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Fisherman's Pumpkin Stout - Cape Ann Brewing Company

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Ratings: 508
Reviews: 300
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 38
Gots: 28 | FT: 0
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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 CharlatanSin
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After a good while searching, I finally tracked down a sixer of this stuff at New Beer. The last time I had it, T.J. from Cape Ann Brewing had served it out of an actual pumpkin. Let's see if this interesting concoction can hold up to that memory (I was too drunk to write a review that first time).

After Thanksgiving dinner, poured from the bottle into my Cape Ann pint glass (incidentally, since the Cape Ann is the only brewery glass I currently own, it's the first time I've matched beer with brewery glassware. Yeah!)

Appearance: Pours an extremely dark brown, with a weak light tan head that decides not to stick around for the party. Not the most beautiful stout in the world, but not the worst.

Smell: Cinnamon, spice and everything nice. Well, actually, mostly just the cinnamon and spice.

Taste: A nice hit of cinnamon and nutmeg, with a faint but definite chocolate character. I'm not a pumpkin beer fan at all, since I find most of them to be overwhelming and sickly sweet, but this brew is a stout first and a pumpkin beer second. A very interesting style that I found quite appealing. A very nice post-Thanksgiving choice.

Mouthfeel: Creamy with mild carbonation. Stout-y.

Drinkability: While it doesn't have the excitement of being served out of a pumpkin this time, it's still a unique and delicious stout. Only pumpkin beer I'll drink other than the Smuttynose.

Photo of Ineedabeerhere
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split a 6pk of this from Julios with a couple homies on the way back from NOTF. Had this on 10/18, from notes.

Pours almost black with ruby-brown highlights at the edges. Light tan 1 finger head fades quickly to leave spotty lacing.

Pumpkin comes through a suprising amount in the aroma. Subtle (at least for pumpkin ales) spices are present, providing for somewhat of a balance which is pretty uncommon for the style. Background of roasted malts and chocolate notes.

I like this because it has a solid base beer. It's sturdy and can stand up to the spices and pumpkin additions. This creates a very nice balance with the stout characters and pumpkin spices.

Once again, the stout base beer really helps the mouthfeel. It's not creamy, but substantial enough such that the spices and pumpkin don't become overwhelming. For a "pumpkin" beer, this has great drinkability in my book.

Photo of Michaelcc73
4.45/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Very good beer. Poured a dark black with a dark brown tinge to it. Could almost see the orange of the pumpkin trying to break the blackness of the stout.

Had a very sweet taste with a definitely noticable pumpkin flavor.

Went down very smooth with little to no noticible carbination.

Best Pumpkin beer I have tried.

Photo of GbVDave
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Loterbol tulip. Special thanks to Ineedabeerhere for sending this in our recent trade!

A: Pours a typical stout black with a small sliver of khaki colored head. Retention was just ok despite the active carbonation. Some small specks of lace were left behind.

S: Fresh out of the fridge it was hard to detect much of anything aside from blackened malt. As it warmed subtle hints of pumpkin pie spices, dark chocolate, and oven roasted pumpkin emerged.

T: Same as above. Roasted malt, toasted pumpkin seeds, dark chocolate, and hints of smoke and lemon became more apparent as it warmed.

M: Bitter and roasty. Quite prickly on the tongue.

D: A nice effort. Thanks for the opportunity to try this, Joe!

Photo of Billolick
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, no freshness info offered. Pours darkest of browns, moderate dark mocha head and more then just bits of lace left behind. Malty, roasty malt nose. Tasty stout, with ample roasted malts, light dark chocolate and equally light pumpkin notes mostly tasted towards the finish. Not being a big pumpkin beer fan, this one seemed to hit the right note on the amount of pumpkin flavor for me. Noticable but nowhere near overpowering. Nice fall beer

Photo of Beertroop
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a slight see through foamy lace. Good and inviting look in the glass as it waits to be drank.

No major smell comes form this beer. It does have a brown sugary note with a hint of the pumpkin pie smell from the spices.

A nice stout with the spices of pumpkin pie. Moderate carbonation giving the beer a good push. After minutes of the pour the beer still had a good amount of the lace on the glass. Toffee and burnt sugar notes come through giving a definite stout taste. This is for sure a stout with the spices of Pumpkin pie, with not an over powering taste of the pumpkin. It is a good brew for late fall and early winter.

Sightly creamy stout. Not too thick, with a smooth touch to the tongue.

Goes Down smooth. If you are a stout and pumpkin fan, this is a good brew to try. All around a solid beer. I like the heart of the brewer who went on to make this style. this beer had my name written all over it when I saw it.

Photo of Bierguy5
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours a very dark brown, approaching black color. Nice creamy mocha head. Very nice retention, with a few patches of lace. Pretty inviting so far.

Roasty malt aroma. Some pumpkin notes, along with the appropriate spices. Nutmeg and allspice stand out most of all. A bit earthy. Seems to have a slight dark chocolate edge. Interesting.

Lightly roasty and dry up front. A bit of earthy pumpkin flavor. Spices come in, but are restrained. A bit of smoke seems to come through to me within the spices.

Medium body, carbonation seems to be a bit high. Alcohol is well hidden. I like the idea of the pumpkin spices going along with a nice roasty component. Interesting, and worth trying.

Photo of Twitchsey
3.38/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown with a small light tan head that has all but disappeared as I sit here drinking this beer.

It really smells like pie. though what is there of pumpkin seems to be really overshadowed by the spices that are present. I get a huge note of cinnamon, cloves, and maybe a little bit of spice... like a ginger note to it.

Initial taste is good. a sweet pumpkin note combined with the above mentioned spices leads to a mild pie taste. nothing over the top, nothing strong. A pretty solid taste to it, though a bit light on the overall pumpkin flavor. the sweetness of the malts kicks in adding to the overall balance of it to offset the spice.

medium carbonation and a medium to light to medium feel as it rolls over the tongue.

Pumpkin not being my favorite of flavors, im quite suprised how I actually kind of like this one. granted, its nothing special compared to some of the other fall brews I got in my hand picked sample of the season (I tried a bunch of fall beers that I found).

Worth trying, but not something I would go back to all that often.

Photo of jeffthecheff
2.86/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Dark brown out of the bottle, and black in the glass. The head is a very light tan, and has a minimal formation.

The aroma is pretty much all pumpkin spices, but it doesn't come through as very strong. Ginger and cinnamon are probably some of the spices in this beer. It's strength and similarity to pumpkin or pumpkin pie falls somewhere in the middle as far as pumpkin beers go. The spices seem a bit stale too. You can tell this beer is an ale, but as far as dark, stout aromas, there really isn't much there.

Many pumpkin beers have a very simple base beer which is spiced to taste like pumpkin pie. The brewers of this beer must have been thinking they wanted to make the base beer a stout to add a new flair and a more robust flavor. I personally don't think the two blend well together in this case. Maybe it was the execution rather than the idea. The stout flavors are mostly overpowered by the spices, but they only add more sweetness, and not much depth. I wish there was some chocolate flavor to make a special dessert flavor, but I couldn't find much there. The pumpkin is there, along with the spices. They did good with the pumpkin flavors, but it didn't properly meld with the stout beer.

The mouthfeel is okay. Not too bubbly, but not incredibly smooth. The body of this beer is bigger than most pumpkin stouts, and it works well in this beer. I got bored of this beer kind of quickly, and I was over it about halfway through. I can see a pumpkin stout working as a beer, but it wasn't done with this one.

Photo of krisandajt
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into my DFH glass...

Appearance: Pours a bubbly black with a small bit of light, tan colored head that fades quickly leaving some nice rings of soapy lacing.

Smell: A nice mix of pumpkin and spice with some roasted malt elements. Pumpkin is what stands out.

Taste: Sweet delicious pumpkin with a nice kick of spice in the back. There's not really any characteristics of a stout that come through here, which is a little disappointing...but it is tasty nonetheless.

Mouthfeel: A bit too crisp on the palate for me, I was hoping to have more of a stout like creamy smoothness to it.

Drinkability: Overall, it is a very tasty brew and one of my favorite pumpkin ale's. Very drinkable, refreshing, and a good take on the style.

Photo of Gavage
3.06/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: black in color with a fluffy 1" head that lasts a while.

Smell: roasted malts and some hints of spice are hard to detect.

Taste: roasted malt, mild pumpkin spice flavors of nutmeg and cinnamon, some mellow cocoa tones, some earthiness, and a light bitterness make up a strange flavored beer that did not come across as expected.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Smooth from start to finish. Very short aftertaste with his beer.

Drinkability: the flavor profile did not do it for me. Slow sipping, this one had me looking for another style before I finished it.

Photo of tigg924
4.6/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: dark brown in color, 1/3 inch head, clear, moderate carbonation

Smell: pumpkin, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice

Taste: pumpkin, pumpkin pie spice, burnt malt, dark chocolate

Mouthfeel: smooth, medium/heavy bodied, medium-high carbonation, sweet start, bitter middle with a sweet end

Drinkability: A wonderful combination of a stout beer and pumpkin. This I believe is the best/most interesting pumpkin beer I have had. You can taste way more than just pumpkin spices. I want to have several. This will be the beer I look forward to most in October.

Photo of capra12
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed out of a pint glass.

Appearance: pours a 1/2 finger head and jet black and opaque.

Smell: dark grains with a hint of pumpkin

Taste: opens with a hint of pumpkin as dark grains join the subtle pipumpkin profile till thr finish leaving a subtle pumpkin and dark grainy and dark choclate profile in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied at most, minimal carbonation and slightly silky.

Drinkability: I would have this again but only on another day. I would recommend this to someone who wants a mildy pumpkin brew with a bittering stout profile.

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

Fisherman's Pumpkin Stout has a very dark brown body that still manages to let just a touch of light through at it's core. A finger and a half of tan head sticks around for quite a while, leaving walls of lacing on my glass.

The aroma has sweet, butterscotch malt with roasted malts, and a pumpkin pie aroma. Strangely, these two mix to smell sour.

For a fraction of a second when it first hits my tongue, Pumpkin Stout tastes sour to me also. I don't know why, because that passes quickly and is replaced by spices, pumpkin, malt sweetness and a bunch of roasted malt. This is an interesting combination, and the big malt profile helps to offset the pumpkin spice a bit, which I think is a good thing.

The mouthfeel is really smooth, with a medium body and a slightly elevated amount of carbonation.

I can't drink a ton of Fisherman's Pumpkin Stout to be honest, but overall it's a beer that is worth trying for anyone who likes stouts and is looking for a toned-down Pumpkin beer.

Photo of BostonBrewins
4.11/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - A black, opaque with a tan head.

S - Hmmm smells strongly of spice. Notes of toffee, coffee, and roasted barley are there too.

T - Spiciness of cinnamon, nutmeg, and pumpkin pie sweetness contrast nicely with roasted barley tones.

M - Mild carbonation helps to keep this one smooth and creamy.

D - This one is perfect for a cold autumn night. I would have never guessed it is 6.75% abv.

3.62/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had heard such great things about this brew--and no, I'm not just talking about its name. A pumpkin stout...brilliant!

I don't know if this was a problem with the bottom of the barrel, the pour of the bartender, or the beer itself, but the head/liveliness was rather lacksidasical.

Otherwise, this was a pleasant brew.
There was merely a hint of the pumpkin spice essence--I'm so used to more of a kick as found in other pumpkin ales.

All in all, I would have let this warm up a bit before serving it at a bar--but that is sometimes to the chagrin of most people.
Most like any and all very chilled.

Photo of tatoodkelt
3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My first try at a pumpkin beer.

Consumed 10/16/2009- from notes.

Brown 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Very dark brown with red peeking through here and there. Topped off with a one finger off whote head that faded to a thin skim pretty quick.

S- Pumpkin, cinnamon, roasty chocolate and a little coffee.

T- Very much like the smell with the coffee and chocoalte being a little bolder. A little sweet as well.

M- Medium bodied and pretty smooth.

D- Definitely not more than one in a sitting for me, felt like I was drinking an Autumn Yankee candle the whole time. Glad I tried it but probably wont go looking for too many pumpkin beers again.

Photo of EPseja
4.26/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 12oz. bottle at between fridge and cellar temperature in my SABL glass.

A - Dark, chocolatey brown with only the faintest hint of rusty highlights. Almost completely opaque. Fairly good cocoa brown head rises instantly, and then rapidly diminishes to a wispy mat atop the surface. Lacing is barely evident.

S - A wonderful mix of roasty malts, cocoa, coffe grounds, brown sugar, molasses, and pumpkin spices -- cinnamon, nutmeg, some ginger and light clove. Reminds me of a dark pumpkin bread. Inviting.

T - Begins like a nice dry stout would, with only a moderate sweetness and a cocoa-laden hit of roasty dark maltiness. In the middle a change takes place where the spices emerge around the edges and the maltiness subsides in the wake of a dry, tart interlude. The finish is a release of counterpointal bittering hops that leave a dry finish, and a dessert-like aftertaste reminiscent of unsweetened cocoa powder.

M - Quick and medium bodied on the way in with an exciting rush of carbonation that leaves a pleasantly creamy froth. Swallow is substantially voluminous, but not gassy. Chewy and dense without being overly heavy. Very nice.

D - Although this beer is a completely different take on the classin Pumpkin Ale recipe, it sits sqarely next to the best of its "amber-class" counterparts. If the lighter bodied pumpkin aleas are the bridge between summer and fall, this one is the bridge between fall and winter. This may not be the sexiest looking beer, but it's very enjoyable, and will be a most welcome addition to the Thanksgiving and Christmas Dinner table.

Photo of number1bum
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a couple bottles of this from mymrnngjckt and a couple more from krisandajt. Thanks guys.

Pours a dark mahogany brown with some garnet hues at the edges. Has about two fingers of tan head on top, which settles to a thin lace and leaves pretty minimal stick.

Smells of pumpkin pie spices, like nutmeg and cinnamon and a bit of clove, plus some roasted malt and a bit of coffee. Some chocolate sweetness too.

Tastes like it smells, with a good dose of pumpkin pie spices to go along with the typical stout flavors - roasted malt, some chocolate. There's a good amount of coffee, as well. It's smooth and tasty and the pumpkin flavors complement the stout nicely.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and on the dry side, with good carbonation. It's smooth and clean with a dry finish.

This is good stuff, and definitely a pumpkin ale I could see myself coming back to. I'm not a huge fan of the style in general, but the flavors go nicely with the stout.

Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a blackish body with a one-finger offwhite head with good chocolate malt smell as well as roasted malts but very minor on the pumpkin spice. This is a very enjoyable stout, although much more of a stout than a pumpkin ale, which I was expecting. A sweet taste of chocolate permeates through a light-to-medium body along with some other malts like caramel and sugariness as well as a touch of pumpkin in the beer. Sort of a mix between sweet stout and pumpkin and while not a typical pumpkin beer available in October a very enjoyable beer.

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

Pours a dark brown, shows some light through, minimal head but decent kahki lacing. Smell is of roasted malts, pumpkin puree and light spicing. Taste is 80% stout (roasted malts) and 20% pumpkin (puree forward with minimal spicing). A little lighter than a typical stout but very creamy. Very good, unique brew. LAcks just a little more umph from the main ingredients of roasted malts and pumpkin.

Photo of morebeergood
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased a six pack at Walsh in Brighton Center. Poured into stemmed glass. Light black color to the body. White head was on the thin side. Smelled a bit like roasted barley with a hint of licorice. Taste was very nice. Not overpowering pumpkin ale flavor, but just enough in the background of this beer to be noticeable. More stout flavor than cinnamon and spice. The only gripe I would have with this beer would be its body. Much thinner than I had expected for a pumpkin stout. That said, being lighter aided its drinkability. I was thinking that this would be a slow sipping beer, but I found myself done quicker than I thought and wanting to move onto another. This beer is different from what I was thinking it would be, but nevertheless it was a pleasure to finally be able to try it.

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

From a 12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours black with a soft white head, good retention.

S: Nice sweet note of pumpkin flesh mixed in with roasted malt, this is really where the pumpkin come out in the beer.

T: Heavy roasted malt, coffee, it tastes like a regular stout, I really didn't get a pumpkin flavour out of it.

M: On the lighter side for a stout, little bit of a brash carbonation.

D: A solid beer, not wowing by any means, not a pumpkin ale in the classic sense.

Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.32/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased at Tully's in Wells, ME. Pours a pitch black body with just the slightest hint of brown-red highlights and nearly an inch of light tan short-lived head. Cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, coffee, and dark chocolate characterize the aroma, with just a hint of toffee. Burnt espresso-like and dark chocolate-like malt dominate the flavor, with pumpkin pie spices such as cinnamon and allspice in the background. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Overall not a bad beer - not sure I'd call it a pumpkin beer as such, more of a robust American stout with some pumpkin pie spice to make it interesting. In any case, a really good beer and definitely the best beer I've had from this brewery.

Photo of brianjay
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I enjoyed a six pack of this beer over the course of over a week. Found myself spending a lot of time with each glass while sitting around on these fall evenings.

The look of dark dark brown. The head was very thin to begin with, and disappeared almost immediately but left a thin ring for the rest of the glass.
Subtle notes of everything. The pumpkin and nutmeg flavors sneak around the back door. Up front it is a nice, smooth stout with a brown sugar and toasted cinnamon flavor.

Found the body to be missing something, maybe on account of being a stout. Over all, very drinkable and should enjoyable by most of not all. Take your time.

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Fisherman's Pumpkin Stout from Cape Ann Brewing Company
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