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 ef88
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured bomber bottle into goblet.

A: Nice deep amber color to this, but very little head--it's off-white--and minimal lacing. A bubble or two makes its way up every now and then.

S: I'm not picking much up at all (I'll blame my olfactories, not the beer), but when I do, its mostly alcohol and a touch of sweet plum.

T: Malt, aforementioned plum which is contrasted with some toffee, and booze. Not bad at all.

M: W-A-R-M-I-N-G.

D: For a quad, I think I could have another 1 or 2, but there's no need to get greedy, right?

I cracked this open to psyche me up for the ordeal that will be reserving a crate of Westy's (I've never been more excited to wake up at 3am and make a pricey international phone call!...). I'm always going to have a soft spot in my heart for Smuttynose, so if you do too, then I recommend grabbing this.

7.5 weeks until Belgium (and hopefully a crate of Westy's)!

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Photo of CharlieMurphy
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2010 batch

A: Merlot. No head to speak of. Looks flat, stoic, and solid.

S: Cherries, syrup, cognac, oak, aged american barleywine, chcolate cordials, and a lil booze.

T: This is a lot like a port wine: flat, even flavor, of rich dark fruits, warmth and spices. Otherwise - cherries, figs, wet temperate forest in the fall, followed by booze which starts to pierce over time

M: Flattish but holds up well. Carbonation is very low but still holds this beer up and is appropriate for this style

O: Not as vibrant as the aged on tap experiences I've had. I still love old malt bombs like this though, but BA has hardened my once happy go-lucky beer raving about common treats like this. From now on I'm waxing all of these as soon as I get them.

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Photo of tpauer
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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 breweryaprntc13
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark muddy, reddish bronze with a thin light tan head.

Alcohol smell, yeast aromas, dark fruits, plumbs, caramel malts, some graininess.

Complex, sour leads to sweet, mixes of sugary and caramel malts, alcohol notes, citrus hops, fruity finish.

Medium body, low carbonation, wet and rich.

Exciting mix of flavors, absolutely delicious, but too strong for regular consumption.

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Photo of johntangus
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed this beer very much sitting oceanfront watching the tourists frolic in the surf.

Appearance: dark amber with a tan head

Taste: blueberries, raisins, very very sweet

Mouth: a little thin for such a big beer, but i had also tasted a Grand Cru before this one. I think anything would be a little thin after that.

Smelled like blueberries.

A very nice big beer, didn't notice a huge alcohol presence. I and my fellow drinkers could not get away from the blueberry taste, but that may be our inexperienced palate. Although it didn't make the beer any less enjoyable.

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Photo of bilyboy65
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 22oz bomber into a goblet glass.

A: Dark amber color with a minimal light brown head. The head didn't last to long, but there is plenty of film left on the glass from each swirl and sip.

S: There are 2 very powerful and distinct noses pertruding from this glass. That of all the raisins and then of all the malts that are used. They both offer a sweet scent to the nose, but seem to conflict in being the dominant smell. Have a heavy sugar scent from the malts and a heavy fruity scent from the raisins. If there were some roasted malts in this I would think the attempt was to mimic chocolate covered raisins, but as it is it seems like the raisins were only coated with sugar.

T: Conflicted as the nose. Leaves a delightful after taste that makes you want to quickly take another pull.

M: Medium bodied with little trace of it ever being in there.

D: Will easily fit as a desert or with a meal beer. Multiple options with drinking this one.

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Photo of keithmurray
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ML bottle poured into a chalice

Appearance - beer pours a brown colour with nice tan head

Aroma - I'm picking up red wine, grapes, plums, raisins, currants, brown sugar

Taste - similar to the aroma, grapes, plums, raisins, currants, brown sugar, black licorice, finish isnt as refined as other representations of this style

mouthfeel - medium bodied beverage, good carbonation on this one, a tad sweet

Drinkability - at 8.5% abv, the booze is barely detectable, which makes for good drinking on a chilly night.

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Photo of Jimlikesbeer
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured with a nice head that disappeared within the first minute. Really nice flavor but lacked finish. Taste did not linger. As a quadruple, I would give it a medium overall rating. But for the price 8.99 for 22oz bottle, not bad at all.

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Photo of SirSketch
3.66/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Blood red and murky colored with a husky head that sticks.

S - Loads of dark fruits, including raisin. Heavy bread dough, too. Alcohol is very apparent.

T - There is a real roller coaster ride of flavors! The raisin suggested in the aroma is there but not overpowering, along with a fruity sweetness similar to cherries. Slightly sour taste at times. The flavors masks the alcohol better than the aroma did.

M/D - Very sticky mouth feel after each sip welcomes the next one! The only downside is that it is so filling it is hard to finish.

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Photo of jonziefle
3.66/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From notes:

Appearance: Poured a deep crimson read, clear, and with carbonation present. One finger light tan bubbly/foamy head, which reduced to a thin layer. Some lacing present.

Smell: Sweet (but with a hint of sourness) malts, slightly bready and yeasty. Alcohol nose comes right through. Very crisp, with light but sharp hops.

Taste: Sweet and oily hops come through. Tastes of dark fruit (grape/raisin) and brown sugar, with some pineyness. Didn't get too much of the malts though, taste seemed to be the reverse of the nose.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied and "tingly" in the mouth. Somewhat oily feeling.

Drinkability: Very good. An excellent sippin' beer. While its on the sweet side and not overall balanced, it still is very appealing. Interesting mouth feel.

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Photo of brentk56
3.67/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2009 bottling

Appearance: Pours a cloudy mahogany with an unimpressive head (for a Belgian style); spots of lace

Smell: Jammy combination of cherry, raisin and plum with undertones of caramel and candi sugar

Taste: Sweet, raisin and cherry tones dominate up front (with the 200 pounds of raisin puree coming through); the other fruit and caramel flavors burst through, as well, though the flavors are rather jammy; after the swallow, the complexity fails to develop - just the sweet, jammy flavors that persist into the finish

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Not really a quad and a bit too sweet and jammy to be really enjoyable; some recipe tweaking would be in order

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Photo of Stunner97
3.67/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

appearance- dark brown with thin white head off pour fadin fast, no carbonation what so ever,

smell- off nose very malty and sweet, raisons and rummy alcohol smell, rather sweet nose but not bad

Taste- off first sip my first impression was just loads of malty sweetness, little bit of dryness comes on back end to balance it a bit, definite boozyness at this stage that i dont mind but some might bit,

Mouthfeel- smooth low carbonation and bit heavy

Drinkability- i actually really enjoy some aspects of this flavor profile though its definitely got a bit of heat and bit boozy at this stage, but the malt flavor to me up front is quite enjoyable, i do like this beer but its very strong and far from fast drinker, a good beer not great at this point but decent

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Photo of tommy5
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of cpetrone84
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours a dark red, almost brown liquid with a slight haze. The head is two full fingers, somewhat thick and has solid retention. The lace is pretty thick and holds very strong.

S-the nose is pretty huge but not what I was expecting. Faint notes of toasted bread with a ton of caramel and slightly burnt brown sugar. Dark fruits of raisin and fig are faint and light towards the back. There is also a fair hop profile with resignous pine and some citric hops.

T-the taste is also big and resembles a barleywine moreso than a quad. Tons of sweet caramel up front with notes of brown sugar. Extreme malt sweetness with additions of sticky dark fruits, raisins and figs. Notes of chocolate and molasses in the middle with just a touch of hops in the back

M-this is medium, smooth, creamy, and syrupy. It coats the mouth and is quite wet and oily throughout. The carbonation is low and keeping it smooth.

D-this is a pretty big beer with very solid flavors and a nice complexity. It isn't really like a quad that much as but still a very tasty and smooth drinking beer

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Photo of gearbike
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of harryhops
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of JMS1512
3.69/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sabtos
3.69/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Purple-red, with a tan ring.

Aromas of grape and prune both.

Raspberry or maybe dried cranberry flavor coats the mouth with a really frothy body and tons of flavor. A bit tart as well, with cherry in the background.

This is the second quad I've had that is this sweet. At first I thought it was off, but after having Gulden Draak I'm not sure what to think about quads going forward.

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Photo of Rbodacious
3.69/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kwjd
3.69/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with very little head. Smell of raisins and dried fruit is very strong, with some of the Belgian yeast coming through. Flavour has lots of raisin and cherry, with maybe a hint of chocolate. Carbonation seemed to be a little bit weak for the style. Not one of my favourite quads, but still a really nice beer.

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

22oz bomber dated 2015.

Pours somewhat murky dark copper color with no head and the faintest of off-white rings.

Smells of Belgian yeast, dark fruits and sweetness.

Taste is dominated by the sweetness and yeast, decent malt and surprisingly high bitterness.

Feel is medium body with long sticky feel.

Overall, I like smuttynose and this is the cheapest 12.3% Belgian I've ever purchased, but it missed the mark for me. Nothing to get excited about here.

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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 barnzy78
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber, poured reddish-brown with a foamy, tan head that dissipated quickly as expected for the ABV. Aromas are sweet and boozy with caramel and toffee, not much Belgian. Tastes are sweet and boozy once again. Complex notes of toffee, candi sugar, caramel, brown sugar, and raisin. Reminds me of liquid butter toffee? Not as much Belgian influence as I'd hoped for. Mouth-feel is buttery and smooth, full-boded and syrupy. Finishes sweet with a slight prickle on the palate from the alcohol, which is relatively well concealed given the massive ABV. Overall, I really enjoyed this, but it seemed to lack the Belgian qualities I was expecting for a quad. It seemed to be a great American Strong Ale at best. It is still worth the try if you can find it, as I really did enjoy it....again, just not what I expected.

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

Smuttynose Gravitation (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
3.65 out of 5 based on 613 ratings.
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