Smuttynose Gravitation (Big Beer Series) - Smuttynose Brewing Company
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3.63/5 rDev 0%
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.
02-20-2014 01:30:50 | More by bnes09
2.4/5 rDev -33.9%
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.
11-23-2013 21:08:32 | More by Paymygasbill77
2.05/5 rDev -43.5%
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.
11-16-2013 23:19:37 | More by DeFaz
2.65/5 rDev -27%
I'm assuming this is the 2013 vintage. Thickly pours a thin light tan head over a cloudy dark copper liquid. Smells hay, belgian phenolic spicy, candi-sugar, fig, green raisin, green apple, oregano, pancake batter.
Tastes potently belgian yeast spicy, herbal, apricot & tropical fruity, with some light caramel. Ends with a peppery zip. Clean alcohol sting is drying and digs a small amount into the overly sweet malt. It's not cloying, due to the spicy and alcohol, but it's not far from it. Medium thick in the mouth with modest carbonation. Too much for this to be an abbey ale, perhaps a trippel in the malt profile?
10-19-2013 05:31:04 | More by mentor
Smuttynose Gravitation (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 492 ratings.