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
Ratings:
428
Reviews:
67
Avg:
4.04
pDev:
13.86%
 
 
Wants:
45
Gots:
97
For Trade:
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Photo of CrummyLuke
3.34/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of zekeman17
3.71/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of meanmutt
3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cjgator3
3.91/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AgentMunky
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
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 +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jimmyknows
4.69/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of HopsAreDaMan
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
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 -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ohiobeer29
2.12/5  rDev -47.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of JNForsyth
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Kegatron
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Stace-digs-brews
4.9/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Photo of Fargrow
4.32/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jason_cs
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 13tido
3.82/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bpkrippner
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of KShophead
4.58/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of rw1992
4.14/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TX-Badger
4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
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 NellysBandaid
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
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 Electros
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Mikexw
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Imperial Pumpkin Smash from Crown Valley Brewing & Distilling Co.
4.04 out of 5 based on 428 ratings.
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