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Fisherman's Imperial Pumpkin Stout - Cape Ann Brewing Company

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Ratings: 206
Reviews: 77
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 13.01%
Wants: 45
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
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Cape Ann Brewing Company visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: mikey711 on 10-01-2010

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Photo of Doomcifer
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of tigg924
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of jondeelee
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of mikey711
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of miketd
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.67/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Kegatron
3.05/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of mfunk9786
4.88/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of SamuelJackson45
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Cheers...

Photo of puboflyons
4.37/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of DrinkNewport
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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..

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Amalak
3.4/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This has an interesting, very intense almost celery crispness to it. The tingliness of a cold stout dominates any pumpkin flavoring. But there is some brown sugar that comes through in the back of the mouth. You have to wait for the aftertaste to get the pumpkin flavor, which is disappointing. But that odd celery taste makes it interesting.

Almost black but probably a deep dark brown/red. Limited head and lacing.

Photo of angrybabboon
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this

Review adapted from notes taken 1/22/12

Appearance: Dark, dark brown - tan head, spotty lacing

Smell: Burnt malts, roasted malts, with a strong undertone of pumpkin - like cooked pumpkin rind - some typical pumpkin pie spices, nicely balanced - not a spice bomb, probably due to the malts

Taste: Not as good as the aroma, but good - dark malts, roasty - malts are sweet, a bit too sweet - some of this sweetness might be from the pumpkin - to an extent, this kind of tastes like a burnt pumpkin pie - some alcohol

Mouthfeel: Full body, smooth, a bit sticky

Overall: As the name would imply, it's a big stout with a lot of pumpkin

This is genuinely more interesting than the non-imperial version. This has a ton of pumpkin and a ton of burnt malts. I thought it was too sweet, but I was also having some serious stomach problems when I drank this.

Photo of metter98
3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a finger high tan head that died down, leaving a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of dark malts and pumpkin pie spices such as cinnamon and nutmeg are present in the nose.
T: The taste mostly follows the smell and has additional notes of allspice and hints of pumpkins. Only slight bits of sweetness from the pumpkins are perceptible.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. The roasted malt and spicy flavors lend dryness.
O: This beer hides its alcohol very well and tastes nothing like being 11% abv. If you can get past the dryness in the mouthfeel, it isn't that difficult to drink. If you let the beer warm up, the pumpkin pie flyovers become stronger and are more balanced with the stout flavors.

Photo of mountdew1
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was a nice dark opaque brown with a hint or orange. Had a nice 2 finger mocha brown head that lasted 5-10 minutes and clung nicely. Aroma was nicely pumpkiny, with a fair bit of spiceness from nutmeg and allspice. It wasn't overwhelming like some are, it was nicely balanced. Definitely reminiscent of a pumpkin pie. Taste started off as slightly burnt grains, with a hint of coffee. Progressed into a nice pumpkin flavor, with a touch too much sweetness. Coated well, only detraction was a sensation of excessive micro bubbles tingling the toungue. The ABV wasn't very well hidden, but the overall quality made me want to keep drinking.

Photo of claspada
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is of dark roated malt with notes of pumpkin, cinnamon and nutmeg and some cocoa.

The taste is mainly roastiness with hints of spice; which is nice because I often find that pumpkin beers have too much overpowering spices which detract from the beer. Pumpkin is the underlying flavor, with just a bit of nutmeg coming through to blend perfectly with the cocoa/roaasted grains. Like a pumpkin chocolate cake because of the malty/bready qualities.

The mouthfeel is extremley medium bodied, which I was happy to see because the regular version is very thin and I was expecting heavy because of the "imperial" tag but this is very pleasantly in the middle. Nice, light carbonation. Roasted flavor lingers on the palate, perfect.

Overall I am very impressed by this beer considering how much I enjoyed the original. If this is 11% alcohol I am a cow. Soo apparently, "MOOOO!"

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.38/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I'm not a Cape Ann fan but after visiting the brewery I was in a forgiving mood.

Pours dark brown, sits opaque black. Frothy tan head like a dollop of mashed 'taters. Impressive lace display but poopy retention.

Aroma is vegetal pumpkin and artificial pumpkin spice with a few murmurs of roast malt. A distinct smell of sweet bacon grease.

Taste is a slightly sweet stout with wisps of roasted malt - this stout needs more stout. Vegetable pumpkin is dominant. Silky mouthfeel. While I like a pumpkin beer that actually tastes like pumpkin, not just spice, but this beer gets real distasteful real quick. I lost my enthusiasm at half glass.

I was worried that since I don't like Cape Ann's Pumpkin Stout that a double pumpkin stout would be doubly bad. While the malt doesn't add much to the beer it does take some pressure off the pumpkin.

Photo of cbutova
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pitch black with a dark mocha head. Head is about two fingers with a silky texture and retains well. Doesn't leave significant lace. Nice ring on edges.

S- Cinnamon and roasty cocoa malts. Some pumpkin, nutmeg and slight alcohol.

T- Chocolate chip brownie, roast malt and pumpkin ale mixed. Cinnamon, pumpkin, brown sugar, nutmeg, dark raisin and caramel as well.

MF- Slick oily thick body with smooth lower carbonation. Thick and dessert like.

Big stout and big pumpkin ale means a whole née dessert of it's own. Good beer all around.

Photo of rockrob
1.22/5  rDev -68.9%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Got a skunked bottle! Or whatever the word is to describe a beer gone terribly awry. Appearance was jet black, opaque, dense, and thick with tiny brown lacing; so far so good. Aroma was very funky yeast; hmmm, not what I expected. First few sips were dominated by the funky barnyard yeastiness and not much else--no pumpkin spices, no rich roastiness. Not entirely undrinkable but not very good.

The second pour gave it away immediately. Given the yeastiness, I gave the bottle a slight swirl before pouring. A viscous lumpy sludge came streaming out, erupting in the glass in a quickly settling foam. Reminded me of an oil spill on a beach in Louisiana. At this point it all went down the drain.

Photo of sarajayne
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Look: very dark, almost black with a thin head

Smell: Nutmeg, cinnamon, and espresso - could not smell any pumpkin.

Taste: First thing I could taste was pumpkin, but not overwhelming, same for the spices - a really good mix, it was a little bitter with a bit of a coffee aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: dense, and smooth.

Overall: This was my very first stout, and since it was so dark, I was a little hesitant to try it at the pour. Needless to say, I was pleasantly surprised. It was very well balanced, and easy to drink. Even without the cinnamon and sugar rim, this one flies to the top of my pumpkin beer list... perhaps that means my pallet is maturing after all!

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle opened by Azurelimits. Thanks, Pete!

Pours near black with a thin tan head and a tad bit of lacing. From the nose alone, it's quite difficult to tell that this is even really a pumpkin beer. While after I few sniffs I can detect some spicing and sweet pumpkin in the background, the main component here is roasted malt. Not bad at all, just certainly not what I expect given the imperial pumpkin moniker.

Taste is pretty similar to the nose, with the roasted malt definitely taking the front seat. Some mildly familiar pumpkin notes bring up the rear. Mouthfeel is fairly nice with a full palate and a slightly-dry finish. Not much alcohol detected at all, which is surprising from such a big beer. Drinks pretty well overall, amping up the original beer's malt without bringing in too much more pumpkin.

Photo of jlindros
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark rich thick creamy head of about 4 fingers, huge! It fades quickly at first then slows to almost a crawl, forcing me to wait to even nose it as the head is at the top of the glass. It leaves a messy lacing throughout. The beer itself is jet black, no light gettin through there.

Nose... is... wait for it... still waiting... head is slowly dispersing... my nose is covered with foam now but nose brings some creamy rich stout aromas, light roast and light chocolate malt, some light toffee. There is some definite pumpkin aroma in there, but it's tolerable, as the original pumpkin stout was, with no spices at first, but nutmeg and cinnamon start to come out as it warms. A light toasty and rustic malt aroma with it. Some light earthy hops in there as well. Overall the nose is a little lighter though.

Taste starts nice and creamy, with chocolate milk, and some malts, little roast, some chocolate malts, oatmeal, pretty rich and creamy. A little coffee and toffee, creamy chocolate, somewhat bitter with a little earthy bitter hop flavors. Some nice pumpkin flavor, quite tolerable and without the crazy spices often associated with pumpkin. Some light toasty malts, little rustic. Somewhat sweet to start, finishes still a little sweet but dries a bit, leaving a slight sticky feel. Lingering bitterness, this time more from the roasted malts than from the hops. SOme creamy chocolate milk and oatmeal on the finish as well. All that and I can't even tell it's more than 7% abv.

Mouth is somewhat thick, creamy, smooth and lucious, with good carbonation.

Drinkability is actually pretty good. Dries a bit on the finish making it easier, but leaves some sticky feel taking away a bit. But for 11% I can't even detect alcohol at all.

Photo of BostonHops
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

bomber (22oz) served in an oversized wineglass.

easily the darkest "pumpkin" ale i've had, defintely more a stout on that count - pours a deep chestnut brown/borderline black tone with a mocha finger of head; decent lacing.

nose is marked by nutmeg, allspice, some pumpkin, and roasted malt notes. a lot of roasted malts pulling through in the taste, accompanied by more muted notes of pumpkin, nutmeg, and cinnamon... subtle dark chocolate character noticeable mid-palate, and a good amount of bitterness coming in the finish... highly well-hidden 11% ABV... unique crossbreed of pumpkin/stout styles; that said, not as robust a flavor profile as i had hoped - plenty of room for improvement.

mouthfeel might be the strength of this one... full, velvety body with appropriate carbonation. goes down fairly easily; with a little tweaking this has the potential to be a really great brew.

originally reviewed: 10-26-2010

Photo of savagewhisky
4.55/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured like frothed chocolate with a one finger, almond colored head. Smelled strongly of spices used in pumpkin pie such as cloves and nutmeg.

The taste was less like pumpkin but a rich stout with a good balance of toasted malts and mild bitterness on the back end.

Almost too drinkable.

A lovely stout.

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Fisherman's Imperial Pumpkin Stout from Cape Ann Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 206 ratings.