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Smuttynose Gravitation (Big Beer Series) - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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536 Ratings
THE BROS
75
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Ratings: 536
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%
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 536 | Reviews: 296
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of Immortale25
4.06/5  rDev +11.5%
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 -6%
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 +9.9%

Photo of scruffwhor
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
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 -20.3%
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 +9.9%

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +9.9%

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of brandoman63
3/5  rDev -17.6%

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of TTAmod
3.34/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

Photo of ToasterChef
3.12/5  rDev -14.3%
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.

Photo of nathanjohnson
2/5  rDev -45.1%

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.32/5  rDev +18.7%
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! ;)

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Smuttynose Gravitation (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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