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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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488 Ratings

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Ratings: 488
Reviews: 288
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 16.25%
Wants: 23
Gots: 33 | FT: 2
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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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New York

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

03-18-2013 02:08:01 | More by Jtyler379
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New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

10-31-2013 19:11:48 | More by ajcormier
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

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2013 05:57:41 | More by BEERMILER12
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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.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2011 13:14:33 | More by UnionMade
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

05-29-2014 15:44:45 | More by Latarnik
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

03-02-2013 15:05:11 | More by George2744
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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.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2013 02:05:52 | More by Darkmagus82
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New York

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

03-16-2014 00:10:43 | More by Loco_Joe
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

07-11-2014 22:51:36 | More by bobv
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North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

04-06-2012 03:36:24 | More by Tgmckinn
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle. I think it was $6.99 from Total Wine. 2011 vintage.

Appearance: Pours reddish brown with some haze. Light tan colored head with brief retention. Some spotty lacing.

Smell: Very raisiny with a sticky sweet malty aroma. Bready Belgian yeast. Good smelling, but very much on the sweet side, and not much complexity.

Taste: Boozy, sweet, and raisiny. A hefty malt backbone. Nice yeasty flavor lends a bit of spice.

Mouthfeel: Pretty big feel. Medium to high carbonation lends some creaminess. Bit of stickiness at the end.

Overall: Its a decent, but not real interesting quad. A little one sided with sweet, raisiny, booze. Pretty good value, but bettter quads to be had for sure.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2012 01:36:35 | More by rapidsequence
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New York

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

09-06-2012 18:43:43 | More by brentblack1
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United Kingdom (England)

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

Murky dark Mahogany, reddish when held to the light. A decent little head but dissipatedly far too quickly. Smeel and taste were quite similar. Biscuits (sweet) fruitcake, candy sugar, dark fruit. This was a bit too sweet for me though as I found it almost Cloyingly sweet. Very decent mouthfeel, and if I was to have this as a night cap I could drink more as even with the sweetness it went down easy.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2010 20:24:02 | More by thepeter
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

02-21-2013 05:18:57 | More by OTSpiral314
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3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy dark amber mahogany with a medium tan head with no lacing. Good color,but the heads alittle small. The smell is light with some dark fruit and alcohol. The taste is rich with creamy roasted malt,bread yeast,dark fruit,and alcohol. The m/f is heavy and all the flavors mix pretty well. This is a quality beer from one of my favorite New England breweries.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2009 23:56:12 | More by jmz62565
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3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle in Duvel tulip

A: Dark reddish color, almost looks like a very dark caramel (the candy). Not much of a head, but a little bit of lace.
S: Smells sweet, with some spiciness, something makes me think chocolate (very subtle).
T: Definite yeast characteristics, tastes belgian, very sweet malts, some brown sugar, again a hint of chocolate. A little too much on the sweet side, needs a little more spiciness to help balance things out. No hint of hops at all.
M: Highly carbed, very tingly. rich/mouth-coating
D: This is a very nice beer, they do a good job of capturing the Belgian aspect of the style, not as complex as some. No hint of the alcohol, could be dangerous. I don't think I would reach for a second one, but I would happily buy this again next year. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2009 00:01:29 | More by wspscott
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3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. Dark ruby/amber pour. Fairly large off white head, but does disappear fairly quickly to a ring. Does stick to the glass a bit. Lots of brown sugar and malt in the aroma. Taste is almost cloyingly sweet at first. Brown sugar, raisin, candied plum or dark fruit of some sort. Some biscuity body. As it warms up the candied sweetness fades and is more malty/molasses sweet. Lively enough mouthfeel. Not really any hop presence in this throughout. Not my fave, but certainly above the average and drinkable on a descently warm spring night.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2009 02:58:11 | More by Bung
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3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up this 2009 vintage in NYC last summer.

Poured from the bomber into an oversized snifter. head is about an inch of off white. Fizzling away to leave a thin cap and thicker collar of retention. color is a darker brown with redish hues when held to light.

Aroma contains plenty of dark fruit, figs come to mind mostly, not able to pinpoint the raisins, but what do pureed raisins really smell like? So Figs and dark fruit it is...its probably the raisins.
Its mostly malt with a bready aroma and some buttered burnt caramel. Not picking up the typical belgian aromas, but this still smells great, mildly wine like.

Mouthfeel is slick, moderate carbonation

Sweet upfront with a bit more wine like flavors, fermented raisins more pronounced now. A touch of funk, hops still live, herbal bitters, hint of leaf/ mint.
Just a little herbal tea. Quite malty though, bock like in the large amount of toffee and burnt caramel.
lingering earthy bitters across the finish, semi sweet malt lingering.

Interesting flavors here, true to the style visual's, taste and feel. Not my favorite style, but glad I picked this up.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2010 00:01:04 | More by Buebie
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3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2009 18:53:26 | More by OtherShoe2
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3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Bottle conditioned in 2011

A: Pours a caramel color amber with a little slightly bubbly tan colored head. Beer poured creamy. Not see thru at all. Can't really tell if it's bubbly or not. Not much complexity other than the nice color. Decent appearance overall.

S: Toffee malts. Dark fruits. Slightly yeasty. Maple syrup. Really nice. Smells nice an Old Ale. Digging it.

T: Toffee, buttery. Very warm. Some breadiness. Some dark fruits -- raisins or cherries. Pretty good flavor. Again, alcohol is very warm, and that is the finish. Flavors are all up front. But, overall pretty good.

M: Heavy body. Creamy. Little bit of a bite -- cutting the mouth a bit. Medium carbonation. Just okay.

O: The alcohol is not very well managed. This is a big, warming beer. The aromas are great. The flavors are good up front, but the finish is biting. But, overall, a pretty good beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2013 19:33:25 | More by C20Percent
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3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Reddish brown, burgundy / mahogany color. No haze or sediment. Tan color head.

S: Cherries, molasses and raisins greet you to the overall sweet bouquet. Copper and more generic grainy malt follows.

T: Lots of malts come to the front. Syrupy sweet but not a front of the tongue sugar sweetness or even a fruit sweetness. This is a molasses / brown sugar / dark malt sweetness. Some candied fruits buried in there. Possibly currant or plum.

M: Full bodied, very fine carbonation. Not nearly as carbonated as a true Belgian quad would have been. Somewhat syrupy.

D: Thick, heavy, somewhat syrupy, and with a flavor that isn't entirely appealing enough to make me desire an entire 22oz. Although I'm enjoying it, I'm glad I'm splitting this with my wife.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2009 01:49:24 | More by jnn4v
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3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark and hazy chestnut red color with a nice thick and creamy head that leaves a good bit of sticky residue behind.

Strong fruity aroma with notes of raisins, toffee, and some cherry along side a considerable spice character that hints at clove.

Smuttynose certainly gives you plenty of flavor in this with a whole lot of raisin and toffee sweetness. Belgian yeast adds in a bit of a phenolic character. Rum-like alcohol presence in the finish but the booziness isn't as strong as I remember last years being.

Mouthfeel is thick and chewy. Overall, Smuttynose makes a fine beer here but it's hard to compare this quad with the likes of Rochefort, St. Bernardus, and Pannepot. Still, at $6 a bomber its a nice bold and boozy beer to sip on for a while.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2011 23:52:12 | More by Kinsman
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District of Columbia

3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A slightly hazy, deep mahogany-red color. The tan head is huge, dense, and foamy. Retention is nice, with very good lacing.

S: Some spice, yeast, and vinous hints. Definite dark fruit notes - raisins/plums. A healthy dose of table sugar. Slight hints of cocoa powder. A touch of alcohol is evident, as expected.

T: Loads of brown sugar, with some caramel and toffee. Some refined sugar as well. A big dose of raisin/grape flavor - quite sweet. Some spices - mostly cinnamon, along with some subtle cloves. Phenolic notes pop up occasionally, but are rather subdued. Some leafy hop flavor with a little twang of bitterness, although the sweetness buries them pretty firmly.

M: Full bodied and sticky. Carbonation is quite light, lending to the heavy feel.

D: Pretty nice to sip on, although a touch too sweet for my taste. It could use a spicier character in my opinion. This reminds me a lot of Dogfish Head's Raison d'Etre, although Gravitation is more focused and complex. An interesting change-of-pace beer, but too sweet for regular consumption.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2009 02:47:24 | More by Clydesdale
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New York

3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

review from notes taken at the time of tasting

A - Pours a clearish ruby reddish brown with no head at all. Nice, even carbonation.
S - Very nice smelling quad. Cherry, nutmeg. Sweet and complex.
T - YUM!!! I LOVE quads and this one is great. Not nearly as thick and rich as others I've had, but a nice balanced flavor. Alc is there, but works well with the flavor which follows the nose.
M - Tingly and vibrant. Cooling aftervibe. A bit thinner than some other quads.
D - Really good quad. Alc isn't that well hidden, but it works. Really enjoyable and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2010 02:30:27 | More by cosmicevan
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3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Is a clear, dark ruby/mahogany with a short, quickly disappearing head that leaves no lacing. Gave a really hard pour from the 2nd half of the bottle to get a 2 finger head that leaves OK lacing but it still dissapates quickly.

S-A light amount of sweetish, dark fruit. Some alcohol

T-Is a bit of alcohol, dark fig and sugar sweetness plus some malt.

M-Is medium in body.

D-It's a pretty easy drinking Quad but a little sweet. One 22 ouncer is enough.

Not bad at all but not nearly my favorite Quad. It doesn't fit the style all that well.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2009 02:19:17 | More by meatyard
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82 out of 100 based on 488 ratings.