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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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Ratings: 536
Reviews: 296
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 15.66%
Wants: 32
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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Ratings: 536 | Reviews: 296
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2.94/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

A - Ruby pour with little to no head. Almost looked like slightly soapy water. Not the best looking beer I've come across.

S - Rum, raisins, and brown sugar. Some band-aid & medicinal aromas peak through, but its pretty one dimensional. Smells very hot (as the beer warms up).

T - I know its used a lot, but this one really follows the nose. The overpowering raisin-y, almost cloying sweet sugary malty flavors dominate the beer. Not getting any yeast/bready aromas. Very boozy as well.

M - Creamy and very, very hot.

D - Not what I was expecting, not an ideal but rather mediocre quad. However, I find it rather enjoyable as I sit here after a long day at work.

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2.98/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Standard American bomber opens with a light pop. Poured into a tulip glass, the Gravitation pours a slightly muddled burnished copper with a half inch of off white cap. Head settles to and maintains a light ring.

Aroma is sweet with dark cherry holding up some rich dried fruit. Raisin, plum, dates and prunes even. Alcohol notes are pretty volatile. Bit of brown sugar spice. Belgian yeast notes are light beyond the dark fruit presence but unique and slightly intriguing.

Taste follows along the same lines. Lots of dark fruit and brown sugar. A bit thick and oily, somewhat sweet and syrupy as for the feel. ABV is noted in the smell but rather subdued in the flavor department. A testament I would say to the residual sweetness of this beer. The alcohol does hit you swiftly however, and not a surprise at a robust 12%.

Feel again is a bit rich for the style as I prefer a better attenuated Quad. Complexity is also a bit lacking on the finish. On the flip side this beer does gain strength as it warms into the 60's I would guess but I'm not sure it's worth the calories.

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3/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume III, Issue II:

A new Quad from the Smuttynose Big Beer Series of rotating strong beers. This one is brewed with 200 pounds of raisin purée per batch--WTF.

Rich mahogany with ruby hues and a beige head that fizzes (you can hear it) down to barely a ringed lace. Major fruity esters, boozy, strawberry-rhubarb jam, ripe plum, raisin and underlying malty tones in the nose with a hint of earthy root vegetables. Thick on the palate; vicious, chewy, slick and silky mouthfeel. Slight creaminess from a spritz of fine carbonation. Massive sweetness up front, cloying, with rich toffee, a ton of toastiness (perhaps a bit too much specialty malt?) and some dry chocolate. This is all overpowered by intense fruity esters and a massive raisin presence that gets real jammy at times. Spicy. Slight warmth. Medicinal too, which just tastes too much like cough syrup. At this stage, it's hard to finish, but we did and things due mellow as the beer warms.

We're major Smutty fans across the board, so it pains us deeply to criticize, but this is nowhere near a Belgian Quad. Unfortunately, everyone will compare this to a Quad, as that's what they call it on the label and they failed to mention the most unique ingredient used in the beer--raisin purée! That said, kudos for creating something innovative.

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3/5  rDev -17.6%

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3/5  rDev -17.6%

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3/5  rDev -17.6%

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3/5  rDev -17.6%

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3/5  rDev -17.6%

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3/5  rDev -17.6%

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3/5  rDev -17.6%

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3/5  rDev -17.6%

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3/5  rDev -17.6%

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3/5  rDev -17.6%

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3/5  rDev -17.6%

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3/5  rDev -17.6%

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3/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I haven't been drinking a lot of quads, this one seems slightly sweeter than average to me, but a very average brew.

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3/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear reddish amber, which is unusually light colored for a Belgian Quadrupel. Low head retention, just a fine ring of bubbles around the perimeter.

Smells malty sweet and boozy, with a little spice.

Tastes very sweet (cloyingly so) and boozy. It tastes like a (not very exceptional) port wine, maybe that is due to the raisin puree that is added. A tinge of hoppy bitterness in the finish.

Body is light, with little carbonation, gives this a flat mouthfeel.

Drinkability is low, due to the ABV of 12% and little else flavorwise going on. I'd have to say it does not live up to a Belgian quadrupel in flavor; only in the alcohol blitz which, unlike Belgian quads, is not matched by a diversity of interestingly complex flavors. Maybe it would be better for Smuttynose to just say it is a raisin beer, like Dogfish Head's Raisin D'extra--but that would not garner any extra points either. It begs the question: Why do people not like raisin beers? Are raisins too foreign an adjunct to beer?

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3/5  rDev -17.6%

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3/5  rDev -17.6%

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3/5  rDev -17.6%

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3/5  rDev -17.6%

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3/5  rDev -17.6%

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3/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz into a snifter.

A big Quad from Smuttynose? Sounds interesting enough to warrant the $7.99 price tag. About the highest ABV brew you'll find in Ohio these days, dangerously rubbing up against the ABV cap's shins like a drunken, frisky cat .

Looks average at best. This beer actually has a decent color - brown with red highlights. But there's no sign of any carbonation. I don't expect nor want a milkshake thick head on a quad, but can a brother get a touch of film and light lace? This looks like brandy in my glass.

Smell is raisin and alcohol. Sweet and sugary, with just too bold an ethanol base. Not great, but there are a few elements of the quad - dark ripe fruit and some brown sugar - too.

Taste is also just lackluster. There's nothing Belgian about this, just a caramel and raisin bomb that is way too boozy. Some toffee, vanilla and fig as well, but all dominated by a burning fusel alcohol that lingers and just ruins it.

Mouthfeel is syrupy and not well carbed. Just not great, average at best, and finish is a frying pan over the head of stinging alcohol.

Gravitiation is it's name. Perhaps gravity really was at work here, and what went up (Smuttynose Big Beer Series) eventually fell back down. At any rate, I expect a bit more from these guys and just didn't see it here. A bit less focus on the raisins and a bit lower ABV would make this much more tolerable. It comes off like a homebrewer's poor attempt at a Trappist 10 or 12.

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3/5  rDev -17.6%

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Smuttynose Gravitation (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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