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Smuttynose Gravitation (Big Beer Series) - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
82
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519 Ratings
THE BROS
75
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Ratings: 519
Reviews: 293
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 15.98%
Wants: 30
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%
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Photo of bushbeer75
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22 oz brown bottle - label notched 2011

Smuttynose Gravitation Belgian Quad filled my snifter with a dark rust color and produced a small 1/4 finger tan head that dissipated quickly. Spotty lacing was present as the ale was consumed. The nose was dominated by dark fruit and raisins. The taste was malt dominated with raisins, and toffee in the forefront followed by a little fruitiness from the yeast. A pleasant alcohol warming is present at the finish. Mouth feel is smooth, fuller bodied with low-medium carbonation.

Gravitation is a good American quad - it is a sipper for sure.

Photo of Loco_Joe
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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

22oz bomber: This one pours a darker caramel color. There was almost no head or lacing on it. Nice nose. Yeast, spices, caramel, dark fruits. The taste is very good. Some sweet caramel malt, raisin, bready, and a hint of roast and chocolate. Smooth. A very nice beer.

Photo of Kurmaraja
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of hopley
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of CSeavey64
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of Griffith
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of bnes09
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Deep caramel color. Hazy with a few yeast flakes. Thin, creamy head leaves a ring around the glass. Small lines of lace.

Fruity, yeasty aroma. Slightly acidic. Caramel and brown sugar.

Rich, sweet malt character. Caramel and molasses. Figs and raisins. Acidic apple cider. Leafy, herbal, oily hop character. Finishes with high ester levels.

Full bodied. Dense, yeasty texture. Low carbonation.

Descent quad. A little high on the acid and ester qualities but overall, pretty solid.

Photo of target88
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Kegatron
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of jmsedgwick
2.5/5  rDev -31.1%

Photo of Knapp85
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of Belittle
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of vande
4/5  rDev +10.2%

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%

Smuttynose Gravitation (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 519 ratings.