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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

641 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 641
Reviews: 228
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 15.2%
Wants: 40
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 Andrew041180
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Note: This beer has been improperly stored for at least five years. Temps reaching well over 90 degrees in the summers.

A - Poured gently into a tulip glass. The beer is a hazy orange brown with virtually no head. No lacing.

S - The aroma is actually quite nice. I really gives good insight into what to expect. Strong, but not overpowering acidic notes. A little sweet.

T - Given how long this had been sitting for, I was a little worried. Worries were all unfounded. The dominant flavor is something like brown sugar, but it's subdued and contrasted with a tartness that grows with each sip and/or as the beer warms. Lightly citric acid. There is also oak in the background. The 9% alcohol is barely present in terms of flavor.

M - Not too much here. Billed as full-bodied but it doesn't feel that way to me. More like medium. Mild heat/tingle of the alcohol on the finish is nice.

O - This is a nice refreshing beer! I was surprised that it held up for so long and I'm strongly considering picking up another just to see what it would be like fresh. If I do so I'll certainly update the review.

Andrew041180, Jun 11, 2014
Photo of carteravebrew
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

carteravebrew, Jun 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

Kevinpitts, Jun 08, 2014
Photo of MonkeyBread
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

MonkeyBread, Jun 08, 2014
Photo of KTCamm
4.09/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a perfect pint glass. 4/23

Pours reddish tinged brown, lighter on bottom. Some white foam sits atop. Caramel notes, light malty sweetness. Little oak in there. Light sour taste that builds to a pucker. Woodsy sour. Cherry fruit mixed. Full bold mouthfeel. Really good.

KTCamm, Jun 07, 2014
Photo of Axnjxn
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Axnjxn, Jun 06, 2014
Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750 ml cork and caged bottle poured into a tulip.
9% ABV,

A - Deep ruby mahogany in color, this clear beer's effervescent and tall off-white head falls pretty quickly from the acidity in the beer but doesn't hesitate at leaving lacing on the glass.

S - Slight acidity moves in on the mouthwatering earthy funk and vinegar-like sourness that overlaps toasted malts. Nutty bread thinly spread with dark fruit jam adds layers of complexity beyond the forward yeast nose for an aroma worth embracing.

T - Toasted oak joins toasted malts for a delicious collaboration of earthy wood and complex bready flavors on the tongue. Over ripe stone fruit dipped in vinegar and finished off with an injection of acidity gently overlaps the beer's differently fruity warming alcohol finish.

M - Stony Brook Red's smooth entry gracefully changes to a lightly bubbly finish that's accented by light tartness and a faint sour bite on the finish that gently warms the innards with it's almost unnoticeable 9% ABV.

O - Samuel Adams greatest achievement with Stony Brook Red is making a near double-digit alcohol beer drink like half its content. This Flanders Red, if you will, has a nice touch of oak aging and funky sourness to it that creates a different experience but it's greatest achievement is also it's undoing I feel. The strength in numbers doesn't shine through, but the slightly heavier body and fuller maltiness leads this beer down a path of less drinkability; a detour from the course the style originally intended. It's nice to see big brewers like this playing around with sour beers though.

BeerFMAndy, Jun 05, 2014
Photo of SportsandJorts
3.46/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: deep garnet. almost brown. a finger or two of a tan head that fades slowly and leaves a fairly strong lacing. dark but a strong brightness some good clarity

Smell: a weak fruit, maybe some cherries or raspberries. lots wooden and earthiness to it. some brett funk but nothing too strong

Taste: opens up with just a little bit of cherry that is quickly taken over by wood and earthiness has a good amount of vinegar to it. full of a good but not over powering

Mouthfeel: medium body. strong acidity to it. some what sticky and leaves behind some brett.

Overall: this beer has some good qualities to it (brightness and good brett balance) but overall its a little too vinegary and acidic for me. the flavors aren't quite developed for me.

SportsandJorts, Jun 02, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

BrunEngr, May 30, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

Std73, May 28, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

boesesfleisch, May 27, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

TimHitchings, May 21, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

moarmare, May 19, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +20%

BryantForestry, May 19, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Kegatron, May 13, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

whitenads, May 05, 2014
Photo of HattedClassic
3.91/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours some light head that dissipates very quickly. The head is an off-white color and has a foamy texture. The beer itself is a clear ruby red. The beer has a strong tarty smell with a slight oak and vanilla note. The tart is a dark cherry tart with dark fruit notes. The other notes enhance the tart and compliment it well. There are also some dark fruit notes but they get lost in the tart smell. The taste notes are similar to the smell. The taste has the same funk taste but the dark fruit notes are much stronger. The oak and vanilla notes are still there but they come at the end of road. The lighted toasted malts make an appearance in the taste. The beer has thick and sticky feeling. The beer is medium bodied with biting carbonation. Overall, a decent beer.

HattedClassic, May 05, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Fabiand, May 02, 2014
Photo of travolta
3.74/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A dark and opaque cranberry juice color. Slightly tan head which bubbles away with almost no lacing.

Nose: Right away tart raspberry, and pomegranate. Major funky raspberry jam.

Taste: Yeasty and wild...tart and smooth. Vanilla, vinegar, and cider.

Notes: It's krieky and jammy with plenty of character.

travolta, Apr 27, 2014
Photo of Beerlover
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Beerlover, Apr 18, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Devman171, Apr 16, 2014
Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, 2012 bottling. Pours fairly crystal clear deep ruby red color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of tart cherry, cranberry, green apple, raisin, plum, red wine vinegar, hay, straw, oak, clove, pepper, leather, caramel, toast, light chocolate, musty funk, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good complexity and balance of fruity/funky yeast, oak barrel, and malt sweetness; with good strength. Taste of tart cherry, cranberry, green apple, raisin, plum, red wine, oak, clove, leather, funk, light vinegar, hay, straw, herbal, caramel, toast, light chocolate, light vanilla, and yeast earthiness. Fair amount of fruity/earthy tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of cherry, cranberry, green apple, plum, raisin, red wine, oak, clove, leather, funk, light vinegar, hay, straw, caramel, toast, light chocolate, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and robustness of fruity/earthy yeast, oak barrel, and dark malt flavors; with balanced sweetness/tartness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a smooth and fairly slick/acidic mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice wild ale. All around good complexity and balance of fruity/funky yeast, oak barrel, and dark malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

superspak, Apr 15, 2014
Photo of marmstrong1212
4.5/5  rDev +20%

marmstrong1212, Apr 15, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

threedaggers, Apr 14, 2014
Samuel Adams Stony Brook Red (Barrel Room Collection) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
85 out of 100 based on 641 ratings.