Chad9976 (884) - Albany, New York, USA - OCT 30, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
I poured a 12oz bottle into a stout glass.
Appearance: Typical stout cosmetic features of opaque black body, a large, khaki-colored frothy head which retains well but doesnít lace.
Smell: Mild pumpkin ale aroma of cinnamon, nutmeg and pumpkin. Slightly sweet dairy-like scents often found in a milk stout as well.
Taste: Fishermanís Pumpkin Stout is one of those beers that walks the tightrope off being a genuine, unique brew and a novelty act. It wouldnít seem that pumpkin and stout would work, but they definitely do in the case of this beer. But thatís not to say itís anything spectacular.
The palate begins with two distinct stages: the first is by-the-book pumpkin ale with light spices and a gentle sweetness. Itís definitely in the pumpkin potpourri style of beer, not the liquid pumpkin pie type. The second half by-the-book stout - a milky, velvety taste and texture with a quick burst of roasted malts and bitterness. But as I drink on the two halves homogenize into one and create for a pub-style stout with subtle pumpkin potpourri flavors. Not that this is bad, but when you combine two otherwise mild palates you end up with one big mild palate. So thereís some uniqueness to it, obviously, but thereís just not enough flavor to garner anything more than a simple "pass" from me.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, tepid, soft, milky texture. Mild dry aftertaste.
Drinkability: I had no idea that Fishermanís Pumpkin Stout was 7% ABV while I was drinking it (I hate it when brewers donít put it on the bottle). From the mild palate and complete lack of alcohol presence I assumed it was closer to 4 or 5%. So in one aspect this beer should get extra accolades from me for masking its alcohol so well. But on the other hand, with so much potential energy it doesnít seem to capitalize on it
NJBeerman013 (1032) - Hamilton Twp., New Jersey, USA - OCT 26, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours pure black with a cocoa colored head. The aroma is typical pumpkin beer, but the flavor is more of the roasted coffee notes of a good stout with light hints of the spice and pumpkin. Really good seasonal beer.
italarican (1046) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 23, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Thin black pour with moderate khaki head. Aroma is predominantly pumpkin pie: notes of candied yams, nutmeg, brown sugar, some slight roasted malt. Flavor is delicious of pumpkin pie with the slightest touch of roasted coffee. Plenty of nutmeg and candied yams. Velvety palate with a moderately thin body. Tasting blind I would have thought this was a pumpkin brown ale since it is so light on the stout, but I really really like this.
dredmond (148) - Long Island, New York, USA - OCT 17, 2011
3.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
dark stout appearance, pumpkin taste comes through in the aftertaste, not too strong, satisfying
ontbeermaker (1832) - Ontario, CANADA - OCT 8, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, pours a nice black and a nice smell of pumpkin and roasty malts, very nice taste, a lot of stuff is going on in this beer, it has a pumpkin taste and a overall good taste.
RayOhm (474) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 8, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
pumpkin and roasty aroma. flavour is pretty much the same but with a really lighter mouthfeel
beergodd1 (400) - Conneaut, Ohio, USA - SEP 29, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Finally got this in a trade from NYC. Pours dark brown with a thin tan head that slowly dissipates to a thin off-white ring. Aroma of chocolate and Hops, nutmeg, a hint of allspice and vanilla. Taste is medium bodied, with more distinct chocolate and pumpkin flavors with some biting hops and Oak. Finish is semi-sweet a light smoked background with mild pumpkin aftertaste. Very interesting, More Hops than I would expect, And not as much "Pumpkin" spice as I would have liked. But a very good Brew.
Ret12 (377) - Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Wow this is a good beer,very thick with good pumpkin flavor and dark chocolate under tones.
crossovert (4558) - Wisconsin, USA - SEP 14, 2011
3 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle.
Not sure what to think of this, a pumpkin stout? Sounds like a recipe for disaster.
It pours a nice color, a deep black with a frothy, foamy tan head.
The smell is off. There is just too much going on and no coherency. There is melon, spices, cocoa, metal, and a bit of pumpkin.
The flavor is like a mix of a brown ale, a stout, and a winter warmer. It doesnít taste like pumpkin at all, and I donít think it is that bad. It is like a spiced porter i guess.
Just a bad recipe, maybe to some people it sounds good but you also have to execute something that sounds good. It does taste good, but the smell is way off. That being said the people at southern tier shoudl take a note of this brandís subtlety.
bigben873 (92) - Virginia, USA - SEP 9, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma - Nice pumpkin spice
Appearance - black as nice, nice head,
Taste - Slight pumpkin taste but the stout aspect could be a little stronger.
Palate - Could be a little smoother; not as much body as I would like in a typical stout.
OVerall - A solid seasonal stout. Not in love but Iíll buy it again.