Samuel Adams Tetravis (Barrel Room Collection) - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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3.76/5 rDev -2.6%
Type: 750-ml (25.4-oz.) glass
Glass: Westvleteren Trappist glass
From: VONS in Normal Heights (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $8.99 (w/ VONS card)
Purchased: July 12, 2014
Consumed: Aug. 8, 2014
Misc.: Cork & twist cap
Poured a caramel, amber, murky color with about a finger of khaki tan head. Lots of bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass. Average amount of spotty lacing along the sides of the glass. Below average retention.
Smelled dark fruits - plums, figs, raisins, dates & purple grapes, caramel, molasses, light raspberry, light cherry, and artificial vanilla.
Tasted much better than the smell. Got plums, raisins, figs, dates, dark grapes, molasses, raspberry, black cherry, vanilla, caramel and faint oaky wood.
Medium body. Oily texture. Average carbonation. Long, smooth finish.
This was a good quad. I think I underrated it a bit, but it was tasty.
08-10-2014 00:39:57 | More by BucannonXC5
4.03/5 rDev +4.4%
From a 750ml corked bottle Into a tulip glass. The cork was very difficult to remove.
A: pour is a hazy ruby red color with two fingers of thick kaki head. Head faded quickly leaving just a film in the surface of the beer. Nice lace rings on the glass. Those fade eventually as well.
S: strong aroma of molasses and raisins. It's got a touch of sweetness in the aroma. Defiantly a smell you can taste.
T: the beer has a sweetness about it. The best I can say is fruitcake and raisins. Molasses toward the end and a bit of bitterness.
M: rich and balanced with enough carbonation to keep it easy drinking.
O: one of the better beers I've had from BBC
08-09-2014 12:37:04 | More by Gear54
3.38/5 rDev -12.4%
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.
07-27-2014 03:34:52 | More by Franziskaner
4.06/5 rDev +5.2%
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.
07-27-2014 00:33:37 | More by stallion_air21
4/5 rDev +3.6%
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.
07-19-2014 03:46:50 | More by StoutHunter
3.8/5 rDev -1.6%
Pours a ruby brown color with a big fluffy/airy khaki colored head. The head settled fairly quick and rested into a solid ring.
The aroma is sweet and spicy. Big dark fruit aromas. Raisin, prune and a hint of carob. Some musty port notes. Subtle brown sugar notes. Big clove presence from the yeast.
Quite sweet on the palate but not cloying. Lots of sugary notes mix in with raisin and other dark fruit sweet flavors. A decent amount of clove but nothing aggressive. There is an earthiness to the beer, provides some needed bitterness. There is also a slight fusel alcohol presence which is a tad unpleasant. Where is the oak barrel presence? Perhaps it peeks through in the finish but I am not sure. Could use some more depth to be really good.
The feel is moderate; lighter than expected. Big airy carbonation. Sweet on the palate with a slight sticky finish. The ABV is noticeable but not overwhelming. Could use more of the oak.
A decent BSDA. Not off flavors but it does lack some needed depth.
07-18-2014 04:00:47 | More by Gmann
Samuel Adams Tetravis (Barrel Room Collection) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
87 out of 100 based on 259 ratings.