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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3.9/5 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)
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