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Fisherman's Imperial Pumpkin Stout - Cape Ann Brewing Company

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Ratings: 205
Reviews: 77
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 13.01%
Wants: 45
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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Ratings: 205 | Reviews: 77
Photo of Arbitrator
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Chilled bomber into a glass. Shared once by alfrantzell and sent to me again as a generous extra by portia99. Thanks! From notes.

A: Pours a near midnight black with lighter elements when held up to the light. The edge has just some small light penetration, revealing ruby highlights. The head is a fluffy affair of coffee-colored bubbles that retain well and continue to leave a nice cap on the brew during the drink.

S: Cinnamon, nutmeg, toffee, chocolate, and some coffee. While it's not as in-your-face as TREAT, that is the first comparison that comes to mind; the combination of spices, chocolate, and coffee is definitely up that beer's alley. The Fisherman's doesn't blow it out of the water, but it's in the same conversation.

T: Cinnamon and nutmeg are prominent, but not overpowering. They work very well with the toffee. These three flavors float on top of the chocolate and coffee flavors. As it warms, the spices become stronger and a breadiness emerges; it's almost like pumpkin bread with cocoa nibs and toffee bits. Delicious.

M: Not much bitterness to the beer, but the sweeter flavors are balanced by coffee. The beer is medium-bodied and creamy. It has a slight warming effect. It falls off the palate a little fast, which is usually a big fault, but here it enhances drinkability. Not much oiliness or coating or slickness to worry about in repeat sips.

D: I'd love to have this again.

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

I honestly only bought this to meet the credit card minimum at the package store, but it was definitely a good grab. I didn't even really look to see what it was. All I saw was imperial and pumpkin and that was good enough.

This beer pours very dark, almost black with a light brown fluffy head. Very typical stout smell, maybe on the sweeter side. I've been really into stouts and porters lately and this one if very good. In my opinion, this feels a little more carbonated than most stouts. At 11% ABV, the alcohol is hidden very well by sweet malts, molases, and a bitter finish.

Being the middle of November, this may be tough to find right now, but just over $5 for a big bottle of this is more than worth it and will be enjoyed by any stout fan.

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.

Photo of HopNuggets
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured bomber into a snifter at cellar temp.

A - Poured a midnight black that you can't see through at any point. Solid 2.5 finger coffee color head that dissipated slowly to a 1/2 - 1 finger head that stuck around to leave a nice lacing down the glass.

S - Much more pumpkin spice scent to this brew over their regular pumpkin stout as well as a toffee note.

T - Nice pumpkin pie filling with cinnamon and nutmeg followed by the bitter coffee aftertaste that sticks around.

M - Nicely carbonated medium body that leave a slight coating on the palate with a hint of alcohol heat.

D - Quite drinkable for the high ABV. I have no issue finishing this bomber solo.

Photo of stonermouse
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a bomber into a Sam Adams glass.

Pours a deep brown, nearly black, as expected. Head is tan and dense, but dissapates quickly into a consistent film at the top.

Smell is malt-forward and potent. A little sweet- very nice.

Flavor is really nice. It has a fairly standard malty stout flavor, but not much bitterness. The spices are quite subdued, and come out heavier as the beer warms. For the greatest amount of complexity, let this one warm for a half-hour or more prior to pouring.

Mouthfeel is excellent, and the flavors are dense and come and go quickly.

Drinkability is very good. The flavor is subtle yet complex, and doesn't overwhelm the palette. I'd love to age one of these for a year or so, but I couldn't keep myself from drinking this perfect seasonal brew.

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 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.

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.

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.

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 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 gford217
4.16/5  rDev +6.1%
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 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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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 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 silentjay
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a pretty standard brownish black with a generous mocha colored head that retains for a bit and laces well.

aroma a bit more chocolaty and darker roasted than the original fisherman's pumpkin stout. pumpkin pie spice, nutmeg, cinnamon, brown sugar and fresh pumpkin round out a nice aroma. perhaps a touch too much nutmeg and allspice.

much more pumpkin and a bit more subdued spices in the taste with chocolate and dark roasted coffee paired with some black molasses, toffee, and a touch of brown sugar. the mix of flavors works rather well. would like a bit more molasses/brown sugar sweetness to balance the nutmeg and allspice, maybe.

This is the most noticeable improvement from the original. Medium/full bodied with a little sticky sweetness and ample carbonation.

drinks well. not my favorite Imperial Stout or anywhere close to it, but when viewed as a pumpkin beer, it rates much higher. the pumpkin flavors go very well with the dark roast and chocolate stout flavors. would be better with a touch less spice to let these flavors shine a bit more. Alcohol is almost non existent in the flavor/aroma/mouthfeel. 11% is completely hidden.

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 ksimons
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours a very dark brown, almost black, with a good amount of foamy tan head

S-smells sweet, malty, spicy, and boozey

T-starts off with a sweet break like taste with a hint of pumpkin mixed in and then finishes in a roasted bittersweet chocolate. Doesn't taste like an 11% beer at all. As the beer warms up the flavors are much more pronounced

M-medium body, low carbonation, very creamy and smooth, with a roasted aftertaste

D-by far better than the non-imperial version, much more complex and richer. Really glad I was able to find a bottle to try, very nice.

Photo of CharlatanSin
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at the Cape Ann event at Bronx Ale House. I was heartbroken when I found out that bottles weren't going to come to NYC, so I've been waiting for this event for a while.

The beer was served in a chalice. It's black as night with a small dark tan head. The aroma is mostly that of an imperial stout with a strong roasted character. Of course, there's some pumpkin in there. In most pumpkin beers the "pumpkin" character presents as pumpkin pie spices like cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice. But the aroma here is really gourd-y. There's a bit of nutmeg hiding in the back, but it's mainly real pumpkin.

The pumpkin character in the taste is similar to the aroma, with squashy pumpkin providing the flavor with a small supporting role for pumpkin pie spice. However, as was the case with their normal pumpkin stout, this beer is a damn good stout first and a pumpkin beer second. It's very roasty with a bit of chocolate. The flavor's less extreme than many other imperial stouts. In fact, the taste is extremely similar to the non-imperial version. The main difference is in the body. While the non-imperial is a bit thin, this version is rich, smooth and creamy. There's just a tiny bit of boozy heat to make sure you're paying attention.

There are a few kegs in NYC right now, but you'll have to go out of state to find a bottle. You should: this beer is worth seeking out. Assuming they keep producing it, it will become one of my most anticipated fall seasonals.

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!

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Fisherman's Imperial Pumpkin Stout from Cape Ann Brewing Company
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