Fisherman's Imperial Pumpkin Stout - Cape Ann Brewing Company
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Reviews by jgasparine:
4.22/5 rDev +7.1%
2010 Bomber Bottle, sampled on 10-31-2010
A- Poured from the head with a slightly proteinaceous and rocky medium tan head, which produced some appreciable amounts of lacing over a jet black body.
S- The aroma is comprised of some moderate allspice, cinnamon and nutmeg notes, which dominate a base of what seems to be an amalgamation of cooked pumpkin and stewed malts. Nothing jumps out as a particular hop aroma here, but it certainly smells like pumpkin pie.
T- This thing is a rollercoaster in the mouth. Starts out with a kick of the spicy notes (allspice, nutmeg and cinnamon) swirling around there with some stewed and malty notes. Midway on the palate some of the roastiness peeks through where it's met with a piney hop character. Then this hopiness and roastiness merge into a mild to moderate bitter finish, which is sustained and very dry. The bitterness lingers on the tongue quite nicely. Unfortunately, a slight metallic flavor begins to emerge in the finish as the beer warms, which takes this down to a 4.0 in the taste department.
M- Medium body with a slight creamy texture imparted by a soft carbonation. Mild to moderate astringency.
D- So tasty and so smooth, and I would have never guessed the ABV to be 11% in a million years- the EtOH is so well hidden!!
01-13-2011 23:45:46 | More by jgasparine
More User Reviews:
4.08/5 rDev +3.6%
Pours an inky black with a huge, creamy, frothy tan head that goes nowhere. Tremendous lacing. Smells of lightly roasted malts, spice, pumpkin/squash. Tastes of sweet, roasted malts, nutmeg, allspice, pumpkin, bittersweet dark chocolate. Roasty and spicy finish with a hint of alcohol burn. Alcohol is extremely hidden for an 11% brew. Roastiness and autumn spice stick to the palate for a while. Mouthfeel is extremely creamy, rolls around the mouth. Semi dry finish. Very drinkable and enoyable over a time. Gets better as it warms.
10-15-2010 23:56:06 | More by Doomcifer
3.53/5 rDev -10.4%
Appearance: dark brown in color, 1/3 inch head, opaque, moderate carbonation
Smell: rich roasted malt, sugar, and light pumpkin pie spice
Taste: rich roasted malt, sugar, and light pumpkin pie spice--tastes of caramel and dark chocolate at the end
Mouthfeel: medium/heavy bodied, medium-high carbonation, sweet start, bitter middle with a sweet end
Overall: A high octane version of the original. This one tends to have more imperial stout qualities and a less pumpkin power. After the first couple sips, the pumpkin blended into the background far behind the chocolate flavors. Between the two, I would sooner go for the original non-imperial version.
10-22-2012 14:22:43 | More by tigg924
4.5/5 rDev +14.2%
Fisherman's Imperial Pumpkin Stout--a ramped-up version of the company's regular Pumpkin Stout, with an extra 4% ABV--smells heavenly, like Thanksgiving at grandma's house when the pies are freshly out of the oven and the coffee is percolating brightly on the stove. Pumpkin is of course present in the nose, and is the primary aroma, but it's the kind of pumpkin that comes hand-kneaded with cinnamon and clove, nutmeg and allspice, and just a touch of pure vanilla bean. Just beneath that a thick layer of malts promises figs and toasted grains.
On the tongue, the beer is gloopy and thick, almost cream-like in texture, and while pumpkin is a major taste, it's not overwhelmingly so, as can happen with many beers of this type. Instead, the lovely pumpkin-and-spice flavors, which translate almost directly from the nose, are neatly countered by equally-strong malts, which bring a toasted pie crust flavor to the meal. Sugary fruit esters--fig primarily, but also pear and apple--laze playfully, joined late in the mouthful by by fresh coffee flavors that, for a moment, made me wonder whether I'd stumbled on to the beer equivalent of Willy Wonka's Three-Course Dinner Chewing Gum. The aftertaste is coffee and light pie, and lasts for a beautifully long time.
Overall, this is great seasonal brew, and even if you're the kind of person who doesn't go in for gimmicky pumpkin beer, this one is worth a try.
08-01-2011 17:00:30 | More by jondeelee
4.13/5 rDev +4.8%
A: Pours a deep brown near black with a half in fluffy mocha colored head. Very nice lacing and very good head retention.
S: Very similar to the regular. The squashiness of the pumpkin comes out a bit more in the nose but there is also a bit more roasted character to it. As it warmed a bit there was more pumpkin bread notes.
T: The roasted character is definitely more pronounced and provides a nice bitter chocolate note, making this beer more stout like than the regular version. There is also a bit of a biscuit characteristic, that gives that pumpkin bread aspect.
M: A nice creaminess with a good amount of body, no heat and supposedly this is above 10%
D: Overall if you like the regular one, you will love this as the thinness issue with the regular version is taken care of. there is more of a stout like quality, and as a stout itself the bitter chocolate and roasts are very pronounced. do you have this one too cold because it dulls some of the aroma and flavor profile
10-01-2010 20:00:26 | More by mikey711
3.75/5 rDev -4.8%
Bomber via trade w rudzud. Thanks!!
Poured into a Cigar City snifter. Appearance is nice; dark mahogany with a small, off white head. Aroma is tons of pumpkin with spices - mostly cinnamon and allspice. Flavor is pretty decent, with pumpkin and more spices. Alcohol is not detectable at all. Highly carbonated, maybe a bit too much and fairly dry.
Overall this is a pretty nice beer and it was great to get to try the imperial version.
09-22-2012 00:56:26 | More by miketd
3.65/5 rDev -7.4%
22 oz. bottle poured into a snifter. I tried to split this with my wife since she loves Pumpkin Ales, but she took one sip and gave me her glass. Looks like this one's all me.
Appearance - Small tan head tops a pretty dark body. No retention. No lacing. Lifeless, but hey, it's an imperial stout.
Smell - Complex blend of aromas that I really enjoy. Pumpkin and some pumpkin pie spices, roasted malts in the back. Interesting blend.
Taste - Immediately bitter. I'm amazed by that, really. Otherwise, it's got the same, slightly less elegant blend of flavors from the smell. The pumpkin really cuts the roasted malt flavors significantly. It adds a dimension, but that bitterness is just overwhelming.
Mouthfeel - Not thick at all, really. Surprising. I didn't even realize it was 11% until I signed on to review it. I thought maybe 8%. So bitter, though, that it's tough to drink.
Overall - If only that bitterness weren't there. It's an RIS, not a pumpkin ale. Interesting take, though. I'd like to try one of these that wasn't hopped to hell.
11-28-2011 01:57:09 | More by Alieniloquium
3/5 rDev -23.9%
22 oz bottle into a tulip glass.
Pours black/borderline dark brown, topped with a finger of dark mocha, nearly chocolate, colored head. This retains with mostly a thin creamy ring around the edges of the glass, leaving back some spotty froth that quickly slides down the sides of the glass. The roast in the aroma is coming off as VERY smoky with, chocolate sweetness and some green pumpkin meat rising up beneath it. Well done zesty smelling pumpkin spice profile adds some fun to the nose but the moderate underpinning of warmth here takes me out of this a bit as well.
The roast is once again pretty strong here and has a bit of a burnt acrid bite to it on the sides. There is definitely some chocolate sweetness present but strong solvent flavors are covering up a large amount of the character here. Spice seems like an afterthought here, pretty much just lingering in the finish along with some pumpkin flavor and green bitterness. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied, with a sharp carbonation that expands out rapidly into the mouth and is relatively smooth for an 11% beer, as I had no problems with the body itself going down.
I had hopes up for this one and while there were some things that I liked here (the body for one) those rampant fusel alcohol flavors just ripped this a new one. It's a shame to, as I felt that the flavors were pulling themselves into something good at times before the heat would kick in. I'm all for an Imperial version of their Pumpkin Stout but the ABV just seemed too high for this this. Here's hoping that they continue to tweak this and get some of that heat out of the profiles.
10-20-2010 17:13:41 | More by Kegatron
4.9/5 rDev +24.4%
This is a really great beer. I'm not sure if player1 is working as an operative for whatever brewery is in direct competition with Cape Ann, but that is one lousy example of a debut review on this site. And it couldn't be further from the truth. I'm a huge fan of the regular Fisherman's Pumpkin Stout, and this takes that, doesn't make major changes, but enhances and improves everything that needs to be fixed and makes its little brother absolutely obsolete. It also is in direct competition for the best pumpkin beer on the planet.
A: Let's think about the standard Fisherman's Pumpkin Stout and the Imperial as fountain pen inks, shall we? The standard FPS is one of those that is a little watery, that you have to press down against the paper to get a dark color, that doesn't quite leave a major impact on a piece of paper and might run if you get the paper wet. FIPS, however, is one of those deep dark shiny black inks that you can write checks to the President of the United States with without fear of forgery. It's absolutely impossible to see through, has a beautiful light mocha head, and fixes anything that may have been wrong with the look of the standard FPS.
S: The smell is a lovely gourd-y explosion of earth and sweet and autumnal spice, with a bona-fide chocolate character coming right behind.
T: I have to bow down to Cape Ann for putting together a beer that is 10+ percent, but doesn't give into the trappings that most imperials do. This beer feels no pressure to be a huge flavor bomb, but is sort of like FPS with the volume turned up to 11. Everything that makes its little brother such a great experimental pumpkin ale is enhanced here.
M: And there's so little in the way of alcohol burn that...
D: It's dangerously drinkable. So smooth, so sweet, so chocolaty. It's everything a dessert beer 'round this time of year should be.
While I shake my finger disapprovingly at Cape Ann going the way of bombers (I want to buy this in a case without paying out the nose, guys) - I am still blown away by this enhanced version of the existing FPS. If it didn't turn every loyal drinker of FPS into a bona-fide alcoholic, I would recommend that they just replace the original with this, but I doubt that'll be happening any time soon. I've never had an imperial version of a beloved beer that treats the original with such respect and admiration. And at 6-8 dollars a bomber, it stands alongside Pumking as a perfect beer to bring to your family's Thanksgiving dinner for dessert.
10-09-2010 02:42:50 | More by mfunk9786
3.8/5 rDev -3.6%
A- Pours a light color head and a dark coffee body.
S- Smell of Pumpkin and spices like allspice, cinnamon and roasted malts.
T- Taste of pumpkin and spices mild hops, bittersweet from the roasted malts.
M- Smooth and creamy texture of sweet creme to the pallet. Pumpkin taste linger throughout the sip.
D- Pretty good beer. Just good for a one time try.
10-26-2010 07:41:56 | More by SamuelJackson45
4.38/5 rDev +11.2%
From the 2011 series. Sampled afte Halloween on November 16, 2011. The pour is a deep and rich dark brown with a good head due to the aggressive pour but it quickly evaporates into a ring. The aroma is a delicate balance of dark malts, smoke, and pumpkin spice with a slight hop hint on the back end. It really invites me to sip it. The body was smooth and medium which made it easy to drink. Loads of character in the taste thanks to its marriage of smokey, sweet malts and pumpkin spice followed up on the tail end with a biting hop bitterness that is neither earthy or floral but it definitely helps me remember the experience. A fine beer.
11-17-2011 02:07:32 | More by puboflyons
4.19/5 rDev +6.3%
This is one we've been waiting for.
Cape Ann Brewing's Fisherman's Imperial Pumpkin Stout (a title only the Europeans can beat in length) is a serious beer. 11% ABV is nothing to shake a stick at.
Black pour...light head.
This beer is a lot more stout than it is pumpkin. It's not a beer spiced up by pumpkin, this is a beer mellowed by pumpkin.
And that's where it works. This is a VERY mellow 11% ABV imperial stout..
11-21-2013 05:39:45 | More by DrinkNewport
3.55/5 rDev -9.9%
No freshness info apparent. Poured in to tulip.
A - Poured dark brown and settled black. One finger of light brown head formed and receded to a thin layer.
S - Roast and pumpkin aromas up front with lighter chocolate, molasses and brown sugar notes present.
T - A huge roast profile dominates the pumpkin pie flavours that are still present but subdued. A secondary spice profile accompanies pumpkin puree and semi-sweet chocolate flavours. Bitter, roasty finish.
M - Medium body with a decent chew. Light carbonation.
11-02-2012 23:01:21 | More by TheSevenDuffs
Fisherman's Imperial Pumpkin Stout from Cape Ann Brewing Company
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