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Fisherman's Pumpkin Stout | Cape Ann Brewing Company

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Fisherman's Pumpkin StoutFisherman's Pumpkin Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Cape Ann Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States | website

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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308
Ratings:
542
Avg:
3.74
pDev:
12.3%
 
 
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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 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 fdrich29
4.32/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler filled at the Cape Ann Brewing Company Saturday, August 23, 2008. Review Wednesday, August 27, 2008.

Pours a solid black with tan head. Smells like pumpkin and malt, very rich and deep aroma. Taste is amazing, pumpkin, chocolate, malt. Yum. Very smooth drinking beer, slightest bit of alcohol at the end. Surprisingly smooth, goes down very easily.

Definitely worth trying if you can get your hands on it. Looking forward to finishing up my growler...and then refilling it.

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

12oz. bottle

Pours a very dark mahogany brown with a small mocha head that fades. Mild spotted lacing on the glass.

Aroma is rather enticing. Rich, robust roasted malt smell along with a healthy dose of pumpkin pie spices. Smells of molasses, cocoa, and espresso are woven in.

Hearty, roasted malt flavor upfront leading into a dose of pumpkin spices. I am not a big fan of typical pumpkin pie spiced beers, but the spices really work well with the roasted malt flavors. Hints of cocoa and molasses and a bit of coffee flavor. Finishes quite roasty and dry. By far the best pumpkin spiced beer I have had.

Full body, light carbonation.

Extremely impressed by this beer. It's very drinkable, although I need something else after one or two in order to keep the spices from fatiguing my palate. Try this one.

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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 mountdew1
4.33/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was a very dark opaque black with a thin slightly dirty white head. Aroma was brown sugar sweet with some vanilla undertones. Pumpkin was very prevalent in the flavor, not overly spicy like some, a nice mellow pumpkin pie flavor. Felt ok in the mouth, nice thickness and carbonation, but didn't coat as well as it could have. Pleasant to drink, a very solid stout.

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Photo of jlindros
4.33/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I can't believe I somehow never put up a review for this beer. I love it, and I was on a pumpkin kick for a while. Found another 6-pack the other day, so I had to get more.

A: Pours creamy huge 2.5 finger head of darker milky rich thick creamy head. Almost pitch black color with no real light getting through. The head fades very slowly and leaves a lacing on the glass.

N: Some dark malts, some roast, hints of chocolate, and some pumpkin. A nice pumpkin aroma, with hints of little spice, Cinnamon, pumpkin pie, toasty pumpkin seeds, and lots of nice deliciousness.

T: Starts like a stout. A little bitter earthy stoutness, with some dark malt flavors, some roasted and chocolate but little, a nice dark rich stout flavor. Creamy chocolate and a little baker's chocolate. Rich dark fruit flavors even. Then comes a little hint of a nice pumpkin flavor, it's not over the top at all, its very subtle and nice. A hint of spices comes with it, adding a little cinnamon, and making it taste also a little like pumpkin pie.

M: Semi thick and very rich and creamy, a decent carbonation.

F: Finishes semi bitter, probably both the stouty roastedness and some hints of hops. Finishes a little drier which is nice. Lingering roasted and dark malt flavors, and hints of lingering pumpkin. Not really any late spices, just nice rich stout, almost as if the spices disappeared and this just became a nice creamy dry stout. Again I remember how much I like this beer.

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Photo of Freshie
4.35/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at the Sunset Grill and Tap in Allston.

Served in a tulip glass.

Dark and deep colour, but if held to a light, a bit of crimson appears. Nice tan head, that laces to the sides. Head dissapates afterwhile, but the lace stays around.

The aroma is spiced and very noticeable. Cinnoman, some pumpkin, and a bit of hops.

The taste is sweet, brown sugar malty, with pumpkin and cinnoman tastes coming after. Full-bodied and bold. The spices in this ale stay with you as you drink.

Perfect on a brisk autumn day in New England. This might go very well with Thanksgiving dinner.

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Photo of BigCheese
4.35/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle fresh to death,

A: Pours a deep brown just lighter than black. Opaque, thin head dissaptes quickly.

S: Yum, fresh pumpkin, some roasted chocolatey malts, maybe hints of pumpkin pie spices.

T: Juicy Sweet Pumpkins right of the bat, pie crust, some pumpkin pie spices but there subdued. More of a sweeter stout. Tons of pumpkin flavor throughout. More chocolate than coffee stout base.

M: Low Carbonation, Silky Smooth body, real smoth. ABV hardly present.

O: Really awesome pumpkin brew. Highly recommended, nice change from typical Pumpkin Ales. My favorite non imperial pumpkin ale.

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Photo of russpowell
4.36/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this from RblWthACoz, cheers John!

Pours mahogany with 1+ finger of tan head. Average lacing & head retention

S: Chocolate, a touch of oaky smoke & pumpkin pie spices

T: A touch chocolate, some restrained smokeyness & rich pumpkin up front. A bit of roasted, grain, nutmeg & cocoa are there as this warms. Finishes with plums, cocoa & slight smokeyness

MF: Smooth, medium bodied, low carbonation

Drinks very easy for the style & ABV. This is among the best for this style I've ever had

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Photo of dar482
4.37/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours out pitch black with a huge huge 3 finger tan head.

The aroma has roasty malt, sweet grainy pumpkin, spices, cinnamon, a bit of chocolate.

The flavor follows with roasty malt, chocolate, and coffee. The beer melds perfectly into pumpkin and the spices along with earthy bitterness on the end.

I do somewhat wish it was a bigger bolder beer, but then, I'm also so impressed by how well the beer is crafted (stout and pumpkin integration).

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Photo of puboflyons
4.38/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on December 23, 2013.

It pours jet black with a decent tan head and good lacing clinging to the glass.

The aroma is both forward and subtle at the same time if that makes sense. I pick up the dark baked malts, dark fruit, yeast, as well as the cinnamon and nutmeg pumpkin spices. Nothing explosive or in your face but overall a fine varied nose.

Medium body.

Those dark malts and pumpkin spices are even more laid back in the taste but they blend together very well and bring out a very roasty-toasty feel.

I love a good stout and merging it together with the pumpkin spices of fall make this exceptionally good.

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Photo of Brad007
4.38/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a dark black color with a brown head and ruby hues. Aroma was smooth and velvety with pumpkin and coffee essences. Taste had just the right amount of coffee and pumpkin flavors and was not overwhelming in any way. A nice bitterness reigned as well. Not a bad way to showcase pumpkin flavors in a darker beer.

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Photo of mitch3114
4.38/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- very dark, almost black. Off-white head to about an inch. After a few minutes, it subsided into a ring around the edge of my glass.

S- roasted malts, yeast? Sweet fermented fruits, raisins, some faint hints of spice. cinnamon, brown sugar. I can faintly smell the alcohol.

T- A little fruity, some chocolate, some sweetness, roasted malt, some faint hops, not detecting any spices or-wait, is this a pumpkin beer? I am not detecting any pumpkin.

M- A little chewy, quite nice. Not too carbonated, smooth and creamy.

O- Overall this is a great stout. A really great stout. However, it just tastes like...a great stout. I cannot taste and pumpkin or even any spices. Because of that I am taking some points off as it's not really consistent with the style (pumpkin ale, or pumpkin stout) as it doesn't show any signs of pumpkin flavor. I would recommend this highly though if you would like a nice stout with a higher ABV. It is just shy of an imperial stout, which is nice as you might be able to drink two or three of these in a night, which is hard to do with an imperial stout...unless you are drinking to get drunk...but then you probably wont be drinking an imperial stout for that.

FYI, I am eating a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup and it pairs really well!

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Photo of bort11
4.42/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Received from jaxon53 in the BA Secret Santa '08.

12 oz bottle poured into an imperial pint glass. Mild tan head that has a tinge of orange. Gradually recedes to nothing, no lacing to speak of. Color is a dark solid brown to almost black. Dark orange highlights shine around the edges when held to the light.

Smell has more stout characteristics. Dark roasted coffee aromas, hints of cocoa powder. Mild spices. Taste is where the pumpkin comes into play. Still lots of stout flavors, but nutmeg, cinnamon, and all spice kicks it up. Pumpkin flavors are there, but are muted by the coffee flavors. It's like having a piece of pie and cup of coffee all in one.

Mouthfeel is creamy with a powdery texture. Quite filling. Makes a great dessert beer. Delicious!

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.42/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle picked up in VA this week. The beer pours a dark brown, opaque, with a thick tan head. The aroma isn't as strong with pumpkin spices as most pumpkin ales, which is nice as this beer is a unique creation. The pairing of these spices with a stout is inspired, the roasted malts match the cinnamon and nutmeg perfectly, smelling more strongly of stout than pumpkin pie. It tastes just as good, a roasted malt stout with malty sweetness counterplayed against a light sprinkling of pumpkin pie spices. In fact it almost tastes more like pumpkin itself than of spices, really this is growing on me. Definitely to be purchased when I see it again.

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Photo of Michaelcc73
4.45/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Very good beer. Poured a dark black with a dark brown tinge to it. Could almost see the orange of the pumpkin trying to break the blackness of the stout.

Had a very sweet taste with a definitely noticable pumpkin flavor.

Went down very smooth with little to no noticible carbination.

Best Pumpkin beer I have tried.

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Photo of plaid75
4.47/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep black hue with a one finger pillowy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured great upfront pumpkin and cinnamon aromas with a solid toasted grain.

The taste was unique and amazing. Mildly sweet and smooth pumpkin flavor complimented the excellent toasted malt. Flavors of cinnamon and coffee were also present.

The mouthfeel was full and creamy.

Overall an excellent stout and an excellent pumpkin ale all in one. Perhaps my favorite fall seasonal beer.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.47/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with an almost, three finger-thick, lightly browned, tan colored head that is a mix of creamy and frothy consistencies. The beer is a dark brown almost black color that is dark enough to be opaque when held up to the light, despite showing a clear, dark chocolate hue as I was pouring. The aroma is clearly pumpkin influenced as that is what is most noticeable as I am pouring this brew; not just spices either, there is a nice, fleshy pumpkin meat character to this brew. Upon deeper inspecting softly roasted, dark malt notes (light espresso, toasted grain, touch of chocolate) accent notes of cinnamon, caramelized pumpkin flesh and a touch of nutmeg. The nose of this brew has a really nice balance that I was not expecting; this is clearly a pumpkin beer, but the spice notes are quite restrained and the underlying Stout aromatics are a really nice touch.

The beer starts out dry and lightly tart, but picks up a malty, chocolate-like sweetness through the middle at which point some cinnamon notes accentuate the sweetness a bit more. The beer finishes with a flash of pumpkin pie and then a long, lingering, roasted grain character that tastes of charcoal, a light burnt acidity, a touch of blackened chalk, and a dry black coffee finish. Initially the pumpkin meat is not as noticeable in the flavor as it was in the aroma, but I think it does accent the middle of this brew and adds just a hint of squash flavors towards the finish. As the beer warms up though, the pumpkin flavors start to play a little bit bigger role here and are actually fairly noticeable. The texture of this beer is quite nice; soft, sort of creamy, with a palate coating quality to it, yet it is not overly heavy and is a the perfect drinking beer for cooler weather.

Definitely one of the best Pumpkin beers I have ever had; I would not have guessed it but the base beer style of a Stout pairs really well with the typical Pumpkin flavors and light spice notes. I definitely love well made Pumpkin brews, but they have been so hard to find commercially that I am really loving this beer. One of those beers that justs really hits the spot at this particular moment in time.

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Fisherman's Pumpkin Stout from Cape Ann Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 308 ratings.
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