Imperial Pumpkin Smash - Crown Valley Brewing & Distilling Co.
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3.28/5 rDev -21.9%
Absolutely jet black in color. No chance of any light getting through this one. A wisp of white foam rests on top. Complex aroma of pumpkin, raisins, fig, and molasses. Sweet smelling for certain. Thick and sticky. Plums, raisins, and dates mixed with pumpkin in the taste. Like a lactose stout in terms of sweetness. Reminiscent of Red Dragon Stout, but with more alcohol, pumpkin and not as well executed. This is a bit too sweet, but is pretty unique.
09-22-2013 04:01:07 | More by Franziskaner
3.69/5 rDev -12.1%
12oz bottle that my brother gave me. Bottled 7/8/13 (3189). Served in a Pumpking goblet.
Pours cola black with a full finger of deep tan head. Maintains a nice pillow and laces pretty well.
Smells of sweet pumpkin, cream, nutmeg and a bit of dark roast coffee. Similar to pumpkin pie.
The stout and pumpkin flavors dance well together. Bitter dark chocolate, pimpkin pie, coffee, toffee, pie spice, mild pine, smoke and cinnamon. There's enough going on that the 10%+ abv goes virtually unnoticed. I'm not sure if it's smoked/burnt malts or bittering hops but there's a near-overbearing bitterness persistent throughout.
Full, creamy body with dull carbonation. Lingering bitterness in the finish but pumpkin pie, cocoa and coffee are also back there.
Solid, not stellar. Between this and Warlock, I've confirmed that I enjoy pumpkin imperial stouts. Maybe not worth hunting but definitely worth trying.
12-28-2013 22:26:00 | More by ThickNStout
3.75/5 rDev -10.7%
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter.
A: Black. Pours a slight, foamy, brown head. Settles quickly. Spotty, persistent lacing.
S: Pumpkin, nutmeg, and black licorice.
T: Pumpkin is prominent. Lots of licorice, too. Accentuated with some fall spice, and maybe a little clove.
M: Thick and heavy, with a slightly bitter finish that lingers on the palate.
D: Sip and enjoy.
Atmosphere is pretty good. Dark hue, fair head, and some persistent lacing. Nose is pumpkiny and fall spicy with a hefty dose of licorice. Pumpkin and black licorice accentuated with nutmeg and clove. Overall, this is a good quaff.
11-10-2013 04:57:14 | More by bmwats
3.75/5 rDev -10.7%
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
3.94/5 rDev -6.2%
served room temp in a chilled glass to try to get to the recommended 50-60* serving temp.
A- pours a dark brown with lots of carbonation. a little more carb than I like to see in imperial stouts, and slightly thinner body, but the head lingers for a short bit and dissipates with some nice lacing. appears as a nice, medium bodied imperial stout.
S- pumpkin, spice, dark chocolate. smells very nice.
T- great pumpkin flavor, the spice is nowhere near overwhelming, accompanies the overall flavor well. dark chocolate lovers, seek out this beer. it has a dry, dark chocolate flavor that lingers. reminiscent of pumpkin bread with bittersweet chocolate chips. i am not a fan of dark chocolate, however I appreciate this complexity and balance. not overwhelming, but definitely stands up to be noticed.
M- dry throughout, it seems.
O- a very unique look on a pumpkin ale. I am enjoying it. schlafly is still the king in my book, but this one is worth getting.
08-20-2013 01:39:26 | More by jamespub
3.95/5 rDev -6%
I poured a bottle into a pint glass.
Appearance- Dark brown color with a fingers worth of light brown colored head. Nice amount of lacing.
Smell- Dark chocolate, pumpkin, and a little spice.
Taste- Pumpkin and dark chocolate flavors with some spiciness at the finish. Alcohol is detected after the swallow.
Mouthfeel- On the high end of medium bodied, smooth, and creamy. Above average amount of carbonation for the style.
Overall- Either as a stout or a pumpkin ale, this is a very good beer however you approach it.
09-01-2013 19:22:16 | More by scratch69
3.99/5 rDev -5%
A - Poured out an opaque, jet-black color with a small, tan head of foam. It left thin rings of lace on the glass.
S - It smelled of pumpkin, lots of spices - like nutmeg and cinnamon.
T - Strong maltiness and chocolate. Very spicy with nutmeg and cinnamon.
M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium to full bodied ale.
O - This is a big pumpkin beer. You could buy it now and enjoy it all throughout the holiday season.
Serving type: bottle
09-04-2013 12:13:51 | More by zeff80
Imperial Pumpkin Smash from Crown Valley Brewing & Distilling Co.
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