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Samuel Adams Tetravis (Barrel Room Collection)Samuel Adams Tetravis (Barrel Room Collection)
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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States | website

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Barrel aged Quadruple.

Added by Todd on 03-12-2013

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3.92
pDev:
24.49%
 
 
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Photo of MissFargo
3.24/5  rDev -17.3%
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.....

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Photo of Beer-Revelry
4.86/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured into a Chimay beer chalice.

A - 4.75 - Poured a rich, dark ruby color with tinges of cognac and caramel. Poured about a finger of medium tan colored, super soapy head. Bubbles were huge and popped almost immediately, reducing the beer down to a film in a matter of seconds. Low head potential and retention, but to be expected from the style and the high ABV. Spotty lacing.
S - 5 - Plums, very malty, figs, raisins, currants, brown sugar, vanilla, caramel, toffee, and black cherry wine alcohol. Low to nonexistent hop profile.
T - 4.75 - Warm, sweet raisin and plum upfront with a light vanilla background. Fades into an ever so slightly bitter, yet still very much sweet, malty finish. Notes of wine and dark Belgian candies. Delicious.
F - 4.75 - Nice, medium/full creamy and oily mouthfeel. Medium/full bodied brew.
O - 5 - An outstanding representation of the Belgian quad style. Samuel Adam's may not hit the nail on the head every time, but sometimes they brew up some real magic, and this is no exception. HIGHLY recommended to fans of the style as well as it is recommended to be purchased in multiples and left in the cellar for a special occasion!

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Photo of ksimons
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A-a clear amber caramel color with a fingers worth of khaki head that leaves a bit of lace around the top

S-caramel malt, dark fruits, brown sugar, and yeast

T-caramel backbone, dark fruits of cherries, raisins, currants, bit of chocolate

M-medium body, creamy, moderate carbonation

Overall one of the more interesting options from SA, an above average quad

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Photo of constantine_272
4.29/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown with a whitish head. Smells of charred oak, prunes, dates and a touch of pine resin. Wow, taste is surprisingly complex. Lots of cedar and chocolate starts off with a rich prune and port wine. A tangy bitterness of pine and grapefruit rind and blood orange tingle your tongue. A long sweetness of dried raisin lingers long with a wheat bread and yeast note in the back of the tongue. Having been to Belgium I have to say this brew (from Sam Adams of all brewers) is quite delicious. Though for nomenclature, this is more comparable to a dubble in flavor but with the body of a quad.

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Photo of LordofthePings
3.69/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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Photo of adamette
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the 1 pint, 9.4 ounce barrel shaped corked and caged bottle that I bought as a part of the Barrel Room Collection pack at Sam’s Club a few months ago into a clean, clear glass. No “best by” date observed by me on the bottle. The Barrel Room Collection has three such bottles in it. Look for my review of the others to follow. Note: It was exceedingly difficult to get the cork out of this bottle! I had to resort to a wine cork mechanical remover! Lastly, I believe each bottle in the Collection came out to be something close to $8.64 or so.

A Dark Caramel opaque body under a 2 inch very light shade of brown head that lingered for a few minutes. Good look. 4.0

S Dark fruit, dark roast malt and lots of sweetness to the nose. The smell can be a bit distant which is expected in the style. Good, solid smell. 4.0

T Big, sweet beer with the Currants, raisins and clove as mentioned on the label. This is reminiscent of other well established quads that I am familiar with such as Ommegang Three Philosophers. Nicely crafted beer. 4.0

M Big, syrupy bigness but surprisingly a high level of carbonation dances across my tongue as I sip. Other Quads tend to have a “flat” feel and little carbonation outside of the head. Ehh..not impressed with that quality. 3.0

D/O Drinkability is not that high since it is 10.2% alcohol and it is relatively expensive. Overall this is a solidly brewed beer. It may rank up there with some of my more favored beers from Samuel Adams!

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Photo of Jmc181
4.29/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I bought this in a Sam Adams barrel room collection 3 Pack at my local costco. This was far and away the best of the 3. It's a milky amber color, very little head while being super crisp and carbonated in the mouth. Tastes better than it smells and it smells pretty good. I'd buy this as a stand alone but wouldn't buy the 3 pack again.

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Photo of Tone
3.32/5  rDev -15.3%
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.

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Photo of HabaJohn
3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It's not a very good example of a true Belgian Quad. Label states: A Bold Belgian Quad with Rich notes of currants, raisins, and Clove, it's no wonder the taste is not of a Belgian Ale. But the taste isn't bad and the ABV is up there. I might look for this again.

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Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: light chestnut; effervescent; medium sized tan head, pretty long lasting

Smell: dark fruits; peppery with cloves

Taste: very sweet with dried fruit notes throughout; no real lingering taste of hops; ends with a touch of molasses

Mouthfeel: creamy

Remarks: good, but a little too sweet; needs more hops to balance

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Photo of TappaKeggaBrew
3.61/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
4.16/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a snifter

Appearance – The beer pours a deep mahogany color with a one finger head of tan colored foam. The head has a decent level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave a little bit of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the brew is heaviest of a yeasty and slightly spicy aroma with lots of coriander and a little bit of clove. Some other aromas of dark fruits (being mainly of raisins and figs) as well as some caramel and molasses are there as well. A little bit of banana, a light pepper, and some alcohol are there as well rounding out the aroma and producing a somewhat fruited, but not overly sweet smell overall.

Taste – The taste begins quite a bit sweeter then I would have expected from the nose, with tons of darker fruits of raisin and fig as well as a very strong showing of a caramel and candied sugar taste. While the fruit is sweeter than the caramel upfront, the sweet profile later switches with the caramel and candied sugars getting more potent and the fruit less so. All the while there is a yeasty taste as well as some lighter spice upfront that get stronger toward then end. The spice never gets really strong and is largely dominated by the sweet, but does give a nice accent to the taste. Along with the lighter spice, some banana and a little bit of a warming alcohol comes to the tongue at the very end, leaving one with a quite sweet and pleasantly warm and flavorful quad flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel- The body of the beer is a little on the thinner side for a brew of 10.3 % abv with a carbonation level that is on the average side. The thinner body did a wonderful job for the sweet darker flavors of the brew all while keeping a nice drinking feel without being too weak to support all the rich flavor.

Overall – A really rather nice Quad overall. This is a quite nice and approachable brew overall that I can see most people rather enjoying.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml caged and corked bottle. Served in a DFH signature glass, the beer pours a mahogany brown color with almost a couple inch creamy light tan head that stayed around for a very long time. There's also a good amount of lacing. The brew smells like dark fruit (plums, figs, raisins), cloves, molasses and some sweet spiciness. It tastes like dark fruit (plum, figs, raisins), cloves, red grapes, caramel, molasses, oak and some brown sugar. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's creamy and is well carbonated. The carbonation is soft, which helps make it easy to drink. I thought this was a good overall brew, it's worth picking up if you've never had it before!

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Photo of ronniebruner
4.7/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Wow! That pretty much sums up what I think about this beer. As usual, SA has exceeded expectations for me and this beer is outstanding! I was expecting a good brew, not an epic one! Very rarely will I buy multiple $10 bottles of beer, but I immediately went back to the store the next day and bought the last 7 they had. A beautiful pour of berries and oak hit you with a tasty aroma as soon as you uncork this masterpiece. It pours a beautiful dark ebony color, has the perfect amount of carbonation and lace without overpowering the tongue. Very smooth and not too overly sweet for being over 10% ABV and overall this is easily the best new brew I have tried in many months. Don't let the price tag scare you away, this is a world class and very beautiful beer. I would love to shake the brewer's hand who came up with this gem!

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Photo of KingBeer
4/5  rDev +2%

Pours easily with great head which settles in 5 min or so. Dark brown amber color. Aroma of plum, raisin, sweet roasted malt. Feels med to med heavy on tongue, great carbonation and effervescence. Heavy malt flavor and slight fruit. Very sweet malty beer. Good alcohol warmth going down. At 10.2% ABV this is a slow sipping, sit down and enjoy beer. Overall a good example of a Belgium Quad although with longer aging the sweet malty flavors should mellow out a bit.

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Photo of mntlover
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky brown/copper mixture with a big light tan head that falls rather quickly. No real lace on this one some splotches are about it.

Aroma is loads of dark fruit, very vinous, some light tartness. Plenty of spice, cloves light pepper fruits are plums raisins sugar coated figs. Maybe light hints of alcohol.

Taste is like the nose lots of dark fruit, on a lightly brown sugar mingled malt bready base. Maybe like a fruit cake but way better then that. Lots of dark fruit notes moving to lingering sweet malts, finishes with lots of clove and very light pepper. Some hints of alcohol in the finish to warm the body and do not detract. Simple well done brew not overly complex but quite tasty.

Mouthfeel is nice only right side of medium but the carbonation level is very good, not over done as some Belgians tend to be.

Overall very enjoyable reasonably priced Quad, must say I am impressed by Sam Adams on this one.

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Photo of rand
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

750 mL bottle to a Bruery tulip glass

A: Mahogany in color, a gentle pour doesn't produce much of head to speak of, nor lacing.


S: Strong, ester-y aromas with tones of wood and yeast reigning in phenols and malty sweetness. The nose is layered with suggestions of cherries, raisins, bananas, oak, cinnamon and clove. Fantastic nose.

T: The flavors are more singular, leading with phenols and tones of ripe fruit. Bananas and raisins pop up mid-sip, along with a buttery bread note that carries to the finish. Closed long and sweet with warming alcohol.

M: Loses points here. Strangely thin and light bodied...I would've guessed it was fortified with something. Overly carbonated as well.

Solid offering from SA's Barrel Room project. Not the best quad you'll come across, but highlights the traditional richness of the style.

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Photo of RickS95
4.58/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's ideal for the style. An inviting, rich looking, warm brown pour. Not overly dark, just the way it's supposed to be. The head is a finger and a half thick, with a dirty yellow color. It retains well and never goes away. Each swirl breathes life into the thick, lasting head. Almost no lacing to speak of, its only drawback.

Again, almost perfection. As the bottle suggests, dark ripe fruits like raisins and figs. But also some pear and green apple. Just a bit of alcohol along with spices from the Belgian strain of yeast.

Same goes for the taste. Dark ripe fruits, spices, pear and green apple. Molasses. Fruit cake in a glass.

The sweetness hits immediately and lasts throughout the sip until the finish where the spices and alcohol temper it a bit. The pear and green apple provide tartness so the beer isn't one-dimensional. Full bodied with some warmth in the finish. Slight prickling finish. Very easy sipper despite the high ABV.

Like most of the beers from the Barrel Room Collection, this is a home run. I wish all Sam Adams beers were this good. I typicall find their selections overrated, but not the Barrel Room beers. This very well resembles the more expensive and exotic Belgians. Where the Belgians are 1A, this is 1B.

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Photo of jwc215
4/5  rDev +2%

Poured into a tulip glass:

Pours rustic brown with a creamy head that leaves lacing.

The smell is of raisins/currants, spiced bread, clove, figs and dates.

In the taste, spices balance the molasses-like sweetness. Spiced bread, dark fruit and oak that gives a hint of vanilla come together well to make it rich and complex. Alcohol warmth adds a touch of black pepper that is well-integrated.

Effervescent carbonation and a firm malt backbone give it a smooth, silky body.

A dark fruity, sweet-leaning, enjoyable strong Belgian-style brew! Well-worth the purchase!

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.76/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of Gear54
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.39/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

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Photo of stallion_air21
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of StoutHunter
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Gmann
3.81/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Samuel Adams Tetravis (Barrel Room Collection) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
88 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.
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