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Imperial Pumpkin Smash - Crown Valley Brewing & Distilling Co.

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

196 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 196
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 14.6%
Wants: 26
Gots: 57 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Crown Valley Brewing & Distilling Co. visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  10.60% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Beer4Baltimore on 08-16-2013)
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Photo of oberon
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%

Pours a deep mahogany with a billowing creamy light tannish colored head atop.Aromas vanilla and warm cinnamon,some light roast is there as well.Rich in the feel and pretty creamy wich I would like to see more pumpkin beers like.Rich and warming on the palate with vanilla and graham cracker notes to go along with chocolate mild roast,the spiced notes lend another flavor hand,wow this kicks ass!One of the best pumpkin beers I have had whether a "standard" pumpkin ale ore a stout,I think I like this more than Warlock and that's saying something for me.

oberon, Sep 14, 2014
Photo of BEERchitect
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%

Who said that pumpkin ale has to mimic pumpkin pie? Certainly not the brewers of Crown Valley! Veering from the amber or pale supporting taste and opting for something stouter, the taste of roast, toast and cocoa also make a perfect companion for the spices and fruit that makes autumn so charming. And this stout proves it!

And pouring a dark and decadent as any stout would, its pitch black austere gives little insight to the spicy sweetness inside. But on graze of the nose and utter decadence ensues- smoldering just beneath the cinnamon, nutmeg and clove lies the aroma and initial taste of molasses and brown sugar that's laced with french-press coffee and dark chocolate.

With all that malty richness coating the palate, its deep and saturating sweetness highlights those robust and beautifully scorched sugars, bringing out a taste of brownie batter, bittersweet chocolate and candied praline. Walnut and spruce pull forth as the sweetness begins to fade and pave the way for that allspice medley to offer an arid and exotic taste that evokes memories of grandma's pumpkin pie... and mocha latte.

Yet as the spices grow in finish, their spicy bite is anticipated, but what's delivered instead is the unexpected hop influence of pine resin. As the hops offer their own sticky dryness to assist the pie spices, the beer achieves a semblance of balance that's great for those seeking a more beery experience. But I find it somewhat conflicting with the decadence of the pie and chocolate dialogue.

BEERchitect, Sep 11, 2014
Photo of metter98
4.14/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is nearly jet black in color. It poured with a quarter finger high tan head that quickly died down, leaving a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of vanilla and pumpkins are present in the nose along with some notes of coconuts.
T: The taste has flavors of coconut, pumpkin and vanilla along with hints of chocolate and a light amount of sweetness. Bits of pumpkin spices are also perceptible.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer does a very good job of hiding its alcohol that helps its drinkability. However, the complexity of the flavors really lends this to being a nice beer that you can sip and enjoy with dessert or as a standalone after dinner drink.

Serving type: bottle

metter98, Today at 04:09 AM
Photo of Axnjxn
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Axnjxn, Yesterday at 02:20 AM
Photo of Trifecta1
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%

Solid beer and excellent pumpkin ale, but leave the piney hops out of it. Extremely distracting and contradictory to the sweet and savory chocolate, pumpkin and robust spices and smoke. Pine bitterness goes away as it warms up, but man...

If you're looking to expand your repertoire of fine pumpkin ales, this would be an excellent addition. Coupling a pumpkin-forward brew with sweet milk chocolate makes this a dangerous and heavy beer. Even Schalfly would be proud of this monster. Will buy again.

Trifecta1, Yesterday at 12:19 AM
Photo of DelMontiac
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

DelMontiac, Tuesday at 02:31 AM
Photo of Tuck_leepulin
4.44/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

12oz Brown bottle with pry-off cap and no bottling date. Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy deep black with 1 finger of head

Smell: Pumpink, brown sugar, allspice, graham cracker

Taste: Very complex; the spices are up front with all the pumpkin pie characteristics working together, then hop bitterness comes in the middle and leads to a roasted malt finish

Mouthfeel: This might be my favorite part, full-bodied to really give a stout feel to it

Overall: This is impressive and really goes out of its way to show off the stout characteristics to give a balanced experience. The taste is richly complex hinting at the variety of spices used as well as hop bitterness and roasted flavors of a stout being present. This really needs to warmed up as you drink it for even more flavors to present themselves.

Tuck_leepulin, Monday at 01:11 AM
Photo of Cook82
3/5  rDev -27%

Cook82, Monday at 12:20 AM
Photo of ColSanders
4/5  rDev -2.7%

ColSanders, Sunday at 08:46 PM
Photo of kbuzz
4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

kbuzz, Sunday at 06:11 PM
Photo of Immortale25
4.6/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a Dogfish Spiegelau glass. No freshness date.

A- Pours a dark brown color with a 1/2 inch light brown head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a broken ring behind.

S- This is the most enjoyable aroma I've ever gotten from a pumpkin beer. All the usual suspects are there: cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, brown sugar, vanilla, caramel, graham cracker as well as some new ones that are just lovely: cake batter, cotton candy, banana, fruitcake, chai tea. All these layered components have the dark roast intertwined with them to provide just the right amount of roasty quality.

T- Flavor is mostly comprised of cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla. Not as intense and complex as the nose but still delicious. The dark roast brings a balance to all the spice keeping it from going overboard. Sweetened coffee aftertaste. Just saw that this is 10.6% ABV and I never would have guessed it was anywhere over 8.

M- Somewhat creamy and has a moderate thickness for a stout. Medium carbonation and a full body.

O- Easily the most complex and utterly tasty pumpkin beer I've ever had. Beats the shit out of Pumking, Warlock, Smashed Pumpkin, etc. The only pumpkin beer that can hold a candle to it is Schlafly's but this is still better.

Immortale25, Sunday at 03:10 AM
Photo of DragonMomma
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%

DragonMomma, Sunday at 01:00 AM
Photo of relynnjr
4/5  rDev -2.7%

relynnjr, Saturday at 09:46 PM
Photo of Dogstickfetch
3.84/5  rDev -6.6%

Dogstickfetch, Friday at 09:46 PM
Photo of wattoclone
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Sampled at Total Wine class where the brewery owner was present. According to the owner, Joe, the beer improves with age and is brewed with lactose making it a milk imperial pumpkin stout. Of the 13 beers sampled at the class I found this one the best.
Pours a deep black with tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, sweet figs vanilla and chocolate. Taste is dominated by sweet chocolate, pumpkin spices, coconut, vanilla and caramel. Hop finish is present but is balanced the the sweetness from the lactose and chocolate. I picked up two four packs and plan to cellar some for next year.

wattoclone, Friday at 09:45 PM
Photo of ONEBEERGIRL
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

ONEBEERGIRL, Sep 26, 2014
Photo of n2185
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

A: Pours black with half a finger of light tan head that fades into a thin ring with little lacing.

S: Sweet chocolate and pumpkin pie spice aromas dominate--especially the latter. Smells like a pumpkin pie Yankee candle.

T: Sweet pumpkin pie flavors--more like pumpkin syrup than real pumpkin pie--dominate Roasted malts and sweet chocolate peek through as well with a finish that is oddly charred and bitter tasting. There is also a light alcohol burn.

M: Medium-thick body with lowish carbonation, this beer avoids being watery but could use a little creamier body or more carbonation to balance the sweetness.

O: This is a beer that I liked a lot initially but less and less as I progressed through the bottle and it warmed. It's a bit too sweet and the stout characteristics are hidden under a barrage of pumpkin syrup flavors and aromas. The finish is also bitter and has an odd aftertaste that just tastes fake. All of that said, it's still a solid beer and enjoyable.

n2185, Sep 26, 2014
Photo of garuda
2.25/5  rDev -45.3%

garuda, Sep 25, 2014
Photo of Rukasu
1.75/5  rDev -57.4%

Ooof, this is a rough one, but I'm biased, I generally dislike pumpkin beers. Received in a beer of the month set.

A bit baffled by the high marks on this one. Great color and head, but the taste incredibly cloying. Strong taste of toasted coconut, toffee, with astringent alcohol on the back. Very bitter aftertaste that lasts. Someone else mentioned artificial sweetener and I have to second that. It's like the taste after drinking a diet soda. Could not finish a bottle, poured half down drain.

Do no drink with food, except maybe apple pie.

Rukasu, Sep 22, 2014
Photo of cackalacky
1/5  rDev -75.7%

A lot of people rate this beer highly, and I don't discount that. The only thing I can figure is I got hold of a bum batch....

I picked up a four pack of this with high hopes. I enjoy pumpkin brews, and Imperial Stout is perhaps my favorite style. After chilling a bottle (but not much), I poured it into a snifter. The color is a delightful, deep mahogany, almost black. The smell is full with spice and a touch of chocolate and respectable dose of pumpkin. It smells - and I mean this in a good way - like the Sir Walter Raleigh tobacco I remember my dad filling his pipe with when I was a kid.

But then I tasted it. There was nothing subtle here: overly sweet, harshly flavored, and a residue of artificial sweetener. I did my best, I really did. I thought, "Maybe it just needs to warm up more." That didn't help. "Maybe my palate just needs to adjust." It did not. In the end, it tasted like Sir Walter Raleigh, too, and I poured half of it down the drain.

Sometimes, though, I like a beer better on the second try. Perhaps I was having an off night. So, a few weeks later I gave it another shot. Same experience. Perhaps there are bottles floating around somewhere out there that are filled with delicious nectar, but I didn't happen upon them. This is awful.

cackalacky, Sep 22, 2014
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Imperial Pumpkin Smash from Crown Valley Brewing & Distilling Co.
91 out of 100 based on 196 ratings.