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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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BA SCORE
84
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449 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 449
Reviews: 297
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 13.14%
Wants: 39
Gots: 14 | 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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ThisWangsChung

Maryland

3.15/5  rDev -15.5%

12 oz bottle into a wine glass.

A: Pours a very dark brown color. The head is a one finger khaki shade with surprisingly good retention. Good rings of lacing are left on the glass, too.

S: Smells like a pumpkin ale. It's reasonably well-spiced, but not extraordinarily so. I also pick up a little bit of caramel sweetness. Not much stout qualities come through, though, and that's a bit of a problem.

T: Again, this is supposed to be a pumpkin stout, so where's the stout part? I pick up mostly opening cinnamon/nutmeg with a touch of finishing caramel. Having said that, I actually get a touch of actual gourd character - and that's pretty rare in a pumpkin ale (weird, eh?) It's a bit imbalanced in terms of how the spice character overpowers the malt flavors, also.

M: The only suggestion that this is a stout is in the mouthfeel, which is both creamy on the front end and mildly dry on the back end. Carbonation is a bit high for the style, though. It really has a wonderful feel, but the thickness doesn't do the drinkability any favors.

O: This is just another pumpkin ale I'm not terribly enthused by, and the stout part is a letdown. However, it's not bad - it feels great in the mouth and isn't undrinkable. It's just kind of boring is all. Worth trying, but I won't buy again.

09-25-2013 20:51:20 | More by ThisWangsChung
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Minkybut

Virginia

3.18/5  rDev -14.7%

I poured this odd-ball beer into my tumbler at 50 degrees. The beer was black for sure with a dark tan head. A low head. The beer smelled reall good if you like pumpkin pie smell, very spicey. It has a slight coffee taste but the pumpkin spice was way too heavy or pronounced. I will not buy again

02-12-2009 23:23:07 | More by Minkybut
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dgherm

Pennsylvania

3.18/5  rDev -14.7%

This is not a bad beer overall, perhaps even a good stout. It scores low for me because the pumpkin and spice tastes aren't really evident. Poured a nice clear ruby black. Had the aroma of pumpkin pie spices. Had good stout taste, just not enough pumpkin flavor for me. Decent mouthfeel and a good enough stout to have session with.

09-07-2009 12:49:38 | More by dgherm
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Tripphop

Virginia

3.2/5  rDev -14.2%

Dark brown color in the glass, minimal carbonation. A few tan bubbles surface from the beer, but only after a foot high pour. Aromas are light and simple. Hints of pumpkin spice and chocolate waft through, but you have to get in the glass close to pick it up. Flavors are nice, pumpkin is well integrated, not overpowering. Minimal sweetness, the spices play well with the chocolate notes toward the finish. Carbonation is more present when sipping, it has a nice crispness to the finish. Overall, nothing spectacular, but a definite quaffer for fall time. Not bad on a spring morning either.

05-15-2011 22:34:30 | More by Tripphop
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Gfunk720

Connecticut

3.2/5  rDev -14.2%

12oz bottle, out of my Lost Abbey pint glass.

A- Dark blackish brown. Very small light tan head. No lacing.

S- Smells nice and malty, some cinnamon. I get a little bit of spice, but no pumpkin smell to speak of.

T- Tastes like an average stout with some spice, pretty creamy. Very little pumpkin flavor, and the spice is pretty subdued as well. Better than over the top pumpkin beers, but almost not enough pumpkin/spice

M- A little light for me. Thin and slightly watery.

D- It was easy to put down, but wasn't anything incredible. The only real pumpkin/spice I get out of this beer is in the aftertaste.

10-15-2010 21:51:22 | More by Gfunk720
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Python6586

Pennsylvania

3.2/5  rDev -14.2%

09-01-2014 17:41:26 | More by Python6586
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Kinsman

California

3.23/5  rDev -13.4%

Pours a dark brown, almost black body into the glass, which, given a relatively aggressive pour, reveals a nice pillowy and creamy looking tan head.

Aroma is notably pumpkin, but not as spicy as many other pumpkin beers. The aroma is rather one dimensional, with the pumpkin blocking out any of the typical stout-like roasted aromas.

Taste has a notable pumpkin flavor, but its not overly filled with pumpkin and spice. At first, there appears to be contrasting flavors between the roasted malts and the pumpkin and spice, making it taste almost a bit awkward. As one explores, the individual flavors are easier to pick out and it becomes more enjoyable, and it finishes nicely with a good coffee-ish roasted barley flavor, typical in most stouts.

Mouthfeel is creamy but not too heavy. Actually, feels a bit thin at times.

Overall, this beer is ok. It took some getting used to the unique flavor profile, but once I did, it became more enjoyable. That being said, I think pumpkin beers and stouts were two styles not meant to mix.

10-14-2010 23:44:03 | More by Kinsman
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donkeyrunner

Massachusetts

3.23/5  rDev -13.4%

Hooray for trying something different.

Pours black with a medium beige head. Wallpaper lacing. Smells like pumpkin pie spice and dark malt.

Basically an almost (but not quite) non-artificial pumpkin taste over a sub-par stout. Very little of typical stout characteristics show through (coffee, roast malt, chocolate, etc.). Creamy but thin mouthfeel--perhaps a milk stout base? Got some salty funk after the swallow.

Yeah, it's not a very good mix but I'm glad some one tried it. Could be great if done right.

01-19-2009 22:35:31 | More by donkeyrunner
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crossovert

Illinois

3.23/5  rDev -13.4%

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.

09-15-2011 03:42:25 | More by crossovert
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AltBock

Ohio

3.23/5  rDev -13.4%

Undated 12 oz. bottle with a picture of a sea captain wearing his yellow plastic poncho at the wheel of his ship. It looks like he's trying to get his ship out of a really bad storm. This picture was placed on top of a another picture of a Massachusetts farm during the fall season. To the right of the sea captain is a paragraph about the beer, barcode, and Government warning.

I poured this Pumpkin Stout into a Victory pint glass. This Pumpkin beer poured a wonderful deep dark almost black mahogany brown. It you look careful, you'll be able to see a dark ruby red center. On top of this dark brown brew was a beautiful thick creamy 1 1/2 inch head of mocha foam. This creamy head of foam had excellent slow retention that left behind a 1/2 an inch creamy mocha film and a ton of creamy mocha streaks of lace. All in all this a top notch appearance!

The aroma to this Pumpkin Ale was mildly spicy with a pinch of ground cinnamon, a few cloves, a dash of nutmeg, a smidgen of ginger, and a nice little touch of pureed pumpkin. More pumpkin would have been nice, but it was fine where the aroma stood.

The taste was lightly spicy with a dash of cinnamon, a pinch of ginger, a hint of nutmeg, a drop of cloves, and a slight touch of malted wheat. This was the point where the pumpkin could come in and save this beer from being overly spicy. The pumpkin did come into play, but it tasted like they roasted it and then watered down. I don't know why they did that to the pumpkin, but it sure was disappointing.

This was a light bodied beer with a slightly roasted aftertaste of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and a very small touch of pumpkin. This roasted aftertaste didn't stick around for too long.

I was shown by another brewery that it is possible to make a great Pumpkin Ale. This one wasn't along those lines. It started off with a beautiful appearance, but it then went down hill from there. It needed to increase the kick of the spices a little bit and add a lot more pumpkin to it. Next time, please don't roast the pumpkin and then water it down. On a positive note, I would choose this Pumpkin Ale over a ton of those other Pumpkin Ales I see sitting on the store's shelves.

11-25-2008 18:18:33 | More by AltBock
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Japple

New York

3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

09-10-2012 22:01:05 | More by Japple
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atr2605

New York

3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

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.

09-28-2011 02:10:32 | More by atr2605
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MistahBeah

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

10-06-2013 21:21:34 | More by MistahBeah
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rdonofrio86

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

10-14-2013 14:46:15 | More by rdonofrio86
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billybob

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

09-03-2013 18:03:05 | More by billybob
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tobelerone

Connecticut

3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

12-07-2012 05:01:00 | More by tobelerone
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2dogbrew

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

10-06-2013 01:12:44 | More by 2dogbrew
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Gehrig13

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

10-07-2012 19:53:59 | More by Gehrig13
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ArsMoriendiOU818

New York

3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

06-07-2014 03:20:33 | More by ArsMoriendiOU818
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Florida9

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

A: Appears black in the glass, but shows to be dark brown around the edges. Forms a large fizzy mocha colored head that quickly reduces to a thin surface coating and eventually, nothing. No lacing.

S: Lightly sweet with notes of brown sugar, molasses, allspice, nutmeg, vanilla, and a little cinnamon.

T: Rather thin flavors all around. Cola and pumpkin pie spice. Some light molasses. If there is actual pumpkin in this beer, I'm not getting it.

M: Medium bodied, but thin for the style. Even a little watery. Appropriate carbonation.

O: Thin in both mouthfeel and flavor resulting in a decent, drinkable, but rather unimpressive beer. The double version was much more impressive.

10-27-2011 01:53:19 | More by Florida9
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CreightonSM

New York

3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

09-30-2013 16:12:36 | More by CreightonSM
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ACD

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

09-19-2012 13:46:15 | More by ACD
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david18

New York

3.28/5  rDev -12.1%

I had a sixteen ounce pour of this at the Amsterdam Ale House on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. I'm not a huge fan of pumpkin beers but this one, as a stout, sounded interesting. It was very dark in color and had a good pumpkin spice aroma with not an overwhelming flavor. Low on the hops, pretty tasty. Won't have it again but it was worth trying.

10-27-2010 18:51:30 | More by david18
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oriolesfan4

Maryland

3.28/5  rDev -12.1%

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.

10-02-2011 21:35:21 | More by oriolesfan4
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

3.3/5  rDev -11.5%

This is rather dark. Some mahogany around the edges in direct light. Predominant off white head adorns. Laces well.

Smells mostly of spice, with hints of stout roast and malts. I wish I knew what sort of stout the pumpkin was brewed into...would make reviewing much easier...

Taste is more equally roasted malts, hints of sweetness, and pumpkin spice. I don't like pumpkin, but this is not bad. Different, but not bad.

This leans toward a medium feel, little carbonation and slight coating. A bit off balance,but fine enough.

It's not hard to put down, especially if you like pumpkin, but even though I don't, it was easily managed. But I don't see it being a multiple hitter in the same evening, more of a nice alternative kinda thang.

07-31-2010 02:16:41 | More by EgadBananas
Fisherman's Pumpkin Stout from Cape Ann Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 449 ratings.