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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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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States | website

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

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.

Added by Todd on 10-30-2009

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Photo of Pabs311
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- beer pours a ruby-brown color with a nice khaki colored head that sits for a bit before settling to leave some lacing around the glass.

S- smell is of tart cherries, some oak, a little bit of funk can be picked up, barnyard, the beer has a pinot noir like quality to it (minus the funk).

T- similar to the nose but slightly more intense. tart cherries make up the front end of the beer with the oak qaulities coming through in the middle and then finsihes with a barnyard like funkiness.

M/D- Mouthfeel is medium bodied and the carbonation on this is moderate. nice mouthfeel and the drinkability is nice. would have liked a little more funk and sourness to this though.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Sloeber tulip glass.

Big ups to connecticutpoet for this bottle!

Part I of the SA Barrel Room Odyssey. Get some. It pours a straight clear garnet topped by over a finger of ecru foam. An agglutination of foam in the center lets me know the laser etch is workin' just fine. The nose comprises dark, tart berries, sour cherries, a touch of vinegar, dark wheat, oak, and a scraping of brett. The taste follows, upping the oak ante, as well as that of the brett and sour notes, and tossing in a pinch of salt for good measure. The body is a sturdy medium, with a moderately active carbonation and a rather dry finish. Not bad, overall, though not something to drink regularly.

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Photo of portia99
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Unique 750ml bottle with a quite difficult to remove cork poured into a Russian River stemmed Belgian glass.

A - Pours a dirty brownish tinged ruby red color with pretty good clarity. Two fingers of rocky tan foam sits atop the beer for about a minute and falls to a thin but fine bubbled layer with just a faint attempt at leaving any lace behind.

S - Cherries, some fruity red wine - a bit pinot like, some oak, a mild bretty funk. Some light acetic sourness and some touches of sweetness on the fringes. Barnyardy aromas increase as the beer warms up a bit.

T - Similar to the aroma - no real surprises. Some fruity cherry and winey flavors in the middle of everything. Oak is much more prominant in the flavor than the aroma. Brett induced funk is quite mild. Acetic, vinegary flavors blend with the fruit. Alcohol flavor is relatively mild, but its presence is definitely detectable. Not as good as the aroma, but still very enjoyable.

M - Pretty much right on for style. Fairly thin in body, but definitely not watery...carbonation is medium level and a bit fizzy. This seems to propel the flavors and fill the entire mouth a tart and slightly puckering feel. In the overall scheme of things, this isn't especially sour for a wild ale however.

D - I like this one a lot. My favorite of the 3 Barrel Room Collection beers. Nice fruity and sour flavors with just a bit of funk. The oakiness is a bit on the high side for my tastes - just too strong in the flavor and seems to diminish some of the other flavors in the process. Overall quite enjoyable. I think I will definitely have this one again before they are gone.

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Photo of nickd717
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle from the brewery in Boston.

Pours a deep clear ruby red color with a two-finger tan head that eventually fades.

Aroma is sweet and tart cherries and a little funk, for the most part. Some vinegar as well.

Fruity, sweet, and tart flavor. A little vinegary, as it should be, and just a little sweet for the style.

I'd like a little more dryness on the palate, but it's a solid beer overall and not terribly off-style. Medium body.

Drinkability is good. This is a solid Flemish red overall. Don't listen to the haters.

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Photo of DmanGTR
4.57/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Review from notes on 6/4/10

Poured a beautiful dark reddish maple, almost like an oude bruin. Nice cream colored head that left no lace. Vanilla, aged wood, touch of tannins, leather, and sour cherries are present in the aroma and taste. Very nicely balanced with an emphasis on the lactic tartness. Prunes, hint of figs, and cherries, a different but great combination. I think this is the best beer Sam Adams has ever put out. Bravo, I shall find this again.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Eric for sending this one to me. Shared yesterday at a tasting.

A: A nice red leaning amber color with a mild pinkish-white head.

S: A really nice nose on this one. The typical wild ale aromas of oak, sour cherries, a bit of vanilla, lactic acid, and perhaps just a hint of vinegar and berries.

T: Nothing too exciting going on here. Mildly tart and a light fruit note, but not at all complex and a bit of sweet cherry flavor.

M: Medium bodied with a moderate carbonation.

D: A decent enough sour with a really nice nose, but the flavor is sort of bland. Still, a good one to give a try and something unexpected from Sam Adams.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle purchased as a single from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA. Corked & caged.

Poured into a DFH tulip, formed a 1" tan head above the slightly cloudy red brew. Head recedes gradually, with leggy, sporadic lacing. Aroma is tart cherries with a malty backbone.

Taste starts with the same full tartness, slightly sweet in the middle, then goes back to the tart for the close. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth, with drinkability being okay. Tart and cherry make the experience kind of one-sided, would want more malt character for balance.

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Photo of rudzud
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up one of each of Sam Adams Barrel Room Collections. This one is the second that I am trying (the cherry being the first)

Poured a nice ruby and brown hue with roughly a 1 finger head. The head quickly dissapated though but did leave nice lacing.

The smell was of tart fruit and oak. Slight toasted odor as well as a fruity sweetness.

The taste was not all that bad. By far not the most sour/tart beer I have drank but thats not a bad thing. Dry, mildly sour and tart. I did feel there was a slight metallic aftertaste though.

The mouthfeel was a mild carbonation.

Drinkability is pretty good, especially considering according to the bottle this is 9%. Would make a good introduction to sour beers/ales, though for $9 a bottle there are probably better examples available.

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Photo of aerozeppl
3.28/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked this up at Julios back in February.

A: Hazy copper color with a half finger of white head. Not the best looking beer we had this day.

S: Musty. Lots of oak with a touch of bret. The weird thing a few people picked up on was the smell of rust. I have never smelled anything like it in a beer before.

T: Oak right up front. It really did dominate. I did get a little bit of coconut though which I enjoyed. A touch of tartness in the back end.

M: Dry and well carbonated.

D: I will say it did hide the ABV well. The bottle itself was probably the best part of this beer. Really nice looking. It was easy to drink but I don't think I would get another bottle.

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Photo of DrJay
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear coppery amber, reddish hue, with a quickly dissipating beige head that left a thin collar and smattering of bubbles coating the surface of the beer. A bit of spotty lace. Tart, fruity aroma, toffee, tobacco, leafy, earthy. Mild alcohol, cherry, and acetic acid. The flavour was similar to the aroma, but with a bit more acidic character and citrus bitterness as well. Berry tartness, caramel, alcohol in the finish. Fruity and earthy. Medium bodied, average carbonation, nice texture. Pretty enjoyable and easy drinking.

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Photo of joepais
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A very unique bottle split among friends in tulip glasses produced a slight brown head that disappeared quickly. The body of the brew was a slightly hazy reddish brown.

I got a hint of Brett in the nose as well as cherries. The smell has a slight sourness to it as well. The brew was a tad to sweet to be called a Flanders in my book I did a side by side with a local Flanders and this one was by far sweeter and fruitier to me than the other. The oak barrel was present in the taste as well. The body was a medium with a ton of carbonation to it.

This was a really drinkable brew to me I easily could have a second glass. A quality beer well worth the try

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Photo of jlindros
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Hazy cloudy reddish brown color with light fizzy head that fades quickly.

N: Lots of reddish malts and a slight toastiness, somewhat similar to a good Irish red, with some sour fruity tangy aroma. A little oak, cherry, some sweetness, and pretty tart.

T: A lot different than fresh, the wild aspect as really taken over. Lots of sour tangy fruit flavors, closing in on a Flanders Red. There is plenty of cherry as well, with quite a bit of wild yeast and brett. Some funk, more like tangy fruit funk not so much barnyard. Some reddish malts buried in the background with some toasty dry reddish malts that add some sweetness and a little boozy taste.

M: Med body with lots of carbonation.

F: Dry with lingering sour tangy fruit, some sour cherry again and a little grapefruit even. Dry funky sour wild tangy funky brett finish, gets pretty dry with just a little sticky sweetness and flemmy even.

Overall a pretty tasty strong red turned wild. I had it fresh and it was just a big red ale, so I gave it some time to wild up before reviewing and it seems to have gotten a lot better. The wild tastes are starting to come through now. This is probably the only one worth it from the SA Barrel Room collection.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The final of the Barrel Room Collection shared with the Boise Peeps.... this was shared at a much smaller tasting over the weekend following the Derby.... Thanks to SMADMS and again big Props to Peter for such a great trade!

sorta ruddy brown... thin head... okay retention for what's there.

Nose is pretty nice mix of lemon... cherries... and some acetic qualities... a bit musty on later pours.

Flavor is much more akin to a wild ale than the kriek... good mash-up of lite funk... lemon zest.. and lite barnyard... mild oakiness and lite white peppercorn.. vinous throughout.... seems like a pretty okay Flanders than a wild ale, but what do I know...

Despite the heavy ABV, the body is a lite medium with a medium carbonation... Pretty good introductory sour... I would buy this one again... surprisingly, this one is the one I was least interested in .... that has changed.

Thanks again Peter... stellar trade opportunity.


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Photo of Kallessin
4.53/5  rDev +17.7%
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.

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Photo of BradLikesBrew
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of skullsplitter
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

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Photo of selecter70
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of KeefD
3.58/5  rDev -7%
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!

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Photo of shoude
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of Daktyls
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

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Photo of stakem
4.29/5  rDev +11.4%
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%.

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Photo of albern
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of tzieser
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of taez555
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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Samuel Adams Stony Brook Red (Barrel Room Collection) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
87 out of 100 based on 245 ratings.