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Fisherman's Imperial Pumpkin Stout - Cape Ann Brewing Company

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187 Ratings
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Ratings: 187
Reviews: 76
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 13.45%
Wants: 46
Gots: 16 | 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 donkeyrunner
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.

donkeyrunner, Oct 19, 2010
Photo of Thorpe429
3.55/5  rDev -9.9%

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.

Thorpe429, Oct 18, 2010
Photo of silentjay
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%

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.

silentjay, Oct 17, 2010
Photo of Doomcifer
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%

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.

Doomcifer, Oct 15, 2010
Photo of ksimons
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%

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.

ksimons, Oct 15, 2010
Photo of CharlatanSin
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%

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.

CharlatanSin, Oct 15, 2010
Photo of rudzud
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!

rudzud, Oct 12, 2010
Photo of mfunk9786
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.

mfunk9786, Oct 09, 2010
Photo of Brez07
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%

22oz bottle poured into a snifter

A: Dark brown pour. Initially leaves a large 3 finger sandy head. Slowly recedes to a thin layer but has fairly good retention. Very minimal lacing

S: Pumpkin, spice and nutmeg with hints of roasted malt and some cocoa

T: Roastiness overcomes the spice, which is nice because I often find that pumpkin beers have too much. Pumpkin is the underlying flavor, with just a bit of nutmeg coming through

M: Medium bodied, which I was happy to see because the regular version is very thin. Nice, light carbonation. Roasted flavor lingers on the palate

D: Impressed by this beer considering the base beer was pretty mediocre. No problem finishing the bottle myself. Not sure about the ABV but there wasn't any sign of alcohol. If you see this, grab a bottle

Brez07, Oct 03, 2010
Photo of Kkottonmouthkngz
3.9/5  rDev -1%

purchased JUST after finding out fishermans even had an imperial. after having been relatively disappointed about this years traditional pumpkin stout (just not as good as last years), i gave this a try and am right back to being very satisfied! this really just boils down to the complete and utter smoothness and velvety mouthfeel i get drinking this beer. with all the pumpkin ales out there, this stout breaks the mold and gives me something else to look forward to! if there were a perfect pumpkin pie, it would taste like this, with a tall glass of chocolate milk.

Kkottonmouthkngz, Oct 03, 2010
Photo of jamie2dope
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%

Time to pop a local pumpkin ale for the first day of October. The pour is a cool black color, with two fingers of tan heading. Served at cellar temperature, the aroma gives off the expected notes of cinnamon, clove, pumpkin and cocoa powder. Taste starts off on a chocolaty note, with the pumpkin spices becoming more noticeable in the finish. It also ends with what reminds me of chili pepper. Mouthfeel is full and creamy on the palate, but not overpowering in the slightest. I wish I knew the ABV on this one, as it is not listed on this site, their site, or the label. Either way, alcohol is not hot at all. Cape Ann hit a grand slam with this offering. It works much better as an imperial beer than the six pack version. I recently tried Midnight Sun TREAT on a couple of occasions, and this beer is pretty similar. If that beer has a lot of hype surrounding it, this one should as well. Oh, and being only six dollars a bomber, you are getting a pretty good deal as well. Cheers to Cape Ann for the best offering I have had from them.

jamie2dope, Oct 02, 2010
Photo of mikey711
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%

A: Pours a deep brown near black with a half in fluffy mocha colored head. Very nice lacing and very good head retention.

S: Very similar to the regular. The squashiness of the pumpkin comes out a bit more in the nose but there is also a bit more roasted character to it. As it warmed a bit there was more pumpkin bread notes.

T: The roasted character is definitely more pronounced and provides a nice bitter chocolate note, making this beer more stout like than the regular version. There is also a bit of a biscuit characteristic, that gives that pumpkin bread aspect.

M: A nice creaminess with a good amount of body, no heat and supposedly this is above 10%

D: Overall if you like the regular one, you will love this as the thinness issue with the regular version is taken care of. there is more of a stout like quality, and as a stout itself the bitter chocolate and roasts are very pronounced. do you have this one too cold because it dulls some of the aroma and flavor profile

mikey711, Oct 01, 2010
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Fisherman's Imperial Pumpkin Stout from Cape Ann Brewing Company
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