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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)

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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Ratings: 613 |  Reviews: 308
Photo of CloudStrife
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle poured into a snifter. 2013 notched on the label.

A: Pours a cloudy orangish ruby with a half finger off white head. Actually a decent amount of carbonation in the brew. Not really much lacing. Head dissipates to the edges in a minute or so.

S: Certainly pulls together for an overall belgian aroma. Lots of the raisin and fig come through. No doubt a boozy background. Malt comes out more as the brew warms up.

T: Pretty dark brew if dark were a flavor. Loads of malt and dark fruits. The belgian yeast is pleasant providing some banana qualities. Alcohol doesn't come out as much as I expected but its still there. Not too sweet.

M: Thick mouthfeel with low carbonation. Has a heavy feel to it but that can be expected with these ingredients.

Overall glad I picked up a bottle of this and can imagine it sitting well in the cellar. A little less complex than some of the authentic belgian quads but still a very big beer.

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3/5  rDev -18.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

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

Bottle-conditioned in 2013

A: Pours a slightly hazy amber/mahogany color with almost zero head

S: Lots of fruity, spicy Belgian yeast along with a hint of alcohol and sweet bready malts. Nicely complex

T: Starts off with some dark fruits, spicy yeast, and alcohol. Moves into sweet malts with more fruitiness from the alcohol. Again, fairly complex

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation

O: Nice and complex for an American-brewed quad, with decent drinkability right now. Definitely see this one getting better with age as the alcohol mellows and the maltiness can shine more. As always with the Smuttynose big beer series, the bombers are priced very nicely, so you might as well get a few and throw them in the cellar

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark amber and quite cloudy. Small, but steady head. Good ring lace.

Too much of a dishwasher smell to give a fair review. But let's see if we can get past that. My I initial impression is of beer that emphasizes the malty and the Belgian yeast flavors. Strong alcohol finish.

First impression is the presence of the Belgian yeast, strong and potent. Highly carbonated, with a round, almost skim milk consistency. Very much like the traditional Belgian Pale Ale. The finish is mildly sweet with a strong alcohol presence.

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4/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev +9%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

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

Bottled in 2013

A-a clear orange, amber color with a fingers worth of cream head that quickly disappears to leave a layer of lace

S-sticky malt, raisins, caramel, spicy Belgian yeast, and rum soaked fruit

T-taste is similar to the smell, getting a lot of caramel malt, raisins, spicy yeast. The 2013 bottle says its 11.3% ABV which is definitely noticeable, but not too overbearing

M-medium body, light carbonation, sticky mouthfeel

Overall not as good as some quads I've had, but has a nice blend of flavors and the alcohol isn't too in your face. I like it.

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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

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4/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev +9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

Photo of rfbenavi80
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle received in a trade. Bottle poured into a snifter.

A- Pours a very deep, almost what one would call an Autumnal burnt orange color with an extremely small amount of cream colored head that did not linger at all, dissipating to a thin ring around the edge of the glass.

S- Rum soaked raisins hit you in the face immediately. Other dark fruits are in the mix also, black cherries come to mind. Spicy Belgian yeast combined with insane amounts of candi sugar, and rich Belgian Specialty Malts give this one a rich, sweet smell with some alcohol considering the ABV.

T- Follows nose well. A rummy, raisin flavor is dominate. A nice rich, full beer here with lots of intense sweet flavors going on. A nice blend of spicy Belgian yeast, candi caramelized sugar, and rich dark fruits.

M- On the low side of full-bodied. Moderately low amount of carbonation. Huge amount of warming feeling from the 12.5% ABV.

O- Don't really understand the low score on this one. I think this is a solid Quad with an added bonus of the raisin puree. I think Smuttynose was simply playing with the dark fruit aspect of many a great Belgian Quads. That being said, this one is enjoyable to say the least. A must try? Maybe not, but a solid beer nonetheless.

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