Fisherman's Imperial Pumpkin Stout - Cape Ann Brewing Company
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4.95/5 rDev +25.6%
After hearing some great things about this stout via the forums I made sure to pick up a bottle on my last trip to Julio's.
A - Great black pour with a nice mocha head, slightly less than two fingers. Considering this stouts 11% ABV the head retention is very impressive. While it does diminish it never fully goes away and does leave nice sticky side lacing.
S - Great gourd aromas on this one. Earthy pumpkin/squash notes right up front along with a hint of fall spices (nutmeg, cinnamon, etc.). A nice big chocolate aroma hits the nose right after that delicious pumpkin bread aroma.
T - Just like the nose there is a great earthy pumpkin flavour that sweetens up into a more bready, pumpkin bread flavor. At the end, WHAM!, chocolate! Am I drinking liquidfied pumpkin bread with bittersweet chocolate?! I must be, because this bottle is that good.
M - Typical carbonation for an imperial stout but the alcohol is almost entirely hidden. Wow.
D - The aromas and flavors make this seasonal imperial stout amazing. The fact that this doesnt even remotely feel like an 11% is mind bending. Definate must buy, and something I plan on picking up more of to cellar!
10-12-2010 05:19:12 | More by rudzud
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
4.68/5 rDev +18.8%
A: Very dark black, tinted with an orangey hue on the edges. Short dark-tan head, practically no lacing.
S: Pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon, dark/bittersweet chocolate and mocha, espresso. Full, thick aromas in the nose. Nice smooth pumpkin pie spices. Hints of grapes and raisins, and even some ginger and orange peel.
T/M: Fantastic upfront blend of bittersweet chocolates, espresso, and pumpkin spice. Nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice, coffee malt. All the components of a stout and a pumpkin ale are well pronounced, well presented. Follow through of the flavor ends with a sweet, tangy, candy aftertaste. Pumpkin spice and chocolate malt lingers near the end. Bitter, sweet, mildly spicy brew. Full bodied with light carbonation.
D: Very impressed with this. Found it at some hole-in-the-wall store on a visit to Newport, RI with my girlfriend. DEFINTELY should have bought more than one. Fantastic seasonal brew.
11-12-2011 04:24:34 | More by YouSkeete
4.55/5 rDev +15.5%
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.
11-13-2010 00:00:38 | More by savagewhisky
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
4.38/5 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
4.38/5 rDev +11.2%
Not being a Pumpkin ale lover, I thought to try a Pumpkin Stout for a change.
The beer poured black , with a deep tan creamy head building about two fingers high. Very attractive and inviting. The head has good retention, but leaves no lacing.
Smelling the beer, spice, nutmeg and cinnamon are dominant. Coffee, dark chcolate and dark fruit are also present.
Tasting the beer the flavors follow the nose, but a slight rum flavor is also present, exposing some of the high ABV. A very well balanced beer, which is not very rich on Pumpkin flavor, but maybe that is a plus. I really loved it and will buy another one to age it for a year! Great beer!!!
10-14-2011 03:15:10 | More by Hopfenpeter
4.33/5 rDev +9.9%
An extra beer from recent trade with ICCULIS. HUGE thanks to you Jim!
2011 vintage; poured into tulip glass and shared with several local BA's.
Appearance: dark black bodied beer with a medium brown head. Moderate lacing noted on the glass.
Smell: Traditional stout notes of roasted malts, chocolate, and a mild coffee note. Also, nutmeg and a decent dose of pumpkin and graham crackers.
Taste: Honestly... its a nice stout mixed with pumpkin pie and a graham cracker crust. The flavors are in a great balance here. Total surprise! It's 11% and not even a hinting of booze.
Mouthfeel: Moderate bodied beer with low carbination. Smooth, creamy, and silky.
Overall: A great desert beer. This was a fantastic extra. Did not know what to expect and it really impressed me. I am floored. Great beer experience.
12-07-2011 07:08:22 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.3/5 rDev +9.1%
A - Black with half a finger of deep mocha head. Head retention is great.
S - Pumpkin and spices right up front. Actual pumpkin is the most dominant, which is surprising for a pumpkin beer, since the smell from a pumpkin isn't that strong to begin with. Nutmeg and ginger come right behind it.
T - Taste is interesting... it almost seems like the spices and the roasted malts are battling for dominance. The initial flavor is chocolate malts with lots of coffee, and it starts to transition towards the spices of cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin, allspice but the roasted malts continue to pop through. It's got an ever-changing flavor within a single sip.
M - Thick, heavy body. Sticky and coats the mouth with the spices. Finish is sticky sweet with all the flavors listed above still battling for dominance; chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, pumpkin, allspice, nutmeg.
O - Very interesting beer. The more you drink it, the more it rounds out, but the first few sips are confusing. Great drinkability for the ABV too, you don't notice it at all. I'll definitely be getting a few to age as well, seems like it would do fantastically after a year to meld all the flavors.
12-31-2011 20:39:29 | More by GarrettMD
Fisherman's Imperial Pumpkin Stout from Cape Ann Brewing Company
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