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Samuel Adams Tetravis (Barrel Room Collection) - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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BA SCORE
87
very good

326 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 326
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.86%
Wants: 21
Gots: 55 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Barrel aged Quadruple.

(Beer added by: Todd on 03-12-2013)
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Reviews by StoutHunter:
Photo of StoutHunter
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up bottle of Samuel Adams Tetravis from their Barrel Room Collection last month for $9.49 at The Lager Mill. I've been wanting to try this beer ever since I saw the episode of Beer Geeks where they did the blending for this beer and I'm pretty interested to give it a try, so lets see how it goes. 2014 Vintage. Poured from a brown 750ml corked and caged odd looking bottle into a snifter.

A- The bottle looks nice, it's very similar to the other beers in the collection and it has a nice classy look to it and the odd shaped bottle makes it stand out a little. The cork was very hard to remove, I had to use a wine bottle opener to get it out. It poured a nice ruby amber color that took on more of crimson color when held to the light with over three fingers worth of tan head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some nice rings of patchy lacing behind. This was a pretty good looking Quad, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a lower amount of high sweetness that had a light molases like flavor that's followed by a fruity aroma being the first to show up and it imparts some nice dark fruit like aroma with figs, raisins and prunes showing up nicely and it's followed by the malts that impart a sweet malt, caramel, toffee and slight toasted malt like aroma. Up next comes the Belgian yeast which shows up a good deal and it imparts some spices and banana like aromas with the banana sticking out a little more than the spices and there's a really slight alcohol like aroma at the end. This beer had a pretty good aroma that was pretty true to style.

T- The taste seems to be very similar to the aroma and it starts off with a lower amount of high sweetness that still retains that molasses like aspect to it and it's followed by the dark fruits still being the first to show up and they impart the same nice dark fruit aspects that it did in the aroma, with neither fruit seeming to stick out the most. Up next comes the malts which impart the same nice malty aspects that they did in the aroma and they are just the right level. Up next comes the yeast which is pretty similar to the aroma, but this time it's seems to be more balanced with a little more spices coming through in the taste. On the finish there's no bitterness with just a slight hint of alcohol that's hardly noticeable and it had a sweet, dark fruit and Belgian yeast like aftertaste.

M- Pretty smooth, fairly clean, not too crisp, rich, a little chewy, a little sticky, on the lighter side of being full bodied with a slightly lower amount of medium carbonation. This beer had a nice mouthfeel that worked well with it.

Overall I thought this was a pretty good beer and I thought it was a good example of a American made Quad and it had pretty much everything that I look for in the style with some nice balance that kept some of the aspects from being too overpowering. This beer had good drinkability, it was pretty smooth, fairly clean, rich. not too crisp, a little chewy, a little sticky, a little filling and the taste did a good job of holding my attention, I think half the bottle is a good amount for me, but I'm pretty sure I could drink a whole bottle without getting tired of it. What I like the most about this beer was the balance, I find that to be the biggest problem with these American made Quads, but this one had the balance right where it needed to be. What I liked the least about this beer was nothing, there wasn't a single thing that I disliked or would change about this beer, it's good just the way it is. I would buy this beer again, I wouldn't mind seeing how it does with a some age and I would recommend it to just about anyone who likes Quads. All in all I was pretty happy with this beer, I'm a little leery on some of these American made Quads, but this one proved to be pretty good with no fancy bells and whistles, it was just a straight up good Quad. When I saw them blend this beer on tv they used some of their funky beer, Cosmick mother funk and I really didn't pick up any of that in this beer. This is one of the better Samuel Adams beers I've had and it's one of the better American made Quads that I have had. Good job guys, this one was a pretty tasty Quad, keep up the good work, I'll have to try more beers from their Barrel Room Collection.

StoutHunter, Jul 19, 2014
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Todd, Mar 12, 2013
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4.43/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Presentation: It was poured from an odd shaped brown 1pt. 9.4oz bottle into a tulip glass. The lable lists the abv at 10.2%.

Appearance: The body has a dark orange amber color with good clarity and visible carbonation. This is topped off with a tall light tan head. It’s head fades slowly to just a thin creamy film covering. Lacing coats the glass as I tip the beer to my lips then slowly slides down the sides of the glass.

Smell: The aroma has loads of dark fruit, holiday fruitcake and sweet maltiness.

Taste / Palate: There are nice sweet malt notes throughout. It has notes of dates, raisins, black currants and sweet bready/fruitcake like goodness. It’s hops add a touch of spice and herbal bitterness on the back end. The solid 10.2% abv adds a mild boozy warming feel. This all comes on nice medium to full feeling body with smooth carbonation.

generallee, Jul 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, tan in color, cloudy, medium carbonation

Smell: raisin, fig, oak, dark bread

Taste: brown sugar, raisin, fig, Belgian spices, pumpernickel bread, and dates

Mouthfeel: medium-high carbonation, heavy body, sweet start with bitter middle, sweeter end

Overall: Nice and fruity quad. Complex. I would get this one again. It may be my favorite in the barrel room collection.

tigg924, Oct 07, 2013
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aquazr1, Mar 04, 2014
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3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Sam Adams Glass.

Appearance: Brown with a thick beige head, mild lacing on the glass.

Smell: Fruity, cloves, wheat, malts and hops.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Very smooth medium bodied. Taste of rich fruity flavors, malts, grassy notes and alcohol.

Overall: Ok beer, well crafted. But not my first choice for a beer personally.

Cavanaghty, May 07, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Janeinma, Jun 01, 2013
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3.38/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown in color and nearly impenetrable to light. A quarter inch of beige head slowly diminishes to the point that it is only a trace and partially covers the top of the beer. In the aroma notes of raisins,plums, and a hint of clove are present. The flavor is much more intense than the aroma. Strong notes of Merlot,raisin,and alcohol are prominent. The alcoholic aftertaste is initially strong,but it mellows out as it warms. The mouth is fairly carbonated and sticky. I think this could have used cellaring.

Franziskaner, Jul 27, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

kwkdmk, Apr 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Codester, Apr 01, 2014
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4.12/5  rDev +6.2%

zachthelaxer93, Nov 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Griffith, Apr 24, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

DruC4, Jun 29, 2014
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4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Color is amazing. A beautiful amber color and my favorite is the head that stays for some time. Even the color of head is a great cream color.

The smell you first get is almost a wine smell from the raisins. Second comes a strong clove and molasses that really fills your nostrils. With a few more trying of aroma the dark fruits come in and compliments with a sweeter smell.

The flavors with the initial mouth full is powerful. Tons of flavors rush into the mouth and almost to much (for me). With a strong tingle in the front of the tongue it smooths over the rest and eases to the rest. With flavors the even tho the raisins are the first you smell they are the last you taste. First is the molasses and the dark fruits and both combined create an amazing taste.

Overall it's a great beer. From the amazing smell and an overall great taste it's a good beer to start the night or finish an amazing night with.

stallion_air21, Jul 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Sammy, Dec 12, 2013
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3.7/5  rDev -4.6%

tdm168, Sep 20, 2014
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4.08/5  rDev +5.2%

bootlee95, Oct 14, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +22.4%

champs86, Feb 07, 2014
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4.56/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's ideal for the style. An inviting, rich looking, warm brown pour. Not overly dark, just the way it's supposed to be. The head is a finger and a half thick, with a dirty yellow color. It retains well and never goes away. Each swirl breathes life into the thick, lasting head. Almost no lacing to speak of, its only drawback.

Again, almost perfection. As the bottle suggests, dark ripe fruits like raisins and figs. But also some pear and green apple. Just a bit of alcohol along with spices from the Belgian strain of yeast.

Same goes for the taste. Dark ripe fruits, spices, pear and green apple. Molasses. Fruit cake in a glass.

The sweetness hits immediately and lasts throughout the sip until the finish where the spices and alcohol temper it a bit. The pear and green apple provide tartness so the beer isn't one-dimensional. Full bodied with some warmth in the finish. Slight prickling finish. Very easy sipper despite the high ABV.

Like most of the beers from the Barrel Room Collection, this is a home run. I wish all Sam Adams beers were this good. I typicall find their selections overrated, but not the Barrel Room beers. This very well resembles the more expensive and exotic Belgians. Where the Belgians are 1A, this is 1B.

RickS95, Sep 28, 2014
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3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Always happy to try Sammy's Barrel aged stuff, sometimes they even live up to my expectations...

Opens with a resounding pop, pours an effervescent orange/copper with a pinky of cream colored head. Average lacing

S: Dark fruit & woody hops, some cinnamon & vanilla, plus banana & pears

T: Dark fruit, a touch of boozeyness & juicy fruit gum up front. Figs, black currants, raisins & rubber bans as this warms, plus a little more leafy hops, plus a modicum of oakyness/dryness. plus some golden raisin & pears. Finishes with jammyness, a little banana peel, oakyness, plus a bit of raisin

MF: Medium bodied, dry, boozey with near zero carbonation

A nice Quad, not much barrel age aspects here, but not completely MIA. I would possibly buy this again, seems like it would age great; like the complexity on display already. Drinks easy for the heft & style

russpowell, Aug 26, 2013
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Samuel Adams Tetravis (Barrel Room Collection) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
87 out of 100 based on 326 ratings.