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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

664 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 664
Reviews: 229
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 15.2%
Wants: 40
Gots: 75 | 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:
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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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

RRC03, Nov 20, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +20%

hockeyfighter19, Nov 19, 2013
Photo of DrDemento456
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

DrDemento456, Nov 18, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

caverog, Nov 14, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Tumble, Nov 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

brandonld23, Nov 03, 2013
Photo of Brenden
3.76/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Brenden, Oct 29, 2013
Photo of Archimetez
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: nice deep red color, clear, head cream color

S:very sweet, quickly brings wine to mind

T: sweet with strong overtones of berries.... little oak appreciated

M: smooth and clean

O: good variation of a belgian beer and a nice change of pace, but not really my cup of tea

Archimetez, Oct 29, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

jdhasse, Oct 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

Beermaine, Oct 27, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Morey, Oct 25, 2013
Photo of mayerale
4.04/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a mug from a corked and caged pint bottle.

A: Purs reddish brown with little to no head. Slightly transparent.

S: A very aromatic beer that hits the nose long before you bring the beer near. You definitely smell the tartness of the fruit with the scent of the oak barrel coming through slightly at the end.

T: You definitely get the tartness of the fruit immediately (possible cherry or raspberry taste immediately). The oak finish isn't as strong a one might think for a beer coming in a series touting "Aged in oak barrels." Not as carbonated as many beers, which isn't a bad thing. Almost drinks like a red wine.

M: It seemingly drinks like a red wine in that it feels a little dry. Low on carbonation.

O: For a series touting that it is aged in oak barrels, this beer doesn't taste "oaky." Also, it may not be what you expect when you buy a red beer, it is much sweeter than what I expected. That being said, it is a nice change to drink something like this. As I mentioned earlier, it almost drinks like a wine, which isn't a bad thing at all. It is fruity, and you don't really notice the 9% ABV. Definitely worth a shot and I would overall recommend it.

mayerale, Oct 20, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

DarthGator, Oct 18, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Pens1967, Oct 13, 2013
Photo of HarryPotHead
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

ST - corked and capped bottle with SA's Barrel Room labeling poured into tulip glass.

A - dark red (almost opaque) with a creamy, thick, tan head that closely resembles a frothy pancake batter. This head faded quickly to a tan ring around the perimeter of the glass...

S - wow! A Complex blend of raspberry, cherry, oak, and malt goodness!

T - picks up where the nose ends...tart fruit flavor up front hits the palate hard but tartness fades quickly. Fruit favors mix well with an earthy oak to create a flavor that has a subtle wine like feel....like a Cabernet without the burn. Alcohol content is hidden well and hops are well....non-existent.

M - low carbonation adds to the wine like feel...tartness on the front end creates a subtle tingly affect on the lips and tip of the tongue. This is strange but not unpleasant in he least.

O - not what I was expecting at all! When I saw this labeled as a "red" beer i was expcting a heavily malted ale. Was pleasantly surprised by the fruit favors as I tend to shy away from those types of beers. Not sure why but they just never sounded like they would be this darn good. Grateful for the experience, but not sure I could drink this in quantity. Definitely worth a try.

HarryPotHead, Oct 09, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

KJ2013, Oct 05, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -33.3%

Wsherry1, Oct 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

ROGUE16, Oct 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

wjschini, Oct 02, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20%

mquartuccio87, Oct 02, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Beardcore, Sep 30, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20%

jcarbaugh, Sep 29, 2013
Photo of Kwilk
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice reddish brown with a creamy tan head that fades relatively quickly.

Aroma is astounding. Big cherry, tart, some woodiness, some maltiness, some earthiness.

Flavor is a little underwhelming after the nose. Not as tart or sour as you'd expect. Still very nice. Maltiness is more prevalent.

Very dry and easy to take another sip. A good beer overall, just wish the flavor was as complex and fun as the aroma.

Kwilk, Sep 28, 2013
Photo of TheMultiYeast
3.86/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark reddish brown with two fingers of head that fades away.

Tart cherry fruitiness in the nose, very malty, sweet, earthy sourness, some barrel.

Less sour and more malty than nose. Earthiness is there, sweetness, dry sourness.

Nice level of carbonation from bottle conditioning. Makes me want another sip.

Overall this beer exceeded my expectations. Pleasantly tart and dry.

TheMultiYeast, Sep 26, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -26.7%

traviswhillier, Sep 24, 2013
Samuel Adams Stony Brook Red (Barrel Room Collection) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
85 out of 100 based on 664 ratings.