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Samuel Adams American Kriek (Barrel Room Collection) - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Samuel Adams American Kriek (Barrel Room Collection)Samuel Adams American Kriek (Barrel Room Collection)

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81
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281 Ratings
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Ratings: 281
Reviews: 113
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 17.85%
Wants: 43
Gots: 27 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Ale aged w/ Balaton cherries in oak barrels; hand-bottled corked & caged; not bottled-conditioned. Blended w/ "Cosmic Mother Funk."

(Beer added by: Todd on 10-30-2009)
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Photo of HattedClassic
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours a creamy reddish head that dissipates quickly. The beer itself is a opaque ruby with dark red notes. The beer smell has very strong tarty cherry notes and oak notes that mix very well together. However, both smell similar enough that the oak comes off more as a subtle note than anything else. The taste is a bit different than the smell. The taste still has the tart from the black cherries and slight hints of oak. However, the taste also has a sweetness from the malts and from the cherries but it taste a bit like it was enhanced by sugar and comes off a tiny bit cough syrupy. The feel is medium bodied but on the heavier side. Biting carbonation. A decent kriek and one of the ones I would recommend.

Photo of chinchill
3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Special 500ml bottle served in a Belgian snifter.

A: Brownish black cherry juice. Foggy.

Feel: near medium body.

Aroma: Fairly strong cherry character. A bit more oak than I prefer.

Flavor: excellent sweet/tart balance ness from the cherries is balanced by a rich, malty character with toasted oak notes added from the barrel aging.

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3/5  rDev -15%

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -29.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Omnium
3.56/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber > Pint Glass

A - Pours out a dark cherry red with two fingers of white fizzy head, no lacing.
S - Lots of dark cherries, some vanilla, big oak presence, some sweet toasted caramel and toffee notes.
T - Primarily tart black cherry, a little woody oak flavor in the end, but its dominated by tart cherry.
M - Puckering sour, not really sweet though.
O - Surprised at this, but just at this with some turkey dinner, and it complimented it really well.

Photo of hoffa0922
1.5/5  rDev -57.5%

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3/5  rDev -15%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of hAle2theWort
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

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3/5  rDev -15%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

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3/5  rDev -15%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of angrybabboon
3.41/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 9/14/13

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this - 2009 vintage

Appearance: Dark, dark red with some purple and some brown - even after about 4 years, this pours with a lot of carbonation - above average, light tan head, slowly fades to an above-average sized, solid, creamy head

Smell: Cooked malts and a lot of fruit - cooked, caramelized, lightly oxidized malts - some syrupy caramel and sugar - a lot of cherry flavor, with flesh and some skin - some low tartness

Taste: More or less follows the aroma, with a lot of cherry and caramel - cooked, caramelized grains, straight-up caramel syrup, and some pale malts - loads of cherry, including cherry flesh and cherry skins - some phenolic/medicinal characteristics that kind of make this seem like cherry cough syrup - some oxidation, probably from the age, and a lot of earthiness - some tart, but definitely not sour in any way - nice amount of fruity sweetness

Mouthfeel: Medium body, nice carbonation, smooth, nicely drinkable

Overall: Barrel room space is justified

This was a stand-out among the Barrel Room Collection back when these first came out, and it's still good, about four years later. It's not the most complex, and it's definitely lacking sour/funky notes that one would expect in a kriek, but it's still good, especially for a Samuel Adams beer.

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.45/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

2009 vintage. Split with angrybabboon.

Appearance: Hazed ruddy brick red. Small super pale pink bead. Tight bubbly cap drops to a few wisps and a tiny collar. Moderate to high carbonation especially with the age.

Smell: Oak and cherries. Tons of damp wood with some floral edges. Very damp with some vinegar. Layered funk with some herbal edges. Cherry flesh with some tart cherry skin. Acetic with a powdery yeast. Musty and damp.

Taste: Powdered yeast. Earthy and damp. Hay and must basement. Some floral edges. Tart cherry skin and flesh. Mildly acetic with a solid oak presence. Malts push caramel and and some biscuit. Incredibly fruity. Mega yeasty and earthy. So much damp. Nice balance of tart and sweet with more oak as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a moderate carbonation. Crisp and ever so slightly dry on the finish. Wet up front.

Overall: Oh snap, it's tasty.

Some age made this nicely complex. Not the most depth, but the funk and cherry work well with the mildly acetic thing.

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4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Samuel Adams American Kriek (Barrel Room Collection) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
81 out of 100 based on 281 ratings.