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Smuttynose Gravitation (Big Beer Series) - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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

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Ratings: 472
Reviews: 286
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 16.25%

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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Photo of Axnjxn

North Carolina

4.04/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Sam's in Durham. Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a cloudy amber color with a slight head. Not at all what i was expecting a quad to look like. Smell is traditional quad... dark fruits, not too huge but complexity is apparent. Taste follows suit, dark fruit - plums, grapes. No alcohol present, extremely impressive for 11.5%. I quite dig this one. Feel is appropriate, medium bodied with medium-low carbonation. No problem drinking this one.

Overall a very good quad that is taste appropriate. If youre in the mood for a complex belgian style, this one wont disappoint.

Serving type: on-tap

06-12-2013 01:20:42 | More by Axnjxn
Photo of smcolw


3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark amber and quite cloudy. Small, but steady head. Good ring lace.

Too much of a dishwasher smell to give a fair review. But let's see if we can get past that. My I initial impression is of beer that emphasizes the malty and the Belgian yeast flavors. Strong alcohol finish.

First impression is the presence of the Belgian yeast, strong and potent. Highly carbonated, with a round, almost skim milk consistency. Very much like the traditional Belgian Pale Ale. The finish is mildly sweet with a strong alcohol presence.

Serving type: on-tap

02-04-2013 00:31:21 | More by smcolw
Photo of Stinkypuss


3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Gravitation (Big Beer Series)
Smuttynose Brewing Company
Style: Quadrupel (Quad)
ABV: 12.00 %

LOOK: Clear dark brown colored brew, off white head.

SMELL: Dark fruits, Belgian ale yeast, lofty alcohol, hops.

TASTE: Raisin, fig, date notes all over the place. Malts are like a raisin ginger bread profile. Spicy alcohol, nice fruit notes, low bitterness.

FEEL: Full bodied, good level of carbonation, dark fruits in the semi dry finish.

OVERALL: The flavor of this beer is quite nice. Hits the dark fruit belgian dark flavor very nicely. A more than acceptable Quad.

Serving type: on-tap

04-22-2012 22:56:44 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of Vonerichs


3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Oswego Taphouse.

Cloudy copper body with a respectable off-white head.

Smells heavily of raisins, dates, and toffee.

The flavor has a ton of raisin and dates. It gets a bit messy and abrasive in the middle and is boozy.

Mouthfeel is syrupy and astringent.

Overall, just ok. It's a bit rough at times.

Serving type: on-tap

01-15-2012 03:13:55 | More by Vonerichs
Photo of 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
Photo of drpimento


3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served with a nice, tan, thick, foamy head that subsides after a bit to a ring and islands. Color is a hazy dirty copper. Aroma is malt, fruit, yeast, caramel, toffee. Flavor is massively malt/fruit sweet with a little bitterness and very little carbonic tang. Body is full, round, lush but carbonation is kinda flat. Finish is like flavor with a big alcohol warming factor.

Serving type: on-tap

10-29-2011 20:52:20 | More by drpimento
Photo of mdfb79

New York

4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap tonight at Rustico in Arlington, VA at their Smuttynose Rare Beer event. Poured into a snifter. 2009 vintage.

a - Pours a deep darkreddish brown color with one inch of light tan head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of cherries, malts, bready malts, and dark fruits. Little bit tart and a little bit sour.

t - Tastes of slightly sour cherries and dark fruits, as well as light bread. Really enjoying the sour notes that have come in the taste.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

o - Overall a very good beer. Very tart cherry now, especially in the taste. Not sure how it is fresh, but this batch is tasting awesome. Had 2 glasses of it and would like to try it again.

Serving type: on-tap

07-28-2011 01:49:45 | More by mdfb79
Photo of Gehrig


4.35/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap at the brilliant Blind Pig, on a very cold night after working a radio show.

One finger of off-white foam topped a rather cloudy reddish-amber body; moderate duration and modest lacing make this rather average, especially for a Quad. The nose is much better, rather vinous, but also with orange peel, bready malt, some dark chocolate, and dashes of ginger and pepper.

Excellent taste--full and complex without overwhelming. It's not a brash Quad, but is instead lively. Rather fruity and especially rife with grape, which adds a distinct and enjoyable sweet-and-sour dynamic. Some citrus emerges as well, with a bit of caramel and chocolate. The alcohol certainly protrudes in the second half, rendering this a bit of a sipper near the finish. Yet Gravitation is highly enjoyable, maintaining a good, steady effervescence combined with a smooth, malty texture, with more than ample flavor.

Terrific Quad, Gravitation is packed with flavor and enough complexity to impress. Well worth a go, it more than holds its own as a fine representative of the style. One of the best offerings from Smuttynose.

Serving type: on-tap

02-09-2011 07:31:51 | More by Gehrig
Photo of weeare138


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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4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Leon's Full Service in Atlanta.

Pours a slightly hazy dark brown color with a half-finger tan head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of dark malts with good amounts of sugar-coated dark fruits - raisins, prunes, and figs. Also present are hints of toasted malts with even lighter hints of grainy cocoa powder.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Sweet dark malt flavors with hints of grainy toastiness kick things and are joined quickly by large amounts of dark fruit flavors - raisins, prunes, and figs, as in the aroma. Near the end of the sip very slight hints of chocolate flavors work their way into things before fading out into a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass without any problems and could have another.

Overall this isn't quite up there with the big boys as far as the style goes but it's a solid take. Worth a shot.

Serving type: on-tap

08-04-2010 00:24:53 | More by glid02
Photo of TommyW


3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Deep purples and brown body with no head present.

S- Faint dark fruit aroma, not much else there.

T- Dark fruit and brown sugar balanced nicely with lots of medicinal flavors and yeast notes. Dry finish with a touch of lingering sweetness.

M- Medium to full body with a almost syrupy feel.

D- The appearance and nose were a little off for me, but the taste was really impressive; very well balanced and enjoyable.

Serving type: on-tap

07-03-2010 03:02:28 | More by TommyW
Photo of jpro

South Carolina

3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at dd Peckers -

Wow, this brew looks pretty nice in the glass: deep mahogany with a light tan / off-white head. Looks pretty delicious -

Aroma was not quite as full as I was expecting. Some light touches of sweet malts, raisiny, figs, sweet!

Taste was very complex, but from what I could glean: dark fruits, black cherry, raisins; finish was molasses and maybe a touch of maple syrup in the long-lasting, sweet finish.

Mouthfeel was pretty full-bodied, mouth coating and sweet (see maple syrup finish above!)

Probably not something to drink a lot of in one sitting, but definitely a nice and interesting change of pace. Very pleasing -

Serving type: on-tap

06-08-2009 04:55:27 | More by jpro
Photo of mltobin


3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap at Monster B`s in Stamford, Connecticut.

The color is a dark red and brown mix with a one finger head.
The smell is sugary, with some different spices, like cinnamon.
Taste is brown sugar, malts, raisins. Mouthfeel is rich with a lot of flavors on my palate, abv does show itself on the aftertaste, this is a sipper. This is a good beer overall, glad that I tried it.

Serving type: on-tap

05-30-2009 01:01:04 | More by mltobin
Photo of talkinghatrack

New Jersey

3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On draft at Ginger Man, from notes.

a - This one arrived right after a discussion of how my group generally liked strong belgians but the really dark ones tend to lead to hangovers. And go figure - this one is pitch black! No head.

s - light raisin with some light alcohol.

t - honey, molasses, raisin. Very sweet. Some coffee bitterness.

d - ABV only hits at the end. Good masking overall but a heavy beer to session. Kinda harsh on the finish until you adjust to it.

Serving type: on-tap

04-23-2009 18:45:11 | More by talkinghatrack
Photo of bonbini26

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ the Ginger Man 4-10-09

A: dark ruby red/brown color, a little cloudy with a small white head and intermediate lacing

S: Sweet, sugary, raisin with some belgian yeast

T: Dominated by sweet, sugary burnt raisins, with a spicy Belgian yeast at the end with other spices such as licorice and clove

M: Smooth and rich, very nicely balanced

D: Pretty easy drinking given the alcohol content, I think I actually like this one better than Dogfish Rasion D'etre

Serving type: on-tap

04-10-2009 20:24:31 | More by bonbini26
Photo of johnmichaelsen


3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours a dark brown color with good head retentiona and lacing. On the nose, I get quite a bit brown suggar and molasses, with a hint of vanilla and underlying spice. On the palate, this beer is pretty rich and sweet, with chocolate, cherry, vanilla and a touch of coffee. Mouthfeel is rich, long, soft and creamy. Alcohol is pretty well disguised, though you can tell it's up there a bit. However, the excessive sweetness hurt this beer's drinkability just a bit.

Still, all things considered, this is a pretty tasty beer from Smuttynose. Not bad at all.

Serving type: on-tap

03-22-2009 18:49:59 | More by johnmichaelsen
Photo of 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
Photo of auxiliary

Rhode Island

3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

appearance - Brownish color with a small head.

smell - Some caramel and alcohol smells here.

taste - Some caramel and brown sugar, followed by some bitterness.

mouthfeel - Medium-full body.

drinkability - Not bad beer, worth a try, didn't wow me in any way.

Serving type: on-tap

03-01-2009 03:47:18 | More by auxiliary
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Rhode Island

3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this at Track 84. Served in a tulip ($4 pour). Appearance was similar to grape cola, with a quarter inch off-white head that dissipated into a thin, fairly consistent slick. Nose was dark fruit - fairly subdued. Taste revealed dark fruit and cocoa. Mouthfeel was medium-bodied and very effervescent, which placed it a little off-style in my opinion. This is a very flavorful quad. Perhaps lacking in some of the complexity associated with the style, but I applaud Smuttynose for the fact that they consistently put out great offerings. Well worth your time.

Serving type: on-tap

02-22-2009 15:45:43 | More by Jwale73
Photo of Hojaminbag


3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This sucker only has a small head that disappears immediately and doesn't leave behind much (if any lacing). The body is a mahoganey hue with tints of ruby and amber in the light. At first I really didn't think I was served the correct beer because of the head, but after sampling it I knew that no mistake was made.

Smell is pretty sweet. Lots of dark fruit going on here: raisins, plum, some cherry, maybe even some grape. All backed up by a slight biscuity aroma.

Not surprisingly, this is definitely on the sweet side of quads. The dark fruit once again dominates with accents of raisin, plum and cherry. There is also a sweetness that tastes like candied sugar to me. The biscuity malt that backed up the sweetness in the smell is stronger in the flavor, which is a good thing because it helps balance out the flavor nicely. Sweet, but not a bad quad.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium to low carbonation. Nothing exceptional, but once again, not bad.

Pretty good drinkability. Overall, a decent beer that I could see being better in about 6 months.

Serving type: on-tap

02-08-2009 15:59:40 | More by Hojaminbag
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3.89/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22 oz brown bottle - label notched 2011

Smuttynose Gravitation Belgian Quad filled my snifter with a dark rust color and produced a small 1/4 finger tan head that dissipated quickly. Spotty lacing was present as the ale was consumed. The nose was dominated by dark fruit and raisins. The taste was malt dominated with raisins, and toffee in the forefront followed by a little fruitiness from the yeast. A pleasant alcohol warming is present at the finish. Mouth feel is smooth, fuller bodied with low-medium carbonation.

Gravitation is a good American quad - it is a sipper for sure.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2014 15:51:50 | More by bushbeer75
Photo of Boto


4.28/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bomber: This one pours a darker caramel color. There was almost no head or lacing on it. Nice nose. Yeast, spices, caramel, dark fruits. The taste is very good. Some sweet caramel malt, raisin, bready, and a hint of roast and chocolate. Smooth. A very nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2014 14:59:35 | More by Boto
Photo of bnes09


3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Deep caramel color. Hazy with a few yeast flakes. Thin, creamy head leaves a ring around the glass. Small lines of lace.

Fruity, yeasty aroma. Slightly acidic. Caramel and brown sugar.

Rich, sweet malt character. Caramel and molasses. Figs and raisins. Acidic apple cider. Leafy, herbal, oily hop character. Finishes with high ester levels.

Full bodied. Dense, yeasty texture. Low carbonation.

Descent quad. A little high on the acid and ester qualities but overall, pretty solid.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2014 01:30:50 | More by bnes09
Photo of Paymygasbill77


2.4/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

A- Poured from bomber that was bottle-conditioned in 2013. I poured the beer into a short yard glass. It pours a caramel brown with lots of carbonation. The head dissipates quickly.

S- straight raisins and alcohol. Nothing else.

T - Yuck! Raisins and alcohol with a bit of salt? Over time it does mellow out and allows some dark fruit to come through.

m- Chewy and thick with a slickness on the tongue. Some mild carbonation allows the beer to cut some of the thickness.

O- This isn't that great. I bet that it would mellow out and allow the flavors to marry after a year or so. If you decide to get this bottle, make sure you sit on it for a while before you drink it.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2013 21:08:32 | More by Paymygasbill77
Photo of DeFaz


2.05/5  rDev -43.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.75

Appearance: Pours a light brown color with a medium head. Fair retention and decent lacing.

Smell: Alcohol (and a lot of it), raisins, figs, random fruit. Very (too) sweet smelling.

Taste: I'm new to quads, but this is simply disgusting. I appreciate the effort to make such a big beer, but the raisins go too far, the alcohol is 12% and tastes like 12%, and nothing is there to balance the over the top sweetness.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is pretty good, as the beer is somewhat sticky but avoids being too much so given the unchecked sweetness. Thickness is medium and carbonation is low/medium.

Overall: This is one of few beers that I simply have to dump out. As others have said, it is a mess. A 12% ABV beer can work only if there is balance, and the effort here to conceal the alcohol with the super sweet raisin and fig flavors creates an unpleasant experience. There are 80 proof liquors that don't taste this alcoholic.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2013 23:19:37 | More by DeFaz
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Smuttynose Gravitation (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 472 ratings.