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Smuttynose Gravitation (Big Beer Series) - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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297 Reviews
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Reviews: 297
Hads: 574
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 15.98%
Wants: 33
Gots: 55 | FT: 2
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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Reviews: 297 | Hads: 574
Photo of damienblack
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish amber, with a frothy peach colored head. Some decent lacing left around the glass. An ear to the glass tells me this is a pretty well carbonated beer. Smells of peach, nectarine, citrus fruits. Something tells me this is going to be a big sweet malt bomb.

This beer is big on sweet and big on fruity flavors. Tastes of plum, raisin, and some sort of tropical flavor, almost like the strawberry-kiwi juice blends you can buy in the store. Just a hint of hop kick at the end helps ground the flavor, so that the sweetness doesn't become unbearable. The big malt presence just lingers in the throat and on the tongue after, but the fairly high carbonation keeps it feeling fresh. It's actually a pretty light body for the style, much lighter than I'm used to. It's not the highest in alcohol for a beer like this, but still, what it carries is almost undetectable. This is a dangerously drinkable beer, and another solid offering from Smutty. To me, it doesn't really go beyond solid, it's good but not great. It just lacks those extra layers of complexity a great Quad should bear. For a Quad-lite, it is a great introduction to the style. (1,154 characters)

Photo of NEhophead
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22 fl oz brown bottle; served in a snifter.

Deep maple with burgundy in highlights. Densely, creamy lightly tanned head that sits up at a half an inch for quite some time. Spotted lacing that fades to condensed lacing with decent strength.

Sweet, Belgian candied sugars with notes of caramelized brown sugar and nutmeg. Musty yeasts that imparts pepper and corriander spices. Notes of dried, aged vinous fruit: cherry, plum, grape. Nothing that intensely grabs my attention above the hefty musty character.

Sweet, rich molasses and caramel up front with notes of creamy vanilla and brown sugar. The musty aromatics translate to a dry yeast-filled, phenolic flavor. Raisin, plum, aged cherry, red apple combine with a young, somewhat top-heavy alcohol presence prior to mid-sip. A creamy finish allows for vanilla, rounded bourbon, and light tropical fruit in the aftertaste.

Full in body; creamy throughout with a dynamic range of flavors. Very balanced and stable enough to stand up to the alcohol content.

A very solid Smutty offering. Not many flaws; however, nothing flavor-wise that would assert this as a staple of the style. In comparison to my favorite Quadrupel: Scaldis Noel; unfortunately, 'Gravitation' doesn't come close. (1,239 characters)

Photo of Bierman9
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gots me a 22oz bomber at my local Shaws for $4.99... let's go!!

I poured the Grav into a DT tulip... Color is a deep, rubyish hue...dense and opaque yet clear, with garnet tinges. Head was thin and light beige in color, mostly congregating around the rim. There's some lace, but it's restrained. Nose has some sweetness, and some rich fruitiness. Has a solid body, with a fairly smooth passage over the palate.

Flavor is also on the sweet side... lots of dark fruit, raisiny, maybe some plum, almost grapey... sugary but not entirely cloying. Maybe that sweetness will ebb a tad in time. Right now? Pretty good; I won't turn this one away..

Prosit!!

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | drink: 4

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Photo of tai4ji2x
3.13/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber. notching on the label says it was "bottle conditioned in: 2009"

poured into tulip

somewhat dark, brownish red, but not opaque. almost bright ruby red under the light. light tan head doesn't have very good retention, and the lacing is pretty sparse too.

aroma of plus, dates and molasses, with very weak hint of nutmeg. very faint grassiness. whiffs of alcohol and trace of phenols.

flavor has sweet prune and raisin fruitiness with molasses and caramel, meeting with a very mild hop bitterness. hint of resins. faint alcohol and phenols. moment of acidity before the sweet finish, with more of that very weak hopping.

relatively smooth, but quite a bit thinner than hoped. twinge of astringency in the finish. moderate carbonation.

reasonably priced, but quite underwhelming. i don't see this getting much better with age, but who knows? (856 characters)

Photo of cookester
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Chimay glass. I like the color. a nice amber/brown. The head disappeared a bit too quickly. The taste was sweet and raisiney with the hops comming in just after. Still very balanced. This is one of my favorites of recent. Not a session beer, but I could have two 22oz bottles in a row! A really nice Smuttynose offering! (334 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear deep red with a bubbly creamy off white head that sticks around for a while. Smells of dark fruits, molasses, very sweet and malty. A bit of yeast character pokes its head out as this one warms. Taste is sweet and fruity with an alcohol bite with some phenols mixed in there. A bit of spicy Belgian yeast with a dry finish that leaves sweet and phenols on the palette. Body is thick, mouthfeel is creamy/syrupy, carbonation is medium to high. Decent quad but a bit high on the alcohol and phenols for me, maybe a bit of age would help this one. See you again in a year Gravitation. (595 characters)

Photo of beersolicitor
3.27/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Extremely dark mahogany with some hints of amber. Tons of tiny bubbles coat the side of the tulip, but fade quickly along with the already minimal head. With a careful swirl, some lacing remains, but it too fades disappointingly fast.

Mouthfeel was thick and syrupy (and not in a good way). Rather than the smooth, rich, complex sweetness of the best Quads, this was more akin to a fountain Coke that hadn't been properly watered down. (437 characters)

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Another new winter Big Beer!! last February was the Baltic Porter, which is the king of Baltic Porter's IMO. The lable is nice with classical, biblical scene of an Angel floating downward, perhaps he's decending from heaven?

22 oz. Bomber

This is a deep, dark mahogony color with a amber glow in direct light. Spazy, tiny bubbles are tough to see, but there there. A moderate sized head, creamy but very active and it doesn't hang around long. This Quad is totally missing that wonderfully fluffy, Belgian Head with ultimate retention qualitites. The yeast; it seems is just not holding up it's end. The head becomes very spread out and which makes it look a bit flat.

The nose has a boozy heat right off with really sweet fruits like dates, raisins, blueberries, and then throw in some brown sugar. The malt smells heavy and sweet, but not very complex and a bit dull on the nose.

This is a big, sweet malt bomb. Hands down, it's not very complex, most of the flavor's are big, juicy sweeet dark fruits, very grapey. The malty body is heavy, cloying and slick, it's totally missing that refreshing Belgian snap. The yeast should deliver balance and mucho flavor, but in the end, this yeast just does not cut it. It can't even compete with a true Belgian Quad yeast strain. The hops are also very mundane and hidden by the big malty sweetness. This Quad needs more balance.

I'm a bit dissapointed in this Quad, and that's only because it's a "style" that has soo many amazing versions, usually ultra-complex but only a few American Quads even come close to the real deal Quad's of Belgium. (1,602 characters)

Photo of tempest
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bomber at Abe's Cold Beer for $7.50. This is a uniquely American quad. It's a world away from St. Bernardus or Westvletern, but somewhat similar to Avery's the Reverend. Like the Smuttynose Saison, there's a thick, powerful kick of phenols that borders on medicinal, but is largely clove. The fruit flavor are interesting, with a mix of strawberry juice, dates, and blackberries. Once the punch subsided, a clean, dry cocoa flavor kicks in that's unusal, but not unwelcome. Good points for drinkability too. Worth a try if you're an open-minded drinker. (565 characters)

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a mahogany brown, with lots of red hue. Any head from the pour is gone in an instant. No lacing.

Smells of fermented or dried stone fruit - as well as raisin/date elements. A little earthiness in there, but overshadowed by the fruit.

Sweet beer, with a syrupy consistency with a mingling of sweetness, tartness, and a slight bitterness right at the finish, which is quite pleasant. A little brown/raisin toast in there for good measure. Flavors blend well together, so I guess you could say this is smooth. My only knock is that there is nothing flavor-wise that jumps out and distinctively grabs you. If you are looking for a fault, there it is. Minor at best.

Mouthcoating goodness here. Nice for a cold day, and not overpowering enough to make this hard to drink. One big-assed bomber was enough -- not like anyone is going to keep hitting this, nor should they. Prior to this, I was a quad virgin, so I need to compare to another to get a real feel for this brew and style. That said, this a a real open-minded review. Worth a try. (1,044 characters)

Photo of IBUnit63
4.02/5  rDev +10.7%
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. (1,002 characters)

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. (393 characters)

Photo of ColForbinBC
3.62/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (876 characters)

Photo of KTCamm
3.07/5  rDev -15.4%
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. (545 characters)

Photo of shizzdog
2.67/5  rDev -26.4%
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. (266 characters)

Photo of schroederm
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
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. (533 characters)

Photo of BasementDweller
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
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. (1,120 characters)

Photo of jamie2dope
3.05/5  rDev -16%
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 (998 characters)

Photo of dsa7783
3.07/5  rDev -15.4%
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... (604 characters)

Photo of admiralcrunch
4.5/5  rDev +24%
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. (844 characters)

Photo of ericlawton007
4.12/5  rDev +13.5%
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. (335 characters)

Photo of alovesupreme
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
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. (673 characters)

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Smuttynose Gravitation (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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