Smuttynose Gravitation (Big Beer Series)

Bought this 22 oz bottle a couple of months ago at Hop City, Atlanta, GA, USA. I’ve been holding on to it for a little while waiting for the moment that I felt like drinking a bomber full of a Quad – last night was that time.
Beer poured with a lovely, reddish hue with some real deep brown highlights. The head was decent on the aggressive pour and the foam left behind was creamy and made of fine bubbles giving a really smooth experience. Nose revealed virtually no alcohol but there were plenty of dark fruits. The raisin and rich, rum notes made up the majority of the initial tastes with a slight (very slight) acidity in the background. LOTS of rich, dark fruits all over the place.
The smells and tastes were similar to one another with heaps of brown sugar, sherry and Madeira notes. Sherry and mild alcohol manifest themselves nicely in the finish too.
This is a complex beer which is right up there amongst some of the better Belgians in the style. I’m NOT saying that this is a Westy 12 or a Rochefort 10, but it’s in that territory and to be honest I doubt that it would look out of place amongst those beers in a tasting.
EXTREMELY drinkable consider the ABV and the style, and I got through this a little quicker than I wanted to. A super beer that exceeded my expectations by quite some distance. A very, very good brew.

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09/17/2009
Format:
bottle
ABV: 12.0 %
Appearance: 4
Taste: 4.5
Mouthfeel: 4
Smell: 4
Overall: 5
Total: 4.43
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