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Smuttynose Gravitation (Big Beer Series) - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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82
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488 Ratings
THE BROS
70
okay

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Ratings: 488
Reviews: 288
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 16.25%
Wants: 23
Gots: 33 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Smuttynose Brewing Company visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  11.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
This big, dark ale is brewed using a variety of Belgian specialty malts along with 200 pounds of raisin puree per batch. The resulting flavor is a viscous mix of dark fruit, rum, toffee and raisins balanced with aromatic fruitiness of the Belgian yeast.

25 IBU

2009 - 6.6%
2010 - 12.0%
2011 - 12.5%
2012 - 12.0%
2013 - 11.5%

(Beer added by: Oxymoron on 01-01-2009)
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timjim1327

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +37.7%

07-24-2013 03:28:33 | More by timjim1327
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PrimScrewhead

Rhode Island

5/5  rDev +37.7%

01-18-2012 23:40:42 | More by PrimScrewhead
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PhineasGage

Iowa

5/5  rDev +37.7%

12-14-2011 05:21:19 | More by PhineasGage
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Stagga_Lee

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +37.7%

07-22-2014 04:33:03 | More by Stagga_Lee
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angelogarcia3

New York

4.88/5  rDev +34.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Smuttynose Gravitation Quadrupel is a fantastic beer with a noticeable raisin aroma. Served at Tap & Mallet of Rochester in a 8.5 oz glass had a very thin head and a deep burgundy color. On the nose the first aromas are of raisins, and molasses. At 12% ABV the first taste warns you that this is a high alcohol beer. Soon afterwards, the flavors of raisins, molasses, and a hint of honey lull you into a false sense that the alcohol is not that high. This beer in the mouth gives you a slight effervensce and syruppiness. I really love this beer!

Serving type: on-tap

11-04-2011 00:25:39 | More by angelogarcia3
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nrpellegrini

Maryland

4.85/5  rDev +33.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep dark brown color with a thin tan head that stays until the end and laces nicely. Smells really sweet, sugar-y like candy and caramel flavors. Tastes of lots of sweet malts, smooth alcohol flavors and great belgian spices that don't stand out to much to bite your tongue. Just a great combination and blend of flavors. It goes down so well, and drinks unbelievable.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2009 05:59:11 | More by nrpellegrini
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Enriquehopnog

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +30.9%

11-12-2013 20:58:53 | More by Enriquehopnog
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wingnutz27

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +30.9%

03-23-2013 16:27:07 | More by wingnutz27
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MrHurmateeowish

New Hampshire

4.75/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22oz bomber from Shaw's. Pours a translucent dark copper body with a thin film of quickly dissipating tan head. Raisin, date, nut, brown sugar, with a touch of pith and citrus in the aroma. Raisin, date, chocolate, caramel, brown sugar, toffee and coffee toward the finish. Medium in body with ample carbonation. Very drinkable for the style, abv, and complexity. A very good quad, tasty, balanced, complex, and drinkable for the style. Another slam-dunk from Smuttynose!

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2009 21:50:29 | More by MrHurmateeowish
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admiralcrunch

New York

4.55/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

$5.49 + deposit from Trader Joe's, also the last bottle on the shelf. Maybe they have more?

Poured a little faster than I normally would, since the carbonation seemed low. The thick, brownish head formed perfectly which then slowly dissipated. The body is dark dark dark, I can barely see through it. There is some nice lacing as the glass is tipped (Duvel tulip). The smell reminds me of V-Twelve, but perhaps with more dark fruits. Taste is some fruit first, with bits of chocolate quickly popping through. There isn't much of an aftertaste, which leads to more frequent sipping. That's not a bad thing though! Absolutely delicious.

Smuttynose's website lists this beer as 8.5%. I just finished the bottle, and I'm not nearly as intoxicated as I would be after drinking other quads. Absolutely a plus, as the flavor clearly hasn't suffered.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2009 01:53:34 | More by admiralcrunch
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pat_usher

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +24%

07-16-2014 20:01:27 | More by pat_usher
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rkcrozier

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +24%

02-21-2012 18:02:14 | More by rkcrozier
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.5/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On-tap 2/27/09 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of roasted malts, dark fruit, Belgian yeast and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is malty very nicely balanced with sweet flavors of dark fruit, brown sugar and Belgian yeast. There's a mild but complementary hops presence and a touch of smokiness. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, good kick, very good representation of style, this is an excellent strong and flavorful Belgian beer to drink for a whole evening and yet another great beer in the Smuttynose Big Beer Series.

Serving type: on-tap

03-01-2009 21:07:10 | More by TheManiacalOne
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msondel

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +24%

02-24-2013 03:06:43 | More by msondel
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robbyc1

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +24%

03-15-2013 21:04:33 | More by robbyc1
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wattershed

California

4.5/5  rDev +24%

10-25-2012 23:31:08 | More by wattershed
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TobinMitnick

New York

4.5/5  rDev +24%

01-30-2012 22:44:09 | More by TobinMitnick
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EvanWilliams

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +24%

01-28-2012 04:30:27 | More by EvanWilliams
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Mikecap

Louisiana

4.5/5  rDev +24%

02-03-2013 15:22:32 | More by Mikecap
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Grinky

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +24%

04-20-2013 03:07:43 | More by Grinky
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jsteele

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +24%

03-31-2013 19:47:55 | More by jsteele
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ferrettman687

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +24%

01-19-2013 03:53:32 | More by ferrettman687
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scott2269

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +24%

09-02-2013 13:01:19 | More by scott2269
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generallee

New York

4.47/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 1 pint 6oz bottle into a chalice. The label gives a nice description of the beer and the year it was bottle-conditioned in (2009) but there is no mention of its ABV%.

Appearance: Its body has a deep warm reddish color with a small light tan head on top. This slowly fades to thick ring with a wispy thin island of foam in the middle. This makes some slick lacing on the glass.

Smell: There are lots of fruity and yeasty notes that offer hints of raison, dried apricot, caramelized malt and alcohol.

Taste/Palate: Its big full body has full smooth texture with lots of dark dried fruit notes, apricot, musty and bready yeast as well as dark caramelized almost chocolaty malts. There is an overall sweetness like Belgian sugar with a low hop presence.

Notes: Belgian Strong Dark Ales and Quadrupels are two of my favorite styles and this one did not disappoint.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2010 17:27:49 | More by generallee
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Goodnight Irene's...
Appears a hazy opaque dark russett with a small white head. Scattered bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of brown sugar, prunes, figs, vanilla, ripe bananas, caramel, raisins, and merlot wine.
Taste is of the aromas with flavorful punches of caramel, ripe fruit, plums, raisin bread, and a fortified wine. This one is seriously the beer equivalent of a port. Great stuff.
Mouthfeel is full bodied, sticky, juicy, sugary, and syrup like in the swallow. A bit of booze found in this one. I could only imagine what an aged sample would complex in 5, 10, even 15 years. Grandiose!

Serving type: on-tap

09-03-2010 21:14:58 | More by weeare138
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Smuttynose Gravitation (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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