Fisherman's Imperial Pumpkin Stout | Cape Ann Brewing Company

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Fisherman's Imperial Pumpkin StoutFisherman's Imperial Pumpkin Stout

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Cape Ann Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Fall

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Photo of rudzud
4.95/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

After hearing some great things about this stout via the forums I made sure to pick up a bottle on my last trip to Julio's.

A - Great black pour with a nice mocha head, slightly less than two fingers. Considering this stouts 11% ABV the head retention is very impressive. While it does diminish it never fully goes away and does leave nice sticky side lacing.

S - Great gourd aromas on this one. Earthy pumpkin/squash notes right up front along with a hint of fall spices (nutmeg, cinnamon, etc.). A nice big chocolate aroma hits the nose right after that delicious pumpkin bread aroma.

T - Just like the nose there is a great earthy pumpkin flavour that sweetens up into a more bready, pumpkin bread flavor. At the end, WHAM!, chocolate! Am I drinking liquidfied pumpkin bread with bittersweet chocolate?! I must be, because this bottle is that good.

M - Typical carbonation for an imperial stout but the alcohol is almost entirely hidden. Wow.

D - The aromas and flavors make this seasonal imperial stout amazing. The fact that this doesnt even remotely feel like an 11% is mind bending. Definate must buy, and something I plan on picking up more of to cellar!

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Photo of mfunk9786
4.88/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a really great beer. I'm not sure if player1 is working as an operative for whatever brewery is in direct competition with Cape Ann, but that is one lousy example of a debut review on this site. And it couldn't be further from the truth. I'm a huge fan of the regular Fisherman's Pumpkin Stout, and this takes that, doesn't make major changes, but enhances and improves everything that needs to be fixed and makes its little brother absolutely obsolete. It also is in direct competition for the best pumpkin beer on the planet.

A: Let's think about the standard Fisherman's Pumpkin Stout and the Imperial as fountain pen inks, shall we? The standard FPS is one of those that is a little watery, that you have to press down against the paper to get a dark color, that doesn't quite leave a major impact on a piece of paper and might run if you get the paper wet. FIPS, however, is one of those deep dark shiny black inks that you can write checks to the President of the United States with without fear of forgery. It's absolutely impossible to see through, has a beautiful light mocha head, and fixes anything that may have been wrong with the look of the standard FPS.

S: The smell is a lovely gourd-y explosion of earth and sweet and autumnal spice, with a bona-fide chocolate character coming right behind.

T: I have to bow down to Cape Ann for putting together a beer that is 10+ percent, but doesn't give into the trappings that most imperials do. This beer feels no pressure to be a huge flavor bomb, but is sort of like FPS with the volume turned up to 11. Everything that makes its little brother such a great experimental pumpkin ale is enhanced here.

M: And there's so little in the way of alcohol burn that...

D: It's dangerously drinkable. So smooth, so sweet, so chocolaty. It's everything a dessert beer 'round this time of year should be.

While I shake my finger disapprovingly at Cape Ann going the way of bombers (I want to buy this in a case without paying out the nose, guys) - I am still blown away by this enhanced version of the existing FPS. If it didn't turn every loyal drinker of FPS into a bona-fide alcoholic, I would recommend that they just replace the original with this, but I doubt that'll be happening any time soon. I've never had an imperial version of a beloved beer that treats the original with such respect and admiration. And at 6-8 dollars a bomber, it stands alongside Pumking as a perfect beer to bring to your family's Thanksgiving dinner for dessert.

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Photo of YouSkeete
4.64/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Very dark black, tinted with an orangey hue on the edges. Short dark-tan head, practically no lacing.

S: Pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon, dark/bittersweet chocolate and mocha, espresso. Full, thick aromas in the nose. Nice smooth pumpkin pie spices. Hints of grapes and raisins, and even some ginger and orange peel.

T/M: Fantastic upfront blend of bittersweet chocolates, espresso, and pumpkin spice. Nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice, coffee malt. All the components of a stout and a pumpkin ale are well pronounced, well presented. Follow through of the flavor ends with a sweet, tangy, candy aftertaste. Pumpkin spice and chocolate malt lingers near the end. Bitter, sweet, mildly spicy brew. Full bodied with light carbonation.

D: Very impressed with this. Found it at some hole-in-the-wall store on a visit to Newport, RI with my girlfriend. DEFINTELY should have bought more than one. Fantastic seasonal brew.

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Photo of savagewhisky
4.55/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured like frothed chocolate with a one finger, almond colored head. Smelled strongly of spices used in pumpkin pie such as cloves and nutmeg.

The taste was less like pumpkin but a rich stout with a good balance of toasted malts and mild bitterness on the back end.

Almost too drinkable.

A lovely stout.

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Photo of jondeelee
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fisherman's Imperial Pumpkin Stout--a ramped-up version of the company's regular Pumpkin Stout, with an extra 4% ABV--smells heavenly, like Thanksgiving at grandma's house when the pies are freshly out of the oven and the coffee is percolating brightly on the stove. Pumpkin is of course present in the nose, and is the primary aroma, but it's the kind of pumpkin that comes hand-kneaded with cinnamon and clove, nutmeg and allspice, and just a touch of pure vanilla bean. Just beneath that a thick layer of malts promises figs and toasted grains.

On the tongue, the beer is gloopy and thick, almost cream-like in texture, and while pumpkin is a major taste, it's not overwhelmingly so, as can happen with many beers of this type. Instead, the lovely pumpkin-and-spice flavors, which translate almost directly from the nose, are neatly countered by equally-strong malts, which bring a toasted pie crust flavor to the meal. Sugary fruit esters--fig primarily, but also pear and apple--laze playfully, joined late in the mouthful by by fresh coffee flavors that, for a moment, made me wonder whether I'd stumbled on to the beer equivalent of Willy Wonka's Three-Course Dinner Chewing Gum. The aftertaste is coffee and light pie, and lasts for a beautifully long time.

Overall, this is great seasonal brew, and even if you're the kind of person who doesn't go in for gimmicky pumpkin beer, this one is worth a try.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.37/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

From the 2011 series. Sampled afte Halloween on November 16, 2011. The pour is a deep and rich dark brown with a good head due to the aggressive pour but it quickly evaporates into a ring. The aroma is a delicate balance of dark malts, smoke, and pumpkin spice with a slight hop hint on the back end. It really invites me to sip it. The body was smooth and medium which made it easy to drink. Loads of character in the taste thanks to its marriage of smokey, sweet malts and pumpkin spice followed up on the tail end with a biting hop bitterness that is neither earthy or floral but it definitely helps me remember the experience. A fine beer.

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Photo of Hopfenpeter
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not being a Pumpkin ale lover, I thought to try a Pumpkin Stout for a change.
The beer poured black , with a deep tan creamy head building about two fingers high. Very attractive and inviting. The head has good retention, but leaves no lacing.
Smelling the beer, spice, nutmeg and cinnamon are dominant. Coffee, dark chcolate and dark fruit are also present.
Tasting the beer the flavors follow the nose, but a slight rum flavor is also present, exposing some of the high ABV. A very well balanced beer, which is not very rich on Pumpkin flavor, but maybe that is a plus. I really loved it and will buy another one to age it for a year! Great beer!!!

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An extra beer from recent trade with ICCULIS. HUGE thanks to you Jim!

2011 vintage; poured into tulip glass and shared with several local BA's.

Appearance: dark black bodied beer with a medium brown head. Moderate lacing noted on the glass.

Smell: Traditional stout notes of roasted malts, chocolate, and a mild coffee note. Also, nutmeg and a decent dose of pumpkin and graham crackers.

Taste: Honestly... its a nice stout mixed with pumpkin pie and a graham cracker crust. The flavors are in a great balance here. Total surprise! It's 11% and not even a hinting of booze.

Mouthfeel: Moderate bodied beer with low carbination. Smooth, creamy, and silky.

Overall: A great desert beer. This was a fantastic extra. Did not know what to expect and it really impressed me. I am floored. Great beer experience.

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Photo of CharlatanSin
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at the Cape Ann event at Bronx Ale House. I was heartbroken when I found out that bottles weren't going to come to NYC, so I've been waiting for this event for a while.

The beer was served in a chalice. It's black as night with a small dark tan head. The aroma is mostly that of an imperial stout with a strong roasted character. Of course, there's some pumpkin in there. In most pumpkin beers the "pumpkin" character presents as pumpkin pie spices like cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice. But the aroma here is really gourd-y. There's a bit of nutmeg hiding in the back, but it's mainly real pumpkin.

The pumpkin character in the taste is similar to the aroma, with squashy pumpkin providing the flavor with a small supporting role for pumpkin pie spice. However, as was the case with their normal pumpkin stout, this beer is a damn good stout first and a pumpkin beer second. It's very roasty with a bit of chocolate. The flavor's less extreme than many other imperial stouts. In fact, the taste is extremely similar to the non-imperial version. The main difference is in the body. While the non-imperial is a bit thin, this version is rich, smooth and creamy. There's just a tiny bit of boozy heat to make sure you're paying attention.

There are a few kegs in NYC right now, but you'll have to go out of state to find a bottle. You should: this beer is worth seeking out. Assuming they keep producing it, it will become one of my most anticipated fall seasonals.

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Photo of GarrettMD
4.29/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Black with half a finger of deep mocha head. Head retention is great.

S - Pumpkin and spices right up front. Actual pumpkin is the most dominant, which is surprising for a pumpkin beer, since the smell from a pumpkin isn't that strong to begin with. Nutmeg and ginger come right behind it.

T - Taste is interesting... it almost seems like the spices and the roasted malts are battling for dominance. The initial flavor is chocolate malts with lots of coffee, and it starts to transition towards the spices of cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin, allspice but the roasted malts continue to pop through. It's got an ever-changing flavor within a single sip.

M - Thick, heavy body. Sticky and coats the mouth with the spices. Finish is sticky sweet with all the flavors listed above still battling for dominance; chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, pumpkin, allspice, nutmeg.

O - Very interesting beer. The more you drink it, the more it rounds out, but the first few sips are confusing. Great drinkability for the ABV too, you don't notice it at all. I'll definitely be getting a few to age as well, seems like it would do fantastically after a year to meld all the flavors.

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Photo of Rschis16
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Feeling festive so a pumpkin stout on Halloween seems appropriate. Very deep brown in color, black for all intents and purposes. Nice sized dark khaki head on top, remiscent of coffee. Big soft notes of pumpkin, ginger and pie crust. Smells sweet and pumpkin pie like, not overbearingly however. Surprisingly not much booze in the nose at 11 percent.

Pumpkin pie sweetness hits the palate first, making for a delicious first sip. That sweetness is followed up by dark roasted malts that have a bready nature and more sweet pumpkin spice in the middle and back of the palate. Booze provides a little prickle on the tongue, but somehow manages to be barely detectable otherwise, a feat that is impressive. Ginger and pumpkin make themselves evident in every sip, something that I have not found to be the case with a lot of pumpkin beers. The sweetness and combination of a mocha-like taste from the dark roasted malts make for a well-balanced sweet stout that would be a welcome dessert substitute for pumpkin pie. The mouthfeel also plays an integral part in why this succeeds as it is smooth and creamy, yet not nearly as heavy as some imperial stouts can be. The medium body is a welcome vessel for pumpkin spices and flavors. Lingering pumpkin in the aftertaste. The booze comes out just a tad more as it warms to room temperature, but still doesn't come close to taking away from the beer.

Very enjoyable stout, complex but fun and easy to drink. Not overly sweet, but very balanced. Maybe I can find another one of these for after Thanksgiving. If not, I can't wait for next year. Happy Halloween!

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Photo of jgasparine
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010 Bomber Bottle, sampled on 10-31-2010

A- Poured from the head with a slightly proteinaceous and rocky medium tan head, which produced some appreciable amounts of lacing over a jet black body.

S- The aroma is comprised of some moderate allspice, cinnamon and nutmeg notes, which dominate a base of what seems to be an amalgamation of cooked pumpkin and stewed malts. Nothing jumps out as a particular hop aroma here, but it certainly smells like pumpkin pie.

T- This thing is a rollercoaster in the mouth. Starts out with a kick of the spicy notes (allspice, nutmeg and cinnamon) swirling around there with some stewed and malty notes. Midway on the palate some of the roastiness peeks through where it's met with a piney hop character. Then this hopiness and roastiness merge into a mild to moderate bitter finish, which is sustained and very dry. The bitterness lingers on the tongue quite nicely. Unfortunately, a slight metallic flavor begins to emerge in the finish as the beer warms, which takes this down to a 4.0 in the taste department.

M- Medium body with a slight creamy texture imparted by a soft carbonation. Mild to moderate astringency.

D- So tasty and so smooth, and I would have never guessed the ABV to be 11% in a million years- the EtOH is so well hidden!!

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Photo of viaingo
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Type: Pumpkin Ale/Stout
Color: Dark and creamy with light carbonation.
Body: Lightly carbonated and very thick.
Head: Brown head that was thick and tasty. Lingered for a while but did not overstay it's welcome.
Taste: Very complicated. This had every standard details of a stout, chocolate, toffee and very sweet. You can definitely taste molasses and the light fruitiness of the pumpkin. The spices were an excellent addition to the overall taste.
Aroma: Smokey, toffee and hops were very prevalent. The pumpkin smell did not shine through but you could certainly smell the spices.

I have never tried anything from Cape Ann Brewing Company before and after drinking this excellent concoction I may go back for more. This is a great beer if you are not in the mood for your standard ales but want something a bit heavier. I am looking forward to exploring more beer from this brewing company.

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Photo of NoLeafClover44
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle poured into a Cigar City snifter. This beer seemed fitting for Halloween.

A - Pours midnight black with almond head. The foam is roughly a finger around the rim, cratering to a thin film in the center. I think both the glass and beer contribute to this neat effect.

S - Roasty bittersweet chocolate, marshmallow, and pumpkin pie spices. Cinnamon and nutmeg are prevalent. There is also an underlying pumpkin pulp smell coupled with some smoke.

T - Starts with sweet milk chocolate, dark fruits, and vanilla. Spices pull through in the middle. Roasty pumpkin meat on the back end with a bitter char and coffee finish. Some of the sweet cinnamon and chocolate remain in the aftertaste. This one comes full circle.

M - Medium body and silky smooth carbonation. If you told me this was 11% alcohol I wouldn't believe you.

O - I think this is my new favorite pumpkin beer. Good pumpkin flavor, mellow spices, all on top of an already great stout. Drinkability is remarkably high for a beer this big. I'll seek this one out next fall, that's for sure.

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Photo of HopNuggets
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured bomber into a snifter at cellar temp.

A - Poured a midnight black that you can't see through at any point. Solid 2.5 finger coffee color head that dissipated slowly to a 1/2 - 1 finger head that stuck around to leave a nice lacing down the glass.

S - Much more pumpkin spice scent to this brew over their regular pumpkin stout as well as a toffee note.

T - Nice pumpkin pie filling with cinnamon and nutmeg followed by the bitter coffee aftertaste that sticks around.

M - Nicely carbonated medium body that leave a slight coating on the palate with a hint of alcohol heat.

D - Quite drinkable for the high ABV. I have no issue finishing this bomber solo.

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Photo of WoostaBia
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A well made stout, dark roasted bitter, spicy pumpkin flavors and a little sweet finish that are well balanced. Great smell and taste to march. Preferred the regular stout to the Imperial pumpkin stout.

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Photo of Duff27
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a half inch mid mocha head on a dark broen body. Average head retention, no lacing.

Sweet pumpkin aroma layered on a cocoa background.

More of the same. On the sweet side. Pumpkin is there but not overwhelming. Would never even come close to guessing this at 11%abv.

Thicker side of the mouthfeel, good carbonation. Lovin' the mouthfeel...smooth.

Solid solid solid. Very good representation of a pumpkin stout. No artificialness here. Unsuspecting winner here, thanks 4DAloveofSTOUT.

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Photo of dcloeren
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Split this bomber with my buddy JR

Poured a deep black with 2 fingers of creamy cinnamon head that slowly receded to a thin film. No lacing, but thing legs.

Smells of rich chocolate, roasted malt and pumpkin spice bread.

Taste follows the nose but the spices and pumpkin are more evident. Boozy pumpkin on the back end.

Full bodied and coats thick on the tongue. I like the boozy heat on the tongue, definitely a manly fisherman brewed this one.

Overall this was a great find while I was in Mass. for work. Definitely a big beer and one of the better pumpkin beers thative had. Could probably age with the best of them... Wish would have bought two. Sad face.

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Photo of ksimons
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours a very dark brown, almost black, with a good amount of foamy tan head

S-smells sweet, malty, spicy, and boozey

T-starts off with a sweet break like taste with a hint of pumpkin mixed in and then finishes in a roasted bittersweet chocolate. Doesn't taste like an 11% beer at all. As the beer warms up the flavors are much more pronounced

M-medium body, low carbonation, very creamy and smooth, with a roasted aftertaste

D-by far better than the non-imperial version, much more complex and richer. Really glad I was able to find a bottle to try, very nice.

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Photo of DrinkNewport
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is one we've been waiting for.

Cape Ann Brewing's Fisherman's Imperial Pumpkin Stout (a title only the Europeans can beat in length) is a serious beer. 11% ABV is nothing to shake a stick at.

Black pour...light head.

This beer is a lot more stout than it is pumpkin. It's not a beer spiced up by pumpkin, this is a beer mellowed by pumpkin.

And that's where it works. This is a VERY mellow 11% ABV imperial stout..

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A surprise box came from BanditBrewingCo a few weeks back; in it, among other goodies, was this interesting pumpkin stout (not too many of those around). On a chilly early December Sunday, it seems like as good a time as any to crack it open. Thanks Alan...

22 oz. bottle. On the neck: 'Imperial Pumpkin Stout 2010'. Nice looking label design: a yellow-clad fisherman at the helm, set against an ominous brown background, gulls circling.

Served after an hour outside the fridge, then allowed to settle well after the pour.

A: Damn near 'black', but for arcing ruby slivers in the sunlight. Starts with a good-sized pile of khaki fluff, not quite a finger, that winnows away to a yin-yang swirl. Clingy ring nestles below a jagged lace, grabbing any fragments unable to stick.

S: A pleasant aroma of allspice and nutmeg, something else sweet (maple?). It's a remarkable aroma, in so much as it's SO dominated by the spicing that really nothing of the stout beneath is allowed a chance to shine. I'll score it a '4' because I really do like the quality and strength of the not-too-sweet pie spicing, but really would have liked some more roast malt/cocoa/coffee, etc.

T: Huge chocolate at its core, cinnamon and nutmeg-sprinkled coffee running amok. Earthy dark malts and charred nuts, then a hint of woodiness; my tongue struggles to discern where that comes from. Hints of vanilla and the tangy starchiness of the featured gourd. Overall, a really good imperial stout, with the added benefit of some well-played seasonal spices. Excellent lasting flavor.

M: A gum-tingling spicing and medium coating (gradually thickening as it warms, and after several seconds in the mouth following each sip). Feel is generally creamy, beyond some initial prickly buoyancy. Alcohol is a bit too noticeable, but is hardly a deterrent. Just about everything an imperial stout should be.

D: Surprisingly drinkable for such a hefty stout, due mostly to the carefully doled out spicing and a not-so-brutal bitterness. A warming sipper that passes the time well on a lazy Sunday spent partially tuned to the miserable Seahawks-Panthers affair. I'd be glad to have this one again. The beer, that is, not the ballgame...

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Photo of Viciousknishs
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours very dark. Pitch black in fact. Minimal half a finger of tan head. Head retention is not very good.

S-big pumpkin aromas with nutmeg and cinnamon spices intermingled. Smooth Belgian chocolate blends in with a touch of alchohol.

T- gigantic chocolate covered roasted pumpkin with pumpkin pie spice extraordinaire. Smooth creamy texture imparts a chocolate pumpkin cheesecake like flavor throughout the beer. Little alchohol warmth on the finish. Delicious.

MF- silky mouthfeel full medium body and low soft carbonation.

D- very drinkable

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Photo of gford217
4.16/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber.

Pours deep, deep brown, almost completely black with a small off-white head that recedes to a small collar and leaves only traces of lacing.

Aroma is pretty tame with pumpkin spices like nutmeg with hints of chocolate malts. The most dominant aroma is the dark roasted malts with the pumpkin spices taking a back seat.

The taste really kicked it up a notch for me with thick chocolate malts and pumpkin spices.

The mouthfeel is wonderful, smooth and creamy, with hints of spices mixing with the roasted, dry malts in the finish.

Certainly not the most original or extreme of pumpkin beers, it's still very dirnkable and is really just a porter with a hint of pumpkin thrown in. Good stuff.

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Photo of mikey711
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep brown near black with a half in fluffy mocha colored head. Very nice lacing and very good head retention.

S: Very similar to the regular. The squashiness of the pumpkin comes out a bit more in the nose but there is also a bit more roasted character to it. As it warmed a bit there was more pumpkin bread notes.

T: The roasted character is definitely more pronounced and provides a nice bitter chocolate note, making this beer more stout like than the regular version. There is also a bit of a biscuit characteristic, that gives that pumpkin bread aspect.

M: A nice creaminess with a good amount of body, no heat and supposedly this is above 10%

D: Overall if you like the regular one, you will love this as the thinness issue with the regular version is taken care of. there is more of a stout like quality, and as a stout itself the bitter chocolate and roasts are very pronounced. do you have this one too cold because it dulls some of the aroma and flavor profile

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Photo of Arbitrator
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Chilled bomber into a glass. Shared once by alfrantzell and sent to me again as a generous extra by portia99. Thanks! From notes.

A: Pours a near midnight black with lighter elements when held up to the light. The edge has just some small light penetration, revealing ruby highlights. The head is a fluffy affair of coffee-colored bubbles that retain well and continue to leave a nice cap on the brew during the drink.

S: Cinnamon, nutmeg, toffee, chocolate, and some coffee. While it's not as in-your-face as TREAT, that is the first comparison that comes to mind; the combination of spices, chocolate, and coffee is definitely up that beer's alley. The Fisherman's doesn't blow it out of the water, but it's in the same conversation.

T: Cinnamon and nutmeg are prominent, but not overpowering. They work very well with the toffee. These three flavors float on top of the chocolate and coffee flavors. As it warms, the spices become stronger and a breadiness emerges; it's almost like pumpkin bread with cocoa nibs and toffee bits. Delicious.

M: Not much bitterness to the beer, but the sweeter flavors are balanced by coffee. The beer is medium-bodied and creamy. It has a slight warming effect. It falls off the palate a little fast, which is usually a big fault, but here it enhances drinkability. Not much oiliness or coating or slickness to worry about in repeat sips.

D: I'd love to have this again.

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Fisherman's Imperial Pumpkin Stout from Cape Ann Brewing Company
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