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Smuttynose Gravitation (Big Beer Series) - Smuttynose Brewing Company

Smuttynose Gravitation (Big Beer Series)Smuttynose Gravitation (Big Beer Series)

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473 Ratings

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Ratings: 473
Reviews: 287
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 16.25%

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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Photo of IBUnit63


4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First crack at a new offering from the Smutty crew. 22 oz. into the trusty Ommegang chalice.

Excellent gingerbread/molasses body color but the head is very thin and takes off pretty quickly. Next pour doesn't show a lot of improvement to the faint ginger topping. Slight cloudiness at first blush.

Very mild - lots of molasses, slight bourbon booziness...even a little chocolate. Not a huge amount of hoppiness - just a trace of pine. Quiet yeast electricity.

This is a solid and straightforward Quad. The usual suspects are there. Sweet, mildly syrupy booziness layeredc with raisins, dates and the omnipotent molasses. Mild clovish spice puts a little spring in its step. Carbonation is present but subtle.

Velvety thickness, and this one is quite smooth. Coats the palate with warming sweetness (not overdone, though). Long, powerful finish.

Good for a sipper on a cold winter day indoors. Nightcap material through and through. Smutty really hasn't disappointed me yet. Keep up the great work.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2009 12:33:45 | More by IBUnit63
Photo of indiapaleale


4.18/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful dark amber color with an off white almost yellow head thats thin and leaves a nice lacing.

Smells of dark fruit, baked apples, cider along with some alcohol notes.

Taste is very complex and altogether delicious. Lots of sweet dark fruit, strong alcohol notes, cider, caramel and a great many other subtle flavors.

Very smooth and easy drinking. Excellent Quad from Smutty.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2009 03:00:46 | More by indiapaleale
Photo of ColForbinBC

New Jersey

3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a St. Bernardus chalice

A deep ruby red body with some stray bubbles pushing their way through the body and up to a thin, tan head. Head stuck around for a very short while and settled to form some small islands across the top of the beer. Not as murky and purple as most belgian examples.

Nose is super sweet. Loads of bing cherries, figs, and red grapes with a raisin bread malt backbone. Also get hints of vanilla, lending a rather creamy, sweet nose.

Cloyingly sweet. Cherries and red grapes dominate a bready malt base. Hmmm. I gotta think that they weren't aiming for it to be this sweet. It's almost like drinking juice.

Syrupy and viscous mouthfeel. Really coats the mouth like a cherry cough syrup.

A really sweet offering that I had some troubles with up front, but my tastebuds adjusted and I was able to enjoy it more towards the end.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2009 23:40:58 | More by ColForbinBC
Photo of KTCamm

New Jersey

2.98/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured from 22 oz big beer series btttle. Pours deep reddish brown with immediate high foam that settles down quickly.

Very aromatic - floral, citrus, fruity - hints of sour cherries. Very noticeable.

Taste is a fruity start with a malty finish that lingers. I pciked up an unusual taste that was harder to pin down - not quite a medicine-iny taste, but it remind me of that. Overall thick and chewy.

Overall it surprised me at first, grew on me a bit, but by the end of the 22oz., I was ready to be finished. Not the best quad I've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2009 08:17:54 | More by KTCamm
Photo of shizzdog

New Hampshire

2.63/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Dark Brown with thin head

Smell: Extra sweet malt with raisins

Taste: Cane Sugar, very sweet, raisins

Mouthfeel: Thin, Watery, hard to swallow

Drinkability: Moving on to the Rochefort 10, possibly spoiled by drinking quality beers on a regular basis.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2009 04:09:54 | More by shizzdog
Photo of schroederm


4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

In a chalice:

Excellent head retention, especially considering the glass I was using was quite wide. Garnet hues. Cherry and oak in the nose, neither of which I really expected to find. Cherry in the taste as well with a bit of citrus. Good carb (on par with Quads) and well bodied. Just a little too sweet/fruity to be highly drinkable, but still quite enjoyable.

Overall: this beer was a little too young when I drank it. I'd imagine that in a month or so the sweetness will mellow a little bit and bring up my opinion even more.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2009 20:39:20 | More by schroederm
Photo of BasementDweller


3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Yup, looks like a quad. Deep purple-brown with a creamy white head.

Smell: Yup, smells like a quad. Lots of dark fruit, some raisin bread, big malt and no hop note to speak of.

Taste: WAY too sweet. I'm guessing they need to take the mash temperature down about four degrees. All the flavors were on -- lots of deep red, purple and black fruits, very slight hop bitterness, just a touch of alcohol -- but the stuff is just cloyingly sweet. I didn't notice if this was bottle conditioned, but if so it would be worth storing for a year or more, just to get that damned sugar out of there.

Mouthfeel: Lots of body to this one. It felt good on the palate, with style-appropriate carbonation and heft.

Drinkability: I'll admit, I drank the whole bomber -- got three wine glasses out of it. But that's not a feat I'm anxious to accomplish again.

Overall: I wouldn't turn it down if it was offered to me, and for the price it's pretty good, but there's much better stuff out there. Here's hoping Smutty turns down the mash temp for next year's batch, and that this second bottle I have will be better by then.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2009 18:38:50 | More by BasementDweller
Photo of jamie2dope


3.03/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

It is always nice to see a new big beer from Smuttynose in New Hampshire. I love the artwork on the label, which I am guessing is some sort of tribute to Milton's Paradise Lost. Anyway, back to the beer; pours a dark rosy color, with just a lacing worth of white heading. Brown bread in the nose, followed by some sweet dark fruit, creamy, almost reminds me of a dessert wine in some ways. Taste starts off with a punch of chocolate, then some fruity flavors, and ending on a malted milk ball quality (not unlike whoppers). Body is thick, syrupy and boozy. Sweetness can become a bit much at times, making it a tough one to finish on your own. This was an ok beer from Smuttynose, but I don't feel that it resembles a Quad. My first thought after sipping it was that it had a strong bock character to it. I am not one to quibble over style, but it does say on the label that this is a Belgian style quadrupel. Anyway, not bad at all, just not something I will be going back to any time soon. Cheers

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2009 01:24:00 | More by jamie2dope
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New Jersey

3.05/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

22 oz big bottle series just purchased...
Appearance: Deep, dark, ruby-red, night-amber hue... Minimal head that soon dissipated and deposited a thin film of lacing... Compared to authentic Belgian examples, this depiction doesn't even come close...
Smell: Grapes, sweet candied sugars, heavy malts...
Taste: Tastes like grape juice medicine... Way too sweet and unbalanced... I usually love Smuttynose beers, but they wrecked it with this one... They should stick to reproducing classic American examples and stay away from the Belgians... This one just doesn't cut it...
Not particularly recommended...

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2009 01:20:13 | More by dsa7783
Photo of admiralcrunch

New York

4.55/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

$5.49 + deposit from Trader Joe's, also the last bottle on the shelf. Maybe they have more?

Poured a little faster than I normally would, since the carbonation seemed low. The thick, brownish head formed perfectly which then slowly dissipated. The body is dark dark dark, I can barely see through it. There is some nice lacing as the glass is tipped (Duvel tulip). The smell reminds me of V-Twelve, but perhaps with more dark fruits. Taste is some fruit first, with bits of chocolate quickly popping through. There isn't much of an aftertaste, which leads to more frequent sipping. That's not a bad thing though! Absolutely delicious.

Smuttynose's website lists this beer as 8.5%. I just finished the bottle, and I'm not nearly as intoxicated as I would be after drinking other quads. Absolutely a plus, as the flavor clearly hasn't suffered.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2009 01:53:34 | More by admiralcrunch
Photo of ericlawton007


4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark ruby, almost opaque brown pour with little head or lacing. Smell consists of cherries, which is also te dominant flavor found in the taste. I would like to taste more of the belgian style yeast in the beer, as the tartness of the cherries overtakes it. Excellent drinkability and overall, another great big beer from smuttynose.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2009 01:38:53 | More by ericlawton007
Photo of alovesupreme


3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Split a bottle with drnknmnky and schroederm
Excellent head that sticks around for a long time with excellent lacing. Very red color for a quad, garnet hues that are unexpected but very pleasant.

Lots of cherries, with a woody oaky character.

Once again, lots of cherries, subtle alcohol notes and oak. Beer is a little to sweet but has a pleasant malty finish.

Very syrupy mouthfeel, thick and viscous for a quad. Carbonation was a little to prominant but a good mouthfeel overall.

All in all a good interpretation of a quad by a great brewery.Seems almost like a belgians interpretation of a double- bock. A little to sweet to drink a bomber alone but a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2009 06:51:03 | More by alovesupreme
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Smuttynose Gravitation (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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