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 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 meno19
3/5  rDev -19.8%

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3/5  rDev -19.8%

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3/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of oline73
3/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of schaffer9252
3/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of PorterThwarter
3/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of raffy313
3/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of smutty33
3/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of JLapadura
3/5  rDev -19.8%

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 thampel09
3/5  rDev -19.8%

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3/5  rDev -19.8%

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3/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of Belittle
3/5  rDev -19.8%

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 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 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 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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3.08/5  rDev -17.6%

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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Fisherman's Pumpkin Stout from Cape Ann Brewing Company
3.74 out of 5 based on 553 ratings.
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