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.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 Tripphop
3.17/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark brown color in the glass, minimal carbonation. A few tan bubbles surface from the beer, but only after a foot high pour. Aromas are light and simple. Hints of pumpkin spice and chocolate waft through, but you have to get in the glass close to pick it up. Flavors are nice, pumpkin is well integrated, not overpowering. Minimal sweetness, the spices play well with the chocolate notes toward the finish. Carbonation is more present when sipping, it has a nice crispness to the finish. Overall, nothing spectacular, but a definite quaffer for fall time. Not bad on a spring morning either.

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Photo of Minkybut
3.21/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured this odd-ball beer into my tumbler at 50 degrees. The beer was black for sure with a dark tan head. A low head. The beer smelled reall good if you like pumpkin pie smell, very spicey. It has a slight coffee taste but the pumpkin spice was way too heavy or pronounced. I will not buy again

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Photo of Gfunk720
3.22/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, out of my Lost Abbey pint glass.

A- Dark blackish brown. Very small light tan head. No lacing.

S- Smells nice and malty, some cinnamon. I get a little bit of spice, but no pumpkin smell to speak of.

T- Tastes like an average stout with some spice, pretty creamy. Very little pumpkin flavor, and the spice is pretty subdued as well. Better than over the top pumpkin beers, but almost not enough pumpkin/spice

M- A little light for me. Thin and slightly watery.

D- It was easy to put down, but wasn't anything incredible. The only real pumpkin/spice I get out of this beer is in the aftertaste.

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Photo of atr2605
3.23/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-pours black with a tan head fades rather quickly
S-much more subtle than I anticipated. roasted malt, chocolate, and hint of pumpkin
T-More roasted/toasted malt, dark chocolate, pumpkin, a little bit of the spices in the finish and a slight hop bitterness
M-medium bodied, feels a bit watery, and much lighter than I would have liked to see a stout
O-not a bad beer but I thought it was a little understated in all aspects. If all of the characteristics were emphasized a bit more I think it would have been a nice style addition to all the pumpkin ales that are out there. It just fell a bit short.

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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 dgherm
3.23/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is not a bad beer overall, perhaps even a good stout. It scores low for me because the pumpkin and spice tastes aren't really evident. Poured a nice clear ruby black. Had the aroma of pumpkin pie spices. Had good stout taste, just not enough pumpkin flavor for me. Decent mouthfeel and a good enough stout to have session with.

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Photo of AltBock
3.26/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Undated 12 oz. bottle with a picture of a sea captain wearing his yellow plastic poncho at the wheel of his ship. It looks like he's trying to get his ship out of a really bad storm. This picture was placed on top of a another picture of a Massachusetts farm during the fall season. To the right of the sea captain is a paragraph about the beer, barcode, and Government warning.

I poured this Pumpkin Stout into a Victory pint glass. This Pumpkin beer poured a wonderful deep dark almost black mahogany brown. It you look careful, you'll be able to see a dark ruby red center. On top of this dark brown brew was a beautiful thick creamy 1 1/2 inch head of mocha foam. This creamy head of foam had excellent slow retention that left behind a 1/2 an inch creamy mocha film and a ton of creamy mocha streaks of lace. All in all this a top notch appearance!

The aroma to this Pumpkin Ale was mildly spicy with a pinch of ground cinnamon, a few cloves, a dash of nutmeg, a smidgen of ginger, and a nice little touch of pureed pumpkin. More pumpkin would have been nice, but it was fine where the aroma stood.

The taste was lightly spicy with a dash of cinnamon, a pinch of ginger, a hint of nutmeg, a drop of cloves, and a slight touch of malted wheat. This was the point where the pumpkin could come in and save this beer from being overly spicy. The pumpkin did come into play, but it tasted like they roasted it and then watered down. I don't know why they did that to the pumpkin, but it sure was disappointing.

This was a light bodied beer with a slightly roasted aftertaste of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and a very small touch of pumpkin. This roasted aftertaste didn't stick around for too long.

I was shown by another brewery that it is possible to make a great Pumpkin Ale. This one wasn't along those lines. It started off with a beautiful appearance, but it then went down hill from there. It needed to increase the kick of the spices a little bit and add a lot more pumpkin to it. Next time, please don't roast the pumpkin and then water it down. On a positive note, I would choose this Pumpkin Ale over a ton of those other Pumpkin Ales I see sitting on the store's shelves.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.27/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hooray for trying something different.

Pours black with a medium beige head. Wallpaper lacing. Smells like pumpkin pie spice and dark malt.

Basically an almost (but not quite) non-artificial pumpkin taste over a sub-par stout. Very little of typical stout characteristics show through (coffee, roast malt, chocolate, etc.). Creamy but thin mouthfeel--perhaps a milk stout base? Got some salty funk after the swallow.

Yeah, it's not a very good mix but I'm glad some one tried it. Could be great if done right.

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Photo of Kinsman
3.28/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark brown, almost black body into the glass, which, given a relatively aggressive pour, reveals a nice pillowy and creamy looking tan head.

Aroma is notably pumpkin, but not as spicy as many other pumpkin beers. The aroma is rather one dimensional, with the pumpkin blocking out any of the typical stout-like roasted aromas.

Taste has a notable pumpkin flavor, but its not overly filled with pumpkin and spice. At first, there appears to be contrasting flavors between the roasted malts and the pumpkin and spice, making it taste almost a bit awkward. As one explores, the individual flavors are easier to pick out and it becomes more enjoyable, and it finishes nicely with a good coffee-ish roasted barley flavor, typical in most stouts.

Mouthfeel is creamy but not too heavy. Actually, feels a bit thin at times.

Overall, this beer is ok. It took some getting used to the unique flavor profile, but once I did, it became more enjoyable. That being said, I think pumpkin beers and stouts were two styles not meant to mix.

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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 EgadBananas
3.29/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is rather dark. Some mahogany around the edges in direct light. Predominant off white head adorns. Laces well.

Smells mostly of spice, with hints of stout roast and malts. I wish I knew what sort of stout the pumpkin was brewed into...would make reviewing much easier...

Taste is more equally roasted malts, hints of sweetness, and pumpkin spice. I don't like pumpkin, but this is not bad. Different, but not bad.

This leans toward a medium feel, little carbonation and slight coating. A bit off balance,but fine enough.

It's not hard to put down, especially if you like pumpkin, but even though I don't, it was easily managed. But I don't see it being a multiple hitter in the same evening, more of a nice alternative kinda thang.

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Photo of david18
3.3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had a sixteen ounce pour of this at the Amsterdam Ale House on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. I'm not a huge fan of pumpkin beers but this one, as a stout, sounded interesting. It was very dark in color and had a good pumpkin spice aroma with not an overwhelming flavor. Low on the hops, pretty tasty. Won't have it again but it was worth trying.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A pumpkin seasonal that is a stout? Very interesting. Tried this at as a gift from my father. Pours a darkish brown color, not much head to it. Taste is a bit watered down, higher ABV is well hidden. Pumpkin shines through a bit, but for the most part is subdued, tastes more like a generic above average stout to me. While I commend the brewery for trying something different with a pumpkin beer, I felt the pumpkin taste isn't as prevalent as it should be, pretty good beer overall though.

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