Fisherman's Imperial Pumpkin Stout - Cape Ann Brewing Company
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1.2/5 rDev -69.5%
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.
11-30-2013 21:50:40 | More by rockrob
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
3.03/5 rDev -23.1%
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.
02-27-2011 02:49:41 | More by biglite351
3.18/5 rDev -19.3%
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.
01-13-2012 04:59:20 | More by ryan1788a5
3.35/5 rDev -15%
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.
10-19-2010 23:53:10 | More by donkeyrunner
3.4/5 rDev -13.7%
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.
10-15-2011 00:58:53 | More by Amalak
3.43/5 rDev -12.9%
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.
09-30-2012 01:15:08 | More by Summerteeth
3.5/5 rDev -11.2%
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.
10-23-2010 23:26:41 | More by Liverpool08
Fisherman's Imperial Pumpkin Stout from Cape Ann Brewing Company
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