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

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Ratings: 706
Reviews: 243
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 15.24%
Wants: 42
Gots: 99 | FT: 4
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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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Reviews by angrybabboon:
Photo of angrybabboon
3.37/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of brownbeer
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours reddish-brown with vinous aromas all the way. Also, hints of tart cherry and vanilla, the alcohol has a presence without knowing the higher abv. I'd say the tartness in the flavor is a low-medium and comes across in a fruity way. Red wine character is in the forefront of the taste and it's lightly tannic. 9% hidden well.

Overall, it's pretty good and would work well as a digestif in the evening before getting it on. I wouldn't seek it out, but a nice move for Sam.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a tulip glass the beer was a garnet color with a small head that disappeared quickly.
It had a tart fruit and woody aroma.
Sour cherry taste, oak, with a decidedly vinous finish.
Dry on the palate, satisfying.
My favorite of the Barrel Room Collection.

Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: cloudy, minimal head, ruby reddish brown in color, high carbonation

Smell: It smells like a red wine, sour mix, some oak and cherry candy

Taste: oak, cherry, sour mix, and hay

Mouthfeel: slightly sweet but very tart, light bodied, high carbonation

Drinkability: A very interesting and complex wild ale. I could have several glasses. One of the most interesting Sam Adams out there. It is worth the price. The sweetness offsets the tartness perfectly. I think I may get another bottle just to age.

Photo of Cavanaghty
4.35/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a Sam Adams Glass.

Appearance: Deep red almost brown color. It had a beige head that was about 3 fingers thick, and then went down to about 1 finger thick and it lasted a long time. No lacing.

Smell: Fruity and Spicy. Hints of cherry, citrus, hops, maybe pepper too.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium to full bodied. Taste fruity up front with cherry and citrus, some peppery and sweet after taste. Definatly can taste some alcohol.

Overall: Another great brew from Sam Adams! I would buy this one again.

Photo of kingcrowing
3.46/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml corked & caged bottle poured into a snifter - thanks to tprokop7 for the whole set!

Pours a dark red with some light brown/mahogany with a small off white head. Nose is a bit funky right off the bat, Light sourness and a bit of an oakyness.

This is certainly funky, but after having some of Russian Rivers sours (Temptation, Consecration, etc) this seems a bit tame/mellow. Still good and a nice intro to the style, this certainly makes it more drinkable. Mouthfeel is crisp and smooth, good for the style.

Photo of boatshoes
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this one up at Total Beverage on a recent trip to Denver. Had a small sample of this at the BBF but couldn't really remember the flavor profile and thought I'd give it another try.

Appearance- Pours a translucent medium copper brown with a surprising amount of carbonation initially. I get about two fingers of fizzy tan head with some carbonation beading up through the body of the beer. However, it dies back fairly quickly to a nearly nonexistent ring around the edge of the beer. No lacing whatsoever and ultimately ends up looking pretty decent for the style.

Smell- Very vinous smelling. Lots of oak as well. To add to the list of surprises, also smells much more tart than I was expecting out of Sam Adams. A sharp lactic bite that really comes across on the nose and smells of tart cherries and a bit of dark fruit. Fairly complex and pleasing nose.

Taste- Yet another surprise. The tartness is much much more muted than in the nose, and only comes across slightly and late in the finish. The vinous notes from the nose are very prominent, and it reminds me a bit of a muted version of the regular Rodenbach in that regard. An interesting infusion of oak mixes in with the wine-like flavors and makes it fairly complex. However, I was disappointed a bit not only by the lack of tartness, but by a sweetness which actually creeps into the beer for me as I finish my pint.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Mouthfeel is spot on for the style, with even a touch extra carbonation initially. However, too sweet and not enough tartness for the style to make me really want to drink a lot of this.

Overall, a solid effort for Sam Adams on an adventurous style. Worth a shot but falls short of greatness.

Overall,

Photo of beerman240
4.52/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A. Ruby red with a creamy head. Very appealing.

S. Fizzy passion fruit with a lightly smoked malt, tickles my nose

T. Wow, everything came together with a sour finish. Like a wine. The sour is like a dark green sour apple. Not a sharp sour,pleasant

M. Real fizzy,like cola. Very nice and tart...

O. I tried this on a whim, pretty tastey whim. And this is my first Sam Adams anything. Great job. If anything, would like a higher ABV.

Photo of SaltyDog75
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Photo of Brenden
3.77/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of CloudStrife
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

25.4 oz bottle split and poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a dark ruby with a 2 finger off white head. Lots of visible carbonation. Very opaque. Head dwindles away but doesnt leave any real lacing.

S: Has the tart funky nose, some cherry kicks in. Nice dark fruits from the malt, raisin and fig, certainly grape. Malts tend to overpower a little.

T: Fairly balanced approach to a wild ale. Like the nose, more malt than sourness. Still has a nice little kick to it. Can pull though an oakiness too, mellows the malts. Sour tastes build up in your mouth as you drink.

M: Crisp, highly carbonated. Tart and puckering feel. Leaves a nice lingering taste in your mouth making you want another sip. Booze is real well hidden.

Overall a decent attempt by Sam Adams that I must give them credit for. It's great to see such a large brewery taking the time to make a wild.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.67/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes.

A: Pours a hazy reddish color with a small off-white head with decent retention, leaving a small cap on top. Moderate lacing.

S: A fruity aroma, some cherry and raspberry, slightly acetic, but sweet as well. It is slightly astringent at the end.

T: More of the same in terms of the fruit, cherry and raspberry, but there they are somewhat weak, and the flavor is even sweeter than expected. There is something about it that I wasn't really a fan of, but can't quite figure out why.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: It was ok, found it for $8 I think (which I thought was a mistake), so I didn't really have high hopes for it.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A hazy amber with dark red hues, the head forms fast and fizzy but falls just as quick with a relaxed, aged look.

the nose has wild, tart fruitiness, wild raspberries in the wild yeast. Tangy, slightly musty with sweet red fruits in the malt, wild cherries and oak.

The yeast, the wild beasties is the star of the show with tart and sharp red fruits, dry cherries with a metallic edge. The yeast is pretty nice with mostly tart and sharp wild fruits. The malt comes in heavy with more sweetness from the oak aging. The malt makes it feel full, but damn that super-dry, champagne-like finish! It nearly evaporates in your mouth after a solid flow of malty smoothness. a sharp, dry bite hits you first, smooths out and then it's dry and gone!

i like the crazy, wild and sharp flavor's from the wild yeast addition but there's little else going on here which keeps the complexity down. a winner in the wild ale category.

Photo of The_Last_Crazy_Person
3.72/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours brownish-red. A tad of cherry medicine aroma. Medium bodied. Decent drinkability. It seems to be an understated balanced out Flander's Red. Very woody in the finish. Not complex and not exceptionally interesting. Bottle found in a Maine bottle shop.

Photo of tdm168
4.3/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - dark amber with a huge off white head that has fantastic retention

S - tart cherries, funky yeast

T - tasrt, a little sour, cherries, oak, woody

M - medium bodied, well carbonated

This was awesome. It had a fantastic nose and flavor. It was fruit-forward and tart. It's simple but it has depth. I thoroughly enjoyed this. If I can find it again, I'll pick it up.

Photo of TownDunkel
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The last of the Trio in my Sam Adams adventure...

Appearance - A nice dark brown with reddish tones. Not much head though but when it was forming it was yellow/brown tinge.

Smell - Tart cherries, brown ale, and a few scents of herbs like rosemary

Taste - Very similar to a lambric, but definitely more of an ale with good pretense of cherries. I really enjoyed the taste on this one, but make sure your expecting it on first sip.

Mouthfeel - A little disappointed here, but still higher caliber. Not much carbonation and I feel it really could have benefited from some more.

Overall - Between the three, I can't decide what one I enjoy most. This definitely will be bought over a more expensive lambric when it's not payday

Photo of JoeAmerican77
4.17/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A battle with the cork leads to a convincing auburn beauty with two fingers of head. Head runs quickly and laces a little...

Grape juice and tannins on the nose, good smell yet semi shallow

Bitter/sour spots hit the tongue immediately, grape skins and alcohol really do give this a vinous flavor. Taste more like a lambic directed brew than any red I've ever had (In hindsight I think they're going for a Flander's Red... my bad so it taste just like it should). Not that theres a complaint there. As it warms some yeast characteristics come to the dance. My favorite flavor of the barrel room collection so far

Nice and heavy bodied, chilled well it still hangs on the cheeks for a few seconds after swallowed

I'd hit a steak with this bad boy, like a cab sav of the beer world. Hats of to SA I'm impressed

Photo of zaphodchak
4.27/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A half finger of offwhite head and a deep garnet body.

Smell nails it. Tart, a bit of grape and oak, but subtle.

Classical example. Tart, but not extremely so, and well balanced. Trace of bittering coriander. Not super bold. Oak mellows and rounds out the body, adding some richness. Delicious.

Smoothish, if a bit frothy.

An excellent American 'Flemish' Red. Delicious. Kind of Liefmans-esque.

Photo of RickS95
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Not a bad looking beer, particularly from Sam Adams. It's dark reddish brown, and dark enough that you can't tell how clear it is. The head is a light brown, a finger and a half thick, but doesn't retain well.

Crazy, funky saison-like smell. Lots of fruit, think tart cherries, and some Belgian notes like their sugar or yeast. You almost get a pucker from the smell alone.

Taste was a bit of a letdown beacuse it's mostly just a gentle kriek. The cherry flavor was there, as was a bit of alcohol, but there wasn't much else to taste. It's certainly not a bad taste, very cherryie, just little else.

You can feel the carbonation on your lips. There's a sweetness that's quickly overtaken by the tartness which stays throughout. A slight bit of heat, as well as acid in the back of the throat. Less pucker than I expected, and even though it was somewhat tame, it sticks with you well into the swallow.

I don't care much for Sam Adams, but this was actually pretty good. It's a hybrid of several types, but regardless, it's a good sipper. Nice ABV and it's pretty easy to drink. Sweet and sour/tart, but never over the top.

Photo of tempest
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle #3499. Thanks to Speakorspasm for sharing this. The aroma is a touch musty, like an old towel at first, but then it cleared up and let the cherries, vanilla and oak toast through. It's a bit muted for the strength of the beer though. It's definitely a sour beer, but the tang isn't that ripping. It reminds me a touch of the Odell Woodcut beers, and that's a good thing. There's a dry, tart fruity undertone to the beer I really like with a very light earthy farm character. Check this out if you can.

Photo of nickd717
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle from the brewery in Boston.

Pours a deep clear ruby red color with a two-finger tan head that eventually fades.

Aroma is sweet and tart cherries and a little funk, for the most part. Some vinegar as well.

Fruity, sweet, and tart flavor. A little vinegary, as it should be, and just a little sweet for the style.

I'd like a little more dryness on the palate, but it's a solid beer overall and not terribly off-style. Medium body.

Drinkability is good. This is a solid Flemish red overall. Don't listen to the haters.

Photo of GabeBoise
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

Great balanced sour beer with enough sweet to balance the tart and a little bit of funk and barrel character to boot.

Photo of russpowell
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours chestnut with a thumb of tan head. Above average lacing & head retention

S: Sourness, green apples, pineapple & white pepper

Follows the nose, some pear & peppery notes up front along, a touch of pineapple as well. Dryness, a touch of vinegar, more green apple,. some rhubarb tartness as well. More pineapple in the finish , tartness, a touch of pine & sourness

MF: Medium bodied, fairly creamy carbonation

I really enjoyed this , a very respectable wild ale, would buy this again if this became a year round / seasonal release. Drinks very easy,

Photo of DonDirkA
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep brown with a tinge of red and a foamy off-white head that settles to about a half finger. Nose is tart cherries, some brandy like qualities, white grapes (surprisingly), slight vanilla and oak, plums, green apples and just a bit of caramel. The taste is less tart than the smell. Grapes, cherries, oak, brandy, pears and it finishes on notes of red wine. Sam Adams attempt at a sour is a definite win. I haven't had many really good sours in AZ but this is finally one and at $9 its not a bad deal. I just hope Plaza Liquors gets some more.

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