Smuttynose Gravitation (Big Beer Series) | Smuttynose Brewing Company

BA SCORE
83
good
607 Ratings
THE BROS
70
okay
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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:
607
Reviews:
306
Avg:
3.65
pDev:
15.07%
 
 
Wants:
35
Gots:
65
For Trade:
2
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 607 |  Reviews: 306
Photo of JOldewurtel
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lettsgo3
4.09/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Chickenhawk9932
4.11/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a nice Amber with a slight white bubbly head that quickly dissipates.

Smells of spice, clove and cardamom, sour yeast, bread, and dark fruit :raisin, fig, plum.

Taste fellows the nose some spice bitterness with notes of clove and cardamom. Then, a slightly breads malt middle gives way to rich, dark fruit notes : fig, raisin, plum. It finishes dry and crisp, very drinkable and delicious.

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Photo of madelfonatree
3.86/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

2013 vintage enjoyed October 1 in a Hopslam tulip/snifter.

I did not have high expectations for this beer as I bought it with other "expired" Big Beer Series beers for pennies on the dollar. Keep in that in mind when I rate this beer higher than others. Why is the rating so low?!

Look - Bright red, almost pink when held to the light. See through. The head was slim to none and didn't stick around long. It had think bubbles and was a little off white. There is no lacing to speak of because of this.

Smell - Booze on the rum side of things. Grape. Raisin. Caramel. Low rating due to alcohol strength.

Taste - Booze doesn't come on strong until the finish. Very sweet. Grape and raisin. Caramel. Spicy. I can only assume based on the reviews this beer has mellowed with age.

Feel - Sticky. Heavy. No alcohol. Syrup. Alcohol burn.

Overall - Very disconnected ratings on this one. Two years must have done this beer well. Very sweet but strong flavor to go with it.

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Photo of 2ellas
3.82/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of WickedBeer
4.53/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

For a while this Belgian quad topped my list of favorite beers. It still does, with its deep Amber color and smooth feel. I will say it's a much different experience sipping from a bottle (as may seem obvious), so if possible find a draft keg of this superb quad, or at least make sure you sip it from a stemmed chalice or some sort of wide-bottomed flute glass! Highly recommended.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

look: Handsome clear copper. Modest head.
smell: Dark fruit. some yeast, pretty rich nose.
taste: Sweet raisins with a strong but tame boozy taste. Quite good. I guess I'm weird or maybe my palate sucks as this is quite good to me though the ratings here (82 for overall and 70 for the Brothers as I write this) aren't so great.

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

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

Photo of mthomp081
3.71/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pat61
4.21/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours cloudy chestnut under a 1” cream to tan foam collar. S: Rich dark malts, traces of banana and anise. T: Caramel and dark dried fruit, sweet, prune and plums, raisins, F: Medium to medium high carbonation, fine textured bubbles, creamy full body, not syrupy. O: A good, fruity quad.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Rootscipio
4.04/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PatGreer
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ALC82
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jkane101
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of RickS95
3.37/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a relatively par for the course peachy orange color with little to no head. Its high ABV keeps the bubbles at bay and even a swirl does little to liven it. Slight haze with some floaties. Practically no lace.

Lovely smell with lots of boozy and fruity and that burnt sugar Belgian yeast. Caramel and brown sugar. I'm sure hops are in there somewhere but they're a bit player at best as this beer is built on and shows off its malt and yeast base.

The yeast dominates providing a white pepper and green apple punch. Boozy and medicinal flavors. Faint floral hops.

It's a very strong beer at 12.3% ABV and it feels every bit of it and then some. Extremely warming. After just a couple sips my tongue threw in the white flag and my throat was hot.

A very average beer that's mostly rough around the edges. Probably some cellar time would do this beer some good. It's got nice traits, they just don't come together well.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.44/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

2.44/5: I don't like it: too damn boozy and too damn undefined in its flavor

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

Photo of Murphious
3.64/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Nick4444
4.33/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of mattcrill
4.24/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aroma: Dark berry and raisin fruit esters pop out of the glass. Slight pepper phenols that are appropriate and Belgian yeast driven.

Appearance: Hazy amber pour with a low white head. Head retention is fair.

Flavor: Big fruity esters with white pepper like Belgian phenols. Earthy hop bitterness. Balance is to the earthy bitterness. Slight sweet maple syrup asserts as the beer warms up. Finish is clean and dry. Aftertaste is quick with peppery spiciness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium-high carbonation. Slight carbonic bite and a touch of alcohol heat. No astringency noted.

Overall impression: A unique, fruity slant on a Belgian Dark Strong Ale. Not sure why all the debate and consternation. This beer delivers as advertised. Worth a shot.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.84/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Smuttynose Gravitation (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
3.65 out of 5 based on 607 ratings.
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