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Smuttynose Gravitation (Big Beer Series) - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
82
good

489 Ratings
THE BROS
70
okay

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Ratings: 489
Reviews: 288
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 16.25%
Wants: 23
Gots: 33 | 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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Griffith

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

02-24-2014 02:08:02 | More by Griffith
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bnes09

Illinois

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
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target88

Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

02-07-2014 17:18:16 | More by target88
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

01-30-2014 00:16:04 | More by Kegatron
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jmsedgwick

Mississippi

2.5/5  rDev -31.1%

01-24-2014 12:29:30 | More by jmsedgwick
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -17.4%

01-18-2014 05:32:39 | More by Knapp85
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Belittle

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +10.2%

01-10-2014 18:05:32 | More by Belittle
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vande

Illinois

4/5  rDev +10.2%

12-12-2013 01:36:23 | More by vande
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AndyEich

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -17.4%

12-03-2013 06:53:36 | More by AndyEich
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Chugs13

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

11-24-2013 23:04:16 | More by Chugs13
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Njstoutlover23

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -17.4%

11-24-2013 23:00:53 | More by Njstoutlover23
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Paymygasbill77

Pennsylvania

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
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RRC03

New Hampshire

2.5/5  rDev -31.1%

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

Ohio

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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Enriquehopnog

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +30.9%

11-12-2013 20:58:53 | More by Enriquehopnog
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ajcormier

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

10-31-2013 19:11:48 | More by ajcormier
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reitzbrewing

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +10.2%

10-30-2013 02:56:51 | More by reitzbrewing
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RBorsato

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

10-22-2013 18:47:46 | More by RBorsato
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hopkrid

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

10-20-2013 08:16:15 | More by hopkrid
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mentor

Colorado

2.65/5  rDev -27%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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?

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2013 05:31:04 | More by mentor
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djrn2

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

10-14-2013 18:43:03 | More by djrn2
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JeffTheJuice

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

10-01-2013 17:41:23 | More by JeffTheJuice
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YeastEnthusiast

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

09-30-2013 04:51:09 | More by YeastEnthusiast
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Giantspace

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

09-29-2013 02:45:10 | More by Giantspace
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

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
Smuttynose Gravitation (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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