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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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85
very good

653 Ratings
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Ratings: 653
Reviews: 229
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 15.47%
Wants: 40
Gots: 68 | 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 riored4v:
Photo of riored4v
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip. Semi-hazy, red/amber body. 1 1/2 finger, tan head that faded quickly to a thin layer.

Smell was tart, cherry aroma. Some hints of vanilla, oak and caramal malts.

Taste had a good, tart, cherry flavor that you could feel in the back of your mouth initially. Caramel and brown malt flavors. Tart/sour flavor is mild but still the highlight of the beer and is pleasant.

Mouthfeel is light/medium body with high carbonation. Dry finish.

Drinkability is very good. Sour/tartness was nice and no hints of abv.

Very good beer. Nice level of tartness while still being "soft" enough to really enjoy. Probably my favorite Sam Adams beer.

riored4v, Feb 16, 2010
More User Reviews:
Photo of brownbeer
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

brownbeer, Aug 13, 2010
Photo of tbryan5
4/5  rDev +6.7%

tbryan5, Nov 29, 2013
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.98/5  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.

lordofthewiens, Oct 11, 2010
Photo of 40451
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

40451, May 19, 2012
Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

tigg924, Feb 26, 2010
Photo of Cavanaghty
4.34/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

Cavanaghty, Apr 28, 2013
Photo of kingcrowing
3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

kingcrowing, Dec 25, 2009
Photo of Janeinma
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Janeinma, Sep 17, 2013
Photo of boatshoes
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
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,

boatshoes, Dec 18, 2009
Photo of Dinkel
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Dinkel, May 26, 2013
Photo of beerman240
4.53/5  rDev +20.8%
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.

beerman240, Aug 26, 2012
Photo of valkyre65
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

valkyre65, Nov 27, 2012
Photo of cmwilliq
3.75/5  rDev 0%

cmwilliq, Mar 27, 2014
Photo of TheLevi4000
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

TheLevi4000, Apr 15, 2013
Photo of Brenden
3.76/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Brenden, Oct 29, 2013
Photo of CloudStrife
3.9/5  rDev +4%
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.

CloudStrife, Sep 21, 2012
Photo of JasonSiedman
3.75/5  rDev 0%

JasonSiedman, Sep 06, 2012
Photo of mdaschaf
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

mdaschaf, Sep 04, 2012
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

GratefulBeerGuy, Nov 02, 2010
Photo of seavercm
3.75/5  rDev 0%

seavercm, Jul 19, 2014
Photo of marmstrong1212
4.5/5  rDev +20%

marmstrong1212, Apr 15, 2014
Photo of DruC4
3/5  rDev -20%

DruC4, Nov 12, 2012
Photo of The_Last_Crazy_Person
3.69/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

The_Last_Crazy_Person, Jul 31, 2013
Photo of Riverared
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Riverared, Sep 02, 2012
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Samuel Adams Stony Brook Red (Barrel Room Collection) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
85 out of 100 based on 653 ratings.