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Imperial Pumpkin Smash - Crown Valley Brewing & Distilling Co.

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BA SCORE
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outstanding

194 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 194
Reviews: 40
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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Reviews by Franziskaner:
Photo of Franziskaner
3.28/5  rDev -20.2%
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.

Franziskaner, Sep 22, 2013
More User Reviews:
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 tbryan5
4.59/5  rDev +11.7%

tbryan5, Aug 20, 2014
Photo of DuckDodgers
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

DuckDodgers, Sep 22, 2014
Photo of Jared14
4.4/5  rDev +7.1%

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.
4.25

2014- This year's version features more spices and blends very well with the stout base. This is a pumpkin beer. Draft.
4.4

Jared14, Jun 20, 2014
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 KirkFrancis
2.75/5  rDev -33.1%

KirkFrancis, Sep 07, 2014
Photo of briandaube
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

briandaube, Aug 18, 2013
Photo of BrawnyBear
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

BrawnyBear, Sep 08, 2013
Photo of kwkdmk
4.04/5  rDev -1.7%

kwkdmk, Aug 16, 2014
Photo of Schlafly33
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

Schlafly33, Sep 26, 2013
Photo of JamesStreet
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%

JamesStreet, Sep 05, 2014
Photo of tdm168
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

tdm168, Sep 13, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Damian74Shensky, Sep 20, 2014
Photo of woodchip
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

woodchip, Aug 17, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

earlholman, Sep 08, 2014
Photo of russpowell
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%

Pours an effervescent mahogany with a thumb+ of mocha colored head. Great head retention & good lacing (4.5)

S: Squashyness & pumpkin pie spice (4.0)

T: Follows the nose, dryness, cinnamon, carob & a bit of charred grain & toffee up front. Dryness, toffee, carob & even a little cola to go with nutmeg& all spice & more charred grain as this warms. Finishes dry, spicy, & slightly sweet (4.0)

MF: Medium bodied, lively carbonation, the only real flaw in this beer, expected way more body (3.0)

Drinks good, a little more body would push towards must buy, but well worth a try. I would rather have ST Warlock any day. Works better as a pumpkin beer than a Imp Stout (3.5)

russpowell, Sep 07, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

mjc3151, Sep 18, 2014
Photo of Liberty5005
3.8/5  rDev -7.5%

Liberty5005, Sep 13, 2014
Photo of jamespub
3.94/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

served room temp in a chilled glass to try to get to the recommended 50-60* serving temp.

A- pours a dark brown with lots of carbonation. a little more carb than I like to see in imperial stouts, and slightly thinner body, but the head lingers for a short bit and dissipates with some nice lacing. appears as a nice, medium bodied imperial stout.

S- pumpkin, spice, dark chocolate. smells very nice.

T- great pumpkin flavor, the spice is nowhere near overwhelming, accompanies the overall flavor well. dark chocolate lovers, seek out this beer. it has a dry, dark chocolate flavor that lingers. reminiscent of pumpkin bread with bittersweet chocolate chips. i am not a fan of dark chocolate, however I appreciate this complexity and balance. not overwhelming, but definitely stands up to be noticed.

M- dry throughout, it seems.

O- a very unique look on a pumpkin ale. I am enjoying it. schlafly is still the king in my book, but this one is worth getting.

jamespub, Aug 20, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -39.2%

atlbravsrno1, Sep 12, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

zonker17, Sep 14, 2014
Photo of brandoneast
5/5  rDev +21.7%

brandoneast, Sep 13, 2014
Photo of Drums09
4.4/5  rDev +7.1%

Drums09, Sep 19, 2014
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Imperial Pumpkin Smash from Crown Valley Brewing & Distilling Co.
91 out of 100 based on 194 ratings.