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Fisherman's Pumpkin Stout - Cape Ann Brewing Company

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501 Ratings
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Ratings: 501
Reviews: 300
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 12.83%
Wants: 38
Gots: 23 | 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 ColForbinBC
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a chalice

Appears a very dark brown, with tawny highlights around the edges. A tan head bubbled up just a bit and receded in no time.

Smell is of fresh pumpkin, nutmeg and a slight bit of roasted malt.

A little bland. The pumpkin is there with slight roasted malt, even a touch of chocolate. The pumpkin pie spices are light, and I only get a bit of nutmeg.

Thin for a stout.

Not hard to drink at all. Just wish it was a little livelier.

I was expecting more of a full, rich stout with the pumpkin and pumpkin spices layered over top. This seemed a little tired. Not bad, but not great.

Photo of BeerImmediately
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Am I rating a Pumpkin Ale, or Stout? Yes I am.

Appearance is all Stout - dark cola colored, with decent head up front, maintaining a film throughout, and just a hint of lace.

Smell is all Pumpkin. One of the better smelling pumpkin ales, with a great combination of real pumpkin / earthy aroma, followed by some sweet spices ... and oh yeah, a hint of cocoa powder.

Taste is, well, both. Pleasantly light pumpkin pie up front, with some semi-sweet chocolate, a touch of Folgers weak coffee, and a nice cinnamon finish.

Mouthfeel is mostly like an Irish Dry Stout. Thin, slightly acidic/tangy, and a nice level of carbonation.

I found the drinkability to be quite nice. Really interesting beer overall - very creative, and a really nice marriage between the pumpkin ale and the stout styles.

Photo of everetends
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle I think Larry sent me a while back. Found it while clearing out some space in the cellar for the new spoil I received today. Served up in a standard shaker pint glass. Lets see.

A: The pour is a pretty nice black with an orange hue to it that is spot on for the season this is intended for. The body sits as a pretty black that doesn't let any light in except for the edges. The pour did seem a bit thin though. The head is a light tan color that bubbled up to an almost half finger. Within in about 2 minutes this thing completely loses all retention and falls to a pretty sad ring that leaves zero lacing. It has its good and bad points, not bad for a start though

S: Smell is pretty nice. Lots of pumpkin coming out here with a decent sweetness. The spices are really nice with some cinnamon, nutmeg and clove. Malts are there with a little light caramel and chocolate presence. There is a slight sweet nuttiness to this as well, pecans maybe? Very nice and keeps from being too sweet.

T: Taste pretty much mirrors the smell. Lots of sweet pumpkin that has that creamy and rich flavor of some pumpkin pie. The spices are sweet and complimentary with that clove, nutmeg, and just a pinch of cinnamon. Chocolate malts add another light and sweet layer to this. Really adds to the richness here. Slight bitter hops on the back end.

M: Ah, on the light side of medium here on the feel. Seems a bit watery for the label calling this a stout. ABV is light and not really playing a factor really. Carbonation has a slight crispness to this that is making this go down pretty easily. The feel is semi-slick . . . I guess. Kinda coats the mouth a bit. Aftertaste is mostly just a light chocolate kiss going on here.

D: This beer ain't bad at all. I am not a big fan of pumpkin brews, but this one is pretty good. With that said, I wouldn't want to drink more than one in a sitting. It has a light sweetness but it does catch up with you as you polish it off. So wouldn't want more than one in a sitting, but I would drink another at a different session. Has some nice flavors and a pretty decent balance. It is not as in your face as most pumpkin beers and I dig that. Not bad. If you like pumpkin brews, I suggest you give this one a go.

Photo of popery
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pretty good looking stout. Black liquid with a creamy beige head.

S: Smells of spices and roasted barley. Somehow, the combination of scents present reminds me of Pepsi, perhaps more like a fancy Pepsi Natural. It has a nuttiness and sweet roasted flavor that are reminiscent of kola nut.

T: The flavor could be a bit more upfront with the pumpkin pie. It's certainly there, but the stout flavors tend to dominate after the initial tasting. There are nice notes of caramel malt and roasted barley. The hops aren't terribly strong. The pumpkin flavors mostly come from cinnamon and nutmeg notes.

M: Creamy but has a somewhat thin finish. Perhaps, it could use more carbonation.

D: Very easy to drink for a Pumpkin Ale. The flavors are neither artificial nor cloying. The spices are present but don't dominate. The stout is solid even if it doesn't knock my socks off.

Photo of thehand
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to mikesgroove and kegatron for sending one of these for the NFL Survivor LIF. Poured into Samuel Smith pint glass. Color is a very very dark brown. Thin light brown head dissipates quickly leaving no lacing. Smells of pumpkin pie spices, nutmeg, cloves.Taste is dry and spicy, lots of clove. Lots of roasted malt. Mouthfeel is smooth with medium carbonation. Feels a little thin for a stout but I would call it medium bodied. Long dry finish with some hop notes, lingering roasty/smoky notes. Pretty drinkable, but I wouldn't want more than one at a sitting.

Photo of tzieser
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Photo of EchoCharlieEcho
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
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 Hojaminbag
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
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 Nickls
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(From notes)

A - Jet black and poured with little to no head

S - Spicey and herbal aromas associated with pumpkin pie with toasty maltiness

T - Nicely balanced flavors with the stout and pumpkin flavors melding together well. Ginger and cinnamon hints as well

M - Thinner than I would have like for the style, no carbonation at all (cask)

D - Just above average, but still not a difficult task to sample. I would think it's a "one and done" for me

Overall, this was an interesting take on the style, and it worked really well. I would recommend.

Photo of diechipmunk
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a opaque black into an imperial pint. Only about 1 -finger head that faded quickly.

N: Smells of roasted malt, pumpkin, cinamon and a hint of chocolate.

T: Initial taste of dry, bitter stout quickly balanced by sweet earthy pumpkin pie. Great balanced finish like the crispy edges of a pumpkin pie - caramelized squash and toasted crust. Not as sweet or strong in pumpkin pie spice ans many pumpkin beers.

M: Medium body, creamy not too much carbonation.

D: smooth, creamy, very drinkable.

Photo of younger35
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just received this today from the ever generous BeerTruth. This will officially be the first Pumpkin Brew of the '09 fall beer season. This will also be my first brew from Cape Ann. Drank from my Surly nonic pint glass.

Appearance- Pours a dark blackish brown with a fairly impressive half finger light tan head. Not much of a cap or collar for the most part and zero lacing is left behind.
Smell- Definitely a big meaty pumpkin presence that is raw and earthy and very squash like. Honestly not much in the way of spices but that's definitely not a bad thing. A bit of cocoa works well with the pumpkin as the nose is fairly un-complex but nice.
Taste- Starts with a semi bitter roasted char that is somewhere between coffee and cocoa nibs. The pumpkin isn't overwhelming and much like the nose, it's fairly earthy and squashy. Very little spice as well but I do get maybe a pinch of nutmeg in the finish. It all seems to work really well together; I just wish it was a bit more 'powerful'.
Mouthfeel- Fairly zesty carbonation with a lighter medium feel and a somewhat dry finish.
Drinkability- Overall not bad at all. Not the most potent brew I've ever had but I certainly did enjoy it. It's got a very 'real' taste and it's a nice change. Definitely on the better side of Pumpkin beers that's for sure. Thanks Adam!! You homo!

Photo of CaptDavyJones
3.87/5  rDev +3.5%

Photo of generallee
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
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 drcarver
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - dark brown/black color pours quickly from the bottle. A small medium-brown head limps to the top, but does have staying power.

S - Definite pumpkin aroma with nice rich earthiness. Spice comes afterwards.

T/M - Took a few sips straight from the fridge then let it warm up a bit. Much better after warming up. Stout-like roasted malt races to the from followed by the spices. The clove and cinnamon hangs around for a while... for a long while. There is no real pumpkin flavor as it is overpowered. I swear there was some smokiness too.

D - Nice flavor, but a lot of flavor which makes you slow down and enjoy it.

Photo of rfgetz
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
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 WesWes
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
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 frosted33
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of israel
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- opaque, pitch black with a tiny tan head that clings to the sides of my glass.

S- all pie spices( cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg,etc..) with some maltiness in the background. absolutely no hop presence what so ever.

T- much like the aroma, the spices are definitely in the foreground with a nice malt backbone to kinda balance things out.

M- lighter in body for a stout with some good carbonation and a somewhat dry finish.

D- it would be pretty easy to drink a few of these.

Photo of droomyster
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown that verges on black, with a tiny head with decent retention and lacing properties. Aromas are light and predominantly of pumpkins, with distinct notes of clove cigarettes; some cinnamon and nutmeg are also present. Each of these notes, along with a very pleasant roastiness, come through on the palate, but I'm disappointed in how subdued they are. The flavors do, however, become more intense as the beer warms.

Photo of CharlatanSin
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
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 NJpadreFan
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cape Ann- Pumpkin Stout

A- Dark cola brown with a good frothy tan head. Good messy lacing on the glass.
S- Light hints of chocolate malt, nutmeg, pumpkin spice, and molasses.
T- Sweet brown sugar, molasses, and chocolate malts with a nice touch of pmpkin spices and nutmeg. Very sweet with a thick malty finish.
M- Thick and sweet. Light dry spicy feel in the middle with a thick sweet malty finish.

Overall- The amount of pumpkin is just right.

Photo of naproxen
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Muchos gracias to Julios for being an awesome liquor/beer store, and muchhate to CT for making me drive to MA or NY for my beer purchases.

I first had this on tap in NYC at the Ginger Man and fell in love, big surprise, I actually used beermenus.com to seek this beer out all over the city. The review is based on my bottled purchase a week later.

I can see my reflection in the glass clearer than I can see through this deep dark brew, slight sliiiight hint of a burgundy color when it hits the light, otherwise all stoutly dark. The head came up quick, about half inch of medium khaki, disappearing fairly fast.

The nose on this, which I let warm up a bit first, strikes me as not just pumpkin spice but the aroma of freshly baked crust as well, that "yes i used real crisco" apple pie/pumpkin pie/kinda flaky pasty crust. Upfront though, definitely pumpkin pie spices.

Tastes like it smells I am happy to report, one of the most non-offensive (as in, not over the top) pumpkin style beers to date I have tasted. Adding these flavors to a stout to me is a no brainer, then again I really like the pumpkin malt liquor I had from Elysian as well. There is a lovely toasty character of the stout which balances well with the pumpkin flavors and that crusty biscuity flavor as well.

I recommend this if you are a fan of pumpkin beers. If you arent, you still may like it.

pairs well on this cold night with stone temple pilot's cover of "shine on you crazy diamond"

Photo of Lexluthor33
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep black jet mahagony. Small head and thin lace. The aroma of malts,pumpkin pie and some spices.
The taste of roasted malts and pumpkin with a touch of spice.
The feel was smooth,medium carbonation,good balance and some mild bitterness.

Notes: Very well done. I will look forward to this again. Not overdone,too heavy or too spicy. A fine brew.

Photo of roadhouse
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many thanks to warriorsoul for this bottle. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appears a very dark black color, not quite opaque with some reddish highlights showing in the light. Three-quarter inch tan head sinks down to a skim and leaves minimal lacing.

Aroma is dominated by pumpkin pie spices, but there is a subtle roasty background to it that I'm surprised is so far in the background for being a stout. It's rather mild overall in any case.

Flavor starts out with a dose of pie spices then some roastiness akin to chocolate comes out. It finishes on a more bitter note as the roast flavors become more coffee-like and some earthy hops reveal themselves. Pie spices stay with it all the way.

Mouthfeel is medium, goes down smooth and creamy.

Very interesting pumpkin ale, I'm glad I had the opportunity to try it. I must say I enjoyed it more than ST Pumking, which I found to be a bit too intense with the spices. The mildness of this is what makes it so great. The spices are all clearly there but they don't make it seem like you are drinking a pie like some pumpkin ales.

Photo of TommyW
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Black with a medium, off-white head made of large bubbles.

S- Mellow roasted aroma with a note of smoke, pumpkin and pumpkin spice.

T- Nice balance of sweet/roasted malts with notes of pumpkin and a touch of spice; finishing with a semi dry roasted flavor with some pumpkin taste still there.

M- Medium body with a medium carbonation.

D- Really nice porter with a pumpkin flavor this well-incorporated.

Fisherman's Pumpkin Stout from Cape Ann Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 501 ratings.