Samuel Adams Stony Brook Red (Barrel Room Collection) - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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Reviews by nhindian:
3.95/5 rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
750ml bottle poured into a Stone taster glass. Bottle generously provided by Stigs at a recent Pittsburgh BA tasting, thanks Jeff!
A - Pours a scarlet red color with bursts of dark orange and rosewood, almost like a sunburst effect. Grows about 2-fingers of snow-white head which is quite bubbly. Retention is pretty good, as well as leaving splotchy patches of thick foam behind as it recedes.
S - The nose on this is fairly malty overall, but here and there I am getting nice bursts of tart cherry. It isn't overpoweringly sour like a kriek or lambic, but it is sharp enough to really draw attention to it. There's a strong oak presence here as well, with a side of sweet vanilla.
T - The flavor starts with just a slight amount of malt, before moving into an almost wine-like territory. There is a good amount of cherry pits, bright berries, apples, and grapes, like a delicate blush wine. The back-end delivers a strong taste of oak and vanilla, however, pushing it more into a tannic red category. There's a decent amount of tartness here, but again, it isn't overpoweringly sour.
M - Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with good carbonation for being barrel-aged. It doesn't cause any puckering, but the tartness is felt throughout the palate and has nice heaviness to it in the finish.
D/O - Drinkability is moderately high. I thought this beer was pretty good for what it was. It's definitely not trying to compete with the sourest of sour Krieks, but what tartness it does provide is welcomed. This beer reallyshows a greater complexity and 'skill' that the normal lineup of Sam Adams may not convey, and it balances the barrel nicely with the cherry tartness.
Serving type: bottle
09-14-2011 06:17:12 | More by nhindian
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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
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
Samuel Adams Stony Brook Red (Barrel Room Collection) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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