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Samuel Adams Stony Brook Red (Barrel Room Collection) - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Samuel Adams Stony Brook Red (Barrel Room Collection)Samuel Adams Stony Brook Red (Barrel Room Collection)

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242 Reviews
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Reviews: 242
Hads: 730
Avg: 3.85
pDev: 15.06%
Wants: 43
Gots: 107 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 10-30-2009

Aged in oak barrels; hand-bottled corked & caged; bottled-conditioned. A greater percentage of "Cosmic Mother Funk" was blended into this beer.
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Photo of Andrewi95
4.26/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

All the flavors come together wonderful with this beer. Love the bottle, though the cork was a bi*** to remove. Pour is nice and this is something I like to save for special occasions. Found it at Whole Foods.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.31/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Undated bottle at 42 degrees into snifter
$ 9.99/bottle at Consumer’s
Aroma – smells tart and fruity
Head small (2.5 cm, aggressive pour), light brown, fizzy/frothy, rapidly diminishing to three mm ring and partial layer
Lacing poor – few tiny islands of tiny bubbles
Body – very dark mahogany, clear
Flavor – begins tart with a definite generic fruity taste. The fruit fades somewhat and plum and the tannic acid comes through, nicely oaky. No malt, no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl.
Palate medium, watery, lively carbonation.

Appearance 4, Aroma 4.25, Flavor 4.5, Palate 4, Overall 4.25

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Photo of mactrail
3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

“Belgian style red” aged in oak barrels. Winey and mouthfilling. Very sudsy with clouds of carbonation as you tipple. Very sharp aroma of over-fermented fruit, but at least not vinegary.

This seems like a fair imitation of Rodenbach Grand Cru. The Sam Adams is more robust and more sour, with a woody finish. This even has some molasses and gingerbread flavors. Strong and strange, but interesting for a few sips. I didn't finish the bottle, though.

From the 750 ml bottle with the most annoying and difficult to remove cork ever. Purchased
at Sprouts Market in Santa Fe.

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Photo of mlockman
3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very tart; strong flavors of oak and Belgian yeast. Reminded me a lot of Upland's oak-aged Belgian quad. Really high quality beer from Sam Adams, inspires me to try more of their barrel-aged brews.

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Photo of brother_rebus
3.72/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Been a while since I had this. 750ml > snifter. 2mm ringed grey head. Deep burgundy- filtered but almost opaque. Smells like the moist bowels of an oak pinot noir barrel, boozier. Hints of cherry, apple, grapey malt, booze. Somewhat tart up front. Carbonated til the end, where it flattens out and booze. Overall pretty good complexity. Good CO2 profile malt present, hop not. My real perception of its hinderance is the inability to mask the 9%ABV. Tastes like a port, but instead of 15%, its 9...

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Photo of porterman66
2.95/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

To be perfectly honest this beer tastes like someone put some red wine, perhaps a Cabernet Sauvignon, in my glass with my beer. I did not like it overall though it actually tasted well with the Filet Mignon that I ate with it but I didn't like its overall sweetness and lack of character.

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Photo of alejandro126
2.78/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Sweet, with oak notes, and a muddled finish. A bit of barnyard but no acidity or fruit to cut it. Perhaps I got a bad bottle based on other reviews, but I fought my way through a half glass and dumped the rest down the drain.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Malty aroma has a tart fruity overtone and a hint of horehound. Pours a clear, dark mahogany with a thick wheat head. Malty flavor has woody and tart fruity notes, giving it an almost wine-like nature. Smooth texture has good fizz and rather wine-like body, leaving a tart and woody finish. Distinctive, enjoyable, tasty.

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Photo of Celtics17
3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a great way to get into sour beers, but once you've had some great ones. This leaves you missing big flavors. I wanted more cherry, or fruit forward sourness coming through. It lacked a big vinegar backbone. It had very little "funk".

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Photo of SaltyDog75
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Perfect for those interested in dipping their toes into the world of sour beers rather than diving in headfirst. There's a bit of sour cherry tartness, but it's restrained. Not a whole lot of depth to it, but what it does, it does fairly well. Malt isn't very pronounced, hops aren't a factor. No hot alcohol taste, which is good for a 9% ABV brew. A well done effort by Sam Adams.

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Photo of bustercoye
4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a cloudy dark Amber. thick cream colored head. Good carbonation. Smells a bit sour almost like a white wine. Great tart/sweet taste that balance each other well. Finishes with slight alcohol warmth. Very refreshing. This is a great beer!

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Photo of Ike_Potter
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep amber color with a touch of red. Tan foam and a sour but not unpleasant aroma. I really noticed red wine flavors, fruity and dry. Not overpowering to people who may think an american wild ale sounds intimidating. Overall pretty good.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

so good and so different, its nice to know the big guys can still pull off beer like this. its cool stuff, somewhere in the flanders red neighborhood, but it feels sour from a blend, not sour from a raw ferment, which is fine, but that's the point of departure for me. deep brick red color with some haze to it and a tall tan head with 100% retention, as long as I drink this the head holds up. the nose here is tangy with some fruity notes, dried cherries or even cranberries seem obvious, but red wine tannins, plums, lacto, and wet oak are all there too. the taste is similar with the sourness coming fist, even before the malt, which is big and round and caramel based but only moderately sugary. pucker but not caustic on the acidity, and its short lived and quickly balanced out by the fruit and the density of the grain. a really unique beer, especially at this abv, which I think is an odd feature for it. heavy oak too, really pleasant this time of year. super impressed with the clever uniqueness of this beer and its overall quality. im so used to seeing the seasonals and boston lager from these guys, its nice to know they are capable of beers this special. worth way more than what they ask for it, I like that too!

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Photo of delta490
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep ruby with a short-lasting light tan head. A little soapy lacing is left behind. The aroma is dark fruit, slightly tart like fresh sour cherries. The taste, though, is underwhelming. A little bit of the tartness remains, but disconnected from any other flavor. There isn't much of the bourbon barrel aging process noticeable either, beyond a hint of wood towards the back of the tongue. It also has a little bit of fizzy quality to the body, despite not much carbonation. It could be, and should be, much better.

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Photo of barnabasdog
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

A- dark brown with a red tint, little visibility, cloudy, no head and no lacing

S-malt, apple, grape, brown sugar, doughy, chocolate

T- tons of fruits, cherry, sour apple, malty, toffee, roasted nuts, sangria character, all spice

M- medium body, little carbonation, surprisingly refreshing

O- unique Belgian style red very complex and enjoyable, slightly sweet. I like seeing Sam Adams do these out of the box small batches

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Photo of ricchezza
4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

Clear auburn hue with little off-white lacing.
Tart dark cherry & plum aroma.
Tastes crisp, tart (lactic) and fruity (black cherry, vanilla, and raisin).

I’ve been told by Boston Beer Co. employees that the make up of this Barrel Room Collection blend is 50% Kosmic Mother Funk (and unfortunately not much else about the recipe).

Incredible drinkability. I have a hard time not purchasing a Stony Brook Red every time I come across one. This has long ago become one of my favorite beers.

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Photo of jwc215
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours reddish amber with a nice lingering pinkish head. A fair amount of lacing sticks.

The smell is of tart cherries. Not too "wild" but enough funky sour to fit.

The taste is of sweet-tart cherries with woody notes. Sour and sweet with a hint of vanilla. Alcohol is well-integrated.

It is super-smooth. A very drinkable brew - Not as sour as some others, but the cherry-like character and firm malt backing give it a pleasant balance and smoothness while allowing the sour character to come through.

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Photo of R011TYD
4.37/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Great tart flavor. You can buy at places like total wine and more. Also one of the beers actually sold at the Sam Adams Brewery in Boston. Cool corked bottle, best served in a Sam Adams engineer glass to capture the fruit aroma. The bottle makes it impossible to tell color, but when poured into a glass, it has a reddish brown color.

Pros: Great tart / fruit flavor. 9% Alc/vol. Big beer - 1 pint 9.4 oz. = about 2.5 beers.

Cons: Can be hard to find. $9 per bottle.

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Photo of Bstrickler
2.2/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I know I may be in the minority in this one, but this beer tastes like straight teriyaki sauce. It may just be the bottle I drank (I hope so) but the taste was just horrible. The coloring and mouthfeel is alright, but otherwise, avoid this at all costs.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampling right now on 6/12/14. Comes in a beautiful painted-on label in a '1 pt. 9.4 oz.' bottle that has a metal cap and a cork and costs $8.49 + tax. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a Sam Adam's pint glass.

Pours a pretty deep mahogany in color with a good 2+-finger off-white head that settles down a to a thin layer on top and sides of the glass. Spotty lacing is seen when sipped. Lots of sediment left in the bottom of the bottle. The aroma is of dark fruit, toasted malts from a oak barrel. The taste is really complex with a tart cherry at first which is quickly overtaken by the oak that finishes with a slightly vinegar finish. More probably going on for sure but is hard to pin-point. Overall a different brew but tasty.

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Photo of Andrew041180
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Note: This beer has been improperly stored for at least five years. Temps reaching well over 90 degrees in the summers.

A - Poured gently into a tulip glass. The beer is a hazy orange brown with virtually no head. No lacing.

S - The aroma is actually quite nice. I really gives good insight into what to expect. Strong, but not overpowering acidic notes. A little sweet.

T - Given how long this had been sitting for, I was a little worried. Worries were all unfounded. The dominant flavor is something like brown sugar, but it's subdued and contrasted with a tartness that grows with each sip and/or as the beer warms. Lightly citric acid. There is also oak in the background. The 9% alcohol is barely present in terms of flavor.

M - Not too much here. Billed as full-bodied but it doesn't feel that way to me. More like medium. Mild heat/tingle of the alcohol on the finish is nice.

O - This is a nice refreshing beer! I was surprised that it held up for so long and I'm strongly considering picking up another just to see what it would be like fresh. If I do so I'll certainly update the review.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.06/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a perfect pint glass. 4/23

Pours reddish tinged brown, lighter on bottom. Some white foam sits atop. Caramel notes, light malty sweetness. Little oak in there. Light sour taste that builds to a pucker. Woodsy sour. Cherry fruit mixed. Full bold mouthfeel. Really good.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.06/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750 ml cork and caged bottle poured into a tulip.
9% ABV,

A - Deep ruby mahogany in color, this clear beer's effervescent and tall off-white head falls pretty quickly from the acidity in the beer but doesn't hesitate at leaving lacing on the glass.

S - Slight acidity moves in on the mouthwatering earthy funk and vinegar-like sourness that overlaps toasted malts. Nutty bread thinly spread with dark fruit jam adds layers of complexity beyond the forward yeast nose for an aroma worth embracing.

T - Toasted oak joins toasted malts for a delicious collaboration of earthy wood and complex bready flavors on the tongue. Over ripe stone fruit dipped in vinegar and finished off with an injection of acidity gently overlaps the beer's differently fruity warming alcohol finish.

M - Stony Brook Red's smooth entry gracefully changes to a lightly bubbly finish that's accented by light tartness and a faint sour bite on the finish that gently warms the innards with it's almost unnoticeable 9% ABV.

O - Samuel Adams greatest achievement with Stony Brook Red is making a near double-digit alcohol beer drink like half its content. This Flanders Red, if you will, has a nice touch of oak aging and funky sourness to it that creates a different experience but it's greatest achievement is also it's undoing I feel. The strength in numbers doesn't shine through, but the slightly heavier body and fuller maltiness leads this beer down a path of less drinkability; a detour from the course the style originally intended. It's nice to see big brewers like this playing around with sour beers though.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
3.49/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: deep garnet. almost brown. a finger or two of a tan head that fades slowly and leaves a fairly strong lacing. dark but a strong brightness some good clarity

Smell: a weak fruit, maybe some cherries or raspberries. lots wooden and earthiness to it. some brett funk but nothing too strong

Taste: opens up with just a little bit of cherry that is quickly taken over by wood and earthiness has a good amount of vinegar to it. full of a good but not over powering

Mouthfeel: medium body. strong acidity to it. some what sticky and leaves behind some brett.

Overall: this beer has some good qualities to it (brightness and good brett balance) but overall its a little too vinegary and acidic for me. the flavors aren't quite developed for me.

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Photo of HattedClassic
3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours some light head that dissipates very quickly. The head is an off-white color and has a foamy texture. The beer itself is a clear ruby red. The beer has a strong tarty smell with a slight oak and vanilla note. The tart is a dark cherry tart with dark fruit notes. The other notes enhance the tart and compliment it well. There are also some dark fruit notes but they get lost in the tart smell. The taste notes are similar to the smell. The taste has the same funk taste but the dark fruit notes are much stronger. The oak and vanilla notes are still there but they come at the end of road. The lighted toasted malts make an appearance in the taste. The beer has thick and sticky feeling. The beer is medium bodied with biting carbonation. Overall, a decent beer.

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Samuel Adams Stony Brook Red (Barrel Room Collection) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
86 out of 100 based on 242 ratings.