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Smuttynose Gravitation (Big Beer Series) - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
82
good

497 Ratings
THE BROS
75
okay

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Ratings: 497
Reviews: 288
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 16.25%
Wants: 24
Gots: 36 | 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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4/5  rDev +10.2%

nmann08, Nov 24, 2011
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

RyanBeer13, Nov 24, 2011
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

BumpkinBrewer, Nov 24, 2011
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3/5  rDev -17.4%

brandoman63, Nov 22, 2011
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

GrindFatherBob, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of Amorrn
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Amorrn, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of TTAmod
3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The artwork on the bottle actually caught my attention, then I noticed it was a Quad...score! Sorry, but I'll be comparing this one mostly to The Reverend, which I had the other night. I haven't had Rochefort, etc, for a while, so I can't fairly compare this to Trappist Quads.

Bomber poured into Chimay chalice.

A: Pours an odd hazy brown (much akin to apple cider.) Very little head. What's left of the head leaves a decent lacing.

S: Smells like dark fruits (cherry? raisin?) and heavy alcohol.

T: Starts decent enough with a smack of dark fruits, bready yeast, and a nice malt base, but it gives way to pure alcohol. My palate is fairly insensitive to alcohol in beer, but this one has a very heavy medicinal, sterile alcohol on the back end. It's a bit too much. A shame, especially since it's promising in the beginning. I won't hurt it TOO much, however, since it's hard to be subtle with the alcohol at 12%. I've definitely had more abrasive beers in the 12% range.

There is a slight raisin overtone, but don't let the 200 lbs per batch scare you...it doesn't really show through.

M: Not too bad. On the lighter side of medium. Just a TAD too light for a quad.

O: Definitely worse than The Reverend, but it's still pretty decent. Like stated before, it's an interesting experiment. It's not really a great example of a quad, but I'm glad I tried it. Not for the faint of heart, but at $6 per bottle, there really isn't any reason not to try it if you haven't before.

TTAmod, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of ToasterChef
3.1/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I fill my Lion's Pride goblet from a 22oz bottle. The beer is opaque and tan colored. A pinkish/tan head rests on top. It is somewhat small and settles to a ring of foam around the edge of the glass. Swirling the glass leaves a foam slick on the walls.

Aromas of raisins, Belgian candi sugar, and alcohol make up the nose.

Prune and raisin flavors dominate, with some sugary sweetness and plenty of alcohol. It's a little harsh at this point, but probably will mellow out over time.

The beer is full bodied with average carbonation. The coating is sticky but not too thick. Warmth from the alcohol is present throughout each sip.

This is a decent enough quad but it doesn't stand up to the giants of the style (Pannepot and the various Trappist quads). Still, if you see a bottle available, it would be an interesting experiment in cellaring.

ToasterChef, Nov 19, 2011
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2/5  rDev -44.9%

nathanjohnson, Nov 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

Burt, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of Cyberkedi
4.33/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark mahogany brown with a fairly thick pale tan head. Strong aroma has fruity, caramel, butterscotch and woody notes with hints of molasses and licorice. Whoa, that is one strong flavor, jumping on the taste buds with banana, apple, caramel and malt notes plus hints of wood, butterscotch, horehound and wood. It is fairly sweet, but not cloying, and has quite a strong alcohol bite. Lively, edgy texture has near-full body and leaves a sweet, fruity, slightly candy-like finish. Let this beer's gravitational field draw you in! ;)

Cyberkedi, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of Satchboogie
2.78/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed from notes: 2011 vintage

A: Pours dark muddy brown/red with 2 fingers of tan head, fairly tight bubbles, decent retention, leaves just a little lacing.

S: Prunes, raisins, banana, lots of alcohol, brown sugar.

T: Lots of banana, prunes, raisins, and a little apple upfront with a somewhat subdued malt body, light to moderate brown sugar. Alcohol absolutely takes over quickly throwing out a ton of phenols and solvent-like qualities. Very rough and boozy finish that tastes more like a cleaning solution than a beer. Not all that malty, no complexity or depth, and not very tasty.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation, harsh alcohol and plenty of burn. Not smooth at all.

O: Maybe a couple of years on this bottle would work wonders, but as is, it's a mess. I wouldn't suggest this to anyone, especially not as an introduction to Quads. I wouldn't want anyone thinking this is what a Belgian quad should taste like.

Satchboogie, Nov 16, 2011
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3/5  rDev -17.4%

ewright, Nov 16, 2011
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

ScreamForMe, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

bpfrush, Nov 15, 2011
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3/5  rDev -17.4%

HopStoopid120, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

thebouch01, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

Moose34, Nov 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

Lawnboy33, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of billab914
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into my CBS snifter. It poured a deep, mahogany brown color with a thin, spotty head sticking mostly to the edges of the glass.

The aroma has a big sweet, malty profile to it with some notes of caramel, fig, raisin and brown sugar all coming through. A little bit of alcohol is there as well. Not a bad aroma, but it seems to lack the balance some of the better of the style have. I would have preferred a little more earthy yeast spice and some bitterness to help offset some of the malty sweet flavors in the nose.

The taste shows a little more of the earthy, yeast spice throughout the flavor. The sweeter notes of brown sugar, raisin and caramel also play a big role throughout the beer. It felt very sweet and malty in the finish. It wasn't bad, but again it didn't seem to have great balance.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side with carbonation being moderate. Overall it was a decent beer, but not an outstanding one of the style. It felt a little unbalanced to me at times with the sweet, malty flavors being a little too dominant. Overall a pretty decent tasting beer but not outstanding in the style.

billab914, Nov 05, 2011
Photo of emerge077
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.

emerge077, Nov 05, 2011
Photo of angelogarcia3
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!

angelogarcia3, Nov 04, 2011
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.

drpimento, Oct 29, 2011
Photo of jayhawk73
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color w/ a thin one finger cocoa head. The head quickly goes down to a sliver. Decent lacing on my snifter glass as well. This beer isn't a black hole, and you can see the carbonation swirling around when held to the light. In the nose I get caramel malt, raisin, date, fig. Pretty tasty smelling, although not quite in the realm of the best in style. The thing I'm missing in this brew is belgian yeast- it's like a gaping hole in an otherwise solid brew. Taste is the same as the nose, with the raisins and figs really coming out. Slight alcohol burn on the aftertaste, but I like that in big beers. Mouthfeel is a little on the thin/dry side for what I'd like, but it's not bad. Overall, this is a pretty decent brew. Definitely not a world class Quad, but I enjoyed it. Cheers.

jayhawk73, Oct 29, 2011
Photo of obywan59
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

650ml bottle. Bottle conditioned in 2011. Drawing on the label of Icarus falling.

Thick reddish-brown. Carbonation bubbles clinging to the side of the glass before rising up to the 3/4 finger fizzy head that soon totally recedes, now looking more like a wine than beer. No lacing. Different.

Initially, the combination of the Belgian yeast and the raisins reminded me, strangely, of hotdogs. After the beer warmed, the aroma settled down to rich dark fruit and alcohol with some light toasted malt.

Very sweet. Dark fruit, especially raisins. Grapey at times, and rather vinuous. Not cloying to me, but then I heeded the warning of other reviewers and allowed the beer to warm.

Sticky and syrupy to the point of dryness. Almost astringent. Very warming.

Definitely better at room temperature. Full flavored and full bodied. The 12% ABV demands; SIP ME! Personally, I think the raisins meld perfectly with this Belgianh ale. As Emeril would say: Kick it up a notch!

obywan59, Oct 26, 2011
Smuttynose Gravitation (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 497 ratings.