Fisherman's Imperial Pumpkin Stout - Cape Ann Brewing Company

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Fisherman's Imperial Pumpkin StoutFisherman's Imperial Pumpkin Stout

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88
very good

203 Ratings
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Ratings: 203
Reviews: 77
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 13.01%
Wants: 46
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cape Ann Brewing Company visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: mikey711 on 10-01-2010)
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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 nmann08
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of Texasfan549
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of metter98
3.81/5  rDev -2.8%
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 kjkinsey
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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...

Photo of Kegatron
3/5  rDev -23.5%
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 jlindros
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
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 oline73
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of drabmuh
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of rab53
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of billab914
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Photo of PEIhop
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is jet black and dense, with a frothy, creamy, dense, low profile, light tan head. Aromas of roasted pumpkin flesh, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Smells like pumpkin pie; rich, but not overpowering. Flavors of roast pumpkin forward, with a bready backbone and an overlay of bitter coffee. The bitterness is extremely bold, but does well to balance the insanely rich pumpkin notes. Bolts of booze character throughout provide a sharpness that cuts the cloying notes, and also starts a slow building warmth that will continue as you drink. Heavy and creamy in mouth, with a slightly bitter, roasted pumpkin and coffee aftertaste. The finish is smooth, creamy, with a subtle rich linger and booze kick. Tasty beer, with heavy flavors and a solid kick from the ABV. Great seasonal.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
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 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 claspada
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
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 Duff27
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a half inch mid mocha head on a dark broen body. Average head retention, no lacing.

Sweet pumpkin aroma layered on a cocoa background.

More of the same. On the sweet side. Pumpkin is there but not overwhelming. Would never even come close to guessing this at 11%abv.

Thicker side of the mouthfeel, good carbonation. Lovin' the mouthfeel...smooth.

Solid solid solid. Very good representation of a pumpkin stout. No artificialness here. Unsuspecting winner here, thanks 4DAloveofSTOUT.

Photo of bsuedekum
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Durge
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid black-brown colored brew with a fairly scant ring of light chocolate colored head and few signs of lacing. The aroma is a demonstrative deep prune malt with a light floral hop and shades of lavender. Pretty decent and lots of backbone. The first sip confirms that this is a serious and slightly different imperial stout. I'm not sure that I get any instant pumpkin flavor here but perhaps that's because this one has cellared for a solid year or more. The flavor offers more of the same thing evidenced by the nice aroma. Dark fruit/prune and sweet malt and a vague minty charcoal. This stuff is certainly well constituted, pretty full bodied with a viscous, oily feel and just a very gentle carbonation. I might like a touch more texture with added carbonation but it is nice and velvety. It's also a bit cloying which I could stand to temper just a little. So if you're in the mood for a thick, sweet stout, and may I recommend some sharp cheddar to help tame this bad boy a bit, then this will do quite nicely. But I am a little disappointed that I didn't get my Halloween fix here, no pumpkin that I could detect.

Photo of puboflyons
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
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 rudzud
4.95/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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!

Photo of gford217
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber.

Pours deep, deep brown, almost completely black with a small off-white head that recedes to a small collar and leaves only traces of lacing.

Aroma is pretty tame with pumpkin spices like nutmeg with hints of chocolate malts. The most dominant aroma is the dark roasted malts with the pumpkin spices taking a back seat.

The taste really kicked it up a notch for me with thick chocolate malts and pumpkin spices.

The mouthfeel is wonderful, smooth and creamy, with hints of spices mixing with the roasted, dry malts in the finish.

Certainly not the most original or extreme of pumpkin beers, it's still very dirnkable and is really just a porter with a hint of pumpkin thrown in. Good stuff.

Photo of AngusOg
4/5  rDev +2%

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Fisherman's Imperial Pumpkin Stout from Cape Ann Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 203 ratings.