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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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BA SCORE
85
very good

653 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 653
Reviews: 229
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 15.47%
Wants: 40
Gots: 68 | 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)
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Photo of zeff80
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Poured out a hazy, burgundy color with a one-finger, khaki colored head of foam. It left thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of fruitiness with a tart, sour bite.

T - It is tart and sour, but at time tannic. It was odd how each sip could be spot on or slightly off.

M - It was crisp and puckeringly sharp. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This was good. I wonder how more age would affect it.

zeff80, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of jamiecoppin
4/5  rDev +6.7%

jamiecoppin, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of TychoNDC
4/5  rDev +6.7%

TychoNDC, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of DeschutesFan
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

DeschutesFan, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of kingmaker
4/5  rDev +6.7%

kingmaker, Mar 08, 2013
Photo of wyatt13
2.75/5  rDev -26.7%

wyatt13, Mar 08, 2013
Photo of nzerbe
4/5  rDev +6.7%

nzerbe, Mar 05, 2013
Photo of RickS95
3.96/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Not a bad looking beer, particularly from Sam Adams. It's dark reddish brown, and dark enough that you can't tell how clear it is. The head is a light brown, a finger and a half thick, but doesn't retain well.

Crazy, funky saison-like smell. Lots of fruit, think tart cherries, and some Belgian notes like their sugar or yeast. You almost get a pucker from the smell alone.

Taste was a bit of a letdown beacuse it's mostly just a gentle kriek. The cherry flavor was there, as was a bit of alcohol, but there wasn't much else to taste. It's certainly not a bad taste, very cherryie, just little else.

You can feel the carbonation on your lips. There's a sweetness that's quickly overtaken by the tartness which stays throughout. A slight bit of heat, as well as acid in the back of the throat. Less pucker than I expected, and even though it was somewhat tame, it sticks with you well into the swallow.

I don't care much for Sam Adams, but this was actually pretty good. It's a hybrid of several types, but regardless, it's a good sipper. Nice ABV and it's pretty easy to drink. Sweet and sour/tart, but never over the top.

RickS95, Mar 02, 2013
Photo of johnnnniee
3.64/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a faintly hazy orange brown with a smallish off white head that quickly dissipates to a ring on top. Smells of dark fruits, cherries, brown sugar, a bit of funk, some lactic, and a hint of balsamic. The flavor is sweeter than I anticipated but serviceable. Lots of dark pitted fruits with brown sugar and a fair amount of funk. Light citric tartness with a bit vinegar rounds out the flavor. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet lightly acidic mouthfeel. This is a nice east drinking beer, but a bit on the sweet side for a wild ale. Tasty, but maybe we should label this as a gateway wild brew.

johnnnniee, Mar 02, 2013
Photo of OregonGrown7
3.75/5  rDev 0%

OregonGrown7, Mar 01, 2013
Photo of yeti123
4.5/5  rDev +20%

yeti123, Feb 28, 2013
Photo of JustinMatthew
3.75/5  rDev 0%

JustinMatthew, Feb 25, 2013
Photo of archero
4/5  rDev +6.7%

archero, Feb 25, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

rfdeen2, Feb 24, 2013
Photo of cheefdaddy1
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

cheefdaddy1, Feb 21, 2013
Photo of DenverLogan
4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From corked bottle...poured in Eku tulip pils glass.
Modest cork pop...dark red brown...small head.
Aroma of funky sour fruit.
Modest carbonation and mouthfeel.
Flavors of sour mango, minerals, slight booze, oak, raspberry...lets give it 5 minutes to open up...
OK...small head on the edges, funky fruit aroma, rich wild funky fruit flavors. This reminds me of some funky Russian River brews, which attests to the barrel aging complexity. Is it brewed to style...what style...barrel aged red?!!
More challenging than their New World Tripel and other big SA specialty brews, but for the funky, sour beer seeker, really lovely. For others, challenging at a minimum. Buyer beware!!

DenverLogan, Feb 17, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

muletrane, Feb 16, 2013
Photo of LambicKing
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

LambicKing, Feb 16, 2013
Photo of Tuey13
4.21/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This pours a copper-crimson color with a nice foamy beige head the dissipates rather quickly but leaves very nice lacing on the glass.

The smell is funky, fruity, and very earthy... plums, cherries, sour apple, maple.... definitely oak and peppery vinegar. This smells very complex!!

The taste follows the nose... tart cherries and a wonderful earthy woody oak flavor with bit of vinegar on the dry finish. Belgian... wild ale... and a definite wine-like characteristic.... The alcohol is hardly noticeable at 9%.... Very nice job from Sam Adams!

I am impressed with this series... Sam Adams is such a pioneer in this industry. To bring variety and affordability in a time when so many micro breweries are making super expensive and rare, hard to get beers... they are a refreshing go to brewery. I only paid $4.49 for this!!! Easy to get and affordable... we need more like this!

Tuey13, Feb 16, 2013
Photo of Hanzo
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Hanzo, Feb 11, 2013
Photo of thecheapies
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark crimson color with brown hues through soft light. Head collected about an inch of foam and sat for a moment before receding without much lacing. This is the look I was expecting, I suppose.

Sweet caramel malts, sweet cherry, oak, acetic notes, toffee, dark fruits, and a steely vibe. I can see why they don't call this a Flanders Red, and I can see why some people would. As a Wild Ale, it's a decent aroma.

Funky and fruity with a lot of malty sweetness. More caramelly malts that carryover from my description of the nose that produce toffee notes and toastiness. Cosmic Mother Funk put some sock drawer character in here. Mild cherry notes that fail to shine, nor are they particularly tart. More rife with dark dried fruits. Some raisin and pomegranate. Slightly metallic, but still enjoyable enough. Was really hoping this was closer to Flemish ale standards, but it's not.

Medium in swish. A little sticky. The booze is quelled nicely. I'm sure kicking this nine-percenter back will eventually catch up to me, but no signs yet.

I really thought I'd like this more than I actually did. Glad I don't feel like I need to buy more bottles. An okay intro-to-Belgian red ale for those who have never had any Flemish ales yet. Better put, maybe a good intro-to-Belgians for those who have never had a Belgian beer yet.

thecheapies, Feb 11, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

beergorrilla, Feb 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

Dweedlebug, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of Pencible
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a hazy dark mahogany with quickly dissipating tan head.
S: It smelled like lots of funk and musty oak barrel, with some sweet brown sugar and apple cider, and a little copper.
T: It tasted like sweet brown sugar and tart apple cider, with some musty oak and copper. It had a clean and sweet and tart aftertaste.
M: It was watery with moderate carbonation. Light body that wasn't as bubbly as expected.
D: This was a nice Flanders red, but not in the top tier. The scent and taste were good but not terribly bold, complex, or delicate. The body was only ok also, but the finish was very smooth, so it was surprisingly easy to drink. Maybe age will help improve. Only average for the style fresh.

Pencible, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of TheNightwatchman
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

TheNightwatchman, Feb 02, 2013
Samuel Adams Stony Brook Red (Barrel Room Collection) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
85 out of 100 based on 653 ratings.