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 mfunk9786
4.76/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Looks can be deceiving.

A: This beer pours a very average watery black that one has become accustomed to with a low-ish ABV stout. Nothing special. An off-white head that laces well, but doesn't get as sticky as some beers do. You wouldn't think this would be one of the best pumpkin beers ever conceived by looking at it.

S: A lovely combination of pumpkin, cinnamon, and allspice. Some roasty chocolate and brown sugar on the finish. What an aroma!

T: This beer tastes absolutely amazing. Some might be a little puzzled by the idea of a pumpkin stout, but it's such a great execution of this Frankenstein-ed style that you'll never question anything again. In your life. The best thing about the flavor is that it's not overspiced like a lot of pumpkin beers, there's a great balance of flavor between dark chocolate, pumpkin meat, and light pumpkin spices. There's a definite hint of whipped cream sweetness on the finish, like a liquid version of the best dessert you've never had. Gives Pumking a definite run for its money as the best pumpkin beer ever.

M: Smooth. The restrained spicing leaves this feeling very cool and pleasant on the tongue. Perfect for what it is.

D: Couldn't be more drinkable. I could drink a six-pack of this beer in about 20 minutes. It's just so cool and smooth and lovely - it's dangerously drinkable. No alcohol presence whatsoever.

This is a beer that needs to be getting a lot more attention. Bravo, Cape Ann! I've bought a case of it and might run out before summer's over. Do yourself a favor and try this right away.

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Photo of aibkstaff
4.66/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This pumpkin stout has a beautiful midnight darkness to it and a bit of head. It smells of roasted barley and has a faint scent of pumpkin. The taste is awesome. Not too pumpkiny, not too sweet, but the combination of a little pumpkin and alot of roasted barley is the best. Great taste! It has a nice medium body with a little bubbly carbonation. This is an exceptional pumpkin beer and I highly recommend it.

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Photo of DrunkPagan
4.62/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I don't like pumpkin beers. I LOVE this beer.

It pours a thick dark color with a slightly brown head. The nose notes some spices and roasted malt. The taste absolutely blew me away.
It didn't taste like pumpkin pie crammed into a bottle. The rich stout melded with the pumpkin and spice flavors in a delicious threesome where neither overpowered the other. The mouthfeel was good, not too heavy.
Some people complain that they can't drink more than one pumpkin beer. I defy you to ONLY drink one of these.

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Photo of tigg924
4.6/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: dark brown in color, 1/3 inch head, clear, moderate carbonation

Smell: pumpkin, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice

Taste: pumpkin, pumpkin pie spice, burnt malt, dark chocolate

Mouthfeel: smooth, medium/heavy bodied, medium-high carbonation, sweet start, bitter middle with a sweet end

Drinkability: A wonderful combination of a stout beer and pumpkin. This I believe is the best/most interesting pumpkin beer I have had. You can taste way more than just pumpkin spices. I want to have several. This will be the beer I look forward to most in October.

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Photo of ShogoKawada
4.55/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

re-review. 12oz into large tulip.

A- Nice coffee brown, a bit darker in the glass than in the pour, 2-finger oatmeal cookie sandy tan head that has some nice spotty lacing as it settles.

S- A nice coffee bitterness and dark roast malt. Nutmeg and pumpkin flesh.

T- This beer is a stout first and a pumpkin beer second. It just works. Nice roasty bitterness and a tinge of dark fruit. Pumpkin spice is mellow and mingles with the earthy bitter finish.

M- Beer is pretty smooth and very easy to drink. Great balance of flavors. Not too heavy of a body but it has a nice heft to it.

O- I bought a case of this stuff, and might buy another. Quite possibly my favorite seasonal beer. Thumbs way up.

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Photo of gpcollen1
4.54/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This one pours nice and dark - an oddity in pouring a pumpkin brew for me. Head a bit too active so this one has to be poured Aroma floats from roasty toasty to spicy - with it very hard to pick one in particular out.

A light and drinkable stout gets backed up with lots of pumpkin and spice. Again hard to pick and choose individual flavor and works very well in here.

This one hits each and every spot for sure. A no brainer in the world of pumpkin brews. This one needs to be had.

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Photo of SlowTwitch
4.51/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - very dark pour, with a nice thick dark tan head

S - heavy on the pumpkin and spice. a pleasant scent, but i was a little wary that it would be an overly pumpkin tasting beer.

T - fantastic. a nice roasted, chocolatey malt flavor. the pumpkin and spice are just enough to let you know it's there, but not overpower the malt.

D - entirely too easy to drink.

overall, this is one of the better pumpkin beers I've had.

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Photo of corey0212
4.49/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a very dark dark brown, some nice lighter brown highlights around the edges, medium-sized sturdy tan head fades into a fine film on top of the beer with minimal lacing. Lots of nutmeg on the nose, a bit of milk chocolate, and maybe a touch of weak coffee. Really subtly flavored, as far as pumpkin beers go. You get the nutmeg, the pumpkin pie flavor, but it's all secondary to what amounts to a very tasty and classic American Stout....makes me wish Cape Ann offered a stout year-round. Medium-bodied brew, some good lingering pumpkin pie flavors, but nothing overwhelming. Drinkability is where this beer soars. Not so overly-spiced as to become a dessert beer, but certainly "pumpkiny" enough to be a very flavorful representation of the season. Very unique, well-crafted, and extremely tasty.

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Photo of plaid75
4.47/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep black hue with a one finger pillowy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured great upfront pumpkin and cinnamon aromas with a solid toasted grain.

The taste was unique and amazing. Mildly sweet and smooth pumpkin flavor complimented the excellent toasted malt. Flavors of cinnamon and coffee were also present.

The mouthfeel was full and creamy.

Overall an excellent stout and an excellent pumpkin ale all in one. Perhaps my favorite fall seasonal beer.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.47/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with an almost, three finger-thick, lightly browned, tan colored head that is a mix of creamy and frothy consistencies. The beer is a dark brown almost black color that is dark enough to be opaque when held up to the light, despite showing a clear, dark chocolate hue as I was pouring. The aroma is clearly pumpkin influenced as that is what is most noticeable as I am pouring this brew; not just spices either, there is a nice, fleshy pumpkin meat character to this brew. Upon deeper inspecting softly roasted, dark malt notes (light espresso, toasted grain, touch of chocolate) accent notes of cinnamon, caramelized pumpkin flesh and a touch of nutmeg. The nose of this brew has a really nice balance that I was not expecting; this is clearly a pumpkin beer, but the spice notes are quite restrained and the underlying Stout aromatics are a really nice touch.

The beer starts out dry and lightly tart, but picks up a malty, chocolate-like sweetness through the middle at which point some cinnamon notes accentuate the sweetness a bit more. The beer finishes with a flash of pumpkin pie and then a long, lingering, roasted grain character that tastes of charcoal, a light burnt acidity, a touch of blackened chalk, and a dry black coffee finish. Initially the pumpkin meat is not as noticeable in the flavor as it was in the aroma, but I think it does accent the middle of this brew and adds just a hint of squash flavors towards the finish. As the beer warms up though, the pumpkin flavors start to play a little bit bigger role here and are actually fairly noticeable. The texture of this beer is quite nice; soft, sort of creamy, with a palate coating quality to it, yet it is not overly heavy and is a the perfect drinking beer for cooler weather.

Definitely one of the best Pumpkin beers I have ever had; I would not have guessed it but the base beer style of a Stout pairs really well with the typical Pumpkin flavors and light spice notes. I definitely love well made Pumpkin brews, but they have been so hard to find commercially that I am really loving this beer. One of those beers that justs really hits the spot at this particular moment in time.

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Photo of Michaelcc73
4.45/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Very good beer. Poured a dark black with a dark brown tinge to it. Could almost see the orange of the pumpkin trying to break the blackness of the stout.

Had a very sweet taste with a definitely noticable pumpkin flavor.

Went down very smooth with little to no noticible carbination.

Best Pumpkin beer I have tried.

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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 bort11
4.42/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Received from jaxon53 in the BA Secret Santa '08.

12 oz bottle poured into an imperial pint glass. Mild tan head that has a tinge of orange. Gradually recedes to nothing, no lacing to speak of. Color is a dark solid brown to almost black. Dark orange highlights shine around the edges when held to the light.

Smell has more stout characteristics. Dark roasted coffee aromas, hints of cocoa powder. Mild spices. Taste is where the pumpkin comes into play. Still lots of stout flavors, but nutmeg, cinnamon, and all spice kicks it up. Pumpkin flavors are there, but are muted by the coffee flavors. It's like having a piece of pie and cup of coffee all in one.

Mouthfeel is creamy with a powdery texture. Quite filling. Makes a great dessert beer. Delicious!

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

12oz bottle picked up in VA this week. The beer pours a dark brown, opaque, with a thick tan head. The aroma isn't as strong with pumpkin spices as most pumpkin ales, which is nice as this beer is a unique creation. The pairing of these spices with a stout is inspired, the roasted malts match the cinnamon and nutmeg perfectly, smelling more strongly of stout than pumpkin pie. It tastes just as good, a roasted malt stout with malty sweetness counterplayed against a light sprinkling of pumpkin pie spices. In fact it almost tastes more like pumpkin itself than of spices, really this is growing on me. Definitely to be purchased when I see it again.

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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 Brad007
4.38/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a dark black color with a brown head and ruby hues. Aroma was smooth and velvety with pumpkin and coffee essences. Taste had just the right amount of coffee and pumpkin flavors and was not overwhelming in any way. A nice bitterness reigned as well. Not a bad way to showcase pumpkin flavors in a darker beer.

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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 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 russpowell
4.36/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this from RblWthACoz, cheers John!

Pours mahogany with 1+ finger of tan head. Average lacing & head retention

S: Chocolate, a touch of oaky smoke & pumpkin pie spices

T: A touch chocolate, some restrained smokeyness & rich pumpkin up front. A bit of roasted, grain, nutmeg & cocoa are there as this warms. Finishes with plums, cocoa & slight smokeyness

MF: Smooth, medium bodied, low carbonation

Drinks very easy for the style & ABV. This is among the best for this style I've ever had

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Photo of Freshie
4.35/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at the Sunset Grill and Tap in Allston.

Served in a tulip glass.

Dark and deep colour, but if held to a light, a bit of crimson appears. Nice tan head, that laces to the sides. Head dissapates afterwhile, but the lace stays around.

The aroma is spiced and very noticeable. Cinnoman, some pumpkin, and a bit of hops.

The taste is sweet, brown sugar malty, with pumpkin and cinnoman tastes coming after. Full-bodied and bold. The spices in this ale stay with you as you drink.

Perfect on a brisk autumn day in New England. This might go very well with Thanksgiving dinner.

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Photo of BigCheese
4.35/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle fresh to death,

A: Pours a deep brown just lighter than black. Opaque, thin head dissaptes quickly.

S: Yum, fresh pumpkin, some roasted chocolatey malts, maybe hints of pumpkin pie spices.

T: Juicy Sweet Pumpkins right of the bat, pie crust, some pumpkin pie spices but there subdued. More of a sweeter stout. Tons of pumpkin flavor throughout. More chocolate than coffee stout base.

M: Low Carbonation, Silky Smooth body, real smoth. ABV hardly present.

O: Really awesome pumpkin brew. Highly recommended, nice change from typical Pumpkin Ales. My favorite non imperial pumpkin ale.

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Photo of mountdew1
4.33/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was a very dark opaque black with a thin slightly dirty white head. Aroma was brown sugar sweet with some vanilla undertones. Pumpkin was very prevalent in the flavor, not overly spicy like some, a nice mellow pumpkin pie flavor. Felt ok in the mouth, nice thickness and carbonation, but didn't coat as well as it could have. Pleasant to drink, a very solid stout.

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Photo of jlindros
4.33/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I can't believe I somehow never put up a review for this beer. I love it, and I was on a pumpkin kick for a while. Found another 6-pack the other day, so I had to get more.

A: Pours creamy huge 2.5 finger head of darker milky rich thick creamy head. Almost pitch black color with no real light getting through. The head fades very slowly and leaves a lacing on the glass.

N: Some dark malts, some roast, hints of chocolate, and some pumpkin. A nice pumpkin aroma, with hints of little spice, Cinnamon, pumpkin pie, toasty pumpkin seeds, and lots of nice deliciousness.

T: Starts like a stout. A little bitter earthy stoutness, with some dark malt flavors, some roasted and chocolate but little, a nice dark rich stout flavor. Creamy chocolate and a little baker's chocolate. Rich dark fruit flavors even. Then comes a little hint of a nice pumpkin flavor, it's not over the top at all, its very subtle and nice. A hint of spices comes with it, adding a little cinnamon, and making it taste also a little like pumpkin pie.

M: Semi thick and very rich and creamy, a decent carbonation.

F: Finishes semi bitter, probably both the stouty roastedness and some hints of hops. Finishes a little drier which is nice. Lingering roasted and dark malt flavors, and hints of lingering pumpkin. Not really any late spices, just nice rich stout, almost as if the spices disappeared and this just became a nice creamy dry stout. Again I remember how much I like this beer.

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Photo of fdrich29
4.32/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler filled at the Cape Ann Brewing Company Saturday, August 23, 2008. Review Wednesday, August 27, 2008.

Pours a solid black with tan head. Smells like pumpkin and malt, very rich and deep aroma. Taste is amazing, pumpkin, chocolate, malt. Yum. Very smooth drinking beer, slightest bit of alcohol at the end. Surprisingly smooth, goes down very easily.

Definitely worth trying if you can get your hands on it. Looking forward to finishing up my growler...and then refilling it.

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
4.32/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle

Pours a very dark mahogany brown with a small mocha head that fades. Mild spotted lacing on the glass.

Aroma is rather enticing. Rich, robust roasted malt smell along with a healthy dose of pumpkin pie spices. Smells of molasses, cocoa, and espresso are woven in.

Hearty, roasted malt flavor upfront leading into a dose of pumpkin spices. I am not a big fan of typical pumpkin pie spiced beers, but the spices really work well with the roasted malt flavors. Hints of cocoa and molasses and a bit of coffee flavor. Finishes quite roasty and dry. By far the best pumpkin spiced beer I have had.

Full body, light carbonation.

Extremely impressed by this beer. It's very drinkable, although I need something else after one or two in order to keep the spices from fatiguing my palate. Try this one.

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