Samuel Adams Stony Brook Red (Barrel Room Collection) - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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Reviews by HarryPotHead:
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
More User Reviews:
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
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
Samuel Adams Stony Brook Red (Barrel Room Collection) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
85 out of 100 based on 572 ratings.