Imperial Pumpkin Smash - Crown Valley Brewing & Distilling Co.
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4.15/5 rDev -1%
A: Pours an opaque yet still clear jet black in color with light amounts of gentle visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and some faint dark cola brown highlights. The beer has a four finger tall foamy mocha head that slowly reduces to extremely thick layer covering the entire surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.
S: Moderate aromas of toffee and chocolate malts underneath moderate to strong aromas of pumpkin pie spices (nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon, and ginger) and vanilla. Moderate aromas of roasted pumpkin.
T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of caramel and chocolate + dark malts with a lighter flavor of toffee sweetness. That is followed by a moderate flavor of roasted pumpkin and a slightly stronger flavor of pumpkin pie spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and ginger) and vanilla. Just a hint of roasted malts in the finish.
M: Medium to full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth with a light hint of spice dryness in the finish.
O: This is a pretty big pumpkin beer but is a pretty enjoyable one - nice aspects from the underlying stout and good pumpkin + pumpkin pie spices. Definitely worth grabbing and can easily be enjoyed throughout the fall season (would probably pair well with Thanksgiving dessert).
08-29-2014 01:32:06 | More by dbrauneis
4.25/5 rDev +1.4%
A-pours a thick, dark, brown liquid with a nice cake head. Lacing is good here.
S-heavy toffee caresses your nose with hints of pumkin, butter, cocoa and slight spice.
T-pumpkin and the spice are both more evident with some hints of toffee and pie crust. Very nice. No boozy tones at all.
M-medium to heavy carbonation and more of a dry, malty body like in a solid porter. Good stuff.
O-if you're a pumpkinhead, get yourself a bottle.
08-23-2014 02:46:40 | More by brstls4drmrs
4.35/5 rDev +3.8%
A- Pours a near black with a khaki 1.5 finger cake of a head. Looks full and viscous. Solid lacing. 4.5
S- Earthy notes initially- toffee, bakers chocolate, cake batter. All of this rides on a fresh pumpkin patch backbone. 4
T- Follows the nose to a t, but with some added spice, nuts, and alcohol esters. Some bitterness from the roasted malt kicks in late. Everything just taken up a notch. Very smooth. 4.25
M- Creamy, buttery, and quite full. The smoothness just allows this one to go down so easy. 4.5
O- Just a damn good pumpkin stout. So flavorful and nothing artificial about it. Right there with Schlafely as my fav pumpkin ale. I will most certainly be picking up another pack to put away for the holidays. 4.5
08-20-2014 02:11:22 | More by Bosoxfan20
3.75/5 rDev -10.5%
Poured the 2014 version from a 12oz bottle into a goblet. Pours rich, almost black like a thick cola. It's funny, when held up to the light, it looks almost like a dark violet color. Nice beige head that laced my glass most of the way down.
The smell is nearly identical to the taste in my opinion. I get very strong toffee notes and a very sweet smelling chocolate with some pine nut.
At 10.6% ABV, I would expect the alcohol in this beer to be much more obvious, and it might be for the first few sips. After a few more, I really start to dig in to this beer. Like I said, it tastes very close to what you smell. There is chocolate, a very nutty flavor that to me can only be compared to pine nuts, some nutmegish pumpkin flavors, and the taste of toffee could not be mistaken for anything else.
I like the beer. I bought it because I love imperial stouts, not because I love pumpkin beer, but I was pleasantly surprised at how well balanced this was. Beware though, if you do not want a RICH almost desert beer, this is not for you. After one, you might be stuffed. It is an imperial stout afterall. Perhaps I poured it too cold, because I was not incredibly fond of the first few sips as I said, but I will be drinking this at around room temperature from now on. Crown Valley is a dependable brewer, and I will try just about anything they put out from now on.
08-18-2014 01:10:01 | More by KingTide
Imperial Pumpkin Smash from Crown Valley Brewing & Distilling Co.
93 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.