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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
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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 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.

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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

Dark amber and quite cloudy. Small, but steady head. Good ring lace.

Too much of a dishwasher smell to give a fair review. But let's see if we can get past that. My I initial impression is of beer that emphasizes the malty and the Belgian yeast flavors. Strong alcohol finish.

First impression is the presence of the Belgian yeast, strong and potent. Highly carbonated, with a round, almost skim milk consistency. Very much like the traditional Belgian Pale Ale. The finish is mildly sweet with a strong alcohol presence.

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of BEERMILER12
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle-conditioned in 2013

A: Pours a slightly hazy amber/mahogany color with almost zero head

S: Lots of fruity, spicy Belgian yeast along with a hint of alcohol and sweet bready malts. Nicely complex

T: Starts off with some dark fruits, spicy yeast, and alcohol. Moves into sweet malts with more fruitiness from the alcohol. Again, fairly complex

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation

O: Nice and complex for an American-brewed quad, with decent drinkability right now. Definitely see this one getting better with age as the alcohol mellows and the maltiness can shine more. As always with the Smuttynose big beer series, the bombers are priced very nicely, so you might as well get a few and throw them in the cellar

Photo of UnionMade
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up on my last trip back to CT to visit family.
Pours a clear, ruby red, topped with a quickly evaporating puff of foam. Just a tiny island of foam remains. Nice color, though. No head at all after a few sips.
Putting the glass to my nose, I'm immediately greeted with fruit, the kind of artificial fruit I associate with candy. Cherry, strawberry and banana, with creamy malt and a trace of roastiness. I understand they brewed this with raisins, though it comes off more like cherry candy. Maybe the yeast. Who can say? A whiff of alcohol comes through way up in the sinuses. I don't think I can light this on fire, so that's good.
The first sip comes off heavy and rich. Very dense for a beer, even of this strength. Tons of sweetness, the fruit immediate and dominating. The carbonation does a decent job of plowing though. Sludgy. Syrupy malt, a fruitiness almost like that red syrup they have at IHOP, that you pour on their pancakes. Don't get me wrong, that stuff is delicious. Name a red or purple fruit, and you can probably taste it in here. Plums, blueberries, you name it. Some spiciness from the yeast coming through and making an attempt at balancing the finish. I'm not really getting anything from the hops aside from a light floral note. The alcohol is mostly buried beneath the fruity sweetness. A nice beer, if a little one dimensional. I think this may have been better without the addition of raisins.
Exactly what I wanted when I cracked this bottle. Rich, thick and decadent. I wasn't prepared for such a syrupy brew, but I managed. What it lacks in dimension, it makes up for in satisfaction.

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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.

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a snifter

Appearance – Pours a brownish amber color with a small cream colored head. The head fades relatively quickly to leave a light level of lace on the sides of the glass

Smell – The aroma of the brew is heaviest of a toasted grain and malty smell with a good dose of darker fruits of raisin, fig and plum. Along with these aromas are notes of yeast and candied sugars and a moderate amount of orange and clove, which all all are mixed with a boozy smell produce a sweet and warming aroma overall.

Taste – The taste begins with a big lightly toasted malt flavor and a good showing of lighter sweet flavors of raisin, plum and cherry along with a rather strong flavor of a sweet tangerine. As the flavor advances notes of some buttery toffee, yeast, as well as some flavors of alcohol start creeping their way into the taste profile. The yeast bring with it some flavors of spice as well as a banana flavor bringing the more characteristic Belgian character to the brew. The maltiness fades slightly more toward the end (but still overall remains rather strong) with the boozy flavor becoming more intense and taking on an almost rum like flavor.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is thick and creamy with a carbonation level that is on the slightly lower to average side. The combination of thick and creamy body as well as lower carbonation suit this big, sweet, malty and boy brew quite well.

Overall – Quite a potently sweet and big beer. Rather tasty, but nothing too exceptional.

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