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Imperial Pumpkin Smash - Crown Valley Brewing & Distilling Co.

Imperial Pumpkin SmashImperial Pumpkin Smash

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BA SCORE
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outstanding

63 Ratings
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Ratings: 63
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 8.92%


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:
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(Beer added by: Beer4Baltimore on 08-16-2013)
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nbaradel443

Maryland

4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I'm not a huge pumpkin fan let alone in my beer lol. But when my buddy said let's drink a pumpkin beer for the holidays I said ok and looked at the ones we had at work I saw the high apv and that's what made me pick it. But when I tried it later that night I was greatly surprised in the taste I actually bought more just to have when it went out of season I do recommend this to anyone who either likes pumpkin beer or doesn't not and in my opinion it beats pumpking

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2014 23:03:24 | More by nbaradel443
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ThickNStout

Georgia

3.69/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2013 22:26:00 | More by ThickNStout
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1000lbgrizzly

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark opaque body, comes up with a light orange-cream colored head that fades a little too quickly for me. Not much carbonation to be seen. Bottle art is simple but neat and assertive, definitely spooky.

S: Wow, surprising depth for this style! Strong pumpkin, baking spices, dark malt. Great roundedness.

T: Again, very impressive! Pumpkin and spice forward, with dark malts adding some smoke and toffee/nuttiness for a more mature character than most other pumpkin beers. Sweetness and bitterness balanced beautifully. Awesome depth, balance, clear and yet varied flavors. Finish is medium-long, with flavors this great I wouldn't mind a bit more.

M: Creamy, full-bodied. A bit mouth-drying.

O: This will make pumpkin-beer bashers drink their words. This is a very well-crafted beer, providing distinct pumpkin flavor while also being a respectable beer in its own right. Deep in flavors, precise in balance, and high in alcohol, this is a beer I will seek out next fall/winter.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2013 07:10:58 | More by 1000lbgrizzly
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bmwats

Louisiana

3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2013 04:57:14 | More by bmwats
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

4.49/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

RJT

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2013 14:40:38 | More by RonaldTheriot
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serotoninronin

Georgia

4.59/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2013 00:45:06 | More by serotoninronin
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BeerLover99

Illinois

4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: onyx body, trace khaki head, splendid lacing

S: dark chocolate, sweet malt, big pumpkin spices

T: big pumpkin spice, dark choc, roasted coffee/nuts
finish

M: med body, smooth creamy mouth

O: WOW! Never heard of this beer or brewery
and was rather surprised. Definitely a sipper
and to be shared with worthy friends. Wish
was a little bit heavier in body, but still amazing.

DELICIOUS; MUST TRY!

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2013 23:17:37 | More by BeerLover99
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Franziskaner

Missouri

3.28/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2013 04:01:07 | More by Franziskaner
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Goosehunter75

Missouri

4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours an almost pure black with half a finger dark tan head. Exellent retnention and lacing

S - Wonderful strong aroma. Lots of roasted malts with hints of nutmeg, cinnamon, toffee, pumpkin and coffee.

T - Wow...great tasting beer. Very complex. Much like th aroma lots of pumpkin, coffee, caramel, nuts, nutmeg, cinnamon....It all melds together just perfectly!

M - A medium to heavy body beer. Very smooth for a 10.6 abv beer. Dangerous! Nice cramy warm feel in the mouth

O - A definate keeper! Will pick it up as soon as I can find it again. Near perfect flavor. Doesnt get much better. My new fall favorite. Im ready for some firepit weather with this beer!

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2013 18:47:20 | More by Goosehunter75
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Mikecap

Louisiana

4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

To start I'm not huge on pumpkin beers, but I love me a nice stout.

Appearance; Pours a jet black with a thin khaki head that fades slowly, nice chunky lacing remains on the sides of my snifter.

Smell: Huge pumpkin up front, reminiscent of pumpkin pie. Followed by some lactose, brown sugar and a ton of sweetness, some cinnamon and allspice - inviting.

Taste: Less pumpkin than the nose, and I get chocolate, some coffee, and hints of cinnamon spice. Abundance of roasted malts and more pumpkin on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with low creaminess and a nice silky texture. Alcohol is extremely well hidden but this is for sure a sipper.

Overall: My second beer from this brewery and I'm again impressed. I'm liking the pumpkin in the stout setting and this is a solid offering.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2013 01:41:44 | More by Mikecap
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PaulyB83

Michigan

4.11/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a tulip glass

A- Pours a blackish brown with a nice mocha head

S- Slight alcohol mixed with vanilla and nutmeg. Slight notes of cinnamon and pumpkin.

T- Strong coffee and nutmeg dominate with the pumpkin coming through in the middle. The alcohol hits slightly on the back end but very smooth, has an almost barrel aged quality to it.

M- Very creamy and with a medium to heavy viscosity

O- Haven't had a pumpkin stout before. This is like having a piece of pumpkin pie and a coffee at the same time. The 10% is hidden pretty well but you can feel it.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2013 09:18:21 | More by PaulyB83
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zeff80

Missouri

3.99/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2013 12:13:51 | More by zeff80
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scratch69

Missouri

3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2013 19:22:16 | More by scratch69
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jamespub

Missouri

3.94/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2013 01:39:26 | More by jamespub
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Beer4Baltimore

Maryland

4.36/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

poured into a 22 ounce glass
A - deep dark chocolate nearly black with 2 fingers of head that recedes to a half finger that lingers throughout the drinking. Layer of precipitate in the bottle.
S - cloves and allspice dominate with a nice malty background.
T - spicy pumpkin richness, malty sweetness but not overpowering, Bitter tingles in the aftertaste from the hops. Just slightly detectable alcohol but pretty well hidden for 10.6%.
M - smooth, creamy with adequate carbonation. Could use a little more pumpkin pulp.
O - another very nice fall beer to round out the selection of pumpkin ales.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2013 23:28:23 | More by Beer4Baltimore
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LambicPentameter

Kansas

4.44/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-03-2013 15:48:38 | More by LambicPentameter
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BrawnyBear

Missouri

4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great deep brown pour with a 1 inch head of light brown. Medium lacing. Flavors blend well with the toasted malt. The pumpkin spice is not overwhelming. Medium density mouth feel. The taste has hints of pumpkin, coffee, caramel and some light hops. I have had 3 and will order another one before it is out of season.

Serving type: on-tap

09-08-2013 22:19:34 | More by BrawnyBear
Imperial Pumpkin Smash from Crown Valley Brewing & Distilling Co.
91 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.