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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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BA SCORE
85
very good

641 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 641
Reviews: 228
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 15.2%
Wants: 40
Gots: 63 | FT: 1
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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3.75/5  rDev 0%

iKrystin, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of justinm4bama
4/5  rDev +6.7%

justinm4bama, Jan 12, 2013
Photo of jmdrpi
4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

jmdrpi, Jan 12, 2013
Photo of Auror
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Auror, Jan 11, 2013
Photo of AlexFields
2.25/5  rDev -40%

AlexFields, Jan 09, 2013
Photo of Beefytits4
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Beefytits4, Jan 09, 2013
Photo of Lemke10
4.36/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This pours a medium brown color with a decent, beige head. There is a decent scent of yeast and fruits. The taste is very Belgian with a complex mixture of citrus, other fruits, and yeast. The texture is quite nice and very this beer makes for very easy drinking. Very smooth and well made!

Lemke10, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of StevieB
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

StevieB, Jan 06, 2013
Photo of Stoutlad
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Stoutlad, Jan 02, 2013
Photo of Buck-man
1/5  rDev -73.3%

Buck-man, Jan 01, 2013
Photo of eagles22
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

eagles22, Dec 31, 2012
Photo of ubufan2112
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

ubufan2112, Dec 29, 2012
Photo of Scott_at_Beer_Frog
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Scott_at_Beer_Frog, Dec 29, 2012
Photo of oriolesfan4
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

oriolesfan4, Dec 28, 2012
Photo of Bdel34
3/5  rDev -20%

Bdel34, Dec 28, 2012
Photo of jjd315
3.75/5  rDev 0%

jjd315, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of LeRose
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Liked this a lot. Tart enough to be interesting, some funky moldy bread aroma.flavor kind of reminded me a little of sourdough bread. A little oaky, some red berry/fruity flavors. The carbonation was nice - a bit of a tingle but more or less soft on the tongue. Solid beer, would get some more.

From notes...

LeRose, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of dwcraft
2/5  rDev -46.7%

dwcraft, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of ambruns1979
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

ambruns1979, Dec 25, 2012
Photo of JimmyFlatRock
3.75/5  rDev 0%

JimmyFlatRock, Dec 25, 2012
Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Awesome, uniquely-shaped corked/caged 750 ml brown bottle, with nice painted label. Used in my carbonnade flamande for Christmas, and poured the remaining ounces into my Southern Tier stemmed tulip.

Appearane: Attractive, rich and dusky garnet brew with a large antique ivory cap. Nice looking brew.

Smell: Classic Flanders Red up front, with earthy and slight balsamic and funky-twang notes. Perhaps a bit more malt character than in a typical Flanders Red. No hint of the 9% abv on the nose. Simple, but pleasant and authentic.

Taste: Maltier on the palate than suggested by the aromas. While the aromas suggested straight-up Flanders Red, the flavors reveal that this is, actually, a big beer. Light caramel flavors with significant (but not hot) alcohol. Balsamic and red fruit flavors in the background here and, while they're pleasant, they're too faint in my opinion. I'm wondering if once the alcohol had some time to age and mellow, these flavors wouldn't come more to the fore. Very light tartness, and some toasted caramel on the finish, as well as that typical sweet-tart note. A light, slightly tannic bitterness (maybe from the oak?).

Mouthfeel: Light, ever-so-slightly puckering...par for the course, and not bad considering the 9% alcohol.

Overall: Doesn't measure up to Rodenbach or the other best examples of the style, but very few, if any, do. This is definitely a Flanders Red-style ale for those first getting into 'wild' beers. That's not to suggest that it's in any way 'bad' or subpar, but just that the 'wild' and tart flavors are more subtle than in the best-known examples. I'd be surprised if part of this isn't the fact that this is a good 3-5% higher in alcohol than many Flemish Reds. Nonetheless, the toasted caramel malty notes are nice, and this one shoud be given its due at $8.99

Strong B....85-86

BedetheVenerable, Dec 24, 2012
Photo of Uniobrew31
3.05/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nice color and appearance. It tasted more like a barley wine but I could attribute that the the barrel aging. It wasnt what I expected it to be but it was a good beer. I was thining it would have more of a abbey style taste with a big sour punch but the punch was more of a oak aged flavor. The first sip brough to mind a real oaky wine flavor. i might try this again with some friends. I dont think it was meant to be served in a 14 oz. glass. A solid effort by sam, But be prepared it is real real boozy.

Uniobrew31, Dec 24, 2012
Photo of bump8628
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, saturated mahogany hue. Mild carbonation yields a thin khaki head. Light, balanced tartness with a sneaky musky funkiness poking through. The base beer is a big, smooth amber ale - warm, toasted, and caramelly. Big, coarse, woody oak note on the finish that is a bit jarring at the beginning but is really quite pleasant when it's all said and done. Really smooth at 9% ABV. Don't expect a traditional Flanders Red. The sourness is pretty subdued, but there is plenty of complexity and the big maltiness and 9% ABV make it a nice sipper. A great value at $4.99/750mL. Enjoyable enough to convince me to try the other 2 beers in the barrel room series.

bump8628, Dec 23, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Mumps, Dec 22, 2012
Photo of Ogre
3.18/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Discovered this on the shelf next to Rodenbach Grand Cru, and at $9/22.4oz, figured why not give it a go?

Pours a dark caramel brown with a healthy, creamy head. Aromas of bananas and light vanilla are dominated by...cherry throat lozenge?

Tart and sour flavors are on the lighter side. The taste, especially the aftertaste, has a medicinal, sweet-y, yes, throat lozenge quality. An interesting brew, and great to see another American brewer giving a swing at this style, but not something I'll be picking up again.

Ogre, Dec 20, 2012
Samuel Adams Stony Brook Red (Barrel Room Collection) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
85 out of 100 based on 641 ratings.