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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Smuttynose Brewing Company
New Hampshire, United States

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

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Photo of mothman
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours 1/4 of beige head. Decent retention with some lace. Color is a burnt ruby hued red/brown.

Aroma: Grapes, plums, caramel malts, apricots, sweet toffee, dark fruits raisins, and a big oak flavor.

Taste: Big , sweet, rich, and malty. Tons of dark dried fruits, cherries, raisins, plums, vanilla, licorice. Some booze shines through here. Toasted malts, caramel, and toffee.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, creamy, and warm. Medium to full bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends malty with some heat.

Overall, a pretty decent quad. Good price on the bomber. Lots of solid traits coming from this one. Why a bomber though? Split it and you'll be fine, but a bomber solo on this one is way too much.

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Photo of augustgarage
3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Courtesy of ShogoKawada (always there to fulfill my Smuttynose fix! - thank you sir).

Poured from a 22oz bomber into my Trappist Westvleteren goblet. 2009 vintage.

Falu red body which glows like lava when held to the light. A thin buff collar fizzes gently while faint patterns swirl around the center of the glass. Light sandy lacing, delicate viscous legs.

Figs, dates, prunes, atop dark malt and roasty/nutty syrup aromas.

Excellent flavor follows the nose closely, but adds brown sugar, a decent level of hops (grassy, earthy, and slightly bitter), and finishes malty, somewhat sweet, and with significant alcohol. At times, the latter seems like it is a cover for the lack of yeast, but isn't solventy...

Medium bodied, delicate carbonation, not quite as effervescent as I would prefer for the style - but not bad.

Flavor-wise this reminds me more of a dubbel than a quad (of course the sneaky ABV says otherwise), but still a solid Belgian-influenced beer (if not quite on par with their farmhouse ale).

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Photo of silver0rlead
3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a deep brown with ruby highlights, and a thin tan head that retains as well as you could expect from a 12% beer. The aroma kicks it up a notch with big dark fruits upfront (notes of blackberry, cherry, grape and plum), along with cane and candy sugar, toasted bread, funky esters, a little white peppercorn, and a little alcohol. The flavor starts out with dark fruits as well, with notes of strawberry jam, raspberry, grape, and blueberry, along with a massive sugary sweetness, along with some funky esters, honey wheat bread, and a big alcohol wallop. The mouthfeel is velvety and drinkability is bordering on bad. This is a decent quad, but it's a little under-attenuated (even at 12%) and thus too sweet and one dimensional.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Deep ruby red with a one finger head.

S-Dark fruits, plums, clove

T-Dark fruits, clove and banana.

M-Medium bodied but lacking in carbonation.

O-One of the few Quads I've had with banana flavors. The dark fruits I normally associate were there as well but this one had a nice touch of banana.

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Photo of hoppyhobby
3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours to a dark clear cola color with an average tan head. The head dissipates pretty quickly. Sparse lacing.

S - Malty and beady sourdough aroma.

T - Has some sweetness with some bubble gum overtones that is typical of most Belgium styles.

M - Good body that leaves an oily or thick mouth feel. Has a syrupy sweetness.

D- I'm enjoying this beer as it satisfies the desire to find something different in a craft beer. It has a unique flavor and it's not overpowering. The alcohol is there but there is no burn or bite.

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Photo of avalon07
3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a ruby color and a slightly cloudy texture. There was a thin amount of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Almost no lacing.

S: A strong smell of various types of fruit, phenols and malt.

T: Tasted of apples, raisins, malt, and yeast. Very sharp and acidic, but not unpleasantly so.

M: A decent amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: Although not my favorite quad, this is still a drinkable example of the style.

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Photo of Boone757
3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of stephens101
3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The dark brown pour would almost be black if it weren't for some diffuse shades of subtle red. A smallish tan head quickly fades and leaves a couple of spots of lace as evidence. Smells of dark fruits, sweet bread, phenols and some earthiness underneath it all. A bit of sourness is evident upon closer inspection. Tastes of sour dark fruits, grain, and more sweet bread. A nice alcohol heat warms the ending and some spices emerge later on. Fairly smooth going down, and I would say it's medium to heavy, but doesn't have a lot of weight on the stomach. A little hop bite would add dimensions to this brew, but I have no major complaints.

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Photo of LuckySevens82
3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber bought at Big C Liquors

Pours a deep reddish brown with about a half finger of off-white head. Lacing is okay.

Smell is toasted malts, loads of ripe fruits, some belgian candi sugar, a little bit of a hop aroma. It's pretty inviting.

Taste highlights pretty basic belgian. Loads of plum and fig flavors, a bit of that toasty flavor that I mentioned as well. Not normal for a belgian, but it works really well with this beer's big flavors. Some spice: cinnamon, clove, a bit of coriander.

Mouthfeel is a bit slick for my liking. I prefer my quads to be a bit more carbonated, but overall a good drinking beer and another great offering from Smuttynose. So glad that they've finally made it to Florida!

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber color with good dark ruby highlights when held up to the light, smallish head that fades fast, doesn't leave any lacing.

Smell is a fairly typical Belgian, strong malt aroma with hints of banana and dark fruits

Taste is very creamy and slick, very very slick and buttery, good maltiness with a strong banana presence, strong carbonation prickles the mouth in a good way, pretty sweet and candied.

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Photo of cornucopia
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of John_M
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours a dark brown color with good head retentiona and lacing. On the nose, I get quite a bit brown suggar and molasses, with a hint of vanilla and underlying spice. On the palate, this beer is pretty rich and sweet, with chocolate, cherry, vanilla and a touch of coffee. Mouthfeel is rich, long, soft and creamy. Alcohol is pretty well disguised, though you can tell it's up there a bit. However, the excessive sweetness hurt this beer's drinkability just a bit.

Still, all things considered, this is a pretty tasty beer from Smuttynose. Not bad at all.

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Photo of Auror
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dmorgan310
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 51mmz0rz
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a 0.5L Duvel tulip.

A: Perfectly clear garnet red body with a loose tan head. Good lacing.

S: Very fruity, likely the grape puree coming through. Slightly yeasty as well.

T: Sweet and yeasty. Fruity again from the grapes. Slight bitterness (little light there) Might be a little sweet, but still damn tasty.

M: Carbonation seems appropriate, lower than normal. Mouthfeel is close to being sticky but not quite there.

D: Good, but big, a little sweet.

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Photo of superspak
3.94/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into chalice, 2015 vintage bottling. Pours slightly hazy deep orange/copper color with a 1 finger dense off white head with poor retention, that reduces to a thin ring pretty quickly. Minimal lacing on the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of golden raisin, plum, fig, pear, apple, grape, light banana, pepper, clove, caramel, toasted bread, candi sugar, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast and bready/candi sugar malt notes; with good strength. Taste of golden raisin, plum, pear, apple, grape, light banana, pepper, clove, caramel, candi sugar, toasted bread, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Good amount of yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of golden raisin, plum, fig, pear, apple, grape, light banana, pepper, clove, caramel, candi sugar, toasted bread, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity and robustness of fruity/spicy yeast and bready/candi sugar malt flavors; with a great malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth and slightly slick/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice pale Quadrupel style! All around good balance, robustness, and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast and bready/candi sugar malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the huge ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.94/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly murky brown with little head. What head there is fades away to a very thin ring. Smells extremely fruity with cherry, plum, and raisin notes. The taste is similar, but with a brown sugar sweetness throughout as well. The mouthfeel is smooth, rich, and slightly sweet. Not bad, but a little simplistic.

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Photo of samibr
3.94/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of n2pux
3.94/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A pretty beer in a goblet. Reddish/brown color with a modest size white head. An aroma of raisin bread, fruity, and a whiff of alcohol. A taste of dark fruit, and bready, making it a fairly chewy beer. A little too much on the sweet side, but still a nice beer.

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Photo of blackie
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a modest cream colored head over a deep garnet beer, carbonation eventually dies back to a thin ring

s: rich tree fruit aroma - pulpy plum and cherry most apparent with some toasty malts lurking underneath, a bit on the sweeter side with the fruit and raw sugars, pleasant aromatics but lacking the delicacy of a finer quad

m: carbonation on the light side of medium with a slick, medium-full body

t: loads of fruit flavor in the cherry and plum malt body, raw sugars with a light toasty malt coming out towards the finish, sweet but not distractingly so, subtly hopped, same deal as the aroma - nice flavors but lacking the balance of a fine Belgian

d: just fine

bomber from Whole Foods Reston a few months ago

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Photo of jayhawk73
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color w/ a thin one finger cocoa head. The head quickly goes down to a sliver. Decent lacing on my snifter glass as well. This beer isn't a black hole, and you can see the carbonation swirling around when held to the light. In the nose I get caramel malt, raisin, date, fig. Pretty tasty smelling, although not quite in the realm of the best in style. The thing I'm missing in this brew is belgian yeast- it's like a gaping hole in an otherwise solid brew. Taste is the same as the nose, with the raisins and figs really coming out. Slight alcohol burn on the aftertaste, but I like that in big beers. Mouthfeel is a little on the thin/dry side for what I'd like, but it's not bad. Overall, this is a pretty decent brew. Definitely not a world class Quad, but I enjoyed it. Cheers.

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Photo of drewba
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Bevdaddy for throwing this in with a trade!

A - Pours a beautiful, thick burgundy with a few bubbles which completely dissappear almost immediately.

S - very sweet, a touch boozy. Heavy molasses and raisin.

T - Lightly toasted malts, molasses, raisin, figs. Noticeable hop presence, very sweet and dry.

M - oily, creamy. Light carbonation. Highly drinkable.

I'm new to belgian style quadrupels, I generally shy away from the style, but this was an incredibly enjoyable brew, enough to keep me interested to try more quads in the future.

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Photo of morebeergood
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have a 2009 vintage bottle in my cellar, and since Sat night was a special occasion and a hurricane rolled into one, I decided to open it. Still a ton of carbonation left. Popped the cap, and the foam slowly crept to the top and just dribbled over the top. Poured into the chalice glass very slowly to avoid overflow. Crisp bubbly carbonation, like soda. Dark garnet ruby color. Good head and nice amount of lacing. The aroma just fills your nose with cherry. The taste was quite sweet. Flavors of dark fruit were striking - cherry, fig, plum, and raisins. Very sugary also, which took away from the mouthfeel a bit. It was thick and somewhat cloying on the palate. But overall I liked this beer. I remember when this beer first came out, people were saying this beer was too hot with the abv and needed some aging. After two years, it certainly mellowed out a bit without losing any flavor. This was a nice beer on a rainy night paired with a chocolate dessert.

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Photo of D_macedo
3.96/5  rDev +8.5%

Smuttynose Gravitation (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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