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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
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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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4/5  rDev +6.7%

szmnnl99, Nov 11, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

klipper, Jun 15, 2014
Photo of falloutsnow
3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

More of a Flemish oud bruin than a red, at least by color and malt presence. The American wild ale may be most appropriate, as this is not brewed in Belgium at all. Sam Adams' Stony Brook Red is not as enjoyable to me due to its moderate tartness. This is, however, not overly sweet, and I appreciate this gesture towards not pacifying Americans' sweet tooth. The major flavors and aromas are caramel-like sweetness tempered by modest acidic tartness and cherry-like esters. Not a bad beer by any stretch, one that I wouldn't mind aging for three years and checking on its progress.

Pours a 1cm head of light tan foam, made up of dense, small bubbles. Retention is above average, lasting several minutes before settling to a thin cap atop the body of the beer that remains throughout the entire glass. Head leaves significant, attractive lacing along the sides of the glass: a mixture of large lines and circular clumps. Body is a hazy, dark brownish amber, with visible and modest carbonation. Light brings out a brighter brown-orange hue to the somewhat opaque body.

Aroma opens with caramel-like sweetness and a faintly tart, acidic, vinegary scent behind this. Next wave of scents settles out towards the end of an inhalation, with fairly faint tart cherries underneath and even more modest ethanol. Fairly complex, though perhaps a bit too subtle for its own good; would have liked to notice more of the barrel-aged and acidic qualities of the beer.

Tasting opens with caramel malt sweetness that has been slightly touched by acid-producing bacteria, yielding a minor tartness and cherry flavor. Mid-palate finds caramel malts with a bit of oak character and increased cherry character with tartness equivalent to that encountered upfront; ethanol also appears, though very minor. Back of palate detects cherry flavors with slightly more tartness than found at the front of the palate, modest sweetness, and more noticeable ethanol. Lingering aftertaste of toasted malts with oak characters and a slight, very subtle, tart cherry edge. Tartness is, overall, fairly mild, making this a good introduction to the style, perhaps.

Beer is medium bodied, through and through, with modest carbonation, creating a smooth, slightly foamy mouthfeel. Finishes dry, with very little residual stickiness on the palate.

falloutsnow, Dec 17, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

jschott75, Jul 13, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

FLBeerGuy, Nov 28, 2013
Photo of StaveHooks
3.59/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml split with my wife.
Served in a Southern Tier tulip

A - Pours a dark reddish brown color with a fleeting tan head.

S - Acidic, lemons, dark fermented fruit, cherries, plums, salt, wood, slightly funky, dark caramel malts.

T - Not as tart as the nose describes. vinous fruit, cherries, plums, sweet caramel malts, salty wood on the edges, has a pecan-like bitterness on the finish.

M - Smooth buttery feel, medium body.

Excellent nose and while the flavor was good is didn't live up to the aroma This isn't a sour beer. It's tart and has it's own complexities. A good price for the style of beer will make me buy alot more.

StaveHooks, Feb 02, 2013
Photo of stephenjmoore
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Amber body with some deep ruby tones. Head disappears quickly and leaves a very thin layer of tan bubbles on top.

S- A musty aroma is noticeable initially, with some cherry and grape notes as well. Hidden in the back is some oak and a hint of spice.

T- Sour, with a musty grape taste up front, followed by some sweetness and a cherry taste along with some oak.

M- The start is thin and the finish is very dry.

O- All in all, a complex and interesting beer. Tastes could mesh a little better, and may over some time in the cellar. I would definitely give this one another shot.

stephenjmoore, Aug 19, 2012
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3/5  rDev -20%

WynnO, Apr 27, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Beerlover, Apr 18, 2014
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%

Auror, Jan 11, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

kvgomps, Jan 23, 2014
Photo of jjanega08
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had no clue this made it to MN.
No freshness dating or vintage.

A= Pours a deep reddish brown color with a finger of head on it that holds some spotty retention and lacing but it works expecially for a wild ale.

S= The smell from a few feet away is a sort of sweetish sour mix reminicent of Rodenbach in a way. When you get your nose in it however it's a different story. Nice sour notes that are reminicent of acetic acid without being overbearing. The oak comes through a little underneath the acetic acid. There is still a little sweetness in it but it is much more toned than from a few feet away.

T= The taste is a mix of the two different aromas. There is a cherry sweetness that overrides the sourness pretty good. It's almost a merichino cherry sweetness. The oak comes through a little bit and the sourness is an acetic acid sour that is relativly calm.

M= A nice bright carbonation.

O= This is a solid sour. Actually a great beer concidering it's a Sam Adams. This in perticular isn't my favorite sour though. The cherries make it a little too sweet for me but I can see the potential in it. A flanders style red isn't my favorite sour style but this isn't half bad. I only paid 8.99 for the bottle and I am seriously concidering buying the rest of them. Sours are hard to find and usually way way way more expensive.

jjanega08, Sep 22, 2012
Photo of rangerred
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip from a nicely presented 750ml bottle.

Pours a clear dark ruby with a one finger dark tan head. Head fades away rather quickly leaving just the smallest amount of lacing.

Aroma comes across as overripe cherries along with figs and dates. There is a slight tartness and vinous characteristic. A hint of oak is present along with a little bit of funk. All is somewhat subdued compared to some Belgian wild beer I have had.

The flavor hits with overripe fruit immediately with a definite cherry juice characteristic in the background. I was expecting a ton more tartness based on the smell but it is rather restrained. A really nice touch of oak that blends nicely with some barnyard funk. The funk remains in the background and is not overpowering at all. Mouthfeel is medium with a rather dry finish which is quite nice. Alcohol is completely hidden making this beer feel more like 5 or 6 percent.

Overall, this beer would make a great introduction to Belgian sours as all characteristics are subdued and smooth. This kind of reminded me of a Flanders red. A nice job by Sam Adams and a good value.

rangerred, Dec 10, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

Bilco, Nov 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

Lawnboy33, Nov 14, 2011
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3/5  rDev -20%

EyePeeAyBryan, Jun 29, 2014
Photo of ryan1788a5
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

1pt 9.4oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a tawny red-brown with a one inch beige head. Sparse patchy lacing is left behind by the short-lived head. Giving the glass a swirl will kick the head right back up.

S: Tart cherries, plums, red wine vinegar, toasty oak. Dry chocolatey and roasted notes. Maybe even a light citric orange peel-like scent.

T: Brief taste of red wine gives way to a strong sour bite of tart fruit (plums and raisins). The beer goes dry rather quickly and starts to divulge tastes of oak and a hint of powdery chocolate. Light touch of alcohol. Vinous tastes build in intensity. Bone dry finish leaves briefly lingering tastes of oak and chocolatey fruit.

M: Medium bodied and full in the mouth. Decently carbonated. The time in the barrel makes things pretty astringent.

O: Just ok really. It lacks some depth and complexity.

Notes: Great to see Sam Adams releasing some of these experimental beers. I'm pretty indifferent toward this one though.

ryan1788a5, Aug 14, 2011
Photo of AdamBear
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-very very dark red. Nice tan pinkish tan head.

S-woah I smell a whole buttload of sour. It's smells like a mix of whipped strawberry butter and vinegar. Some cinnamon. Strong scent. Afraid to try.

T-actually it comes in with only a mildly sour taste of aged dark cherries. It definitely tastes a bit oak aged. It's a very smooth and decent flavor. It has just a slight touch of bitterness. 

M-medium dry carbonation with a dry finish

O-it's a very drinkable beer. It's subtle. The flavors aren't strong but there's nothing wrong with it, no off flavors. A whole bottle is easily finished by one person. To be honest, much better than what I'd expect for a wild ale from Sam Adams.

AdamBear, Aug 14, 2012
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3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On the back of the bottle is stamped the #0070. Not sure if it's a batch or bottle number or what? Caged and corked 750ml in a very unique bottle.

This beer poured an opaque reddish tan body with an off-white head that disapated pretty quickly.

Nose was an intense sour red all smell. Lots of ripe fruits, wild yeast, some touches of wood and there's actually this very normal "fruity" sort of regular fruit smell. Almost reminds me of that fruit smell in their Cranberry Lambic, but mixed with the smell of a traditional Belgian. Interesting.

Starts with a very firm and big carbonation followed by a wave of sour and tart big fruit flavors. Loads of wild yeast and strong sour fruits, nothing specific, but a mix of fermented ripe apples, raisins, tons or ripe cherries and other teeth rotting fruits. What's interesting is that unlike most traditional Belgian Wild ales, this seems to have a touch of chocolate or a dark malt in it. Ends with long lingering tart bitterness.

An interesting beer. Not completely classic, it still has that classic Sam Adams "we're pushing the envelope but don't want to go to far as to offend" taste. I hate saying that, but with the exception of Utopias or one off draft beers it's true. Anyway... still a very good beer. Kudos to them for pushing into this 750ml barrel room collection. Cool idea. Let's see what you guys can do next.

taez555, Feb 17, 2010
Photo of RickS95
3.96/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Not a bad looking beer, particularly from Sam Adams. It's dark reddish brown, and dark enough that you can't tell how clear it is. The head is a light brown, a finger and a half thick, but doesn't retain well.

Crazy, funky saison-like smell. Lots of fruit, think tart cherries, and some Belgian notes like their sugar or yeast. You almost get a pucker from the smell alone.

Taste was a bit of a letdown beacuse it's mostly just a gentle kriek. The cherry flavor was there, as was a bit of alcohol, but there wasn't much else to taste. It's certainly not a bad taste, very cherryie, just little else.

You can feel the carbonation on your lips. There's a sweetness that's quickly overtaken by the tartness which stays throughout. A slight bit of heat, as well as acid in the back of the throat. Less pucker than I expected, and even though it was somewhat tame, it sticks with you well into the swallow.

I don't care much for Sam Adams, but this was actually pretty good. It's a hybrid of several types, but regardless, it's a good sipper. Nice ABV and it's pretty easy to drink. Sweet and sour/tart, but never over the top.

RickS95, Mar 02, 2013
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3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a lone bottle on my last venture out... I've seen it around for a while and I figured I better give it a try...

The first thing I get from the aromas is the vinous aspect for sure... Some oakiness and earthiness as well... some nice sweet malts... definitely some funk... Very unusual... Not overly tart aromas but there's enough there to keep me interested for sure... I'm curious to see where this one goes... I am getting a touch of booze off of it as well...

Lot of fruit present in the first sip and while it's not overpoweringly sour, it's nicely tart with a good earthy quality to it... The oak is loud and clear as well... The malts are more obvious than in other brews of the style and give this a slight sweetness not usually found in wilds.... It's a unique quality and one that I found sort of appealing. It gives the beer a little body and seems to cut the carbonation a little. I like this... I'm surprised at how drinkable it is...

I liked this beer... Very drinkable as the tartness isn't overwhelming and the sweetness of the malt helps to cut the carbonation and make this a nice drink...

Tilley4, Dec 17, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

thebouch01, Aug 27, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Beejay, Jul 05, 2013
Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.14/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

2009/2010 vintage. Split with angrybabboon.

Appearance: Still carries a decent carbonation. Creamy sizable off-white/beige head. Drops to a small cap and collar with hints of lacing. A super hazed brick red. Some darker maroons and browns as well.

Smell: Smells like cherry fruit leather. Powdery yeast and a slight layer of earthy funk. Mildly acetic bordering on straight vinegar with a solidndarknfruit sweetness. Almost jammy. Some musty basement as to be expected from the Cosmic Mother Funk base. some legit worn leather as well. Slightly sweet malt base. Some hints of caramel malt. Seriously though, it's a natural cherry fruit rollup.

Taste: Powdery yeast, super powdery. Very slightly tart with a big push toward straight vinegar. Cherry flesh. Pressed jammy fruit with a solid leather component. Slightly damp and musty with a building earthy finish. A touch of fake raspberry. Something like aspirin. Drinks like a fruit infused Cosmic Mother Funk. Lightly sweet malt.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and a moderate carbonation. Nice and clean.

Overall: Take it out before year 4.

I loved this fresh. Aged it's still delicious, but it loses something in the long run. The yeast dominates and hurts it a touch.

Goblinmunkey7, Jan 16, 2014
Samuel Adams Stony Brook Red (Barrel Room Collection) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
85 out of 100 based on 641 ratings.