Imperial Pumpkin Smash | Crown Valley Brewing & Distilling Co.

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Imperial Pumpkin SmashImperial Pumpkin Smash

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Crown Valley Brewing & Distilling Co.
Missouri, United States | website

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.60%

Availability: Fall

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Added by Beer4Baltimore on 08-16-2013

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Reviews: 65 | Ratings: 420
Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark opaque body, comes up with a light orange-cream colored head that fades a little too quickly for me. Not much carbonation to be seen. Bottle art is simple but neat and assertive, definitely spooky.

S: Wow, surprising depth for this style! Strong pumpkin, baking spices, dark malt. Great roundedness.

T: Again, very impressive! Pumpkin and spice forward, with dark malts adding some smoke and toffee/nuttiness for a more mature character than most other pumpkin beers. Sweetness and bitterness balanced beautifully. Awesome depth, balance, clear and yet varied flavors. Finish is medium-long, with flavors this great I wouldn't mind a bit more.

M: Creamy, full-bodied. A bit mouth-drying.

O: This will make pumpkin-beer bashers drink their words. This is a very well-crafted beer, providing distinct pumpkin flavor while also being a respectable beer in its own right. Deep in flavors, precise in balance, and high in alcohol, this is a beer I will seek out next fall/winter.

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Photo of bmwats
3.76/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.49/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!


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Photo of serotoninronin
4.56/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a regular ole pint glass.

A: Color is archetypical stout. Pure black; no compromise. Tilted, the color holds nearly entirely through the edge, which puts me on alert for some serious thickness. Very short and thin head, light cinnamon in color, with little retention.

S: Lots of pumpkin and attendant spices (clove and nutmeg, most dominantly) that dash away into the shadows of some bold, sweet espresso and bitter chocolate, almost baker's chocolate. Sweet potato pie with a dollop of home-made whipped cream. Definitely some glimmers of booziness, but nothing offputting.

T: Taste follows the smell really nicely. A bit more pumpkin flavor than on the nose which lingers a bit longer as well, and is aided by some nice roasted malt anchorage. The sweetness peeks over the edge of cloying before tastefully pulling itself back into the aforementioned coffee, dark chocolate bitterness. Really deep notes of a nutty toffee at the end. No booze at all in the flavor. I would have absolutely no reason to think this is as high ABV as it is. Really beautifully constructed.

M: Coats my entire palate perfectly. Very light carbonation, but not so light as to result in any syrupiness, which is a common pitfall for these big imperal pumpkins. Definitely chunky, but does nothing but push the flavors forward in the proper proportions. It's not out to overpower me or weigh me down.

O: Astonishing, really. I'm something of a pumpkin junky, and this is easily in the top 2 or 3 all-time for me. There have been some really strong efforts recently (Warlock, He Said, etc.) , but this came out of nowhere and really set itself apart. That rare sweet stout that could serve as both dessert and breakfast. Really makes me sad that pumpkin season is nearing a close. Hopefully they bring it back next year.

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Photo of BeerLover99
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.


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Photo of LambicPentameter
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.31/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Absolutely jet black in color. No chance of any light getting through this one. A wisp of white foam rests on top. Complex aroma of pumpkin, raisins, fig, and molasses. Sweet smelling for certain. Thick and sticky. Plums, raisins, and dates mixed with pumpkin in the taste. Like a lactose stout in terms of sweetness. Reminiscent of Red Dragon Stout, but with more alcohol, pumpkin and not as well executed. This is a bit too sweet, but is pretty unique.

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Photo of Goosehunter75
4.31/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours an almost pure black with half a finger dark tan head. Exellent retnention and lacing

S - Wonderful strong aroma. Lots of roasted malts with hints of nutmeg, cinnamon, toffee, pumpkin and coffee.

T - Wow...great tasting beer. Very complex. Much like th aroma lots of pumpkin, coffee, caramel, nuts, nutmeg, cinnamon....It all melds together just perfectly!

M - A medium to heavy body beer. Very smooth for a 10.6 abv beer. Dangerous! Nice cramy warm feel in the mouth

O - A definate keeper! Will pick it up as soon as I can find it again. Near perfect flavor. Doesnt get much better. My new fall favorite. Im ready for some firepit weather with this beer!

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Photo of Mikecap
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of PaulyB83
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a tulip glass

A- Pours a blackish brown with a nice mocha head

S- Slight alcohol mixed with vanilla and nutmeg. Slight notes of cinnamon and pumpkin.

T- Strong coffee and nutmeg dominate with the pumpkin coming through in the middle. The alcohol hits slightly on the back end but very smooth, has an almost barrel aged quality to it.

M- Very creamy and with a medium to heavy viscosity

O- Haven't had a pumpkin stout before. This is like having a piece of pumpkin pie and a coffee at the same time. The 10% is hidden pretty well but you can feel it.

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Photo of BrawnyBear
4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great deep brown pour with a 1 inch head of light brown. Medium lacing. Flavors blend well with the toasted malt. The pumpkin spice is not overwhelming. Medium density mouth feel. The taste has hints of pumpkin, coffee, caramel and some light hops. I have had 3 and will order another one before it is out of season.

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Photo of zeff80
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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Photo of scratch69
3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance- Dark brown color with a fingers worth of light brown colored head. Nice amount of lacing.

Smell- Dark chocolate, pumpkin, and a little spice.

Taste- Pumpkin and dark chocolate flavors with some spiciness at the finish. Alcohol is detected after the swallow.

Mouthfeel- On the high end of medium bodied, smooth, and creamy. Above average amount of carbonation for the style.

Overall- Either as a stout or a pumpkin ale, this is a very good beer however you approach it.

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Photo of jamespub
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

served room temp in a chilled glass to try to get to the recommended 50-60* serving temp.

A- pours a dark brown with lots of carbonation. a little more carb than I like to see in imperial stouts, and slightly thinner body, but the head lingers for a short bit and dissipates with some nice lacing. appears as a nice, medium bodied imperial stout.

S- pumpkin, spice, dark chocolate. smells very nice.

T- great pumpkin flavor, the spice is nowhere near overwhelming, accompanies the overall flavor well. dark chocolate lovers, seek out this beer. it has a dry, dark chocolate flavor that lingers. reminiscent of pumpkin bread with bittersweet chocolate chips. i am not a fan of dark chocolate, however I appreciate this complexity and balance. not overwhelming, but definitely stands up to be noticed.

M- dry throughout, it seems.

O- a very unique look on a pumpkin ale. I am enjoying it. schlafly is still the king in my book, but this one is worth getting.

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Photo of Beer4Baltimore
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

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