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

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85
very good

640 Ratings
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Ratings: 640
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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Photo of Sammy
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%

Pours brownish-red. A tad of cherry medicine aroma. Medium bodied. Decent drinkability. It seems to be an understated balanced out Flander's Red. Very woody in the finish. Not complex and not exceptionally interesting. Bottle found in a Maine bottle shop.

Sammy, Oct 03, 2012
Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

t0rin0, Aug 26, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%

Bottle purchased from Colorado Liquor Mart in Denver, CO.

Pours a hazy cranberry juice color with a small 1/2 inch white-red head that fades to an oily film on the top of the beer. Small spots of lacing slowly drip back down into the remaining beer. Smell is of sour berries, vinegar, and funk/must. A very mouthwatering smell. Taste is of sour berries, red wine/balsalmic vinegar, and the funk/must flavor that wild ales have. Very tasty and refreshing. This beer has good carbonation with a crisp and clean mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good wild ale and I like this much better than the American Kriek beer from the Barrel Room Collection I tried a few days ago.

UCLABrewN84, Jun 30, 2011
Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev +6.7%

djrn2, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%

Thanks to Drew for picking this one up. Served in a Bruery tulip.

Pours a reddish-amber color with a half-finger off-white head and a bit of spotty lacing. The nose is strong cherries with a bit of a lactic character. A bit of cream and oak in there as well.

The flavor is fairly impressive and reminds me quite a bit of a Flanders Oud Bruin. It has some oak character and a fairly-strong cherry component. There is a bit of caramel. Quite a bit of cherry and oak. It doesn't have all that much depth, but they've done fairly well for themselves with this beer. This is my first foray into the barrel-room collection, and I'm impressed. All around, it's a bit mild and doesn't quite stand out, but I will not complain about this.

The body is medium with a lower level of carbonation and a fairly mild amount of sourness. The oak is there, but it's not particularly tannic. This is a good brew and a step in the right direction. Personally, I would love for Sam Adams to nail this style and get a bit more exposure for this type of brew. This is much better than I expected, to say the least.

Thorpe429, Nov 28, 2010
Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

zestar, Aug 19, 2014
Photo of nmann08
3.75/5  rDev 0%

nmann08, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of brentk56
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%

Appearance: Pours a cherry juice tinged mahogany color with a decent head that leaves a few strands of lacing behind

Smell: Pomegranate juice and oak

Taste: Pomegranate juice, up front, with a growing lactic tartness that adds an oaky character in the middle; despite the tartness and the oak, there is relatively little funk (despite the Brett) and depth to the flavor profile; tastes more like tart fruit juice with some oaky elements and an underlying sweetness that is ultimately overpowering

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with a hint of creaminess; moderate carbonation

Overall: Not up there with the top beers of the style - too sweet and lacks funky complexity

brentk56, Oct 23, 2012
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%

Bottle: Poured a deep reddish color ale with a large off-white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of light tart notes with hint of cherries and light oak notes. Taste is a low acidity mix between tart cherries with light oak notes and subtle vinous notes. Body is about average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Easy drinking sour with some complexity.

Phyl21ca, Dec 17, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Building upon the ales of the Belgium Flanders region, The Sam Adams brand captures the essence of those valleys with a distinctive fruity ale with a ton of those complex earthy tones that beers from that region demand.

As the beer pours a russet ruby-brown color, it fills with unadulterated haze that promises full flavor and aroma. As the ale settles into the tulip, it builds a fluffy white pillow of foam above. Sturdy in its retention, it laces spottily as the beer fades with each drink. It does what those Flemish Reds do, but maybe with a little more malted character.

Aromas do even more- they capture the scent of sour and black cherries in a modest candied form. Exemplary complements of cider, balsamic, and candied sweetness both balance and support the cherry aromas. Earthy, toasty and spicy- like fine red wine- all make the mouth water with anticipation.

The taste of the ale actually prefers a more simple flavor profile than the nose suggests as the malty sweetness of "sour patch kids" candies are met by toasted oak, wine soaked vinous notes and robust black cherries. Its sweeter and more savory taste shies away from the crisper and drier versions of Flanders but rewards the palate with slightly more heft and a sweeter balance.

Its firm yet medium body is assured and confident with a fully malted backbone that's slow to dissolve and so is slow to dry. But its wine-like acidity is pleasantly cidery, semi-dry, and savory into its extended finish and aftertaste.

Overall, its dryness and balsamic notes aren't as pronounced as the classic versions of Rodenbach- it does side with some of the more "careful" versions like Cuvee des Jacobins Rouge, Steenberg's Monks Cafe, and Bacchus. But without the authentic Belgian rusticity, we'll call Sam Adams' version a "Flanders Red on training wheels".

BEERchitect, May 09, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

Texasfan549, Sep 04, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

kjkinsey, Sep 03, 2012
Photo of womencantsail
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Thanks to Eric for sending this one to me. Shared yesterday at a tasting.

A: A nice red leaning amber color with a mild pinkish-white head.

S: A really nice nose on this one. The typical wild ale aromas of oak, sour cherries, a bit of vanilla, lactic acid, and perhaps just a hint of vinegar and berries.

T: Nothing too exciting going on here. Mildly tart and a light fruit note, but not at all complex and a bit of sweet cherry flavor.

M: Medium bodied with a moderate carbonation.

D: A decent enough sour with a really nice nose, but the flavor is sort of bland. Still, a good one to give a try and something unexpected from Sam Adams.

womencantsail, Jun 14, 2010
Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -20%

ygtbsm94, Jan 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

GRG1313, Feb 01, 2013
Photo of jaydoc
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

jaydoc, Sep 02, 2013
Photo of Knapp85
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%

The Stoney Brook Red was part of a three pack I bought up at the brewery last summer when I was there. The beer pours out as a really nice red color with a good amount of pinkish tan head. The smell of the beer isn't as funky as I was expecting it to be. There is some of the wild yeast aromas that come though but there are some fermented fruits and a malt aroma as well. The mouthfeel is bubbly and fairly active, It's lighter bodied than the color would make you think. The beer finishes a little dry but not really sour or overly tart like I was thinking it would. It was a pretty good beer.

Knapp85, May 24, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Served in a Sloeber tulip glass.

Big ups to connecticutpoet for this bottle!

Part I of the SA Barrel Room Odyssey. Get some. It pours a straight clear garnet topped by over a finger of ecru foam. An agglutination of foam in the center lets me know the laser etch is workin' just fine. The nose comprises dark, tart berries, sour cherries, a touch of vinegar, dark wheat, oak, and a scraping of brett. The taste follows, upping the oak ante, as well as that of the brett and sour notes, and tossing in a pinch of salt for good measure. The body is a sturdy medium, with a moderately active carbonation and a rather dry finish. Not bad, overall, though not something to drink regularly.

TMoney2591, Jul 18, 2010
Photo of largadeer
2/5  rDev -46.7%

largadeer, Apr 17, 2013
Photo of zeff80
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%

A - Poured out a hazy, burgundy color with a one-finger, khaki colored head of foam. It left thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of fruitiness with a tart, sour bite.

T - It is tart and sour, but at time tannic. It was odd how each sip could be spot on or slightly off.

M - It was crisp and puckeringly sharp. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This was good. I wonder how more age would affect it.

zeff80, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of Kegatron
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Kegatron, May 13, 2014
Photo of russpowell
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%

Pours chestnut with a thumb of tan head. Above average lacing & head retention

S: Sourness, green apples, pineapple & white pepper

Follows the nose, some pear & peppery notes up front along, a touch of pineapple as well. Dryness, a touch of vinegar, more green apple,. some rhubarb tartness as well. More pineapple in the finish , tartness, a touch of pine & sourness

MF: Medium bodied, fairly creamy carbonation

I really enjoyed this , a very respectable wild ale, would buy this again if this became a year round / seasonal release. Drinks very easy,

russpowell, Sep 21, 2012
Photo of jlindros
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%

A: Hazy cloudy reddish brown color with light fizzy head that fades quickly.

N: Lots of reddish malts and a slight toastiness, somewhat similar to a good Irish red, with some sour fruity tangy aroma. A little oak, cherry, some sweetness, and pretty tart.

T: A lot different than fresh, the wild aspect as really taken over. Lots of sour tangy fruit flavors, closing in on a Flanders Red. There is plenty of cherry as well, with quite a bit of wild yeast and brett. Some funk, more like tangy fruit funk not so much barnyard. Some reddish malts buried in the background with some toasty dry reddish malts that add some sweetness and a little boozy taste.

M: Med body with lots of carbonation.

F: Dry with lingering sour tangy fruit, some sour cherry again and a little grapefruit even. Dry funky sour wild tangy funky brett finish, gets pretty dry with just a little sticky sweetness and flemmy even.

Overall a pretty tasty strong red turned wild. I had it fresh and it was just a big red ale, so I gave it some time to wild up before reviewing and it seems to have gotten a lot better. The wild tastes are starting to come through now. This is probably the only one worth it from the SA Barrel Room collection.

jlindros, May 13, 2010
Photo of jwc215
3.84/5  rDev +2.4%

Pours reddish amber with a nice lingering pinkish head. A fair amount of lacing sticks.

The smell is of tart cherries. Not too "wild" but enough funky sour to fit.

The taste is of sweet-tart cherries with woody notes. Sour and sweet with a hint of vanilla. Alcohol is well-integrated.

It is super-smooth. A very drinkable brew - Not as sour as some others, but the cherry-like character and firm malt backing give it a pleasant balance and smoothness while allowing the sour character to come through.

jwc215, Aug 14, 2014
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Samuel Adams Stony Brook Red (Barrel Room Collection) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
85 out of 100 based on 640 ratings.