Samuel Adams Stony Brook Red (Barrel Room Collection) - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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3.96/5 rDev +5.3%
Review taken in 2012 from notes
Sam Adams Barrel Room Collection style bottle with their BR style labeling. Corked and capped. Bottle does look extremely nice and classy. Poured this into a stemmed tulip glass.
A - reddish colored brown amber. Head is of a tan color and poured well before fading to a small ring of lace with not much stick.
S - cherries and black cherry. An Oaked character with a hint of vanilla sweetness. Fruity and sweet aroma.
T - not as tart as the nose, but the cherry remains fruity and sweet. Oakiness is spot on with a hint of sweet vanilla in the back. Brown sugar and candied black cherries.
M - medium bodied and a decent texture. Not as coating as some wild ales I've had, but its still well crafted. Alcohol is there but adds to the fruitiness and is fairly easy going.
O - my favorite Samuel Adams brew and its not like I haven't given them shots. I've had nearly 20 different styles but only found 2-3 really worth reviewing. This is a Samuel Adams ill buy every time I see it and that's a shock for me. But in regards to this good beer it's very tasty and not something that should be overlooked. Plus it's not like we have a lot of wild ales floating about here at home. This is one ill go out of my way to grab again. It's a favorite of mine.
08-02-2013 00:16:36 | More by BradtheGreat7
3.69/5 rDev -1.9%
Quickie review: I believe I initially described this to friends as "the snobbiest beer any beer snob has ever snobbed over." If you consider yourself a beer snob I highly recommend this not necessarily for how good it is but for what a unique experience it provides.
Appearance: Beautiful color, sort of a mix of amber and molasses. Marked down slightly for its inability to develop and hold a head (disregard and consider a 5 if the head is unimportant to you).
Smell: Pungent. Very strong sense of not quite rotten but definitely sour fruit. Definitely some whiskey-esque undertones to the smell.
Taste: Pungent sour fruit smell is amplified in the taste. If you have ever had dried cherries the taste will be very familiar. Unfortunately this taste overpowers some of the more subtle elements. It took several attempts to pull the subtle whiskey/spice undertones out from under the sour fruit taste. Let me be clarify that this is by no means a bad taste, however it is not one I would actively seek out.
Mouthfeel: Damn near perfect. It actually took some research to put a name to the texture I was feeling: wine. This does not feel like drinking a beer at all. There is very little hint of carbonation and the rich, smooth texture coats the mouth on it's way down leaving a lasting impression. This was by far the most impressive aspect of the beer and what I feel makes it worth seeking out simply as an experience.
Overall: I do not think this is a beer I would ever seek out for personal enjoyment or for any reason other than snobbing over. That being said, I feel this is a very important "notch in the belt" for any aspiring beer snob. If it is available in your area and you have not had it I highly recommend it simply for the experience.
07-31-2013 07:01:50 | More by The_Last_Crazy_Person
Samuel Adams Stony Brook Red (Barrel Room Collection) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
85 out of 100 based on 632 ratings.