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Imperial Pumpkin Smash | Crown Valley Brewing & Distilling Co.

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Imperial Pumpkin SmashImperial Pumpkin Smash

Brewed by:
Crown Valley Brewing & Distilling Co.
Missouri, United States

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.60%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Reviews: 67 | Ratings: 422
Photo of avalon07
4.41/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a thick consistency. There was an inch of foamy, off white, fairly long-lasting head. Pretty good lacing.

S: A big, powerful aroma of pumpkin, lots of different spices, chocolate, and malt.

T: Tasted of a whole lot of spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves), some dark chocolate, light malt notes, pumpkin (not as much as you might think), a little smokiness, vanilla, and a nice hoppiness. An incredibly complex flavor that's very easy to drink. Slightly boozy, but this is a minor issue. Very tasty.

F: A well-carbonated beer with a lively finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Imperial Pumpkin Smash is a well made, drinkable beer. Extremely flavorful and likable.

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Photo of StubbyMenstrual
4.96/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

L: Poured into a pint glass. Pours opaque black with a tan head. Nice lacing on the glass.

S: Biggest nose of any beer I have tasted. Smells like a Yankee Candle. A veritable potpourri of aromas. Vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, coffee and chocolate and some I haven't identified. How'd they cram all of those smells into one beer?

T: Big and bold. Tastes just like it smells. So many flavors, my mouth is overwhelmed. Starts up front with all of the spices and ends with a wonderful hop bitterness and booziness that lingers on the tongue forever.

F: Smooth and rich with an astringent quality.

O: My favorite pumpkin ale. If there is a better pumpkin ale out there I haven't tried it yet. Very hard to find in my town for some reason. None of the beer vendors seem to buy a lot of it, and it sells out very quickly.

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Photo of Zimmerman
4.62/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Eyes and Nose: Pours near-pitch black with a thick, tan head that dissipates slowly. Rich chocolate, cinnamon bread, and spice on the nose.

Mouth: Buttery and creamy mouthfeel. Flavor is distinctly yeasty with rich chocolate, coffee, and a bitter dark maltiness. A strong hoppiness brings out meaty and smokey notes, with a distinct baked-good aftertaste. The high abv wraps everything up nicely with a warming sensation in the tummy.

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Photo of Pontzie
4.82/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Drank in combination with a Rhetoric Bourbon. The combo was mind blowing. This beer is HEAVILY spiced. It is best on a cool fall evening and mixed with good fall foods.

L: Opaque and minimal head. A good look for an imperial stout. Can see the cinnamon and spices mixed into the dark beer,
S: Cinnamon, Cloves, Vanilla, Nutmeg, and some pumpkin/gourd like hints. Amazing to just get a few good wafts of fall flavor off of it.
T: A punch of all these wonderful flavors mixed into a glass of beer. It is really really powerful. Sweet, but isn't that the point???? This beer is able to overpower and not for the faint of heart. Really really well done though.
F: CHEWY. The spices are so thick that you feel like this beer is a thanksgiving meal in a bottle. Bite through the nutmeg and cloves and cinnamon and you land on a fantastic balance of alcohol offset by some mild pumpkin flavoring.
O: A fun beer. One that you can hand to any friend and surprise them with how much they will enjoy it despite how much it appears that it should be overpowering and cloying on the palate. It is not in any way. If anyone doesn't like this beer, I can understand that point of view but I don't want them as my friend!

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Photo of barczar
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is lightly sweet, with notes of pumpkin, vanilla, cinnamon, clove, and ginger adding complexity to toffee malt. Roast is fairly subtle.

Flavor is fairly spice laden, but pumpkin and very sweet vanilla and toffee malt detract enough to keep my interest, leading to a roasty, hoppy bitter finish.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a St Bernardus goblet.
A: Darkest brown. Opaque with a mere dusting of head.
S: Smells big and spicy with lots of vanilla and a hint of roast. I think there's some pumpkin flesh in the nose, but it's hard to detect under the eggnog-like nose.
T: This is an outrageous, unbelievable beer. As in, I don't believe this beer can/should exist. It's incredibly sweet, superlatively thick, and almost overwhelmingly flavorful. The maintaste is chewy and full of nutmeg, vanilla, and mild gourd. Also chocolate, cinnamon, and caramel. The endtaste has a smack of harsh booze or spice or artificiality.
M: I think the thickness/sweetness is actually a negative. Sticky aftertaste.
O: Let me tell you what I did. It was too much. I think I liked it, but I was physically unable to drink it. So I put some Club Soda into the beer, at ~1.5:1 beer:water ratio. YOU CAN'T TELL. This beer has so much body and flavor, that diluting it by 70% is unnoticeable. It's less cloying, and the stickiness is gone (exactly my goal!), but otherwise it seems untouched and totally drinkable. I like it better this way, and my final score reflects this bizarre outcome.

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Photo of HopsAreDaMan
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz, (no date, I am assuming it is fresh). Pours more-or-less like any stout, but a little lighter in color, and with a beige-colored head, that lasts; nice effects and lacing when swirled. The aroma is complex with pumpkin up front, followed by dark fruits, and finally a hint of booze. Taste is of pumpkin and dark roasted malts, with a nice hoppy (edit: and somewhat bitter) finish. It has a heavy mouth-feel: just what I like, and expect, from an imperial stout.

I didn't exactly know what to expect out of a 'pumpkin stout', so this one surprised me. Although, I'm not certain the tastes marry perfectly, there is interesting synergy going on with the combination of flavors. I am looking forward to drinking my next one.

Edit: I am really enjoying the second go-around with this beer, so I am upping the overall to 4.25.

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Photo of TX-Badger
4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark brown color with tannish colored head. Pumpkin pie spices, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, ginger, chocolate and rounds out with some roasted malts; follows onto the palate. Very smooth, full bodied stout. Finishes with chocolate and pumpkin pie spice, nice combo.

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Photo of ccbstl
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Like a pumpkin ale/imperial stout hybrid. Different and very tasty. On the pumpkin ale side the cinnamon and nutmeg are more forward than the pumpkin itself. Some nice roasty malt flavors too. Slightly warming alcohol. Perfect for sipping around a bonfire.

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Photo of BrownAleBollocks
3.52/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque black with a one finger mocha head. Aroma is pumpkin, pumpkin pie spices, and molasses with a toffee hint. Taste is pumpkin, chocolate, toffee, and very light roasted smokiness. Mouthfeel is thin for a stout, but actually works here as a pumpkin/stout hybrid. Overall, an interesting beer that could do with some age and will taste pretty nice on a cool fall night.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to joshstl for this puppy! I know Crown Valley (nominally) distributes to Maryland, but I've never seen this in the state before, so whatever. I'm happy. And it looks like a big-ass imperial stout should. Yet the smell is pure pumpkin ale - I'm getting a huge amount of cinnamon and nutmeg in particular. The big-ass imperial stout is almost overwhelmed here...almost. Notes of chocolate, smoke, dark fruit, and roast are subtle yet not nonexistent. As it opens up, the dark malts come out nicely. Pumpkin ale notes hit like a truck initially, bringing huge amounts of cinnamon and nutmeg, with even a touch of gourd character appearing. And yet, beneath it all, is a roasty, chocolaty imperial stout - my favorite kind of stout. It finishes with some vanilla and dark fruit notes augmenting the spice character. Complexity is impressive throughout. Having said that, the flavors seem a bit mish-mash (keeping it out of 4 territory). It's a soft, creamy-feeling stout, albeit a touch thin for 10.6%. The slenderness allows some of the alcohol to appear, but it nuances the flavor instead of ruin it. For something so massive, it drinks quite easily. This manages to mesh the massive imperial stout with the semi-dreaded pumpkin ale quite well. Not perfect, but very enjoyable - which is more than I can say about several others in the style.

3.75/5: More pumpkin ales should taste like this

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Photo of NCMatt
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I hate giving beers straight scores across the board, but this one really deserves it. Poured from bottle to snifter, it's almost pitch black with a very small head that quickly dissolves to a ring that stays until the end. Smell is mostly the pie spices with a little roasted malt and sweetness with a tiny bit of pumpkin. The best way to describe taste is the following: Pumpkin pie topped with dark chocolate crumbles! Not heavy on the pumpkin or really any one flavor. Everything blends extremely well and creates a very well rounded brew with only minor bitterness. No alcohol in the taste, even when the beer warms. There's a moderate amount of carbonation but not excessive. Bordering such, but not quite excessive. It's also decently thick without being too much.

This is a pumpkin beer even those who don't enjoy pumpkin beers might love! One of the best pumpkin beers that doesn't overpower the pumpkin flavor. Really reminiscent of fall!

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
4.34/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: Black with tan head
S: Sweet pumpkin bread
T: Again, sweet pumpkin bread. Very delicious. No alcohol burn, big pumpkin flavor. I'm ready for fall!
F: Thick and coating but drinkable.
O: This has a few months age on it and it's very good.

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Photo of brentk56
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours out an astonishingly dark color for a pumpkin; wisps of tawny color highlight the corners and the tan head leaves some dots around the glass

Smell: Chocolate, coffee and molasses, as well as pumpkin, vanilla and spice cake tones

Taste: The darker flavors of an imperial stout are prominent but, in the middle, the pumpkin, vanilla and coconut elements emerge; spice cake flavors develop, as well, with everything coming together in a complementary fashion in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: I had never heard of this brewery before but they sure have done a nice job with this beer

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Photo of Treyliff
4.63/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a goblet

A- pours a pitch black color with a small creamy tan colored head that leaves a layer of film on top with some short lasting lace left behind

S- this beer smells like Halloween! Slightly smokey roasted malt gives aromas of chocolate and toffee candy, big whiff of sweet vanilla cream, pumpkin spicing kicks in near the end with notes of cinnamon, nutmeg and toasted pie crust

T- deep roasted smoky malt flavor up front immediately gives lots of chocolate and caramel, followed by some charred wood. The caramel notes continue into the mid-palate before opening up to the pumpkin spicing; notes of cinnamon, nutmeg & vanilla cream, compliment a slightly piney hop presence. The finish provides more smoke and chocolate with more subtle spicing on the finish

M- thick and viscous body with medium carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel and a smooth velvety finish, ABV is hidden very well

O- I've drank a lot of pumpkin beers, and this is by far one of the best, certainly the best pumpkin stout. The spicing blends brilliantly with the smoky malt of the base beer, with notes of caramel and vanilla to compliment. I'm definitely looking for more of these next year

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Photo of Suds
4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Rich black color with a dense and serious tan head. Great lace. The smell is amazing....pumpkin ice cream and pie filling. Wow. Booze,maple chocolate....sugar. The taste is sweet, but very bitter. Lots of pumpkin and spice. Intense is an understatement. Huge and lingering aftertaste. Incredibly thick and full mouthfeel. Hides its alcohol well.

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Photo of Omnium
3.33/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is spot on, rich creamy brown black two finger head
Aroma is nice. Vanilla and rich roasted chocolate malt, roasted pumpkin and some cinnamon.
Taste goes awry horribly. It's incredibly bitter and soapy. Burnt flavor, really weird almost chemical trait. Pumpkin is buried. Awful
Feel is bitter and lingering.
Overall I don't know how some of you like this so much. I don't know what happened but I poured out half

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Photo of MisterE
3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

One of the strangest beers I've ever tasted ~ still not sure what to think about it. Maybe it's trying to do too much, but I have to admire the effort the brewers put in.

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Photo of dutesanch
4.16/5  rDev +3.2%
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,

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Photo of jucifer1818
3/5  rDev -25.6%

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.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of brewskifan55
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass. Thanks, Darren.

A: Dark brown with a tan one finger head that dissipates to foam. Thick lacing.

S: Pumpkin and chocolate, cinnamon, vanilla.

T: Full bodied, robust. Pumpkin pie with vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg. The ABV kicks you in the teeth. Gets even better as it warms.

M: Medium to heavy mouthfeel with strong carbonation.

O: One of the better pumpkin beers in the patch. Recommended.

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Photo of spacecake9
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

Poured into my Pumking Goblet.

A - Very dark almost black with a 1/2" head that shrinks down to a ring with lacing on the side of the glass. Looks delicious.

S - Not a strong aroma but you get vanilla and pumpkin.

T - Wonderfully balanced flavors of coffee, chocolate and pumpkin with just a hint of alcohol. And very drinkable - I find myself reaching for my next sip before the flavor from the last sip is gone.

M - Medium mouth feel and medium carbonation. Flavor sticks in your mouth for awhile.

O - This is a fantastic pumpkin beer. Great marriage of stout and pumpkins. For me the key is everything is so well-balanced, just can't say enough about this beer.

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Photo of cpetrone84
2.9/5  rDev -28%

Pour is black with lots of mocha colored head. Nose is heavy dry milk chocolate, a bit vegetal, light chalky notes. Moderate pumpkin, faint cinnamon. Taste is similar, light roast, chalky chocolate, faint pumpkin and cinnamon. Less vegetal, still a touch green, moderate carb, creamy finish.

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Photo of SHODriver
4/5  rDev -0.7%

A: poured into a snifter to a black beer with a half inch of dense tan head that fades quickly to a collar around the edge of the glass and leaves no lacing
S: smells of pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices with notes of nutmeg, cinnamon and allspice
T: taste is ginger, pumpkin pie spices, and pumpkin with hints of roasted malt and caramel sweetness. swallow is more pumpkin pie spice with some chocolatey and roasty malt on the finish
M: fairly full and smooth in the mouth with soft carbonation and a neutral finish that's slightly refreshing
O: A pretty good pumpkin beer. I wish it was a little more stout forward but I can understand why this one scores so well. Glad I picked it up but not sure how I feel about having five more.

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