Imperial Pumpkin Smash | Crown Valley Brewing & Distilling Co.

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.60%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Beer4Baltimore on 08-16-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
428
Reviews:
67
Avg:
4.04
pDev:
13.86%
 
 
Wants:
45
Gots:
97
For Trade:
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Photo of warpig372
4.37/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cd34
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
4.01/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of jaketaz
3.94/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Zazzi82
2.89/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Dum3z
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of avalon07
4.41/5  rDev +9.2%
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 +22.8%
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 Brian29
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Keith27614
3.89/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BrewskiBrandon
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Zimmerman
4.62/5  rDev +14.4%
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 suzychesser
3.87/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Pontzie
4.82/5  rDev +19.3%
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 jagada
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Whiskeydeez
4.31/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MrHolden
3.36/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Photo of aratcliffe
3.77/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of barczar
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
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 t2grogan
3.25/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jafunc
5/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

By far my favorite "fall" beer. Delicious.

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Photo of gregcordle
3.96/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jrob21
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of devilfluff
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mattreitz49
3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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