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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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BA SCORE
82
good

506 Ratings
THE BROS
75
okay

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Ratings: 506
Reviews: 289
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 15.98%
Wants: 30
Gots: 41 | 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%
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Photo of AndyEich
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of Chugs13
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of Njstoutlover23
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of Paymygasbill77
2.45/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

A- Poured from bomber that was bottle-conditioned in 2013. I poured the beer into a short yard glass. It pours a caramel brown with lots of carbonation. The head dissipates quickly.

S- straight raisins and alcohol. Nothing else.

T - Yuck! Raisins and alcohol with a bit of salt? Over time it does mellow out and allows some dark fruit to come through.

m- Chewy and thick with a slickness on the tongue. Some mild carbonation allows the beer to cut some of the thickness.

O- This isn't that great. I bet that it would mellow out and allow the flavors to marry after a year or so. If you decide to get this bottle, make sure you sit on it for a while before you drink it.

Photo of RRC03
2.5/5  rDev -31.1%

Photo of DeFaz
2.11/5  rDev -41.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.75

Appearance: Pours a light brown color with a medium head. Fair retention and decent lacing.

Smell: Alcohol (and a lot of it), raisins, figs, random fruit. Very (too) sweet smelling.

Taste: I'm new to quads, but this is simply disgusting. I appreciate the effort to make such a big beer, but the raisins go too far, the alcohol is 12% and tastes like 12%, and nothing is there to balance the over the top sweetness.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is pretty good, as the beer is somewhat sticky but avoids being too much so given the unchecked sweetness. Thickness is medium and carbonation is low/medium.

Overall: This is one of few beers that I simply have to dump out. As others have said, it is a mess. A 12% ABV beer can work only if there is balance, and the effort here to conceal the alcohol with the super sweet raisin and fig flavors creates an unpleasant experience. There are 80 proof liquors that don't taste this alcoholic.

Photo of Enriquehopnog
4.75/5  rDev +30.9%

Photo of ajcormier
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of reitzbrewing
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of RBorsato
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

Photo of hopkrid
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of mentor
2.67/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I'm assuming this is the 2013 vintage. Thickly pours a thin light tan head over a cloudy dark copper liquid. Smells hay, belgian phenolic spicy, candi-sugar, fig, green raisin, green apple, oregano, pancake batter.

Tastes potently belgian yeast spicy, herbal, apricot & tropical fruity, with some light caramel. Ends with a peppery zip. Clean alcohol sting is drying and digs a small amount into the overly sweet malt. It's not cloying, due to the spicy and alcohol, but it's not far from it. Medium thick in the mouth with modest carbonation. Too much for this to be an abbey ale, perhaps a trippel in the malt profile?

Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of JeffTheJuice
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of YeastEnthusiast
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of Giantspace
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

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

Super sweet chewy beer, let it age. That's the short review. Appears a deep amber highlighted golden hue with khaki head forming thick head clings evenly to the sides of the glass. Aroma has deep fruit, think ripened apricot, figs, and in this beer's case loads of pureed raisin. A bit of alcohol on the nose, brightens things up a bit let's you know what your dealing with a big ass Belgian style Quad...to balance out the sweetness I'm smoking a RoMa Craft Anthropology, Nicaraguan rolled big ass cigar to bring some earthy spice, black pepper, and leather into the mix it really let's the beer shine the contrast between dark earthy tobacco leaves and these dark fruit elements I speak of. Flavor of the quad is super sweet it just sits on the sides of the tongue, it's big chewy and flavorful in the back end be ready for some alcohol to add to the depth. This bottle I bought for $6.50 needs to be laid down for a year at least, it's still a bit hot and I believe the overwhelming layers of sweetness will mellow out. Body is big bodacious and heavily filled with residual sugars on the palate, it's big and definitely burns and warms your chest with each sip. Overall I suggest getting some 2013 now and sitting on it for future use, great beer now will only get better with some mellowing.

Photo of GraduatedCashew
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of jim_carignan
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of squack
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into chalice, 2011 vintage. Pours lightly hazy deep ruby red color with a small light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of big raisin, plum, fig, pear, grape, clove, pepper, toffee, candi sugar, molasses, toast, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of malt and fruity/spicy yeast notes; with good strength. Taste of big raisin, plum, fig, pear, grape, brown bread, toffee, candi sugar, clove, pepper, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of light and dark fruits, brown bread, toffee, candi sugar, clove, pepper, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Nice flavor complexity of malt and fruity/spicy yeast notes; with a good malt and yeast flavor balance with no cloying sweetness after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a slick and moderately syrupy mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is fairly well hidden with a moderate warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice quadrupel style. Good balance and complexity of malt and fruity/spicy yeast notes; and fairly smooth to sip on slowly. A nicely enjoyable offering; this improved quite a bit as it reached room temperature.

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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +24%

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2.5/5  rDev -31.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Smuttynose Gravitation (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 506 ratings.