Samuel Adams Stony Brook Red (Barrel Room Collection) - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Reviews: 237
Hads: 710
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 10.34%
Wants: 43
Gots: 102 | FT: 4
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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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Photo of aerozeppl
3.28/5  rDev -15.2%
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. (669 characters)

Photo of DrJay
3.67/5  rDev -5.2%
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. (526 characters)

Photo of joepais
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
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 (658 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
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. (1,216 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

4/4/4/4/4.5 (944 characters)

Photo of Kallessin
4.53/5  rDev +17.1%
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. (947 characters)

Photo of BradLikesBrew
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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. (779 characters)

Photo of skullsplitter
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
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. (1,046 characters)

Photo of selecter70
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (1,026 characters)

Photo of KeefD
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
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! (1,053 characters)

Photo of shoude
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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. (527 characters)

Photo of Daktyls
4.18/5  rDev +8%
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. (779 characters)

Photo of stakem
4.29/5  rDev +10.9%
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%. (831 characters)

Photo of albern
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (993 characters)

Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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. (512 characters)

Photo of tzieser
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
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. (966 characters)

Photo of taez555
3.67/5  rDev -5.2%
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. (1,375 characters)

Photo of silentjay
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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. (1,054 characters)

Photo of riored4v
4.27/5  rDev +10.3%
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. (654 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
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. (405 characters)

Photo of phantomwyse
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
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. (552 characters)

Photo of bilyboy65
4.6/5  rDev +18.9%
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. (348 characters)

Photo of BostonTriggs
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First review
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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. (1,408 characters)

Photo of jneiswender
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
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. (433 characters)

Photo of Borgs
3.82/5  rDev -1.3%
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. (1,095 characters)

Samuel Adams Stony Brook Red (Barrel Room Collection) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
87 out of 100 based on 237 ratings.