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

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Reviews: 82
Hads: 415
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 8.7%
Wants: 32
Gots: 108 | FT: 4
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Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Todd on 03-12-2013

Barrel aged Quadruple.
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Photo of kojevergas
3.2/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

1 pint 9.4 fl oz black glass bottle with fantastic smokestack-style design, classy intricate label art, and branded hood-and-wire cap (aka cage) over a branded cork acquired at me local Colorado bottle shop and served into a large size Westvleteren stem-goblet in me parents' gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are high; I've really enjoyed a couple barrel room series beers and quadrupel is me favourite style. Reviewed as a quadrupel because the label identifies it as such. 10.2% ABV confirmed. "Ale aged in oak barrels."

Served cold - straight from me fridge - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a three finger wide head of gorgeous creamy complexion and beige-khaki colour head. Smooth consistency. Soft and fluffy. Nice even lacing coats the sides of the glass as the head slowly recedes. Head retention is good for the high ABV - about 5-6+ minutes.

Body colour is an elegant red of above average vibrance. No yeast particles are visible. Appears well-carbonated. Translucent and quasitransparent.

Overall, it's looking pretty good for a quadrupel, but isn't unique or special. There are no egregious flaws. I'm really looking forward to it.

Sm: Rich refined berry and currant notes. Evocative raisin, fig, plum, dates, prunes, and grape. Candi sugar. Caramelized sugars. Very timid burnt character. The dark fruit is fantastic. The oak is extremely subtle; I barely get any at all, but it does lend the aroma some additional depth. I can't stress enough how great and evocative the dark fruit is; fig is right there. It does have some finite biscuity yeast character.

An alive, inviting aroma of moderate to high strength.

No alcohol or hop character is detectable.

T: The dark fruit isn't quite as smashing here as it was in the aroma. I get fig, prunes, dates, and some limited plum, but the only true evocative note is the grape - which isn't exactly a great flavour in a quadrupel. Caramelized sugars. Cream. Raisin. Belgian biscuit malt, Belgian dark malts, and candied sugars. Biscuity yeast character. Faint oak, but no real toastiness or refined wood. Pumpernickel. Faint vague spice. Light molasses. A biteen too sweet. Certainly sipid.

The balance doesn't come together quite as well as I'd like. It's fairly cohesive, but not at all gestalt. The grape is too strong. It lacks the delicate fragility of the very best quadrupels.

Decent complexity. Okay subtlety. Lacks intricacy, but you could argue it's nuanced. I'm shocked by the lack of depth to the oak. Above average depth of flavour. Average duration and intensity of flavour.

No alcohol or hop character comes through.

Mf: Some limited creaminess. Smooth and wet. Decent thickness and body. Fair presence on the palate. Not an ideal mouthfeel by any means. Overcarbonated.

Not delicate, fleetingly light, or fragile like the best quadrupels. Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, scratchy, rough, harsh, or astringent.

Dr: Certainly downable. It started off really nice on the appearance and aroma, but fell apart afterwards. I really had high hopes for this one, but it just didn't come together quite like it needed to. An interesting and inspired attempt at a quadrupel from an American brewery, but ultimately it falls short. It's certainly worth trying, and I think the brewers really went for it - but it's by no means a great beer in the style and isn't worth the price (at least not more than once). While I wouldn't recommend it to friends or trade partners, it's one of Sam Adams' more complex worthwhile beers. I'm glad I got to try it. Easily above average.

Perhaps worth aging.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.22/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: After finally getting the cork out with a loud pop it poured a purplish-burgundy color if that makes any sense at all. An off white head appears with decent head retention provide moderate lacing

S: Black currants, some raisins, figs, nuts and candy. Pretty tame and straightforward. It's what I was expecting. I was disappointed in the lack of barrel influence on the nose.

T: Dark fruits and black currants with a little booze sting. The raisins and figs, black currants rein supreme on the palate. I'm really not receiving any of the barrel here...no wood, no vanilla, just a wee bit of Earthiness. The finish is stinging, moderately sweet and lightly sticky

M: Medium bodied, sweet and sticky, lower carvbonation which I find odd considering the pop of the cork

O: Meh (779 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
3.23/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a lightly hazy orange amber color with a huge bubbly off white head that persists forever. The aroma is huge on the tart current with hints of clove and raisin. Moderate amount of dark sugary malt as well as a far to present hit of papery oxidation. The flavor is heavy on the clove and pepper with a moderate amount of sugary sweetness. Tart currant as well as bits of lemon and orange and like the aroma a bit too much oxidation. Medium to thick body with a moderate to high level of carbonation and a sweet bubbly mouthfeel. Meh, another letdown from the Sam Adams barrel room. Oxidized and a bit spicy for my liking. (626 characters)

Photo of MissFargo
3.24/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer didn't blow my hair back, lacking complexity.....I had high hopes, but overall disappointed, a respectable attempt at a quad, but I feel the brewers played it a little too safe with the flavors. Ho Hum..... (216 characters)

Photo of Tone
3.32/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy, brown color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of alcohol, mustiness, sweet malt, hint of roasted malt, earthiness, and slight spice. Fits the style of a Quadrupel. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of alcohol, mustiness, hint of wood, sweet malt, hint of roasted malt, and earthiness. Overall, average appearance, body and aroma hurt by the musty/earthy quality that is unpleasant. (488 characters)

Photo of Franziskaner
3.39/5  rDev -13.3%
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. (514 characters)

Photo of Ike_Potter
3.39/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured an opaque brown color with a bit of red around the edges. Above average foam but little to no lacing. Definitely a slow drinking sharer. Think of it as more of a wine as its 10.2% ABV. I've found wine drinkers tend to like the barrel room collection from Sam Adams because the KMF base brings in some tart dry notes that many red wine drinkers love. (356 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.43/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle into a tulip. From notes.

A: Pour a dark ruby color; perhaps it's a bit too clear for my personal Belgian-style preference. The cream-colored head towers at four fingers high and has decent (if not spectacular) retention. Minor hints of lacing are left behind.

S: The aroma is reasonably loaded with figs and raisins. Letting it warm up some will show off the spicy yeast and oaky vanilla more and more. The fruit notes could be richer, but it's still a likable nose.

T: The first flavor is (dark) fruity. It finishes insanely oaky/buttery...at first; luckily it seems to back down after several sips. After a while, it's replaced with notes of vanilla and clove. Alcohol presence is mild and well integrated, appropriate for the style. I've had deeper, bigger tasting quads, but this one is shockingly easy to drink.

M: It has a decently thick body and isn't overly clean. Moderately dry finish. The mild carbonation and well-concealed alcohol helps to make it a pleasant sipper.

O: Not bad. The first sip is strange, but it balances out nicely after. With just a bit more in the way of defined flavor, it could genuinely be a great quad. In certain aspects, though, I liked it better than the oak-aged quad I had after this (Boulevard BBQ). (1,260 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.48/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Big foamy pour in the tall Maredsous goblet. Dark auburn red-brown color with fine-grained off-white head. Quite zingy on the tongue. Tangy mouthfeel with an acidic touch like hard candy.

Big licorice flavor and aroma. The overall taste is candy. Dark roasted malt with some raisins. Burnt sugar and roasted chestnuts. Not much to relieve the sweetness, though the yeast dries out the flavors somewhat. This is more creamy than sticky in the mouth, which is my favorite feature.

A musty whiff along with the sweet vermouth and roasted malt. This seems more like an authentic Belgian brew, though it has a lot of those cranky peculiarities that make it less than drinkable. From the 750 ml bottle purchased at Bine & Vine in San Diego. (736 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazed light brown color. Aroma of sweet malts, fruit and Belian yeast. In the taste, bready, doughy malts, brown sugar, raisin. A light bitterness rounds out the brew. Given the strength, the alcohol is not noticeable. Has a powdery, estery yeast character. Medium bodied, well carbonated. Overall, a decent strong ale but lacking punch and depth. The oak dries it out just enough. (389 characters)

Photo of SHODriver
3.54/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: poured into a tulip to a deep brown with some ruby highlights. The beer is topped by a two finger light tan head with good retention and some lacing
S: smells of cloves, spicy yeast, plums, raisins and candi sugar
T: taste is some sweet dark fruits, raisins, sugary sweetness, spice from the yeast, clove but not really getting any barrel flavors. swallow brings a huge crash of dark fruits, caramel sweetness and clove.
M: it's honestly kind of light on the mouth with soft carbonation. I thought it would drink a bit bigger but it feels to be on the thin side.
O: This beer is kind of a trickster. It's very smooth and mild on the palate and then it has a huge smack of flavor on the swallow. Overall, not a bad beer but I think there are better representatives of the style. (782 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.56/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a clear dark brown color ale with a nice large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of residual sugar notes with light dry fruits and dry cereal notes. Taste is a mix of residual brown sugar notes with some dry fruits and lightly grainy cereal notes. Body is a bit light for style with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Not bad but seems to lack some cohesion between the different flavors. (430 characters)

Photo of TappaKeggaBrew
3.61/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Red -brown, clear, with a thin finger of wheat-colored head that quickly faded without any lacing.

S: Nothing too powerful: sweet and tart fruit, floral hops.

T: Sweet caramelized sugar, rum, molasses, raisins. Honestly, the sweetness is a bit cloying.

M: Plenty crisp, with warming (probably over-stated) alcohol.

O: I suffered from unmet expectations on this one -- i.e. it wasn't bad, just not as good as I was hoping it would be. (441 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.62/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark honey orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, banana, spice, and alcohol aromas. Taste is much the same with caramel, toast, and alcohol flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness and an alcohol kick on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and dry mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a really nice smell but the flavors are a bit too boozy in my opinion. (595 characters)

Photo of ccrida
3.62/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is dark with a medium sized off-white head leaving light but nice lace.

Smell is strong, clove, caramel and toffee.

Taste is rich, heavy on over-carmelized sugar (attributed as prune). Some spicy and fruity estery notes provide depth. A little ethanol.

Mouthfeel is a bit heavy stylistically, somewhat thick. Fully carbonated and soft though.

Drinkability is ok. Rich flavor with well hidden ABV. But so rich, and not particularly elegant. (458 characters)

Photo of Cavanaghty
3.64/5  rDev -6.9%
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. (349 characters)

Photo of mattkoon
3.64/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

this beer pours a really great auburn color. nice lace on the glass. the smell is rich with dark fruit- there is also a tinge of tartness. i get different flavors with each sip- fruits, a little smokiness, a little tart. there is also a slight dry alcohol burn- but in a good way. there is a bold warmness about this beer that i like. over all a complex and interesting brew. (375 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aah, and here it comes- all that Belgo-inspired tastes that include the common dark fruit, red wine, and candied malt taste with peppery balances from a yeasty beasty of a beer that the Americans call "Belgian Dark Strong Ale" but the Belgian simply call "beer".

And that decadent taste begins as that malt sweetness is more like hard candy as its confectionary saccharin taste latches onto the tastebuds and are reluctant to release. With a fruity sideshow, everything from date, plum, blackcurrant and fig to raisin, prune, grape and apricot. This hazy rusty and mahogany ale testifies to its sweet tooth early and often.

As the ale creamies up considerably in the middle, it carries with it a bready taste and texture that weaves in allspice-type spice for a spice cake culmination. Yet, with all those dried, dark and pitted fruit, then fruitcake comes about as peps of faint chocolate, brown sugar and coffee murk about.

But the balance of fresh-cracked peppercorn, clove and dark rum provide a spicy-sweet finish. While the sweetness slowly fades, notions of merlot and "pop-rocks" effervescence add a malt-cutting acidity to usher in some semblance of Tetravis being a drinkable ale rather than being only a lightly syrupy one. But at its high gravity weight, sipping is still recommended.

The latest Samuel Adams "barrel room" beer comes out of the gate with all the hallmark flavors that are expected of the stronger, darker Belgian style. But as the palate searches for those distinctive intelligibles that turn good beer into great beer, Tetravis works only so hard to help the palate get there. (1,610 characters)

Photo of LordofthePings
3.69/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Not a typical quad. Very low esters and high on the dried fruit/fig/raisin flavors. Barrel age comes through up front. For Sam Adams this is a good beer but not what I was thinking it was going to be based on the bottle and description. Well made to be sure, but not my favorite quad. (284 characters)

Photo of secondtooth
3.74/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a thick semi-opaque ruddy amber, with a fairly large head yet no lace.

Aroma: Big and malty, with notes of leather, caramel, dried fruitcake, and a whiskey-like character.

Taste: I get more dried fruit, caramel, spice, yeast, and a warming finish that remains subtle for the heavy 10.2% ABV content. A solid and enjoyable sipper, tailor-made for a cool Fall or Winter evening. (396 characters)

Photo of TruePerception
3.74/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Samuel Adams's Tetravis, from their Barrel Room Collection. 10.2 % ABV.

Man, that cork was a pain in the ass!

A: Two full fingers of khaki head. Slightly fluffy. Steady dissolve. Lacing just slides right off. Practically no sheeting. Deep red in the glass; yellow in the dimple.Slightly yellow meniscus.

S: Dates/prunes. Earthy tree sap/molasses. Yeah, primarily those two. Faint tartness.

T/MF: More of the same dates and molasses notes. Slightly more carbonated than I typically find quads to be.

I'll let it warm a bit more, but this one seems far less complex than the red and stout in the series were.

Poured from a 750mL bottle, into a Belgian tulip glass. (668 characters)

Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.74/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Perfectly clear ruby/purple/brown, barely off-white head. No carbonation, although it was definitely audible, and hardly any lacing. Standard but still awesome Barrel Room Collection bottle.

S: Metallic, dark fruit; plums, grapes. It must be the yeast that is giving it a floral roundedness.

T: Grapes/raisins, some fragrant spices in the far background- must be the clove. Simple but powerful. I was just hoping for something extra for all the ado.

M: Medium bodied, kinda filmy. Carbonation present again.

O: Exactly as described: raisins, mild spice. It's good, but kind of a letdown. (594 characters)

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.76/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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. (872 characters)

Photo of Mitchster
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Brewed with Samuel Adams two-row pale malt blend, Special B, Carafa 1, and Munich malts, Kosmic Mother Funk, brewing sugar. Hopped with Hallertau Mittelfrueh. Fermented with Belgian-style ale yeast, bottle conditioned with champagne yeast
10.2%ABV , 18 IBU's.

Pours out to a slightly hazy medium brown, forming a large mousse like yellow head with very good retention and lacing in part due to it's brisk carbonation, ~4.0 carbs or so. The nose is dominated with brown bananas and not much else. The mouthfeel is prickly due to the carbonation, which becomes slightly cloying as the gas dissipates. The taste reminds me much of an iced weizen bock due to the dominant bananas. There isn't much else there and lacks the complexity that belgian quads have. The bitterness is very mild and there is a peculiar metallic off taste throughout the finish. Warming and a touch boozy. I don't think they used candi syrup and just used sugar instead as there is none of the melanoidin one gets from candi syrup. Very cola like and sweet in the finish and aftertaste.

This just doesn't do too much for me. It's a decent brew but it lacks the complexity that I want and get in belgian quads. I woudn't turn it down, but can't really recommend it for quad loving friends. (1,272 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
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 (858 characters)

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Samuel Adams Tetravis (Barrel Room Collection) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
87 out of 100 based on 82 ratings.