Cape Ann Fisherman’s Pumpkin Stout

This was another pumpkin beer that I picked up in Delaware. I haven’t seen Cape Ann beers around here, so it went into the cart. I think I had one of their beers at AC Brew Fest and liked it. Anyways, pumpkin stouts usually are right in my wheelhouse, so let’s see how this one went.


ABV: 7%

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Fisherman’s Pumpkin Stout is a dark stout accentuated by flavors of the Autumn season. Using real pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice, the Cape Ann Brewing Company took a fresh take at the common fall seasonal. This rich dark stout offers an inviting pumpkin spice aroma that gives way to the delicate essence of real pumpkin.”

Random: I got about 10 hours of sleep last night. It felt amazing.

This brew poured with a thick, one finger off white head that dissipated quickly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a dark brown almost black with high carbonation. The nose had notes of roasted malts, espresso and pumpkin. The taste was filled with dark chocolate and roasted malts. There wasn’t much pumpkin until the end of the sip. Pumpkin spices came through as well, specifically cinnamon and nutmeg. The body was very thin with light carbonation. It had a long finish with chocolate and cinnamon and pumpkin. This beer was just alright. As a stout, it was thin and needed a boost of flavor. As a pumpkin beer, it needed more spice. I wouldn’t have this one again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Cape Ann Fisherman’s Pepper II

On Sunday, the other half and I headed into the city to catch a Josh Ritter concert. We stopped at Barcade and the experience there was awful. We ordered duck nachos that came with a beer cheese sauce. When they came out, said “beer cheese sauce” was actually horseradish hummus. There was not even a hint of cheese. When we asked the server, the manager came over and was insanely condescending and told us that we must not know what beer cheese actually is. After that, we paid our check and left because I was not going to spend anymore money in a place that treats their customers like that. So, this was the only beer that I had there.


ABV: 7%

Style: Saison/Farmhouse Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Fisherman’s beer — whose bold flavor and character reflect the spirit and courage of the sailors of the North Atlantic fishing fleet — is a tribute to hard work and a salute to friendships that endure. Cape Ann Brewing Company is an award-winning, family-owned, craft brewery in the heart of downtown Gloucester, Massachusetts on Boston’s North Shore.”

Random: This experience will probably force me to never go to a Barcade location again.

This beer poured with half a finger of white head that dissipated quickly. It left no lacing on the glass. The body was a hazy, golden-yellow with moderate carbonation visible despite the cloudiness. The nose had lots of banana and white peppercorns. After a few sniffs, I got some apricot as well. The taste was really light and fruity. It started with banana and Belgian yeast and transitioned into coriander and peppercorns. It had a medium thick body with high carbonation on the tongue. There was no booze warming, despite the higher ABV. It had a long finish with banana and peppercorns. I really enjoyed this beer and would have it again, especially on a warmer day.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0