Well, I might have learned my lesson by now. Sam Adams so far has not impressed me with their attempts at small batches to rival the smaller breweries. This one pours a light brown color with a thin off-white head. The aroma is a little woody with hints of raisin. The mouthfeel is light for a Belgian style Quad. It really looks and feels more like a barleywine. The flavor has some complexity to it. There are notes of raisin, figs, molasses, cherries. There is also a hint of wood. Overall it’s a little sweet, but not badly so. However, I was expecting something a little richer and deeper. Maybe also a little darker. I didn’t detect much of a Belgian yeast flavor, but it may have been overcome with some of the other flavors and the barrel aging. It’s not a bad beer, but I probably would not seek it out. I give it two out of five proper pints.