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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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Reviews: 311 | Ratings: 552
Photo of thekanna
4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark pitch with coffee head that disappeared rather quickly.

S: Dark, roasted malts, slight sweet, and peppered with pumpkin spices and coriander.

T/M: Incredibly thick, frothy stout with dark, roasted malts, a smoky sweetness and barely perceptible peppery spices. I don't taste much (if any) pumpkin though; I think it's rather overwhelmed by the strength of the stout.

D: A wonderfully frothy stout, but I can't quite mark anything remotely pumpkin about it, other than the fact that it's released in the typical time when pumpkins are harvested.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours near black with a slight mocha head and a tad bit of lacing. Nose is roast and chocolate with some pumpkin and ligt spicing in the background. The taste is the same and is more lime a stout with just a bit of pumpkin. Good feel with a bit of dryness. Drinks well and is a nice twist on the style.

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

I had a pint of this on tap at Max's Taphouse in Baltimore.
A - Deep brown w/ medium brown and a thin tan head.

S - Nice nutmeg and very fine roasted notes w'/ a hint of cinnamon and vegetal odor.

M - Medium roasty, subtle sweetness moderate spiced feel w/ carbonation. Subtle hop spice w/ allspice dry flavor.

T - A nice mix of stout and pumpkin spices w/ a dry nutty and lightly roasted stout taste. A complement of nutmeg a little cinnamon w/ malty dark roastiness, mellow hops w/ a pine tinge at the end. The flavor of pumpkin is not usurped by the dark maltiness of the stout, but rather a fine juxtaposition of both pumpkin and stout is achieved.

D - Very tasty blend of stout w/ spice, the drinkability of this is above average. The spice is not overdone the mix is fresh w/ a unique take on the style. I recommend a taste of this.

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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 iceball585
4.14/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pitch black color, non-transparent, thin layer of head that faded quickly

S- Cocoa powder, pumpkin, malty, hint of assorted spices

T- Milk chocolate, dark malts, toasted pumpkin seeds, ginger, clove, herbal

M- Medium body, low/medium carbonation, smooth, clean, crisp

D- Worth buying again

I really didn't know what to expect with this one but I was fairly impressed. Slightly light for a stout but overall good.

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Photo of rregan
4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

A- Dark black pour with a nice head.

S- Spicy pumpkin aromas are the first to hit you nose, but their are some roasty notes hiding underneath

T- Taste is the opposite of the smell. Smooth roasty stout with pumpkin notes hiding underneath.

M- A bit on the light side for a stout but still fantastic. Its got a little bit of a bite to it too.

D- I am really impressed with this beer. It has the best of both world. It has the rich spicy aroma of customary pumpkin beers, but it also has the smooth roasty taste of a stout with hints of pumpkin. Pumpkin beer is good but sometimes the spices can be overwhelming. This is quite the opposite. They are borderline underwhelming, but it really works for them. I'll definitely be buying again.

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

a: into my snifter with a tight little milky-cocoa head with now retention, the beer is a deep ebony brown in color

s: anise is the first spice to my nose, in the form of hard cookies with the roast coming in the guise of a dark chocolate coating, ginger and nutmeg are found as well, clove and licorice way in the back, fleeting pumpkin meat, great roast-spice interplay, not unlike how I assume a chocolate pumpkin pie would smell, yum

m: light carbonation, medium-full body

t: semisweet chocolate with nutmeg and anise dominate, turning towards a more astringent roast after the swallow, long finish, hops kept low to accommodate the spicing, composition very similar to the aroma

d: very enjoyable and not overly sweet or heavy...a lighter stout, but a very good pumpkin beer, and a few kicks here and there would set it off

sixer from Whole Foods, Vienna, VA

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

Big thanks to Corey for this beer!

Pours dark with minimal head. Smell is nice and sweet. Cinnamon, clove notes of pumpkin pie, some roasted malt... but dominated by the pumpkin sweetness. Tastes wonderful. The roasted malt and sweetness paired with the pumpkin results with something similar to sweet potato casserole. A wonderful beer for the Thanksgiving holiday. Mouthfeel is thin yet coating. Very enjoyable and plenty drinkable even with the sweetness dominating. Thanks Corey!

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

Nice head.

Aroma of nutmeg, allspice, apples, cloves.

Taste is a medium bodied stout. A nice roastedness. Sweeter than most dry stouts. More along the lines of a sweet/milk stout. Pumpkin, cinnamon, clove is a great addition. works well and does not overpower in the least. The beer becomes a little astringent as the beer warms up to room temp. Great smooth mouthfeel. more creamy than your typical american stout.

One of my favorites.

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

Thanks to mred137 for this.

A: Good looking stout. Mostly black with some brown around the edges. A half finger of slightly brown head with some lacing.

S:Pumpkin but more on the spicy side. Nice big malt nose behind the spices though. Not too bad really.

T: Kind of like the nose it is a nice mix of a stout and pumpkin beer. A nice sweetness really balanced out the spices. Finishes with a hint of real pumpkin.

M: Medium body with a slightly dry finish. carbonation is good.

D: Really enjoyable and different beer. Couldn't see myself having more than one but a nice treat. Thanks Ed!

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Photo of BostonBrewins
4.11/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - A black, opaque with a tan head.

S - Hmmm smells strongly of spice. Notes of toffee, coffee, and roasted barley are there too.

T - Spiciness of cinnamon, nutmeg, and pumpkin pie sweetness contrast nicely with roasted barley tones.

M - Mild carbonation helps to keep this one smooth and creamy.

D - This one is perfect for a cold autumn night. I would have never guessed it is 6.75% abv.

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

Nearly black in color and distant from light. A small head of tan with the pour.

Aromas of chocolate, unmalted barley, malt, caramel, hints of pumpkin, some dark fruits and a bit of nutmeg.

I like this beer. I think the pumpkin addition adds a great accompaniment too the roasted malts and chocolate. Not much in the way of classic pumpkin pie spices but more of just a pumpkin puree flavor. Creamy mouthfeel and very easy to drink. Not huge and complex but very nice and I love the idea. Wish more breweries would use pumpkin in different beer styles.

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

12oz bottle served in a beer mug.

Black brew with a beige colored head that thinned to a ring and left a few spots of lacing.
Aroma is pumpkin pie spices.
Taste is oddly good, pumpkin ale spice flavors with a roasted malt flavor in the background before the spices hit on the finish.
Medium bodied with a smooth, mild feel.
Easy drinking brew.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at ShopRite Liquors in Caldwell, although quite a few places around here have it in stock. After having one too many spicy pumpkin ales in recent years, this caught my eye. Not only did it seem different from the norm, but it had the chance to stand out because it was darker than any seasonal beer I've seen out this time of the year. Amazingly, this lived up to my anticipation, as this has to be the most unique beer that's out for the autumn!

The pour was good - a decent head, minimal lacing, and a deep, dark hue with brown edges to match. The aroma was that of a coffee stout mixed with a mellow pumpkin ale. The spices aren't that pronounced here, but what can be detected is a mix of coffee, toffee, caramel, pumnpkin, vanilla, and a bit of nutmeg. This is amazingly smooth and very malty. Most of the stout flavors come through in the beginning, while the pumpkin notes are felt in the back and the aftertaste. How they got this pulled off, I'll never know!

I see a 6.75% ABV content of this, but I haven't been able to detect any alchol in this as I've worked my way down my pint glass and let this warm up. This is amazingly drinkable even though it's a bit thinner than I anticipated. No matter, I'm glad to have found a beer that works well in the waning days of summer, and know that it will be just as good as the days grow colder and darker. Certainly worth a try!

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Photo of TheycallmeTim
4.09/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a growler into an American pint glass.

A--Black body that only lightens to a deep brown up to light toward the bottom. Cap is pretty tiny, maybe quarter inch, and thick rich tan cream. Subsides to a skim pretty quick and doesn't leave much on the glass.

S--All pumpkin and malt, with mostly pumpkin. Two roasty flavors that don't compete, happily. There's also a touch of coffee-like acidity, with gives a nice stringent bite to the rounder major aromas.

T--Follows the nose for the most part. Big, big squash flavor, without a lot of that apple cider or pumpkin pie spice--cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, allspice, etc. Really it's almost all orange-fleshed squash, all the time, which makes sense because I don't see the deeper chocolate malt flavors playing real nice with spice. Rather than a slice of pumpkin pie, this is more like having a cup of coffee with a pumpkin chocolate chunk muffin, though the chocolate flavors are much more subdued than the coffee bitterness paired with sweetish pumpkin.

M&D--Not impressive--too thin for a stout, lacks that creamy bulkiness I would have expected. Mouthfeel's fine for a pumpkin ale generally, but not for a pumpkin stout specifically, if that makes any sense at all. Carbonation's low, though, which I enjoy--on cask this sucker would be even better. Drinkability is fine but the ABV seems a little high for a regular stout.

I let the growler sit on the counter for a good hour before pouring the second tasting, and it really opened this beer up, especially that crazy vegetal character you get from the pumpkin. I'd recommend drinking this as warm as you can stand it, and I'd recommend the beer as a whole heartily. This and Smuttynose's contributions are so far my favorites in the style.

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Photo of Thickfreakness
4.09/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pitch black pour! Fluffy tan two finger head that disappears rather quickly and leaves almost no lacing.

S- Pumpkin pie spices... cinnamon/nutmeg/allspice/clove and brown sugar... all backed by rich coffee and roasted malts. This is sooo much different than all of the rest of the regular pumpkin brews out there. Roasty, sweet, and spicy!!!

T- Pumpkin spice Duncan Donuts coffee is the first thing that hits the tongue... followed by the pie spice and brown sugar. Sweet, yet subdued. Not overwhelmingly sweet due to the dark coffee and roasted malts! This is definately in my top 5 pumpkin brews.

M- Not thick and viscous, but not a thin and whimpy body either... more like a porter. I love how the pie spices don't overwhelm, but let the roasted coffee and cocoa flavors shine as well.

O- A fantastic riff on the fall pumpkin style. What sometimes gets ordinary and too full of spice and nothing else, this is a brew that lets a load of flavors shine thru.

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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 hopdog
4.07/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled from Growler courtesy of warriorsoul.

Poured a dark black color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of pumpkins, lighter on the spices, chocolate, roast and lightly smokey. Tastes of pumkins, chocolate, spices, and roast. An interesting and welcomed spin on the pumpkin beers!

Notes from: 10/7/07

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Photo of currysage1
4.07/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Pored from 12oz to immperial pint, seems kind of wimpy in this glass.

Pours a dark ruby red topped with a beige one finger head, good lacing.

Smell is definatively of pumpkin and the spice that intrinsically goes with it, nutmeg. Also sweet dark malt, black strap molasses, buttery. Very on point.

Taste is of carmelized pumpkin pie, you know the top of the pie that stayed just long enough under the broiler to brown. Some light coffee is in there as well, Nutmeg is in the background but there.

Feel is definately the weak point of the brew, way too thin. Add some flaked oats or something.

Drinkability is great, could see myself having this for many years.

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Photo of rudzud
4.07/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a six pack of this at Julio's. While good, this still pales in comparison to the imperial version.

A - Pours into my Duvel tulip a deep dark brown, almost black, with a creamy one finger head that fades to leave average side lacing and nice mocha halo.

S - Righ toff the bat I'm getting actual pumpkin, the vegitable. Awesome. Some nice spice notes, along with light chocolate.

T - Big let down when compared tot he imperial version. Its still good, the pumpkin veg is still there along with light spices. Some slight chocolate maybe some coffee too. Light a chocolate pumpkin pie, just all a little on the faint side.

M - Way too light. While it makes it super drinkable, sure, when I'm having a stout I want it to be heavy. Drinks like something much lower though.

O - Overall, this is still a damn good beer. I could pound these back all day due to the nonstout mouthfeel. Its a nice beer, but, its not the imperial version. Now that is a pumpkin stout!

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Photo of damienblack
4.07/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours very dark brown but not quite black, not quite as thickly as a typical stout. One finger frothy mocha head that leaves a typical lacing. Smells strongly of sweet pumpkin and spice, like yams with brown sugar for thanksgiving. No sign of the typical stout aromas.

This definitely works better if you go into it expecting a pumpkin beer instead of a novelty stout. It's kind of hard to separate the two aspects of it, though. It has a chalky, roasty aspect from a stout. Before too long, the pumpkin part asserts dominance (but doesn't completely take over), lightening the profile a bit. It's kind of comparable to Weyerbacher's Imperial Pumpkin, you get some nice pumpkin flavor without the gourd overpowering everything. Spicing is kept well in line, it stays out of the body and mostly manifests itself in the mid-end palate, with a little bit of a hop cleansing. I'm not a fan of overly spiced beers, so this is a plus. Mouthfeel takes a bit of a hit, because it could definitely stand to fill out a little more. It's like there's a bit of a hole between the initial stoutiness and the later pumpkiney-ness where there should be some transition. Overall, medium-heavy body, pretty chewy without being real coating, it slides nicely off the palate. Could use a little more of a stout creaminess to it. All of the different factors come together pretty well, for a nice drinkable beer. It's not my most favorite thing in the world, but it could certainly be worse. I've had worse pumpkin beers.

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Photo of cilldalua
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tap pour came out looking dark and viscous but as it settled it developed a lighter hue.

It is a pumpkin stout so obviously a lot of that but not overpowering. This is the same for the taste, the pumpkin and some nutmeg come through on the back of the tongue but it is not too much.

There is a nice feel to this beer in the mouth, there is sufficient effervescence to avoid the oily feel that some of the imperial stouts can have.

As a pumpkin stout it would probably be best consumed in relativly small numbers but it is good for the category.

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Photo of scottg
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a dark black color with a thin tan head that dissipates quickly leaving spotty lacing. Roasted malt aromas up front with some smoke and ginger, allspice, and roasted pumpkin. Up front flavors of smoke and pumkin with nutmeg, allspice and cinnamon coming on with a malty finish. Medium carbonation, full body, coats the mouth and sticks to it, great.
The pumpkin is there in the flavor and aroma but does not dominate, it is a complimentary flavor. Highly recommended.

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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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