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

12oz bottle purchased at Tully's in Wells, ME. Pours a pitch black body with just the slightest hint of brown-red highlights and nearly an inch of light tan short-lived head. Cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, coffee, and dark chocolate characterize the aroma, with just a hint of toffee. Burnt espresso-like and dark chocolate-like malt dominate the flavor, with pumpkin pie spices such as cinnamon and allspice in the background. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Overall not a bad beer - not sure I'd call it a pumpkin beer as such, more of a robust American stout with some pumpkin pie spice to make it interesting. In any case, a really good beer and definitely the best beer I've had from this brewery.

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Photo of AzAleC
4.3/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: As dark as night, 1/4-1/2" creamy head, decent head retention.

S: Strong pumpkin aroma, pronounced nutmeg, and cinnamon. Slight alcohol tinge.

T: The flavor of pumpkin, nutmeg, and cinnamon are very pronounced, with a lovely chocolate malt twist. It finishes very spicy and floral with extremely rich malt tones.

M: Thick and rich but bright, and by no means syrupy.

D: Had I not been on vacation at a bar with numerous beers not available in my home state, it definitely would have warranted ordering another.

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Photo of glid02
4.3/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Grant - thanks!

Pours a dark brown color with a half-finger tan head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of lightly roasted malts and moderately sweet pumpkin pulp. Also present are good amounts of dark chocolate aromas and light spices.

Tastes similar to how it smells though more robust. Equal amounts of lightly roasted malt and rich dark chocolate flavors kick things off. Joining in shortly thereafter are good amounts of deep pumpkin flavors backed by hints of spices - nutmeg mostly. The pumpkin flavors carry through to a mildly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall I was a fan of this beer, a very close approximation of TREAT which I believe is the only other pumpkin stout I've had. A very nice sub-style and this beer is well worth a shot.

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Photo of Proteus93
4.3/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Heavy and black... Just a hint of dark brown at the bottom of a pint. Fairly vigorous pour brought a bit of an enthusiastic and creamy head. Light tan. REALLY nice stick leaving a wall of lace

S: Modest coffee and chocolate with warm spices. Nutmeg, clove, and pumpkin. Interesting.

T: An intriguing flavour. The pumpkin spices are there, with the pumpkin flavour coming out toward the end. This combines very nicely with the soft chocolate flavours and roasty malts. Mellow coffee makes it taste like a pumpkin latte. Awesome.

M: A light, but slightly crisp carbonation. Fuller body. A nice creamy softness.

D: What a pleasant surprise. This is perhaps the best use of pumpkin I have ever tasted in a beer. Very well done and I look forward to more.

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Photo of Murchmac
4.3/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to allfranztel for sharing this beauty.

Black with brown highlights, 1 finger khaki head.

Beautiful smell, pumpkin spices, roasty.

Creamy, pumpkin tastes, delicious stout perfect use of pumpkin, chocolate in it too.

Excellent beer, perfect winter brew.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.28/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. can

Pours black with a creamy frothy tan foam head. Smells like pumpkin, autumn spices, cinnamon, nutmeg, some chocolate, dark roasted malts, molasses, nutty dark caramel, brown sugar, slight coffee, mild dark fruit, vanilla, with some earthy grassy minty pine. Tastes like pumpkin, sweet autumn spices, cinnamon, nutmeg, some chocolate, dark roasted malts, molasses, nutty dark caramel, brown sugar, slight coffee, mild dark fruit, vanilla, with earthy grassy minty pine. Feels medium bodied, smooth with low carbonation. Overall a really nice pumpkin stout.

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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 DIM
4.27/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: This was a very dark brown. It pours with a short lived sticky head.

s: Interesting! Roasty malt aromas with notes of pumpkin pie. Nothing over powering or obnoxious, just enticing.

t: Roasty malts with a little coffee bitterness and some lactose blend with delicately spiced pumpkin pie. I get some all-spice and nutmeg maybe? Very nice balance here.

m: This has a creamy texture and a nice lingering spice tickle.

d: Good stuff from the always excellent joepais via Growling at the Moon. Thanks Joe, this was delicious and unique to me.

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

I had this on gravity keg. at the Blind Tiger event and liked it, so I bought a sixer when I saw it at my local supermarket.

A_Pours an inky black with a nice light brown one and a half finger head. Retention is decent but the lacing is spectacular. Sticly sheets of foam cling to sides of te glass.

S_The aroma is a nice mixture of ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and pumpkin. Underneath that are the nice roasted stout notes.

T_The flavour profile is the inverse of the smell. Rich roasted malt, chocolate and a bit of coffee are huge upfront. The pumpkin pie notes hit in the middle but are quite restrained. The stout comes back around as the finish is dry bitter charred malt and a vague hop presence.

M_On the lighter side for a stout with just a bit too much carbonation.

D_A pumpkin stout doesn't seem to me like the best idea, but it really manages to work. The rich flavours of the stout take to the pumpkin and spices very nicely. A very well done pumpkin beer.

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Photo of EPseja
4.26/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 12oz. bottle at between fridge and cellar temperature in my SABL glass.

A - Dark, chocolatey brown with only the faintest hint of rusty highlights. Almost completely opaque. Fairly good cocoa brown head rises instantly, and then rapidly diminishes to a wispy mat atop the surface. Lacing is barely evident.

S - A wonderful mix of roasty malts, cocoa, coffe grounds, brown sugar, molasses, and pumpkin spices -- cinnamon, nutmeg, some ginger and light clove. Reminds me of a dark pumpkin bread. Inviting.

T - Begins like a nice dry stout would, with only a moderate sweetness and a cocoa-laden hit of roasty dark maltiness. In the middle a change takes place where the spices emerge around the edges and the maltiness subsides in the wake of a dry, tart interlude. The finish is a release of counterpointal bittering hops that leave a dry finish, and a dessert-like aftertaste reminiscent of unsweetened cocoa powder.

M - Quick and medium bodied on the way in with an exciting rush of carbonation that leaves a pleasantly creamy froth. Swallow is substantially voluminous, but not gassy. Chewy and dense without being overly heavy. Very nice.

D - Although this beer is a completely different take on the classin Pumpkin Ale recipe, it sits sqarely next to the best of its "amber-class" counterparts. If the lighter bodied pumpkin aleas are the bridge between summer and fall, this one is the bridge between fall and winter. This may not be the sexiest looking beer, but it's very enjoyable, and will be a most welcome addition to the Thanksgiving and Christmas Dinner table.

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Photo of YankChef
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into 14 oz guinness glass

appearance: as it pours some light passes through but it is pretty pitch black in the glass, relatively thin head that is offwhite and rich and creamy

smell: sweetened pumpkin, roasty barley as well as nutmeg and cinnamon and maybe a dash of cardamom and some anise

taste: really rich and roasty upfront, big roasted malt as well as unsweetened chocolate and lots of licorice, black anisey licorice. The pumpkin is here as well it doesnt really stand out because all of the flavors in the beer really meld incredibly well to form a homogeneous flavor.

Overall: Really sold beer, the pumpkin really lends itself well to the stout especially as i have never seen or heard of a pumpkin stout before this i believe it is significantly better than the medium amber/brown ale pumpkin flavored beers, i hope to see more brewers make stabs at the pumpkin beer and be creative like this beer.

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Photo of HopNuggets
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured 12oz bottle into White Birch signature glass.

A - Poured a deep, dark, midnight black that lets absolutely no light through at any point of the glass. Almost no head but a spotty coating of a coffee color head. You can stir up a very small head to get the color but it dissipates quickly, but never completely. Spotty lacing down the glass but nothing much.

S - Pumpkin pie filling with cinnamon and brown sugar up front with chocolate and sweet toffee backing it up any maybe a hint of coffee.

T - Chocolate and coffee up front that give way to a nice pumpkin pie taste that isn't over powering. Bitter stout flavors come back and finish in the end. Very nice!

M - Medium to full body but closer to the medium side of things. A bit dry which is great leaving you wanting more. A very slight heat is in the after taste. Light to medium carbonation.

D - A great dessert beer as what I think a pumpkin ale should be. Very drinkable for the combination of styles but probably wouldn't finish a 6-pack in a night, wanting it to last a while.

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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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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 warriorsoul
4.21/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A huge thank you to Mike for a chance to try this brew....freshly filled today.
Pitch black with a full two fingers of creamy, tan head with an agressive pour.
Very inviting in the nose...not all pumpkin, although it takes up a lot of the aroma. Some nutmeg too...not a lot of roastiness, which is a good thing for the creative style.
Taste is fantastic...who would have thought this style could be so successful, but the folks at CA pull it off.
Add to the usual pumpkin flavors, a hint of anise, some chocolate with just a small dose of roasty flavor in the aftertaste.
Very clean...extremely drinkable. Mouthfeel is just thick enough to call itself a stout.
Abv is not detected one bit...dangerous if not careful.
The growler is shared w/ friends, and we are all very pleased with the results.
Glad to see this creation will find it's way to local bars and even sixers...will definitely look forward to this one every year.

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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 tbrown4
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been meaning to try this style for a month or so. I'm a big fan of the pumpkin brews.

Pours dark brown with a very thin, cream head.

Decently balanced pumpkin pie spice flavors. As it settles in there are some pungent smoky notes. I liked the combination, perfect taste-able snapshot of the season.

I'd get this again on tap, once or twice a season.

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Photo of beergod1
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally got this in a trade from NYC. Pours dark brown with a thin tan head that slowly dissipates to a thin off-white ring. Aroma of chocolate and Hops, nutmeg, a hint of allspice and vanilla. Taste is medium bodied, with more distinct chocolate and pumpkin flavors with some biting hops and Oak. Finish is semi-sweet a light smoked background with mild pumpkin aftertaste. Very interesting, More Hops than I would expect, And not as much "Pumpkin" spice as I would have liked. But a very good Brew.

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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 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 Doomcifer
4.18/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My first pumpkin stout. Im not the biggest fan of spiced beers, but pumpkin + stout sounds really good.

Pours very dark with an excellent frothy head that goes nowhere. Smells of pumpkin, allspice, and roasted malt. Taste is initially all pumpkin, nutmeg, and allspice but then gives way to a nice roastiness and fades into the finish marrying each other. Fantastic. Mouthfeel is typical of a stout, ...maybe a little thin. medium dry finish. Extremely drinkable and one of the best pumpkin/spiced beers I have 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 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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Fisherman's Pumpkin Stout from Cape Ann Brewing Company
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