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.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.37/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This pumpkin stout pours as a deep brown color with a tan colored head on it. The smell have some pretty good spices on the nose. The flavor of the beer kind of lacked for me, the spicy nose doesn't transfer over to the taste all that much. The mouthfeel is pretty light for a stout . Overall it's a decent brew for the style. It's probably worth checking out in the fall.

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Photo of metter98
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very dark amber (near black) in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter-finger beige head that died down but consistently left wispy patterns of bubbles on the surface and a thick ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light to moderately strong aromas of pumpkin and pumpkin spices in the nose
T: Much like the smell, the taste has balanced flavors of pumpkin and pumpkin spices along with hints of roasted malts from the stout.
M: It feels medium-bodied, quite smooth and somewhat creamy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is very easy to drink and is a nice hybrid of a stout and a pumpkin ale.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A pumpkin seasonal that is a stout? Very interesting. Tried this at as a gift from my father. Pours a darkish brown color, not much head to it. Taste is a bit watered down, higher ABV is well hidden. Pumpkin shines through a bit, but for the most part is subdued, tastes more like a generic above average stout to me. While I commend the brewery for trying something different with a pumpkin beer, I felt the pumpkin taste isn't as prevalent as it should be, pretty good beer overall though.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours near black with a slight mocha head and a tad bit of lacing. Nose is roast and chocolate with some pumpkin and ligt spicing in the background. The taste is the same and is more lime a stout with just a bit of pumpkin. Good feel with a bit of dryness. Drinks well and is a nice twist on the style.

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Photo of mothman
2.7/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into snifter.

Pours 1/2 finger of beige head. Color is a dark brown, near black.

Aroma: Pumpkin, spices, cinnamon, nutmeg, and chocolate. Not very stout like.

Taste: More pumpkins and spices. Nutmeg, cinnamon both show a lot. It has some roasted malts and coffee notes as well.

Mouthfeel: Spiced and creamy. Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Ends dry and roasted.

Overall, not a big fan of this one. The pumpkin and spice took to much away from the stout part of this beer. Not to drinkable for me.

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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 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 Kegatron
3.92/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours black, with some ruby highlights along the bottom, and a finger of fizzy mocha colored head. Thin retention that skims the surface, leaving some moderate spotty lacing behind. The aroma is straight up pumpkin spices that dominate the nose with a tingling mix of cinnamon, ginger, and clove with underlying notes of chocolate sweetness and roast.

The taste is chocolate sweetness and dry roasted malt character with pumpkin pie spices that come out in the finish and linger. The mouthfeel is lighter-medium bodied with a moderate carbonation that has a bit of a thinner feel at times. It's hard to believe that this is nearly 7% though, as I don't sense it at all.

I liked this. The body seemed a bit light for a stout but the roasted chocolate malts and spices really worked well together. I'm going to have to drink a couple more of these on Thanksgiving with some pumpkin pie.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap 12/28/08 at Doherty's East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark brown color, with a large light brown head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of dark malt, pumpkin and chocolate with a touch of hops.

T: The taste is malty with flavors of chocolate, coffee, pumpkin and spices up front. There's a hearty malt character and a mild but complimentary hops presence that brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style and fits its niche within the style well, although it's a decent beer, I'm not a big enough fan of Pumpkin Ales or stouts to what to drink this beer again.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a dark brown body with a medium-sized, light tan head.

Smell: Dark roasted malts with star anise, unsweetened chocolate, pumpkin, and the obligatory pumpkin spice.

Taste: Roasted malt flavor with a fair amount of chocolate and even some licorice. The pumpkin flavor takes a backseat to the stout. However, the pumpkin spice is, well... spicy, and it really helps to lighten things up. Drying, spicy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Pumpkin Ale and Stout, what a cute combination.

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Photo of billab914
4.04/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another new pumpkin beer for me this year. Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish snifter. Poured dark brown in color with a very thin white lacing barely covering the top of the beer.

The aroma has a big canned pumpkin flavor to it. It's very light on the spices which are so typical in the style. It's very nice to see a pumpkin beer actually smell like pumpkin for a change. A little bit of roasted flavors round out the flavors in the nose.

The taste shows more of the roasty stout characteristics then the nose did. It has some coffee and burntness coming through in the finish. The canned pumpkin flavor is also present and compliments the stout characteristics with some sweetness. I really like that there isn't much of the typical cinnamon and nutmeg spices to it and the pumpkin can actually play a big role.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, I really enjoyed it this evening. I really liked that it was different then all the other pumpkin beers on the shelf. You can actually taste the pumpkin for a change.

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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 mikesgroove
3.72/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

One of the last few pumpkin beers of the year for me tonight. I have been waiting to try this one, and decided to take it out for a little bit of a nightcap last night. Served at cellar temp and poured into a wine glass. This one was consumed on 11/03/2008.

The pour came off to me at least a little bit unusual for the style. A stout? Not really seeing it. A nice dark brown, that was definitely translucent from what I could see. A small, wispy head of off white came up over the top and settled down gracefully into the glass, leaving just a trace of side glass lacing.

The aroma was filled with pumpkin spice, though not as big on the light, autumn sent that I have been accustomed to over the last couple months. Nice notes of chocolate and caramel mixed in left it feeling a bit fuller, though admittedly a little light in the overall punch. The flavor though I really thought was quite interesting. Hints of chocolate and roasted malts, melting seamlessly with cinnamon and nutmeg touches that really accented them well. Rolling flavor that coated the tongue fully. The feel though was lacking for me, barely thicker then an ale, this was a little short for calling itself a stout. Still though very solid and something that was a very easy drinker.

Overall not bad, not my favorite of the year here, but overall not bad. I would not turn my nose up at this one anytime soon.

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Photo of smcolw
4.27/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Modest head that leaves spotty lace. Pours a dark brown where the slightest of light will penetrate the edge of the glass.

Strong sweet chocolate with spicy pumpkin pie aromas.

Given the smell, this is a surprising taste--dry and bitter. A generous amount of hops gives this beer a bitter finish. The black patent malt gives this a coffee-like flavor. The sweetness is gone. Full bodied with a correspondingly above average carbonation.

This beer has character. It is complex without being gimicky. While this may be a Pumpkin Stout, I see it more as a good beer.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had a pint of this on tap at Max's Taphouse in Baltimore.
A - Deep brown w/ medium brown and a thin tan head.

S - Nice nutmeg and very fine roasted notes w'/ a hint of cinnamon and vegetal odor.

M - Medium roasty, subtle sweetness moderate spiced feel w/ carbonation. Subtle hop spice w/ allspice dry flavor.

T - A nice mix of stout and pumpkin spices w/ a dry nutty and lightly roasted stout taste. A complement of nutmeg a little cinnamon w/ malty dark roastiness, mellow hops w/ a pine tinge at the end. The flavor of pumpkin is not usurped by the dark maltiness of the stout, but rather a fine juxtaposition of both pumpkin and stout is achieved.

D - Very tasty blend of stout w/ spice, the drinkability of this is above average. The spice is not overdone the mix is fresh w/ a unique take on the style. I recommend a taste of this.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my Duvel tulip.

a - Pours a dark brown color, almost black, with less than an inch of white head and low carbonation evident.

s - Smells of roasted malts, coffee, light pumpkin, light spices, and a hint of chocolate.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, light bitter coffee, chocolate, and light pumpkin. No real spices in the taste.

m - Full body stout with low carbonation. Pretty smooth.

d - A decent stout that was small hints of pumpkin. If you like coffee stouts it's worth checking out, but it is not really a pumpkin beer if that's what you're looking for.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a small snifter.

Thanks to cbeer88 for this bottle!

Reviewed blind as part of Blind BIF 7. This stuff pours a very dark black brown, an inky cola, topped by a finger of dusty khaki foam. The nose comprises brown sugar, light cinnamon, clove, and light cocoa powder. The taste holds notes of cola, brown sugar, molasses, light hickory smoke and clove. The body is a light medium, with a moderate carbonation and a thinly smooth feel. Overall, a nice little stout. I suppose the smoke character I got was actually some toasted pumpkin seeds or something, but it doesn't really matter all that much. If this stuff were a smidge thicker, this would be some great beer-age.

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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 vfgccp
3.62/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sep 2010 bottle, reviewed in Sep 2011

A – Dark cola body. Bone white head leaves no lace, sitting low with poor retention.

S – Nutmeg, cinnamon, light pumpkin pie, and a multigrain-like breadiness.

T – Caramel, nutmeg, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Soft hop backdrop. Semi-dry. Soft and fairly restrained; I’d like a bit more of the chocolate malt to come through.

M – Touch low on the carbonation, even for the style. Medium/light body. Nice drinkability though.

O – Not bad. A nice brew to mix up the selection at a party in the fall.

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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 stakem
3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a standard 12oz brown bottle into a snifter. This brew appears a very dark brown color with a ring of clear lighter brown around the edges. Less than a finger of tan head appears and receeds very fast to just a ring of bubbles around the inside of the glass.

Sweet aroma of dark roasty grains smelling like coffee and chocolate upfront satisfy the stout portion of this brew that is quite enjoyable. In the background though comes the scent of autumn almost like foliage mixed with a festive scent of spices like cinnamon. As it warms, the distinct smell of pumpkin is evident but not bold by any means.

The taste of this brew is similar to the nose. Upfront it tastes like a normal stout. Flavors of darkly roasted grains tasting like chocolate and coffee give way to the flavor of pumpkin and other spices similar to cinnamon. There is a lingering flavor of both malty sweetness and pumpkin flavoring left in the mouth along with the spices that does a good job of hiding the alcohol character.

Medium bodied and lightly carbonated, this is quite drinkable. While it isn't a tride and true pumpkin ale, it definitely ranks up there as one of the most enjoyable ones I have had. Mostly in part of the stout character and the lack of the long lasting spices that are not overdone in this brew. I like it and would drink it again.

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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 RblWthACoz
3.76/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a tan head. Nose is all spices, but not really overpowering. Flavor is a mild mix of spices, pumpkin, and stout character. Honestly, I was expecting a thicker profile and just more pumpkin than what was delivered. I think the Dark Horse Blueberry Stout has spoiled me. Feel is okay, buts but thin on liquid. Lower carbonation. This is a nice attempt at an unusual combination. I think if it were thicker, it could go a lot farther.

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Photo of Billolick
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, no freshness info offered. Pours darkest of browns, moderate dark mocha head and more then just bits of lace left behind. Malty, roasty malt nose. Tasty stout, with ample roasted malts, light dark chocolate and equally light pumpkin notes mostly tasted towards the finish. Not being a big pumpkin beer fan, this one seemed to hit the right note on the amount of pumpkin flavor for me. Noticable but nowhere near overpowering. Nice fall beer

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Photo of jwc215
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with ruby highlights. A thin tan head leaves uneven lines of lacing.

The smell is of pumpkin spicing with chocolate and slight roast.

The taste is of medium pumpkin spicing with chocolatey and roasty stout character, especially in the finish.

The feel is a bit thin, but smooth with enough creaminess to that holds within the lighter side of the style well enough.

An interesting brew that is pumpkin-y with a stout character that blends well. The alcohol is very well-hidden, though the spiciness is enough for me to be happy having one (or two at most) at a time.

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