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

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87
very good

239 Reviews
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Reviews: 239
Hads: 718
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 10.34%
Wants: 43
Gots: 107 | FT: 4
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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:
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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Reviews: 239 | Hads: 718
Photo of ONUMello
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a tulip
A: Pours a deep red color with a one-finger head that slowly settles
S: Sour apples & cherry with a dash of vinegar
T: Sour but nice, with cherries, apples, a touch of bitter, and a lengthy citrus driven finish.
M: Light bodied, nice puckering from the sourness and a lengthy sour finish. Can't taste/feel the 9% ABV
O: I like acid so I like this, though others may not. It isn't terribly malty/hoppy, but fits the wild ale style well. (468 characters)

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

Review from notes.

A: Pours a hazy reddish color with a small off-white head with decent retention, leaving a small cap on top. Moderate lacing.

S: A fruity aroma, some cherry and raspberry, slightly acetic, but sweet as well. It is slightly astringent at the end.

T: More of the same in terms of the fruit, cherry and raspberry, but there they are somewhat weak, and the flavor is even sweeter than expected. There is something about it that I wasn't really a fan of, but can't quite figure out why.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: It was ok, found it for $8 I think (which I thought was a mistake), so I didn't really have high hopes for it. (667 characters)

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

Corked and caged 750 ML Bottle.

Clear dark red colored beer with a small tan colored head.

Smell is sour fruity and spicy with a strong apple aroma. Some sweetness and a trace of oak scent. Bitterness seems to be as much from tannins as it is from hops.

Starts out dry and slightly sour. Sour apple cider with some cinnamon and lemon juice, almost tastes mulled. Reasonable amount of bitterness. Not a wild ale fan but this is OK.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall and OK beer. I'm not a wild ale fan but this is OK. (512 characters)

Photo of beerman240
4.52/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A. Ruby red with a creamy head. Very appealing.

S. Fizzy passion fruit with a lightly smoked malt, tickles my nose

T. Wow, everything came together with a sour finish. Like a wine. The sour is like a dark green sour apple. Not a sharp sour,pleasant

M. Real fizzy,like cola. Very nice and tart...

O. I tried this on a whim, pretty tastey whim. And this is my first Sam Adams anything. Great job. If anything, would like a higher ABV. (436 characters)

Photo of zaphodchak
4.27/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A half finger of offwhite head and a deep garnet body.

Smell nails it. Tart, a bit of grape and oak, but subtle.

Classical example. Tart, but not extremely so, and well balanced. Trace of bittering coriander. Not super bold. Oak mellows and rounds out the body, adding some richness. Delicious.

Smoothish, if a bit frothy.

An excellent American 'Flemish' Red. Delicious. Kind of Liefmans-esque. (398 characters)

Photo of brewskifan55
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass

A: Opaque dark amber with a tan one finger head that quickly dissipates. Nice lacing.

S: Dark fruit (apricot, dates, pears), Cloves, earthy.

T: Lambic tartness to start, then a cherry-like flavor pops in. Pepper, oak. Chocolate. Fruity, sweet, with a wine kind of finish. Unusual, but I like it. The 9% slides in to relax the senses. Better cooler.

M: Medium with creamy carbonation. Love how it sits on the tongue.

O: Glad I tried it. Different, but tasty. A great ale to sit on the back porch listening to the rain with. Relaxing. If you're a lambic fan,this is a pleasing beginning to a fine sipper. (633 characters)

Photo of horshack7
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Quite the dark amber almost brown with a two finger head.

Aroma: Tart fruits in the front sour cherries with traces of citrus fruit. Almond and subtle notes of oak in the back.

Taste: Sour cherries, light dryness on the palate, tartness all through it. Oak, almond and minor bits of pistachio.

Notes: A rather complex beer but very tasty lots of yummy sourness. Cheers. (384 characters)

Photo of stephenjmoore
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
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. (583 characters)

Photo of AdamBear
4.01/5  rDev +3.6%
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. (687 characters)

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.46/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in signature Duvel glass (over-sized tulip).

Appearance: Pours a real deep dark amber color, when held to the light bubbles through the body (it already looks appetizing). Has an orangey-white head maybe 1/3" off the body.

Smell: Smells little like bourbon or scotch, but you need top know this...it is light. Has a hard orange/tangerine smell. Believe me it looks better than it smells.

Taste: It tastes better than it smells as well. Has a strong mandarin feel with a little scotch. I mean the barley is good I just want a little more and I know I am not a lone here.

Mouth: I tell you it is definitely medium to heavy carbonation which I do like this particular brew. Goes down awkwardly smooth.

Overall: I really want to like this beer a lot but I can't. I mean don't hate it but I was expecting a lot more. I will tell everyone have a glass, but factoring in price your better off trying something more suit to your style than experimenting on this. If you don't give a Fcuk like me drink up...Salud! (1,021 characters)

Photo of mikeg67
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle. Pours hazy amber with a small off-white head. Aroma is of bready malt, barnyard yeast, cherry, woody and sour. Body is full, crisp and creamy. Taste is very sour, sweet malt, caramel, candy sugar, cherry, funky yeast, wood, lemon zest, herbal hops. Finish is long, tart and pleasant. Very complex, delicious brew. (328 characters)

Photo of MatthewWilde
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sample: 1 bottle 2011

A: Dark reddish orange, heavy internal carbonation, pours a small light brown lasting head, a bit hazy

S: Very complex and fragrant nose, elements of cherries, dried fruit, chocolate, some tropical notes, touch of alcohol

T: Much like the nose, complex and flavorful, definite chocolate covered cherry elements, great sweet and sour balance, some citrus, unique

M: For a fairly high abv and given its style, incredibly smooth, easy to drink, light fruity aftertaste, not lingering or overpowering on the palate, as previously mentioned, well balanced

O: Complex and unique, great aromas, flavors, and smooth as well, definitely worth trying, an experience (682 characters)

Photo of WanderingFool
3.47/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Stony Brook Red pours a slightly hazy dark amber with a small fizzy off white head on top. The foam disappears almost as fast as it forms and leaves no lace on the glass.

The aroma is tart with notes of cherry and a touch of pale malt.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is watery on the palate with a light syrup feel and mild carbonation. The flavor has a lot of sweet cherry flavor blended with some pale malt, a touch of oak and bubblegum notes. It finishes tart with lingering cherry notes when gone.

This beer almost reminds me of cough syrup. It's easy to drink and sweet with lots of cherry flavor. (610 characters)

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

A: straw-colored 1-finger head. Hazy reddish-brown. 4.0

S: Tart, cherry scent that I can smell from a distance. A faint whiff of light sweetness, maybe honey. 4.0

T: A sour flavor at first. Definite cherries. Malt. An undercurrent of plum is perceptible as you drink more. 4.0

M: Makes me pucker right away. Well-carbonated. 4.0

O: I was a little hesitant about this beer because I do not like sour beers in general. I was pleasantly surprised, as there was enough sweetness to balance out the sourness. I wouldn't seek out this beer, but I really enjoyed it. 4.0 (567 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 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 RonfromJersey
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

$9.00 very cool "barrel bottle" purchased at the R&D brewery.

Looks very redish brown when poured, byt is a charming clear ruby when held to the light. One finger of off-white level foam.

Cherries and vanilla/oak mix in the aroma. Hints of alcohol. Bit of candy. Aroma improves in the glass.

Taste begins with generous fruit, cherries up front and a hint of apple in the back. Vanilla/oak follows next. Nicely mellow, while certainly not hoppy, the sweetness is pleasant but nowhere near cloying. Gentle alcohol warming but no burn.

Smooth mouthfeel with a bit of bubbly at the end of each sip.

Overall a very tasty treat of a wild ale, if not a particularly wild one. (675 characters)

Photo of Satchboogie
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml C&C bottle (3/11) poured into a tulip glass

A: Pours dark red/mahogany with just over a finger of off-white (slightest bit brown) head. Lots of tiny thin bubbles at the top. Fairly good retention for a red, leaves just a little lacing.

S: Vinegar, a little bit of sour/tart, dark balsamic-like notes, oak, hint of dark vinous notes.

T: Taste follows the nose fairly well, lots of balsamic vinegar, oak, and a touch of dark vinous qualities. Unfortunately isn't actually not all that sour or tart, very mild with the most "souring" aspect coming in the dry finish. Moderate level of bitterness riding in the background through to the finish. Sweetness seems to be right on par with the style average (moderate). The fruitiness and vinous depth definitely comes through stronger as it warms. Surprisingly the alcohol is almost completely unnoticeable.

M: Medium to slightly light body, moderate carbonation, sticky mouth feel that lacks a bit of that sour punch and crisp, dry finish.

O: Not a bad take on a Flemish Red from a big American Brewery. (1,059 characters)

Photo of beauweaver
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my very favorite Sam Adams. I just love it. It is a wonderful beer. I favor Flemish Red Sour Ale like Rodenbach and this is pretty close to that style. It is a tat more edgy than a Rodebach and is an incredible brew. It has a bit more alcohol (about 9%)than the Rodenbach (about 5%) but it is easy to drink and does not go right to your (my) head.
I bought about 1/2 dozen bottles at the Sam Adams brewery just before the summer and I made my way down there this afternoon as I have none left to drink.
They were out of stock and are not planning to make it anytime soon. I was so diasppointed. I was able to grab a couple bottles at the beer store on my way home but what am I going to do after? If you know where to find some in the Boston area, please let me know. (784 characters)

Photo of Kinsman
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark ruby red with a slight bit of haze. Bubbly tan head rises quickly to fill the upper third of the glass but settles a little quicker than I would have liked.

Nice aroma on this one. Good bit of cherry notes with some oak and lactic acidity as well. Hints of vinegar as well.

Taste is fairly simple and straight forward compared to similar beers. Nice tart cherry flavor and sweeter oak notes coming through. A bit of a musty character starts to show up as the beer warms. Not quite as impressive as the aroma but solid nonetheless.

Mouthfeel is live and bubble with crisp medium body feel and just a bit drying in the finish. Overall, SA Stony Brook Red is a nice change of pace from the usual lineup of Sam Adams. Nothing crazy here but a solid wild ale with a nice subtle brett character. All for under $10... not a bad deal at all. (849 characters)

Photo of DIM
4.47/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got this quite awhile back from joepais. Not sure why it took me so long to try it, but thanks Joe!

a: This was a chill-hazed dark amber tinted chestnut color. It poured with a medium sized, lightly sticky head.

s: Fruit with hints of vinegar rather than vice versa which made for a nice change of pace. I found lightly musty apples and grapes with some fairly pronounced oaky aromas. There was also something candy-like under the funk.

t: The phrase Flanders-ish comes to mind. There is no palete crushing, heart burn inducing sourness, just a nice and refreshing underlying funk. Lots of fruit flavors in the form of grapes, raspberries, and apples. There was a lingering toasty oak with faint well incorporated alcohol.

m: Light and spritzy carbonation with a surprisingly moderate body given the abv.

o: I want to use the word approachable, but I don't mean it in a patronizing or dismissive sense. This balanced and deliciously quaffable. I'd love to have this again. (979 characters)

Photo of nhindian
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a Stone taster glass. Bottle generously provided by Stigs at a recent Pittsburgh BA tasting, thanks Jeff!

A - Pours a scarlet red color with bursts of dark orange and rosewood, almost like a sunburst effect. Grows about 2-fingers of snow-white head which is quite bubbly. Retention is pretty good, as well as leaving splotchy patches of thick foam behind as it recedes.

S - The nose on this is fairly malty overall, but here and there I am getting nice bursts of tart cherry. It isn't overpoweringly sour like a kriek or lambic, but it is sharp enough to really draw attention to it. There's a strong oak presence here as well, with a side of sweet vanilla.

T - The flavor starts with just a slight amount of malt, before moving into an almost wine-like territory. There is a good amount of cherry pits, bright berries, apples, and grapes, like a delicate blush wine. The back-end delivers a strong taste of oak and vanilla, however, pushing it more into a tannic red category. There's a decent amount of tartness here, but again, it isn't overpoweringly sour.

M - Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with good carbonation for being barrel-aged. It doesn't cause any puckering, but the tartness is felt throughout the palate and has nice heaviness to it in the finish.

D/O - Drinkability is moderately high. I thought this beer was pretty good for what it was. It's definitely not trying to compete with the sourest of sour Krieks, but what tartness it does provide is welcomed. This beer reallyshows a greater complexity and 'skill' that the normal lineup of Sam Adams may not convey, and it balances the barrel nicely with the cherry tartness. (1,666 characters)

Photo of UDbeernut
4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
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. (279 characters)

Photo of jzeilinger
3.76/5  rDev -2.8%
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. (581 characters)

Photo of JoeAmerican77
4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
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 (811 characters)

Samuel Adams Stony Brook Red (Barrel Room Collection) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
87 out of 100 based on 239 ratings.