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

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Added by Beer4Baltimore on 08-16-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,540
Reviews:
70
Ratings:
440
pDev:
13.66%
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Ratings: 440 |  Reviews: 70
Photo of Pontzie
4.82/5  rDev +17.6%
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 jagada
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Whiskeydeez
4.31/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MrHolden
3.36/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Photo of aratcliffe
3.77/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of barczar
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
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 -20.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of tofishornottofish
5/5  rDev +22%
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 -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jrob21
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of devilfluff
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mattreitz49
3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CrummyLuke
3.34/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of zekeman17
3.71/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of meanmutt
3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cjgator3
3.91/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AgentMunky
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a St Bernardus goblet.
4/4/4/3/4.25
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 frothy_80
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jimmyknows
4.69/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of HopsAreDaMan
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
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. 12-7-2016 (from memory this fall): The flavors may have melded a bit better when aged, but it was still not quite a smooth 'marriage' between the stout and the pumpkin flavor; still, overall a great beer.

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Photo of 03_04_81
3.87/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ohiobeer29
2.12/5  rDev -48.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of JNForsyth
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
3.65/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Kegatron
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Imperial Pumpkin Smash from Crown Valley Brewing & Distilling Co.
Beer rating: 4.1 out of 5 with 440 ratings