Smuttynose Gravitation (Big Beer Series) | Smuttynose Brewing Company

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608 Ratings
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Smuttynose Gravitation (Big Beer Series)Smuttynose Gravitation (Big Beer Series)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Smuttynose Brewing Company
New Hampshire, United States
smuttynose.com

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.50%

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%
2015 - 12.3%

Added by Oxymoron on 01-01-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
608
Reviews:
307
Avg:
3.65
pDev:
15.07%
 
 
Wants:
35
Gots:
65
For Trade:
2
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3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bottle marked "bottle conditioned 2015 ABV 12.3" poured into a tulip glass at fridge temp. The beer is copper colored with orange highlights when held to light. The head is light khaki and recedes fairly quickly leaving a ring around the glass and no real lacing. The aroma is a beautiful mixture of plum, brown sugar and sweet caramel without any alcohol notes. The taste is similar with sweet caramel, plum, raisin and brown sugar all making a brief appearance. It finishes without any notes of bitterness and no shift in flavor. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, well carbonated and semisweet in the finish. Overall, good. This beer lacks some of the dimensions of a world class example. It has gotten better with age and for the price, it's worth grabbing a couple and tucking them away.

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Photo of papposilenus
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a 22oz bottle, bottle conditioned 2013, served in a tulip.

Pours a reddish-yellowish-amber, sort of like fig preserves or maybe pee the morning after you got kicked in the kidneys. There is no head, so nothing to talk about there. Lots of busy-busy, big-bubbled carbonation which suddenly stops, leaving the glass looking like a Jello shot. Shit, I'm scared.

Smells nice, though. Plums, acorns and tobacco. Also, it might smell a little like those jeans you were wondering whether you needed to put in the laundry.

Actually, it tastes really nice. Maybe I'm just super-suggestible but it tastes like the fig preserves I said it looked like and the plums I said it smelled like. Lots of nice warm fruits, the figs and plums, cherries, walnuts, dried leaf-tobacco and caramel creams. I think I'm going to add points here just because I was expecting it to taste like crap and, in fact, it's really, really good! No trace of the faint copper I detected in the nose and then forgot to write about. Super clean finish.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, no more than medium-bodied and, while there's not much carbonation left after the (apparently) overly-enthusiastic pour I subjected it to, there's still enough to keep it easy-drinking. There's no abv stated on the bottle and, I think, that's just about right because I can't actually taste any alcohol.

Overall, this was an excellent quad! And one of the things that made it so excellent was that I thought it was going to suck! Point of clarification: I don't think this is the same raisin-purée-mess that Todd subjected himself to back in 2010 or, at least, there's no mention of raisins on the label today. It just says that it's abbey style that they've 'tinkered' with and 'tweaked,' whatever the fuck that may mean. It's too bad because I bought this bottle for somebody and then decided to drink it myself after I saw the ratings and it turned out to be fucking awesome. By the way, I drank the whole bottle while I was writing the review, in case you couldn't tell.

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Photo of lochef81
3.36/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mynie
2.79/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours bright orange and kind of flat with no head to speak of.

Smells like a high octane quad. Big ripe fruit and then sharp fruity alcohol that's bordering on that of a bad mead.

Tastes, unfortunately, more like the booze than like the fruit. It's like they were going for a BIG quad but then just let the BIGness totally overwhelm the quadness. Sharp, unpleasant alcohol starts things off, very incredibly sharp, and then ending on some pleasant enough spice and fruit. It's not horrid. I've had worse. But this is still a beer to forget.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Fettpopps
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RRB328
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BigSmooth12
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gkruszewski
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dwoolley1
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dansmcd
3.72/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of wpreynolds
3/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Sabtos
3.69/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Purple-red, with a tan ring.

Aromas of grape and prune both.

Raspberry or maybe dried cranberry flavor coats the mouth with a really frothy body and tons of flavor. A bit tart as well, with cherry in the background.

This is the second quad I've had that is this sweet. At first I thought it was off, but after having Gulden Draak I'm not sure what to think about quads going forward.

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Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DMcGirr
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Newport_beerguy
3.77/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GreatStoutman
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22oz bomber dated 2015.

Pours somewhat murky dark copper color with no head and the faintest of off-white rings.

Smells of Belgian yeast, dark fruits and sweetness.

Taste is dominated by the sweetness and yeast, decent malt and surprisingly high bitterness.

Feel is medium body with long sticky feel.

Overall, I like smuttynose and this is the cheapest 12.3% Belgian I've ever purchased, but it missed the mark for me. Nothing to get excited about here.

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Photo of kdivers
3.81/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nathanmiller
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of whatname
3.52/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CharlesK
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dirk_Chappelle
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rjp217
4.45/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of hop_junkie
3.99/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of PorterLambic
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rich, golden color with a bright, white head. Retention isn't a strong suit, dropping to a wispy film with a minute.
Smell has notes of apples, grapes, rum, nail polish, and some grain.
Taste is apples & grapes again with a very sweet maltiness. Rum and some light spice are in there as well.
Nearly full bodied, very faint carbonation. Sweet and cloying, especially in the aftertaste. Not their best effort.

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Smuttynose Gravitation (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
3.65 out of 5 based on 608 ratings.
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