Fisherman's Pumpkin Stout | Cape Ann Brewing Company

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Fisherman's Pumpkin StoutFisherman's Pumpkin Stout

Brewed by:
Cape Ann Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Had been 6.75% ABV.

Added by WanderingFool on 10-13-2006

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Photo of MikeyBadnews
4.42/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Shot review, initially I wasn't going to but theres a level of uniqueness to this which I think deserves at least a short blurb.

The pour points towards a singularity meaning.... deep in a black hole, no light can escape, dark on top of dark, awesome.

Smell is chocolate malt and a somewhat fruity backend, its robust so it scores well.

Taste.. CHOCOLATE COVERED BANANA'S FOSTER. Maybe some pumpkin spices, but that's what dominates. Not much pumpkin-like from this, but it's delicious, warming, good alcohol and taste.

Interesting beer, I can honestly say I'm a big fan. I don't like all things pumpkin but the sugary chocolate goodness of this makes it a damn drinkable stout.

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Photo of moodenba
3.46/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fisherman's pumpkin Stout six pack of12 oz. cans purchased in massachusetts Oct. 2016. Chilled stout poured into a glass.

Flavor is that of a fairly straightforward stout. Medium body (for a stout) with good malt and hop balance. Pumpkin character is just perceptible and does not detract from the enjoyment of a beer drinker who is not a fan of fruit/herb beers. Quaffable stout with a somewhat high alcohol content (7%).

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.28/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. can

Pours black with a creamy frothy tan foam head. Smells like pumpkin, autumn spices, cinnamon, nutmeg, some chocolate, dark roasted malts, molasses, nutty dark caramel, brown sugar, slight coffee, mild dark fruit, vanilla, with some earthy grassy minty pine. Tastes like pumpkin, sweet autumn spices, cinnamon, nutmeg, some chocolate, dark roasted malts, molasses, nutty dark caramel, brown sugar, slight coffee, mild dark fruit, vanilla, with earthy grassy minty pine. Feels medium bodied, smooth with low carbonation. Overall a really nice pumpkin stout.

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Photo of kalosjakar
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Black with an off white/slightly mocha head.

Pumpkin, roasted malts, spices in the aroma.
Very smooth taste, creamy, spice, slight pumpkin on the back end. Its subtle, not overpowering, nor is the spice.

My first flavored stout outside of coffee/chocolate and its really good. Deserving of a higher rating in my opinion.

The taste is even getting better as it warms.

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Photo of chrishiker1409
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Dark black, with tan head.

S: Cocoa, roasted notes, a little pumpkin.

T: Follows the nose. Surprised how good this is.

F: Moderately carbonated, medium bodied.

O: The last pumpkin beer of the year was a good one.

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Photo of wattoclone
3.74/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A strong aroma of vanilla and roasted malt that hits the palate with malty sweet rich vanilla, pumpkin, dark chocolate and a little expresso in the finish. In the middle there is an earthy green pumpkin seed flavor that adds to the complexity. The almost imperial level of alcohol is well hidden but does limit the number of these you can drink in a session. Still, the lowest ABV of any pumpkin stout of the three I've had so far making it my favorite version of this style.

Update: Having a hard time making through a case of this (cans), picked up at my local distributor on the discount rack. There is a blast of a strange taste (volatile fruity esters?) on the palate up front that does not mesh well with the pumpkin and spices. On standing for a while after pouring the taste improves somewhat, but the sweet fruitiness persists. The roasty finish is very good once you get through the initial sweet fruity weirdness. Almost a grape-like fruitiness as if grape juice was mixed with the beer.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
2.94/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz. can. Black with a medium khaki head. Smell is milk chocolat and pumpkin. Comes off a little weird. Cinnamon and nutmeg. Taste is better. More roasty. Pumpkin behind it. Nutmeg and cinnamon spice linger in the back end. Still has a bit of weirdness. Medium body. Well carbonated. It's just a little bit off-putting. No sure what it is, though.

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Photo of joberlander
3.87/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Great pumpkin aroma. The taste of pumpkin is more subtle but you get a lot of spices like cinnamon and nutmeg. Great fall beer and a nice change from all the pumpkin ales out there.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.81/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Silver can at America on Tap
Deep brown bordering on black. Rich chocolate and roast with some brown sugary sweetness and just enough pumpkin pie character to let you know this one is a little different. Enjoyed!

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Photo of Brew_42
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours cola black with a tan head

Smells roasted malts with a boozy almost medicinal hint to it. A hint of cinnamon and spice, but malts are in the forefront.

Taste- Roasted malts and chocolate. Towards the back end you get a hint of the pumpkin and spice.

MF-Full bodied and a bit oily in a good way.

Overall-A decent stout overall, but if you are looking for pumpkin flavor, look elsewhere..Ales and lagers tend to bring the pumpkin flavor. If you like subtle a little more subtle pumpkin flavor, one that doesn't taste liek a pie, this might be for you.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.62/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It may seem like blah, blah, blah to some, but I encourage you to invest in ALCOA Products (not ALCOA Automotive) & the Ball Corporation ASAP! Non-returnable (and especially screw-top) bottles are on their way out, to be replaced by aluminum CANs within the next five years! Heed me now & thank me later.

Latest case in point: a beer that was bottle-only a year ago!

From the CAN: "Stou breweed with Pumpkin and Spices"; "The original 'Pumpkin Stout,' our version of this Autumn seasonal is a bold a complex stout. It is accentuated with pumpkin and the flavors of fall - not just another pumpkin beer. Rich, dark and inviting, this beer offers a light aroma of cinnamon and nutmeg, balanced with a delicate essence of real pumpkin. It is the perfect way to enjoy the changing of the season."

I love hearing the Crack! as I begin every CANned beer review! I CANducted an inverted Glug to celebrate and I was rewarded with two-plus fingers of dense, rocky, deep-tan/light-brown head with great retention. Leaning in for a sniff, I was reminded that my reefer may be running a tad cold, but I keep food in there, also and beer comes out a little colder than I would prefer. Warming, the nutmeg and cinnamon began to be more assertive. Color was Black/Opaque (SRM = 44) with cola highlights at the edges. Mouthfeel was a little more than medium, but not really full, either. The taste was spicy, but not very nuanced. It seemed like they shook the spice rack to the point of saturation and stopped. Now, the upside - the spices rendered it VERY dry and I really like that. Man, I think that I need a drink of water after!

My original bottle review, dtd 03 April 2015, follows:

I am in the process of weeding out the backlog here at Chez Woody and it is interesting to see what I bought at various times and forgot about. This is another one from The Friendly Greek Bottle Shop, which is a major source for singles around here.

From the bottle: "As the leaves begin to turn and we are faced with summers end, The Cape Ann Brewing Company looks ahead to the holiday season with a bold taste that embodies such a time. Our Pumpkin Stout is a subtle combination of spice and pumpkin matched perfectly with the hearty flavors of a stout. We hope you enjoy drinking it as much as we enjoy making it. Enjoy!"; "Cape Ann Brewing Co. Donates to the Northeast Seafood Coalition".

I am finding that Pop!ping a cap is not nearly as satisfying as a Crack! and Glug, but I really need to get rid of the standing backlog of bottles before resuming The CANQuest (tm). After doing so, I began an aggro pour which resulted in two fingers of dense, foamy, light-tan head with good retention. Color was Very Dark Brown, just short of being Black/Opaque (SRM = > 34, < 44) by dint of a bit of light penetration, but not by much. It was giving off pretty garnet highlights, also. Nose was interesting, evincing a combination of smoke, molasses and cinnamon. Mouthfeel was medium with a good bit of carbonation. The taste was more stout than pumpkin, I thought, with notes of dark chocolate, light smoke and a tad bit of spice, but as to the latter, it was not enough to be recognizable, only discernible. It now became a conundrum as to how to rate it. It was a decent enough stout, but it was lacking as a pumpkin ale. Finish left me in the same lurch. I could easily identify it as a stout, but where were the spices? It was dry, probably thanks to the spices, but then again, I have had dry stouts. Aaarrgh!

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Photo of JohnFatAss
3.74/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Almost black in color. Tan head that faded away quickly but left some delicate lacing behind.
Very faint, boozy smell.
Initial sweetness, roasted malts, a little pumpkin, semi-sweet chocolate, some spice, a little warmth from the alcohol, and a dry finish with a bitter aftertaste.

Overall, a very good beer and a interesting take on a pumpkin ale.
Worth a try.

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Photo of gonzo000
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I am not a big pumpkin guy, but this beer did not overpower with spices, featuring them mostly on the finish. Beer is a bit watery for a stout of my liking, but a this is a good, solid beer.

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Photo of Suds
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

This beer pours a very dark, almost black color. The head is small and tan. It has a modest aroma...a little grain, faint pumpkin pie spice, but not in-your-face. The flavor, though, is solid. Some sweetness, malt, pumpkin flavor, and spice as well. It all comes out in the flavor. Full body, and satisfying. This is a good beer for a cold autumn night.

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Photo of 57md
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%

Color is dark brown with ruby edges. Getting some pumpkin and pie spice in the nose but it’s not very strong. The flavor follows the nose. The stout qualities are light – not much roastiness. Nevertheless, my guess is that a strong stout would overwhelm the pumpkin flavors. Either way, this is interesting but not worth repeating.

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Photo of stevehoeschele
3.62/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Tan head that requires a little encouragement on the pour, then dissipates. Black; opaque.

Toffee immediately present. Chocolate. Fruitiness--raspberry comes to mind. Little hop prevalence, unless the fruitiness is hop-derived. Not much pumpkin--though detectable, it comes across almost as an off-flavor.

Roastiness upfront, then chocolate, then pumpkin toward the end, with the roasty malt pronounced throughout. Hop flavor at a minimum, with bitterness very well balanced. A little sweet, but not detracting.

Carbonation reignites in the mouth, with a pleasant warmth & creaminess.

Delicious example of an American stout, with the roasted malt and mouthfeel as the key qualities. The pumpkin is an afterthought, however. (I personally like less pumpkin, but this is not enough for the pumpkin beer lover.) I would probably like this beer more as a straight-up stout without the pumpkin.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.38/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on December 23, 2013.

It pours jet black with a decent tan head and good lacing clinging to the glass.

The aroma is both forward and subtle at the same time if that makes sense. I pick up the dark baked malts, dark fruit, yeast, as well as the cinnamon and nutmeg pumpkin spices. Nothing explosive or in your face but overall a fine varied nose.

Medium body.

Those dark malts and pumpkin spices are even more laid back in the taste but they blend together very well and bring out a very roasty-toasty feel.

I love a good stout and merging it together with the pumpkin spices of fall make this exceptionally good.

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Photo of bark
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75


The colour is deep brown (90 EBC), the liquid is clear and rather thick. The finger thick head is pale brown and compact, it sinks slowly leaving some lacing on the glass.

The smell is spicy and sweet. Roasted notes of chocolate. Cinnamon, cloves, ginger, orange peels and bitter oranges. Some black malt sour flavours, but not very much bitterness.

The taste is smooth with spicy Christmas notes and Coca-Cola: Cloves, cinnamon, bitter oranges, ginger. Sweet soda-like flavours. Hints of chocolate, cocoa and liquorice. Medium body. The aftertaste is less straggly with cinnamon, pumpkins, bitter oranges, molasses and figs. There is almost no bitterness. The finish is sweet with mild spices.

The carbonation is mild, the many small bubbles are long-lived, they cerate some foam in the mouth. The liquid is smooth.

Lots of spices in this one. I would consider it as a Christmas brew. Good balance and no off-flavours.

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Photo of CHickman
3.77/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at The Lark in East Northport, NY (last night, 10/30/13); pours pitch black color with a 1 finger tan that faded slowly and left minimal lacing.

Smells of roasted grains, oatmeal, burnt wood/charcoal, molasses, cocoa powder and brown sugar; toasty and malty with a sweetness that comes through the roasted notes with just a hint of pumpkin-a nice stout nose.

Tastes of roasted grains, oatmeal, burnt wood/charcoal, molasses, cocoa powder, pumpkin, nutmeg, caramel, syrup, burnt cracker, coffee and brown sugar; this is like a coffee stout with a hint of pumpkin in it and it works well.

Mouthfeel is medium and chewy, with mild carbonation, a medium body and a smoky coffee/roasted grain aftertaste that fades on the sweet side.

Overall a good stout that was even better because it’s a fall seasonal in the "pumpkin" theme; a nice change of pace brew.

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Photo of tkelley
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A -- dark black. Pillowy tan head with good retention. Nice lacing.

N -- fall spices and roasty malts.

T -- fall spices. Roasty malts. Pumpkin flavor. Very well balanced.

M -- medium bodied and smooth.

O -- love the idea. Love that it isn't over the top spicy or boozy. Very good. Cheers.

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Photo of dar482
4.37/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours out pitch black with a huge huge 3 finger tan head.

The aroma has roasty malt, sweet grainy pumpkin, spices, cinnamon, a bit of chocolate.

The flavor follows with roasty malt, chocolate, and coffee. The beer melds perfectly into pumpkin and the spices along with earthy bitterness on the end.

I do somewhat wish it was a bigger bolder beer, but then, I'm also so impressed by how well the beer is crafted (stout and pumpkin integration).

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Photo of mitch3114
4.38/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- very dark, almost black. Off-white head to about an inch. After a few minutes, it subsided into a ring around the edge of my glass.

S- roasted malts, yeast? Sweet fermented fruits, raisins, some faint hints of spice. cinnamon, brown sugar. I can faintly smell the alcohol.

T- A little fruity, some chocolate, some sweetness, roasted malt, some faint hops, not detecting any spices or-wait, is this a pumpkin beer? I am not detecting any pumpkin.

M- A little chewy, quite nice. Not too carbonated, smooth and creamy.

O- Overall this is a great stout. A really great stout. However, it just tastes like...a great stout. I cannot taste and pumpkin or even any spices. Because of that I am taking some points off as it's not really consistent with the style (pumpkin ale, or pumpkin stout) as it doesn't show any signs of pumpkin flavor. I would recommend this highly though if you would like a nice stout with a higher ABV. It is just shy of an imperial stout, which is nice as you might be able to drink two or three of these in a night, which is hard to do with an imperial stout...unless you are drinking to get drunk...but then you probably wont be drinking an imperial stout for that.

FYI, I am eating a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup and it pairs really well!

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Photo of oberon
3.82/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours into a becker a deep dark chocolate color with a nice creamy beige head that never really completely settles,just a nice creamy mass with a few broken rings of lace left behind.Aromas pumpkin pie spice,chocolate,and mild coffee roast.A fucll creamy feel in the mouth,it glides down very easy,cinnamon and nutmeg on the palate with roast playing a backup role,a little chocolate in the finish.It is just a tad sweet for me to be considered great but the feel is top notch and it has nice flavors.

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Photo of themind
3.36/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

The appearance of this beer was very good, pitch black with a nice mocha colored head. The aroma was pumpkin and not much else. The mouthfeel was nice but slightly over carbonated but is smooth and creamy. The taste has several things going on, subtle pumpkin, nutmeg and other spices along with possibly some chocolate. Its hard to put a finger on what this beer resembles. That said over all even though the base stout is slightly weak this beer is worth drinking.

Bottom Line: Interesting beer.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.16/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a wine glass.

A: Pours a very dark brown color. The head is a one finger khaki shade with surprisingly good retention. Good rings of lacing are left on the glass, too.

S: Smells like a pumpkin ale. It's reasonably well-spiced, but not extraordinarily so. I also pick up a little bit of caramel sweetness. Not much stout qualities come through, though, and that's a bit of a problem.

T: Again, this is supposed to be a pumpkin stout, so where's the stout part? I pick up mostly opening cinnamon/nutmeg with a touch of finishing caramel. Having said that, I actually get a touch of actual gourd character - and that's pretty rare in a pumpkin ale (weird, eh?) It's a bit imbalanced in terms of how the spice character overpowers the malt flavors, also.

M: The only suggestion that this is a stout is in the mouthfeel, which is both creamy on the front end and mildly dry on the back end. Carbonation is a bit high for the style, though. It really has a wonderful feel, but the thickness doesn't do the drinkability any favors.

O: This is just another pumpkin ale I'm not terribly enthused by, and the stout part is a letdown. However, it's not bad - it feels great in the mouth and isn't undrinkable. It's just kind of boring is all. Worth trying, but I won't buy again.

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