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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: 518
Reviews: 293
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 15.98%
Wants: 30
Gots: 44 | 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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Photo of kaelingirl
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Ratman197
4.12/5  rDev +13.5%
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 -5.8%
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.

Photo of PhineasGage
5/5  rDev +37.7%

Photo of drewburning25
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of schoolboy
4/5  rDev +10.2%
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 +10.2%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of Immortale25
4.06/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Label says bottled in 2011.

A- From a heavy pour comes a one finger head on top of a deep, dark brown colored body. The head eventually rests at about an 1/8 inch with some lacing.

S- Complex aromas of raisins, dates, figs and black cherries. Not as many alcohol fumes as I would expect from a brew of such high ABV.

T- Strong, malty tones upfront with a solid dose of alcohol kick that's not as apparent as was expected. Also, the aforementioned fruit flavors make a solid appearance and work well with the pronounced malt characteristics. Pretty well-balanced, all things considered, but not as lively and enjoyable as other quads I've had.

M- Medium carbonation sets this aside from other traditional quads but doesn't detract from the more wine-like sensibilities associated with the style.

O- Does the job well, but could use a little more personality.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.42/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2010 Vintage.

A: Pours a dark ruby color with a very small head that dissipates quickly and no lacing at all.

S: Lots of dark fruit, mostly raisins, some bready malt, and a bit of alcohol.

T: Heavy on the dark fruit, especially raisins again, which makes sense since raisin puree was added. It is rather sweetm but also is still rather hot, with a slight burn as it goes down. There is a little brown sugar, a little spice, and some bread.

M: Full bodied with low carbonation. Very sweet and still hot. I feel like the alcohol is coming out the longer I drink it, warming my stomach. Drinkability quite low.

O: It was ok, the alcohol presence made it very difficult to drink, and got worse as it warmed. The flavors were ok, the raisin puree overpowered a lot of it I think though.

Photo of josefnewsong
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of scruffwhor
3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark ruby color and minimal too quick head. No residual foam. This beer has a slight, syrupy consistancy to it. Really like the color, classic Quad.

Lots of syrupy fruit and dark toasted malt. Raisins and a toasted pound cake with a little heat from the abv. to let you know this beer has a kick to it.

Rich syrupy palate enhances the raisin and pruney fruits flavors of this beer. The middle to finish brings out that fruity pound cake, toasted malt flavor along with a well integrated alcoholic heat on the finish. Great nightcap sipper.

Photo of Nordstrand
2.9/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I'd like to say this beer tastes like cherry since this is my virginal review. Zing!

It's a beautiful color and has a strong fruity scent but is overwhelmingly boozy and taste too strong of alcohol. A bit too complex and strong for this hop seeker.

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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3/5  rDev -17.4%

Smuttynose Gravitation (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 518 ratings.