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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3/5  rDev -18.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of abrand
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber as an extra poured into a snifter glass

Pours a deep cola brown color with a small quick fading head that leaves a few bubbles on top. Pretty dark for a quad. Smell is sweet and full of sugar and raisins. Very pleasant smelling. Taste is very good. Nice sweetness up front with some bitter malts to finish the taste. Raisins and plums dominate the flavor. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and good carbonation. Overall I enjoyed this. Very good quad.

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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of andylipp
4.02/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a 2011 vintage bomber poured into a Corsendonk tulip, my standard taster.

A – Pours hazy opaque copper with a tan head that recedes quickly.

S – Sweet malts, candy sugar, dark dried fruits, some alcohol.

T – Liquid fruitcake. A sweet, treacle-y start and then the dark fruits whack your palate around a bit. A kiss of alcohol in the finish with just enough bitterness to balance it out makes this a wonderful sipper.

M – Coats the tongue with fruity, malty goodness. Just the right carbonation.

O – Is it “true to style?” Who the fuck cares, it’s delicious. Besides, the Quad style is a moving target. This 2011 edition is pretty big (12.5%!) but not as syrupy as the 2010 version thanks to the candi sugar. Also, while I found this beer to have a characteristic alcohol “hotness” when it was fresh (like many of the Smutty Big Beers), eight months in the cellar has done wonders for this brew in that regard.

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4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of ngeunit1
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy amber-brown with a finger of frothy tan-khaki colored head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of raisins and other sweet dark fruits and caramelized sugars with some dark caramel malts, candi sugar, Belgian yeast spices, and some booze.

T - Starts off with lot so raisins and other sweet dark fruits with some caramelized malts and dark caramel malts. Through the middle, some Belgian yeast spices come through alongside some vanilla, and candi sugar. The finish is a mix of caramelized sugars and dark fruits, with some Belgian yeast spices, and some booze.

M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth and a bit syrupy with a sweet and warming finish.

D - Very drinkable. Lots of dark fruit and residual sugar sweetness, but enough body and booze to provide some balance.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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3/5  rDev -18.3%

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3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of BostonHops
3.28/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | 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 - although it comes close. fairly boozy, especially in the finish. medium-full mouthfeel with average carbonation.

overall it's an average american quad, and would probably fall to below average if you stack it against all quads (read: belgians included). wasn't expecting rochefort 10 here but even by american standards it's fairly middling.

(originally reviewed: 10-03-2011)

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4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in 2011 and enjoyed in June, 2012.

This pours a cloudy tan-amber color with cottony, cloudy bubbles sitting atop it.

There are notes of caramel and raisins on the aroma, along with a boozy rum scent. I get hints of sweet cherries and candi syrup. It’s a rich aroma, full and forward.

The flavor comes through with notes of dark plums, almost like a thick, syrupy prune juice. The beer is full bodied, and it needs to be to stand up to everything going on. Flavor coats the mouth with the obvious raisin puree flavors and an evident booziness that is mellow (although I can imagine this running hot while young) and just to the side of sweet. Held up exceptionally well.

There’s a warming effect, especially as the beer opens up and is allowed to linger on the palate. It’s a wonderful, wonderfully complex brew, even if it dares defy styles.

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4/5  rDev +9%

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3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to El Nopalero for sharing this one.

Orange amber, slightly hazy. It is not as dark as most quadruples.

Low carbonation but big bubbles.

Smells like alcohol, raisons and cherry.

There was a lot going on with the taste: cherries, rum punch, notes of chocolate, Asian plum sauce, chocolaty graham cracker aftertaste, slight metallic finish.

I’ll have another.

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4.42/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A & S are appropriate indicators of the beer's dessert, chocolate-and-caramel taste. Dark syrup in color with a light, pastry-like lace. Scent is deliciously sweet. M is heavy, and reminiscent of a quality milk and coffee drink.

Overall this is a cohesive and approachable beer, with a few surprises that are easily appreciated.

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4/5  rDev +9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.03/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber

A - hazy dark copper almost brown, very slight off-white head that stayed around for maybe a second, thin layer around the glass no lacing.

S - Wow, very rich; raisins, candied fruits, slight maltiness.

T - Too syrupy for me, very heavy, lots of candied fruit, alcohol is well hidden but you know it is there.

M - Heavy

O - Too rich for my taste

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3/5  rDev -18.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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