The Smutty Life

And Gravity Has Taken Better Men Than Me…

Smuttynose’s Graviation is one of the brews in their “Big Beer” series which are touted as “Big Beers in Big Bottles”. As per the Smuttynose website, these beers are produced in small quantities and sporadically, and furthermore they don’t brew every style each year. Thus, the beers are “maddeningly hard to find” . Damn you, Smuttynose!

But seriously, let’s please refrain on the damnation of Smuttynose as that is one spot that is definitely on my brewery bucket list.

A big beer indeed!
A big beer indeed!

So what did I think of Gravitation? Well first off, this is definitely an in your face type of brew. This quality can be at least partially accounted for by the fact that it rings in at a respectable ABV of 11.3% (for the 2013 version), but furthermore its significant raisin character gives it a greater “fruity” presence than would be expected. The bottom line is that this brew has a nose on it and is not a “ho-hum” type of beer. You’re not likely to forget this brew, that’s for sure!

All in all, this doesn’t strike me as your traditional Belgian Quad (though what do I know?). It poured a much deeper amber red than I would have expected, and was much fruitier than I had anticipated. You definitely taste the alcohol content in this one, so there’s no chance of acting surprised when you’re trashed following the consumption of just one of these bad boys.

This particular brew wasn’t my cup of tea, though I tend to love the Smuttynose line in general. Perhaps with time the fruitiness of the beer would mellow out? I’ll never know as I needed to drink mine in the interest of good blogging.


6 thoughts on “And Gravity Has Taken Better Men Than Me…”

  1. I think Smuttynose was one of my first beers. Being semi-local it’s always in the grocery store, though I can’t say I’ve seen that stuff… Maybe because it’s in the expensive part of the beer section… Raisons? Really?

    1. Haha yeah I’ve never seen this one either. It was actually cheap! Probably because it wasn’t very good (too “alcoholy” for this guy)…and yes, very fancypants.

      1. The Harpoon Brewery is literally three miles down the road from where I live. They make some good brews, though, since my wife and I decided to buy our lives back from SallieMae and the Federal Government as quickly as possible, most alcohol consumption is from home grown cider or Genesee Cream Ale…

        1. Ha! I hear that. I am also trying to buy my life back from Sallie Mae and have a looooooooong way to go. Yum yum Genesee. Harpoon is definitely solid so hopefully someday Sallie will let you frequent there more often…

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