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Smuttynose Big Beer Series: Gravitation



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RATINGS: 434   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6/5   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 24   EST. CALORIES: 369   ABV: 12.3%
Gravitation Belgian Quad is the newest offering in the Smuttynose Big Beer Series. This strong 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. The beer weighs in at 8.5% ABV from a starting gravity of 23 degrees Plato.

2010 - 10% ABV
2015 - 12.3% AVB

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
melush (2949) - SPAIN - OCT 17, 2016
Bottle 65cl @ LaBIRRAtorium, Madrid, Spain. A: Hazy amber. T: Yeast, sweet, raisins, citrus.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JStax (5469) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - OCT 12, 2016
Draft sample at the source. The beer is a hazy copper with a white head of foam. Aroma is boozy and sweet. Lots of toffee and caramel notes. Very sweet. Big body and medium carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Torrefacto (1458) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUN 10, 2016
Ámbar limpio y espuma marfil. Aromas de frutas confitadas. Candy. Cuerpo medio y sabor como en aroma, final seco que no compensa el dulzor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
djd07 (10520) - Houston, Texas, USA - APR 12, 2016
Bottle. Pours a cloudy orange with medium off white head that lasts. The aroma is citrus, yeast, caramel. Medium mouth, dark fruit, pure sugar, boozy finish, decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
drjay44 (3436) - Salida, Colorado, USA - APR 5, 2016
651 ml. bottle. Bottle conditioned 2015. Pours a medium, poorly retained ivory head, with no lacing, over a slightly hazy orange amber (SRM 14), slightly effervescent body....nose is heavy dried fruits, with raisin, fig notes, light honey, moderate malts, minimal hops, hints of spice including allspice, clove......taste is quite sweet, with dried fruits, including raisin, fig, mild toffee/caramel and treacle, finishing with light hop and spice bitterness.....mouth feel, medium sticky body, alcohol heat present, carbonation low, adding slight acid. This is a quite sweet take on the style, which may be a function of the high alcohol and bottle aging, but is otherwise rather straight forward rather than complex. The high alcohol is relatively hidden with no fusel notes what-so-ever. The recipe needs a slight re-work to improve the beer. BJCP 7/3/13/4/7

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
kidmartinek (4688) - austin, Texas, USA - MAR 22, 2016
Copper. Dirty opaque. Smells old. Tastes like old application and bittersweet caramel and hazelnut. Not very delirshuss.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ALIBALI (787) - Kiel, GERMANY - FEB 28, 2016
Ich trank die 2015ner Version. Sekr kräftig, typisch belgisch und ein exzellent warmer Abgang. Sehr gelungen, aber nicht außergewöhnlich. 0,66l/ca.10Euro aus Berlin. Getränkefeinkost in der Boxhagener.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DandyWolfFloyd (1086) - Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 10, 2016
Aroma - sweet malt, caramelized sugars, and hefty alcohol Appearance - body is an unfiltered cloudy amber. The head comes and goes quickly. Tops out at about 1/4" and is off-white. Alcohol cloys the glass. Taste - is nicely balance with rich dark fruit - raisins, figs, and prunes. There is some deeply caramelized sugars. And candy. Palate - body is medium, slick texture, flat carbonation, and delicate booze finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
thepatrickman (891) - Durham, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 22, 2015
Quality Belgian Quad, and all the more so for being readily available at $6 in NH. The flavor is a greatest hits of Belgian Strong Dark beers -- caramel and raisins, heavy sweet malt tempered by a drying yeast. Big and boozy, and probably just right for a winter’s evening.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gringo332 (612) - Richardson, Texas, USA - DEC 20, 2015
Strong beer with yeast and fig aromas. Light caramel brown color with a medium palate. Flavors of banana and fig with some spice and definite alcohol

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