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Imperial Pumpkin Smash - Crown Valley Brewing & Distilling Co.

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Ratings: 155
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 23
Gots: 43 | 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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Photo of oberon
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%

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, Sunday at 09:35 PM
Photo of BEERchitect
4.2/5  rDev +1%

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, Thursday at 04:16 AM
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

JohnBender, Today at 05:33 PM
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4.8/5  rDev +15.4%

sirhc3034, Yesterday at 02:34 AM
Photo of Big_Dave
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Big_Dave, Monday at 06:35 AM
Photo of Roxie_B
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Looks: Pitch black with chestnut highlights. Opaque. Big fluffy tan head of various sized bubble. Good head retention.
Smell: Cinamon, cloves, molasses and graham crackers. A big waft of cola.
Taste: Nutmeg, allspice, dark chocolate and sassafras and a tiny amount of pumpkin. Finishes with a medicinal clove character.
Mouthfeel: Dry and sharp.

Roxie_B, Monday at 04:19 AM
Photo of HoppyBastard2
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

HoppyBastard2, Monday at 01:26 AM
Photo of euskera
4.37/5  rDev +5%

euskera, Sunday at 11:34 PM
Photo of wworsham
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Excellent Autumn Pumpkin beer. A bit dark for my taste.

wworsham, Sunday at 06:08 PM
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

pjbfromkc, Sunday at 03:42 PM
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

dsalmons, Sunday at 03:20 AM
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

zonker17, Sunday at 03:18 AM
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

GregDuB65, Sunday at 01:46 AM
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3.8/5  rDev -8.7%

Liberty5005, Saturday at 10:54 PM
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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

GTJayG, Saturday at 07:56 PM
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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

mrzazz, Saturday at 07:05 PM
Photo of BMMillsy
2.35/5  rDev -43.5%

Random bottle from World of Beer. Never heard of these guys but this sounded interesting. Pours black with a khaki to mocha head. Aroma of sweet pumpkins, some cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg spice, sweet cream and sugar. Flavor is cloying chocolate pumpkin spice with an artificial sweetener finish, and maybe a hint of roast. Thin, medium carb, blegh. This is pretty much undrinkable.

BMMillsy, Saturday at 12:16 PM
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4.56/5  rDev +9.6%

jdomian, Saturday at 11:25 AM
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Lawl3ss, Saturday at 01:52 AM
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

tdm168, Saturday at 12:52 AM
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

mrjmann, Friday at 10:34 PM
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2.5/5  rDev -39.9%

atlbravsrno1, Friday at 03:43 AM
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2.2/5  rDev -47.1%

user785335, Friday at 01:25 AM
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4.15/5  rDev -0.2%

Seabass1964, Wednesday at 06:12 PM
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Imperial Pumpkin Smash from Crown Valley Brewing & Distilling Co.
92 out of 100 based on 155 ratings.