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Imperial Pumpkin Smash - Crown Valley Brewing & Distilling Co.

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

330 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 330
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 13.56%
Wants: 31
Gots: 80 | 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 +4.1%

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 metter98
4.14/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is nearly jet black in color. It poured with a quarter finger high tan head that quickly died down, leaving a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of vanilla and pumpkins are present in the nose along with some notes of coconuts.
T: The taste has flavors of coconut, pumpkin and vanilla along with hints of chocolate and a light amount of sweetness. Bits of pumpkin spices are also perceptible.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer does a very good job of hiding its alcohol that helps its drinkability. However, the complexity of the flavors really lends this to being a nice beer that you can sip and enjoy with dessert or as a standalone after dinner drink.

Serving type: bottle

metter98, Oct 02, 2014
Photo of cackalacky
1/5  rDev -75.8%

A lot of people rate this beer highly, and I don't discount that. The only thing I can figure is I got hold of a bum batch....

I picked up a four pack of this with high hopes. I enjoy pumpkin brews, and Imperial Stout is perhaps my favorite style. After chilling a bottle (but not much), I poured it into a snifter. The color is a delightful, deep mahogany, almost black. The smell is full with spice and a touch of chocolate and respectable dose of pumpkin. It smells - and I mean this in a good way - like the Sir Walter Raleigh tobacco I remember my dad filling his pipe with when I was a kid.

But then I tasted it. There was nothing subtle here: overly sweet, harshly flavored, and a residue of artificial sweetener. I did my best, I really did. I thought, "Maybe it just needs to warm up more." That didn't help. "Maybe my palate just needs to adjust." It did not. In the end, it tasted like Sir Walter Raleigh, too, and I poured half of it down the drain.

Sometimes, though, I like a beer better on the second try. Perhaps I was having an off night. So, a few weeks later I gave it another shot. Same experience. Perhaps there are bottles floating around somewhere out there that are filled with delicious nectar, but I didn't happen upon them. This is awful.

cackalacky, Sep 22, 2014
Photo of BEERchitect
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%

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 dbrauneis
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%

A: Pours an opaque yet still clear jet black in color with light amounts of gentle visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and some faint dark cola brown highlights. The beer has a four finger tall foamy mocha head that slowly reduces to extremely thick layer covering the entire surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of toffee and chocolate malts underneath moderate to strong aromas of pumpkin pie spices (nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon, and ginger) and vanilla. Moderate aromas of roasted pumpkin.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of caramel and chocolate + dark malts with a lighter flavor of toffee sweetness. That is followed by a moderate flavor of roasted pumpkin and a slightly stronger flavor of pumpkin pie spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and ginger) and vanilla. Just a hint of roasted malts in the finish.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth with a light hint of spice dryness in the finish.

O: This is a pretty big pumpkin beer but is a pretty enjoyable one - nice aspects from the underlying stout and good pumpkin + pumpkin pie spices. Definitely worth grabbing and can easily be enjoyed throughout the fall season (would probably pair well with Thanksgiving dessert).

dbrauneis, Aug 29, 2014
Photo of dutesanch
4.16/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this as an extra in a trade. Smell and taste are strong Pumpkin pie flavors. A little heat at the end. Smooth balance of pumpkin pie spice and malty sweetness,

dutesanch, Friday at 06:07 AM
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4.84/5  rDev +17.2%

ChrisSRT4, Wednesday at 10:26 PM
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4.02/5  rDev -2.7%

SadMachine, Wednesday at 06:07 AM
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

LakerLeith, Tuesday at 10:09 PM
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Mfbda1daonly, Nov 18, 2014
Photo of jucifer1818
3/5  rDev -27.4%

I found this beer to be rather weak.

Harsh to drink with no real chocolate notes or festive pumpkin spice notes.

It both fails as a stout and fails as a pumpkin beer, really leaving nothing satisfied or good
It does not have any real flavor faults, and no booz can be detected, but I really feel that this is a very weak beer that is not worth its price for a 4 pack.

Far better options are available
Id Give this beer a pass, but it is probably worth it to try if you can get it on sale or free from a friend.

jucifer1818, Nov 18, 2014
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4.36/5  rDev +5.6%

sampsonw, Nov 17, 2014
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4.2/5  rDev +1.7%

TWolff, Nov 17, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +15%

kinmundy77, Nov 14, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Ryno3031, Nov 13, 2014
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4.19/5  rDev +1.5%

SPLITGRIN, Nov 11, 2014
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4.4/5  rDev +6.5%

Gator_Nation, Nov 11, 2014
Photo of GarthDanielson
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is jet black, with ruby highlights, and a sparse surface coat of tan head. Aromas of pumpkin spices and bread, including cinnamon and nutmeg, subtle milk chocolate notes, and hints of roasted coffee bitterness. Flavors are rich and sweet pumpkin bread forward, with a blast of bitter roasted coffee and booze underneath. Some vanilla and tangy caramel notes in there, too. Slick, robust, oily body, with a roasted, spiced, pumpkin rich linger. The finish is slick, smooth, and bitter. Solid brew.

GarthDanielson, Nov 10, 2014
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2.8/5  rDev -32.2%

Life-Love-Beer, Nov 09, 2014
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3.9/5  rDev -5.6%

grimey68, Nov 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Robyn, Nov 08, 2014
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4.6/5  rDev +11.4%

HailyMeyer, Nov 08, 2014
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4.8/5  rDev +16.2%

LakersGotRings, Nov 07, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

One of my favorite seasonal/pumpkin beers. Strong taste of the spices, not much on the pumpkin, which is what I enjoy.

gibgink, Nov 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

kaufmaal, Nov 07, 2014
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Imperial Pumpkin Smash from Crown Valley Brewing & Distilling Co.
92 out of 100 based on 330 ratings.