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

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

572 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 572
Reviews: 217
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 14.59%


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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UDbeernut

New York

4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a tulip, amber color, small of white head, light carbonation. sweet and sticky well balanced by the sourness and oak. the oak is suble and enjoyable. the alchohol is atrong but not over bearing. me and hammer made easy work of this treat direct from the brewery tour.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2011 00:17:05 | More by UDbeernut
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jzeilinger

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear, deep, mahogany/garnet color with a strong and steady stream of carbonation, fine layer of creamy, toffee colored head.

S - Weak nose, caramel, toffee malt, sour cherries, tart sour apples, the aroma could be much stronger.

Balanced, wet cotton, dry oak woodiness, sour cherries, and tart sour apples. Sours seems to envelope the tongue while the caramel/toffee malts struggle to be completely dominating. Cranberries, sweet, tart, and sour all wrapped into one package.

M - Gentle carbonation and medium body.

O - A good offering from the folks at Sam Adams.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2011 04:29:42 | More by jzeilinger
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JoeAmerican77

Colorado

4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A battle with the cork leads to a convincing auburn beauty with two fingers of head. Head runs quickly and laces a little...

Grape juice and tannins on the nose, good smell yet semi shallow

Bitter/sour spots hit the tongue immediately, grape skins and alcohol really do give this a vinous flavor. Taste more like a lambic directed brew than any red I've ever had (In hindsight I think they're going for a Flander's Red... my bad so it taste just like it should). Not that theres a complaint there. As it warms some yeast characteristics come to the dance. My favorite flavor of the barrel room collection so far

Nice and heavy bodied, chilled well it still hangs on the cheeks for a few seconds after swallowed

I'd hit a steak with this bad boy, like a cab sav of the beer world. Hats of to SA I'm impressed

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2011 02:01:10 | More by JoeAmerican77
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ryan1788a5

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2011 19:53:59 | More by ryan1788a5
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gestyr

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass

A: Pours a deep reddish brown with a minimal head that dissipates quickly and leaves lacing. As it warmed up the head lasted longer and longer.

S: Red wine. Fruity, slightly sour aroma

T: Again, very wine-like. Fruity with enough sourness to make it interesting. A hint of oak is present in the background. No alcohol bite.

M: No carbonation bite. On the light side of medium bodied.

O: The sourness balances the fruitiness very nicely. I would drink this again. It would go great with grilled fish.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2011 23:20:06 | More by gestyr
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blakelive784

Colorado

3.43/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a dark, non transparent copper color with a 3 finger head with fair creaminess.

S- pungent sour smell with hints of hoppy bitterness. Some sort of berry aroma, perhaps raspberries.

T- sour taste to match the aroma, but not overpowering. The berry taste rounds the beer out well with a slight hoppy finish. definite alcohol taste on the finish as well.

M- thicker than it should be. Quite wet as well.

D- overall a nice wild ale. A bit overpriced and sour for my tastes but quite good for the style.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2011 02:38:19 | More by blakelive784
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kojevergas

Texas

3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

1pt 9.4fl oz brown glass bottle with cork served into a Trappist Westvleteren goblet (small size variant) in high altitude Denver, CO. Reviewed live.

A: Pours a three finger head of nice thickness, good cream lacing, and fair retention (especially for the ABV). Dark caramel copper colour.

Sm: Lambic-esque sour fruit ester hops, fermented raspberry, and light bacteria. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Lightly sour fermented raspberry fruit ester hops alongside bacteria over an unobtrusive simple barley foundation. It's simply built, but effectively so. The sourness is not overdone, as with many American takes on the style. The finish resolves to a nicely bright ester that does well at closing out the flavours. Well balanced.

Mf: Smooth and wet, matching the flavour, but a touch too thick for how simple it is.

Dr: High price, relatively high ABV, and good quality make this beer one to try but not to savor. I'd have it again, but I do wish the price was better.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2011 02:33:01 | More by kojevergas
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gdrydenc

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well, being tricked by the name of this beer, I anticipated it being an amber or something of the like. You can imagine my surprise when I opened it up and took a big gulp. With that said:

A - Pours a medium amber with about 1/2 finger of head that dies away very quickly. The color of it is about what I would expect, given the name.

S - When I first smelled it, soy sauce was the first thing I noticed. However, as it warmed/I got used to it, the soy sauce began to fade away and I began smelling sour fruit, bitterness, and overall funkiness.

T - Much like the later portion of the smell, this is certainly sour. Sour fruit, almost like underripe fruits, take the forefront. Secondly, the funkiness is totally present. Very interesting tasting beer.

M - This beer is fairly flat, as I expect it to be. Fairly thick in the mouth.

Overall, this is a cool beer. Received as a gift from my sister, well appreciated and I'd like to have this beer again!

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2011 01:55:42 | More by gdrydenc
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2011 05:13:35 | More by UCLABrewN84
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pzrhsau

District of Columbia

4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer has a good deep dirty reddish color with a decent cream colored head.
S: The beer has a sour mixed fruit aroma with some nice notes of rich malt and some nice hints of hops.
T: Deep thick fruitiness that has some nice sour twang to it. It has some breadiness and some notes of dark fruits from the yeast.
D/O: Very rich and thick. Drinkable but best when sipped slowly. Strong and balanced.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2011 02:30:51 | More by pzrhsau
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chefhatt

Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

i poured this beer into a snifter glass. it has a dark red body with not a lot of head to it, no lace either. The smell is funky of tart cherries and of toasted malt. The first sip is like wow, tart cherries threw the sip, then it a little bitterness on the back of the tongue. the mouth feel is very nice, has some carbonation. Overall i really like this beer and can't wait to try the other barrel room collection(they are sitting in my beer cupboard).

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2011 20:18:04 | More by chefhatt
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SuperSpy

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Somewhat cloudy, dark ruby color. Big and quick to rise head. The head dies down after a minute but there is enough carbonation to keep a small foam cap afloat.

Yeasty, musky, tart aroma. Sour cherries, very light vanilla and oak.

Heavier bodied. Sour fruit, toast, a bit of vanilla and wood. Sweet banana and buttery in the finish.

Pretty good for a wild ale. Not exactly what you would expect to get from Belgium, but this is good in its own right.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2011 00:07:38 | More by SuperSpy
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2011 17:01:20 | More by Knapp85
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OtherShoe2

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pretty ruby with a cream colored head. Some spotty lace and even a few alcohol tears.

Nose of yeast, husk, musty funk, tart fruit, some bread dough.

Toasted malt and sourness up front. Just when you expect the fruit to come forward -- it is pushed aside by alcohol and bitterness. The finish is bitter and alcoholic and lightly tart and lingering. This could use a bit of age, and I'd love to see how this does.

Tons of bubbles in the brew. Medium body.

Love the idea of this. Feels like a funky and bitter flanders red, missing much of the fruit. A fun one to try, and priced right.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2011 22:42:27 | More by OtherShoe2
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gueuzeonhigh

Maine

4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've always been a little suspicious of Sam Adams beers.
It's a huge brewery--well, for the craft brew world. And what I've tasted of most SA beers has been OK, but nothing to do back flips over.

While I'm not performing backflips or breaking into song over the Stony Brook Red-- it is worthy of one's attention. In fact I think it's quite a delectable libation.

It pours a wonderful reddish amber hue topped by a frothy head that laces the glass.

The nose is a mixture of tart cherries, green apples, bucolic yeast with a measure of hops 'n' malt thrown in--

the flavor is rather cordial. Why it is certainly in a Belgian style of some sort-- maybe it's the wild cherry note, or the tart apple note, or the yeast or possibly the punctuation of that hops-- it's almost as if all they SA says or it seems is true.

This beer does have an intriguing flavor-- and my bottle emptied quite rapidly-- perhaps a bit too quickly.

The mouthfeel is grand-- it seems like it's a full or voluptuous blanket over my palate along with it's effervescence kept the finish alive and tantalizing my taste buds. The entire flavor experience was graced with enough tart and sweet to keep things balanced.

The overall flavor experience and general "round-up" of this beer is such that I think it is a rather pleasant and well worth the cost and effort to find this beer. Mind you- that it has its peculiarities and it is likely not for everyone-- but as labeled, this beer delivers everything that I expected it would plus more.

I like! I like!

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2011 01:24:58 | More by gueuzeonhigh
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nimrod979

Maryland

4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into an oversized wine glass. Pours a dark red red with some orange/amber hues. Small off white head that clears away to nothing rather quickly.

The nose on this thing is something that's actually quite attractive. Dark cherries, berries, grapes and plenty of tart fruit. Some belgian yeast and hints of oaky-ness. Some vinegar and wine-like.

First sip caught me off guard. Boy, was it tart. Second sip and you really get start getting all these fruit flavors. There's just hint of malt that I can pick up here. it's like drinking a slightly carbonated wine, and I'm liking it more with each sip. The finish is short and sour but i like the complexity here.

I'm pretty impressed with this one here. Here's to hoping the other two barrel room beers are just as good. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2011 23:29:57 | More by nimrod979
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sisuspeed

New Hampshire

3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a red wine glass. Pours with a lively off-white head that quickly reduces to a few patches across a maroon body with red/orange hues. Almost no lacing.

Sweet malts mixed with some acidic red grapes, light cherries and strawberry. Further swirling and sniffing pulls out a blend of Belgian spice and oak on the nose. Quite pleasant.

The taste is filled with oaky sweet malts and dark red fruit soaked in a touch of vinegar. Grapes, grape skin, a hint of cherry and again some strawberry. One of the few beers where I actually pick up some strawberry. Just a touch of spice, possibly cinnamon.

Mouthfeel is smooth, slightly foamy with adequate carbonation. Not too heavy. A touch of acidic tartness.

Drinkability is good. This is one of the best Sam Adams beers I've had to date. The 9% ABV is well masked and the overall beer is well done. I'd like to see them continue with similar projects. Worth picking up a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2011 23:28:20 | More by sisuspeed
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DefenCorps

Oregon

3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2011 15:17:48 | More by DefenCorps
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Casey10

Maine

2.68/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Picked this up when it first cam out in about Sept 2009 been letting it sit for a little while.

Even with some time on it this beer is not impressive or even that good. I would not waste my money on this particular beer again.

I can say that it appears waterdown coppery and the smell is not even there. The taste is like a flavorless medicial cough drop.

The feel is similar but harsh.

Maybe I am missing something but with some great sour beers out there this is not my first choice.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2011 07:21:02 | More by Casey10
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SamN

Colorado

3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an Odell's flute tasting glass.

Pours a crimson amber color with a slightly brown head that crackles and fizzes. Head does not last, fades quickly to bubbles edges. A fairly clear beer, some haze hinders the light. Juice looks. Active and lively in the glass. Smell is quite sour, some tulip petals, apricots and nectarines, lots of the fruits are lost underneath an overwhelming sour smell, without adding much to supplement the natural flavors of the beer. Taste is much more subdued, thankfully, and the oak aging and some maltiness are definitely present. There are bits a pieces of tropical fruits, like mangos, undertones of smooth maltiness, tart cherries in the finish.

At first I was skeptical of the oak aging with a wild ale, two seemingly contradictory flavors, but after letting it warm a bit and loose some of it's carbonation, the sour edge mellows, the tart fruits tone down and the beer becomes relaxed, opens up and becomes quite tasty. There is a subtle sweetness to the beer that was initially overshadowed by the tartness of the style. The cherries are more pronounced and the malts really do a wonderful job of holding it all together. The oak is present but nuanced, lending it's mellow hand to the beautiful malt underneath it all while adding a gentle blunting effect to the tart fruits.

Mouthfeel is fine, some gentle carbonation reminding your palette of the slightly wine-like body and character of the beer. Dry and some slick sweetness leftover. Drinkability, with some caveats, is pretty good. First, the beer needs some time to loose some of it's edge after opening. It's too intense initially to really be all that enjoyable. Second, I don't find wild ales in general to be particularly high in terms of drinkability when I try to rate it objectively. This example became quite mellow and easy drinking after some time, but the sole glass I poured was more than enough for the night. Seal the bomber and save it for another deserving night.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2011 06:58:16 | More by SamN
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bonkers

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured from a bomber into a snifter, deep amber pour, red highlights, fizzy white head. The aroma is a mix or sweet and tart cherries with a dash of vinegar. The cherries are the main taste, mid-palate some vinegar, it finishes dry and tart. The beer is light and effervescent. For a sour it drinks pretty easy, IMO more of a flanders red. A little more sweetness than some other sours, but it works for me.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2011 21:46:18 | More by bonkers
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Nascartailgatefa

New York

3.35/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Purchased at Sam Adams Brewery in Boston. Pours a hazy red, minimal head and almost nonexistent lacing. Strong Fruity aroma.

Full flavored, again strong a fruity on the pallet. A fine sipping beer, particularly on a cold winter night.

I enjoyed the beer but it isn't exactly my cup of tea.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2011 03:34:28 | More by Nascartailgatefa
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HagueBrook

Massachusetts

2.23/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

A: Very nice copper/ruby color with a moderate head.

S: Smell is of sour cherries.

T: Taste is strongly sour fruit. This is probably what they were striving for, but not my cup of tea. My fault for not carefully reading the description before I picked it up at the store.

MF: Crisp, but I was really forcing myself to drink it.

D: Very poor, but if you like this style, it is probably good. Again, no offense to SA, I wouldn't finish more than one glass. I used the rest of the bottle to baste a roast chicken (that came out pretty good).

Serving type: 22 oz. bottle

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2011 21:08:28 | More by HagueBrook
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BEERMILER12

Maine

3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a light reddish (dark pink?) color with a decent head that fades quickly

S: Sour cherries and fruit dominate

T: Big sour cherry with bready yeast and some other fruits. The alcohol is well hidden for 9%. Some oak along with the yeast in the back. The sour cherry is definitely dominating up front though

M: Medium bodied and well carbonated

D: The sourness of this beer is a little too much for me, as I tend to prefer dry stouts or bitter DIPAs. Other than that though, it's a drinkable beer for 9%

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2011 21:49:20 | More by BEERMILER12
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kbanks13

Massachusetts

3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a SA Perfect Pint, figured it was appropriate for this. Poured a pinkish amber body with frothy white head that builds quickly and fades almost immediately. Smells like cherries and apples with a tart vinegar twang, very earthy and yeasty, too. Taste is granny smith apple skin with dark fruits, horse blanket, and bready grains. Oak pulls through nicely, sweet and acidic but gets kind of overly funky in the aftertaste and an oddly bitter finish. Feels light in body and crisp due to high carbonation. Drinks easy, especially for a 9% beer. Flavorful and a good interpretation by Sam Adams, but not anywhere near as good as RR or other popular sours. Best out of the Barrel Room Collection, without a doubt, but I don't think I'll really seek this one out again. I might reconsider that if only to see what some age in the bottle does to it, however.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2010 01:22:03 | More by kbanks13
Samuel Adams Stony Brook Red (Barrel Room Collection) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
85 out of 100 based on 572 ratings.