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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Photo of nmann08
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

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 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 TATURBO
4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of theformula
5/5  rDev +26.9%

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 chenieprudhomme
5/5  rDev +26.9%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.67/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle poured into a snifter. I tried to split this with my wife since she loves Pumpkin Ales, but she took one sip and gave me her glass. Looks like this one's all me.

Appearance - Small tan head tops a pretty dark body. No retention. No lacing. Lifeless, but hey, it's an imperial stout.

Smell - Complex blend of aromas that I really enjoy. Pumpkin and some pumpkin pie spices, roasted malts in the back. Interesting blend.

Taste - Immediately bitter. I'm amazed by that, really. Otherwise, it's got the same, slightly less elegant blend of flavors from the smell. The pumpkin really cuts the roasted malt flavors significantly. It adds a dimension, but that bitterness is just overwhelming.

Mouthfeel - Not thick at all, really. Surprising. I didn't even realize it was 11% until I signed on to review it. I thought maybe 8%. So bitter, though, that it's tough to drink.

Overall - If only that bitterness weren't there. It's an RIS, not a pumpkin ale. Interesting take, though. I'd like to try one of these that wasn't hopped to hell.

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Photo of cools007
5/5  rDev +26.9%

Photo of Beer4Baltimore
4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of JayAre46
4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to my man D for sharing this one. From notes, pours a pitch black deep with a deep mocha 2 inch head and shows no retention which i feel can be attribiuted to the GD jet dry...the nose suggests a big warming cinnamon presence, maybe some brown sugar and nutmeg but the cin is dominant, some maple way in the back with a touch of chocolate malt. on the tongue we get a much more balanced act between the spices where the aroma was leading to be overpowering the taste is more balanced with a big chocolate malt crutching the field and some light pumpkin flavors. light finishing bitterness helps along the ride as well with a heavy full bodied movement on the palate, creamy and filling. solid brew and a pleasant surprise perhaps some time could calm the aroma down and meld things together much better but nonetheless and good offering in the style.

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Photo of PEIhop
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of DoctorB2B
5/5  rDev +26.9%

Photo of morebeergood
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Purchased a 2011 bottle for $6.99. Poured into a Brooklyn Brewery stemmed tulip glass. Extremely dark black in color. Small brown head forms, then fades away quickly. There is some lacing at first, then less is visible the more I drink. Smell was like brown sugar and pumpkin puree. Taste was pretty pleasant. Nice flavors of cinnamon, pumpkin pie, and a hint of wood smoke. My one issue with this beer was the mouthfeel. I found it very slick and cloying. I was looking for a bit more heartiness out of an imperial stout. The high abv was not overtly noticeable. I liked this beer because of its uniqueness. It would appeal to both a pumpkin ale drinker and a stout drinker alike.

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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 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 oline73
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of paulmcm
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of Bilco
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of Lawnboy33
4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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 cbutova
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pitch black with a dark mocha head. Head is about two fingers with a silky texture and retains well. Doesn't leave significant lace. Nice ring on edges.

S- Cinnamon and roasty cocoa malts. Some pumpkin, nutmeg and slight alcohol.

T- Chocolate chip brownie, roast malt and pumpkin ale mixed. Cinnamon, pumpkin, brown sugar, nutmeg, dark raisin and caramel as well.

MF- Slick oily thick body with smooth lower carbonation. Thick and dessert like.

Big stout and big pumpkin ale means a whole née dessert of it's own. Good beer all around.

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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 Florida9
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very dark brown, though it appears black in the glass. Forms a beautiful, thick, dark tan head upon pouring into the glass. Good retention, but not a speck of lacing. Head eventually fades away to nothingness.

S: The sweet scent of toffee, raisins, and molasses are most prevalent, but are nicely balanced by an array of light spices: ginger, allspice, and nutmeg. There is some light pumpkin, but it is faint.

T: Taste is predominantly of sweet, dark fruits and lots of molasses. Rather complex. Some light chocolate notes, spices, nutmeg, cinnamon, raisin, brown sugar, and a little pumpkin, not enough to really standout, but just enough to make it's presence known. Quick, sweet finish. Alcohol is well hidden while cold but comes out strong as the beer warms.

M: Fairly thick and heavy with a lower carbonation level. Very mild bitterness, but the spices add a bit of a "peppery" feel to the beer.

O: Surprisingly good. I am admittedly not a pumpkin beer fan (and I question if this beer should really be listed as a pumpkin beer as it is more like a Imp Stout with pumpkin then a true "pumpkin ale"), but this one was quite impressive. Spices are used in the background to accent the beer while the pumpkin is quite subtle, but still noticeable. Nice molasses sweetness is appropriate for both a stout and a pumpkin pie. Nicely done.

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