Imperial Pumpkin Smash - Crown Valley Brewing & Distilling Co.
Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
Ratings: 88 | Reviews: 21 | Display Reviews Only:
4.25/5 rDev +1%
A-pours a thick, dark, brown liquid with a nice cake head. Lacing is good here.
S-heavy toffee caresses your nose with hints of pumkin, butter, cocoa and slight spice.
T-pumpkin and the spice are both more evident with some hints of toffee and pie crust. Very nice. No boozy tones at all.
M-medium to heavy carbonation and more of a dry, malty body like in a solid porter. Good stuff.
O-if you're a pumpkinhead, get yourself a bottle.
08-23-2014 02:46:40 | More by brstls4drmrs
4.35/5 rDev +3.3%
A- Pours a near black with a khaki 1.5 finger cake of a head. Looks full and viscous. Solid lacing. 4.5
S- Earthy notes initially- toffee, bakers chocolate, cake batter. All of this rides on a fresh pumpkin patch backbone. 4
T- Follows the nose to a t, but with some added spice, nuts, and alcohol esters. Some bitterness from the roasted malt kicks in late. Everything just taken up a notch. Very smooth. 4.25
M- Creamy, buttery, and quite full. The smoothness just allows this one to go down so easy. 4.5
O- Just a damn good pumpkin stout. So flavorful and nothing artificial about it. Right there with Schlafely as my fav pumpkin ale. I will most certainly be picking up another pack to put away for the holidays. 4.5
08-20-2014 02:11:22 | More by Bosoxfan20
3.75/5 rDev -10.9%
Poured the 2014 version from a 12oz bottle into a goblet. Pours rich, almost black like a thick cola. It's funny, when held up to the light, it looks almost like a dark violet color. Nice beige head that laced my glass most of the way down.
The smell is nearly identical to the taste in my opinion. I get very strong toffee notes and a very sweet smelling chocolate with some pine nut.
At 10.6% ABV, I would expect the alcohol in this beer to be much more obvious, and it might be for the first few sips. After a few more, I really start to dig in to this beer. Like I said, it tastes very close to what you smell. There is chocolate, a very nutty flavor that to me can only be compared to pine nuts, some nutmegish pumpkin flavors, and the taste of toffee could not be mistaken for anything else.
I like the beer. I bought it because I love imperial stouts, not because I love pumpkin beer, but I was pleasantly surprised at how well balanced this was. Beware though, if you do not want a RICH almost desert beer, this is not for you. After one, you might be stuffed. It is an imperial stout afterall. Perhaps I poured it too cold, because I was not incredibly fond of the first few sips as I said, but I will be drinking this at around room temperature from now on. Crown Valley is a dependable brewer, and I will try just about anything they put out from now on.
08-18-2014 01:10:01 | More by KingTide
4.75/5 rDev +12.8%
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
Imperial Pumpkin Smash from Crown Valley Brewing & Distilling Co.
93 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.