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Imperial Pumpkin Smash - Crown Valley Brewing & Distilling Co.

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

69 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 69
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 8.85%
Wants: 16
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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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Franziskaner

Missouri

3.28/5  rDev -21.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2013 04:01:07 | More by Franziskaner
More User Reviews:
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HuskerTornado

Arkansas

4.75/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12 oz bottle poured into Pumking Goblet. Pours a rich ebony color with a good sized beige head that slowly dissipates leaving a decent amount of lacing.

Smell is of sweet toffee, chocolate, pumpkin, and a hint of alcohol. Kind of like Halloween in a glass. Really nice.

The taste is a great combination of the smells, with great dark chocolate profile up front with strong pumpkin pie notes, a bit of smokyness, and also some hoppy pine notes. A lot going on here, but all works well together and balanced. Mouthfeel is dense, smooth, and the alcohol is well disguised.

Overall, a great imperial stout first and foremost, and absolutely one of the best pumpkin beers out there.

I picked up an extra couple of six packs to age and drink at different periods. Look forward to comparing 2014's batch to 2013's.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2014 03:52:23 | More by HuskerTornado
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velcrogrip

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

06-24-2014 01:58:17 | More by velcrogrip
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scruffwhor

Illinois

4/5  rDev -4.3%

06-21-2014 16:23:31 | More by scruffwhor
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Jared14

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

06-20-2014 15:27:05 | More by Jared14
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Rezknello

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

04-26-2014 15:44:50 | More by Rezknello
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KCRealAle

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

04-23-2014 00:22:47 | More by KCRealAle
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Tafyob41

Missouri

4/5  rDev -4.3%

03-24-2014 04:50:12 | More by Tafyob41
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nbaradel443

Maryland

4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I'm not a huge pumpkin fan let alone in my beer lol. But when my buddy said let's drink a pumpkin beer for the holidays I said ok and looked at the ones we had at work I saw the high apv and that's what made me pick it. But when I tried it later that night I was greatly surprised in the taste I actually bought more just to have when it went out of season I do recommend this to anyone who either likes pumpkin beer or doesn't not and in my opinion it beats pumpking

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2014 23:03:24 | More by nbaradel443
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Troville1990

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

02-25-2014 23:21:51 | More by Troville1990
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thinwhiteduke

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

01-25-2014 03:53:58 | More by thinwhiteduke
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Cloaked_Phantom

Georgia

4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

01-01-2014 19:00:28 | More by Cloaked_Phantom
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ThickNStout

Georgia

3.69/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle that my brother gave me. Bottled 7/8/13 (3189). Served in a Pumpking goblet.

Pours cola black with a full finger of deep tan head. Maintains a nice pillow and laces pretty well.

Smells of sweet pumpkin, cream, nutmeg and a bit of dark roast coffee. Similar to pumpkin pie.

The stout and pumpkin flavors dance well together. Bitter dark chocolate, pimpkin pie, coffee, toffee, pie spice, mild pine, smoke and cinnamon. There's enough going on that the 10%+ abv goes virtually unnoticed. I'm not sure if it's smoked/burnt malts or bittering hops but there's a near-overbearing bitterness persistent throughout.

Full, creamy body with dull carbonation. Lingering bitterness in the finish but pumpkin pie, cocoa and coffee are also back there.

Solid, not stellar. Between this and Warlock, I've confirmed that I enjoy pumpkin imperial stouts. Maybe not worth hunting but definitely worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2013 22:26:00 | More by ThickNStout
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Kahlerbock

Kansas

4/5  rDev -4.3%

12-18-2013 13:46:14 | More by Kahlerbock
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1000lbgrizzly

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark opaque body, comes up with a light orange-cream colored head that fades a little too quickly for me. Not much carbonation to be seen. Bottle art is simple but neat and assertive, definitely spooky.

S: Wow, surprising depth for this style! Strong pumpkin, baking spices, dark malt. Great roundedness.

T: Again, very impressive! Pumpkin and spice forward, with dark malts adding some smoke and toffee/nuttiness for a more mature character than most other pumpkin beers. Sweetness and bitterness balanced beautifully. Awesome depth, balance, clear and yet varied flavors. Finish is medium-long, with flavors this great I wouldn't mind a bit more.

M: Creamy, full-bodied. A bit mouth-drying.

O: This will make pumpkin-beer bashers drink their words. This is a very well-crafted beer, providing distinct pumpkin flavor while also being a respectable beer in its own right. Deep in flavors, precise in balance, and high in alcohol, this is a beer I will seek out next fall/winter.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2013 07:10:58 | More by 1000lbgrizzly
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AllHailBeercules

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

11-30-2013 03:06:37 | More by AllHailBeercules
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roger617

Indiana

4/5  rDev -4.3%

11-28-2013 19:17:05 | More by roger617
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OriolesFan1008

Maryland

4/5  rDev -4.3%

11-23-2013 15:59:16 | More by OriolesFan1008
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thampel09

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

11-19-2013 03:10:59 | More by thampel09
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Dicers

Texas

4/5  rDev -4.3%

11-11-2013 02:59:30 | More by Dicers
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bmwats

Louisiana

3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

A: Black. Pours a slight, foamy, brown head. Settles quickly. Spotty, persistent lacing.

S: Pumpkin, nutmeg, and black licorice.

T: Pumpkin is prominent. Lots of licorice, too. Accentuated with some fall spice, and maybe a little clove.

M: Thick and heavy, with a slightly bitter finish that lingers on the palate.

D: Sip and enjoy.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Dark hue, fair head, and some persistent lacing. Nose is pumpkiny and fall spicy with a hefty dose of licorice. Pumpkin and black licorice accentuated with nutmeg and clove. Overall, this is a good quaff.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2013 04:57:14 | More by bmwats
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enelson

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

11-03-2013 12:17:35 | More by enelson
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Yeti1979

Louisiana

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

11-03-2013 03:42:33 | More by Yeti1979
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ahbithwabm

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

11-02-2013 02:06:45 | More by ahbithwabm
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

4.49/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Crown Valley Imperial Pumpkin Smash has a medium-to-thick, creamy, beige head, a very dark brown, opaque appearance (with some reddish brown tint showing at the edges), and minimal lacing left behind. The aroma is bold- Spice City (vanilla & white pepper), some vegetative aroma, and even a chocolate & caramel aspect. Taste is of very rich, sweet coconut, white pepper, celery, Fall spices of all sorts, chocolate, nougat, and toffee, among a lot of other flavors I can not hope to pinpoint. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy, and Crown Valley Imperial Pumpkin Smash finishes rich, sweet, and delicious. It’s mostly wet, too. Overall, this is so wonderful and interesting. It’s delicious, y’all!

RJT

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2013 14:40:38 | More by RonaldTheriot
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Imperial Pumpkin Smash from Crown Valley Brewing & Distilling Co.
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