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

12 oz bottle, big thanks to grub for sharing.

Pours a very dark reddish brown, verging on black, thick light tan head forms, drops to a thick ring around the glass and thin layer, some lacing sticks to the glass, looks pretty nice. Smell is neat, sweet, honey, brown sugar, roast, pumpkin, chocolate, cinnamon and nutmeg, neat spiciness, molasses, nice interplay between the pumpkin and roast/brown sugar, nice. Taste is similar, iron, caramel, cinnamon and nutmeg, raisins, light fruitiness, chocolate and roast, some sourness, toast and wheat, dry in the finish, neat. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation, spice is just right, bit of sourness is a bit strange after a while, and the flavour is slightly weak, but isn't too bad. Thanks Russ!

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

12 oz bottle into a wine glass.

A: Pours a very dark brown color. The head is a one finger khaki shade with surprisingly good retention. Good rings of lacing are left on the glass, too.

S: Smells like a pumpkin ale. It's reasonably well-spiced, but not extraordinarily so. I also pick up a little bit of caramel sweetness. Not much stout qualities come through, though, and that's a bit of a problem.

T: Again, this is supposed to be a pumpkin stout, so where's the stout part? I pick up mostly opening cinnamon/nutmeg with a touch of finishing caramel. Having said that, I actually get a touch of actual gourd character - and that's pretty rare in a pumpkin ale (weird, eh?) It's a bit imbalanced in terms of how the spice character overpowers the malt flavors, also.

M: The only suggestion that this is a stout is in the mouthfeel, which is both creamy on the front end and mildly dry on the back end. Carbonation is a bit high for the style, though. It really has a wonderful feel, but the thickness doesn't do the drinkability any favors.

O: This is just another pumpkin ale I'm not terribly enthused by, and the stout part is a letdown. However, it's not bad - it feels great in the mouth and isn't undrinkable. It's just kind of boring is all. Worth trying, but I won't buy again.

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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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Photo of crossovert
3.12/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle.

Not sure what to think of this, a pumpkin stout? Sounds like a recipe for disaster.

It pours a nice color, a deep black with a frothy, foamy tan head.

The smell is off. There is just too much going on and no coherency. There is melon, spices, cocoa, metal, and a bit of pumpkin.

The flavor is like a mix of a brown ale, a stout, and a winter warmer. It doesn't taste like pumpkin at all, and I don't think it is that bad. It is like a spiced porter i guess.

Just a bad recipe, maybe to some people it sounds good but you also have to execute something that sounds good. It does taste good, but the smell is way off. That being said the people at southern tier shoudl take a note of this brand's subtlety.

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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 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 jman892
3.08/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Nice looking beer, black with dark ruby highlights on the edges, a foamy 1 finger tan head.

S - Smells strongly of pumpkin even as I am pouring it. Not a whole lot else that I am picking up in the aroma

T - Spices are the strongest taste here, with some malts in the background. There is a slightly medicinal quality to this, and really the pumpkin is nowhere to be found.

M - Low carbonation leads to a moderatley creamy mouthfeel

O - The thought of a pumpkin stout sounds great, but this was a bit of a let down. I have a 5 left and may revisit this review if the experience differs

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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 colts9016
3.07/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to donkeyrunner for this bottle.

Appearance: A dark brown color with garnet highlights visible on the bottom. There was a one finger head but it is an ivory ring around the glass. The clarity of the beer is mostly opaque.

Nose: A nice maltiness with pumpkin (duh), ginger, cloves, nutmeg, and cinnamon. There tends to be some fruity ester in the background of the beer. Basically it smells like a pumpkin pie with caramel malts.

Taste: A thin malty back bone with just a hint of pumpkin and spices. Taste like wet cardboard.

Overall: A medium light body with a flat mouth feel. The finish is light and doesn't linger. The beer is flat and taste like wet cardboard. There isn't much to the beer. The nose was awesome but the taste left me wondering. It is just an okay beer.

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Photo of Amalak
3.06/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this out of a bottle.
A- Almost completely black, with a big foamy tan head and very good lacing.
S- No real scent...slight nut?
T- Tastes like a stout, no real discernible pumpkin taste. Smokey. Heavy. Maybe in the aftertaste there's a spicy pumpkin taste, but it's slight. It's a solid beer, but kind of seems like false advertising with the pumpkin.

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Photo of Gavage
3.06/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: black in color with a fluffy 1" head that lasts a while.

Smell: roasted malts and some hints of spice are hard to detect.

Taste: roasted malt, mild pumpkin spice flavors of nutmeg and cinnamon, some mellow cocoa tones, some earthiness, and a light bitterness make up a strange flavored beer that did not come across as expected.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Smooth from start to finish. Very short aftertaste with his beer.

Drinkability: the flavor profile did not do it for me. Slow sipping, this one had me looking for another style before I finished it.

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Photo of bruachan
3.02/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

smells like pumpkin and NOT pie spice (why do so many breweries feel that allspice and cinnamon make a pumkpin brew?). the pumpkin is starchy and slightly sweet. the roast sits in the background, seemingly content to allow pumpkin to ride shotgun (or drive...whatever). some spice at the finish

smooth brew. too smooth, really: the stout slips by without much opportunity to enjoy much but bitterness and pumpkin (adding pumpkin doesn't warrant a flimsy brew...i want a stout with pumpkin, not pumpkin and some other stuff). roast is minimal. dry

this is really smelling and tasting more like a pumpkin brown ale. an overly dark pumpkin brown ale

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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 brdc
3/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks grandq for this one.

Very dark, but not quite pitch black. Tan head, minimal, dissipating quite quickly. Average lacing.
Roasted malts and spices, but not a very powerful or noticeable aroma.
Medium bodied, the more typical stout flavors and underlying maltiness are easily surpassed by the pumpkin spiciness; even the bitterness is overwhelmed. It is nearly unidimensional, and when it shows more than one flavor, it does not match well.
I personally do not like it; did not think the flavors blended well at all, but maybe I don't like pumpkin beers.

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Photo of jondeelee
2.95/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pumpkin Stout begins well, the nose smelling simultaneously of a rich, decadent pumpkin pie heavily spiced with nutmeg, allspice, and clove, and a thick, bourbon-aroma-laced stout that reminds me of bourbon-infused whipped cream. The spices are just slightly too heavy on the nose, the cloves being especially pungent, but the aromas are still welcoming and reminiscent of autumn.

On the tongue, the beer begins with a heavy shot of spice--again, heavy on the clove, though allspice and nutmeg aren't far behind in strength, joined here by shades of fresh ginger--which overshadows the pumpkin flavors and leaves much of the rest of the beer struggling to make itself noticed. Hints of a good pumpkin pie crust linger in the background, thanks to the stout malts. But even the stout flavors, which have to be fairly large to even make themselves heard against the spice roar, don't quite pull themselves up the hill. The immediate effect is of a pumpkin pie that has been double, or perhaps even triple spiced and laced with bourbon, unfortunately spoiling much of the effect. And at least for me, late in the mouthful the overabundance of spices takes on a distinctly unpleasant overtone, reminding me strongly of the aromas of bicycle tire inner tubes. The aftertaste is spice and some pumpkin, as well as bike tube, and lingers for a while. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, while I thought this beer showed promise on the nose, the overly-heavy spices and bike tube overtones revealed in the mouth spoil the brew. I actually put off reviewing this beer for quite a while, hoping that the first few bottles out of the six-pack were bad, or that I was just having a bad beer-tasting day. I suppose it's possible that I've had a bad batch, but I'm not sure that I care to purchase another six-pack to see.

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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 SpeedwayJim
2.92/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Bill (portia99) for this one. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

A: Pours a nearly flat, dark, almost opaque deep amber brew with no head. Just a few thin wisps of white atop the beer. Lacing is patchy but spare with decent cling.

S: Nose is subtle pumpkin, cinnamon, sugar cookie, and a hint of coffee and liquorice. Very appropriate given the combination of styles though not the most aromatic or appetizing.

T: Opens liquorice, pumpkin, and coffee with a weird cinnamon and nutmeg sweet and tartness in the background. Tastes almost infected but it lacks the intense charactersitic nose and sourness. Coffee and liquorice come up big towards the middle, asserting their stout-y presence. Cinnamon and nutmeg linger. Finish and aftertaste is an unpleasant bitter liquorice.

M: Medium bodied and lightly carbonated. Rather smooth and appreciably oily in the mouth and goes down silky. Finish is messy with an aftertaste that lingers just a bit.

D: There's something I don't like about this beer but its really hard to put my finger on it. Appearance is decent and feel is actually very good. However, the flavors present here just don't work for me. Worth a try if just for the semi-odd combination but I won't be revisiting this one myself.

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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 papat444
2.87/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

What does a fisherman have to to with pumpkins anyway?

Poured from a 12oz. bottle with no freshness info.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown with a fizzling, bubble head that doesn't stick around long enough. Not much traces are left either.

Smell: Nutmeg, allspice, hint of cinnamon, some roasted malt and a bit of pumpkin flesh.

Taste: Compared to the aroma, this is quite disappointing. Bit of roasted malt, lots of caramel(?), muted spices and an afterthought of pumpkin. Tastes more like an amber ale than a stout.

Mouthfeel: Bit of high carbonation, watery, not stout-like, thin.

Overall: What is this? You call yourself a stout, you better back it up and this doesn't. Did someone switch the labels from another beer? Nothing about this resembles a stout. Spices are present but this is more of a red/amber ale. False advertising and a pass.

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Photo of jeffthecheff
2.86/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Dark brown out of the bottle, and black in the glass. The head is a very light tan, and has a minimal formation.

The aroma is pretty much all pumpkin spices, but it doesn't come through as very strong. Ginger and cinnamon are probably some of the spices in this beer. It's strength and similarity to pumpkin or pumpkin pie falls somewhere in the middle as far as pumpkin beers go. The spices seem a bit stale too. You can tell this beer is an ale, but as far as dark, stout aromas, there really isn't much there.

Many pumpkin beers have a very simple base beer which is spiced to taste like pumpkin pie. The brewers of this beer must have been thinking they wanted to make the base beer a stout to add a new flair and a more robust flavor. I personally don't think the two blend well together in this case. Maybe it was the execution rather than the idea. The stout flavors are mostly overpowered by the spices, but they only add more sweetness, and not much depth. I wish there was some chocolate flavor to make a special dessert flavor, but I couldn't find much there. The pumpkin is there, along with the spices. They did good with the pumpkin flavors, but it didn't properly meld with the stout beer.

The mouthfeel is okay. Not too bubbly, but not incredibly smooth. The body of this beer is bigger than most pumpkin stouts, and it works well in this beer. I got bored of this beer kind of quickly, and I was over it about halfway through. I can see a pumpkin stout working as a beer, but it wasn't done with this one.

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Photo of grub
2.83/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

got this one in a recent trade with jac5084. thanks josh!

12oz bottle. sampled feb 6/09.

pours nearly black and opaque with a thin layer of dark tan bubbles. the head drops fairly quickly to a long-lasting ring around the glass and leaves plenty of spotty lace.

aroma is pumpkin-y - or at least pumpkin spice-y. loads of clove, nutmeg, and cinnamon. bit of caramel. toasted wheat bread and biscuit. bit of alcohol.

taste is a little rough. the initial blast of intense pumpkin spice fades into a bracing above average bitterness. burnt wheat bread. bit of biscuit. hint of caramel. the overwhelming spice may be contributing to the perception of bitterness, but it's too much of either.

mouthfeel is rough too. low carbonation level. medium-light body.

drinkability is low. between the high bitterness, the overuse of spices and the thin body i'm really not a fan of this one and had trouble even getting through 1/4 of the bottle. still, if you're a fan of spices you might appreciate this a little more. definitely not for me.

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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 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 wheelinshirt
2.7/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle from Abe's in Bethlehem, $2, poured into a mug.

Dark brown liquid with a modest light brown/tan head, somewhat disappointing retention, fairly minimal lace. I don't know how impressed one can reasonably expect to be with the head on a fruit beer, but that doesn't keep me from hoping for something really extraordinary.

Aroma consists mainly of pumpkin pie spices followed by some dark malts. Very little actual pumpkin aroma. Slightly dissapointing.

Taste follows aroma but much weaker. I think they forgot to put the pumpkins in this batch. Also, this beer is mysteriously missing the rich taste of a good stout. Even for all its timidity it still manages to taste a bit abrasive.

Mouthfeel is watery. I like my dark beers medium to dry and on the lower end of the residual sugar spectrum, but it still needs to be something other than watery.

Drinkability is okay. I was splitting this bottle with my girlfriend and we finished i no problem and I wouldn't really mind having another, but only if it was already paid for. I won't be seeking this out again, though I might try to make a pumpkin stout for next fall. Good idea but it falls short. Pick it up if you are really in the mood for a pumpkin beer, but don't go looking for this one.

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Fisherman's Pumpkin Stout from Cape Ann Brewing Company
3.74 out of 5 based on 552 ratings.
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