Imperial Pumpkin Smash - Crown Valley Brewing & Distilling Co.
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3.99/5 rDev -4.8%
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
4.15/5 rDev -1%
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).
08-29-2014 01:32:06 | More by dbrauneis
4.3/5 rDev +2.6%
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
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!
10-27-2013 23:17:37 | More by BeerLover99
4.49/5 rDev +7.2%
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!
10-31-2013 14:40:38 | More by RonaldTheriot
3.75/5 rDev -10.5%
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
4.05/5 rDev -3.3%
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.
09-14-2013 01:41:44 | More by Mikecap
4.44/5 rDev +6%
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.
10-03-2013 15:48:38 | More by LambicPentameter
4.36/5 rDev +4.1%
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.
08-16-2013 23:28:23 | More by Beer4Baltimore
Imperial Pumpkin Smash from Crown Valley Brewing & Distilling Co.
93 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.