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:
2
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Photo of BrownAleBollocks
3.52/5  rDev -12.9%
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 -7.2%
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 Sabre311
4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of godawgs
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of NCMatt
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
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 Mplsbrew
4.29/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WCKDVBZ
1.18/5  rDev -70.8%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This is horrible! Smells and tastes like a cheap, generic parfume.

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Photo of jheezee
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of yesterdayfaraway
4.34/5  rDev +7.4%
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 skaboom420
4.41/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dustin22martin
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tertullian007
3.79/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Lonestar9
4.41/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Has it all. Pumpkin and spices with Chocolate and toffee notes. Great beer.

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Photo of brentk56
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
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 IMFletcher
4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Glad this was recommended to me, it's now on the short list of my favorite pumpkin ales.

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

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

Photo of Treyliff
4.63/5  rDev +14.6%
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 WoodBrew
3.94/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of kylehay2004
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chrismann65
4.46/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I like this pumpkin Smash Very Much !! nice smooth taste !! Yes very Nice !!!
Great flavor !!! mmmmmm !!!! Yes lay it down a few years !!!

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Photo of Jessicapickert
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Suds
4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
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 -17.6%
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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Imperial Pumpkin Smash from Crown Valley Brewing & Distilling Co.
4.04 out of 5 based on 428 ratings.
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