Samuel Adams Tetravis (Barrel Room Collection) - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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3.18/5 rDev -17.8%
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.
Serving type: bottle
12-18-2013 05:09:38 | More by kojevergas
3.19/5 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
Serving type: bottle
11-09-2013 14:06:29 | More by barleywinefiend
3.23/5 rDev -16.5%
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.
Serving type: bottle
01-11-2014 04:49:10 | More by johnnnniee
3.41/5 rDev -11.9%
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).
Serving type: bottle
04-20-2014 19:31:32 | More by ThisWangsChung
3.48/5 rDev -10.1%
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.
Serving type: bottle
05-26-2014 06:31:02 | More by mactrail
Samuel Adams Tetravis (Barrel Room Collection) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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