Imperial Pumpkin Smash - Crown Valley Brewing & Distilling Co.
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4.75/5 rDev +13.6%
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.
07-19-2014 03:52:23 | More by HuskerTornado
4.59/5 rDev +9.8%
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.
10-30-2013 00:45:06 | More by serotoninronin
4.49/5 rDev +7.4%
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!
10-31-2013 14:40:38 | More by RonaldTheriot
4.44/5 rDev +6.2%
Enjoyed on tap at Bier Station in Kansas City after missing out on it at the Kansas City Beer Fest this past weekend. Lucky me! Served out of a small Belgian tulip glass.
Appearance - Pretty standard for a stout. Jet black with mahogany undertones in the body. Little to no light is passing through, and even where the light does appear, it's again just a very dark, almost black, brown. Head is about a half finger and dissipates pretty quickly, leaving a ring of foam around the edge and minimal silky lacing the color of cocoa powder.
Smell - Pumpkin, yam, nutmeg, cinnamon, brown sugar, molasses, bittersweet chocolate, espresso grounds and roasted malt are all present in some form or another here. The dominant aromas change with each subsequent inhale of the intoxicating aroma. Somehow manages to smell really sweet bordering on cloying, but still is pretty clean.
Taste - Great balance on this beer. The pumpkin--or more accurately, the pumpkin spices like nutmeg and clove--is very much present here, as well as sweet potatoes and cinnamon. The initially sweet taste gives way to more bitter components, like cacao and espresso. The two working together provides for a beer that is not overpowering with sweetness or with roasted characteristics. The high alcohol is amazingly well concealed in my opinion. This could be a dangerous beer to break out at the family Thanksgiving get together.
Mouthfeel - Thick and cloying, but not in an overpowering way, if that makes sense. The body has a good amount of heft to it, but astonishingly has a finish that mostly gets out of the way. Carbonation seems on the light side of moderate, but there's enough to give the thick body some punch.
Overall, this is a new favorite for me in the realm of pumpkin beers. I've not had much exposure to pumpkin stouts, but if they are anything like this one, I think I'm going to be buying a lot more of these every time fall comes around.
10-03-2013 15:48:38 | More by LambicPentameter
Imperial Pumpkin Smash from Crown Valley Brewing & Distilling Co.
92 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.