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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

622 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 622
Reviews: 225
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 14.89%
Wants: 34
Gots: 60 | 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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valkyre65

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

11-27-2012 02:24:24 | More by valkyre65
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strongaf

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

11-26-2012 04:46:45 | More by strongaf
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cjoc83

Pennsylvania

4.06/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy mahogany color with maybe a fingers worth of a light khaki head that doesn't stick around for long and leaves little to no lacing.

Tart cherries hit the nose along with generous amounts of oak and vinegar, with an underlying sweetness rounding things off.

Again, tart cherries are the first thing that jump out at you, but are quickly followed by toasted, woody oak, some barnyard funk, and some vanilla sweetness on the back end to balance things out. There's some very slight alcohol warmth as well, as to be expected at 9% ABV. A really nice take on a Flemish red. Reminds me of the Duchess quite a bit.

A surprisingly crisp mouthfeel, even though carbonation is low. Dry. Leaves a nice oaky, tart aftertaste.

Overall the Stony Brook Red was an excellent interpretation of a Flemish red ale. Great balance between the tart cherry flavor and the oak, vanilla, and funky Brett characteristics. I'm not the biggest fan of Sam Adam's regular lineup, but I've always (mostly) loved their Barrel Room Collection. This one is no exception, and in fact might be setting the new standard for the BRC. At $12 a bomber, you better believe I'll be picking up a few more of these guys!

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2012 02:09:40 | More by cjoc83
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer is copper hued with crimson highlights and a soft off-white head. The aroma offers oak, sour cherries, vinegar, red wine, yeast. Smells nice. The flavor is decent. A bit heavy and sweet for my liking, though the finish delivers sufficient tartness. Lots oak and a touch of vinegar. A heavy Flanders style brew. Better than I expected. I'd like to see more offerings like this from Samuel Adams.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2012 17:35:00 | More by Huhzubendah
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MDF1IBetty


4/5  rDev +6.4%

11-24-2012 01:53:52 | More by MDF1IBetty
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Phelps

Arizona

3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into my new Petrus goblet.

Deep burgundy, thinner, lighter and clearer at the edges. The thin, fizzy tan head pops away after just a minute.

In the nose: Balsamic, tart cherry, good amount of toasted oak. Vanilla and sweet berries.

Not as sour as expected, but lighter in the flavor, as expected. The cherries are sweeter, good toasted oak notes of caramel, vanilla, toffee.

Silky medium-light body with soft fizz. Crisp.

Solid. Great blend of the barrels in here. Could be just a touch more sour, but good flavor.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2012 05:42:34 | More by Phelps
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livingtodie

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

11-22-2012 04:27:45 | More by livingtodie
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tlazaroff

Virginia

3.15/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Slightly sour cherry aroma with some earthy undertones and maybe a hint of vanilla.

Beautiful deep ruby red in color and perfectly clear albiet a bit dark. There was a slight tan head but it disappeared very quickly and provided no lacing.

Tart right up front, and a bit funky. I taste no hints of a barrel, but I get that it was wildly fermented. It transforms into something slightly sweet, with a nice malty finish. Moderate body, lip puckering, and a medium-low dose of carbonation. I probably wouldn't buy it again. Sad face.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2012 05:32:09 | More by tlazaroff
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pirmannt1

Illinois

4/5  rDev +6.4%

11-21-2012 03:40:58 | More by pirmannt1
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djaeon

California

4/5  rDev +6.4%

11-20-2012 03:41:15 | More by djaeon
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ThePorterSorter

Missouri

3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a deep, rich looking muddy copper with a fluffy tan head that dissipates down to a thin blanketing quickly. The nose is fruity, with specific notes of bing cherries and prunes, and also slightly tart. There is a distinct acetone that lingers on my olfactory as well. The taste is surprising, as it hits with the initial sweet-tartness of an oud bruin, but finishes bitter, like a hoppy red ale. There is a great yeast presence and the beer is relatively balanced/drinkable with my simple dinner. The mouthfeel is a little off, but I can't place my finger on what I don't like. I would recommend letting it warm a touch to let the full flavor profile shine through. Overall, this is actually pretty tasty and an uncharacteristic beer to come from the standard Sam Adam's line-up. I enjoyed the big barrel saison as well. I'd like to see how this beer does after a year in time-out...

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2012 23:38:19 | More by ThePorterSorter
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ReeseMax3

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

11-19-2012 06:49:21 | More by ReeseMax3
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JohneHoodlum

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +6.4%

11-18-2012 21:09:05 | More by JohneHoodlum
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TaylorK

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

11-17-2012 22:57:45 | More by TaylorK
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TerryB

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +13%

11-17-2012 16:36:09 | More by TerryB
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TheRealBigC

Nevada

3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a reddish-brown color. Very bubbly - nice big head even with a light pour. Smell of sour cherries. I really wish the taste was more sour than it ended up being. It was only slightly tart, with a certain Belgian character coming through. I enjoyed it, but it wasn't amazing.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2012 05:22:58 | More by TheRealBigC
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coz

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +13%

11-17-2012 00:54:05 | More by coz
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Bpierso1

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

11-16-2012 02:04:49 | More by Bpierso1
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sailorastro

Connecticut

3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

11-13-2012 00:45:35 | More by sailorastro
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Lare453

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +13%

11-12-2012 16:36:02 | More by Lare453
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DruC4

Michigan

3/5  rDev -20.2%

11-12-2012 06:27:16 | More by DruC4
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Lincolnman

New York

4/5  rDev +6.4%

11-11-2012 18:09:33 | More by Lincolnman
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Arithmeticus

Maryland

4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured chilled in snifter on my birthday.

A: cloudy, dark red color; thin but frothy head; modest carbonation
S: very vinegary; promises the wild ale/lambic side of things
T: Very complex flavor; oaken flavor; sour grape/cherry underlines a strong malt profile; hops are relatively subdued; boozy; very nice

Really nice after-dinner beer

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2012 02:00:42 | More by Arithmeticus
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szmnnl99

Michigan

4/5  rDev +6.4%

11-11-2012 00:07:29 | More by szmnnl99
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keeganfrank

Ohio

3.23/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Deep red-brown ale with a sudsy head. Aromas of cranberry, bread and spices. I can smell the oak barrel's influence as well. Tart berry and spices hit the palate first, followed by nutty whiskey and subtle vegetable flavors. The flavor is complex but a little underwhelming, this one's not as enjoyable as the barrel room stout.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2012 20:47:12 | More by keeganfrank
Samuel Adams Stony Brook Red (Barrel Room Collection) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
85 out of 100 based on 622 ratings.