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

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BA SCORE
87
very good

242 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 242
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 10.34%
Wants: 14
Gots: 23 | FT: 2
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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Mikus

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

05-22-2014 22:22:43 | More by Mikus
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1000lbgrizzly

Illinois

3.74/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2014 06:09:12 | More by 1000lbgrizzly
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Bubbalito

Virginia

4/5  rDev +3.4%

05-22-2014 01:37:51 | More by Bubbalito
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EvanWilliams

Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.4%

05-19-2014 02:33:59 | More by EvanWilliams
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pstam87

Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.4%

05-17-2014 23:58:42 | More by pstam87
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.69/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2014 05:06:17 | More by BEERchitect
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CraigTravor

Tennessee

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

05-13-2014 03:04:20 | More by CraigTravor
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Anvilfarm

Missouri

2.75/5  rDev -28.9%

05-12-2014 22:47:34 | More by Anvilfarm
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HattedClassic

Virginia

3.89/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours a surprisingly controlled light purplish tan head that takes a while to dissipate but does not leave much lacing. The beer itself is a dark purple but is clearly filtered. The beer color also has some light ruby notes. The beer smell is pretty standard and nothing special. Dark fruits and brown sugar. The smell also has strong yeast notes. The taste is the same but a bit more distinct with dark fruits such as plums and sugar with a slight sweet boozy taste. The bready yeast is also noticeable and works better in the taste than the smell. The beer is heavy-bodied and thick and very little carbonation. Overall, a decent quad but there are better ones out there.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2014 01:49:12 | More by HattedClassic
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Cavanaghty

Maine

3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2014 16:50:26 | More by Cavanaghty
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MuscleConfusion

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

05-02-2014 03:27:32 | More by MuscleConfusion
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Walkerjgt

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -16%

05-02-2014 03:27:13 | More by Walkerjgt
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CaptDavyJones

New York

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

05-01-2014 01:16:11 | More by CaptDavyJones
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Gustavus_97

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

04-30-2014 03:39:41 | More by Gustavus_97
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wolf_switzer

California

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

04-29-2014 06:39:17 | More by wolf_switzer
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Mikeluzzjr

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -16%

04-24-2014 22:34:12 | More by Mikeluzzjr
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Griffith

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +3.4%

04-24-2014 00:44:31 | More by Griffith
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Soto

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

04-23-2014 23:53:35 | More by Soto
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polloenfuego

Ontario (Canada)

3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a 750 ml bottle to a chalice.

Tetravis pours a grape/ruby color with a minimal head. The thin head that is there breaks quickly leaving nothing behind. The aroma is raisin and figs along with molasses and red wine. The taste carries on the nose and brings forward a bit of brown sugar and spice toward the tail. The feel is medium with higher carbonation.

An okay example of a quad, but not one I would revisit.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2014 21:23:51 | More by polloenfuego
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user785335

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

04-22-2014 12:53:53 | More by user785335
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TerryB

Indiana

4/5  rDev +3.4%

04-21-2014 20:50:55 | More by TerryB
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ThisWangsChung

Maryland

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
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marleyr

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

04-19-2014 19:52:20 | More by marleyr
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
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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kwkdmk

Louisiana

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

04-19-2014 01:30:30 | More by kwkdmk
Samuel Adams Tetravis (Barrel Room Collection) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
87 out of 100 based on 242 ratings.