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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

607 Ratings
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Ratings: 607
Reviews: 224
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 14.89%
Wants: 34
Gots: 59 | FT: 2
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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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TheRealBigC

Nevada

3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a reddish-brown color. Very bubbly - nice big head even with a light pour. Smell of sour cherries. I really wish the taste was more sour than it ended up being. It was only slightly tart, with a certain Belgian character coming through. I enjoyed it, but it wasn't amazing.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2012 05:22:58 | More by TheRealBigC
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coz

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +13%

11-17-2012 00:54:05 | More by coz
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Bpierso1

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

11-16-2012 02:04:49 | More by Bpierso1
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sailorastro

Connecticut

3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

11-13-2012 00:45:35 | More by sailorastro
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Lare453

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +13%

11-12-2012 16:36:02 | More by Lare453
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DruC4

Michigan

3/5  rDev -20.2%

11-12-2012 06:27:16 | More by DruC4
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Lincolnman

New York

4/5  rDev +6.4%

11-11-2012 18:09:33 | More by Lincolnman
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Arithmeticus

Maryland

4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
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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szmnnl99

Michigan

4/5  rDev +6.4%

11-11-2012 00:07:29 | More by szmnnl99
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keeganfrank

Ohio

3.23/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Deep red-brown ale with a sudsy head. Aromas of cranberry, bread and spices. I can smell the oak barrel's influence as well. Tart berry and spices hit the palate first, followed by nutty whiskey and subtle vegetable flavors. The flavor is complex but a little underwhelming, this one's not as enjoyable as the barrel room stout.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2012 20:47:12 | More by keeganfrank
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ScaryEd

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

11-10-2012 14:02:40 | More by ScaryEd
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ThePaleRider

California

4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Very dark red/brown. Looks like black tea. Nice two finger head. Color of the head is very close to tan.

S - Very sour smell. Tangerines, cranberry, raspberry, and grapes. Very aromatic.

T - Lots of barrel aging flavors. Not as sour as I was expecting. Chocolate, dark cherries, alcohol, wood, and green apples. Very sweet with a little bite of tart on the front.

M - Lots and lots of carbonation. Smooth transition from tart to sweet to warming.

O - Very unique and super complex. Every sip left me guessing what was next. Sometimes I forget that Sam Adams is a real brewery because of their commercial appeal, but this beer is pretty amazing.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2012 07:46:42 | More by ThePaleRider
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SHODriver

Louisiana

4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured into a tulip to a deep mahogany with a pale tan head that fades to a collar fairly quickly
S: sour cherries and a hint of oak funk slight sweetness in the nose as well
T: slight tart cherry along with some strong tannin/light paint thinner flavor. fairly subtle fruitiness that overpowers the sour to bring out some of the vanilla from the oak. swallow brings some alcohol, more cherry, and a little oak.
M: fairly light for the ABV with low and soft carbonation. drying finish on this one
O: not too shabby. it tries to be a Flanders Red but as a Wild Ale it gets good marks. nice tartness that doesn't overpower and good depth of flavor. It was nice to try this beer from Sam Adams but for the price I'd rather snag a Rodenbach.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2012 04:36:41 | More by SHODriver
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BanrionMAB


4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

11-07-2012 00:59:16 | More by BanrionMAB
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WastingFreetime

Wisconsin

3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Continuing my exploration of the Samuel Adams Barrel Room collection...
Fresh bottle review.

Pours out a lovely reddish-brown with a short lived fizzy head that leaves no lacing behind. Medium body and lighter side of medium carbonation levels.

This one presents just like a typical Flanders with the woody backing to the sour cherries and mild funk with gentle acidity and vinegar tartness, a tiny wisp of lactic sour, but very little funk or swamp gas to it. (Which could potentially change with cellaring adjustment.) It also suffers from being about 15% too sweet IMHO. It's identifiable as an introductory-level (newbie accessible) American-made Flanders, but still a lot less raunchy and wild than the real McCoy from Belgium. If I see it again in the stores I know I'm going to be picking up another bottle or two to see what a year or so of basement aging does to improve yeast funk and tanginess levels. It's got the right amount of oak wood, acidity, and sourness, but needs some more dryness, funk, and wild yeast character. Give it a shot fresh if you prefer your sours woody yet still semi-sweet. If not, either give it a pass, or try to see what happens with cellaring it.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2012 23:54:26 | More by WastingFreetime
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stealth

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

11-06-2012 05:48:31 | More by stealth
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dokupe

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

11-06-2012 00:45:40 | More by dokupe
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
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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TTAmod

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

25.4 oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

I've been looking all over for this one ever since I heard about it. Been over a year, but I finally found it. I love Cosmic Mother Funk and since this one has some of CMF blended in it, it became a must-try.

A: Pours a dark, but clear, brown with a tinge of red. Head is a pink-tinged tan. It's three-fingers thick and has good retention. Lacing is good.

S: Smell is distinctly Flanders Red. Strong cherry, slight vinegar and oak, and more unidentifiable dark fruits.

T: Taste follows the smell to an extent. There's a nice dose of Brett present. Bit of a Smarties taste and slight hints of vinegar. Cherry overtones with hints of oak. Tastes vaguely of a red wine. Sweet, but not cloying. It's not super-funky, but there's a decent dose of funk.

M: Mouthfeel is good for the style. Bubbly, slightly thinner, goes down really easy. Doesn't taste anywhere near 9%.

O: Again, have to applaud SA for stepping outside of their comfort zone and taking risks. A Flanders Red is tough for a large American brewery to pull off. This one almost tastes like the real thing. It's not funky enough to be distinctly Belgian, but it's pretty close.

The AWA is a tough, competitive category with plenty of amazing beers, so I have to rate accordingly. However, don't hesitate picking this one up.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2012 04:30:23 | More by TTAmod
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n2pux

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

11-03-2012 02:02:43 | More by n2pux
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cwd

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +6.4%

11-02-2012 22:03:17 | More by cwd
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justintcoons

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance
Ruby red with 1 fingers of fizzy head that dissipates quickly.

Nose
Raspberry, black cherry and a light lactic sourness.

Taste
Fresh raspberries and black cherries. Marischino cherry juice, a light blanket of funk and a light lactic sourness. Can't detect much oak.

Mouthfeel
Light-medium bodied and smooth with just a smidgen of tartness.

Overall
Not overly complex but an awesome attempt at a Flanders Red from Sam Adams. The sour factor is very light. The 9.0% abv is well masked. Would have loved for this to have more sour power with some heavier oak flavors. Excellent for the $11 price tag!

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2012 14:45:02 | More by justintcoons
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Jparker37

Wisconsin

4.88/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Champagne style bottle poured into an oversized tulip.

A - Great clarity within a beautiful shade of red. Medium sized tan head holds up well. LIttle to no lacing.

S - Tart like sourness but ripe raspberries/cherries are most obvious and exploding from the glass. A little underneath I can find a mellow toasted wood character from the barrel. Way in there I can get a tiny tiny hint of vinegar.

T - After a brief stint with mellow cherry flavor an onslaught of sourness joins and holds on more than halfway through. Just past midway and the complex earthy flavor and wood take over and show great dimension. The finish comes full circle back to a great ripe red fruit along with a mild alcohol warmth that lasts for a while.

M - Medium bodied, medium-high carbonation, never sweet nor dry.

O - Wow, this beer has me delightfully surprised. Everything was great, maybe one of the most complex beers I've had. I will be purchasing more to cellar and I recommend you also follow suit.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2012 23:50:54 | More by Jparker37
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Brew33

Ohio

2.75/5  rDev -26.9%

10-30-2012 13:07:04 | More by Brew33
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jsanford

Georgia

3.05/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours reddish-brown with a thin white head that fades to a slight ring. Aromas of tart berries, oak, cinnamon, red wine vinegar, and a touch of funk. A little muddy. Taste consists of cranberry, raspberry, and cherry, oak, vinegar, and light funky yeast. Much like the nose, the flavors are muddy, not clean. Wish this was either more sour, or more funky, but this in-between mode isn't great. Decent mouthfeel, medium bodied with good carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Decent beer, I suppose, and I applaud SA for taking a risk, but I won't be re-visiting it.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2012 02:08:40 | More by jsanford
Samuel Adams Stony Brook Red (Barrel Room Collection) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
85 out of 100 based on 607 ratings.