1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

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

Not Rated.
Samuel Adams Stony Brook Red (Barrel Room Collection)Samuel Adams Stony Brook Red (Barrel Room Collection)

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
85
very good

615 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 615
Reviews: 224
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 14.93%
Wants: 34
Gots: 59 | FT: 2
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)
View: Beers (128) |  Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 615 | Reviews: 224 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of philbe311
philbe311

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - A tad bit more than a finger's worth of audibly fizzy slightly off-white head that displays near zero retention... Don't blink or else you'll miss it.. No lacing to speak of, just a couple of stray bubbles along the rim of the glass... The color is a deep warm burgundy with some light brown notes... There is a richness and depth of color... There is a very subtle murkiness... Still with no discernible carbonation...

S - A huge aromatic nose that is uber appealing... Loads of rich toasted oak... Notes of vanilla... Loaded with bing cherry notes... Hints of raspberries and pomegranate... Candied apples... A light warming holiday spiciness as well... A very subtle earthiness lies beneath the surface... Layers of depth and complexity... I really wish that they made air fresheners that smelled half this good... Fantastic...

T - A slight departure from the nose... Much of the anticipated fruity sweetness is missing in action... Instead, there is an earthy woody character that permeates throughout... A slightly tart acidic presence... Some light red wine tannin notes... Some very faint vanilla notes... Some underlying notes of warm holiday spices...

M - Lots of bubbling carbonation... On the lighter side of medium bodied... Exceedingly dry from the get go... Turns even drier with each and every sip...

D - An interesting brew... A bit of a mixed bag... The aroma is world class... The rest of the beer is intriguing, but no better than slightly above average... Another interesting offering from the Samuel Adams Barrel Room collection... Curious BAs will find this interesting enough, but I'm not sure it's something I would invest in again in the future...

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2013 02:40:17 | More by philbe311
Photo of goblue3509
goblue3509

Pennsylvania

3.45/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep clear reddish color with a thin head which quickly recedes to nothing. No lacing or no lines are left. The aroma is of dark tart cherries, that is a hint of oak and a little pepper. The taste follows suit, there is a dark tart cherry flavor up front to start, the middle gets a little watery and the end finishes with an oak taste. The mouthfeel is moderately carbonated and slightly stingy. Overall it is a decent beer, the tart flavors are not as rounded out as i hoped.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 23:47:47 | More by goblue3509
Photo of tedho21
tedho21

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +6.7%

06-15-2013 12:30:01 | More by tedho21
Photo of pheelingIt
pheelingIt

Tennessee

3.75/5  rDev 0%

06-15-2013 00:20:16 | More by pheelingIt
Photo of ajzy
ajzy

Wisconsin

2.75/5  rDev -26.7%

06-10-2013 22:37:52 | More by ajzy
Photo of VinnyA
VinnyA

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Drank out of a Sam Adams glass

A - Dark Brownish Red. About a half inch of head, quickly dissipating but small ring of retention. No lacing.

S - Faint hints of oak, Cherries, slightly acidic smell

M - Smooth, low to moderate carbonation.

T - Sweeter than I'd expect given that it's billed as having tart fruit in its description. I didn't get much of a "woody" taste on the front end. Fruity flavor hides the alcohol well. Refreshing with a slightly dry finish.

O - It is a good beer. Not exactly what I think of when described as "Belgian", "tart" or "toasted oak", but it IS good, and that's all that really matters, right? Strangely enough, going by the name, I find myself thinking "Yeah, this is a decent red ale". A good offering from Sam, I'd just advise changing the description on the bottle a little haha.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2013 18:17:09 | More by VinnyA
Photo of jarrgal
jarrgal

North Dakota

4/5  rDev +6.7%

06-10-2013 11:58:52 | More by jarrgal
Photo of SebD
SebD

Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: It has a nice clear orangy/amber color to it. It has a nice beige head that dies down somewhat fast and leaves little lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of tart cherries, red wine, oak, funky yeast and sweet caramel.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a some sweet cherries among other dark dark fruit (grapes, plums), somewhat wine like, some woody oak, funky yeast and some sweet caramel on the finish.

Mouthfeel: It has a low/medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smoot drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2013 20:30:58 | More by SebD
Photo of DukeX13
DukeX13

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev 0%

06-08-2013 03:50:55 | More by DukeX13
Photo of RichD
RichD

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +6.7%

06-08-2013 02:45:46 | More by RichD
Photo of Tertullian007
Tertullian007

Missouri

3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

06-05-2013 02:05:24 | More by Tertullian007
Photo of dgeebs07
dgeebs07

New York

4/5  rDev +6.7%

06-04-2013 22:37:30 | More by dgeebs07
Photo of ShanePB
ShanePB

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +6.7%

06-03-2013 12:35:30 | More by ShanePB
Photo of maq89
maq89

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +6.7%

06-01-2013 02:48:39 | More by maq89
Photo of Johnnyv310
Johnnyv310

New York

5/5  rDev +33.3%

05-30-2013 05:17:21 | More by Johnnyv310
Photo of zonker17
zonker17

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +20%

05-30-2013 00:54:25 | More by zonker17
Photo of anhigdon
anhigdon

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +20%

05-27-2013 22:37:07 | More by anhigdon
Photo of thedapperhacker
thedapperhacker

Illinois

2/5  rDev -46.7%

05-27-2013 19:53:45 | More by thedapperhacker
Photo of dcloeren
dcloeren

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

05-26-2013 16:32:21 | More by dcloeren
Photo of Dinkel
Dinkel

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

05-26-2013 03:01:54 | More by Dinkel
Photo of MadWolf
MadWolf

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +26.7%

05-24-2013 19:37:28 | More by MadWolf
Photo of plumcrazyfx
plumcrazyfx

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

05-20-2013 20:48:04 | More by plumcrazyfx
Photo of cuy50
cuy50

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

05-16-2013 02:44:33 | More by cuy50
Photo of russwilliam
russwilliam

New York

3/5  rDev -20%

05-15-2013 03:18:11 | More by russwilliam
Photo of Boilerfood
Boilerfood

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

05-11-2013 18:49:44 | More by Boilerfood
Samuel Adams Stony Brook Red (Barrel Room Collection) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
85 out of 100 based on 615 ratings.