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 angrybabboon
3.37/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this

Consumed 1/15/14

Note: 2009 bottle

Appearance: Somewhere between medium amber and purple - pours with an off-white head, fades to a nice collar, with some wisps of a cap, leaves some nice streaks of lacing

Smell: Fruit, funk, and vinegar - definitely smells old, although I imagine it smelled similar when it was fresh - lots of funk, with yeast, damp cellar, and some wet, lactic acid - some musty tartness - some cherry flesh, and a lot of general weirdness - some earth and some sugary notes

Taste: Funky and more interesting than expected, but also very odd - lots of funk, with some wet, damp lactic sourness and some musty tartness - tons of vinegar - some old fruit, like old cherry flesh - a bit too much sweetness, but not really bad - some spiciness, with earth - some caramel grains - finishes with some booze, vinegar, and acetone

Mouthfeel: Medium body, nice carbonation despite the age of this bottle, smooth, kind of a messy finish

Overall: Yeast, vinegar, and sugar, together at last?

This deserves some credit for being decidedly funky. But the vinegar is a bit much, as is the sweetness. Regardless, it's interesting; apparently worth both trying and aging. (1,224 characters)

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.16/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

2009/2010 vintage. Split with angrybabboon.

Appearance: Still carries a decent carbonation. Creamy sizable off-white/beige head. Drops to a small cap and collar with hints of lacing. A super hazed brick red. Some darker maroons and browns as well.

Smell: Smells like cherry fruit leather. Powdery yeast and a slight layer of earthy funk. Mildly acetic bordering on straight vinegar with a solidndarknfruit sweetness. Almost jammy. Some musty basement as to be expected from the Cosmic Mother Funk base. some legit worn leather as well. Slightly sweet malt base. Some hints of caramel malt. Seriously though, it's a natural cherry fruit rollup.

Taste: Powdery yeast, super powdery. Very slightly tart with a big push toward straight vinegar. Cherry flesh. Pressed jammy fruit with a solid leather component. Slightly damp and musty with a building earthy finish. A touch of fake raspberry. Something like aspirin. Drinks like a fruit infused Cosmic Mother Funk. Lightly sweet malt.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and a moderate carbonation. Nice and clean.

Overall: Take it out before year 4.

I loved this fresh. Aged it's still delicious, but it loses something in the long run. The yeast dominates and hurts it a touch. (1,223 characters)

Photo of ArmedsouthernEr
4.48/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Can this Stuff in a bomber for about 10 bucks and it is a descent sour ale. for that price you cant beat it compared to some of the other sour ales that can go for as much as 26 30 dollars a bomber. you wont regret this one! Need more characters so Im making filler words!!! (274 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From the corked, caged bottle. Sampled on December 22, 2013. That cork took some effort to pop.

Reddish-brown pour with a modest light brown head and consistent carbonation.

The aroma screams wild yeast and sour, tart cherries and other juicy fruits. Also a fine biscuit malt character appearing on the nose.

The body is medium and acidic.

Taste of roasted malts, cherry, and other sour characters. The sourness of the taste is not explosive like some sours can be. That's what I liked this one better than other sour I have tried. (537 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
3.74/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Was in the mood for a sour beer so I picked this up for 10 bucks. Not sure of the age but it has to be under a year old.

A - Somewhat hazy red amber in color with a solid 1/2 inch of head that sticks around for a bit.
S - Sour funk, berries, tart vinegar, and some funky goodness.
T - Well it's good I guess kind of thin tasking with mild sour notes, some apple cider vinegar, and some fruity flavors. No alcohol taste which is nice . Kind of average.
M - Worst part of the beer it's very thin tasting. I didn't go in expecting syrup just a deeper body and more flavor.

Overall pretty smooth american Belgium ale with some tart characters. Kind of grows on you but I have had better representations of the style. (714 characters)

Photo of Brenden
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pouring the medium brown, somewhat hazy, with bright ruby highlights that comes from the easier versions of this particular style, this beer certainly looks up to snuff. The head is slightly tinted and makes it to a strong pillow almost precisely one finger tall. It develops some density, sitting heavily and falling slowly while it deposits patchy lace on the walls of the glass.
The aroma has a good complexity to it, and the sourness is put forward but with lots of different things going on underneath. There's a little bit of funk, but not as much as I might expect. There's lots of cherry, plenty of tart (think Michigan) as well as black cherry skins with a sweeter and almost sharp aspect. It's definitely got the apple cider vinegar note to it that I hope for. Under all that, there's a sort of earthiness to the malts that go pretty dry.
On the palate, there's a little more aggressive dryness as the oaky notes come out up front with the sourness and the sharp bite. Ultimately, a sort of candied sweetness blends with the sourness to take the edge off, also playing it safe, so to speak. Cherry is as strong in the flavor as the aroma. Ultimately, with the dryness and the jammy nature, it has a lot of red wine character, something with a heavier body and maybe an "old vine" character.
The body is medium, and I'm surprised that the mouthfeel doesn't dry as quickly as I might expect. It's semi-dry most of the way before some wood and acidity throw that dryness into the finish. It has a bit of sharpness to it, but keeps in check. (1,547 characters)

Photo of Archimetez
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: nice deep red color, clear, head cream color

S:very sweet, quickly brings wine to mind

T: sweet with strong overtones of berries.... little oak appreciated

M: smooth and clean

O: good variation of a belgian beer and a nice change of pace, but not really my cup of tea (274 characters)

Photo of mayerale
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a mug from a corked and caged pint bottle.

A: Purs reddish brown with little to no head. Slightly transparent.

S: A very aromatic beer that hits the nose long before you bring the beer near. You definitely smell the tartness of the fruit with the scent of the oak barrel coming through slightly at the end.

T: You definitely get the tartness of the fruit immediately (possible cherry or raspberry taste immediately). The oak finish isn't as strong a one might think for a beer coming in a series touting "Aged in oak barrels." Not as carbonated as many beers, which isn't a bad thing. Almost drinks like a red wine.

M: It seemingly drinks like a red wine in that it feels a little dry. Low on carbonation.

O: For a series touting that it is aged in oak barrels, this beer doesn't taste "oaky." Also, it may not be what you expect when you buy a red beer, it is much sweeter than what I expected. That being said, it is a nice change to drink something like this. As I mentioned earlier, it almost drinks like a wine, which isn't a bad thing at all. It is fruity, and you don't really notice the 9% ABV. Definitely worth a shot and I would overall recommend it. (1,180 characters)

Photo of HarryPotHead
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

ST - corked and capped bottle with SA's Barrel Room labeling poured into tulip glass.

A - dark red (almost opaque) with a creamy, thick, tan head that closely resembles a frothy pancake batter. This head faded quickly to a tan ring around the perimeter of the glass...

S - wow! A Complex blend of raspberry, cherry, oak, and malt goodness!

T - picks up where the nose ends...tart fruit flavor up front hits the palate hard but tartness fades quickly. Fruit favors mix well with an earthy oak to create a flavor that has a subtle wine like feel....like a Cabernet without the burn. Alcohol content is hidden well and hops are well....non-existent.

M - low carbonation adds to the wine like feel...tartness on the front end creates a subtle tingly affect on the lips and tip of the tongue. This is strange but not unpleasant in he least.

O - not what I was expecting at all! When I saw this labeled as a "red" beer i was expcting a heavily malted ale. Was pleasantly surprised by the fruit favors as I tend to shy away from those types of beers. Not sure why but they just never sounded like they would be this darn good. Grateful for the experience, but not sure I could drink this in quantity. Definitely worth a try. (1,222 characters)

Photo of Kwilk
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice reddish brown with a creamy tan head that fades relatively quickly.

Aroma is astounding. Big cherry, tart, some woodiness, some maltiness, some earthiness.

Flavor is a little underwhelming after the nose. Not as tart or sour as you'd expect. Still very nice. Maltiness is more prevalent.

Very dry and easy to take another sip. A good beer overall, just wish the flavor was as complex and fun as the aroma. (422 characters)

Photo of TheMultiYeast
3.89/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark reddish brown with two fingers of head that fades away.

Tart cherry fruitiness in the nose, very malty, sweet, earthy sourness, some barrel.

Less sour and more malty than nose. Earthiness is there, sweetness, dry sourness.

Nice level of carbonation from bottle conditioning. Makes me want another sip.

Overall this beer exceeded my expectations. Pleasantly tart and dry. (385 characters)

Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
4.36/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Chestnut in color. Produces a deep head without much effort, like soda, yet clears out fairly easily. A few streams of bubbles evident. No cloudiness to it, but the color is too dark to describe it as clear.

S: Sweet dark fruit, very juicy, with hints of nuttiness. Very full nose, complex and enticing.

T: Sweet, tart, black cherries at the forefront, with some oaky-woodiness like buttered toast present as well, a product of the oak aging I'm sure. Some light aromatic spices might be mixed in here, too. The flavors are somehow distinguishable from each other, yet work together to produce a well-concerted near-sour dark fruit-dominated but oak-influenced ale. I'm very, very pleasantly surprised with the flavors here; very far removed from the usual red ales which are mostly malt. My only complaint is that it sometimes has an almost chalky flavor. But on the whole, I love it!

M: Again pleasantly surprised: creamy, full-bodied, but not heavy on the tongue like a stout. Makes a very good case for taking another sip.

O: A superb beer and a great example of this brewery's genius. Reminiscent of an Oud Bruin, but with great oak flair. Everything was of the highest quality, and even the burps it produced were smooth and delicious. I bought mine at a bar, and even marked up at $15 for a 25.4 oz bottle it was a great deal. If you don't mind a beer with moderate sweetness and are ready to change your mind about Sam Adams as a brewery after trying their supermarket-available beers, then try this one out. (1,523 characters)

Photo of TruePerception
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

(Previous review, transferred from beer journal)

Sam Adams' Stony Brook Red: 9% ABV, Flemish, active pop; Appearance: amber-red, medium head, steady dissolve; Smell: nice sourness, cherry, tartaric, moderate oak, light malic/green apple; Taste/Mouthfeel: light, green apple, leather, peach skin; good.

Poured into a pint glass. (329 characters)

Photo of Tone
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, dark copper/brown color. 3/4 inch head of an off-tan color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of alcohol, oak, sweet malt, hint of hops, yeast, slight citrus, and sourness. Fits the style of an American Wild Ale. Mouth feel is sour, sharp, and crisp with a high carbonation level. Tastes of yeast, hint of hops, oak, slight citrus, sweet malt, hint of liquor, hint of alcohol, and sourness. Overall, great appearance, aroma, body, and blend. The complexity it vast, but the carbonation level is too high. (525 characters)

Photo of BradtheGreat7
3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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. (1,287 characters)

Photo of The_Last_Crazy_Person
3.72/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

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.

Full Review:
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. (1,770 characters)

Photo of Nastynasthat
3.29/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Kind of tast like a wine'ish kinda beer , deffinatley can taste the alcohol but not over powering, light carbonation , easy to drink only thing I didn't like about it was the fact it didn't have as much of that beer taste than it did some sort of wine (251 characters)

Photo of philbe311
3.91/5  rDev +1%
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... (1,683 characters)

Photo of goblue3509
3.44/5  rDev -11.1%
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. (485 characters)

Photo of VinnyA
3.67/5  rDev -5.2%
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. (821 characters)

Photo of SebD
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
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. (605 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.76/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Building upon the ales of the Belgium Flanders region, The Sam Adams brand captures the essence of those valleys with a distinctive fruity ale with a ton of those complex earthy tones that beers from that region demand.

As the beer pours a russet ruby-brown color, it fills with unadulterated haze that promises full flavor and aroma. As the ale settles into the tulip, it builds a fluffy white pillow of foam above. Sturdy in its retention, it laces spottily as the beer fades with each drink. It does what those Flemish Reds do, but maybe with a little more malted character.

Aromas do even more- they capture the scent of sour and black cherries in a modest candied form. Exemplary complements of cider, balsamic, and candied sweetness both balance and support the cherry aromas. Earthy, toasty and spicy- like fine red wine- all make the mouth water with anticipation.

The taste of the ale actually prefers a more simple flavor profile than the nose suggests as the malty sweetness of "sour patch kids" candies are met by toasted oak, wine soaked vinous notes and robust black cherries. Its sweeter and more savory taste shies away from the crisper and drier versions of Flanders but rewards the palate with slightly more heft and a sweeter balance.

Its firm yet medium body is assured and confident with a fully malted backbone that's slow to dissolve and so is slow to dry. But its wine-like acidity is pleasantly cidery, semi-dry, and savory into its extended finish and aftertaste.

Overall, its dryness and balsamic notes aren't as pronounced as the classic versions of Rodenbach- it does side with some of the more "careful" versions like Cuvee des Jacobins Rouge, Steenberg's Monks Cafe, and Bacchus. But without the authentic Belgian rusticity, we'll call Sam Adams' version a "Flanders Red on training wheels". (1,827 characters)

Photo of Cavanaghty
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a Sam Adams Glass.

Appearance: Deep red almost brown color. It had a beige head that was about 3 fingers thick, and then went down to about 1 finger thick and it lasted a long time. No lacing.

Smell: Fruity and Spicy. Hints of cherry, citrus, hops, maybe pepper too.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium to full bodied. Taste fruity up front with cherry and citrus, some peppery and sweet after taste. Definatly can taste some alcohol.

Overall: Another great brew from Sam Adams! I would buy this one again. (531 characters)

Photo of Onenote81
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up a couple months ago. Brought it to a bottle share today. Poured into a snifter.

Pours a rusty mahogany, with slight reddish edges. Small beige head. Nose is oaky, some vanilla, cherry, strawberry, alcohol. Smells more sweet than tart.

Nice bubbly mouth, though subtle. It's crispness brings the flavors to the forefront. Slightly tart at the onset, but with a sweet kick on the finish. Lightly drying from the oak. Vinous grapes, cherry, brown sugar. A little acidic on the back end, but this is a really mild sour. I liked it though. A decent one to covert the curious. (588 characters)

Photo of Tucquan
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had this on 2013-04-21 in Columbia, PA

A - Ruby with gold highlights. Different colors depending on the light. Very short tan head. Some alcohol legs.

S - Red wine, oak, orange blossom, smells tart. Plenty going on. Nice.

M - Tart cherry, nice light roast malt body, moderate oak, white pepper, touch of alcohol. Finishes tart, not too sweet, light bitterness. Dries nice.

T - Light-medium body and almost no carbonation. Wine-like but seems to work for this style.

O - Flavorful and dangerously drinkable beer. My wife and I both enjoyed this. (549 characters)

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