Fisherman's Pumpkin Stout | Cape Ann Brewing Company

Fisherman's Pumpkin StoutFisherman's Pumpkin Stout
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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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Ratings: 553 |  Reviews: 311
Photo of bbeerman
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A.. dark, thick looking pour. Resembles flat cola in the glass. I had no head on the few bottles I enjoyed.

S.. light pumpkin scent. Also a very faint sweet smell I can't place.

T.. quite tasty. Pumpkin is obvious without being overpowering and is a nice addition to a stout style. Happy overall with this one.

M.. just above average. Not too heavy or too light, which most people will like. I would prefer a bit heavier for the style.

O.. I like this beer a lot and look forward to next Autumn when it comes back around. I would recommend even if there was no pumpkin included.

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Photo of Bilco
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of UMNbeerhunter
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of BeerMe42
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of pwoody11
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of Lawnboy33
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of raffy313
3/5  rDev -19.8%

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 jdhilt
3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a two-fingered light cream head that fades quickly to a ring leaving some lace. Black color, no highlights. Medium carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Light chocolate/pumpkin nose and flavor is almost sweet pumpkin and chocolate. $2.25 for a 12oz bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, Ma.

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Photo of jb413
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark, near black with a small one finger coffee/khaki head. Little lacing that lasted on the way down.

S - Roasted Malt, some spices (allspice/nutmeg) and perhaps a faint pumpkin, though hard to tell. Nice though.

T - Dark malt and slight spice in the front. Nice mild sweetness as well. A bit of hoppy undertone and dryness in the finish. No pumpkin to speak of.

MF - Very smooth with nice drinkability. Medium carbonation and a bit of alcohol warmth in the end.

O - A solid offering. I enjoyed it and would buy another or try the Imperial in the future. For me, lack of discernible pumpkin keeps this beer from being great.

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Photo of Arbitrator
3.12/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Chilled bottle into a glass. 2011 vintage shared by alfrantzell. Thanks, Arne! From notes.

A: Pours a translucent dark brown body with a generous tan head that retains well. No lace is left on the sides of the glass; the beer does not maintain a collar or film on top of the beer after the head vanishes.

S: Mild aromas of roasted malt and a touch of caramel, backed by nutmeg and perhaps allspice. Having this next to its big brother later, I marveled at the difference; this one really needs to step up its bouquet.

T: This has a light, drinkable stout-with-some-pumpkin-spice approach to it. It's not very punchy, but it delivers a backbone of roast, caramel, and even a mild presence of milk chocolate. Nutmeg and a touch of licorice in the finish.

M: Light-medium bodied, with medium carbonation. Nothing really stands out or offends here.

O: This is solid, and I'd probably try it once a season if I were local, but it's not something that I will go out of my way to trade for.

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

Huge brown head that stays for quite a while and then evaporates. Black brown fluid is impervious to light. Smell is dark a roasty with coffee and and chocolate. Burnt sugar and subtle pumpkin that is savory and inviting. Earthy hops give a nice balance. Taste is full of coffee and chocolate covered mild pumpkin. Some notes of nutmeg and cinnamon. Good roasted malt core has me lovin' this brew. Finish is dry with notes of earth and vanilla and more subtle pumpkinand spice. Feel nice and light like a dry Irish stout and super drinkable. Easy to knock back quite a few of these as the abv is completely hidden. An excellent beer that blossoms as it warms up. Delicious to start and improves with each sip. Thinks I'll get another growler.

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Photo of JizackFH
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - This beer pours dark brown in color. There is a nice 2-figner light tan head resting on top. The head has pretty good retention, and it leaves some scattered lace behind on the glass.

S - The smell is roasty, and there is quite a bit of pumpkin. There are some spice notes, mostly nutmeg and cinnamon. Also, there is some lactose sweetness.

T - The taste starts off with some dark roasted malt and a nice mild pumpkin flavor and sweetness. There are some light spices flavors of cinnamon and nutmeg. The lactose sweetness is present as well. Also, there are some flavors of chocolate, toffee, and a mild hop presence as well. The finish leaves some lingering roasted malt flavor and a touch of sweetness on the palate.

M - This has a medium body and good carbonation. It goes down easy and has a smooth velvety feel to it. There is some roasted bitterness, as well as some tingly spice notes. Also there is some light pumpkin sweetness.

O - This has good drinkability. It goes down really easy, and I could easily knock a few of these back. This has a really nice flavor, and i really enjoyed it. I don't know why more breweries aren't making pumpkin stouts. I think the combination works really well, at least in this beer it does. Overall, I thought this was a good interesting beer. It is easy to drink and goes down smooth. I recommend checking it out.

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Photo of Ungertaker
3.49/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a New Belgium globe.

A- Pours the darkest brown with a two-finger, khaki head and very little light penetration.

S- Some chocolate, hints of spices and pumpkin, a little bit of espresso.

T- The pumpkin was there, but difficult to pick up. A fair amount of coffee, chocolate, toffee and roasted malts.

M- Medium-bodied with a balanced carbonation level.

O- This was the first pumpkin stout I have ever had. It was good, for a stout, but the pumpkin was too difficult to pick up. I served it at cellar temp (which I do with most stouts); I am wondering if I should have served it a little cooler. Could the stout characteristics have taken over because of the temp? Either way, the beer was good and worth a try.

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Photo of Florida9
3.28/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Appears black in the glass, but shows to be dark brown around the edges. Forms a large fizzy mocha colored head that quickly reduces to a thin surface coating and eventually, nothing. No lacing.

S: Lightly sweet with notes of brown sugar, molasses, allspice, nutmeg, vanilla, and a little cinnamon.

T: Rather thin flavors all around. Cola and pumpkin pie spice. Some light molasses. If there is actual pumpkin in this beer, I'm not getting it.

M: Medium bodied, but thin for the style. Even a little watery. Appropriate carbonation.

O: Thin in both mouthfeel and flavor resulting in a decent, drinkable, but rather unimpressive beer. The double version was much more impressive.

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Photo of CheezyBlaster
2.58/5  rDev -31%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Nose: Pumpkin spices quickly make space to share for the robust stout aromas we're all used to. Not powerful or present.

Taste and feel: Drier in the middle than I would have thought, and not as full bodied as I expected -a tad watery, for a stout, or an ale. After a bit it doesn't taste like anything. Carbonation is quite present. Neat mouthfeel, but I have no flavors to speak of . . . it should taste like something, right? Not drain pouring, but I wouldn't buy it again. I have had friends say the opposite of what I'm writing, so, maybe it's just a bad bottle?

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Photo of Neorebel
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown, almost black hue with a light brown head. Good retention and lacing. The aroma is nice and complex with nutmeg, clove, pumpkin, toast, and mocha. Nice mix of pumpkin and stout in the flavor profile. Spicy. Could be a bit more full bodied however, and there is some sort of oxidized taste in the finish that puts me off a bit.

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Photo of danmcg62
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Poured into a pint glass. Pours a deep, black color with a decent looking mocha colored head. Love the look of this brew. This is how a stout should look.

S-At first whiff you get a mix of pumpkin spice and roasted coffee. Also a mix of spice and cocoa. I like this very much.

T-Major pumpkin flavor with a chocolate mix. A little malty, mild spice. Decent mix of flavors.

M-Thick feel in the mouth. Spicy and smooth.

O-Overall this is a solid offering from Cape Ann. I like the combination of flavors and I like that the pumpkin beer is a stout. I like that they are trying to mix it up, trying something different. Cape Ann is slowly becoming one of my favorite breweries.

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Photo of Phelps
3.35/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle sent by augustiner719, poured into a tulip.

Inky black, not syrupy but completely opaque. Half a finger of fizzy tan head pops away rather quickly, leaving just a thin ring and no lace.

Burnt biscuits and roasted pumpkin seeds provide the backbone, while sweet roasted pumpkin, vanilla and clove make up the body. A hint of chocolate and allspice complete the experience.

Subtlety is the name of the game with this pumpkin stout. There’s not much initial flavor aside from some tangy chocolate and a bit of pumpkin pie spice. Toast and roast pumpkin emerge after the swallow, but both are pretty light. Dry finish with lingering notes of pie crust.

Medium-light body displays moderate carbonation and silky fizziness. It starts watery, but expands a bit as it warms. Alcohol is negligible, and the finish is dry and crisp.

I’m a man who likes his pumpkin beers packed with pumpkin, and Fisherman’s Pumpkin Stout doesn’t really deliver there. The gourd here seems to be more of an afterthought, and even the stout flavor is too light.

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Photo of OutFox
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A Fisherman's Rep dropped off a mixed six at the beer shop I work at and this is the first one Im getting around to trying.

A - Poured into a wine glass. Dark Dark brown with a tan head, looks like a stout! Not that it wouldnt. Decent retention and ok lacing. Porter like on the edges when light hits it.

S - Woah smells like a mild spiced pumpkin pie with a little coffee undertones. Smells really nice, all the pumpkin spices that are normally now found in pumpkin beers but with a different sort of backbone to it.

T - Same as the nose. Which is a good thing. Really like this flavor combo.

M - A little watery for a stout with a much lighter body than I would have expected.

O - Good beer. Really like the balance of the flavors. Needed a little more body in my opinion but thats the only problem I had with it.

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Photo of angelogarcia3
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very nice beer served in a pint glass with a large tan head, black color, and notes of pumpkin, nutmeg, and chocolate. The first sip is very thick and almost syrupy in the mouth. Fisherman's Pumpkin Stout on a nitro-tap actually has more flavors than in the bottle. Our first sip had flavors of nutmeg, chocolate, with hints of cinnamon, cardamom, and a slight maple & vanilla flavors. Had it at the Good Life in Massapequa, NY.

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Photo of phichifiji00
3.64/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours black with one finger of tan head that quickly fades. Minimal lacing.

Smell: Roasted malt and pumpkin dominate, subtle pumpkin pie spices.

Taste: Nutmeg, cinnamon, roasted malt, caramel, chocolate, and hints of coffee.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Smooth.

Overall: A good beer, but lacking on the pumpkin/spice elements. The roasted malt dominates.

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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 airforbes1
3.76/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my first pumpkin stout, so I don't know what to expect. The head is copious and frothy at first (in a way that reminds me of Sierra Nevada's stout) before it becomes a thin layer at the top. The nose is mild, smelling more like a pumpkin ale than a stout; I smell some nutmeg and cinnamon, but it's nothing powerful.

I taste bitter chocolate, nutmeg, and cinnamon. The mouthfeel is creamy, but I wouldn't describe it as a thick beer. Little pumpkin taste to speak of. My initial reaction is to describe this beer as a stout with autumn spices.

My initial opinion holds up: This doesn't work as a pumpkin beer, but it does work as a bitter-chocolate-with-spices beer. Tasty, but not a highly drinkable stout because of the spices. Still, the beer does a good job of masking 7% ABV.

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Photo of CaptJackHarkness
4.24/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The brew pours a deep brown color with virtualy no head, no lacing of the glass. Aroma is of pumpkin pie and chocolate mousse. Taste is pleasing and sweet, pumpkin spices and milk, no bitters!I am only half finished while I write this and I already want another!

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Fisherman's Pumpkin Stout from Cape Ann Brewing Company
Beer rating: 57.9% out of 100 with 553 ratings
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