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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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242 Reviews
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Reviews: 242
Hads: 730
Avg: 3.85
pDev: 26.23%
Wants: 43
Gots: 108 | FT: 4
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:
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: 242 | Hads: 730
Photo of stephenjmoore
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of AdamBear
4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.46/5  rDev -10.1%
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!

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Photo of mikeg67
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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Photo of MatthewWilde
4.08/5  rDev +6%
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

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Photo of WanderingFool
3.47/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

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Photo of dananabanana
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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

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Photo of claspada
4.12/5  rDev +7%
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) .

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Photo of Jwale73
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
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.

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Photo of Satchboogie
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of beauweaver
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

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Photo of Kinsman
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of DIM
4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

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Photo of nhindian
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of UDbeernut
4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.76/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of JoeAmerican77
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
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

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.52/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

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Photo of gestyr
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

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Photo of blakelive784
3.42/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.43/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

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Photo of gdrydenc
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
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!

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of pzrhsau
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Samuel Adams Stony Brook Red (Barrel Room Collection) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
86 out of 100 based on 242 ratings.