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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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606 Ratings
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Ratings: 606
Reviews: 224
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 14.89%
Wants: 34
Gots: 59 | FT: 2
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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Reviews by deadonhisfeet:
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3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Judging from the description of the beer on the label, I believe this beer is actually a Flemish Red and not an American Wild Ale. At any rate, poured from a beautiful corked and caged bottle into a La Fin Du Monde snifter. The pour is very nice-looking. Deep, dark reddish amber with a big head but quick dissipation. The nose is a bit faint. I get faint tones of cherries, oak, and some sour notes.

The beer has a nice medium body and a good firm, lively mouthfeel from the carbonation. You get a faint sweetness on the front of your tongue like a fruit jam. At mid-palate, the beer becomes a bit acidic and the fruit notes sour up nicely, drying things off. There is a bit of the 9\% ABV evident on the back of the palate, but it is not overwhelming or the least bit unpleasant. Flavors encountered include tart cherries, blueberries, sour apples, and white grapes. Very refreshing and appetizing, but not extremely sour.

At $6.99 for a large bottle, this beer is a bargain. It is an excellent example of a Flemish Red Ale from a brewer many are quick to dismiss. Do not be afraid of this one. It's probably not sour enough to please die-hard fans of sour beers, but it's plenty sour to enjoy drinking and might be a nice way to gently introduce someone to the wonderful (and expensive) world of sours.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2012 23:58:51 | More by deadonhisfeet
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look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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4/5  rDev +6.4%
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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3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
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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Poured from a bottle into a perfect pint glass. 4/23

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North Carolina

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4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
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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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

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