Samuel Adams Stony Brook Red (Barrel Room Collection) - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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3.83/5 rDev +1.9%
Pours chestnut with a thumb of tan head. Above average lacing & head retention
S: Sourness, green apples, pineapple & white pepper
Follows the nose, some pear & peppery notes up front along, a touch of pineapple as well. Dryness, a touch of vinegar, more green apple,. some rhubarb tartness as well. More pineapple in the finish , tartness, a touch of pine & sourness
MF: Medium bodied, fairly creamy carbonation
I really enjoyed this , a very respectable wild ale, would buy this again if this became a year round / seasonal release. Drinks very easy,
09-21-2012 01:15:54 | More by russpowell
4.48/5 rDev +19.1%
750ml bottle -> Tulip glass
A - Blood red with a medium off-white head that dissipates quickly with minimal lacing.
S - Earthy, funky, dark fruits and some lactic sourness bringing up the rear, with some soft oak notes playing around throughout. Not overly complex, but very nice with a very solid delivery.
T - Funky sour caramel aroma that fades into dark fruits and toasty oak in the middle. The sourness and oak become more dominant troughout, rounding out a very lengthy finish. Aftertaste is sweet and oaky. Taste is much more complex than the aroma and is absolutely divine.
M - Medium-full body with lots of carbonation. Seems to leave a sorty of oily yest peasant consistency as it goes down. Very nice.
This may not be the best or most complex sour I've ever tasted. But as far as the price, I don't think a better bargain on a barrel aged sour exists anywhere else in the world. I will definitely be buying this stuff again in the future.
09-15-2012 19:56:26 | More by forsakenpariah
3.9/5 rDev +3.7%
Judging from the description of the beer on the label, I believe this beer is actually a Flemish Red and not an American Wild Ale. At any rate, poured from a beautiful corked and caged bottle into a La Fin Du Monde snifter. The pour is very nice-looking. Deep, dark reddish amber with a big head but quick dissipation. The nose is a bit faint. I get faint tones of cherries, oak, and some sour notes.
The beer has a nice medium body and a good firm, lively mouthfeel from the carbonation. You get a faint sweetness on the front of your tongue like a fruit jam. At mid-palate, the beer becomes a bit acidic and the fruit notes sour up nicely, drying things off. There is a bit of the 9\% ABV evident on the back of the palate, but it is not overwhelming or the least bit unpleasant. Flavors encountered include tart cherries, blueberries, sour apples, and white grapes. Very refreshing and appetizing, but not extremely sour.
At $6.99 for a large bottle, this beer is a bargain. It is an excellent example of a Flemish Red Ale from a brewer many are quick to dismiss. Do not be afraid of this one. It's probably not sour enough to please die-hard fans of sour beers, but it's plenty sour to enjoy drinking and might be a nice way to gently introduce someone to the wonderful (and expensive) world of sours.
09-11-2012 23:58:51 | More by deadonhisfeet
3.9/5 rDev +3.7%
750ml bottle poured into a tulip
A: Pours a deep red color with a one-finger head that slowly settles
S: Sour apples & cherry with a dash of vinegar
T: Sour but nice, with cherries, apples, a touch of bitter, and a lengthy citrus driven finish.
M: Light bodied, nice puckering from the sourness and a lengthy sour finish. Can't taste/feel the 9% ABV
O: I like acid so I like this, though others may not. It isn't terribly malty/hoppy, but fits the wild ale style well.
09-09-2012 23:38:40 | More by ONUMello
3.65/5 rDev -2.9%
Review from notes.
A: Pours a hazy reddish color with a small off-white head with decent retention, leaving a small cap on top. Moderate lacing.
S: A fruity aroma, some cherry and raspberry, slightly acetic, but sweet as well. It is slightly astringent at the end.
T: More of the same in terms of the fruit, cherry and raspberry, but there they are somewhat weak, and the flavor is even sweeter than expected. There is something about it that I wasn't really a fan of, but can't quite figure out why.
M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
O: It was ok, found it for $8 I think (which I thought was a mistake), so I didn't really have high hopes for it.
09-04-2012 01:55:32 | More by mdaschaf
3.5/5 rDev -6.9%
Corked and caged 750 ML Bottle.
Clear dark red colored beer with a small tan colored head.
Smell is sour fruity and spicy with a strong apple aroma. Some sweetness and a trace of oak scent. Bitterness seems to be as much from tannins as it is from hops.
Starts out dry and slightly sour. Sour apple cider with some cinnamon and lemon juice, almost tastes mulled. Reasonable amount of bitterness. Not a wild ale fan but this is OK.
Mouthfeel is OK.
Overall and OK beer. I'm not a wild ale fan but this is OK.
09-01-2012 01:26:06 | More by Zorro
4.53/5 rDev +20.5%
A. Ruby red with a creamy head. Very appealing.
S. Fizzy passion fruit with a lightly smoked malt, tickles my nose
T. Wow, everything came together with a sour finish. Like a wine. The sour is like a dark green sour apple. Not a sharp sour,pleasant
M. Real fizzy,like cola. Very nice and tart...
O. I tried this on a whim, pretty tastey whim. And this is my first Sam Adams anything. Great job. If anything, would like a higher ABV.
08-26-2012 03:39:31 | More by beerman240
Samuel Adams Stony Brook Red (Barrel Room Collection) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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