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

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

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BA SCORE
85
very good

573 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

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Ratings: 573
Reviews: 217
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 14.59%


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:
Aged in oak barrels; hand-bottled corked & caged; bottled-conditioned. A greater percentage of "Cosmic Mother Funk" was blended into this beer.

(Beer added by: Todd on 10-30-2009)
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superspak

Michigan

3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, 2012 bottling. Pours fairly crystal clear deep ruby red color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of tart cherry, cranberry, green apple, raisin, plum, red wine vinegar, hay, straw, oak, clove, pepper, leather, caramel, toast, light chocolate, musty funk, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good complexity and balance of fruity/funky yeast, oak barrel, and malt sweetness; with good strength. Taste of tart cherry, cranberry, green apple, raisin, plum, red wine, oak, clove, leather, funk, light vinegar, hay, straw, herbal, caramel, toast, light chocolate, light vanilla, and yeast earthiness. Fair amount of fruity/earthy tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of cherry, cranberry, green apple, plum, raisin, red wine, oak, clove, leather, funk, light vinegar, hay, straw, caramel, toast, light chocolate, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and robustness of fruity/earthy yeast, oak barrel, and dark malt flavors; with balanced sweetness/tartness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a smooth and fairly slick/acidic mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice wild ale. All around good complexity and balance of fruity/funky yeast, oak barrel, and dark malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2014 03:43:39 | More by superspak
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BradC

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a ruddy brownish red color with a quickly fading head and minimal lacing.

Smells of tart berries, strawberry, some vanilla not much else.

Tastes tart, not necessarily sour, cherry, dark fruits, some vanilla from the oak.

Kind of thin bodied, pretty good carbonation.

Overall, a decent brew, not something I'd go out of my way to try again, but on sale at the grocery, it was worth it. Doesn't quite hold up to the Belgian brews.



Serving type: bottle

04-13-2014 00:24:19 | More by BradC
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twiggamortis420

Texas

3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle pours a surprisingly clear ruby color with an ample cap of tan head. Fair retention and not much lace.

Nose is big on the fruits - cherries, strawberries and even cranberries. Tartness is mild, as is the barrel character. Lot of caramel malts, not unlike a more robust Rodenbach. Im actually pretty surprised this is not listed as a Flanders red or brown considering the sweetness and yeast aromas.

Taste throws down a Flanders style flavor profile...rich malts, nutty yeast with a light brett and sourness. Fruits are still big and its more tart than sour unfortunately. Still though, not a bad effort for Sam Adams. The barrel character is very light and it needs more sourness, but the ABV is well integrated and there are some nice flavors to be found here. Id probably grab a Rodenbach Grand Cru over this at the similar price point, but I enjoyed the bottle well enough.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2014 02:39:27 | More by twiggamortis420
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ThisWangsChung

Maryland

3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a dark red color with some haze to it. The head is only a finger high (mocha shade), but has very impressive retention. Its creamy, soft texture doesn't leave much lacing behind, though.

S: Fairly complex. I'm not going to say complicated, though - rather than having a billion notes going a billion different ways, it relies mainly on cherries, tartness, and funk for the aroma. Some whiffs will brings stronger cherry, others bring more in the way of funk or (good) acid. If I could nitpick, its that it's a bit sweet for my preference. Still, a very successful aroma.

T: From the start, it seems like cherry sweetness dominates the flavor, with the funky brett being secondary, the tart bite being tertiary, and the oak tannins being quaternary. Occasionally, some sips will yield more funk than others. After a while, the finish displays a touch of caramel malt, while at the same time, the oak flavors become (slightly) more pronounced. I'm pretty impressed with how complex this is, to be perfectly frank.

M: Wow, as sweet as it initially seems on the palate, it dries out enough on the back end to keep it from being overbearing. Tannins are present but not harsh. Carbonation is quite zesty, too, and combined with the former, this is a surprisingly drinkable brew. Still, it's good enough to savor more slowly.

O: I'm pretty sure this has a 'mere' 85 simply because it isn't that tart. To me, this is closer to a 90. It's far from the most tart, but it's balanced and delicate, a trait that's lacking in many 'Murican sours (of course, I love a big, brute-force sour monster too, don't get me wrong!) Given my experiences with 13th Hour Stout and New World Tripel last year, I think it's safe to say I generally enjoy SA's barrel-aged, funk-laden brews a whole lot.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2014 23:27:36 | More by ThisWangsChung
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angrybabboon

Rhode Island

3.35/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this

Consumed 1/15/14

Note: 2009 bottle

Appearance: Somewhere between medium amber and purple - pours with an off-white head, fades to a nice collar, with some wisps of a cap, leaves some nice streaks of lacing

Smell: Fruit, funk, and vinegar - definitely smells old, although I imagine it smelled similar when it was fresh - lots of funk, with yeast, damp cellar, and some wet, lactic acid - some musty tartness - some cherry flesh, and a lot of general weirdness - some earth and some sugary notes

Taste: Funky and more interesting than expected, but also very odd - lots of funk, with some wet, damp lactic sourness and some musty tartness - tons of vinegar - some old fruit, like old cherry flesh - a bit too much sweetness, but not really bad - some spiciness, with earth - some caramel grains - finishes with some booze, vinegar, and acetone

Mouthfeel: Medium body, nice carbonation despite the age of this bottle, smooth, kind of a messy finish

Overall: Yeast, vinegar, and sugar, together at last?

This deserves some credit for being decidedly funky. But the vinegar is a bit much, as is the sweetness. Regardless, it's interesting; apparently worth both trying and aging.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2014 05:06:21 | More by angrybabboon
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Goblinmunkey7

Massachusetts

3.14/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

2009/2010 vintage. Split with angrybabboon.

Appearance: Still carries a decent carbonation. Creamy sizable off-white/beige head. Drops to a small cap and collar with hints of lacing. A super hazed brick red. Some darker maroons and browns as well.

Smell: Smells like cherry fruit leather. Powdery yeast and a slight layer of earthy funk. Mildly acetic bordering on straight vinegar with a solidndarknfruit sweetness. Almost jammy. Some musty basement as to be expected from the Cosmic Mother Funk base. some legit worn leather as well. Slightly sweet malt base. Some hints of caramel malt. Seriously though, it's a natural cherry fruit rollup.

Taste: Powdery yeast, super powdery. Very slightly tart with a big push toward straight vinegar. Cherry flesh. Pressed jammy fruit with a solid leather component. Slightly damp and musty with a building earthy finish. A touch of fake raspberry. Something like aspirin. Drinks like a fruit infused Cosmic Mother Funk. Lightly sweet malt.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and a moderate carbonation. Nice and clean.

Overall: Take it out before year 4.

I loved this fresh. Aged it's still delicious, but it loses something in the long run. The yeast dominates and hurts it a touch.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2014 04:41:37 | More by Goblinmunkey7
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ArmedsouthernEr

Mississippi

4.51/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Can this Stuff in a bomber for about 10 bucks and it is a descent sour ale. for that price you cant beat it compared to some of the other sour ales that can go for as much as 26 30 dollars a bomber. you wont regret this one! Need more characters so Im making filler words!!!

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2014 20:32:41 | More by ArmedsouthernEr
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

4.23/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From the corked, caged bottle. Sampled on December 22, 2013. That cork took some effort to pop.

Reddish-brown pour with a modest light brown head and consistent carbonation.

The aroma screams wild yeast and sour, tart cherries and other juicy fruits. Also a fine biscuit malt character appearing on the nose.

The body is medium and acidic.

Taste of roasted malts, cherry, and other sour characters. The sourness of the taste is not explosive like some sours can be. That's what I liked this one better than other sour I have tried.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2013 21:28:56 | More by puboflyons
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Was in the mood for a sour beer so I picked this up for 10 bucks. Not sure of the age but it has to be under a year old.

A - Somewhat hazy red amber in color with a solid 1/2 inch of head that sticks around for a bit.
S - Sour funk, berries, tart vinegar, and some funky goodness.
T - Well it's good I guess kind of thin tasking with mild sour notes, some apple cider vinegar, and some fruity flavors. No alcohol taste which is nice . Kind of average.
M - Worst part of the beer it's very thin tasting. I didn't go in expecting syrup just a deeper body and more flavor.

Overall pretty smooth american Belgium ale with some tart characters. Kind of grows on you but I have had better representations of the style.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2013 01:19:36 | More by DrDemento456
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Brenden

Ohio

3.76/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pouring the medium brown, somewhat hazy, with bright ruby highlights that comes from the easier versions of this particular style, this beer certainly looks up to snuff. The head is slightly tinted and makes it to a strong pillow almost precisely one finger tall. It develops some density, sitting heavily and falling slowly while it deposits patchy lace on the walls of the glass.
The aroma has a good complexity to it, and the sourness is put forward but with lots of different things going on underneath. There's a little bit of funk, but not as much as I might expect. There's lots of cherry, plenty of tart (think Michigan) as well as black cherry skins with a sweeter and almost sharp aspect. It's definitely got the apple cider vinegar note to it that I hope for. Under all that, there's a sort of earthiness to the malts that go pretty dry.
On the palate, there's a little more aggressive dryness as the oaky notes come out up front with the sourness and the sharp bite. Ultimately, a sort of candied sweetness blends with the sourness to take the edge off, also playing it safe, so to speak. Cherry is as strong in the flavor as the aroma. Ultimately, with the dryness and the jammy nature, it has a lot of red wine character, something with a heavier body and maybe an "old vine" character.
The body is medium, and I'm surprised that the mouthfeel doesn't dry as quickly as I might expect. It's semi-dry most of the way before some wood and acidity throw that dryness into the finish. It has a bit of sharpness to it, but keeps in check.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2013 14:14:52 | More by Brenden
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Archimetez

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: nice deep red color, clear, head cream color

S:very sweet, quickly brings wine to mind

T: sweet with strong overtones of berries.... little oak appreciated

M: smooth and clean

O: good variation of a belgian beer and a nice change of pace, but not really my cup of tea

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2013 01:39:14 | More by Archimetez
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mayerale

Kansas

4.04/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a mug from a corked and caged pint bottle.

A: Purs reddish brown with little to no head. Slightly transparent.

S: A very aromatic beer that hits the nose long before you bring the beer near. You definitely smell the tartness of the fruit with the scent of the oak barrel coming through slightly at the end.

T: You definitely get the tartness of the fruit immediately (possible cherry or raspberry taste immediately). The oak finish isn't as strong a one might think for a beer coming in a series touting "Aged in oak barrels." Not as carbonated as many beers, which isn't a bad thing. Almost drinks like a red wine.

M: It seemingly drinks like a red wine in that it feels a little dry. Low on carbonation.

O: For a series touting that it is aged in oak barrels, this beer doesn't taste "oaky." Also, it may not be what you expect when you buy a red beer, it is much sweeter than what I expected. That being said, it is a nice change to drink something like this. As I mentioned earlier, it almost drinks like a wine, which isn't a bad thing at all. It is fruity, and you don't really notice the 9% ABV. Definitely worth a shot and I would overall recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2013 01:51:37 | More by mayerale
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HarryPotHead

Maryland

3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

ST - corked and capped bottle with SA's Barrel Room labeling poured into tulip glass.

A - dark red (almost opaque) with a creamy, thick, tan head that closely resembles a frothy pancake batter. This head faded quickly to a tan ring around the perimeter of the glass...

S - wow! A Complex blend of raspberry, cherry, oak, and malt goodness!

T - picks up where the nose ends...tart fruit flavor up front hits the palate hard but tartness fades quickly. Fruit favors mix well with an earthy oak to create a flavor that has a subtle wine like feel....like a Cabernet without the burn. Alcohol content is hidden well and hops are well....non-existent.

M - low carbonation adds to the wine like feel...tartness on the front end creates a subtle tingly affect on the lips and tip of the tongue. This is strange but not unpleasant in he least.

O - not what I was expecting at all! When I saw this labeled as a "red" beer i was expcting a heavily malted ale. Was pleasantly surprised by the fruit favors as I tend to shy away from those types of beers. Not sure why but they just never sounded like they would be this darn good. Grateful for the experience, but not sure I could drink this in quantity. Definitely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2013 02:28:55 | More by HarryPotHead
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Kwilk

Illinois

3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice reddish brown with a creamy tan head that fades relatively quickly.

Aroma is astounding. Big cherry, tart, some woodiness, some maltiness, some earthiness.

Flavor is a little underwhelming after the nose. Not as tart or sour as you'd expect. Still very nice. Maltiness is more prevalent.

Very dry and easy to take another sip. A good beer overall, just wish the flavor was as complex and fun as the aroma.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2013 21:35:37 | More by Kwilk
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TheMultiYeast

Pennsylvania

3.86/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark reddish brown with two fingers of head that fades away.

Tart cherry fruitiness in the nose, very malty, sweet, earthy sourness, some barrel.

Less sour and more malty than nose. Earthiness is there, sweetness, dry sourness.

Nice level of carbonation from bottle conditioning. Makes me want another sip.

Overall this beer exceeded my expectations. Pleasantly tart and dry.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2013 02:12:18 | More by TheMultiYeast
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1000lbgrizzly

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Chestnut in color. Produces a deep head without much effort, like soda, yet clears out fairly easily. A few streams of bubbles evident. No cloudiness to it, but the color is too dark to describe it as clear.

S: Sweet dark fruit, very juicy, with hints of nuttiness. Very full nose, complex and enticing.

T: Sweet, tart, black cherries at the forefront, with some oaky-woodiness like buttered toast present as well, a product of the oak aging I'm sure. Some light aromatic spices might be mixed in here, too. The flavors are somehow distinguishable from each other, yet work together to produce a well-concerted near-sour dark fruit-dominated but oak-influenced ale. I'm very, very pleasantly surprised with the flavors here; very far removed from the usual red ales which are mostly malt. My only complaint is that it sometimes has an almost chalky flavor. But on the whole, I love it!

M: Again pleasantly surprised: creamy, full-bodied, but not heavy on the tongue like a stout. Makes a very good case for taking another sip.

O: A superb beer and a great example of this brewery's genius. Reminiscent of an Oud Bruin, but with great oak flair. Everything was of the highest quality, and even the burps it produced were smooth and delicious. I bought mine at a bar, and even marked up at $15 for a 25.4 oz bottle it was a great deal. If you don't mind a beer with moderate sweetness and are ready to change your mind about Sam Adams as a brewery after trying their supermarket-available beers, then try this one out.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2013 08:48:44 | More by 1000lbgrizzly
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TruePerception

California

4.01/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

(Previous review, transferred from beer journal)

Sam Adams' Stony Brook Red: 9% ABV, Flemish, active pop; Appearance: amber-red, medium head, steady dissolve; Smell: nice sourness, cherry, tartaric, moderate oak, light malic/green apple; Taste/Mouthfeel: light, green apple, leather, peach skin; good.

Poured into a pint glass.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2013 16:56:20 | More by TruePerception
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Tone

Missouri

4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, dark copper/brown color. 3/4 inch head of an off-tan color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of alcohol, oak, sweet malt, hint of hops, yeast, slight citrus, and sourness. Fits the style of an American Wild Ale. Mouth feel is sour, sharp, and crisp with a high carbonation level. Tastes of yeast, hint of hops, oak, slight citrus, sweet malt, hint of liquor, hint of alcohol, and sourness. Overall, great appearance, aroma, body, and blend. The complexity it vast, but the carbonation level is too high.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2013 04:28:36 | More by Tone
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BradtheGreat7

Ohio

3.96/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Review taken in 2012 from notes

Sam Adams Barrel Room Collection style bottle with their BR style labeling. Corked and capped. Bottle does look extremely nice and classy. Poured this into a stemmed tulip glass.

A - reddish colored brown amber. Head is of a tan color and poured well before fading to a small ring of lace with not much stick.

S - cherries and black cherry. An Oaked character with a hint of vanilla sweetness. Fruity and sweet aroma.

T - not as tart as the nose, but the cherry remains fruity and sweet. Oakiness is spot on with a hint of sweet vanilla in the back. Brown sugar and candied black cherries.

M - medium bodied and a decent texture. Not as coating as some wild ales I've had, but its still well crafted. Alcohol is there but adds to the fruitiness and is fairly easy going.

O - my favorite Samuel Adams brew and its not like I haven't given them shots. I've had nearly 20 different styles but only found 2-3 really worth reviewing. This is a Samuel Adams ill buy every time I see it and that's a shock for me. But in regards to this good beer it's very tasty and not something that should be overlooked. Plus it's not like we have a lot of wild ales floating about here at home. This is one ill go out of my way to grab again. It's a favorite of mine.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2013 00:16:36 | More by BradtheGreat7
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The_Last_Crazy_Person

South Dakota

3.69/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Quickie review: I believe I initially described this to friends as "the snobbiest beer any beer snob has ever snobbed over." If you consider yourself a beer snob I highly recommend this not necessarily for how good it is but for what a unique experience it provides.

Full Review:
Appearance: Beautiful color, sort of a mix of amber and molasses. Marked down slightly for its inability to develop and hold a head (disregard and consider a 5 if the head is unimportant to you).

Smell: Pungent. Very strong sense of not quite rotten but definitely sour fruit. Definitely some whiskey-esque undertones to the smell.

Taste: Pungent sour fruit smell is amplified in the taste. If you have ever had dried cherries the taste will be very familiar. Unfortunately this taste overpowers some of the more subtle elements. It took several attempts to pull the subtle whiskey/spice undertones out from under the sour fruit taste. Let me be clarify that this is by no means a bad taste, however it is not one I would actively seek out.

Mouthfeel: Damn near perfect. It actually took some research to put a name to the texture I was feeling: wine. This does not feel like drinking a beer at all. There is very little hint of carbonation and the rich, smooth texture coats the mouth on it's way down leaving a lasting impression. This was by far the most impressive aspect of the beer and what I feel makes it worth seeking out simply as an experience.

Overall: I do not think this is a beer I would ever seek out for personal enjoyment or for any reason other than snobbing over. That being said, I feel this is a very important "notch in the belt" for any aspiring beer snob. If it is available in your area and you have not had it I highly recommend it simply for the experience.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2013 07:01:50 | More by The_Last_Crazy_Person
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Nastynasthat

New Hampshire

3.28/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Kind of tast like a wine'ish kinda beer , deffinatley can taste the alcohol but not over powering, light carbonation , easy to drink only thing I didn't like about it was the fact it didn't have as much of that beer taste than it did some sort of wine

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2013 05:29:50 | More by Nastynasthat
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philbe311

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - A tad bit more than a finger's worth of audibly fizzy slightly off-white head that displays near zero retention... Don't blink or else you'll miss it.. No lacing to speak of, just a couple of stray bubbles along the rim of the glass... The color is a deep warm burgundy with some light brown notes... There is a richness and depth of color... There is a very subtle murkiness... Still with no discernible carbonation...

S - A huge aromatic nose that is uber appealing... Loads of rich toasted oak... Notes of vanilla... Loaded with bing cherry notes... Hints of raspberries and pomegranate... Candied apples... A light warming holiday spiciness as well... A very subtle earthiness lies beneath the surface... Layers of depth and complexity... I really wish that they made air fresheners that smelled half this good... Fantastic...

T - A slight departure from the nose... Much of the anticipated fruity sweetness is missing in action... Instead, there is an earthy woody character that permeates throughout... A slightly tart acidic presence... Some light red wine tannin notes... Some very faint vanilla notes... Some underlying notes of warm holiday spices...

M - Lots of bubbling carbonation... On the lighter side of medium bodied... Exceedingly dry from the get go... Turns even drier with each and every sip...

D - An interesting brew... A bit of a mixed bag... The aroma is world class... The rest of the beer is intriguing, but no better than slightly above average... Another interesting offering from the Samuel Adams Barrel Room collection... Curious BAs will find this interesting enough, but I'm not sure it's something I would invest in again in the future...

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2013 02:40:17 | More by philbe311
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goblue3509

Pennsylvania

3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep clear reddish color with a thin head which quickly recedes to nothing. No lacing or no lines are left. The aroma is of dark tart cherries, that is a hint of oak and a little pepper. The taste follows suit, there is a dark tart cherry flavor up front to start, the middle gets a little watery and the end finishes with an oak taste. The mouthfeel is moderately carbonated and slightly stingy. Overall it is a decent beer, the tart flavors are not as rounded out as i hoped.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 23:47:47 | More by goblue3509
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VinnyA

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Drank out of a Sam Adams glass

A - Dark Brownish Red. About a half inch of head, quickly dissipating but small ring of retention. No lacing.

S - Faint hints of oak, Cherries, slightly acidic smell

M - Smooth, low to moderate carbonation.

T - Sweeter than I'd expect given that it's billed as having tart fruit in its description. I didn't get much of a "woody" taste on the front end. Fruity flavor hides the alcohol well. Refreshing with a slightly dry finish.

O - It is a good beer. Not exactly what I think of when described as "Belgian", "tart" or "toasted oak", but it IS good, and that's all that really matters, right? Strangely enough, going by the name, I find myself thinking "Yeah, this is a decent red ale". A good offering from Sam, I'd just advise changing the description on the bottle a little haha.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2013 18:17:09 | More by VinnyA
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SebD

Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: It has a nice clear orangy/amber color to it. It has a nice beige head that dies down somewhat fast and leaves little lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of tart cherries, red wine, oak, funky yeast and sweet caramel.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a some sweet cherries among other dark dark fruit (grapes, plums), somewhat wine like, some woody oak, funky yeast and some sweet caramel on the finish.

Mouthfeel: It has a low/medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smoot drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas.

Serving type: bottle

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Samuel Adams Stony Brook Red (Barrel Room Collection) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
85 out of 100 based on 573 ratings.