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

Samuel Adams Stony Brook Red (Barrel Room Collection)Samuel Adams Stony Brook Red (Barrel Room Collection)

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BA SCORE
85
very good

573 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 573
Reviews: 217
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 14.59%


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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gestyr

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass

A: Pours a deep reddish brown with a minimal head that dissipates quickly and leaves lacing. As it warmed up the head lasted longer and longer.

S: Red wine. Fruity, slightly sour aroma

T: Again, very wine-like. Fruity with enough sourness to make it interesting. A hint of oak is present in the background. No alcohol bite.

M: No carbonation bite. On the light side of medium bodied.

O: The sourness balances the fruitiness very nicely. I would drink this again. It would go great with grilled fish.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2011 23:20:06 | More by gestyr
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allengarvin

Texas

4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Interesting bottle design certainly draws one's eye. It pours out a deep mahogany color with a dense quarter-inch head atop it. The nose offers all the normal notes of a Flemish red: vinous fruitiness, sweet malt, a little oaky vanilla as well. As for flavor: Sam Adams really got this spot on! No one thing dominates. Instead, there's a wonderful blend of oakiness, tart cherries without cherry sweetness, and malt, lightly caramel. Acidity is present but this beer is at the less sour end of the Flemsh red spectrum. There are lots of food pairing possibilities here that would be interesting.

Every time Sam Adams comes up with a new line of beers, I've come to expect no more one well-done in the bunch. This one certainly hits that! Looking forward to the others, though.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2012 16:37:05 | More by allengarvin
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Mav0524

Massachusetts

4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Picked this up at the Boston brewery on Halloween.

Appearance - The beer pours a dark amber-red, with absolutely no head or lacing. Any foam that you might get from the initial pour quickly disappears. It's also clear, giving you a great view of the carbonation moving up the glass--and there's plenty of that.

Smell - Smells great, with a hint of dark fruit, but not overly so. There is a tartness that balances out the sweet overtones.

Taste - Sharp and sour, with a hint of oak and wood throughout the entire sip. The alcohol is masked incredibly well behind the tart. The beer leaves a lasting sour taste.

Mouthfeel - The beer doesn't sting your mouth, but strikes a balance between bland and sharp. I guess you could say it has a good amount of bite, but handles it with class.

Drinkability - Very drinkable. This ol' girl handles her alcohol content so well, you could put an entire bottle down the hatch and not even know it was alcoholic. Be careful.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2009 23:37:11 | More by Mav0524
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stakem

Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Corked and caged, nontypical 750ml bottle #3499.

Pours a clear amber red color with a fizzy yellowish tan head more than a finger strong that receeds back almost immediately to just a thin lace on top of the beer. Nose initially seems to be typical belgian phenols but gives way to more. Aromas of belgian style yeast meets spices akin to clove, minor amount of banana and then increasingly more tartness, funk, fruit and then an ever so slight bit of oaky subtleness as it warms. Taste is tart but includes some musty notes, fruity apple and pear, clove, slight bit of banana and finishes slightly bitter and quite drying. With the drying finish comes some of the oak and woodsy characteristics in the taste. Feel of this beer is light with moderately high carbonation. Very drinkable and the alcohol is hidden quite well for 9%.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2010 01:53:10 | More by stakem
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zaphodchak

Virginia

4.28/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2012 02:02:11 | More by zaphodchak
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tdm168

North Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2012 08:17:03 | More by tdm168
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MikeOlheiser

Minnesota

4.26/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is my first try of a tarte-fruit style ale. Served in a pub glass. served near 45-50 degrees F.

appearance: poured slowly, some head came up but soon dissipated. deep ruby, brown

Smell: wine, fruit smells. bit of alcohol, not much.

Taste: I love this taste, but I have nothing to compare it to in this style. Reading the label, it seems there is more claim than flavor, although this is a very enjoyable taste. The tarte fruit is right up front, probably cherry, but the finish isn't much. very drinkable, easy to sip on, and only a hint of the alcohol warmth.

Overall: tasty, easy to sip on, but I can see how someone would argue its a bit lacking. However, its still damn good and I enjoy it very much.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2013 01:18:43 | More by MikeOlheiser
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riored4v

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2010 03:33:23 | More by riored4v
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UDbeernut

New York

4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a tulip, amber color, small of white head, light carbonation. sweet and sticky well balanced by the sourness and oak. the oak is suble and enjoyable. the alchohol is atrong but not over bearing. me and hammer made easy work of this treat direct from the brewery tour.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2011 00:17:05 | More by UDbeernut
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horshack7

Massachusetts

4.23/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Quite the dark amber almost brown with a two finger head.

Aroma: Tart fruits in the front sour cherries with traces of citrus fruit. Almond and subtle notes of oak in the back.

Taste: Sour cherries, light dryness on the palate, tartness all through it. Oak, almond and minor bits of pistachio.

Notes: A rather complex beer but very tasty lots of yummy sourness. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2012 23:50:17 | More by horshack7
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gatornation

Minnesota

4.23/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from a corked and caged 790ml bottle @ $8.99

A- pours a clear garnet color with a khaki head and cherry collar,a little lacing on glass
S- is dark fruits and lighter fruits with sour vinegar notes fruits of cranberry apple cherry and pomegranate with subtle oak and wood smells
T-ripe and sour cherries with tart fruit hints of spices and smoked oak very very good
M-its dry and tart with a creamy fruity texture sour and slight funk wood notes
O -surprised and impressed with this one it was quite tart and sour with nice wood notes a nice Belgian Red imo

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2012 22:10:04 | More by gatornation
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Suds

Pennsylvania

4.23/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sweet and wine-like...this is a fun and enjoyable beer. Clear and red in color, with no notable foam. The cork literally exploded out of the bottle. The aroma is of fruit, wood, and funk. Tart candies and Cabernet. Must and some subtle malt. Firm mouthfeel, lasting finish. This is a very enjoyable beer. Nice.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2013 22:06:54 | More by Suds
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

4.23/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From the corked, caged bottle. Sampled on December 22, 2013. That cork took some effort to pop.

Reddish-brown pour with a modest light brown head and consistent carbonation.

The aroma screams wild yeast and sour, tart cherries and other juicy fruits. Also a fine biscuit malt character appearing on the nose.

The body is medium and acidic.

Taste of roasted malts, cherry, and other sour characters. The sourness of the taste is not explosive like some sours can be. That's what I liked this one better than other sour I have tried.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2013 21:28:56 | More by puboflyons
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aquatonex

New York

4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this in a 3-pack of special awesome beers from the Sam Adams Brewery in Boston.

Pours a deep ruby with a slight swirl of head, hint of lacing. A good balanced carbonation follows. Nose has an immediate strong fruit (cherry, raisin) aroma that isn't overpowering. Taste definitely hides the ABV, tart but not fake-sweet llike some other cherry beers. Very tasty, refreshing, not heavy, I wish this was available everywhere!

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2009 04:28:34 | More by aquatonex
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Daktyls

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Saw some sort of advertisement for this, then saw it in my local liquor store. Picked up one of each of the flavors. Bottle numbered 0080 on the back.

A: Pours a dark, almost crimson red, not a lot of carbonation to be seen. Head was initially very thick, but dissolved very quickly to a nice lace on the top.

S: Not a lot of overwhelming flavors, but there were some oak notes, a little cherry and some general mustiness.

T: Initially tasted of cherry, but after letting it sit on the tongue for a while, the cherry gave way to a kind of cranberry taste with a small amount of oak notes present.

M: Not a whole lot of carbonation, very smooth.

D: Very drinkable, a very enjoyable beer to have.

The Barrel Room Collection from Sam Adams continues to be a pleasant surprise.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2010 23:39:48 | More by Daktyls
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ngeunit1

California

4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a deep dark brown with a little hint of red. About 2 fingers of slightly off-white head that fades away and leaves a bit of lacing.

S - A subtle aroma of tartness from the fruit (mostly cherry). A touch of oak smell balances the tartness a bit.

T - The overall flavor is very tart and full of the cherry flavor. This is mixed with some oak flavor and even a bit of sourness. The finish is actually eve a tiny bit sweet.

M - Medium bodied with about a medium level of carbonation. Fairly smooth overall, and finishes really crisp.

D - The sweetness and tartness really give this beer a decent range of flavors that you taste in the beer. The beer is overall really smooth and crisp, and fairly refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2010 02:41:55 | More by ngeunit1
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JoeAmerican77

Colorado

4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
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

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2011 02:01:10 | More by JoeAmerican77
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Tuey13

Illinois

4.21/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This pours a copper-crimson color with a nice foamy beige head the dissipates rather quickly but leaves very nice lacing on the glass.

The smell is funky, fruity, and very earthy... plums, cherries, sour apple, maple.... definitely oak and peppery vinegar. This smells very complex!!

The taste follows the nose... tart cherries and a wonderful earthy woody oak flavor with bit of vinegar on the dry finish. Belgian... wild ale... and a definite wine-like characteristic.... The alcohol is hardly noticeable at 9%.... Very nice job from Sam Adams!

I am impressed with this series... Sam Adams is such a pioneer in this industry. To bring variety and affordability in a time when so many micro breweries are making super expensive and rare, hard to get beers... they are a refreshing go to brewery. I only paid $4.49 for this!!! Easy to get and affordable... we need more like this!

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2013 11:37:47 | More by Tuey13
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donkeyrunner

Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark copper color with a thin beige head. Thin head begets thin, ring retention.

Cosmic Mother Funk grabs my nose from the get go. And that's not a bad thing. Smells like Sweet Tarts with an underlying malted dark fruit sweetness: black cherries and Mandarin oranges in particular. Sweet Tart aroma turns coppery as it warms.

Tartness is more reserved in the taste than the aroma. Lazy, dull toffee, plum and nutmeg settle on the palatte before being cast aside by a sharp tart companion. Becomes fairly monotone as it warms and not unlike Sangria and nutmeg.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2010 21:45:11 | More by donkeyrunner
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bigfnjoe

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Chimay goblet.

A- pours a very dark red, essentially brown, with a paper thin offwhite head that quickly fades. Doesn't look very appealing, really. Blah

S- tart and sweet cherries. Smell isn't overpowering, but its damn good nevertheless.

T- the FUNK comes through pretty decently, and meshes really well with the cherries. The finish is actually a little sweet. But you get a lot of the tartness too...damn good

M- there is a slight syrupy quality to it, but its not too bad like you could get from a big DIPA. Overall, I'd say the feel is fine...good for the style.

D- this is a poor man's Supplication, but its still pretty damn good. I'd love to see Sam Adams release more sours...they did a good job here

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2010 01:27:38 | More by bigfnjoe
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nimrod979

Maryland

4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into an oversized wine glass. Pours a dark red red with some orange/amber hues. Small off white head that clears away to nothing rather quickly.

The nose on this thing is something that's actually quite attractive. Dark cherries, berries, grapes and plenty of tart fruit. Some belgian yeast and hints of oaky-ness. Some vinegar and wine-like.

First sip caught me off guard. Boy, was it tart. Second sip and you really get start getting all these fruit flavors. There's just hint of malt that I can pick up here. it's like drinking a slightly carbonated wine, and I'm liking it more with each sip. The finish is short and sour but i like the complexity here.

I'm pretty impressed with this one here. Here's to hoping the other two barrel room beers are just as good. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2011 23:29:57 | More by nimrod979
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Arithmeticus

Maryland

4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured chilled in snifter on my birthday.

A: cloudy, dark red color; thin but frothy head; modest carbonation
S: very vinegary; promises the wild ale/lambic side of things
T: Very complex flavor; oaken flavor; sour grape/cherry underlines a strong malt profile; hops are relatively subdued; boozy; very nice

Really nice after-dinner beer

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2012 02:00:42 | More by Arithmeticus
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mikeg67

New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle. Pours hazy amber with a small off-white head. Aroma is of bready malt, barnyard yeast, cherry, woody and sour. Body is full, crisp and creamy. Taste is very sour, sweet malt, caramel, candy sugar, cherry, funky yeast, wood, lemon zest, herbal hops. Finish is long, tart and pleasant. Very complex, delicious brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2012 13:31:08 | More by mikeg67
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Samuel Adams
Stoney Brook Red ( Barrel Room Collection)

LOOK: Pours a vibrant red color with a soapy white head of tightly beaded bubbles. Perfect clarity on a good looking ruby colored brew. Definitely fits the bill for a Flanders red ale.

SMELL: In the nose, malt sweetness and expressive Belgian yeast notes of sour cherries. A bit musty smelling but mostly sweet and almost cider like .

TASTE/FEEL: Sweet and sour tangy ness, with a good balance of flavor. Slight lactic twang with some candi sugar and caramelized malts. Just a touch of oaky tannins and a small dryness in the finish. Brett is all over this beer with a red wine vinegar accent. More sour cherries and very much like a fine Flanders red. Medium bodied ale with distinct character. Blended with a sour wild yeast concentrated ale known as Cosmic Mother Funk, this beer makes me want to try the truly sour base to this beer.

OVERALL: Without question an exceptional ale; one which I'm glad Boston Beer Co. decided to make. Really tasty and a great achievement for the brewers. This is the type of ale that I hope they continue to brew for the Sam Adams line, maybe more wild ales or even a gueuze in the works? Why not, they've done just about everything else.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2012 21:15:44 | More by Stinkypuss
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jmdrpi

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750 mL corked and caged bottle, no date that I can find. Poured into goblet

appears a medium brown color, with ruby highlights, thin head that fades. smell is vinegary sourness, a bit funky. sour cherry. as it warms, the puckering sourness of the taste increases. but finishes drier. vinous. the oak is in there too. thin to medium body. tingly carbonation on the tongue.

overall - fairly close to the Belgian standards.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2013 05:31:05 | More by jmdrpi
Samuel Adams Stony Brook Red (Barrel Room Collection) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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