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

Samuel Adams Tetravis (Barrel Room Collection)Samuel Adams Tetravis (Barrel Room Collection)

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BA SCORE
87
very good

172 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 172
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 10.62%


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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JamieDuncan

Maryland

4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Picked up this Samuel Adams, well, hate to admit it, because of the interesting bottle. Not a bad price so figured it was worth a try. Excellent looking beer with a good, but not strong smell. Excellent taste and with the over 10% ABV gives it bonus points. Decent value due to cost also helps. Overall a very good beer that I will buy again without hesitation.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2014 01:16:21 | More by JamieDuncan
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utfiero

Texas

4.41/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Color- dark murky reddish brown amber. Full, thick head.

Aroma- complex sweet and hoppy aroma with hints of spice (clove).

Taste- A heavy but mellow brew. Starts with subtle notes of candied pear then transitions into a caramel middle (similar to a Rochfort 8) with hints of vanilla, finishing with raisin, clove, and mild hop notes. A complex and beautiful brew by Sam Adam's. Don't serve cold, serve cool.

Poured from 750 ml bottle into a Liefmans Goudenband glass (my preferred all purpose beer tasting glass). Tasted on 1/25/14

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2014 23:46:45 | More by utfiero
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

4.26/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cream, three-finger head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Almost clear amber color. Medium-strong carbonation and medium bodied. Dark fruit and Belgian yeast nose, and flavor is sweet dark fruit. High ABV is hidden. $9.99 for a 750ml bottle from Madden Beverage Saco, Me.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2014 23:37:48 | More by jdhilt
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kylehay2004

Florida

4.16/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

large three finger frothy head with good lacing on a very nice clear amber with maroon hues body. The beer actually looks very impressive. Aroma of plum, sour cherries, banana bread, caramel, spices (cinnamon), Belgian yeast. Flavor is a little disappointing after the aroma but still nice although the fruitness covers up some of the Belgian character. Flavor notes include, plum, raisin, currant, caramel, red wine. This one is fairly sweet too. Thin for the style, moderate carbonation. I felt the look and aroma couldnt be lived up to by the flavor. One of the better ones of this series for sure though.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2013 03:01:57 | More by kylehay2004
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From notes.

A - Bright with a ruby red colour. Good carbonation, two finger beige head. Soptty lace and a finger of retenion.

S - Dark fruit, grapes, raisins. Nice and deep.

T - Dark fruit, a little yeast, a little spice, grapes, raisins, a touch of sourness.

M - Good mild carbonation with a full body and a nice sweetness that goes dry. Very nice feel.

O/D - No real alcohol evident. Started out a bit tame but became quite enjoyable and drinkable. Tasty stuff.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2014 19:44:42 | More by tbeckett
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brewskifan55

Mississippi

4.11/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass

A: Plum colored with a one finger tan head that sits and sits. thick lacing.

S: Plums, dates, raisins, clove, Belgian yeast, molasses.

T: Follows nose with smooth, sweet Belgian yeast leading the way. Currants provide a rich backdrop. Molasses slides in. Just terrific. Alcohol isn't really noticed or felt...until later. Flavors improve as it warms.

M: Medium to heavy with thick, chewy and frothy carbonation.

O: Excellent. Tetravis is a fine example of why I love quads. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2014 18:43:48 | More by brewskifan55
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superspak

Michigan

4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into chalice, 2013 bottling. Pours fairly crystal clear deep ruby red color with a 1 finger dense khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of big raisin, fig, plum, pear, apple, molasses, toast, brown bread, candi sugar, clove, pepper, herbal, floral, light oak, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt, candi sugar, and fruity/spicy yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of big raisin, plum, pear, apple, fig, toast, brown bread, molasses, candi sugar, clove, pepper, herbal, floral, light oak, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of raisin, fig, plum, pear, apple, toast, brown bread, molasses, candi sugar, clove, pepper, herbal, floral, light oak, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice balance and complexity of malt, candi sugar, and fruity/spicy yeast ester flavors; with a great malt/yeast spice balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a moderately slick, smooth, and lightly prickly mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent quadrupel style. All around great balance and complexity of malt, candi sugar, and fruity/spicy yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2014 00:08:04 | More by superspak
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From the 26 fl. oz. corked, caged bottle. Sampled on August 16, 2013. The cork took some tugging to remove. Served at about 50 degrees.

The pour is a very handsome looking mahogany brown with ruby red highlights and a moderate tan head that settles down after a few moments.

The aroma gives off plenty of Quad vibes such as dark malts, Belgian yeast, Belgian brown sugar, molasses, caramel, and raisin.

Bold body with some astringency.

The taste is sweet malt forward with a quick eruption of pepper and hops finishing it off. The alcohol could have been a little more subdued but it reminds me to take it easy. I found it to be a nice offering from Samuel Adams.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2013 00:42:40 | More by puboflyons
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Pencible

Virginia

4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: This poured a cloudy dark mahogany with lots of fluffy light tan head.
S: It smelled like roasted barley and earthy pumpernickel, with some spicy Belgian yeast and dry clove and oak.
T: It tasted like sweet nutty malt and roasted barley, with some spicy Belgian yeast and candi sugar and earthy pumpernickel. It had a clean mostly sweet aftertaste.
M: It was oily with lots of fine natural carbonation. Nice slick body.
D: This was a surprisingly good beer. The scent and taste were fairly complex and enjoyable. The body was great, and the finish was really smooth, so it was easy to drink. Would probably age well, but doesn't need it. Solid brew, although I wish it had a little more barrel character.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2014 03:37:42 | More by Pencible
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appears a dense, dark mahogany with a creamy dense, off white head that slowly fades into a gentle cap. Scattered bits of lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of caramel, toffee, prunes, grapes, light cocoa, over-ripe dates, vanilla, and brown sugar.
Taste is of the aromas. Lots of raisins pulling through with brown sugar.
Mouthfeel is full bodied, sugary, viscous, with plenty of heat stabbing the palate.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2014 01:52:49 | More by weeare138
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stella77artois

New York

4.01/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a brown-amber with a fair amount of carbonation. A thick head formed, which dissipated at a normal rate. Just a few bubbles rising. Overall fairly clear, but had just a slight haze.

S - Belgian yeast is huge up front. Lot's of dark fruit. Noticed grape, fig, and raisin most heavily. Also slight hints of cinnamon, peach and tobacco leaf. Not much malt noticed, and no hop aroma noticed. Slight hint of alcohol.

T - Very, very Belgian-y. Dark fruits are immediately noted. Mostly grape and fig, as with the aroma. I did note some toasted and slightly sweet malts, which I didn't detect in the aroma. Beer finished very well, with a slight alcohol warmth, and a heavy punch of plum and prune.

F - Lot's of carbonation. Not sticky or too thick, but can burn slightly. Certainly drinkable.

O - Not quite as good as their New World Tripel, but another Belgian well executed by Sam Adams. Complex taste, extremely drinkable. I've had better Belgian's, but I've also had worse Belgian's that cost a lot more. So in other words, excellent brew, and worth the $.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2014 14:22:25 | More by stella77artois
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tigg924

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2013 13:47:15 | More by tigg924
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Flounder57

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle was poured into a long stemmed chalice.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a crimson brown color with no clarity but bubbles can be seen coming up the glass.

Smell: Spicy, bready, caramel, plums, raisins, cloves, a little booze, and banana.

Taste: Spicy, cloves, plums, raisins, bananas, caramel, bready malts, warm alcohol,

Mouthfeel: Smooth, boozy, spicy, chewy, medium bodied, and medium carbonation.

Overall: Pretty solid quad and reasonably priced too. Enjoyable and would get it again.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2013 03:58:01 | More by Flounder57
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draheim

Washington

4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL into a St. Bernardus chalice. Pours a slightly hazy amber mahogany w/ a khaki 1-finger head.

Aroma is sweet dates and figs, brown sugar, subtle spice. Bready dark malt and Belgian yeast.

Taste is bready and sweet; dark fruit, brown sugar, toffee, spice. 10% ABV is well hidden. Pretty much a standard quad here.

Mouthfeel is crisp and well carbonated, fairly light on the palate. Drinkable.

Overall a good, straightforward, no-nonsense quad.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2014 03:44:37 | More by draheim
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BEERMILER12

Maine

3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice mahogany/amber color with 2 fingers of head that slowly recedes to a 1" cap that lasts for a while

S: Get the Belgian yeast right out front. It imparts a good bit of dark fruits and spiciness. Behind that is some sweet maltiness, light oak, and a hint of alcohol

T: Starts off with a bit of spiciness from the yeast and then goes into a good bit of dark fruit. Fig, raisin, currant, and plum all stand out. Get some clove notes from the esters as well. After that, some sweet maltiness comes out along with some of the oakiness of the barrel. Alcohol brings everything together in the end, imparting some more fruit and spiciness

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation

O: This is a definitely an impressive take on the quad style by Jim Koch and company. One of the better American versions for sure. BBC/SA take a lot of slack from many people on here, and it leads to a lot of their brews being underrated (at least IMO). This one here is a winner, and in a style that in generally fairly difficult to pull off. Great job and great brew!

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2013 00:22:11 | More by BEERMILER12
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BeerKangaroo

Alaska

3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into a chalice.

A: dark red close to brown colored body with a thin cap of a white foamy head that dies at a nice pace into the body; lacing is sporadic and tries to cling, but doesn't and slides at a decent pace

S: raisin, fig, plum, pear, spiced apple combine through a toasty sort of molasses and some Belgian candied sugariness, also a decent earthy spiciness comes into play as well

T: sweet and somewhat spicy through the previously mentioned flavors; a nice Belgian yeasty/earthy/spicy yet sweet aftertaste takes hold and guides to a dry finish

M: she sits about a medium to heavy on the body, not sessionable - more of a sipper, carbonation is somewhat smooth for the style and is pretty good to me, alcohol is extremely well hidden

O: this is a good Quad that I would have again, and I could see this one being picked up for my Easter dinner this year

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2014 06:12:59 | More by BeerKangaroo
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bmwats

Louisiana

3.96/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a snifter.

A: Medium brown. Pours a 1 finger, foamy, brown-white head. Settles pretty quickly, but not completely; leaving a really nice foamy blanket. Persistent spider web lacing.

S: Roasted malt, cherry, molasses, licorice, and oak.

T: Peaty malt tone with a nice little fruity palate.... cherry and raspberry. Seems like a little basil in there.

M: Hearty body, a bit of a syrupy feel. Bittersweet finish. High alcohol a little deceiving.

D: Sip and enjoy.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Nice head, and some persistent lacing. Nose is a great combination of malt, fruit, bitter, sweet, and wood components. Peaty and fruity with a little savory spice. Overall, this is a really good quaff.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2013 02:36:29 | More by bmwats
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gr0g

New Jersey

3.89/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep, brownish-burgundy hue with slight haziness. Nice head formation and retention. Some streaks of lacing, though not very persistent. Nice sugary (though not excessively), dark fruit aroma that I'd expect in a well-made quad. Ripe raisin, date, and plum. Rum-like sweetness, though there are no boozy alcohol notes.

Flavor starts off with a rush of sweetness, a bit too much, but it attenuates toward the finish. Mild bitterness - just enough to counter the sweetness. Candi sugar and ripe fruits abound. Somewhat syrupy mouthfeel with a gentle carbonation. More depth of flavor and less sugariness would help this.

Tetravis is an impressive quad that generally hits the mark for the defining features of the style. While Sam Adams has never really nailed any of the big styles, they already produce good beers at good price points.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2013 23:24:43 | More by gr0g
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StaveHooks

Oklahoma

3.89/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle served in a Prairie teku.

A - Pours a tawny brown with red highlights. A firm tan head holds well and clings the glass.

S - Brown sugar, dates, figs, apples, banana liqueur, old candy, fruit cake,

T - Sugary malt, lots of fruit, apples, prunes, but raisins and dates are very prominent. Vanilla and woody tannins along with some noticable hops that give the candy sweet malt base some balance. Finishes fruity with some tannin/woody like bitterness.

M - Medium full body, foamy carbonation, finishes crisp with a rounded woody bitterness. The alcohol becomes sharp when allowed to warm up.

Excellent aroma. The wood doesn't stand out but is layered underneath the fruit and malt. There's noticeable bitterness that almost clashes with the alcohol. It would get in the way if it were any stronger but really helps with the sweetness. Pretty good for an American made Quad.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2014 20:08:20 | More by StaveHooks
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rangerred

Tennessee

3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a goblet out of a 750ml bottle.

Pours a clear dark ruby with a half finger off-white head. The head is very fluffy but thick and hangs around for a long time providing decent lacing.

Aroma has a very strong cherry note along with a touch of strawberry and grape. I can detect just a touch of darker fruit in the way of figs but it is pretty light. There is a slight bit of a metallic off note but it is so faint that it is almost not worth mentioning.

Lots of cherries up front in the taste mixed with a touch of brandy. Citrus is dominant in the flavor and there is a noticable lack of depth in the way of darker fruits, molasses, caramel, etc. Sweetness is there but it remains restrained with just a slight sticyness on the finish.

Overall, this beer exceeded my expectations coming from Sam Adams. It definitely lacks the depth and refinement of some Trappist beers but honestly for the price, it is really hard to beat this.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2014 03:18:23 | More by rangerred
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BlurryVisi0n

New York

3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served in a snifter glass.

Appearance: Dark amber colored body with medium bubbles to the body with slight haziness to it. Head is off-white with a light orange tint to it.

Smell: Hard baked raisin scent. Sounds nuts but I am thinking oatmeal raisin cookie mixed with yeast and a light hint of wine.

Taste: Very good raisin feel, might come off a tad sweet. I wouldn't be sprised if honey and nutmeg played a role in the brewing process. You feel the mellow sweetness and a light spiciness to it, no complaints at all.

Mouth: Strong bd after-taste, sinks in pretty well but lacks the stickiness of it's belgian and some of it's American counterparts. Crisp finish not bad at all.

Overall: Very good beer but can think of a few others I would rather have around this price range that are also a quad. It does give you a little bit of everything just lacks that potency you are hoping for after first gulp.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2014 06:35:46 | More by BlurryVisi0n
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.86/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

There's two types of Quads: those that you have to pour slowly on a steep angle so as not to generate too much head, and those you can pour entirely upright and not generate any head. Tetravis is closer to the latter; it produces a thin yet respectable froth but it took a pretty stiff pour to do so. Its colour meanwhile is a dark, murky rum cake tone.

While we're dissecting it, there's another telltale way of deviating Quads: those that smell remarkably like some kind of raisin, plum, dried cherry, and fig compote, and those that just have a purely superficial semblance of one. In this regard Tertravis is more like the former, closer to the authentic Belgian classics than most modern, new-world wannabes.

Drinkers won't know it, but this beer was blended with the Brett-inoculated sour beer Kosmic Mother Funk. I don't get any sourness; there's far too much dried fruit and molasses-like sweetness to detect even a remote tartness. Likewise, the beer's rather flat, borderline syrupy mouthfeel doesn't let on that this is actually fermented with a strain of Champagne yeast.

Sam Adams does a great job of hiding the alcohol (10.2%) from everything except the brain; all that potency goes to your head but completely bypasses the palate. There's so much summer plum and sweet malt that the booze doesn't register. There are also hints of mace, anise and clove which help distract (though they're admittedly subtle). The oak isn't really all that evident.

Tetravis has many unconventional elements for a Quad (being barrel-aged, blended with a sour ale, fermented with champagne yeast) but it actually compares quite favorably with the style's best and most time-honoured examples. I mean, between this and, say, Rochefort or St Bernardus there's no contest, but, credit where credit is due, this fares better than most American brands.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2014 02:40:25 | More by biegaman
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ThaneMcC

Kansas

3.86/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: dark amber, pours with thick off white head and de effervesces to thin, nice amount of carbonation

S: raisin, fig, plum, old leather, brown sugar, a hint of bread

T: fruit forward, plummy, raisin with a bit of a metallic twang and bit cloying aftertaste - but not unpleasant

M: sweet maltiness offset by the astringent carbonation and that odd metallic taste, medium body

O: quite good overall, and excellent price point. I would purchase again

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2014 23:01:54 | More by ThaneMcC
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cindyjeffsmith

Georgia

3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: hazy bronze. Slight but messy off white head and lacing.
Smell: fairly rich, yeasty, dark fruit with a hint of aromatic spice.
Taste: much like the nose. A bit deeper and complex than the nose.
Overall: not a home run, but a nice tasty take on the style.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2013 00:27:27 | More by cindyjeffsmith
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2013 04:55:29 | More by russpowell
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Samuel Adams Tetravis (Barrel Room Collection) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
87 out of 100 based on 172 ratings.