Beer: Fisherman’s Pumpkin Stout
Brewery: Cape Ann Brewing Company
Style: Pumpkin Ale
Serving Style: Bottle
Drinking Establishment: Chez Wood
Primary Consumer: Kerensa
Sight: It looks like engine oil with a full tan head.
Smell: Overwhelmingly smoky, it almost reminds me of a Slim Jim (or, a Rauchbier in beer terms). A burnt, bitter dark chocolate is the other prominent aroma.
Flavor: As it smells, there’s a bitter chocolate note and a burnt malt backbone. It’s a little milky, a little smoky, and a lot of not tasting like pumpkin. If you look for it, you can detect a trace of nutmeg, but otherwise there are no Pumpkin Ale characteristics. A bitter rotting wood flavor develops at the end.
Feel: Thin body with full carbonation.
Concluding Remark: Well, I can’t say that I have ever had a Pumpkin Stout before trying Cape Ann Brewing’s Fisherman’s Pumpkin Stout. Perhaps I’m not qualified to make a judgment call. However, I will. This is hands down the most bizarre Pumpkin-related beer I have tried. While I can imagine how a stout could be made more awesome by the addition of pumpkin and spices, something went awry here. Nothing about this Fisherman’s brew resembles a Pumpkin Ale. Clearly our Fisherman was caught in a storm at sea and missed Thanksgiving dinner.