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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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440 Ratings
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Ratings: 440
Reviews: 297
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 12.83%
Wants: 39
Gots: 13 | 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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Photo of stevehoeschele


3.63/5  rDev -2.9%

Tan head that requires a little encouragement on the pour, then dissipates. Black; opaque.

Toffee immediately present. Chocolate. Fruitiness--raspberry comes to mind. Little hop prevalence, unless the fruitiness is hop-derived. Not much pumpkin--though detectable, it comes across almost as an off-flavor.

Roastiness upfront, then chocolate, then pumpkin toward the end, with the roasty malt pronounced throughout. Hop flavor at a minimum, with bitterness very well balanced. A little sweet, but not detracting.

Carbonation reignites in the mouth, with a pleasant warmth & creaminess.

Delicious example of an American stout, with the roasted malt and mouthfeel as the key qualities. The pumpkin is an afterthought, however. (I personally like less pumpkin, but this is not enough for the pumpkin beer lover.) I would probably like this beer more as a straight-up stout without the pumpkin.

02-18-2014 04:29:48 | More by stevehoeschele
Photo of VelvetExtract


3.63/5  rDev -2.9%

A-Dark with tan head that fades away leaving lacing.

S-Spicy nutmeg and cinnamon. Some big pumpkin notes. Smells pretty good. Smells more like a real pumpkin than an artificial pumpkin taste.

T-Better than I expected this to be. Natural pumpkin taste. More pumpkin than pumpkin pie. Cinnamon spice is evident as well as a subtle chocolate kick.

M-On the lighter side for a stout. Creamy and slick but less than most stouts.

D-I appreciate the taste and was surprised by this beer. It is quite drinkable. I wouldn't seek it out again but it is a different take on the standard pumpkin ale.

09-30-2010 00:32:15 | More by VelvetExtract
Photo of sisuspeed

New Hampshire

3.63/5  rDev -2.9%

Poured this into a tulip glass. Small, thin, white head sits on top of a very dark brown, almost black body.

Roasted chocolate malts and some earthiness rise up from the glass. Nutmeg appears to be present as well, but not too much spice or any pumpkin aroma. However, this bottle was picked up earlier this Fall, so I'm not expecting the aroma to be quite as strong as it might have been a few months ago.

The flavor consists of well roasted malts, chocolate notes, a faint hint of nutmeg and possibly cinnamon, and a bit of wood-like character. Traces of pumpkin flavor come out a bit as the beer warms up, but you really have to be looking for it.

The mouthfeel is fairly smooth with a bit of prickly carbonation. Good body for an average stout.

Drinkability is easy. Not a lot of complexity to the beer, but it is easy to put down and seems quite sessionable for a beer over 6.75% ABV.

Overall, this is a nicely crafted stout. However, in terms of being a pumpkin stout, this offering is on the weak side. I'm not really getting any pumpkin flavor and the spices are minimal. Maybe those flavors are only present in the first few weeks off the bottling line.

12-29-2009 22:49:52 | More by sisuspeed
Photo of krisandajt


3.63/5  rDev -2.9%

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.

11-07-2009 14:46:36 | More by krisandajt
Photo of ksimons

New York

3.63/5  rDev -2.9%

A-very very dark brown with just the slightest chestnut highlights and a fingers worth of tan head

S-dark malts, molasses, coffee, vanilla, and light amount of pumpkin pie spices. Not getting much pumpkin in the smell.

T-taste is mostly stout, roasted malt, roasted coffee, and light chocolate. I am really not getting much pumpkin taste or even the typical pumpkin pie spices that I got in the smell. It is still a nice tasting stout but I don't know if I would call it a pumpkin stout.

M-medium body, light to medium carbonation, leaves a dry roasted taste in the mouth

Overall I am not getting much pumpkin out of this beer. Still a pretty decent tasting beer, just not what I was expecting.

09-25-2012 23:13:47 | More by ksimons


3.63/5  rDev -2.9%

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.

10-21-2009 03:00:34 | More by JTWILDOATS
Photo of Gmann

New York

3.6/5  rDev -3.7%

Pours a near black color with a small off white head that settled into a light ring. The aroma is of roasted malt and pumpkin, allspice, and nutmeg. Nice subtle pumpkin aroma. The taste is of roasted malt, light stale coffee, a bitter hop, and finishes with a light pumpkin flavor. Nothing special, a solid stout with light pumpkin in the end. Full body with soft and airy carbonation, fairly smooth, finishes slightly bitter. An average stout. The stout base is easy to drink, would like to see some bolder pumpkin flavors to offset the roasted malt.

08-31-2009 03:13:13 | More by Gmann
Photo of Zorro


3.6/5  rDev -3.7%

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.

10-29-2007 00:49:49 | More by Zorro
Photo of mavbrew


3.6/5  rDev -3.7%

A: Pours a dark brown, almost black color with very little head that quickly dissipates leaving no lacing at all.

S: Strong scents of spicy pumpkin control the senses and nothing else can really penetrate the scent. Maybe a bit of roasted malts behind the pumpkin scent.

T: No much pumpkin flavor as the smell leads to believe. Mainly roasted malts up front with a small amount of pumpkin taste.

M: Medium bodied with average carbonation. Very smooth.

D: A different take on a pumpkin ale and a good one at that. It's nice to look outside the box. I could definitely have a few of these and not even think about it.

09-04-2010 17:56:53 | More by mavbrew
Photo of diehlio

3.6/5  rDev -3.7%

08-12-2014 12:40:22 | More by diehlio
Photo of ryan1788a5


3.6/5  rDev -3.7%

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.

10-29-2010 06:30:43 | More by ryan1788a5
Photo of Jwale73

Rhode Island

3.6/5  rDev -3.7%

Served in a standard pint. Poured a deep, opaque brown with ruby red highlights around the edges. Quarter inch tan-colored head quickly broke down into a lightly effervescent slick that coalesced around the perimeter of the glass. No lacing on this one. Nose is malt, nutmeg and a mild pumpkin character. Taste is just like a cross between pumpkin pie and a winter warmer style beer. Pumpkin pie flavor is not at all over the top. Also picked up a little hops bittering in the middle. Mouthfeel is a little light for a stout with just enough carbonation to keep it lively. Good drinkability. Brew went down easy and flavors were not at all overpowering; however, it came off a little unremarkable.

09-25-2008 23:23:30 | More by Jwale73
Photo of vfgccp

New York

3.6/5  rDev -3.7%

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.

10-14-2011 01:21:55 | More by vfgccp
Photo of ThreeWiseMen


3.6/5  rDev -3.7%

Appearance: Pours dark brown with a quickly fading tan head. Head is sticky and clings to the edges of my glass. Body looks a little weak for a stout.

Smell: Smells like fresh home-baked pumpkin pie! Mmmm... Most of the pumpkin beers I've come across smell more like nutmeg, and/or spices typically used in pumpkin pies. This smells like the real deal. Wish it were a bit more pungent, but other than that, very nice!

Taste: Hmmm... not really what I was expecting. I guess it's pumkpin... This brew is very earthy, with some spiciness, grassy hops, dark chocolate, cola, and roasted malts. Kind of an odd taste.

Mouthfeel: Body isn't quite thick enough to be called a stout IMO. Carbonation is pretty high and mouth-coating is decent.

Drinkability: A very interesting brew indeed. While the smell was awesome, the other categories seemed to fall a bit short. I was hoping this would put me in the Thanksgiving mood, but alas I just feel a little buzzed.

11-12-2008 02:40:39 | More by ThreeWiseMen
Photo of Flounder57


3.6/5  rDev -3.7%

12 oz bottle was poured into a Guiness pint glass.

Appearance: The beer poured a 1/2 finger that is staying there. Almost pitch black with some light coming through the bottom of the glass. No signs of carboantion. Head of beer dissapeared quickly with no lacing.

Smell: pumkpin, spices, pumpkin bread, starch, sweet produces from malts and whatever pumpkin base is used in the beer.

Taste: Same as above, the taste is a little weak. Nice up front, but dies in your mouth. Really wish there was a little more to offer out of the stout part of the beer. Good on the pumpkin flavor though.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium bodied, medium carbonation, and a little watery. Very easy to drink

Overall: Not another shabby pumpkin beer. A pumpkin stout is different and enjoyable. Would be cool to try this on draft or nitro. Will work up to their Imperial Pumpkin Stout next if I can find one in the next few weeks.

11-19-2011 06:13:39 | More by Flounder57
Photo of lambpasty


3.59/5  rDev -4%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a heavy beer mug.

A - Began as a deep mahogany brown that quickly turned to an ebony shade after a few ounces were int he mug. a 2.5 finger crown of sudsy foam capped the pour and slowly receded down to a 0.5 finger foam that tended to remain through the whole experience. Decent lacing bordering on weak, leaving a few wispy layers every inch or so along the glass.

S - Pumpkin right in the face, followed by the expected pie spices of nutmeg, cinnamon. A bit of toasted pie crust is followed by some ashy caramel and vanilla, reminiscent of a campfire marshmallow that's been toasted 2 seconds too long.

T - The taste is actually a bit less complex than the nose suggested to me; all of the flavors were there and mingled well, but there was a noted lack of over-complexity in such a way that every flavor stood out at different stages of the quaff. First off comes pumpkin and toasted crust, followed by the expected spices once again and perhaps a bit of molasses. Dark fruit comes for a brief driveby and is quickly surpassed by vanilla, clove and toasted crust once again. Finishing the swallow is a nice blend of what I would describe as a vanilla pumpkin custard, smoothing out an fading into a typical creamy, malty stout finish.

M - Typical stout here, maybe a bit on the lighter end. It holds it's own and isn't a slouch per-se with a good smooth, creamy feel throughout, however for me personally I could have stood it to be a bit thicker.

O - Overall a solid stout and a nice addition to the ranks of New England pumpkin beer offerings. It's got enough pumpkin for the pumpkin lovers but not too much on the palette to scare away those just looking for a malt-forward fall brew. I won't go on a witch hunt for it, but if I happened to see it I'd likely buy it again.

09-30-2013 23:58:46 | More by lambpasty
Photo of djeucalyptus


3.58/5  rDev -4.3%

thanks to jstilwell for the hookup. I've been wanting to try this one for a while now. I love stouts and have a soft spot for pumpkin ales.

pours a dark brown into black in the glass, with orange and caramel highlights. A fairly thin and unimpressive tan colored head fizzles away fairly quickly, leaving just hints of lacing.

aroma is subtle roasted malt, a bit of sweetness (lactose?) and just subtle hints of some spices. cinnamon and nutmeg come through with a bit of maple sugar. cocoa? and a bit of coffee grounds.

Taste is definite pumpkin spice. And then stout. but a light stout. Weak chocolate malt fades in and out between pie spices and a bit of bitter hops and bitter coffee notes. Theres a touch of bitter pumpkin in there, but it hides behind the spices and the hop bittering that finishes.

mouthfeel is neither what i was hoping or expecting. Smooth with ample carbonation, but not as full bodied or creamy as i'd expect from a stout. Very un-stoutlike in mouthfeel. A bit slick, a bit sticky, a touch dry and a bit astringent.

On the whole, I'd drink this one again. And I have a few more bottles, so maybe I'll enjoy one of the others more (and adjust my review). but this one just kind of fizzles away into mediocrity from what could have been monumental. The pumpkin aspects are mediocre, and the stout isn't impressive by any stretch of the imagination.

01-22-2009 20:47:20 | More by djeucalyptus
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.58/5  rDev -4.3%

On-tap 12/28/08 at Doherty's East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark brown color, with a large light brown head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of dark malt, pumpkin and chocolate with a touch of hops.

T: The taste is malty with flavors of chocolate, coffee, pumpkin and spices up front. There's a hearty malt character and a mild but complimentary hops presence that brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style and fits its niche within the style well, although it's a decent beer, I'm not a big enough fan of Pumpkin Ales or stouts to what to drink this beer again.

12-30-2008 05:21:28 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of williamherbert

New York

3.58/5  rDev -4.3%

Thick black look, with a half-inch of off-white (brownish) head. Looks like a regular old stout, in a good way.

If it looks like a stout, it smells like a pumpkin ale. Sweet and brown sugary pumpkin pie. Sweet but a little toasted.

The combo of the very smoky Irish stout taste and the sweet pumpkin pie is suprising. A decent balance.

It feels smooth and a tad oily. A solid stout with some sweet balance. The pumpkin overshadows but the chalky stout malt balances.

12-01-2008 04:39:41 | More by williamherbert
Photo of Jayli


3.58/5  rDev -4.3%

This beer pours a nice deep, dark brown with mahogany highlights. A nice two finger rockey off-white, tannish head rests on top, receding gradually and leaving nice lacing sheets on the glass. Nose is of roasted malts and pumpkin and a bit of nutmeg. Taste is of dark roasted malt and coffee notes up front, then you get the nutmeg/cinnamon and pumpkin presence. Medium body, light to medium carbonation, a little thin on the tongue, but not distracting. This one leaves quite a sweet aftertaste, that 1 or 2 will do you.

08-23-2009 02:43:54 | More by Jayli
Photo of mdfb79

New York

3.58/5  rDev -4.3%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my Duvel tulip.

a - Pours a dark brown color, almost black, with less than an inch of white head and low carbonation evident.

s - Smells of roasted malts, coffee, light pumpkin, light spices, and a hint of chocolate.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, light bitter coffee, chocolate, and light pumpkin. No real spices in the taste.

m - Full body stout with low carbonation. Pretty smooth.

d - A decent stout that was small hints of pumpkin. If you like coffee stouts it's worth checking out, but it is not really a pumpkin beer if that's what you're looking for.

09-08-2010 21:40:17 | More by mdfb79
Photo of kbutler1


3.58/5  rDev -4.3%

Bottle. Pours a dark brown/black color with a very fluffy slightly tan head that quickly laces on the glass. Pumpkin pie notes in the nose. Really smells like the pumpkin pie canned stuff before you add sugar and such. Medium mouthfeel. Interesting, I don't get as much pumpkin in the taste as I did the nose but it for sure is there. Slight pumpkin taste followed by roast malt flavor. Very smooth. Actually kind of surprise as this one as typically I am not a huge pumpkin fan.

09-23-2010 13:00:14 | More by kbutler1
Photo of OleJohnnieAle


3.58/5  rDev -4.3%

A: Pours a dark brown with a half finger of head that fell quickly into a nice collar. No lacing left behind.

S: A smokey malt start followed by a pumpking and nutmeg note. Bit of cinnamon at the end. Smokey roasted malt is over powering up front.

T: Bit more sublte than I was expecting from the smell. The flavor is primarily the roasted mald as the nose would suspect. Harder to find the pumpkin than I would have thought it would be since it is a pumpkin ale. Nothing over powering here... almost seemed watered down.

M: Seemed watered down so very light, smooth. Well balanced as nothing was overpowering.

O: I was hoping for a bigger flavor but that being said, this was still a good tasting beer but was much more subtle flavor than I was hoping for.

01-08-2012 23:25:54 | More by OleJohnnieAle
Photo of jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.55/5  rDev -5.1%

Pours a two-fingered light cream head that fades quickly to a ring leaving some lace. Black color, no highlights. Medium carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Light chocolate/pumpkin nose and flavor is almost sweet pumpkin and chocolate. $2.25 for a 12oz bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, Ma.

11-07-2011 23:20:34 | More by jdhilt
Photo of tatoodkelt


3.55/5  rDev -5.1%

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.

10-19-2009 18:02:29 | More by tatoodkelt
Fisherman's Pumpkin Stout from Cape Ann Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 440 ratings.