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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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very good

640 Ratings
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Ratings: 640
Reviews: 228
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 15.2%
Wants: 39
Gots: 63 | FT: 1
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 tlazaroff
3.15/5  rDev -16%

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.

tlazaroff, Nov 21, 2012
Photo of pirmannt1
4/5  rDev +6.7%

pirmannt1, Nov 21, 2012
Photo of djaeon
4/5  rDev +6.7%

djaeon, Nov 20, 2012
Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%

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...

ThePorterSorter, Nov 19, 2012
Photo of ReeseMax3
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

ReeseMax3, Nov 19, 2012
Photo of JohneHoodlum
4/5  rDev +6.7%

JohneHoodlum, Nov 18, 2012
Photo of TaylorK
4.5/5  rDev +20%

TaylorK, Nov 17, 2012
Photo of TerryB
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

TerryB, Nov 17, 2012
Photo of TheRealBigC
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%

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.

TheRealBigC, Nov 17, 2012
Photo of coz
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

coz, Nov 17, 2012
Photo of Bpierso1
4.5/5  rDev +20%

Bpierso1, Nov 16, 2012
Photo of sailorastro
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

sailorastro, Nov 13, 2012
Photo of Lare453
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Lare453, Nov 12, 2012
Photo of DruC4
3/5  rDev -20%

DruC4, Nov 12, 2012
Photo of Lincolnman
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Lincolnman, Nov 11, 2012
Photo of Arithmeticus
4.18/5  rDev +11.5%

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

Arithmeticus, Nov 11, 2012
Photo of szmnnl99
4/5  rDev +6.7%

szmnnl99, Nov 11, 2012
Photo of keeganfrank
3.23/5  rDev -13.9%

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.

keeganfrank, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of ScaryEd
3.75/5  rDev 0%

ScaryEd, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of ThePaleRider
4.35/5  rDev +16%

A - Very dark red/brown. Looks like black tea. Nice two finger head. Color of the head is very close to tan.

S - Very sour smell. Tangerines, cranberry, raspberry, and grapes. Very aromatic.

T - Lots of barrel aging flavors. Not as sour as I was expecting. Chocolate, dark cherries, alcohol, wood, and green apples. Very sweet with a little bite of tart on the front.

M - Lots and lots of carbonation. Smooth transition from tart to sweet to warming.

O - Very unique and super complex. Every sip left me guessing what was next. Sometimes I forget that Sam Adams is a real brewery because of their commercial appeal, but this beer is pretty amazing.

ThePaleRider, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of SHODriver
4/5  rDev +6.7%

A: poured into a tulip to a deep mahogany with a pale tan head that fades to a collar fairly quickly
S: sour cherries and a hint of oak funk slight sweetness in the nose as well
T: slight tart cherry along with some strong tannin/light paint thinner flavor. fairly subtle fruitiness that overpowers the sour to bring out some of the vanilla from the oak. swallow brings some alcohol, more cherry, and a little oak.
M: fairly light for the ABV with low and soft carbonation. drying finish on this one
O: not too shabby. it tries to be a Flanders Red but as a Wild Ale it gets good marks. nice tartness that doesn't overpower and good depth of flavor. It was nice to try this beer from Sam Adams but for the price I'd rather snag a Rodenbach.

SHODriver, Nov 08, 2012
Photo of BanrionMAB
4.5/5  rDev +20%

BanrionMAB, Nov 07, 2012
Photo of WastingFreetime
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%

Continuing my exploration of the Samuel Adams Barrel Room collection...
Fresh bottle review.

Pours out a lovely reddish-brown with a short lived fizzy head that leaves no lacing behind. Medium body and lighter side of medium carbonation levels.

This one presents just like a typical Flanders with the woody backing to the sour cherries and mild funk with gentle acidity and vinegar tartness, a tiny wisp of lactic sour, but very little funk or swamp gas to it. (Which could potentially change with cellaring adjustment.) It also suffers from being about 15% too sweet IMHO. It's identifiable as an introductory-level (newbie accessible) American-made Flanders, but still a lot less raunchy and wild than the real McCoy from Belgium. If I see it again in the stores I know I'm going to be picking up another bottle or two to see what a year or so of basement aging does to improve yeast funk and tanginess levels. It's got the right amount of oak wood, acidity, and sourness, but needs some more dryness, funk, and wild yeast character. Give it a shot fresh if you prefer your sours woody yet still semi-sweet. If not, either give it a pass, or try to see what happens with cellaring it.

WastingFreetime, Nov 06, 2012
Photo of stealth
3.75/5  rDev 0%

stealth, Nov 06, 2012
Photo of dokupe
3.75/5  rDev 0%

dokupe, Nov 06, 2012
Samuel Adams Stony Brook Red (Barrel Room Collection) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
85 out of 100 based on 640 ratings.