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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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Ratings: 535
Reviews: 296
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 15.66%
Wants: 32
Gots: 46 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Smuttynose Brewing Company visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  11.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Oxymoron on 01-01-2009

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%
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Ratings: 535 | Reviews: 296
Photo of rlee1390
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Deep ruby red with a one finger head.

S-Dark fruits, plums, clove

T-Dark fruits, clove and banana.

M-Medium bodied but lacking in carbonation.

O-One of the few Quads I've had with banana flavors. The dark fruits I normally associate were there as well but this one had a nice touch of banana.

Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of PrimScrewhead
5/5  rDev +37.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of KGarrett
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of shufon
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of Vonerichs
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Oswego Taphouse.

Cloudy copper body with a respectable off-white head.

Smells heavily of raisins, dates, and toffee.

The flavor has a ton of raisin and dates. It gets a bit messy and abrasive in the middle and is boozy.

Mouthfeel is syrupy and astringent.

Overall, just ok. It's a bit rough at times.

Photo of btesta
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Hawkeye1113
1/5  rDev -72.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.89/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Gravitation pours a dark amber color, with a small head that dispated quickly. There was a strong sweet, grape like smell. The taste was heavy, a bit warm, and on the sweeter side. The raisins can easily be picked up. It was deffently more of a sipping beer. Overall Gravitation is a good beer, close to a barley wine in flavor, but still very enjoyable.

Photo of WhiteOak
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Photo of JAHMUR
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of DrDemento456
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a bottle at my local Giant Eagle for $5.99

A - Slight sediment even with a 10oz pour with a deep mahogany brown and a finger of head that turns to a mild yet sticky lace ring.

S - In your face raisins and dried plums with a bit of spicy yeast and noticeable alcohol smell.

T - Starts off with sweet dark fruits then a touch of Belgium candied sugars, with a bit of chalky yeast flavor which really isn't as dry as others described. ABV is incredibly well hidden.
As it warms though the alcohol is not as masked.

M - Thick, creamy, and ABV is well hidden but very warming so it's indeed a sipper.

Overall this is the best beer I encountered from the big beer series. Massive ABV, smooth taste, and great flavor for under 6 bucks. Almost beats out Victory - V12 but I enjoy that beer in it's own right. Will have to give a bottle to my brother since he like Quads. Definitely consider getting it again. Drink it cold if you can!

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -31.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Ratman197
4.12/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber from Half Time poured a clear reddish amber with a lasting amber head. Aromas of carmel, toffee, plum, raisin, pear, banana and light spice. Palate was medium to full bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of toffe, carmel, dark fruit and light spice with a smooth dry warming lingering toffee finish.

Photo of Jawn
3.42/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5


Poured into a chimay goblet. There's a pork and pickle sandwich next to it too, yum. It's murky, amber, and has a tiny head dissipating into a broken ring. I smell a bunch of sweet fruits and heavy booze. Everyone else is saying they used raisin puree in this beer and I have an easy time believing this. It's also obvious with every sip that this is 12%abv. Sometimes my sip tastes like jam on toast, but sometimes it tastes like paint. If I swish it around in my mouth it feels like I took a hit of some pop rocks, which I guess is sort of cool. Overall I don't regret picking this up, but I'm not very stoked about it. I don't think it does belgian quads justice, but at least it tastes good with my hot pork.

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5/5  rDev +37.4%

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3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of schoolboy
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yup, this is the real deal. A quadrupel through and trhough. If you expect a quad to be super heavy - loads of malt and alcohol, then this one delivers.

It has that belgian fruity malty yeasty thing going but good. Not much is disguised or subtle. It works better than some other recent tastes, which leads me to wonder what it would be like if I set a couple of these aside for a year, which I think I will do.

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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Smuttynose Gravitation (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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