Smuttynose Gravitation (Big Beer Series) - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Smuttynose Gravitation (Big Beer Series)Smuttynose Gravitation (Big Beer Series)

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Ratings: 502
Reviews: 288
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 16.3%
Wants: 26
Gots: 37 | 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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4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gravitation poured into a glass is a deep brown that glows ruby when back lit. A small head forms initially and falls very quickly leaving little lacing, all as can be expected for a 12% ABV beer.

The aroma is a mix of alcohol and dark fruits like dried figs, dates and ripened plums.

The flavor is an intense but mellow blend of the aforementioned figs, plums and dried dates all in a dark malt redolent of spicy raisin bread soaked in rum. Alcohol is very prominent and with the clove spiciness of the yeast provides quite a bit of heat.

Mouthfeel is medium heavy, smooth and low in carbonation.

Quite the big beer and definitely not something to knock back quickly. This beer is meant to be sipped and savored. I like it but this is definitely a beer you have to be in the mood for.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yup, this is the real deal. A quadrupel through and trhough. If you expect a quad to be super heavy - loads of malt and alcohol, then this one delivers.

It has that belgian fruity malty yeasty thing going but good. Not much is disguised or subtle. It works better than some other recent tastes, which leads me to wonder what it would be like if I set a couple of these aside for a year, which I think I will do.

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4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle received in a trade. Bottle poured into a snifter.

A- Pours a very deep, almost what one would call an Autumnal burnt orange color with an extremely small amount of cream colored head that did not linger at all, dissipating to a thin ring around the edge of the glass.

S- Rum soaked raisins hit you in the face immediately. Other dark fruits are in the mix also, black cherries come to mind. Spicy Belgian yeast combined with insane amounts of candi sugar, and rich Belgian Specialty Malts give this one a rich, sweet smell with some alcohol considering the ABV.

T- Follows nose well. A rummy, raisin flavor is dominate. A nice rich, full beer here with lots of intense sweet flavors going on. A nice blend of spicy Belgian yeast, candi caramelized sugar, and rich dark fruits.

M- On the low side of full-bodied. Moderately low amount of carbonation. Huge amount of warming feeling from the 12.5% ABV.

O- Don't really understand the low score on this one. I think this is a solid Quad with an added bonus of the raisin puree. I think Smuttynose was simply playing with the dark fruit aspect of many a great Belgian Quads. That being said, this one is enjoyable to say the least. A must try? Maybe not, but a solid beer nonetheless.

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4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smuttynose Gravitation (Big Beer Series)
Smuttynose Brewing Company
Style: Quadrupel (Quad)
ABV: 8.50 %
reviewed 10/31/09 @ the JamMin Bar with friends.
22oz bomber courtesy of Jules...
snifter glass

4.0 across all categories
A solid example of the Quad style with the dark fruit notes to set it apart from an Imperial Stout. Full bodied and appropriatte to style.

Appearance is a a dark amber/coffe color with a satisfactory head and collar.
Smell is dark toffee, dark fruit, and subtle boozy-ness in aromas.
Tastes as it smells, with some hints of raisans, maple syrup and malt roasty-ness.
Mouthfeel is full body with medium-light carbonation.
Drinkability - hides the hig abv well, I appreciatte the Belgian dark fruit notes...

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish amber, with a frothy peach colored head. Some decent lacing left around the glass. An ear to the glass tells me this is a pretty well carbonated beer. Smells of peach, nectarine, citrus fruits. Something tells me this is going to be a big sweet malt bomb.

This beer is big on sweet and big on fruity flavors. Tastes of plum, raisin, and some sort of tropical flavor, almost like the strawberry-kiwi juice blends you can buy in the store. Just a hint of hop kick at the end helps ground the flavor, so that the sweetness doesn't become unbearable. The big malt presence just lingers in the throat and on the tongue after, but the fairly high carbonation keeps it feeling fresh. It's actually a pretty light body for the style, much lighter than I'm used to. It's not the highest in alcohol for a beer like this, but still, what it carries is almost undetectable. This is a dangerously drinkable beer, and another solid offering from Smutty. To me, it doesn't really go beyond solid, it's good but not great. It just lacks those extra layers of complexity a great Quad should bear. For a Quad-lite, it is a great introduction to the style.

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4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle at 52 degress.

Pours hazy mahogany with a ruby tinge. A half inch head of beige rose up in the goblet before receding to a partial skim coat on the surface. A few errant dots of lacework throughout the glass.

Aromatics lead off with candied figs, dried plums, rum-drizzeled grape jam, and sugar-dusted raisins. Malt-laced cotton candy and a hint of roast follows through.

Medium bodied with a slightly chewy, tacky mouthfeel. Creamy and velvety.

Sweet malt, caramelized sugars, dark fruits, and grape jam start the palate. Fresh figs, date flesh, and sugared raisins follow through.

Finishes with sweet, dark fruits, malt-drizzeled bubblegum, and candied cherries.

Plenty of quad character here. The carbonation is low for style and the brew needs to dry up quite a bit.
Big hopes for cellarabilty though.

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4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Diuvel glass

Poured a chestnut brown, hazy, almost ruby colored when helo up to the light, a thin off-white head sits on top

Lots of raisin and dark fruit in the nose, yeasty, with a hint of cooked chocolate.

Warm, inviting flavor. Very deep, the fruit and chocolate notes marry well. A bit caramel, but not too sweet at all.

The sharp carbonation with very small bubbles was very enjoyable. Light and refreshing, easily drinkable, I could hit this all day

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gots me a 22oz bomber at my local Shaws for $4.99... let's go!!

I poured the Grav into a DT tulip... Color is a deep, rubyish hue...dense and opaque yet clear, with garnet tinges. Head was thin and light beige in color, mostly congregating around the rim. There's some lace, but it's restrained. Nose has some sweetness, and some rich fruitiness. Has a solid body, with a fairly smooth passage over the palate.

Flavor is also on the sweet side... lots of dark fruit, raisiny, maybe some plum, almost grapey... sugary but not entirely cloying. Maybe that sweetness will ebb a tad in time. Right now? Pretty good; I won't turn this one away..


look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | drink: 4


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Smuttynose Gravitation (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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