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Imperial Pumpkin Smash - Crown Valley Brewing & Distilling Co.

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Ratings: 88
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 8.55%
Wants: 23
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
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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North Carolina

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
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South Carolina

4.2/5  rDev -0.2%

08-22-2014 22:47:40 | More by KevinDixonBeer
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

08-22-2014 22:46:44 | More by Jldemp
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4.4/5  rDev +4.5%

08-22-2014 22:24:18 | More by WhoDatMatt
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

08-21-2014 00:46:41 | More by Pens1967
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4.59/5  rDev +9%

08-20-2014 02:25:13 | More by tbryan5
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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
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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
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4.52/5  rDev +7.4%

08-17-2014 22:22:13 | More by Chelseaw30
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North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +1%

08-17-2014 21:59:25 | More by woodchip
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

08-17-2014 20:42:35 | More by BeerMeInStl
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4.56/5  rDev +8.3%

08-17-2014 02:47:22 | More by Faroveryonder
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4.04/5  rDev -4%

08-16-2014 01:01:23 | More by kwkdmk
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North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev -0.2%

08-16-2014 00:51:09 | More by AAYeste
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3.96/5  rDev -5.9%

08-14-2014 01:02:27 | More by doughornberger
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

08-12-2014 05:35:49 | More by jhhollier
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New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +1%

08-11-2014 01:46:30 | More by markgugs
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3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

08-10-2014 01:21:03 | More by IpeeA
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North Carolina

5/5  rDev +18.8%

08-01-2014 23:38:15 | More by JohnnyK
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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
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

06-24-2014 01:58:17 | More by velcrogrip
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4/5  rDev -5%

06-21-2014 16:23:31 | More by scruffwhor
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

06-20-2014 15:27:05 | More by Jared14
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

04-26-2014 15:44:50 | More by Rezknello
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

04-23-2014 00:22:47 | More by KCRealAle
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Imperial Pumpkin Smash from Crown Valley Brewing & Distilling Co.
93 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.