Smuttynose Gravitation (Big Beer Series) - Smuttynose Brewing Company
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3.3/5 rDev -9.1%
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.
11-20-2011 06:27:05 | More by TTAmod
3.1/5 rDev -14.6%
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.
11-19-2011 01:49:58 | More by ToasterChef
4.33/5 rDev +19.3%
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! ;)
11-17-2011 02:39:44 | More by Cyberkedi
2.78/5 rDev -23.4%
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.
11-16-2011 18:34:10 | More by Satchboogie
3.5/5 rDev -3.6%
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.
11-05-2011 01:23:34 | More by billab914
4/5 rDev +10.2%
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.
11-05-2011 01:15:25 | More by emerge077
4.88/5 rDev +34.4%
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!
11-04-2011 00:25:39 | More by angelogarcia3
3.88/5 rDev +6.9%
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.
10-29-2011 20:52:20 | More by drpimento
3.95/5 rDev +8.8%
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.
10-29-2011 17:00:55 | More by jayhawk73
4.1/5 rDev +12.9%
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!
10-26-2011 05:04:21 | More by obywan59
4.2/5 rDev +15.7%
Gee, I don't know why this scored so lowly. Poured a 2" caramel colored head. Thick deep hazy amber and burnt umber brown body with slow moving carbonation. Smells of caramel and dried fruit. Taste is caramel plus toffee, lots and lots of toffee, but no dried fruit like the smell. Medium long finish. The higher alcohol is evident but not overdone to me. Maybe this isn't as complex as Belgian quads but I still really enjoyed it.
It seems my sample performed quite differently from other reviewers. Fresher, or reformulated maybe?
10-17-2011 00:36:59 | More by MoreThanWine
3.15/5 rDev -13.2%
I was looking forward to trying this one out. Unfortunately, when I broke the seal, it smelled like a Keystone.
The taste wasn't bad for a quad ale. There are a lot of flavors at work, and it takes some time to sort them out. I liked the smoothness of the beer, as well as the taste. The beer works.
In terms of appearance, I don't like the Smuttynose labels at all. It looks like something a third grader could pull off with a half hour of time and the Paint application on his laptop.
Overall, I am not sure I got the experience I was looking for. Generally, I relish the taste of a good beer, but I also like the story that goes with it. By that, I like it when you can tell a brewery has had some fun and let the creative juices flow when putting together their product. This is why Stone products, to me, are enjoyable.
10-16-2011 02:24:30 | More by BeerMeDatBeer
3.1/5 rDev -14.6%
A: deep copper/wood body, no head, and no lacing
S: big ripe fruit (raisins/dates/fig nose), malt
and big boozy smell
T: sweet ripe fruit, big malt,
long sugary/boozy mild sticky finish
M: med body, semi-dry/light sticky mouth
O: Usually LOVE Smuttynose and also
really enjoy Belgian beers, but this one just
didn't work for me. Too much sugar/fruit with
booze and not enough body.
OK, YOU CAN DO BETTER!
10-12-2011 16:22:22 | More by BeerLover99
3.8/5 rDev +4.7%
Dark and hazy chestnut red color with a nice thick and creamy head that leaves a good bit of sticky residue behind.
Strong fruity aroma with notes of raisins, toffee, and some cherry along side a considerable spice character that hints at clove.
Smuttynose certainly gives you plenty of flavor in this with a whole lot of raisin and toffee sweetness. Belgian yeast adds in a bit of a phenolic character. Rum-like alcohol presence in the finish but the booziness isn't as strong as I remember last years being.
Mouthfeel is thick and chewy. Overall, Smuttynose makes a fine beer here but it's hard to compare this quad with the likes of Rochefort, St. Bernardus, and Pannepot. Still, at $6 a bomber its a nice bold and boozy beer to sip on for a while.
10-11-2011 23:52:12 | More by Kinsman
3.4/5 rDev -6.3%
bomber (22oz) served in a snifter.
pours a murky dark brown / chestnut tone while yielding a 3/4" beige head. moderate head retention and some lacing evident.
nose is bold enough, headlined by a big dose of dark fruits - primarily raisin with a little cherry and some candied sugar. decent aroma, nothing earth-moving.
taste is likewise sweet: dark fruits, caramel malt, and some spice. a bit overly sweet, though i wouldn't call the sweetness cloying. fairly boozy, especially in the finish. medium-full mouthfeel with average carbonation.
overall it's a an decent beer but an average american quad, and would probably fall to below average if you stack it against all quads (read: belgians). ok drinkability as it is moderately enjoyable, just doesn't compare to the kings in the style the rochefort 10s, abt 12s, or westys of the world.
10-03-2011 02:04:12 | More by perrymarcus
Smuttynose Gravitation (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 492 ratings.