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Fisherman's Pumpkin Stout - Cape Ann Brewing Company

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306 Reviews
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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 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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Photo of OutFox
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A Fisherman's Rep dropped off a mixed six at the beer shop I work at and this is the first one Im getting around to trying.

A - Poured into a wine glass. Dark Dark brown with a tan head, looks like a stout! Not that it wouldnt. Decent retention and ok lacing. Porter like on the edges when light hits it.

S - Woah smells like a mild spiced pumpkin pie with a little coffee undertones. Smells really nice, all the pumpkin spices that are normally now found in pumpkin beers but with a different sort of backbone to it.

T - Same as the nose. Which is a good thing. Really like this flavor combo.

M - A little watery for a stout with a much lighter body than I would have expected.

O - Good beer. Really like the balance of the flavors. Needed a little more body in my opinion but thats the only problem I had with it.

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Photo of angelogarcia3
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very nice beer served in a pint glass with a large tan head, black color, and notes of pumpkin, nutmeg, and chocolate. The first sip is very thick and almost syrupy in the mouth. Fisherman's Pumpkin Stout on a nitro-tap actually has more flavors than in the bottle. Our first sip had flavors of nutmeg, chocolate, with hints of cinnamon, cardamom, and a slight maple & vanilla flavors. Had it at the Good Life in Massapequa, NY.

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Photo of phichifiji00
3.64/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours black with one finger of tan head that quickly fades. Minimal lacing.

Smell: Roasted malt and pumpkin dominate, subtle pumpkin pie spices.

Taste: Nutmeg, cinnamon, roasted malt, caramel, chocolate, and hints of coffee.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Smooth.

Overall: A good beer, but lacking on the pumpkin/spice elements. The roasted malt dominates.

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

Sep 2010 bottle, reviewed in Sep 2011

A – Dark cola body. Bone white head leaves no lace, sitting low with poor retention.

S – Nutmeg, cinnamon, light pumpkin pie, and a multigrain-like breadiness.

T – Caramel, nutmeg, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Soft hop backdrop. Semi-dry. Soft and fairly restrained; I’d like a bit more of the chocolate malt to come through.

M – Touch low on the carbonation, even for the style. Medium/light body. Nice drinkability though.

O – Not bad. A nice brew to mix up the selection at a party in the fall.

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Photo of airforbes1
3.76/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my first pumpkin stout, so I don't know what to expect. The head is copious and frothy at first (in a way that reminds me of Sierra Nevada's stout) before it becomes a thin layer at the top. The nose is mild, smelling more like a pumpkin ale than a stout; I smell some nutmeg and cinnamon, but it's nothing powerful.

I taste bitter chocolate, nutmeg, and cinnamon. The mouthfeel is creamy, but I wouldn't describe it as a thick beer. Little pumpkin taste to speak of. My initial reaction is to describe this beer as a stout with autumn spices.

My initial opinion holds up: This doesn't work as a pumpkin beer, but it does work as a bitter-chocolate-with-spices beer. Tasty, but not a highly drinkable stout because of the spices. Still, the beer does a good job of masking 7% ABV.

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Photo of CaptJackHarkness
4.24/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The brew pours a deep brown color with virtualy no head, no lacing of the glass. Aroma is of pumpkin pie and chocolate mousse. Taste is pleasing and sweet, pumpkin spices and milk, no bitters!I am only half finished while I write this and I already want another!

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Photo of albertjr21
3.87/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Into a pint glass this yields a very dark brown, black really, with not much of a head. Aroma is a moderate one with a malty blend of sweet cocoa and caramel. Overall, this has quite an enjoyable milk stout taste and smooth drinkability...Crisp and refreshing milk sweet cocoa really quenches the palate and though I can't admit that I'd be able to pinpoint pumpkin in a blind tasting, I can definitely detect an earthy herbal hint of Fall in the finish.

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Photo of jman892
3.08/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Nice looking beer, black with dark ruby highlights on the edges, a foamy 1 finger tan head.

S - Smells strongly of pumpkin even as I am pouring it. Not a whole lot else that I am picking up in the aroma

T - Spices are the strongest taste here, with some malts in the background. There is a slightly medicinal quality to this, and really the pumpkin is nowhere to be found.

M - Low carbonation leads to a moderatley creamy mouthfeel

O - The thought of a pumpkin stout sounds great, but this was a bit of a let down. I have a 5 left and may revisit this review if the experience differs

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A pumpkin seasonal that is a stout? Very interesting. Tried this at as a gift from my father. Pours a darkish brown color, not much head to it. Taste is a bit watered down, higher ABV is well hidden. Pumpkin shines through a bit, but for the most part is subdued, tastes more like a generic above average stout to me. While I commend the brewery for trying something different with a pumpkin beer, I felt the pumpkin taste isn't as prevalent as it should be, pretty good beer overall though.

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Photo of beergod1
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally got this in a trade from NYC. Pours dark brown with a thin tan head that slowly dissipates to a thin off-white ring. Aroma of chocolate and Hops, nutmeg, a hint of allspice and vanilla. Taste is medium bodied, with more distinct chocolate and pumpkin flavors with some biting hops and Oak. Finish is semi-sweet a light smoked background with mild pumpkin aftertaste. Very interesting, More Hops than I would expect, And not as much "Pumpkin" spice as I would have liked. But a very good Brew.

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Photo of 9InchNails
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark cranberry-like color with a brown head that vanished quickly to a ring around the glass.

Pumpkin and cinnamon aromas escape right away from when the bottle is cracked open but smells more weak in the glass.

Pumpkin, cinnamon, brown sugar right away with some hints of caramel, chocolate and faint coffee.

Smooth as it hits the lips but the carbonation is quite high for a stout and bites the tongue hard. It leaves the mouth feeling moist.

Overall, this is a above average tasting stout and my first pumpkin flavored stout. I've always wanted to try one since I have tried many pumpkin ales. I had higher expectations but it was still tasty enough to enjoy.

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Photo of atr2605
3.23/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-pours black with a tan head fades rather quickly
S-much more subtle than I anticipated. roasted malt, chocolate, and hint of pumpkin
T-More roasted/toasted malt, dark chocolate, pumpkin, a little bit of the spices in the finish and a slight hop bitterness
M-medium bodied, feels a bit watery, and much lighter than I would have liked to see a stout
O-not a bad beer but I thought it was a little understated in all aspects. If all of the characteristics were emphasized a bit more I think it would have been a nice style addition to all the pumpkin ales that are out there. It just fell a bit short.

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Photo of tzieser
3.84/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

a: black in color with a fluffy thin head that settles into an even thinner lacing. meh.

s: roasted malt aroma with a pleasant subtle pumpkin pie spiciness. you can even smell some fresh pumpkin very faintly. interesting.

t: as i expected. nice roasted malt character with a somewhat dry finish. pumpkin pie spice isn't too strong but it's there if you are looking for it. well balanced and easy to drink.

m: average mouthfeel.

a solid fall seasonal beer that i'll definitely be revisiting later in the season. recommended.

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Photo of washburnkid
3.45/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Small cap of beige head. Pretty pitch black except at the very edges. Aromas are sweet, mostly reminiscent of pumpkin spice and vanilla. Flavors are subtle ... roasty, pumpkin, and tad bit of herbal bitterness at the back. Not overwhelming by any means, but balanced nicely. A little too carbonated and thin for my stout tastes, but nothing to really complain about. A smattering of head, not much lacing.

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Photo of capeannbass36
2.31/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A- Pours a dark, dark brown black. No light getting through this. Topped with a 1/2 finger tan head that dissapated very quickly. Next to no lacing.

S- Nothing really. Veggies, perhaps?

T- Tasteless other than a slight hint of veggies and cheap beer.

M- No way this qualifies as a stout. Way too thin. Certainly not oily or slick.

O- Total disappointment from a local brewery.
May give it a shot on tap. But...certainly in no rush to do so.

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Photo of uustal
3.47/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a mahogany black with a thin light brown head that quickly dissipates and does not lace. Aroma of cinnamon, nutmeg and a bit of roasted coffee. Flavor begins with classic pumpkin spices. Cinnamon and nutmeg lead the way. The roasted malts are up next. Tastes a bit like burnt gingerbread... Strong black coffee as well and just hints of mashed pumpkin sweetness as the beer warms.

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

12oz bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a dark brown with a nice tan head that fades to a ring and leaves some lacing on the glass.

S: The nose starts with a good amount of smoke followed by some pumpkin and spices like nutmeg and cinnamon. The roasty/smokey notes almost overpower the pumpkin/pie aromas.

T: The flavor is roasted malt, pumpkin, and a hint of spices and chocolate. Not as big as I thought it would be but what's there is very well integrated. Everything blends together in a nice balance of chocolatey stout and pumpkin pie.

M: The feel is creamy and medium bodied.

O: Tasty pumpkin stout although I'd like to see a bit more spice notes to really bring out the pumpkin flavors.

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Photo of jondeelee
2.95/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pumpkin Stout begins well, the nose smelling simultaneously of a rich, decadent pumpkin pie heavily spiced with nutmeg, allspice, and clove, and a thick, bourbon-aroma-laced stout that reminds me of bourbon-infused whipped cream. The spices are just slightly too heavy on the nose, the cloves being especially pungent, but the aromas are still welcoming and reminiscent of autumn.

On the tongue, the beer begins with a heavy shot of spice--again, heavy on the clove, though allspice and nutmeg aren't far behind in strength, joined here by shades of fresh ginger--which overshadows the pumpkin flavors and leaves much of the rest of the beer struggling to make itself noticed. Hints of a good pumpkin pie crust linger in the background, thanks to the stout malts. But even the stout flavors, which have to be fairly large to even make themselves heard against the spice roar, don't quite pull themselves up the hill. The immediate effect is of a pumpkin pie that has been double, or perhaps even triple spiced and laced with bourbon, unfortunately spoiling much of the effect. And at least for me, late in the mouthful the overabundance of spices takes on a distinctly unpleasant overtone, reminding me strongly of the aromas of bicycle tire inner tubes. The aftertaste is spice and some pumpkin, as well as bike tube, and lingers for a while. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, while I thought this beer showed promise on the nose, the overly-heavy spices and bike tube overtones revealed in the mouth spoil the brew. I actually put off reviewing this beer for quite a while, hoping that the first few bottles out of the six-pack were bad, or that I was just having a bad beer-tasting day. I suppose it's possible that I've had a bad batch, but I'm not sure that I care to purchase another six-pack to see.

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Photo of Thickfreakness
4.09/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pitch black pour! Fluffy tan two finger head that disappears rather quickly and leaves almost no lacing.

S- Pumpkin pie spices... cinnamon/nutmeg/allspice/clove and brown sugar... all backed by rich coffee and roasted malts. This is sooo much different than all of the rest of the regular pumpkin brews out there. Roasty, sweet, and spicy!!!

T- Pumpkin spice Duncan Donuts coffee is the first thing that hits the tongue... followed by the pie spice and brown sugar. Sweet, yet subdued. Not overwhelmingly sweet due to the dark coffee and roasted malts! This is definately in my top 5 pumpkin brews.

M- Not thick and viscous, but not a thin and whimpy body either... more like a porter. I love how the pie spices don't overwhelm, but let the roasted coffee and cocoa flavors shine as well.

O- A fantastic riff on the fall pumpkin style. What sometimes gets ordinary and too full of spice and nothing else, this is a brew that lets a load of flavors shine thru.

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Photo of crossovert
3.12/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle.

Not sure what to think of this, a pumpkin stout? Sounds like a recipe for disaster.

It pours a nice color, a deep black with a frothy, foamy tan head.

The smell is off. There is just too much going on and no coherency. There is melon, spices, cocoa, metal, and a bit of pumpkin.

The flavor is like a mix of a brown ale, a stout, and a winter warmer. It doesn't taste like pumpkin at all, and I don't think it is that bad. It is like a spiced porter i guess.

Just a bad recipe, maybe to some people it sounds good but you also have to execute something that sounds good. It does taste good, but the smell is way off. That being said the people at southern tier shoudl take a note of this brand's subtlety.

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Photo of ShogoKawada
4.55/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

re-review. 12oz into large tulip.

A- Nice coffee brown, a bit darker in the glass than in the pour, 2-finger oatmeal cookie sandy tan head that has some nice spotty lacing as it settles.

S- A nice coffee bitterness and dark roast malt. Nutmeg and pumpkin flesh.

T- This beer is a stout first and a pumpkin beer second. It just works. Nice roasty bitterness and a tinge of dark fruit. Pumpkin spice is mellow and mingles with the earthy bitter finish.

M- Beer is pretty smooth and very easy to drink. Great balance of flavors. Not too heavy of a body but it has a nice heft to it.

O- I bought a case of this stuff, and might buy another. Quite possibly my favorite seasonal beer. Thumbs way up.

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Photo of zoolzoo
3.48/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: "Stout black"....off white bubbles. Pretty sticky, lingering head.

S: Vegetal pumpkin, subdued seasonal spice, roasted malt

T/M: Surprised no find an all around weak flavor profile, but plenty of balance. Mouthfeel is quite thin for a stout....drinks more like a black lager. Nothing exciting, though drinkability is high. Pumpkin is perceivable in taste, though none of that pumpkin pie stuff. Fleshy, raw pumpkin...settled in nicely with a dash of spice and roasted semi sweet malt.

O: Overall, I expected a bit more. I think there's room for more spice and more sweetness in a "pumpkin stout" without over doing it. In fact, the body may be too thin to rightly call this a stout in my mind. Still, there are good flavors here, and balance.

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Photo of rudzud
4.07/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a six pack of this at Julio's. While good, this still pales in comparison to the imperial version.

A - Pours into my Duvel tulip a deep dark brown, almost black, with a creamy one finger head that fades to leave average side lacing and nice mocha halo.

S - Righ toff the bat I'm getting actual pumpkin, the vegitable. Awesome. Some nice spice notes, along with light chocolate.

T - Big let down when compared tot he imperial version. Its still good, the pumpkin veg is still there along with light spices. Some slight chocolate maybe some coffee too. Light a chocolate pumpkin pie, just all a little on the faint side.

M - Way too light. While it makes it super drinkable, sure, when I'm having a stout I want it to be heavy. Drinks like something much lower though.

O - Overall, this is still a damn good beer. I could pound these back all day due to the nonstout mouthfeel. Its a nice beer, but, its not the imperial version. Now that is a pumpkin stout!

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