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 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 Python6586
3.2/5  rDev -14.4%

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 Bouder32
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Photo of MistahBeah
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Photo of rdonofrio86
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Photo of billybob
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Photo of tobelerone
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Photo of 2dogbrew
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Photo of Gehrig13
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Photo of ArsMoriendiOU818
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Photo of CreightonSM
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Photo of Thunderballroom
3.26/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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