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Fisherman's Pumpkin Stout - Cape Ann Brewing Company

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498 Ratings
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Ratings: 498
Reviews: 300
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 12.83%
Wants: 39
Gots: 24 | 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:
Had been 6.75% ABV.

(Beer added by: WanderingFool on 10-13-2006)
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

GLASS: Pint Glass
TEMP:Cellared @ approx 45 degrees

Super dark brown liquid. Practically black. Two-finger head with minimal retention. Fantastic lacing.

Nice spices. Cinnamon, nutmeg and clove, mostly. Hints of pumpkin. Beautiful roasted malts.

Roasted malts mix with roasted coffee beans. Slight hint of pumpkin. Minimal chocolate notes. Light spice presence. More spices than pumpkin, in the taste. Not complaining, but the pumpkin could stand to be a bit more prominent.

Mouthfeel is good, medium bodied and creamy. No complaints on this one.

High drinkability factor, here. Especially since this is almost 7% abv, and I can't even detect it at all, in the taste. Nice, smooth, and tasty.

coldmeat23, Nov 25, 2008
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Photo of morebeergood
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

morebeergood, Oct 14, 2009
Photo of capra12
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

capra12, Oct 31, 2009
Photo of bbeane
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured into a 16oz tumbler... black color with nice brown head that doesn't recede completely and leaves nice lacing

S- Not alot going. Very mild pumpkin smell, and maybe some cinnamon smell

T- Bit of sweetness at the start followed by the toasty stout flavor. Pumpkin comes through in the finish

M- Full bodied with slightly more carbonation than stouts typically have IMO

D- By all means, not at the top of my stout list, but I enjoyed it and would drink another


bbeane, Aug 31, 2009
Photo of Greywulfken
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
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

Greywulfken, Sep 15, 2012
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.

jb413, Nov 07, 2011
Photo of ffejherb
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle into shaker pint on 1/7/09. Special thanks to corey0212 for including this as an extra in the last Growling at the Moon cycle!

A - Poured an extremely dark brown body with reddish hues and a slim tan head that quickly dispersed and transformed into a patchy film and left of bit of spotty lace that slid down the sides of the glass.

S - Pumpkin spices up front with hints of cinnamon, nutmeg and brown sugar. Malt has a dark roasted character with a bit of chocolate. There's also some pumpkin meat in the background.

T - Opens with a dark roasted malt flavor with chocolate notes and a bit of an astringent nuttiness in the middle, followed by a spicy kick with the aforementioned cinnamon and nugmeg at the forefront. Finishes with a pumpkin spice character and a touch of earthy hop bitterness.

M - Medium body with a slick, smooth texture and prickly carbonation on the tongue. A tad astringent overall. Finishes with a spicy bitterness on the palate.

D - Interesting take on a stout. The heavier body of a stout works pretty well with the pumpkin character, allowing the malt to balance out the spiciness a bit more than your standard pumpkin ale would.

ffejherb, Jan 08, 2009
Photo of JizackFH
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

JizackFH, Oct 31, 2011
Photo of portia99
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

portia99, Oct 28, 2010
Photo of Halcyondays
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Halcyondays, Oct 12, 2009
Photo of tkelley
3.69/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A -- dark black. Pillowy tan head with good retention. Nice lacing.

N -- fall spices and roasty malts.

T -- fall spices. Roasty malts. Pumpkin flavor. Very well balanced.

M -- medium bodied and smooth.

O -- love the idea. Love that it isn't over the top spicy or boozy. Very good. Cheers.

tkelley, Oct 12, 2013
Photo of bark
3.69/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75


The colour is deep brown (90 EBC), the liquid is clear and rather thick. The finger thick head is pale brown and compact, it sinks slowly leaving some lacing on the glass.

The smell is spicy and sweet. Roasted notes of chocolate. Cinnamon, cloves, ginger, orange peels and bitter oranges. Some black malt sour flavours, but not very much bitterness.

The taste is smooth with spicy Christmas notes and Coca-Cola: Cloves, cinnamon, bitter oranges, ginger. Sweet soda-like flavours. Hints of chocolate, cocoa and liquorice. Medium body. The aftertaste is less straggly with cinnamon, pumpkins, bitter oranges, molasses and figs. There is almost no bitterness. The finish is sweet with mild spices.

The carbonation is mild, the many small bubbles are long-lived, they cerate some foam in the mouth. The liquid is smooth.

Lots of spices in this one. I would consider it as a Christmas brew. Good balance and no off-flavours.

bark, Nov 30, 2013
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.

metter98, Dec 16, 2011
Fisherman's Pumpkin Stout from Cape Ann Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 498 ratings.