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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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BA SCORE
82
good

473 Ratings
THE BROS
70
okay

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Ratings: 473
Reviews: 287
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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

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

Thick and brown, but this is not the best representative of my favourite style. A certain richness from the raisins, but not overly complex. Still good drinkability.Maybe this is unfair, but men should not consume raisins as it is not easy to get rid of the iron.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2010 05:22:54 | More by Sammy
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

"Gravitation is not responsible for people falling in love."

--Isaac Newton

Roasted pecan brown with generous orange highlights... that becomes sun-fired scarlet when the glass is held up to the bright afternoon outside my front window. A thick chunk of sandstone colored froth rests atop the beer, while thick streamers of sudsy lace melt too quickly for my liking.

The nose is pleasant, but that's as far as it goes. Quadrupel would not have been among my first several guesses, largely due to a lack of power and distinctiveness. Caramel malt and a medium-dark fruitiness are noted. Almost no appreciable alcohol is a good thing... and almost no Belgian yeastiness is a bad thing.

The bottom line is that Smuttynose Gravitation is not a very good Belgian-style quadrupel. Like the nose, the flavor doesn't have the power, personality and complexity that the best versions have in spades. With more than two months to go before its first birthday, age shouldn't have taken much of a toll. So why does it taste like it has?

I have no idea if 200 lbs of raisins per batch is a lot of raisins or not. That said, this is far from the raisiniest beer that I've ever had. They do add a sticky sweetness, which could also be coming from dark candi sugar. Other flavors include cherries and figs soaked in dark rum and toffee sauce. A serious shortage of Belgian yeast esters is unfortunate.

Warming brings just enough flavor amplification to allow the next highest taste score to be granted. Don't get me wrong, though. The beer still needs a major overhaul. One highlight is that this Big Beer Series beer has a Big Beer mouthfeel. It's at least medium-full and has the understated carbonation that I prefer.

The good thing about first efforts is that changes can be made. This January 2009 brew was an okay jumping off point, but the brewers need to do a little Belgian-style brewing homework before they pass the quadrupel test with flying colors. Here's hoping that Smuttynose recognizes Gravitation's shortcomings and makes the necessary tweaks. Thanks to biegaman for the bomber.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2009 21:59:07 | More by BuckeyeNation
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got this one as an extra in a trade recently. One of the new big ones I had a chance to try. I had heard mixed things about this one but wanted to make my own opinion of it to be honest. Served at cellar temp and poured into a goblet, this one was enjoyed on 04/28/2009.
 
The pour was by far the best part here. Deep, dark, garnet in color with a nearly opaque consistency to it. Rich looking head on here, maybe two inches in total height that would just not budge for anything. This thing hung around almost the entire session, and when it did drop down it left soo much side glass lacing it was just insane. Rich, caramel malt led aroma was very sweet, almost akin to a wee heavy for me to be honest. It was very interesting how this one was put together. Some dark fruits, figs, prunes to be sure coming up as it warms, and some light and delicate spices work their way up toward the surface. Seriously nice touches here of earthy tones as I take the first sip. Very rich and smooth with a tremendous amount of sweetness and caramel malts. Great feel, very full with a nearly perfect carbonation level to it and the ABV all but off the map.
 
Overall I thought this was outstanding. Easily one of the smoothest and most drinkable I have run across in the style. I guess when taken into context it is a bit off from some of the big Quads out there, but I really feel that this was very, very well done.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2009 13:36:17 | More by mikesgroove
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2009 bottling

Appearance: Pours a cloudy mahogany with an unimpressive head (for a Belgian style); spots of lace

Smell: Jammy combination of cherry, raisin and plum with undertones of caramel and candi sugar

Taste: Sweet, raisin and cherry tones dominate up front (with the 200 pounds of raisin puree coming through); the other fruit and caramel flavors burst through, as well, though the flavors are rather jammy; after the swallow, the complexity fails to develop - just the sweet, jammy flavors that persist into the finish

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Not really a quad and a bit too sweet and jammy to be really enjoyable; some recipe tweaking would be in order

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2010 21:31:36 | More by brentk56
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

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

Bottle: Poured a deep copper color ale with a huge light brown foamy head with good retention and good lacing. Aroma of dry fruit (figs and raisins) with some rum notes and some candi sugar. Taste is a well balance mix between some candi sugar, some dry fruits and some rum notes with a great malt backbone. Body is little bit hint for the style with good carbonation and no hints of alcohol. Very well done but I thought the candu sugar was a little bit too upfront and some additional body would have brought this to classic level.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2009 02:36:37 | More by Phyl21ca
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of acjohnst. Served in a tulip.

Pours a somewhat-strange purplish-red color with a bit of muddiness in there. Bit of a creamy head with some moderate lacing. The nose is actually quite nice with a good amount of sweetness, booze, and dark fruits. A bit of molasses there as well. The taste falls back a bit from here and doesn't offer all that much. A bit of alcohol. The body is fairly full with low-ish levels of carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good. Nothing really stands out in this one, though there aren't any glaring defects either.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2011 02:22:41 | More by Thorpe429
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metter98

New York

3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is hazy garnet in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin ring of beige bubbles around the edge of the glass. A close inspection of the surface reveals very delicate lacy patterns of bubbles.
S: The nose has aromas of raisins and notes of plums along with some hints of alcohol.
T: The taste has a light to moderate amount of sweetness. Flavors of raisins stand out however these are not overpowering because they balanced by the underlying malts. Some hints of alcohol are perceptible in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a light amount of carbonation. No stickiness is noticeable, although the beer feels slightly thicker as it warms up. Warming sensations from the alcohol are present in the finish.
D: Surprisingly, this beer is very drinkable for the style and its high amount of alcohol content--the body isn't very heavy and the alcohol is well masked from the taste.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2011 04:33:32 | More by metter98
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

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

Appearance: Pours a near opaque, reddish-brown body with a thinnish, beige head.

Smell: Sweet-smelling, fruity nose of complimentary fruit trays, toasted sugar-coated bread, and dark caramel. Slight hints of good, clean alcohol.

Taste: Richly sweet, bready upfront maltiness quickly followed by a veritable blast of fruity flavors: raisins, dates (you eat'm!), cherries, and even a little bit of banana. Very tiny pinch of mulling spices. There's a recovery of malts with tastes of caramel and brown sugar. Mild transitional bitterness. A bit more candy. Warming, fruity finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Whaddya know, that's pretty good. A lovely, sweet, fruity beer from the fine folks over at Smuttynose.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2009 23:09:13 | More by ChainGangGuy
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TMoney2591

Illinois

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

Served in a St. Bernardus goblet.

Poor Icharus. This beer pours a foggy blood-amber topped by...well, there's not really a head here, more a mere rump congregation of disparate bubbles. And things begin not with a bang, but a whimper... The nose comprises raisins, figs, nutmeg, rye bread, and a pinch of brown sugar. If these smells were more pronounced, things would be better, but at least we're moving in the right direction now. These elements are all there on the tongue, as well, joined by a healthy booziness and some light cranberries. It's like biting into a slighty toasted Fig Newton that's been dipped in some schnapps. It's good, but not all that much in the grand scheme of quads. The body is a very heavy medium, bordering on a light heavy, with a light carbonation and a fairly chewy feel. Overall, a decent quad, but not very high above average at all. A disappointment, to be sure.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2010 06:46:20 | More by TMoney2591
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

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

Poured into a large tulip-shaped glass, Gravitation is almost black in color beneath a short head of densely creamy tan. When held to the light it reveals clear highlights of ruby and dark mahogany. The head retention is limited, as is the lacing. Normally, at 8.5% a little leeway would be given, but there's more than enough sugary malt here to keep it aloft, and to leave the walls of the glass coated in sticky lace. One factor that may be contributing, however, is its delicate carbonation. It's soft and smooth, probably below 2.5 volumes, and combined with the full body it's really nice. So there's at least that trade off. Appearance is probably the least important aspect of a beer anyway.

The nose is slightly limited as well, given its girth, but it expresses dark fruit, a hint of wine, milk chocolate, and delicate spice mixed with powdered cocoa.

The flavor is much fuller than the aroma lets on, and it's quite dense. The flavors are really supple, and far from over-done. They combine really nicely, and although that somewhat cuts down on the complexity wherein different flavors appear at different times in the mouth, this still works. You just have to pay attention because they're not just handed right to you. It's not bombastic, but still rich. It's mainly sweet and somewhat bready with brown sugar, gentle caramel, and hints of soft chocolate or cocoa. But it's also fruity with plum, juicy apple, raisin, some tropical fruit (suggestions of orange, mango, coconut) and some dark skinned bitterness. Delicate spices (very subtle clove, black cardamom, white pepper, and cinnamon - maybe even a caraway seed or two) balance it. Leafy and somewhat floral hops lay in the background (they sometimes appear herbal, but I think they just appear that way in conjunction with the malt and yeast). The alcohol is not at all noticeable; and the bitterness lays beneath the surface with just enough presence to keep everything taut.

As to drinkability, it's certainly impressive. It's readily accessible, if a little bit sweet at first, but then again, it is a kind of a sipper as well, and that sweetness IS balanced. The strength is present but not overwhelming; and it's rich enough and complex enough to keep you coming back to it time and time again. They could have easily gone overboard with this one, but instead they kept everything reigned in and focused, and that seems to be something that's kind of out-the-door with U.S. brewers these days. Superb!

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2009 03:29:42 | More by NeroFiddled
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MasterSki

Illinois

2.63/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Thanks to AgentZero for sharing. 2010 vintage, served in a Westvleteren chalice.

A - Pours with a quick-dissolving dime of foam that leaves an incomplete ring and a few bubbles. Initially a semi-transparent cherry red color, although later pours get progressively hazier.

S - Booze! I'm usually immune, but this has fairly present fusel alcohol and solvent notes. Once you get past that, there is fruity and spicy yeast characters, as well as some candi sugar, dark fruits, apples, and medicinal brandy.

T - Taste is a little more raisin-oriented, which shouldn't be surprising considering the volume of raisins added. There's some light mineral qualities, followed by a boozy solvent finish. Not as complex as the aroma.

M - Alcohol warmth galore. Low carbonation verging on syrupy, smooth medium body that seems a little undersized for 12%.

D - It was a struggle for Mike and I to finish this, although I eventually manned up and got the job done. Not something I would have again, although there is a serious dearth of good American quads.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2010 03:10:34 | More by MasterSki
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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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emerge077

Illinois

4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a chalice. Deep reddish auburn color, fading into orange around the lower meniscus of the glass. A thin layer of light tan foam forms on the surface, leaving spotty bits of lace strewn about the sides. Foam dissipates soon, leaving a glassy surface with a thinly broken veil across it.

Rich aromas of moist banana bread, walnuts and pecans, dates. Wow, this is really something... need to let it warm up to fully appreciate.

Equally rich flavors, some velvety maltiness and dried fruits like dates, banana, sultanas. Nutty almond, walnut, and pecan flavors too. Feel is rich, medium bodied with lower carbonation. Dry finish with lingering toffee and raisin/sultana flavors. Not at all cloying. Alcohol does creep up a bit, leaving a warming sting. This eventually limits drinkability, but it's likely best shared anyway. $7 bomber is a deal.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2011 01:15:25 | More by emerge077
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours brown hued mahogany with a pinky of tan head. Average lacing & head retention

S: Oakyness, figs & brown sugar

T: Figs, raisins, jammyness & persimmons up front along with some dryness. A bit of booze sneaks in as this warms, a fig bushel, along with brown sugar dryness, leafy hops & a touch of singed caramel apple. Finishes with a hint of smokeyness, a bit of bubblegum, warming booze, oakyness

MF: Meduim bodied, smooth, dry & becomes chewy/warming as it warms

Drinks alright, the dryness does slow me down though, along with too much figgyness. Not a bad effort, just didn't floor me

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2009 05:05:56 | More by russpowell
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WesWes

New York

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

The beer pours a translucent dark brown color with a 1/2" tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a nice roasted character with some rainsy aroma. It's dry with some warming in the nose. The taste is decent as well. It has a rich, roasted character with some Belgian yeast esters in the finish. It's not like most quads on the market. It's borderline imperial stout/barleywine. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with some prickly carbonation. This is a drinkable beer, but I'm not too high on the malt bill.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2009 22:40:46 | More by WesWes
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Mora2000

Texas

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

Thanks for jwc215 for sending this bottle to me.

The beer pours reddish-brown with a tan head. The aroma is brown sugar, dark fruit and caramel malt. The flavor is heavy on the raisins and is very sweet. There is also a lot of vanilla in the flavor. Other dark fruit is apparent as well. The beer is very sweet overall but doesn't really have any of the Belgian character you expect from a quadrupel. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A pretty good beer, but not really a classic quadrupel.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2010 21:25:23 | More by Mora2000
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz. bottle - poured into SN Big Series glass, 2009 bottling:

Pours dark garnet witha promising head that soon falls to hardly a wisp. Virtually no lacing sticks. Nice color, though.

The smell is of dark fruits covered by alcohol. A bit of dark bread is there.

The taste is dark fruits, esp. raisins (no surprise, as raisin puree has been added. Very sweet - almost in that "artificial fruit" sense. Booze is certainly hot and in the front - I would have guessed higher than 8.5%. Chocolate comes through as it progresses. Sweetness balanced (barely) by a touch of medicinal herb.

It is thick and sticky, yet it does have carbonation, giving some creaminess. Sticky sweetness and alcohol numb the tongue. Oddly, it seems to have less of a body as it progresses, but doesn't fall lower than full side of medium. Not too happy with lingering fruity cough medicine aftertaste.

I would have been happy splitting this one with a friend. It's not bad - interesting - I think the "interesting" part keeps it going, because it is just doesn't "do it" for me. It is raisiny and boozy, but not in the "Raison d'Extra" way - though it wasn't going for that. It does seem, by the indication on the bottle, to go for a Belgian quad style. Not really catching that, either, though.

I can see "mixed opinions" here. So, I would recommend splitting with a friend before going it alone. Also, aging might take some of the raw heat off, which would probably be helpful.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2009 04:42:29 | More by jwc215
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

3.74/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Super sweet chewy beer, let it age. That's the short review. Appears a deep amber highlighted golden hue with khaki head forming thick head clings evenly to the sides of the glass. Aroma has deep fruit, think ripened apricot, figs, and in this beer's case loads of pureed raisin. A bit of alcohol on the nose, brightens things up a bit let's you know what your dealing with a big ass Belgian style Quad...to balance out the sweetness I'm smoking a RoMa Craft Anthropology, Nicaraguan rolled big ass cigar to bring some earthy spice, black pepper, and leather into the mix it really let's the beer shine the contrast between dark earthy tobacco leaves and these dark fruit elements I speak of. Flavor of the quad is super sweet it just sits on the sides of the tongue, it's big chewy and flavorful in the back end be ready for some alcohol to add to the depth. This bottle I bought for $6.50 needs to be laid down for a year at least, it's still a bit hot and I believe the overwhelming layers of sweetness will mellow out. Body is big bodacious and heavily filled with residual sugars on the palate, it's big and definitely burns and warms your chest with each sip. Overall I suggest getting some 2013 now and sitting on it for future use, great beer now will only get better with some mellowing.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2013 03:35:41 | More by WVbeergeek
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Gavage

New Jersey

4.18/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a brown color with some softer mahagony highlights.Short 1/4" head lingers a bit.

Smell: caramel, brown sugar, and soft alcohol tones are easily detectable.

Taste: follows the nose as brown sugar, caramel, raisins, prunes, and warming alcohol are up front. A hint of chocolate shows up late in the finish. Bitterness balances out the sweetness.

Mouthfeel: heavy in body. Smooth from start to finish. Aftertaste is surprisingly short.

Drinkability: nice for the style but the one bomber bottle is enough for a session. Better to share this one with a friend. Great flavor - try this one.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2009 14:25:17 | More by Gavage
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smcolw

Massachusetts

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
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tempest

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bomber at Abe's Cold Beer for $7.50. This is a uniquely American quad. It's a world away from St. Bernardus or Westvletern, but somewhat similar to Avery's the Reverend. Like the Smuttynose Saison, there's a thick, powerful kick of phenols that borders on medicinal, but is largely clove. The fruit flavor are interesting, with a mix of strawberry juice, dates, and blackberries. Once the punch subsided, a clean, dry cocoa flavor kicks in that's unusal, but not unwelcome. Good points for drinkability too. Worth a try if you're an open-minded drinker.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2009 22:05:03 | More by tempest
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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
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

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

Thanks to tai4ji2x for this bomber bottle.

A: The quad is a dark brown color, murky and forboding. When I hold the glass up to a light, deep red colors become evident. The head was small on pour and is a stagnant thin band atop the beer.

S: The ale is very sweet, practically raisin juice with some booze. The sweetness masks the yeast profile and thick malts nicely.

T: Man, this is sweet. The raisins dominate the taste with a burnt sugar sweetness. Under the raisins, a thick malt base and Belgian yeast linger. Brown sugar and cloves are evident, along with boozy warmth. As the quad warms, additional spices emerge, with a touch of vanilla, licorice and candi sugar.

M: The mouthfeel is tainted by the raisins. They are sweet, soooey! The spice profile takes a little while to emerge but it compliments the raisins.

D: I'll be lucky to finish off the bomber. The sweetness coupled with the booze is almost too much.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2009 01:53:24 | More by akorsak
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Billolick

New York

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

Bomber bottle, 2009 notched on the label. Pours very dark mahogany with a fairly quickly departing medium khaki head. A gentle swirl reveals strands of stringy lace. Nose is of ripe fruits. One sip reveals the oncoming problem with this beer...its sickly sweet, yikes...notes of sweet jam, and sugary malts. Usually a fan of the style but this lacks the interest and balance of the all stars of the style. The fact that I tried some Southampton Abbot 12 this afternoon did not bode well for this selection. Another sip confirms my feelings, too sweet for my liking. Doubt I would give this one another try

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2009 02:15:44 | More by Billolick
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a chalice)

A- This beer pours a dense glowing auburn body with a yellowish-tan head that bubbles away even with the support of a slow motion sea of microbubbles.

S- The woody banana ester aroma finishes with a big circus peanut finish that grows into a hair perm aroma as the beer opens up.

T- The dry toffee, honey malt and woody yeast esters have a circus peanut note and dried fruity flavor in the finish with a bitter and some what brassy character that lingers. There is a fusel alcohol that really grows as the beer opens.

M- The medium-full mouthfeel has an alcohol warmth that is full and lingers at each sip.

O- This beer has a big yeast character and some nice malt support with a full alcohol heat that is not harsh but dominates.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2012 18:11:52 | More by rhoadsrage
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Smuttynose Gravitation (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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