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 yesyouam
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fisherman's Pumpkin Stout is a brownish black ale. It takes a heavy pour, but a small light khaki head emerges and quickly fades to a ring and leaves nice lacing on the glass. It has a huge pumpkin aroma. Underneath, there's a little roastiness, like coffee, and a hint of sweetness like cola. It's pretty light bodied and smooth. The clean finish is a little chewy. There's lots of pumpkin and a little roast in the taste. There's a touch of sweetness... maybe lactose? There's not really any bitterness. This must be a milk stout. It's pretty straightforward and very drinkable.

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Photo of BogleHill
3.3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very dark ruby brown brew with a thin tan lacy head that fades quickly. Lightly sweet and roasty aroma. Flavor is smooth and drinkable, perhaps some sweetness from the pumpkin, but it's rather faint. Mostly, this is just a typical stout. Not much sign of any spices either. oh well - thought I'd try it just to see...

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Photo of Bulldog88h
2.52/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I can't believe anybody would give this an A! Not really a pumpkin beer, and as a stout it is thin and flat. No head, no creamy mouthfeel.
The color is adequate, but it lacks carbonation and body.
This is a middle of the road, average beer. There are some really fine pumpkin beers, and some OUTRAGEOUS stouts. Why drink this?

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
2.89/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint. No date or info.

Thanks to Chaney again for this brew! Another awesome looking pumpkin bottle!

A - First off, the label design is just awesome (slightly different than pictured). From a graphic design stand-point, it's already enticing. Unfortunately, once it's poured...not so much. Even a tall, vigorous pour couldn't get any head on this. A swirl rouses a thin, awkwardly tan-ish grey-like foam that sinks back down instantly. Tiny specks of lace cling with all their might to stay suspended. The beer is clear and an almost black, dark amber brown brew.

S - Interestingly, this beer smells like a combination of grape nuts and chocolate malts being added to the mash tun. Notes of pumpkin find their way in there and a vigorous swirl brings out touches of nutmeg and cinnamon. This one smells like some sort of oatmeal-beer porridge or something, the blend is very awkward.

T - Much more stout than pumpkin, if it weren't called a pumpkin beer, the TINY hint of spice in this would have just lead me to believe someone accidentally spilled something into the brew kettle. No real pumpkin flavor, just some spice hints to the robust, chocolate, coffee roasted malt stout flavor.

M - Medium-full bodied and somewhat smooth, from a general lack of carbonation though. A roasted acrid bitter chocolate dryness finishes this beer out. It's lacking a mouthfeel really. It's just bland and rather lifeless here. More carbonation needs to be added, it feels flat.

D - Disappointing. I was so incredibly excited to try this when I pulled it from our trade. It had so much potential and it just fell flat. After the nose, I wouldn't even label it a pumpkin beer. It needs a much heavier dose of pumpkin and spice for the next batch to combat the high stout flavors. Unless I hear it's changed, I won't be having this again.

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

A-Dark with tan head that fades away leaving lacing.

S-Spicy nutmeg and cinnamon. Some big pumpkin notes. Smells pretty good. Smells more like a real pumpkin than an artificial pumpkin taste.

T-Better than I expected this to be. Natural pumpkin taste. More pumpkin than pumpkin pie. Cinnamon spice is evident as well as a subtle chocolate kick.

M-On the lighter side for a stout. Creamy and slick but less than most stouts.

D-I appreciate the taste and was surprised by this beer. It is quite drinkable. I wouldn't seek it out again but it is a different take on the standard pumpkin ale.

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Photo of pzrhsau
4.23/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: nice liquid black color with a decent sized coffee colored head
S: Nice sweet dark malt coupled with a real pumpkin aroma that blends really well.
T: Interesting sweet stout that hits you and it gives a real nice subtle flavor of pumpkin and cinnamon. Its balanced and gives a good mix of flavors and great idea
D/M: Nice creamy texture and balanced strong flavor. hard on your flavor but id almost call this the pumpkin latte of beers.

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Photo of rtepiak
3.79/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a surprising good beer with a rather disappointing look. Flat completely. But on the account of a good body feel none the less thanks to a rather mineral zest.nose of predomantly pumpkin but not in the forward malty sense. Some nutmeg that tingles the tongue. Quite lean malt character. Still not the body to suit the style but first pumpkin beer that had a good presence.

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Photo of craytonic
3.43/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark oily black, small tan head. Smell is of roasted malts with some faint pumpkin and spices in the background. Taste is similar, the bumpkin is in the back seat, if not the trunk. Mouthfeel is a bit thin for my preferences, and the bubbles a bit too big. Certainly a nice way to start the fall I suppose though.

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Photo of ZimZamZoom
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A hard down the center pour yields a thin tan head atop a mostly opaque dark brown stout. Lacing is minimal as the head quickly dissipates.

Aroma is a subtly roasty malt, a cold weak coffee, some light spicing and a vegetable note that I can't really say is pleasant or not. The pie spice is a little more evident in the flavor, and the veggie is not there at all (thankfully). A mild roastiness accompanies some bitter chocolate which is quite complimentary to the spicing. Finishes a bit on the bitter side, but none of these flavors are bold or in your face in any way. It's all fairly mild and subtle.

This beer has some body, with noticeable viscosity on the glass. not at all filling though, again staying with the subtle theme. Would go nicely with a piece of pumpkin pie or even a scoop of ice cream.

Interesting take on a pumpkin beer.

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Photo of kbutler1
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Pours a dark brown/black color with a very fluffy slightly tan head that quickly laces on the glass. Pumpkin pie notes in the nose. Really smells like the pumpkin pie canned stuff before you add sugar and such. Medium mouthfeel. Interesting, I don't get as much pumpkin in the taste as I did the nose but it for sure is there. Slight pumpkin taste followed by roast malt flavor. Very smooth. Actually kind of surprise as this one as typically I am not a huge pumpkin fan.

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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 cbutova
2.4/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A- Black with a small white tan head with no retention. Looks like coffee for the most part. No lace.

S- Some roast caramel malt. Cinnamon. Seems kinda lactic or metallic. Not much going on.

T- Cinnamon roast caramel malt. Some spice like nutmeg. Slight pumpkin going on. Spices don't blend very well to me. Hops also distract me.

MF- Light body, somewhat watery. Moderate carbonation.

DB- Not into this one. The malt, hops and spice don't blend too well. Not substantial, seems thin. I get tired if the spice pretty quickly.

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Photo of AleWatcher
3.07/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Got this as an extra from Cuzco in the Blind Bombers BIF-- thanks Nate!

The beer pours like any stout- dark. The head is tan and creamy and looking... oh wait, where'd it go? Oh yeah, this is a pumpkin stout! The head disappears, leaving behind a tight thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass. Some VERY spotty lacing are present; the spots number like the amount of stars you can see on a mostly cloudy night (or any night if you live in a large city).

Smell hits pumpkin notes for sure. The pumpkin meat/flesh blends with a sweet malt and Autumnal spice bouquet. It is is pleasant, but not overly impressive.

The taste starts sweet before the pumpkin and spice kick in-- the touch of roastiness and chocolate in the malts works pretty well as a base on which to pile on the pumpkin and spices. Ground cinnamon and allspice-- perhaps even a hint of cloves? Pleasant, but the finish is lingering pumpkin and roasty dryness. Makes me thirsty.

The body is more full than medium, but it seems to be lacking come carbonation. Could be better here in my opinion.

Overall-- the beer hits the stout notes (however briefly) and the pumpkin notes... So it lives up to its name... Doesn't wow me, impress me, or make me want another one though. I am certainly not going to pour this out, I'll happily finish it. I just don't see a situation where I would PICK this beer over anything else.

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

A: Looks fairly watery for a stout. Dark brown, not quite opaque but close. Head is all but nonexistent.

S: Malty, molasses notes. Some vanilla, not nearly as much spice as I was expecting from a pumpkin stout.

T: Spicy with some nice roasty flavors. A little bit of coffee. Pumpkin flavor is subtle, not at all overpowering. A little bitter on the finish.

M: Not very viscous with very, very little carbonation. Fairly light feeling, but not in a crisp refreshing way.

D: Easy to drink, fairly inoffensive, but pretty forgettable at the same time. Nothing exceptional about this beer at all, nothing that would make me seek it out again.

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

A: A light, tan, frothy head with solid retention tops a deep, dark brown body with a slight orange tint to it in the light. Good lacing as well.

S: Roasted malts meet pumpkin spices, something different, but oh-so-good. Has a sweet malty, almost graham smell in there as well, a major plus.

T: Major notes of bitterness and roasted malts, as expected. Bittersweet chocolate makes a short appearance, but leaves once the pumpkin spices come rolling through. There is a faint sweetness, but the roasty flavor is what dominates, followed up by pumpkin.

M: A medium body for sure, solid carbonation that gives way to a near creamy mouthfeel. Very enjoyable.

D: This is a great Pumpkin Ale that stands out in a sea of orange colored brews. If you can find a six pack, you will not regret buying it. Quickly becoming one of my favorites.

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

Poured from the bottle into my Foothills pint glass. Thanks to BigSexy410 for throwing this in as an extra on our last trade!

A - Black body, maybe real dark brown with a circle of white head. Not much head on this at all.

S - Nice aroma of pumpkin spices. Not overpowering aroma but a noticeable one.

T - subtle notes of pumpkin, pumpkin pie spices and a light roast flavored stout. Similar to aroma. Not overpowering but give's you a nice flavor. Could use a bit more roast possibly.

M - kind of a thin body with a light carbonation

D - Goes down real easy. A bit too easy in fact. I wish this one was pumped up a bit with more stout flavors and more pumpkin notes. However this one does mix the two well. Certainly worth trying and I wouldn't mind trying this one again.

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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 droomyster
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown that verges on black, with a tiny head with decent retention and lacing properties. Aromas are light and predominantly of pumpkins, with distinct notes of clove cigarettes; some cinnamon and nutmeg are also present. Each of these notes, along with a very pleasant roastiness, come through on the palate, but I'm disappointed in how subdued they are. The flavors do, however, become more intense as the beer warms.

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

A: Pours a dark brown, almost black color with very little head that quickly dissipates leaving no lacing at all.

S: Strong scents of spicy pumpkin control the senses and nothing else can really penetrate the scent. Maybe a bit of roasted malts behind the pumpkin scent.

T: No much pumpkin flavor as the smell leads to believe. Mainly roasted malts up front with a small amount of pumpkin taste.

M: Medium bodied with average carbonation. Very smooth.

D: A different take on a pumpkin ale and a good one at that. It's nice to look outside the box. I could definitely have a few of these and not even think about it.

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Photo of steve8robin
3.23/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Tried this one on a whim. Let's see...

A: Perfectly pitch black with a small 1/2 inch off white head that quickly fades to a lace atop the brew. Very good.

S: A thick spicy pumkpin scent upfront. Cinnamon in the middle blended with some hints of dark fruit and slight hints of veggies. Must be the pumpkin that gives me that. Kind of like cinnamon bubble gum with pumpkin. Good.

T: Pretty good up until here. Very disappointing taste. Spices upfront quickly followed by a cough medicine water taste. Not very good.

M: Not much carbonation at all leaving not much on the palate. Ok.

D: Goes down super, super easy. Awesome here!

All in all, this was not a very good brew. The smell and look were great. The taste failed here. Very disappointing taste and that's the best part of beer. Don't bother hunting this one. Not worth your time.

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.01/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Given as an extra by BigBalls -- what a nice guy!

Appearance -- Pours like moonless midnight; zero brown highlights. Two fingers of sudsy khaki head.

Smell -- Pumpkin pie. That's about it.

Taste -- Burnt malt bitterness, gourds, pie spices. Surprisingly dry.

Mouthfeel -- Body is pretty light with mild carbonation. A bit creamy.

Drinkability -- Truly a beer for the gourd freaks. Aside from the acrid roast taste there's not a whole lot of stout character. Could not get into this one, sadly.

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

A- Black with a medium, off-white head made of large bubbles.

S- Mellow roasted aroma with a note of smoke, pumpkin and pumpkin spice.

T- Nice balance of sweet/roasted malts with notes of pumpkin and a touch of spice; finishing with a semi dry roasted flavor with some pumpkin taste still there.

M- Medium body with a medium carbonation.

D- Really nice porter with a pumpkin flavor this well-incorporated.

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Photo of dtivp
3.13/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a dark brown with a very small off white head that disappeared very quickly.
Aroma of cinnamon, malt and pumpkin.
Taste was flat, the pumpkin was there with some vanilla and a hint of roasted malt.
Mouth feel was thin with little carbonation.
I was disappointed with this beer, it was too thin for a stout, I also thought the pumpkin should have been a little more dominant. Pumpkin Stout was a great concept, hopefully further recipe development will take this concept to a higher level.

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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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