Fisherman's Imperial Pumpkin Stout - Cape Ann Brewing Company

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Reviews: 77
Hads: 207
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 7.4%
Wants: 44
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
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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 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. (697 characters)

Photo of biglite351
3.02/5  rDev -23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - sliver of red around the edges. Tall creamy dark tan head.

S - plus of thanksgiving spices. Some roasted malts and cocoa.

T - tastes like someone mixed a stout into a pumpkin pie mix. Pumpkin, spice malts and mild dark chocolate.

M - Good coating but only a slight tingle on sides of tongue.

D - maybe one... but would rather have a slice of pumpkin pie and a good stout served separately. (397 characters)

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. (1,623 characters)

Photo of ryan1788a5
3.14/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from old notes.

22oz bomber poured into a New Belgium globe.

A: Pours jet black with a thick brown head. The head collapses down to about a half an inch rather quickly. A light patchwork of lacing remains on the glass.

S: Big hit of allspice and pumpkin meat. Cookie-like scents from the roasted malts. Both chocolate and sugar cookies. Berry-like darkfruit scent lies dormant under all of this. Toasted pumpkin seeds. Way too over the top with the pumpkin spices.

T: Deep chocolatey roasted malt tastes give way to a toasted grain impression. Vague darkfruit, very slight acidity. Pumpkin spices poke through now and then, and assert themselves more toward the finish. Fleshy pumpkin guts. Dries a bit and finishes with deep roasted malt tastes of chocolate cookie and a touch of smoke. Taste is far better than the smell would have led me to believe.

M: Medium bodied. Thinner than I would like. Creaminess is cut by strong carbonation. Warming all the way through. The body does just enough to keep it together, but doesn't impress.

O: A mediocre Imperial Stout reduced further by over spicing. I'll pass. Do yourself a favor and get some Summit Imperial Pumpkin Porter, if you can.

Notes: Thankfully the spicing is not as dominant in taste as it is on the nose. Still, too much spicing and pumpkin and not enough beer. A somewhat frustrating beer to drink, because it does show potential at times. In the end, it just feels overblown and gimmicky. (1,470 characters)

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. (845 characters)

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. (417 characters)

Photo of Summerteeth
3.41/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Doughy nose with some spice. Hard for me to notice the pumpkin. One-finger head, dark color. 11% ABV. Slight pumpkin taste, but much more chocolate than expected. Heavy mouth feel. First imperial pumpkin I've had, and am surprised by the absence of pumpkin taste. (263 characters)

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!

collage girls drink GOOD beer:
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Photo of Liverpool08
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice dark black with a puffy tan head that last a good while. Aroma is burnt malt with just a hint of spice/pumpkin, not bad. First sip is toasty malt and just a suggestion of nutmeg. More sips yields more malts and less spice. Its a nice stout, slightly sweet with a bit of burnt malt in the aftertaste. But its really hard to get much pumpkin in it. This makes it just an ok Imperial stout. Alchohol is well hidden, so could have more than one. (454 characters)

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

Pours black in color with a white head. Sweet cinnamon and malt with a touch of pumpkin and nutmeg aromatically ascend out of the glass into the nose. The taste starts off with chocolate malts that move into a touch of pumpkin spice and cloves. Dark chocolates mixed in with some burnt malt / coffee finishes this one off. Medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation that burns as it goes down. Overall, this is a good stout. It lacks a lot of pumpkin flavor that it advertises on its label, but worth a try. (514 characters)

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. (656 characters)

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. (523 characters)

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. (814 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served in a Bruery snifter.

Thanks to cbeer88 for this bottle!

Reviewed blind as part of Blind BIF 7. This stuff pours a deep black-brown, an inky cola, topped by a finger of dusty khaki foam. The nose comprises wood, black pepper, light clove, light whiskey (in the vein of Early Times), and some light roasted malts. The taste brings in more of the same, with a deeper roast, cinnamon, brown sugar, and light cola. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a generally smooth feel. Overall, an enjoyable, if a bit thin, impy stout. 'Nuff said, really... (581 characters)

Photo of ToAzwethinkweizm
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Date: 4 February 2011
Glass: Sierra Nevada XXX snifter
Type: 22fl oz bottle, vintage 2010

This is my first pumpkin stout. Served ~55ºF, poured aggressively, 2-finger head reduces to steady film, lacing is slightly runny, color is black, head is colored caramel. Aroma is faint and blocked by the hotness of alcohol. Smells of cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice, touch of caramel. Taste is hot, touch of super-bitter chocolate, only slight pumpkin, lots of ALCOHOL, and some roasted malts. This is a nice sipper, but there are stouts out there I'd rather like to try, such as Midnight Sun's T.R.E.A.T. Not bad though!

EDIT: Second pour had a MUCH better appearance. +1. (667 characters)

Photo of morebeergood
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Purchased a 2011 bottle for $6.99. Poured into a Brooklyn Brewery stemmed tulip glass. Extremely dark black in color. Small brown head forms, then fades away quickly. There is some lacing at first, then less is visible the more I drink. Smell was like brown sugar and pumpkin puree. Taste was pretty pleasant. Nice flavors of cinnamon, pumpkin pie, and a hint of wood smoke. My one issue with this beer was the mouthfeel. I found it very slick and cloying. I was looking for a bit more heartiness out of an imperial stout. The high abv was not overtly noticeable. I liked this beer because of its uniqueness. It would appeal to both a pumpkin ale drinker and a stout drinker alike. (681 characters)

Photo of batty
3.66/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

bought and drank cambridge, ma, Oct 2010.

pours an incredibly dark, dark brown, looks black in the glass. dark tan-khaki head (cappuccino), small bubbles. pretty good lace

smells a bit non-descript, slight roasty malt, just a touch of pumpkin and ever-so-slight spice.

taste is interesting, probably would be better with a bit more age on it. incredibly smooth, with what i'm guessing is oats, good roast and decent amount of dark chocolate on the back end. Touch of pumpkin and spice in the middle, but only really if you're looking for it - definitely not a stand out.

mouthfeel is silky smooth, oatmeal, non thin, but disappears incredibly quickly.

drinkability is pretty good, feels like a bit much for me right now - but alcohol is very well hidden, and overall a pretty well-balanced beer. (801 characters)

Photo of chrisgn
3.66/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz bomber into a DFH Signature glass.

A- black with a Coca Cola colored head. Thin head with a little lacing.

S- Chocolate and a little spice.

T- chocolate, nutmeg, roasted malts. no pumpkin. Not too bitter of sweet. Nice balance.

M- Not very rich for a stout, looks and feels like Coke.

D- 11% is hidden well no alcohol burn. Much less than Brooklyn BCS or ST stouts.

Decent stout, but not much pumpkin. Perhaps the pumkin flavors are hard to come through. That may be why pumkin stouts are rare. (505 characters)

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. (1,049 characters)

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 (924 characters)

Photo of billab914
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Dogfish snifter. It poured black in color with a foamy tan head filling the top inch of the glass. The head faded only to cling to the edges and sides of the glass as it did.

The aroma shows a sweetness to it that's somewhat similar to a milk stout. It has more of a milk chocolaty flavor to it with a very modest spicy and roasted profile. The pumpkin does come though just a bit with some nice flavors.

The taste also has a milk chocolaty, somewhat sweet flavor to it. Towards the finish more of the pumpkin pie spice flavor starts to come through. The spice definitely lingers for a while along with a bit of the sweetness. A little bitter and very slightly burnt bitterness is there and helps balance out the sweetness some. Could have had just a little less spice for my tastes though.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side with carbonation being moderate. Drinkability is pretty decent, the flavors went together pretty well and the pumpkin came out a bit. It relied a little bit too much on the pumpkin spice maybe but it wasn't too bad. A cool and pretty good punpkin beer, you don't see enough pumpkin stouts in my opinion. (1,171 characters)

Photo of sisuspeed
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice and black with a fairly substantial light tan head. Good staying power on the head and a decent amount of lacing. Looks pretty good, just wish the head was a bit darker looking.

Dark, roasty stout notes mixed with some bittersweet chocolate and a bit of pumpkin on the nose. Light spice, possibly nutmeg. Definitely getting more pumpkin pie notes as this warms up. Hint of alcohol.

Dark chocolate, well roasted malts and a good helping of pumpkin on the tongue. Spices are still light. Mostly pumpkin and stout. Pretty straight forward, but good for the style. However, there a slightly odd aftertaste at times that is hard to define. Almost like a natural sugar substitute.

Mouthfeel is smooth with light carbonation. Almost creamy. Nice warming alcohol. Good body, but could be a little thicker for an imperial stout.

Drinkability is quite good for a pumpkin beer. I think I might even enjoy this one a bit more than their regular offering, even though both are quite good. Definitely let this one warm up as you drink it, so that more of the pumpkin flavor comes out. I don't know if I would seek this one out, but if you like pumpkin brews and this one is near you, then I would pick one up. (1,204 characters)

Photo of perrymarcus
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | 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. (893 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Here's a decent idea, we'll put a pumpkin that you can barely taste in a simple beer and pair it with a bittered malt that will mask the flavor of the pumpkin in the beer so you can pretend you are drinking a stout. Fun.

Beer is dark brown to black with a thin head of tiny brown bubbles. Minimal lacing, carbonation low.

Aroma is a little spicy with all the usual suspects and roasty.

Its like a dark winter warmer. Overall its fine, the bitterness from the grains are in the back and the spices with moderate sweetness is up front. The most shocking part about this beer is that its 11%, no heat at all. Pretty drinkable for an 11% beer but the pumpkin is lost in there. (675 characters)

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. (438 characters)

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Fisherman's Imperial Pumpkin Stout from Cape Ann Brewing Company
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