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Imperial Pumpkin Smash - Crown Valley Brewing & Distilling Co.

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Reviews: 60
Hads: 390
Avg: 4.02
pDev: 36.32%
Wants: 39
Gots: 95 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Crown Valley Brewing & Distilling Co. visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  10.60% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: Beer4Baltimore on 08-16-2013

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Reviews by BrawnyBear:
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4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great deep brown pour with a 1 inch head of light brown. Medium lacing. Flavors blend well with the toasted malt. The pumpkin spice is not overwhelming. Medium density mouth feel. The taste has hints of pumpkin, coffee, caramel and some light hops. I have had 3 and will order another one before it is out of season.

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Photo of oberon
4.3/5  rDev +7%

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.

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
4.34/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: Black with tan head
S: Sweet pumpkin bread
T: Again, sweet pumpkin bread. Very delicious. No alcohol burn, big pumpkin flavor. I'm ready for fall!
F: Thick and coating but drinkable.
O: This has a few months age on it and it's very good.

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Photo of metter98
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
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

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%

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.

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Photo of NCMatt
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I hate giving beers straight scores across the board, but this one really deserves it. Poured from bottle to snifter, it's almost pitch black with a very small head that quickly dissolves to a ring that stays until the end. Smell is mostly the pie spices with a little roasted malt and sweetness with a tiny bit of pumpkin. The best way to describe taste is the following: Pumpkin pie topped with dark chocolate crumbles! Not heavy on the pumpkin or really any one flavor. Everything blends extremely well and creates a very well rounded brew with only minor bitterness. No alcohol in the taste, even when the beer warms. There's a moderate amount of carbonation but not excessive. Bordering such, but not quite excessive. It's also decently thick without being too much.

This is a pumpkin beer even those who don't enjoy pumpkin beers might love! One of the best pumpkin beers that doesn't overpower the pumpkin flavor. Really reminiscent of fall!

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Photo of spacecake9
4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

Poured into my Pumking Goblet.

A - Very dark almost black with a 1/2" head that shrinks down to a ring with lacing on the side of the glass. Looks delicious.

S - Not a strong aroma but you get vanilla and pumpkin.

T - Wonderfully balanced flavors of coffee, chocolate and pumpkin with just a hint of alcohol. And very drinkable - I find myself reaching for my next sip before the flavor from the last sip is gone.

M - Medium mouth feel and medium carbonation. Flavor sticks in your mouth for awhile.

O - This is a fantastic pumpkin beer. Great marriage of stout and pumpkins. For me the key is everything is so well-balanced, just can't say enough about this beer.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.63/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a goblet

A- pours a pitch black color with a small creamy tan colored head that leaves a layer of film on top with some short lasting lace left behind

S- this beer smells like Halloween! Slightly smokey roasted malt gives aromas of chocolate and toffee candy, big whiff of sweet vanilla cream, pumpkin spicing kicks in near the end with notes of cinnamon, nutmeg and toasted pie crust

T- deep roasted smoky malt flavor up front immediately gives lots of chocolate and caramel, followed by some charred wood. The caramel notes continue into the mid-palate before opening up to the pumpkin spicing; notes of cinnamon, nutmeg & vanilla cream, compliment a slightly piney hop presence. The finish provides more smoke and chocolate with more subtle spicing on the finish

M- thick and viscous body with medium carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel and a smooth velvety finish, ABV is hidden very well

O- I've drank a lot of pumpkin beers, and this is by far one of the best, certainly the best pumpkin stout. The spicing blends brilliantly with the smoky malt of the base beer, with notes of caramel and vanilla to compliment. I'm definitely looking for more of these next year

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%

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).

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is jet black, with ruby highlights, and a sparse surface coat of tan head. Aromas of pumpkin spices and bread, including cinnamon and nutmeg, subtle milk chocolate notes, and hints of roasted coffee bitterness. Flavors are rich and sweet pumpkin bread forward, with a blast of bitter roasted coffee and booze underneath. Some vanilla and tangy caramel notes in there, too. Slick, robust, oily body, with a roasted, spiced, pumpkin rich linger. The finish is slick, smooth, and bitter. Solid brew.

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Photo of brentk56
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours out an astonishingly dark color for a pumpkin; wisps of tawny color highlight the corners and the tan head leaves some dots around the glass

Smell: Chocolate, coffee and molasses, as well as pumpkin, vanilla and spice cake tones

Taste: The darker flavors of an imperial stout are prominent but, in the middle, the pumpkin, vanilla and coconut elements emerge; spice cake flavors develop, as well, with everything coming together in a complementary fashion in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: I had never heard of this brewery before but they sure have done a nice job with this beer

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Photo of cackalacky
1/5  rDev -75.1%

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.

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Photo of tbryan5
4.48/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours pitch black with almost no head and minimal lacing.

S- Sweet pumpkin cream and spiciness on the end of the nose.

T- Wow! More sweet, pumpkin cream spiciness, nutmeg on the end.

M- Perfect carbonation for me, not too high or too low.

D- Very rich but I still want another one. This is a great beer!

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of Jared14
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%

2013- First year brewed. Idea from the new brewer who is doing good things since taking over from his lackluster predecessor.
Solid stout with good spice notes and chocolate stout flavors, but a tad boozy. Aged beautifully. Bottle.

2014- This year's version features more spices and blends very well with the stout base. This is a pumpkin beer. Draft.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of BeerDrinkingDiver
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of gibgink
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

One of my favorite seasonal/pumpkin beers. Strong taste of the spices, not much on the pumpkin, which is what I enjoy.

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Photo of wattoclone
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of Franziskaner
3.31/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Absolutely jet black in color. No chance of any light getting through this one. A wisp of white foam rests on top. Complex aroma of pumpkin, raisins, fig, and molasses. Sweet smelling for certain. Thick and sticky. Plums, raisins, and dates mixed with pumpkin in the taste. Like a lactose stout in terms of sweetness. Reminiscent of Red Dragon Stout, but with more alcohol, pumpkin and not as well executed. This is a bit too sweet, but is pretty unique.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -31.6%

Photo of briandaube
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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Imperial Pumpkin Smash from Crown Valley Brewing & Distilling Co.
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