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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
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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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Photo of Louisville-Beer-Reviews
4.34/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark, slightly hazy, ruby brown with a thin, fizzy head that settles quickly. Lacing appears but sluggishly slides back down the glass.

Aroma: Spicy, grainy aroma of wheat, overripe banana and holiday spices.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Flavor on the tongue is spicy, with earthy clove, and bitter cinnamon bark. Sweet notes of red raisin, overripe banana, and molasses mingle with the woody spice, and blend well with the smooth texture. The finish sees the malt flavors appearing with a biscuity, toasted character, and a bit of bite makes the alcohol presence known.

Final Word: Very rich, complex, and satisfying! The earthy spices, sweet, dark fruit, and buttery, bready malts all sit in great balance with each other, and present an experience similar to eating a refined, spice cake dessert. My only complaint with this brew is that the alcohol comes through a bit too much, and makes the finish a little boozy. This isn’t completely unexpected, as it is a Quad with 10.2% ABV, but masking that flavor would have made for a near perfect brew! Only avoid this one if you just absolutely can’t stand a strong boozy character; everyone else should snatch it up, especially if you love banana bread or holiday fruit cake.

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Photo of generallee
4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Presentation: It was poured from an odd shaped brown 1pt. 9.4oz bottle into a tulip glass. The lable lists the abv at 10.2%.

Appearance: The body has a dark orange amber color with good clarity and visible carbonation. This is topped off with a tall light tan head. It’s head fades slowly to just a thin creamy film covering. Lacing coats the glass as I tip the beer to my lips then slowly slides down the sides of the glass.

Smell: The aroma has loads of dark fruit, holiday fruitcake and sweet maltiness.

Taste / Palate: There are nice sweet malt notes throughout. It has notes of dates, raisins, black currants and sweet bready/fruitcake like goodness. It’s hops add a touch of spice and herbal bitterness on the back end. The solid 10.2% abv adds a mild boozy warming feel. This all comes on nice medium to full feeling body with smooth carbonation.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.76/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

750 ml cork and caged bottle poured into a tulip.
10.2% ABV, "Enjoy this ale now or age it to further develop unique flavors."

A - Dark plum purple-ish in color, Tetravis has mahogany highlights underneath it's steady canvas-colored head that leaves little lacing on the glass.

S - Classic Belgian yeast imparts immediate authenticity into Tetravis as this rich and malty beer starts with a complex blend of moist banana bread, prune and figs, and earthy clay and wet rocks. Robust bready maltiness has a borderline toasted characteristic to it that works nicely with suggestions of molasses and the oak barrel it's aged in.

T - Tetravis is a deep brew, unfolding layers of complexity as it warms up while mirroring the aroma quite nicely. Sweet dribbles of molasses cover chunks of dark rock sugar while dark fruitiness pulls forth fig newton, prune pit, and sticky raisin. Hops are absent but the classic Belgian yeast spiciness balances the flavor well with an exclamation of white pepper, clay, and clove.

M - Despite being a darker, malty brew, Tetravis has a lively carbonation feel that keeps the stomach-warming brew from becoming a chore to drink. It's richness washes down wonderfully with balance making it disturbingly drinkable for it's alcohol content.

O - For a long time a particular Belgian quad was hailed as one of the world's greatest beers. It could have been partly due to it's limited availability but I'd contest that this style is one of the hardest to replicate for American brewers because of it's deep complexity and inherent yeast characteristics. Having said that, Samuel Adam's nails the quad style with Tetravis so well, it could have come straight from Belgium. Rich maltiness provides a sturdy base while dark fruit and spice notes co-mingle with absolutely certainty; a completely brilliant beer!

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Photo of Sandridge
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The appearance of this beer is as it should be for a Belgian style, somewhat hazy. It has a copper amber hue with a beige colored full head. I think it has almost too much head for my liking.
The smell is quite unique with scents of raisin, fig, hazelnut, clove, and even a faint hint of bananas and apple and tobacco. As it warms I pick up smokey as well.
The taste starts strong with fig and apple. On my first sip of this I thought the bubbles were "too big"(I left the 2nd half in the fridge overnight uncapped which cut down the carbonation level and brought out more robust fruit flavors). It finished with that Belgian yeast profile(Clove and dirty feet) you'd expect from it. The malt and mouthfeel are lacking in my opinion(I'd like to see some caramel malts and carapils to balance the body better)

Overall, I am quite intrigued by this beer. It really stands out to me as having some very unique flavors that I have yet to have combined into one beer. It's kind of like an American barley wine got with a Belgian yeast and got throw into a well used fruit dehydrator. I get very bored with the beers on the shelf and this one stands out to me as different.

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Photo of mactrail
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.74/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

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Photo of HattedClassic
3.88/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of Cavanaghty
3.64/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

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Photo of polloenfuego
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.43/5  rDev -12.5%
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).

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Photo of weeare138
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of SHODriver
3.54/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

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Photo of brewskifan55
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass

A: Plum colored with a one finger tan head that sits and sits. thick lacing.

S: Plums, dates, raisins, clove, Belgian yeast, molasses.

T: Follows nose with smooth, sweet Belgian yeast leading the way. Currants provide a rich backdrop. Molasses slides in. Just terrific. Alcohol isn't really noticed or felt...until later. Flavors improve as it warms.

M: Medium to heavy with thick, chewy and frothy carbonation.

O: Excellent. Tetravis is a fine example of why I love quads. Recommended.

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

750mL into a St. Bernardus chalice. Pours a slightly hazy amber mahogany w/ a khaki 1-finger head.

Aroma is sweet dates and figs, brown sugar, subtle spice. Bready dark malt and Belgian yeast.

Taste is bready and sweet; dark fruit, brown sugar, toffee, spice. 10% ABV is well hidden. Pretty much a standard quad here.

Mouthfeel is crisp and well carbonated, fairly light on the palate. Drinkable.

Overall a good, straightforward, no-nonsense quad.

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Photo of bleedsblu
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Virgin review here, so lets go. This was my first of the Sam Adams Barrelroom collection.

Appearance: First the big bottle, cork and cage was to cool. It had a small head with a cool bronze color. I used to drink stuff right from the bottle now I take the time to pour it into a glass all civilized an shit.

Smell: It smells of a fruit soaked alcoholic treat, not a bad thing at all, pleasant and strong to the nose.

Taste: I thought it was thick, smooth and flavorful. This was the first I realized that I like Belgian yeast.

Mouthfeel: Again it was thick but smooth, you knew you had something special you were sipping. I dont really prefer bitter thin beers and this didnt disappoint.

Overall: This is a winner I highly reccommend, one warning be careful I shared this with a friend and we were kicked in the backside before the night started.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served in a snifter glass.

Appearance: Dark amber colored body with medium bubbles to the body with slight haziness to it. Head is off-white with a light orange tint to it.

Smell: Hard baked raisin scent. Sounds nuts but I am thinking oatmeal raisin cookie mixed with yeast and a light hint of wine.

Taste: Very good raisin feel, might come off a tad sweet. I wouldn't be sprised if honey and nutmeg played a role in the brewing process. You feel the mellow sweetness and a light spiciness to it, no complaints at all.

Mouth: Strong bd after-taste, sinks in pretty well but lacks the stickiness of it's belgian and some of it's American counterparts. Crisp finish not bad at all.

Overall: Very good beer but can think of a few others I would rather have around this price range that are also a quad. It does give you a little bit of everything just lacks that potency you are hoping for after first gulp.

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Photo of ThaneMcC
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: dark amber, pours with thick off white head and de effervesces to thin, nice amount of carbonation

S: raisin, fig, plum, old leather, brown sugar, a hint of bread

T: fruit forward, plummy, raisin with a bit of a metallic twang and bit cloying aftertaste - but not unpleasant

M: sweet maltiness offset by the astringent carbonation and that odd metallic taste, medium body

O: quite good overall, and excellent price point. I would purchase again

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Photo of mattkoon
3.64/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
4.53/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Picked up this Samuel Adams, well, hate to admit it, because of the interesting bottle. Not a bad price so figured it was worth a try. Excellent looking beer with a good, but not strong smell. Excellent taste and with the over 10% ABV gives it bonus points. Decent value due to cost also helps. Overall a very good beer that I will buy again without hesitation.

Checked my review when having the beer again and it is dead on. Excellent beer that I am glad that I picked up quite a few of to stick in my basement.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into chalice, 2013 bottling. Pours fairly crystal clear deep ruby red color with a 1 finger dense khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of big raisin, fig, plum, pear, apple, molasses, toast, brown bread, candi sugar, clove, pepper, herbal, floral, light oak, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt, candi sugar, and fruity/spicy yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of big raisin, plum, pear, apple, fig, toast, brown bread, molasses, candi sugar, clove, pepper, herbal, floral, light oak, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of raisin, fig, plum, pear, apple, toast, brown bread, molasses, candi sugar, clove, pepper, herbal, floral, light oak, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice balance and complexity of malt, candi sugar, and fruity/spicy yeast ester flavors; with a great malt/yeast spice balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a moderately slick, smooth, and lightly prickly mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent quadrupel style. All around great balance and complexity of malt, candi sugar, and fruity/spicy yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of rangerred
3.89/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a goblet out of a 750ml bottle.

Pours a clear dark ruby with a half finger off-white head. The head is very fluffy but thick and hangs around for a long time providing decent lacing.

Aroma has a very strong cherry note along with a touch of strawberry and grape. I can detect just a touch of darker fruit in the way of figs but it is pretty light. There is a slight bit of a metallic off note but it is so faint that it is almost not worth mentioning.

Lots of cherries up front in the taste mixed with a touch of brandy. Citrus is dominant in the flavor and there is a noticable lack of depth in the way of darker fruits, molasses, caramel, etc. Sweetness is there but it remains restrained with just a slight sticyness on the finish.

Overall, this beer exceeded my expectations coming from Sam Adams. It definitely lacks the depth and refinement of some Trappist beers but honestly for the price, it is really hard to beat this.

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Photo of jdhilt
4.26/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cream, three-finger head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Almost clear amber color. Medium-strong carbonation and medium bodied. Dark fruit and Belgian yeast nose, and flavor is sweet dark fruit. High ABV is hidden. $9.99 for a 750ml bottle from Madden Beverage Saco, Me.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

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Samuel Adams Tetravis (Barrel Room Collection) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.92 out of 5 based on 477 ratings.
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