Smuttynose Gravitation (Big Beer Series) | Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Smuttynose Gravitation (Big Beer Series)Smuttynose Gravitation (Big Beer Series)

Brewed by:
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 obywan59
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

650ml bottle. Bottle conditioned in 2011. Drawing on the label of Icarus falling.

Thick reddish-brown. Carbonation bubbles clinging to the side of the glass before rising up to the 3/4 finger fizzy head that soon totally recedes, now looking more like a wine than beer. No lacing. Different.

Initially, the combination of the Belgian yeast and the raisins reminded me, strangely, of hotdogs. After the beer warmed, the aroma settled down to rich dark fruit and alcohol with some light toasted malt.

Very sweet. Dark fruit, especially raisins. Grapey at times, and rather vinuous. Not cloying to me, but then I heeded the warning of other reviewers and allowed the beer to warm.

Sticky and syrupy to the point of dryness. Almost astringent. Very warming.

Definitely better at room temperature. Full flavored and full bodied. The 12% ABV demands; SIP ME! Personally, I think the raisins meld perfectly with this Belgianh ale. As Emeril would say: Kick it up a notch!

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Photo of YeastEnthusiast
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of PhineasGage
5/5  rDev +36.2%

Photo of papposilenus
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
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 jayhawk73
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
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 ipc2000
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of silver0rlead
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
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 nick76
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The nose is too sweet, it's got fruit (raisins, figs, dark fruit in general), syrup, malt, yeast, and toffee. The appearance is deep amber with a nice head. The flavor is like the aroma. The palate is a tad thin but OK. Overall it's a very decent beer but cloyingly sweet.

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Photo of auxiliary
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

appearance - Brownish color with a small head.

smell - Some caramel and alcohol smells here.

taste - Some caramel and brown sugar, followed by some bitterness.

mouthfeel - Medium-full body.

drinkability - Not bad beer, worth a try, didn't wow me in any way.

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Photo of phingdong
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of ramblinwreck101
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of seplo
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Kinsman
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of erlenmeyer
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of patrick802
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of frlrv1020
4.21/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TaylorK
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Jlang2012
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beefytits4
2/5  rDev -45.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Belgian yeast is disgusting, beer suffers

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Photo of Dbrag
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Photo of LordAdmNelson
3.15/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I wasn't super impressed with this one, which is a shame because I typically have really enjoyed the Smutty Big Beer Series. This one whiffs though at the style. Pours a murky dark brown with very little head that recedes to a small ring around the glass. Fruity aroma, big on the grape/raisin/date aromas, some sticky malt to back it up. Taste is a one note raisin flavor, largely unsupported by other elements. Where's the character? Sweet, sticky, one-note. Not exactly my expectation of a Quad, undercarbonated as well. This one should be pillowy, but it falls flat, just being sticky in the mouth. Ok drinkability, though it is very sweet, and ultimately not very interesting. I love the Smutty BBS, but this one misses.

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Photo of damienblack
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish amber, with a frothy peach colored head. Some decent lacing left around the glass. An ear to the glass tells me this is a pretty well carbonated beer. Smells of peach, nectarine, citrus fruits. Something tells me this is going to be a big sweet malt bomb.

This beer is big on sweet and big on fruity flavors. Tastes of plum, raisin, and some sort of tropical flavor, almost like the strawberry-kiwi juice blends you can buy in the store. Just a hint of hop kick at the end helps ground the flavor, so that the sweetness doesn't become unbearable. The big malt presence just lingers in the throat and on the tongue after, but the fairly high carbonation keeps it feeling fresh. It's actually a pretty light body for the style, much lighter than I'm used to. It's not the highest in alcohol for a beer like this, but still, what it carries is almost undetectable. This is a dangerously drinkable beer, and another solid offering from Smutty. To me, it doesn't really go beyond solid, it's good but not great. It just lacks those extra layers of complexity a great Quad should bear. For a Quad-lite, it is a great introduction to the style.

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Photo of perrymarcus
3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

bomber (22oz) served in a snifter.

pours a murky dark brown / chestnut tone while yielding a 3/4" beige head. moderate head retention and some lacing evident.

nose is bold enough, headlined by a big dose of dark fruits - primarily raisin with a little cherry and some candied sugar. decent aroma, nothing earth-moving.

taste is likewise sweet: dark fruits, caramel malt, and some spice. a bit overly sweet, though i wouldn't call the sweetness cloying. fairly boozy, especially in the finish. medium-full mouthfeel with average carbonation.

overall it's a an decent beer but an average american quad, and would probably fall to below average if you stack it against all quads (read: belgians). ok drinkability as it is moderately enjoyable, just doesn't compare to the kings in the style the rochefort 10s, abt 12s, or westys of the world.

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Photo of samibr
3.94/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of n00blar
4/5  rDev +9%

Smuttynose Gravitation (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 613 ratings
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