Fisherman's Imperial Pumpkin Stout | Cape Ann Brewing Company

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Fisherman's Imperial Pumpkin StoutFisherman's Imperial Pumpkin Stout

Brewed by:
Cape Ann Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Fall

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Ratings: 216 |  Reviews: 76
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5/5  rDev +26.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of paulozanello
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a black color with orange tones against the light. Head is kaki. Low retention and lacing.

Aroma is pumpkin spice: nutmeg, clove, cinnamon, cardamom and a little pumpkin. Roasted malts linger below. If I was blindfolded this would be a pumpkin beer.

Taste is dark roasted malts at first with mollasses and a big pumpkin spice kick again with cinnamon, clove and cardamom. Ends with a spicy and bitter note maintaining a little residual sugar and with a small alcohol and astringent punch.

Body is moderate to heavy with low carbonation. Mouthfeel is silky and smooth.

Exquisite beer that is the first of it's kind that I've ever had. Props to creativity on this one. Fairly drinkable and goes well with sweet stuff.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -36.5%

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.82/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Black with some dark brown at edges. Head is khaki, creamy, and leaves some lacing. Head dwindles to a thin cap. Carbonation is on the higher side.

Smell: Nice hit of pumpkin and spices. Some cinnamon and nutmeg and clove. Big roasted compliment. Chocolate and a faint grassy edge. Big pumpkin flesh. Loads of pumpkin. Bitter chocolate.

Taste: Huge hit of pumpkin. Clove and roasted malts. Spices are nicely moderated. Cinnamon and big vegetable note. Pumpkin. Lots of real pumpkin. Malts add a touch of sweetness and roasted malts. Faintly grassy. Sweet and roasty.

Mouthfeel: Moderate to full. Carbonation is on the higher side. Smooth and easily drinkable, especially for the ABV.

Overall: Much better than the standard version. The pumpkin is everywhere and greatly appreciated. Nice level of spice and malt balance.

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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2/5  rDev -49.2%

Photo of angrybabboon
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this

Review adapted from notes taken 1/22/12

Appearance: Dark, dark brown - tan head, spotty lacing

Smell: Burnt malts, roasted malts, with a strong undertone of pumpkin - like cooked pumpkin rind - some typical pumpkin pie spices, nicely balanced - not a spice bomb, probably due to the malts

Taste: Not as good as the aroma, but good - dark malts, roasty - malts are sweet, a bit too sweet - some of this sweetness might be from the pumpkin - to an extent, this kind of tastes like a burnt pumpkin pie - some alcohol

Mouthfeel: Full body, smooth, a bit sticky

Overall: As the name would imply, it's a big stout with a lot of pumpkin

This is genuinely more interesting than the non-imperial version. This has a ton of pumpkin and a ton of burnt malts. I thought it was too sweet, but I was also having some serious stomach problems when I drank this.

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Photo of justintcoons
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

A: Pours jet black with some mahogany highlights around the rim. About 1/2 finger of dark brown head dissipates quickly. Thin lacing slides down the glass leaving a thick filmy layer.

N: Pumpkin meat, nutmeg, allspice and caramel along with lighter notes of chocolate, coffee and clove.

T: Toffee, raisin, sweet milk chocolate and notes of allspice upfront. This is followed by pumpkin meat, fig, allspice, cinnamon and milky semi-sweet chocolate mid-palate. Finishes with dark chocolate, molasses, nutmeg, allspice and hints of clove and earth.

M: Medium bodied, silky, soft, smooth sticky and slightly bitter.

O: Very complex and interest Imperial Stout. Pumpkin flavors are way more forward than I ever would have expected. Chocolate notes start really sweet on the front of the tongue evolving into bitter, dark chocolate in the finish. Alcohol is not detected. Spicing and dark fruit is subtle only adding to the complexity.

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of ryan1788a5
3.14/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from old notes.

22oz bomber poured into a New Belgium globe.

A: Pours jet black with a thick brown head. The head collapses down to about a half an inch rather quickly. A light patchwork of lacing remains on the glass.

S: Big hit of allspice and pumpkin meat. Cookie-like scents from the roasted malts. Both chocolate and sugar cookies. Berry-like darkfruit scent lies dormant under all of this. Toasted pumpkin seeds. Way too over the top with the pumpkin spices.

T: Deep chocolatey roasted malt tastes give way to a toasted grain impression. Vague darkfruit, very slight acidity. Pumpkin spices poke through now and then, and assert themselves more toward the finish. Fleshy pumpkin guts. Dries a bit and finishes with deep roasted malt tastes of chocolate cookie and a touch of smoke. Taste is far better than the smell would have led me to believe.

M: Medium bodied. Thinner than I would like. Creaminess is cut by strong carbonation. Warming all the way through. The body does just enough to keep it together, but doesn't impress.

O: A mediocre Imperial Stout reduced further by over spicing. I'll pass. Do yourself a favor and get some Summit Imperial Pumpkin Porter, if you can.

Notes: Thankfully the spicing is not as dominant in taste as it is on the nose. Still, too much spicing and pumpkin and not enough beer. A somewhat frustrating beer to drink, because it does show potential at times. In the end, it just feels overblown and gimmicky.

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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

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2/5  rDev -49.2%

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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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of Dope
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A very dark brown pour with a little ruby around the edges. Big, fluffy milk chocolate brown head. Great retention. Decent lacing.

S: Tons of pumpkin and pumpkin spice. Lots of ginger mainly, followed by cinnamon and maybe some nutmeg. So strong that I can only barely discern a little roasted malt in the background.

T: Taste is a bit muddled up front with a big roasted malt competing with all the pumpkin and spices. Roasted malt fades quickly, leaving a very pleasant pumpkin spice, lots of ginger mainly. After some sips and a little bit of warmth, the separation of flavors is a little more apparent. Definitely let this one warm up. No indication of alcohol at all.

M: Pretty heavy, carbonation is just right.

O: Definitely one of the biggest pumpkin ales I've tried. Perhaps even the biggest. They definitely dumped a ton of spice into this one to prevent from being overshadowed by all the roasted malt. Dangerous beer, it feels a little lighter than it is, and there is no smell or taste of alcohol.

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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5/5  rDev +26.9%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Fisherman's Imperial Pumpkin Stout from Cape Ann Brewing Company
3.94 out of 5 based on 216 ratings.
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