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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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very good

573 Ratings
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Ratings: 573
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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Photo of Kallessin


4.53/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear deep amber-brown with a reddish hue. There's a good inch of light-tan head that settles quickly with tons of nice lacing on the glass. A really beautiful looking beer.

Smells of tart fruit (cherries) with a sweet vanilla aroma, some spicy yeast and a very nice oak character. I only detect the slightest hint of hop aroma. There is a rich malty aroma (some caramel) underneath that really ties it all together nicely.

It has a nice tart fruit flavor (again mostly cherries) with a little sourness and a nice acidity. The oak quality gives it an almost wine-like flavor. The strong malt backbone and light sweetness really tames the sour and tart flavors giving it a wonderful roundness of flavor.

It's light to medium body with a nice smoothness, soft carbonation with a slight tingle. A pretty juicy texture, but with a dry finish.

A really great beer. I was very surprised by it really. All the flavors work very well together.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2010 21:36:20 | More by Kallessin
Photo of BradLikesBrew


4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Sam Adams Barrel Room Collection is currently in the test marketing stage. As such, it is only available in a handful of accounts in the Denver and Boston areas. Looks like our shop will be added to the short list.

Pours a murky chestnut body. Aromas of caramel, tart cherry, oak, and brett. The flavors are similar. Carmel up front, then a quick rush of tart cherry with a dry, oaky finish. Carbonation hits with a bite as you swallow, but the body is still full.

Stony Brook was a pleasant surprise. It comes off as more of an introduction to Flanders Red Ales than an American Wild Ale. Just enough tartness and funk to keep things interesting, but not too much to scare away newbies. If you tried La Folie and thought it was too sour for your taste, give this one a go.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2010 01:18:38 | More by BradLikesBrew
Photo of skullsplitter


3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was my first taste of the Barrel Room Collection. Though I am not a big Belgian man, this was pretty good. initially when I saw the red ale label I immediately thought it would be somewhat like an Irish Red ale. Obviously I was wrong.

The appearance was a brown/reddish color that was cloudy. There was some slight sediment in the glass. The beer had a moderate amount of carbonation but the head was fizzing pretty well. There was a small amount of lacing around the glass.

The smell was sour right off the bat. Maybe a little too sour for my liking. There was a strong fruity smell. It also had a somewhat of a champagne like smell. It reminded me of a lambic.

The taste was pretty strong. It didn't smell like a 9% beer to me but it sure tasted like one (perhaps the heavy tart flavor?). This was heightened by the sour taste. Apple and oak notes were pretty apparent to me.

The body was a little lacking. But not bad. It's a pretty drinkable beer. Again, not a huge fan of sour type beers but this one was definitely worth the price.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2010 20:25:23 | More by skullsplitter
Photo of selecter70


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

I've been quite happy with the whole Barrel Room Series, making a good name again for local Brew superhouse, Sam Adams. I snagged this one at the local Foodmaster (yep, a supermarket with liquor license...decent beer & wine and only getting better...and carpeted!). I wondered, what kind of red ale it might be, like a bland Irish red...wondered what the waters of Hyde Park might have spawned beneath the cork & cage...A hearty pop of the cork later released an aroma that I initially took for spoilt, as the sour funk escaped. The pour was a wet dark red with a fluffy off-white head of 2 fingers that soon sunk down to little, though some lace stuck around throughout. The aroma definitely pushes the funky farmhouse thing, evoking cherry & ripened green apples. This holds true with the flavor: sweet & tart, cherry-rose hip-apple with some hefe-like yeast & rich malts all work together so that not one thing overpowers. A bit lacking in body and mouthfeel for something akin to a Belgian farm ale, but still mighty fine.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2010 20:42:53 | More by selecter70
Photo of KeefD


3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Huge thanks goes out to Knifestyles for this one! I had been interested in some of SA's barrel aged brews since I heard about them, and was very happy to see this one in the box as an extra. Pours a dark amber color with a very large tan head which was long-lasting and left some sparse lacing on the glass. First aromas I get are tart apple skins, a bit of lemon, some cherry, and a musty, basement-like quality as it warms. Taste is somewhat tart, barrel flavors are there, wet oak, etc. The base beer is solidly noticeable, much like a strong brown ale, with some caramel and breadiness and a touch of tart cherries added to it, yet the cherries aren't overly predominate. A little bit of cheesy funkiness is in the depths of this, but would really like to have more acidity and more cherry flavor. Becomes a bit too sweet and boozy as it warms. Mouthfeel is medium-full, average carbonation. A decent barrel aged wild ale, but nothing to write home about. That description is pretty much standard for all BBC brews. Not bad, and glad I could try it!

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2010 20:30:39 | More by KeefD
Photo of shoude

Rhode Island

4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into Sam Adams glasses, of course,

Pours a very dark red, looks almost unfiltered, lots of bubbles, thick foamy head that leaves residue on glass, smells like a sour ale, sweet and a little tart, on the first sip the taste just explodes, slightly malty sweet and then a sour hit which ends quickly and makes your mouth water a little bit. This is a beer really meant to be sipped and enjoyed, I expect the flavors will open up more as it warms up.

I like sour ales so I really like this. Try it if you can.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2010 23:07:41 | More by shoude
Photo of Daktyls


4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Saw some sort of advertisement for this, then saw it in my local liquor store. Picked up one of each of the flavors. Bottle numbered 0080 on the back.

A: Pours a dark, almost crimson red, not a lot of carbonation to be seen. Head was initially very thick, but dissolved very quickly to a nice lace on the top.

S: Not a lot of overwhelming flavors, but there were some oak notes, a little cherry and some general mustiness.

T: Initially tasted of cherry, but after letting it sit on the tongue for a while, the cherry gave way to a kind of cranberry taste with a small amount of oak notes present.

M: Not a whole lot of carbonation, very smooth.

D: Very drinkable, a very enjoyable beer to have.

The Barrel Room Collection from Sam Adams continues to be a pleasant surprise.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2010 23:39:48 | More by Daktyls
Photo of stakem


4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Corked and caged, nontypical 750ml bottle #3499.

Pours a clear amber red color with a fizzy yellowish tan head more than a finger strong that receeds back almost immediately to just a thin lace on top of the beer. Nose initially seems to be typical belgian phenols but gives way to more. Aromas of belgian style yeast meets spices akin to clove, minor amount of banana and then increasingly more tartness, funk, fruit and then an ever so slight bit of oaky subtleness as it warms. Taste is tart but includes some musty notes, fruity apple and pear, clove, slight bit of banana and finishes slightly bitter and quite drying. With the drying finish comes some of the oak and woodsy characteristics in the taste. Feel of this beer is light with moderately high carbonation. Very drinkable and the alcohol is hidden quite well for 9%.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2010 01:53:10 | More by stakem
Photo of albern


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

This is a pretty decent Belgian style Flemish ale. Not bad really, much better than I expected. It pours a rubyish color with a small slightly fizzy head out of the bottle with a touch of retention around the rim. The nose starts out really boozy and not at all enticing. As the beer warms, and you need to let it warm, it segues into a pretty nice slightly tart and vinegary and cherry vinous aroma. The nose is good, but you have to let the beer sit.

The taste has that nice combination of sweetness, tartness, ABV, and cherry flavors. There is a touch more vinegar to this beer than I would have liked, and for that I'm keeping the beer out of the A range, but it really is refreshing, sweetish, cherry tartness, sweet malts, floral, with a slight mouth puckering acerbic punch. The wild yeastiness brings the vinegary flavors to the fore. I think the yeast needs to be tamed a bit. Flemish reds are my favorite style, and this beer certainly doesn't detract from my preferences. L'Chaim.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2010 23:36:24 | More by albern
Photo of tigg924


4/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2010 15:40:47 | More by tigg924
Photo of tzieser


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

a: poured into a 33cl St. Bernardus goblet. deep brownish red color with a red-tinted tiny head that quickly settles into a thin lacing. i would've liked better retention, but this will do fine.

s: great sour notes. oak is definitely noticible, with a decent amount of brett funkiness. malts are also there in the background, but hard to find because of the brett.

t: delicate, oaked/sour malt flavor up front with some funk in the back. crisp finish, with a slightly tart aftertaste. very similar to a flemish red ale, but with some obvious funk character. a well balanced sour...some may call it safe, but it's definitely a solid offering by a brewery as large as this one

m&d: good mouthfeel and drinkability.

sam adams continues to impress me. the fact they could put out such a solid brew at such large quantities is astounding. recommended, but i think this should be qualified as a flemish red ale, but wild ale works too considering the brett character.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2010 19:44:02 | More by tzieser
Photo of taez555


3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On the back of the bottle is stamped the #0070. Not sure if it's a batch or bottle number or what? Caged and corked 750ml in a very unique bottle.

This beer poured an opaque reddish tan body with an off-white head that disapated pretty quickly.

Nose was an intense sour red all smell. Lots of ripe fruits, wild yeast, some touches of wood and there's actually this very normal "fruity" sort of regular fruit smell. Almost reminds me of that fruit smell in their Cranberry Lambic, but mixed with the smell of a traditional Belgian. Interesting.

Starts with a very firm and big carbonation followed by a wave of sour and tart big fruit flavors. Loads of wild yeast and strong sour fruits, nothing specific, but a mix of fermented ripe apples, raisins, tons or ripe cherries and other teeth rotting fruits. What's interesting is that unlike most traditional Belgian Wild ales, this seems to have a touch of chocolate or a dark malt in it. Ends with long lingering tart bitterness.

An interesting beer. Not completely classic, it still has that classic Sam Adams "we're pushing the envelope but don't want to go to far as to offend" taste. I hate saying that, but with the exception of Utopias or one off draft beers it's true. Anyway... still a very good beer. Kudos to them for pushing into this 750ml barrel room collection. Cool idea. Let's see what you guys can do next.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2010 23:45:49 | More by taez555
Photo of silentjay


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

Really like the look of the caged and corked bottle. original shape, very classy. 0070 printed on the back.
Pours a reddish brown with little head yet fairly decent lacing. Looks mahogany when held to a light, though light can barely make it through.

smells faintly of vinegar, tart cherries, sourdough bread, but the smell is pretty subdued. maybe im stuffed up tonight?

taste is pleasantly tart. not as vinegar-y as the smell would suggest, not as much cherry either, but definitely fruity and funky. the oak comes through but remains in the background to the dark fruit flavor.

mouthfeel is quite nice prickly upfront, smooth going down, with a drying and tingling from the funk and tartness, respectively in the back end.

Drinkability is good. has just enough tart-ness to make my lips tingle while remaining easy drinking. alcohol is there but nowhere near overpowering, just slightly, slightly warming.

overall, im impressed. and the price tag is well justified in this brew. hope its not too limited of a release and I can get it regularly.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2010 23:26:56 | More by silentjay
Photo of riored4v


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

Poured into a tulip. Semi-hazy, red/amber body. 1 1/2 finger, tan head that faded quickly to a thin layer.

Smell was tart, cherry aroma. Some hints of vanilla, oak and caramal malts.

Taste had a good, tart, cherry flavor that you could feel in the back of your mouth initially. Caramel and brown malt flavors. Tart/sour flavor is mild but still the highlight of the beer and is pleasant.

Mouthfeel is light/medium body with high carbonation. Dry finish.

Drinkability is very good. Sour/tartness was nice and no hints of abv.

Very good beer. Nice level of tartness while still being "soft" enough to really enjoy. Probably my favorite Sam Adams beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2010 03:33:23 | More by riored4v
Photo of smcolw


3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Rocky cream-colored head that settles to a single foamy layer of bubbles. Light brown color with a mild haze.

Strong caramel aroma with some notable alcohol smells. Very rich nose.

Strong sourness to the initial taste, similar to Belgian gueuze. This has many of the elements a strong cider, including a green apple element. No notable hop. Low carbonation with a full body. Too rich to drink regularly.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2010 19:27:58 | More by smcolw
Photo of phantomwyse


3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a rich mahogany with a dense, off-white two finger head.

S: Raspberry, pomegranate, fresh pressed apples, grapes, slight tart. Smells effervescent and refreshing, like a wine spritzer.

T: Tart raspberry, light hints at other berries and chocolate - like acai, sugar free grape juice, mellow funk.

M: Light bodied, crisp, and dry.

D: A nice, solid wild ale, perfectly enjoyable right now, but not something I'll go out of my way to seek out again. Not as complex as some of the European counterparts, but a nice take by Boston Beer Company.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2010 01:51:17 | More by phantomwyse
Photo of bilyboy65


4.6/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: No head, but a very clear reddish brown color. Not a lot of carbonation to be seen.

S: Slight alcohol scent, but it is heavily masked by a sour raspberry coated in caramel nose. Wild grain scent as well.

T: Pretty much mimics the nose only the wild grain seems to come to life and give it a bready taste.

M: Smooottthhh!

D: can't get enough.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2010 01:18:08 | More by bilyboy65
Photo of BostonTriggs


3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First review

750ml bottle poured into pint glass.

Appearance: Medium to dark brown w/ hints of amber and orange in the light. There's a slight haziness to the beer. Head pours thick and dissipates after a few moments.

Smell: Typical of a Belgian Ale. There's malt, candy sugar, Belgian yeast, and no hop scent. A slight tartness also came through, and a little bit of a wild yeast smell (might be from the oak aging).

Taste: This wasn't what I expected based on the smell. The oak and tartness come through a lot more in the taste. I expected a traditional Belgian ale based on the smell. I got a tart acidity right up front, and there was a little bit of a funk to this. The oak flavor comes at the back of the palate/end of the sip and it balances out the maltiness nicely. Like the smell, there isn't any noticeable hop taste. There is a faint alcohol taste, but not anything that upsets the balance.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation comes on strong, but smooths out quickly. The beer is medium bodied.

Drinkabilty: Considering the high alcohol content and oak aftertaste, I found this to go down very easily. I think this might be unique to me, though. I could go through a couple bottles before I wanted to stop. The beer was surprisingly refreshing.

Overall: A very enjoyable beer, but one I'll only reach for on occasion. I love funky flavors, and I wish that came through a little bit stronger.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2010 11:40:57 | More by BostonTriggs
Photo of jneiswender


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

Poured from a limited edition bottle into a Belgian Tulip glass.

A-red-amber body, off-white head, thick

S-strong, acidic raspberry-like smell, faint Belgian yeast smell.

T-tart, sour front with a malty finish.

M-medium mouthfeel yet spritzy carbonation.

D-Not at all what I expected. The notion that its a red throws me off. I expected something more malty. Its interesting. Worth a try, but I don't think I will have it again.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2010 18:45:26 | More by jneiswender
Photo of Borgs


3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark in color. Light carbonation. Thin head has almost no retention. Clear. Looks inviting, because continual rise of bubbles from the bottom of the glass.

Smell: Tart & sweet... similar yet different to a sweet tart. My tongue immediately watered with ever whiff.

Taste: Tasting the same sweet & tart from the aroma. As for balance, the sweet & tart are almost too much. They slightly trick the mouth into thinking you're drinking something other than a beer. I am a hophead by nature, but love tasting everything at least once, so I can't really say this is a negative.

Mouthfeel: It has an almost syrupy feel to it. I would consider this medium-bodied, & the taste/tartness lingers on the tongue for a few seconds after swallowing.

Drinkability: I can foresee comparing this to an IPA as being similar to comparing a dessert wine to a zinfandel. I definitely had no problem finishing the 750 mL bottle, but it's not something that I would want to drink on a regular basis... well, maybe not quite that, cuz I would never drink a 750 of a dessert wine, but you get the point.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2010 19:26:23 | More by Borgs
Photo of kingcrowing


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

750ml corked & caged bottle poured into a snifter - thanks to tprokop7 for the whole set!

Pours a dark red with some light brown/mahogany with a small off white head. Nose is a bit funky right off the bat, Light sourness and a bit of an oakyness.

This is certainly funky, but after having some of Russian Rivers sours (Temptation, Consecration, etc) this seems a bit tame/mellow. Still good and a nice intro to the style, this certainly makes it more drinkable. Mouthfeel is crisp and smooth, good for the style.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2009 00:38:47 | More by kingcrowing
Photo of Ineedabeerhere

Rhode Island

3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Jared for the bottle. From notes.

Pours a ruby red color with a light head, little to no retention or lacing, but a very nice color.

Smells of stewed and slightly soured fruits. Oud Bruin qualities. Raspberries and cherries come to mind along with other fruits. Some yeast character lends a spiciness along with a splash of red wine vinegar and an allusion to funk. Flavor follows suit with a nice tartness as prefaced by the aroma, combining with sweet fruits and soft oak.

A bit above average carbonation initially, but after some time in the glass, it subsided and became more pleasant. Low to medium body is aided by this carbonation. Very drinkable for it's ABV.

This is really not what I was expecting, but I actually thoroughly enjoyed it. Definitely the winner for me out of the 3 recently released barrel room beers.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2009 00:26:20 | More by Ineedabeerhere
Photo of ArrogantB


3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2009 03:26:55 | More by ArrogantB
Photo of boatshoes


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

Picked this one up at Total Beverage on a recent trip to Denver. Had a small sample of this at the BBF but couldn't really remember the flavor profile and thought I'd give it another try.

Appearance- Pours a translucent medium copper brown with a surprising amount of carbonation initially. I get about two fingers of fizzy tan head with some carbonation beading up through the body of the beer. However, it dies back fairly quickly to a nearly nonexistent ring around the edge of the beer. No lacing whatsoever and ultimately ends up looking pretty decent for the style.

Smell- Very vinous smelling. Lots of oak as well. To add to the list of surprises, also smells much more tart than I was expecting out of Sam Adams. A sharp lactic bite that really comes across on the nose and smells of tart cherries and a bit of dark fruit. Fairly complex and pleasing nose.

Taste- Yet another surprise. The tartness is much much more muted than in the nose, and only comes across slightly and late in the finish. The vinous notes from the nose are very prominent, and it reminds me a bit of a muted version of the regular Rodenbach in that regard. An interesting infusion of oak mixes in with the wine-like flavors and makes it fairly complex. However, I was disappointed a bit not only by the lack of tartness, but by a sweetness which actually creeps into the beer for me as I finish my pint.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Mouthfeel is spot on for the style, with even a touch extra carbonation initially. However, too sweet and not enough tartness for the style to make me really want to drink a lot of this.

Overall, a solid effort for Sam Adams on an adventurous style. Worth a shot but falls short of greatness.


Serving type: bottle

12-18-2009 01:17:55 | More by boatshoes
Photo of Jayli


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

Snagged this one at Gordon's in Watertown
Consumed 12/14

A: This beer pours reddish brown with a one finger of tan sudsy head. Head recedes relatively quickly and not much lacing to speak of.

S: Nose is quite tart and sour. Oak and malts are present but the most prominent is the nice cherry notes.

T: Taste is quite amazing. Sour cherries and oak really dominate throughout. Very tart up front and then fades out with the oak leading the way in to a touch of malt and sweetness. Finish is slightly sweet apple. Pear is left on the palate in the aftertaste only.

M: Light side of medium body, moderate to high carbonation, crisp and clean body with a bone dry finish.

D: This is my first real experience with this style and am pleasantly surprised! Not filling, nicely blended the balance between tart/sour and malt is excellent. Alcohol is undetectable. I'm looking forward to exploring more of this style.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2009 02:05:17 | More by Jayli
Samuel Adams Stony Brook Red (Barrel Room Collection) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
85 out of 100 based on 573 ratings.