

Photo of Kinsman
3.28/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark brown, almost black body into the glass, which, given a relatively aggressive pour, reveals a nice pillowy and creamy looking tan head.

Aroma is notably pumpkin, but not as spicy as many other pumpkin beers. The aroma is rather one dimensional, with the pumpkin blocking out any of the typical stout-like roasted aromas.

Taste has a notable pumpkin flavor, but its not overly filled with pumpkin and spice. At first, there appears to be contrasting flavors between the roasted malts and the pumpkin and spice, making it taste almost a bit awkward. As one explores, the individual flavors are easier to pick out and it becomes more enjoyable, and it finishes nicely with a good coffee-ish roasted barley flavor, typical in most stouts.

Mouthfeel is creamy but not too heavy. Actually, feels a bit thin at times.

Overall, this beer is ok. It took some getting used to the unique flavor profile, but once I did, it became more enjoyable. That being said, I think pumpkin beers and stouts were two styles not meant to mix.

Photo of Khazadum
2.35/5  rDev -37%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Another of the fantastic beers I recieved in a trade. Was this Bill? I think so.

A-What a problem in generating an appearance. There was very little head developed and was gone instantly leaving me with a collar and bio-film. Off-white head and pitch black body. Couple bubbles can be seen tracing up the side of the glass.

S- Very faint aromas coming off. Cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and almost hidden pumpkin.

T- Unfortunate pumpkin stout. Opening flavors are pumpkin and the burn of cinnamon. Nothing else. This doesn't even have any similarities to stouts in terms of flavor.

M- Watery, thin, no lingering flavors. Small amount of carbonation.

D- This beer is truly the worst pumpkin stout I've had yet. Fortunately for it, I've had all great pumpkin beers. For a seven percent, it doesn't come out at all as being alcoholic beverage at all. The bouquet is lacking, the flavors are monochromatic, and the oral sensations are worse than a juice box.

Photo of yesyouam
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fisherman's Pumpkin Stout is a brownish black ale. It takes a heavy pour, but a small light khaki head emerges and quickly fades to a ring and leaves nice lacing on the glass. It has a huge pumpkin aroma. Underneath, there's a little roastiness, like coffee, and a hint of sweetness like cola. It's pretty light bodied and smooth. The clean finish is a little chewy. There's lots of pumpkin and a little roast in the taste. There's a touch of sweetness... maybe lactose? There's not really any bitterness. This must be a milk stout. It's pretty straightforward and very drinkable.

Photo of BogleHill
3.3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very dark ruby brown brew with a thin tan lacy head that fades quickly. Lightly sweet and roasty aroma. Flavor is smooth and drinkable, perhaps some sweetness from the pumpkin, but it's rather faint. Mostly, this is just a typical stout. Not much sign of any spices either. oh well - thought I'd try it just to see...

Photo of Bulldog88h
2.52/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I can't believe anybody would give this an A! Not really a pumpkin beer, and as a stout it is thin and flat. No head, no creamy mouthfeel.
The color is adequate, but it lacks carbonation and body.
This is a middle of the road, average beer. There are some really fine pumpkin beers, and some OUTRAGEOUS stouts. Why drink this?

Fisherman's Pumpkin Stout from Cape Ann Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 505 ratings.