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 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 DeepSix
4.17/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown, maybe black color. Lots of head on this one, with some nice lacing. The stout in the name lives up.

The spices are visible in the smell, but so are some natural stout types, such as chocolate and coffee. Pretty cool collection of smells here.

The smell continues here to the taste, all together, the pumpkin spices maybe dominating a little more. Thick mouthfeel, with a slight note of the alcohol

Probably the best Pumpkin beer I've had so far, very nice pick for fall.

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Photo of roadhouse
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many thanks to warriorsoul for this bottle. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appears a very dark black color, not quite opaque with some reddish highlights showing in the light. Three-quarter inch tan head sinks down to a skim and leaves minimal lacing.

Aroma is dominated by pumpkin pie spices, but there is a subtle roasty background to it that I'm surprised is so far in the background for being a stout. It's rather mild overall in any case.

Flavor starts out with a dose of pie spices then some roastiness akin to chocolate comes out. It finishes on a more bitter note as the roast flavors become more coffee-like and some earthy hops reveal themselves. Pie spices stay with it all the way.

Mouthfeel is medium, goes down smooth and creamy.

Very interesting pumpkin ale, I'm glad I had the opportunity to try it. I must say I enjoyed it more than ST Pumking, which I found to be a bit too intense with the spices. The mildness of this is what makes it so great. The spices are all clearly there but they don't make it seem like you are drinking a pie like some pumpkin ales.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
2.78/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass.

4.5 A: Pours a dark brown/black like motor oil that has been partially used. Can't see through it at all. Thick, frothy, creamy head that retains well.

4.0 S: Pumpkin, pumpkins spice are most intense, followed by coffee and chocolate. Hints of earthy hops.

2.0 T: Typical tasteless stout backbone. Tastes more like a pumpkin flavored coke than beer. Coke that has been opened a week ago. There is a little bit of coffee and some chocolate, but not enough. Not enough of anything really.

2.5 M: Medium body. Not nearly as creamy as I would have expected and hardly any carbonation (even for a stout).

2.5 D: It doesn't taste bad, but it's boring as hell. At least Keystone Light evokes some kind of reaction (kind of like how I'd prefer pain over paralysis).

I must be some kind of genetic mutant. There is no other way of explaining why people like this beer (or most other stouts) so damn much. I think there is a Stout gene that allows you to taste flavors in stouts that I apparently don't have.

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Photo of IBUnit63
4.12/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally found this puppy. 12 oz. into a BMS mug.

A thin, maple walnut-colored head tops a deep, dark Italian roast-colored body. Looks extremely formidable and quite opaque.

Aroma is hearty chocolate malt with earthy espresso roast, blended perfectly with mellow natural pumpkin and spices.

Classic dry, smoky malt with just a kiss of pumpkin and spices. Hop profile is more on the grassy side. A slatish feel to it as well.

The smokiness provides a tingle on the palate. Finish is long and woody but a bit on the lighter side. Hop grass melds well with dry malt texture.

This is an enjoyable sipper that rolls like a classic stout - next-nigh bone dry. Very clean. Great job from one of our locals.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.91/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

6-Pack just copped from Bottle King in Livingston for $7.99...
Heard a lot of positive things about this seasonal brew, from a mostly little-heard-of brewery up in New England...
Appearance: Beautiful, slow, steady pour resulting in a pitch-black, opaque hue with an immense foamy and frothy head that exhibited impressive staying power... Nice stuff...
Smell: Mainly linked to pumpkins, along with a subtle hint of mocha and chocolate...
Taste: Definitely one of the most unique seasonal pumpkin ales I've come across... A near-perfect blend of pumpkin spices, including cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and dark sugars mingled with slight stout, chocolate and mocha essences...
Mouthfeel seemed pretty medium-bodied, and could've been a little thicker... Nice 6.75% ABV...
Easily drinkable... Hardly any alcohol detectable either...

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Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm not really a big fan of pumpkin flavored beers, but this is an exception I'm willing to make. I tried it for the first time at the brewery and was most impressed. It doesn't have an overwhelming pumpkin taste but you can easily notice it at the same time. Perfect fall or winter beverage, it's not too heavy so you can drink it with a big meal if you want.

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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 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 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 tgbljb
3.16/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep brown color with some reddish highlights.
Smell is very light, almost non-existant. If I force myself, and know that this is a pumplin lae, I can detect a bit of pumpkin spice.
Taske is rich for roasted malt, with some coffe notes also present, and if I struggle I can find a touch of pumpkin.
Finishes strongly dry with some light pumpkin flavors.
I rated this as a pumpkin ale, but it was a bit lame as this type of beer. As a stout, I would have rated it better.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured frm a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass, the liquid is dark brown with good carbonation. Thehead is close to 2 fingers, mocha and leaves some lace.

The smell is slightly spicy, a bit of ripe pumpkin and alight toast note.

The taste is good, I think a stout is a better way to go for a pumpkin brew. Most Pumpkin beer are too heavey on the spice and don't balance well. This is beter, The spice is light and does not dominate, the stout with some coffee and char notes tries too make a stance, and the mild hops being the weekest link.

The mouthfeel is good not quite full but ok, with good carbonation.

Thedrinkability is good, I like this approach to a pumpkin beer, but I am still not a bg fan of them. This one is not bad and worth a try. MK

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Photo of gordavidson
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pitch black with a small off-white head. When held to a light, some ruby can be seen around the edges.

S- Pumpkin and spice. Roasty with some noticeable coffee. I was kind of surprised how well things blended together here.

T- Same as the aroma. A sweet for my tastes.

M- Creamy with good carbonation. Something is a little off here, but I had trouble putting my finger on it. I think there was just a lack of lasting flavor for a stout.

D- A little on the sweet and rich side, but it is unique. 'A' for effort.

My girlfriend took a sip and said it tasted like vomit, but to each their own.

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Photo of weeare138
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to warriorsoul for sharing this at Kennett Brew Fest...
Appears black with a fluffy, off white head that slowly fades into a mild head. Sticky chunks of lacing are left.
Smell is of obvious pumpkin, chocolate, coffee, roasted grains, and some sweet caramel. The spices were remarkably toned down in this...quite tame compared to some of the overkilled versions I've had.
Taste is that of the mentioned aromas with the obvious nod to pumpkins and chocolate being in the forefront of the flavors.
Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with the sweetness and cocoa-like bitterness swirling about to an enjoyable brew. One of the better, more tolerable pumpkin beers I've had.

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Photo of Zorro
3.61/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled through the efforts of Imstillthegman and 1000 Miles (or East/West again) BIF.

A near lightproof beer with a good brown head that lasts.

The smell is sweet and spicy with a fairly strong coffee aroma. Notable pumpkin pie spices but the char of the patent malt covers it up somewhat.

The taste begins mildly sweet with coffee and pumpkin pie spice in the after taste. A bit of unsweetened chocolate flavor appears after a while and the spice remains as an after taste.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Don't know if I really like this or not. It wins points for originality but I think I would really rather have a Guinness instead.

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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 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 msolar
3.56/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pitch black, small foamy head

Smell - Espresso.

Taste - This tastes like a coffee stout. Where's the pumpkin?

Mouth - Good, medium bodied.

Drinkability - Carbonated.

Overall, I liked this but wouldn't consider it a "pumpkin beer". We tasted in in a line up of other pumpkin beers and this one had very subtle pumpkin flavoring. I'd purchase this beer again but for someone looking for a real pumpkin flavored beer I'd suggest the Imperial Pumpking or Dog Fish Head Punkin' Ale.

Original review: 10/20/07 (B+)
Updated: 9/20/09 - just wrote an independent review without checking prior description and had to lower the rating. Coincidentally I wrote that I think it's over-carbonated and lacking pumpkin spice. I wouldn't buy it again.

I'd recommend Berkshire's Coffeehouse Porter if you're looking for a good it's-cold-fall-is-here beer. If you're looking for a pumpkin beer, I'd suggest the South Hampton Pumpkin Ale or Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale. For a really outrageous pumpkin spice beer, there's nothing else like Southern Tier's "Pumking".

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Photo of WanderingFool
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fisherman's Pumpkin Stout pours black into the glass with a thin tan head on top. The foam dissolves quickly and leaves behind a few spots of lace as it disappears.

The aroma is is full of rich roasted malt, chocolate, and a subtle hint of pumpkin and nutmeg. Each sip of this medium to full bodied beer is smooth with a firm carbonated bite on the tip of the tongue.

The flavor begins with roasted malt and coffee. Pumpkin pie spices of cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice quickly take over and lasts until the end. It finishes dry and once gone some of the spices and roasted malt flavor lingers on the palate.

This is probably the first pumpkin stout I've ever had. Never thought of this combination before, but it definitely works.

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Photo of DaggerEyes
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a nice hearty fall brew
poured on tap at The Diamond a deep black with a brown head one finger high...disapated into a thin covering. Delicate lacing

Nose features notes of bitter chocolate, coffee nutmeg brown sugar cinnimon and of course the pumpkin

Taste is smokey and spicey. Coffee nutmeg pumpking all there, with a bit of berry fruit, cranberry bitterness and I even detected the faintest hint of mint.

Medium bodied silky smooth clean finish a fantastic fall and winter beer

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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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Photo of NEhophead
4.32/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 fl oz brown bottle; served in a nonic.

Deep caramel-tinted maple with auburn highlights. Somewhat creamy, off-white head that fades to a lasting, whispy sheet. Minimal lacing with not much strength.

Rich espresso and dark chocolate aromas underneath mild pumpkin and dry spices: cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice. Notes of peat and licorice.

Rich, roasted malts: dark chocolate, mocha, with a rough floral hop profile and a lingering peat-smoke. Mild, but noticeable pumpkin with soft, warming spices: gingerbread, nutmeg, and allspice. Deep, floral bite with anotes of licorice, bittered chocolate, and peat.

Full bodied; smooth, and nearly slick if it weren't for the roasted quality. Quite silky even with the rounded, warm spices.

A flavorful, unique combination of an American Stout and a Pumpkin Ale. If you're tired of the usual Pumpkin Ale monotony, here's your cure. Definitely my choice over other pumpkin-based, autumn ales.

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - this flavored stout pours a dark black with slight ruby highlights, unseen carbonation sustains a half finger of light brown head

S - the aroma is an amalgamation of typical stout malt aromas (noticeably without any coffee or chocolate elements) and a great pumpkin aroma, very enticing

T - there it is! theres the chocolate and coffee flavors, they blend with a nice perfectly spiced, not overspiced, pumpkin flavor for a great flavor combination, what a great flavor, it doesnt taste like a stout with pumpkin added, it tastes like a true pumpkin stout

M&D - this is very drinkable, no huge alcohol bite, just a great flavor easy down smooth beer, even the girlfriend enjoyed it, great brew

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Photo of heyyins09
4.32/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The leaves are changing college football is in full swing and it is time for pumpkin beer. One of many seasonal pumkin beers I have tried this season. My first pumkin spiced stout.

It pours dark like a typical stout with a small off white head.

The smell is of pumkin and spice and is not the typical stout smell.

The initial taste is of roasted malt and coffee slowly progressing into the finish of pumkin spice.

Mouth feel is above average as the stout coats your tongue and provides a base for the coffee to pumkin transition.

I was very impressed with the drinkability. Overall, a good beer that I will search for each fall season.

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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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Fisherman's Pumpkin Stout from Cape Ann Brewing Company
3.74 out of 5 based on 553 ratings.
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