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Imperial Pumpkin Smash - Crown Valley Brewing & Distilling Co.

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

169 Ratings
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Ratings: 169
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 12.77%
Wants: 23
Gots: 48 | FT: 1
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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Excellent Autumn Pumpkin beer. A bit dark for my taste.

wworsham, Sep 14, 2014
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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.

HuskerTornado, Jul 19, 2014
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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a regular ole pint glass.

A: Color is archetypical stout. Pure black; no compromise. Tilted, the color holds nearly entirely through the edge, which puts me on alert for some serious thickness. Very short and thin head, light cinnamon in color, with little retention.

S: Lots of pumpkin and attendant spices (clove and nutmeg, most dominantly) that dash away into the shadows of some bold, sweet espresso and bitter chocolate, almost baker's chocolate. Sweet potato pie with a dollop of home-made whipped cream. Definitely some glimmers of booziness, but nothing offputting.

T: Taste follows the smell really nicely. A bit more pumpkin flavor than on the nose which lingers a bit longer as well, and is aided by some nice roasted malt anchorage. The sweetness peeks over the edge of cloying before tastefully pulling itself back into the aforementioned coffee, dark chocolate bitterness. Really deep notes of a nutty toffee at the end. No booze at all in the flavor. I would have absolutely no reason to think this is as high ABV as it is. Really beautifully constructed.

M: Coats my entire palate perfectly. Very light carbonation, but not so light as to result in any syrupiness, which is a common pitfall for these big imperal pumpkins. Definitely chunky, but does nothing but push the flavors forward in the proper proportions. It's not out to overpower me or weigh me down.

O: Astonishing, really. I'm something of a pumpkin junky, and this is easily in the top 2 or 3 all-time for me. There have been some really strong efforts recently (Warlock, He Said, etc.) , but this came out of nowhere and really set itself apart. That rare sweet stout that could serve as both dessert and breakfast. Really makes me sad that pumpkin season is nearing a close. Hopefully they bring it back next year.

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Imperial Pumpkin Smash from Crown Valley Brewing & Distilling Co.
92 out of 100 based on 169 ratings.