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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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484 Ratings

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Ratings: 484
Reviews: 288
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 16.25%
Wants: 23
Gots: 32 | 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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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

09-09-2013 03:49:16 | More by Tsar_Riga
Photo of SirSketch


3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Blood red and murky colored with a husky head that sticks.

S - Loads of dark fruits, including raisin. Heavy bread dough, too. Alcohol is very apparent.

T - There is a real roller coaster ride of flavors! The raisin suggested in the aroma is there but not overpowering, along with a fruity sweetness similar to cherries. Slightly sour taste at times. The flavors masks the alcohol better than the aroma did.

M/D - Very sticky mouth feel after each sip welcomes the next one! The only downside is that it is so filling it is hard to finish.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2009 00:49:41 | More by SirSketch
Photo of Grinky


4.5/5  rDev +24%

04-20-2013 03:07:43 | More by Grinky
Photo of dreis


4/5  rDev +10.2%

06-15-2012 13:34:17 | More by dreis
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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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New York

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

10-06-2012 01:26:20 | More by jiffymon
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North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From notes:

Appearance: Poured a deep crimson read, clear, and with carbonation present. One finger light tan bubbly/foamy head, which reduced to a thin layer. Some lacing present.

Smell: Sweet (but with a hint of sourness) malts, slightly bready and yeasty. Alcohol nose comes right through. Very crisp, with light but sharp hops.

Taste: Sweet and oily hops come through. Tastes of dark fruit (grape/raisin) and brown sugar, with some pineyness. Didn't get too much of the malts though, taste seemed to be the reverse of the nose.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied and "tingly" in the mouth. Somewhat oily feeling.

Drinkability: Very good. An excellent sippin' beer. While its on the sweet side and not overall balanced, it still is very appealing. Interesting mouth feel.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2009 23:35:14 | More by jonziefle
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New Hampshire

3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a deep clear burgundy with a large foamy head. Solid retention and lacing.

S- Mild alcohol warmth. Dark sweet malt, fruit notes of plums, figs and raisins.

T- Sweet candy sugar, too much, it really overwhelmes everything else. A grassy hoppiness in the finish.

M- Sweet, slick and heavy. Way undercarbonated, almost flat.

D- Ok, a very mild brew.. It goes down easy but definitely a disappointment for a quad. This is like an overly sweetened dubbel.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2009 21:54:18 | More by JayNH
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

07-03-2013 02:16:05 | More by bwarren82
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New York

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

02-18-2013 20:43:32 | More by Roberto11232
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New York

2.53/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

22oz Bomber (label indicated that it was bottle conditioned in 2010) into a Balloon.

Picked this up at Finger Lakes Beverage Center, and was quite excited to do so. My mistake. This beer is a quad that hits like a Donker.

L: Dark dark brown. Somewhat clearish for a quad. Little head, disspiates with no lacing.

S: Single-mindedly sweet. Seriously nothing else going on in the nose outside of its sweetness.

T: Very, very sweet and warm. Finish burns (more than 12% should ... this thing burns more than the Avery Demon Ales), cherry hints in the far back.

F: Way, way too thin for a quad. Doesn't feel like a quad.

D: Not all that enjoyable. Way too sweet, impossible to finish a glass. Drinks like the Sarafijn Donker from Bruwerij Achilles, or a super-sweet nut-brown ... neither of those are compliments.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2010 19:54:34 | More by codewarrior
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North Carolina

3/5  rDev -17.4%

11-16-2011 02:20:10 | More by ewright
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Deep antique copper color, with a dark tan head that settles quickly.

S- Aromas of dark fruits (fig, date, raisin) and chocolate covered banana. Toffee, leather. cherries.

T- Rich, thick malt flavor, chocolate, dark fruits. A touch of salt.

M- Medium CO2, a touch of stickiness.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2012 18:04:02 | More by WhiteOak
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3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 22oz bomber into a goblet glass.

A: Dark amber color with a minimal light brown head. The head didn't last to long, but there is plenty of film left on the glass from each swirl and sip.

S: There are 2 very powerful and distinct noses pertruding from this glass. That of all the raisins and then of all the malts that are used. They both offer a sweet scent to the nose, but seem to conflict in being the dominant smell. Have a heavy sugar scent from the malts and a heavy fruity scent from the raisins. If there were some roasted malts in this I would think the attempt was to mimic chocolate covered raisins, but as it is it seems like the raisins were only coated with sugar.

T: Conflicted as the nose. Leaves a delightful after taste that makes you want to quickly take another pull.

M: Medium bodied with little trace of it ever being in there.

D: Will easily fit as a desert or with a meal beer. Multiple options with drinking this one.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2009 02:40:39 | More by bilyboy65
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New York

3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2010 batch

A: Merlot. No head to speak of. Looks flat, stoic, and solid.

S: Cherries, syrup, cognac, oak, aged american barleywine, chcolate cordials, and a lil booze.

T: This is a lot like a port wine: flat, even flavor, of rich dark fruits, warmth and spices. Otherwise - cherries, figs, wet temperate forest in the fall, followed by booze which starts to pierce over time

M: Flattish but holds up well. Carbonation is very low but still holds this beer up and is appropriate for this style

O: Not as vibrant as the aged on tap experiences I've had. I still love old malt bombs like this though, but BA has hardened my once happy go-lucky beer raving about common treats like this. From now on I'm waxing all of these as soon as I get them.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2012 05:38:45 | More by CharlieMurphy
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New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +10.2%

03-03-2013 02:19:13 | More by Johncnh
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New Hampshire

2.5/5  rDev -31.1%

11-20-2013 23:06:56 | More by RRC03
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New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +10.2%

11-26-2011 01:49:47 | More by 11millsown113
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2.83/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

from bomber into tulip very dark brown almost black. little to no head. smell is plum, spice, and bready. taste is a letdown. i get plum and spice immediately replaced by pretty harsh alcohol burn. great flavors are there but alcohol dominates.

mouthfeel is fine but feels a bit thin and flat compared to some of my other favorite quads. drinkability is a real big issue here as even having a full pint is a real struggle with the alcohol dominating.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2010 05:59:28 | More by pdoran10
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3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to my sister-in-law and her boyfriend for sharing this 22 oz bottle.

A: Ruby red with mahogany or cherry wood highlights and an off-white head.

S: Is that... bubble gum? Sweet with notes of floral hops and cherry.

T: Still getting a modest hit of bubble gum flavor on the initial taste. Light rum qualities intermingled with raisin. This 2011 bottle has an ABV of 12.5%, and while it's not that prevalent when cold, it REALLY kicks into high gear as this brew warms. Slight floral hoppiness gets overwhelmed as room temperature approaches.

M: Heavy and syrupy. You could practically spread this one on a sandwich. Carbonation is moderate and feels a little much for the style.

O: Only my second quad. I liked it, but wouldn't want more than 4-6 oz at a time in the future, and the only other quad I've ever had (Brewery Ommegang's) was better. Definitely share this one with friends. Way too much to have on your own, especially given that it's only available in bombers.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2011 03:48:47 | More by DirtyPenny
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4/5  rDev +10.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2009 00:45:36 | More by mhatters
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3.03/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber

A - hazy dark copper almost brown, very slight off-white head that stayed around for maybe a second, thin layer around the glass no lacing.

S - Wow, very rich; raisins, candied fruits, slight maltiness.

T - Too syrupy for me, very heavy, lots of candied fruit, alcohol is well hidden but you know it is there.

M - Heavy

O - Too rich for my taste

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2012 20:57:01 | More by stercomm
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4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Into a pint sized snifter.

Pours a deep dark garnet red topped with a khaki, crackly head, slowly disperses down to a slight covering.

Smell is of warm caramel, fresh figs, slight alcohol twinge,

Taste has alot going on, decent amount of residual sweetness, some cocoa, the caramel, again with the slight alcohol, but very well hidden, raisin, definate sucking on a penny flavor.

Feel could be a bit thicker, but not too off base, carbonation keeps the sweetness at bay. Drinkability is very good, not sure if I would want another in one night, but I'm enjoying the hell out of this one.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2009 07:05:54 | More by currysage1
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3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this brew a few times and finally got around to reviewing it. Poured from a 650 bottle into my Maudite snifter.

A--Deep amber hue with a little bit of head and lacing.

S--eh, kind of a medicinal smell to it, not great.

T--Nice, some sweetness you want from a good quad. Candi sugar and raisins are the big flavors to me.

M--good feel to it, solid.

D--I like this beer. I also like that I can get a bomber of this at my local bottle shop for 6.99, not a steal but good buy for a solid quad.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2010 01:23:53 | More by garbercury
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3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Bevdaddy for throwing this in with a trade!

A - Pours a beautiful, thick burgundy with a few bubbles which completely dissappear almost immediately.

S - very sweet, a touch boozy. Heavy molasses and raisin.

T - Lightly toasted malts, molasses, raisin, figs. Noticeable hop presence, very sweet and dry.

M - oily, creamy. Light carbonation. Highly drinkable.

I'm new to belgian style quadrupels, I generally shy away from the style, but this was an incredibly enjoyable brew, enough to keep me interested to try more quads in the future.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2010 05:23:32 | More by drewba
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