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

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Reviews: 237
Hads: 710
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 10.34%
Wants: 43
Gots: 101 | FT: 4
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Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 10-30-2009

Aged in oak barrels; hand-bottled corked & caged; bottled-conditioned. A greater percentage of "Cosmic Mother Funk" was blended into this beer.
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Photo of jdhilt
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a thick, cream, three fingered head, slowly fades to a thin layer (should be poured slowly) and leaves a good lace. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Color is hazy amber. Tart fruit nose. Flavor is tart fruit and oak, the higher ABV is hidden. Clean, dry finish. Pricey at $11.95 for a caged and corked, black, 750ml bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, MA. (365 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The final of the Barrel Room Collection shared with the Boise Peeps.... this was shared at a much smaller tasting over the weekend following the Derby.... Thanks to SMADMS and again big Props to Peter for such a great trade!

sorta ruddy brown... thin head... okay retention for what's there.

Nose is pretty nice mix of lemon... cherries... and some acetic qualities... a bit musty on later pours.

Flavor is much more akin to a wild ale than the kriek... good mash-up of lite funk... lemon zest.. and lite barnyard... mild oakiness and lite white peppercorn.. vinous throughout.... seems like a pretty okay Flanders than a wild ale, but what do I know...

Despite the heavy ABV, the body is a lite medium with a medium carbonation... Pretty good introductory sour... I would buy this one again... surprisingly, this one is the one I was least interested in .... that has changed.

Thanks again Peter... stellar trade opportunity.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle purchased as a single from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA. Corked & caged.

Poured into a DFH tulip, formed a 1" tan head above the slightly cloudy red brew. Head recedes gradually, with leggy, sporadic lacing. Aroma is tart cherries with a malty backbone.

Taste starts with the same full tartness, slightly sweet in the middle, then goes back to the tart for the close. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth, with drinkability being okay. Tart and cherry make the experience kind of one-sided, would want more malt character for balance. (541 characters)

Photo of Tone
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, dark copper/brown color. 3/4 inch head of an off-tan color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of alcohol, oak, sweet malt, hint of hops, yeast, slight citrus, and sourness. Fits the style of an American Wild Ale. Mouth feel is sour, sharp, and crisp with a high carbonation level. Tastes of yeast, hint of hops, oak, slight citrus, sweet malt, hint of liquor, hint of alcohol, and sourness. Overall, great appearance, aroma, body, and blend. The complexity it vast, but the carbonation level is too high. (525 characters)

Photo of DrJay
3.67/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear coppery amber, reddish hue, with a quickly dissipating beige head that left a thin collar and smattering of bubbles coating the surface of the beer. A bit of spotty lace. Tart, fruity aroma, toffee, tobacco, leafy, earthy. Mild alcohol, cherry, and acetic acid. The flavour was similar to the aroma, but with a bit more acidic character and citrus bitterness as well. Berry tartness, caramel, alcohol in the finish. Fruity and earthy. Medium bodied, average carbonation, nice texture. Pretty enjoyable and easy drinking. (526 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
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. (537 characters)

Photo of claspada
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish-amber color with a half-finger off-white head and a bit of spotty lacing.

Aromas begin with strong berries, both cherries and raspberries with a bit of a lactic character. A bit of oak and vinous grapes in there as well.

The tastes begin and remind me quite a bit of a Flanders Oud Bruin. It has some oak character and a fairly-strong cherry component. Light sourness and vinous quality is prevalent throughout and emerging other berry notes along with some minimal lactic and vinegar notes.

The mouthfeel is medium with a medium to low level of carbonation and a fairly mild amount of sourness. The oak is there, but it's not particularly tannic.

Overall this was a surprisingly nice brew that I had no expectations for so I was pleased with the result. Who knew Sam Adams could make a decent sour. The nose was nicer than the overall flavor profile but still nice nonetheless. A very nice and affordable sour in the realm of increasingly expensive and hard to find beers of this style. Def recommended if you stumble across it (I think it's only available in Mass) . (1,092 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
3.74/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Was in the mood for a sour beer so I picked this up for 10 bucks. Not sure of the age but it has to be under a year old.

A - Somewhat hazy red amber in color with a solid 1/2 inch of head that sticks around for a bit.
S - Sour funk, berries, tart vinegar, and some funky goodness.
T - Well it's good I guess kind of thin tasking with mild sour notes, some apple cider vinegar, and some fruity flavors. No alcohol taste which is nice . Kind of average.
M - Worst part of the beer it's very thin tasting. I didn't go in expecting syrup just a deeper body and more flavor.

Overall pretty smooth american Belgium ale with some tart characters. Kind of grows on you but I have had better representations of the style. (714 characters)

Photo of rudzud
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up one of each of Sam Adams Barrel Room Collections. This one is the second that I am trying (the cherry being the first)

Poured a nice ruby and brown hue with roughly a 1 finger head. The head quickly dissapated though but did leave nice lacing.

The smell was of tart fruit and oak. Slight toasted odor as well as a fruity sweetness.

The taste was not all that bad. By far not the most sour/tart beer I have drank but thats not a bad thing. Dry, mildly sour and tart. I did feel there was a slight metallic aftertaste though.

The mouthfeel was a mild carbonation.

Drinkability is pretty good, especially considering according to the bottle this is 9%. Would make a good introduction to sour beers/ales, though for $9 a bottle there are probably better examples available. (785 characters)

Photo of DefenCorps
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm half-drunk and half-hungover from last night, and I'm going to get this goddamn tick in. Thanks, Mike!

Clear red with a dense beige head that recedes to a ring. The nose is surprisingly good! It's like an oxidized version of New Glarus fruit beer, with cherries, vanilla, vinegar and a surprisingly oxidized wine character. The palate has similar flavors, with the oxidized vinegar and wine being quite noticeable. However, it is still very good, with the cherries lending an appropriate brightness, and the vanilla is nice as well. Reasonably well-put together, this is a nice beer. Tannins are low, and the tartness is nice. (631 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750 ml cork and caged bottle poured into a tulip.
9% ABV,

A - Deep ruby mahogany in color, this clear beer's effervescent and tall off-white head falls pretty quickly from the acidity in the beer but doesn't hesitate at leaving lacing on the glass.

S - Slight acidity moves in on the mouthwatering earthy funk and vinegar-like sourness that overlaps toasted malts. Nutty bread thinly spread with dark fruit jam adds layers of complexity beyond the forward yeast nose for an aroma worth embracing.

T - Toasted oak joins toasted malts for a delicious collaboration of earthy wood and complex bready flavors on the tongue. Over ripe stone fruit dipped in vinegar and finished off with an injection of acidity gently overlaps the beer's differently fruity warming alcohol finish.

M - Stony Brook Red's smooth entry gracefully changes to a lightly bubbly finish that's accented by light tartness and a faint sour bite on the finish that gently warms the innards with it's almost unnoticeable 9% ABV.

O - Samuel Adams greatest achievement with Stony Brook Red is making a near double-digit alcohol beer drink like half its content. This Flanders Red, if you will, has a nice touch of oak aging and funky sourness to it that creates a different experience but it's greatest achievement is also it's undoing I feel. The strength in numbers doesn't shine through, but the slightly heavier body and fuller maltiness leads this beer down a path of less drinkability; a detour from the course the style originally intended. It's nice to see big brewers like this playing around with sour beers though. (1,595 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Malty aroma has a tart fruity overtone and a hint of horehound. Pours a clear, dark mahogany with a thick wheat head. Malty flavor has woody and tart fruity notes, giving it an almost wine-like nature. Smooth texture has good fizz and rather wine-like body, leaving a tart and woody finish. Distinctive, enjoyable, tasty. (321 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.62/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle pours a surprisingly clear ruby color with an ample cap of tan head. Fair retention and not much lace.

Nose is big on the fruits - cherries, strawberries and even cranberries. Tartness is mild, as is the barrel character. Lot of caramel malts, not unlike a more robust Rodenbach. Im actually pretty surprised this is not listed as a Flanders red or brown considering the sweetness and yeast aromas.

Taste throws down a Flanders style flavor profile...rich malts, nutty yeast with a light brett and sourness. Fruits are still big and its more tart than sour unfortunately. Still though, not a bad effort for Sam Adams. The barrel character is very light and it needs more sourness, but the ABV is well integrated and there are some nice flavors to be found here. Id probably grab a Rodenbach Grand Cru over this at the similar price point, but I enjoyed the bottle well enough. (892 characters)

Photo of Jwale73
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged bottle courtesy of Brett. Served in a tulip . Pours a burnt red hue that is closer to brown than red with a hazy clarity. The one and a half inch, cream-colored head gradually dissipates into a sudsy slick. Nose expresses tannins, vanilla notes and oak - there's also a vinegary tartness that intermingles with the other aromas. Taste follows nose - the flavors meld together nicely - tannic with some medicinal notes at the finish. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with lively carbonation and a slight astringency. I have to say that I was quite surprised at how much I enjoyed this beer although I would say that it is more reminiscent of a Flanders Oud Bruin than an American Wild if I had to guess. I'm sorry to hear that this beer is being discontinued. (782 characters)

Photo of champ103
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A huge thanks to tjmodica for sharing a bottle with me and several other BA's.

A: Pours a beautifully bright and slightly hazy reddish color. A small white head forms, and some lace is left behind.
S: A strong aroma of vanilla, oak, and tart fruits. Slightly acidic with some tart and sour cherries up front. Very nice.
T: Cherries up front that are tart, tangy and vinous. Slightly sour. Though the balance of woody oak, vanilla, tart fruits, and toasted malt are excellent.
M/D: A medium to full body that is incredibly crisp, dry, and refreshing. So easy to drink. I can sip on this all day.

A beer that is not over the top sour, but really balanced between the sour, oak, and fruits. This is just excellent. Well done Sam Adams, something I highly recommend. (764 characters)

Photo of Brenden
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pouring the medium brown, somewhat hazy, with bright ruby highlights that comes from the easier versions of this particular style, this beer certainly looks up to snuff. The head is slightly tinted and makes it to a strong pillow almost precisely one finger tall. It develops some density, sitting heavily and falling slowly while it deposits patchy lace on the walls of the glass.
The aroma has a good complexity to it, and the sourness is put forward but with lots of different things going on underneath. There's a little bit of funk, but not as much as I might expect. There's lots of cherry, plenty of tart (think Michigan) as well as black cherry skins with a sweeter and almost sharp aspect. It's definitely got the apple cider vinegar note to it that I hope for. Under all that, there's a sort of earthiness to the malts that go pretty dry.
On the palate, there's a little more aggressive dryness as the oaky notes come out up front with the sourness and the sharp bite. Ultimately, a sort of candied sweetness blends with the sourness to take the edge off, also playing it safe, so to speak. Cherry is as strong in the flavor as the aroma. Ultimately, with the dryness and the jammy nature, it has a lot of red wine character, something with a heavier body and maybe an "old vine" character.
The body is medium, and I'm surprised that the mouthfeel doesn't dry as quickly as I might expect. It's semi-dry most of the way before some wood and acidity throw that dryness into the finish. It has a bit of sharpness to it, but keeps in check. (1,547 characters)

Photo of sweemzander
2.68/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

750mL corked and caged bottle poured into a pint glass.

(A)- Pours a fairly deep crimson red color. Some minimal pink froth and lacing.

(S)- Quite an earthy oak profile to it. Subtle tart fruits, but mostly a dry earthy oak profile.

(T)- Kind of similar to the smell, but far more fruitier, still plenty of dry earthy oak but with fruit. Not much tartness; does get a touch medicinal as it warms.

(M)- Fruity, with heavy oaky earth. The tartness from the smell is not really present; kind of muted actually. Decent carbonation level.

(O)- This is ok, but a bit disappointing due to kind of a bland body overall. The fruit and oak is there, but just kind of muddled together. (679 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance- Pours a deep red color with a two finger off white head. The head fades rather quickly and leaves a light amount of lacing.

Smell – The smell is of fruit with strong sour and vinegar notes. The fruit is of dark fruits with cherry being the strongest. The sour is of a fruity nature of (more) cherry, cranberry and some sour apple. These fruit aromas a mixed with a vinegary smell giving it an even more sour and slightly bitter aroma.

Taste – The taste begins with notes of a drier cherry with a moderate dose of sour fruit flavors. As the taste advances it sweetens some toward the middle. With the sweeter flavors are some notes of cinnamon and oak. While it sweetens in the middle more toward the end an apple and cherry fruity sour and vinegary flavor come to the taste. These dry out some of the sweetness and leave a more sour fruit flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the drier and is average in terms of creaminess. The carbonation of the beer is on the medium side, which with the body, compliment the more sour flavors of the brew.

Overall – A fairly nice sour. Not mouth puckering like some, but it had a nice balance between sour and sweet/malty. While the Belgian sour is not really my style, I believe Sam does a nice job with this one. Give it a go. (1,360 characters)

Photo of ArrogantB
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle $8.99, it looks kind of like a flanders red, reddsih color, translucent, short ring of bubbles around the glass. The smell is quite interesting off the bat, a bit of funk, sour fruit, reminds me of the dissident. The flavor doesn't seem to match up with the smell for me, its a little tart but mostly mild with a bit of woodiness, needs more sourness, more funk and less alcohol. (392 characters)

Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: cloudy, minimal head, ruby reddish brown in color, high carbonation

Smell: It smells like a red wine, sour mix, some oak and cherry candy

Taste: oak, cherry, sour mix, and hay

Mouthfeel: slightly sweet but very tart, light bodied, high carbonation

Drinkability: A very interesting and complex wild ale. I could have several glasses. One of the most interesting Sam Adams out there. It is worth the price. The sweetness offsets the tartness perfectly. I think I may get another bottle just to age. (512 characters)

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a tulip glass the beer was a garnet color with a small head that disappeared quickly.
It had a tart fruit and woody aroma.
Sour cherry taste, oak, with a decidedly vinous finish.
Dry on the palate, satisfying.
My favorite of the Barrel Room Collection. (256 characters)

Photo of Pencible
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a hazy dark mahogany with quickly dissipating tan head.
S: It smelled like lots of funk and musty oak barrel, with some sweet brown sugar and apple cider, and a little copper.
T: It tasted like sweet brown sugar and tart apple cider, with some musty oak and copper. It had a clean and sweet and tart aftertaste.
M: It was watery with moderate carbonation. Light body that wasn't as bubbly as expected.
D: This was a nice Flanders red, but not in the top tier. The scent and taste were good but not terribly bold, complex, or delicate. The body was only ok also, but the finish was very smooth, so it was surprisingly easy to drink. Maybe age will help improve. Only average for the style fresh. (709 characters)

Photo of jmdrpi
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
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. (423 characters)

Photo of DmanGTR
4.57/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Review from notes on 6/4/10

Poured a beautiful dark reddish maple, almost like an oude bruin. Nice cream colored head that left no lace. Vanilla, aged wood, touch of tannins, leather, and sour cherries are present in the aroma and taste. Very nicely balanced with an emphasis on the lactic tartness. Prunes, hint of figs, and cherries, a different but great combination. I think this is the best beer Sam Adams has ever put out. Bravo, I shall find this again. (461 characters)

Photo of Suds
4.21/5  rDev +8.8%
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. (310 characters)

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