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 Phelps
3.35/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle sent by augustiner719, poured into a tulip.

Inky black, not syrupy but completely opaque. Half a finger of fizzy tan head pops away rather quickly, leaving just a thin ring and no lace.

Burnt biscuits and roasted pumpkin seeds provide the backbone, while sweet roasted pumpkin, vanilla and clove make up the body. A hint of chocolate and allspice complete the experience.

Subtlety is the name of the game with this pumpkin stout. There’s not much initial flavor aside from some tangy chocolate and a bit of pumpkin pie spice. Toast and roast pumpkin emerge after the swallow, but both are pretty light. Dry finish with lingering notes of pie crust.

Medium-light body displays moderate carbonation and silky fizziness. It starts watery, but expands a bit as it warms. Alcohol is negligible, and the finish is dry and crisp.

I’m a man who likes his pumpkin beers packed with pumpkin, and Fisherman’s Pumpkin Stout doesn’t really deliver there. The gourd here seems to be more of an afterthought, and even the stout flavor is too light.

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Photo of themind
3.36/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

The appearance of this beer was very good, pitch black with a nice mocha colored head. The aroma was pumpkin and not much else. The mouthfeel was nice but slightly over carbonated but is smooth and creamy. The taste has several things going on, subtle pumpkin, nutmeg and other spices along with possibly some chocolate. Its hard to put a finger on what this beer resembles. That said over all even though the base stout is slightly weak this beer is worth drinking.

Bottom Line: Interesting beer.

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Photo of nihiloexnihil
3.36/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle that had been refrigerated at the distributor into a snifter.

A. Absolutely no head. Not sure if I didn't pour it aggressively enough or what, but there is nothing except a small rim. The color is pitch black, no light filtering through except for a tiny bit of a tangerine (or perhaps pumpkin-colored?) glow at the edges when backlit.

S. Nutmeg, cinnamon. Not particularly aromatic.

T. Pumpkin pie. Very little bitterness. The attack is mellow, the finish is a bit boozy but it also fades pretty quickly.

M. Fairly light-bodied for a stout. Light carbonation gives it a creamy feel.

D: Does not taste like 7% ABV. It goes down smooth and is fairly drinkable, but unfortunately is a bit forgettable.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.37/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This pumpkin stout pours as a deep brown color with a tan colored head on it. The smell have some pretty good spices on the nose. The flavor of the beer kind of lacked for me, the spicy nose doesn't transfer over to the taste all that much. The mouthfeel is pretty light for a stout . Overall it's a decent brew for the style. It's probably worth checking out in the fall.

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Photo of Twitchsey
3.38/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown with a small light tan head that has all but disappeared as I sit here drinking this beer.

It really smells like pie. though what is there of pumpkin seems to be really overshadowed by the spices that are present. I get a huge note of cinnamon, cloves, and maybe a little bit of spice... like a ginger note to it.

Initial taste is good. a sweet pumpkin note combined with the above mentioned spices leads to a mild pie taste. nothing over the top, nothing strong. A pretty solid taste to it, though a bit light on the overall pumpkin flavor. the sweetness of the malts kicks in adding to the overall balance of it to offset the spice.

medium carbonation and a medium to light to medium feel as it rolls over the tongue.

Pumpkin not being my favorite of flavors, im quite suprised how I actually kind of like this one. granted, its nothing special compared to some of the other fall brews I got in my hand picked sample of the season (I tried a bunch of fall beers that I found).

Worth trying, but not something I would go back to all that often.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.38/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 9/29/09. Bottle. Pours black with a small, rapidly disappearing tan head. Aroma of pumpkin spices. The flavor definitely brings out the smokey roasted malt with a tinge of pumpkin spices in the finish. But mostly the stout flavors are dominant. Palate is a little weak. Interesting blend of styles that meshed together nicely! A good, unique pumpkin beer.
7/4/7/3/14 (3.5/5)

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Photo of mugglesandhops
3.4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this in trade...Cant remember who from.

Poured 12 oz. bottle into snifter(all I had on hand)

Poured an almost black color with a thin light brown head that faded fast. Smells very strong of pumpkin spice, smells just like a pumkin pie. Taste just the same, very pumpkiny med. mouthfeel I wouldn't drink this everyday but very good for a Thanksgiving or Christmas.

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Photo of hero27
3.4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle.

Received a bottle from IBUnit63 in LNBA BIF, thanks!

Deep mahogany..a small head of light tan foam forms and sits pretty quiet.
Roasted malt aroma with a hint of nutmeg..
Flavor is a combination of rich burnt malts, black licorice, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and ginger..very appropriate for the fall season.
A good brew, but probably not one I'd have several bottles of in one'd have to really like liquid-pumpkin pie. if that's your thing, then pick up a case of this and go nuts.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.42/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into my 22oz snifter.

A: Black with dark brown highlights. Thin, tan head that recedes to a disk rather quickly, despite a slightly harsh pour. Some patchy foam sticks to the side of the glass. Not bad

S: Spicy candied pumpkins up front with a good deal of spices - nutmeg and mace being dominant. Swirling this pretty hard brings out the creamy chocolate stout notes. There's a mellow roasted character present too. All in all, solid, and one that needs to be served at cellar temp or warmer

T: On the palate, this beer is a bit of a mess, IMO. The pumpkin spices dominate with the pumpkin itself coming in second. The chocolate comes through almost as an afterthought before the spices take over on the finish

M: A little thin in body with decent carbonation and a solid, spicy finish

D: I'm not hugely impressed by the way the flavors have blended on this one and for that reason, I'm not a big fan

Notes: I was wicked excited when someone described this as a mix of Breakfast Stout and Pumpking. Sadly, this is not what comes to mind :-(

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Photo of Rainintheface
3.42/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark, nearly black with a thin ring of mocha

S: very mild smelling. subtle spices and a subdued pumpkin aroma that fades in and out. light cocoa

T: ok. cinnamon is the only spice I can nail down. coffee is faint and roasted but overall the spices dominate

M: moderate in body but kinda thin. because of this thinness the carbonation brings Coca-Cola to mind

D: Easy drinking but I was a bit underwhelmed

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Photo of Chaney
3.42/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I picked up a single on the advice of another beer geek friend who is also the beer buyer at my local Whole Foods store.

I poured this into a pint glass.

A: Dark brown, almost black, but with a little bit of little light passing around the edges. Absolutely no head.

S: Pumpkin galore - really nice! Like a pumpkin ale, but more malty in nature.

T: A bit on the thin side. The dark malts seem kind of watery to me. Also, the pumpkin loses its appeal after the 3rd or 4th sip.

M: Here is where the beer is hurt the most. The carbonation is almost non-existent and the beer itself needed more of a "creamy" quality.

D: I might have another one at some point, but I could go through the Harvest season without this one if I had to.

Overall: Okay, but I was kind of let down by this one. The idea of a pumpkin stout sounds good on paper, but this is definitely not the ideal realization of that attempt.

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Photo of theBubba
3.42/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep, typically stout-like umber in the glass. Head disappeared in about 30 seconds. Some lacing remained.

Mildly smelled of your expected clove, cinnamon, etc. pumpkin pie spices.

Taste? Good. Malty...smokey...a decent stout. But let's not get carried away with the season. There ain't no pumpkin there. And by the way anybody eaten pumpkin lately? Taste is nil. It's all in the spices.

So this is a decent stout. If yer lookin' for pumpkin, head out to the patch.

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Photo of craytonic
3.43/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark oily black, small tan head. Smell is of roasted malts with some faint pumpkin and spices in the background. Taste is similar, the bumpkin is in the back seat, if not the trunk. Mouthfeel is a bit thin for my preferences, and the bubbles a bit too big. Certainly a nice way to start the fall I suppose though.

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Photo of washburnkid
3.45/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Small cap of beige head. Pretty pitch black except at the very edges. Aromas are sweet, mostly reminiscent of pumpkin spice and vanilla. Flavors are subtle ... roasty, pumpkin, and tad bit of herbal bitterness at the back. Not overwhelming by any means, but balanced nicely. A little too carbonated and thin for my stout tastes, but nothing to really complain about. A smattering of head, not much lacing.

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Photo of jera1350
3.45/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to krisanajt for this offering. This bottle got slightly frozen in transit BTW. Not sure if that will effect flavor or not.

Deep and dark brown, almost black. Just a minute trace of a head which results in zero lacing.

Very pumpkin pie like on the nose. Pumpkin, spices, creme brulee. Sweet smelling.

Starts out with some toasted malt and quite a bit of coffee, both of which overpower any trace of pumpkin and spice. A little of the spice comes through in the aftertaste.

For the stronger flavor and ABV, the body is pretty thin. Pretty smooth with plenty of carbonation.

Easy to drink. Interesting take, but I really wish more of the pumpkin and spice would come through.

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Photo of moodenba
3.46/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fisherman's pumpkin Stout six pack of12 oz. cans purchased in massachusetts Oct. 2016. Chilled stout poured into a glass.

Flavor is that of a fairly straightforward stout. Medium body (for a stout) with good malt and hop balance. Pumpkin character is just perceptible and does not detract from the enjoyment of a beer drinker who is not a fan of fruit/herb beers. Quaffable stout with a somewhat high alcohol content (7%).

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Photo of CuriousMonk
3.47/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into dimpled mug. Pours dark brown with a small light brown head. Aroma is semi-sweet with a lot of pumpkin, a litle cinnamon and some nutmeg. Surprisingly little malt and/or hops show through. In the taste, it is a different story, though. Definite roasted malt balanced by just the right amount of hop bitternes. Not nearly as sweet as the aroma had suggested it would be. The transition to the pumpkin finish is seamless and the pumpkin is excellent. Good mouthfeel, quite smooth and has a long lingering finish of pumpkin.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.47/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a small beige head that instantly turns to a swirly cap and bubbly ring, almost looks flat.

Smell is very faint, gains strength as it warms however. I can smell pumpkin, sugar and spices but not much stoutiness except for slight coffee/roasted malt.

Taste is a better mix of the styles, although the tables have turned and it tastes more like a stout now. Stout flavors are of the milk chocolate/doughy/coffee with cream and sugar variety, sort of like an Irish Dry Stout. Pumpkin/spice notes are weak and get weaker as the beer goes on. Pretty sweet and malty, not much hop action. Pretty stellar mouthfeel with low carbonation and alcohol is very well-hidden.

Definitely doesn't really deliver a pumpkin stout as I had hoped, it basically tastes like an average stout with high sweetness and very faint fall spices...not a bad beer but could be better.

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Photo of uustal
3.47/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a mahogany black with a thin light brown head that quickly dissipates and does not lace. Aroma of cinnamon, nutmeg and a bit of roasted coffee. Flavor begins with classic pumpkin spices. Cinnamon and nutmeg lead the way. The roasted malts are up next. Tastes a bit like burnt gingerbread... Strong black coffee as well and just hints of mashed pumpkin sweetness as the beer warms.

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Photo of Maxwell
3.48/5  rDev -7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a light black, if that makes any sense…There is a definite ruby tint to it if you hold it up to the light, but overall it is a black color with a nice light sand-dune-tan head that turns into a scrim quickly. Carbonation appears healthy within the beer, and judging by the way the light passes through it, I would say it quite clean and free of particles. To sum it all up, the beer looks a little weak for a stout. The beer does, however, smell richly of sweet pumpkins, even from a distance away. The pumpkin fruit is rich and pungent, but below it can be smelled some nice roasty malts and hint of chocolate. The pumpkin smell does turn a little vegetal the more you sniff, but I suppose that is expected when you use a vegetable…

The beer tastes rich and chocolaty, with much fainter hints of the pumpkin than there was in the smell. Roasted malts are also present, but there is a lingering hint of metal that mixes with the pumpkin and brings down the overall enjoyment of this beer. The spices are also rather faint in the beer until the aftertaste where they ring out as cinnamon, allspice, and nutmeg, though they too could be contributing to the metallic tinge. Mouthfeel is slightly prickly and quite thin, though it thickens a little if swished around the mouth. The tongue is left pretty clean, with just a hint of saliva and a little roasted dryness at the back of the throat. Overall this beer is a little disappointing. I’ve had the imperial pumpkin stout, and it by far surpasses it in everything, as might be expected, but it seems like the stout is just missing something that shouldn’t be missing. I liked my initial sips of this, but as it grew in my mouth it brought a weird metallic taste that I couldn’t shake. It is a cool next step for the style of the pumpkin beer, and I still think it’s worth a taste, but I would recommend the imperial pumpkin stout over the plain stout if you’re looking for good flavoring.

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Photo of zoolzoo
3.48/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: "Stout black" white bubbles. Pretty sticky, lingering head.

S: Vegetal pumpkin, subdued seasonal spice, roasted malt

T/M: Surprised no find an all around weak flavor profile, but plenty of balance. Mouthfeel is quite thin for a stout....drinks more like a black lager. Nothing exciting, though drinkability is high. Pumpkin is perceivable in taste, though none of that pumpkin pie stuff. Fleshy, raw pumpkin...settled in nicely with a dash of spice and roasted semi sweet malt.

O: Overall, I expected a bit more. I think there's room for more spice and more sweetness in a "pumpkin stout" without over doing it. In fact, the body may be too thin to rightly call this a stout in my mind. Still, there are good flavors here, and balance.

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Photo of Ungertaker
3.49/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a New Belgium globe.

A- Pours the darkest brown with a two-finger, khaki head and very little light penetration.

S- Some chocolate, hints of spices and pumpkin, a little bit of espresso.

T- The pumpkin was there, but difficult to pick up. A fair amount of coffee, chocolate, toffee and roasted malts.

M- Medium-bodied with a balanced carbonation level.

O- This was the first pumpkin stout I have ever had. It was good, for a stout, but the pumpkin was too difficult to pick up. I served it at cellar temp (which I do with most stouts); I am wondering if I should have served it a little cooler. Could the stout characteristics have taken over because of the temp? Either way, the beer was good and worth a try.

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Photo of ianjsullivan
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

ST: 12oz poured into a pint glass.

A: A very dark, almost black, brown with a fluffy dark brown head that quickly settles into wisps of foam.

S: Mellow malt and sweet pumpkin with a slight hint of espresso bean.

T: Starts malty with a hint of sour, bitter coffee. Some pumpkin joins in the middle, and the finish displays some alcohol with some earthy notes from the pumpkin.

M: Medium and dry

O: The stout and the slight pumpkin really take over the flavor profile; the spices take a seat in the back of this beer. The roasted malt has some moments of sweetness, but, the earthy pumpkin and bitter coffee keep the stout honest.

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Photo of fitzy84
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A dark black appearance with a slight burnt orange color in the light. Aromas had a very slight pumpkin spice punch to it, more of a general stout smell with malts and cocoa flavors. The beer, sadly for me, lacks the pumpkin flavoring I sensed from its aromas. More generally stout-centered though and it is a decent stout at that. But since I was hoping for something with a little more pumpkin flavoring, I am going to go low on that score. Mouthfeel maintained a good crispness while still allowing a slight cream aspect to the drink. Overall, a really good stout, just wish it had more pumpkin.

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Photo of yossarian14
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours black with a large frothy, bubbly mocha colored head. Pumpkin and cinnamon and chocolate are much more apparent in the nose than in the taste. Not overwhelmingly spiced. The mouthfeel is a little thin which adds to its drinkability as does its lack of overwhelming flavors, but I think it need to be a little more daring to attract any attention. I would not normally reach for another Pumpkin Stout because I'm expecting a thicker spicier brew but the 6.75% ABV is well hidden as are the usually overpowering traits of pumpkin beers, so I'll pop open another and rethink things.

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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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