Samuel Adams Stony Brook Red (Barrel Room Collection) - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Reviews: 237
Hads: 710
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 10.34%
Wants: 43
Gots: 101 | FT: 4
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Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 10-30-2009

Aged in oak barrels; hand-bottled corked & caged; bottled-conditioned. A greater percentage of "Cosmic Mother Funk" was blended into this beer.
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Photo of DMXLOX22
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 22 ounce of this brew at my local establishment, Civera's in Drexel Hill. Let's see how this matches up. Researched this style of beer before even opening it. Looks interesting.

Appearance: pours a dark, brown amber hue. Leaves a decent, somewhat frothy top, but it seemed to dissipate quite quickly, but it seems to fit for the ABV.

Smell: projects a nice aroma of wild fruits, like cherries, grapes and figs. A strong scent of oak, and a little hint of vanilla. Can already notice the sour-like aroma with a hint of acid-like. Pretty tart, but it fits well for this style.

Taste: pretty damn tart at first! Actually, not very bad. The fruit does make it very well-balanced. Cherries, raisins, and grapes are noticeable. Quite good. Dark, oak flavors are then noticed. Sour, vinegar can be noticed. Not recommended for those looking for something mildy sweet with no sour flavor. Finishes somewhat sweet.

Mouthfeel: medium carbonation. Quite crisp, finishes sweet and somewhat dry.

Overall: coming into this, to be quite honest, I had no clue what to really expect. Upon first taste, it was actually an enjoyable experience. The wild fruits definitely balanced out the sour tart. Interesting, great sipping beer. Alcohol is barely noticeable. I may try again, but would be pretty stern with a friend when it came to recommending it. My girlfriend did not enjoy it so beware for those looking for a hoppy, bitter beer. Cheers! (1,443 characters)

Photo of sweemzander
2.68/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

750mL corked and caged bottle poured into a pint glass.

(A)- Pours a fairly deep crimson red color. Some minimal pink froth and lacing.

(S)- Quite an earthy oak profile to it. Subtle tart fruits, but mostly a dry earthy oak profile.

(T)- Kind of similar to the smell, but far more fruitier, still plenty of dry earthy oak but with fruit. Not much tartness; does get a touch medicinal as it warms.

(M)- Fruity, with heavy oaky earth. The tartness from the smell is not really present; kind of muted actually. Decent carbonation level.

(O)- This is ok, but a bit disappointing due to kind of a bland body overall. The fruit and oak is there, but just kind of muddled together. (679 characters)

Photo of mattkoon
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is the last of the three barrel aged sam adams beers i bought the other day. this "stony brook red" has a really nice red color. the smell is sweet and dry. the flavor is also sweet and sourish. all three of these beer have had dry sweet wine characteristics but this one, to me, was the most close to a sherry. its really dry and sweet. this beer is a very interesting drink. i love the experimentation that has been going on in the beer world. and this barrel aged stony brook is right up there with some of the other good results the experiments have yielded. (567 characters)

Photo of Suds
4.21/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sweet and wine-like...this is a fun and enjoyable beer. Clear and red in color, with no notable foam. The cork literally exploded out of the bottle. The aroma is of fruit, wood, and funk. Tart candies and Cabernet. Must and some subtle malt. Firm mouthfeel, lasting finish. This is a very enjoyable beer. Nice. (310 characters)

Photo of MikeOlheiser
4.26/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is my first try of a tarte-fruit style ale. Served in a pub glass. served near 45-50 degrees F.

appearance: poured slowly, some head came up but soon dissipated. deep ruby, brown

Smell: wine, fruit smells. bit of alcohol, not much.

Taste: I love this taste, but I have nothing to compare it to in this style. Reading the label, it seems there is more claim than flavor, although this is a very enjoyable taste. The tarte fruit is right up front, probably cherry, but the finish isn't much. very drinkable, easy to sip on, and only a hint of the alcohol warmth.

Overall: tasty, easy to sip on, but I can see how someone would argue its a bit lacking. However, its still damn good and I enjoy it very much. (714 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
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. (422 characters)

Photo of RickS95
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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. (1,129 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
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. (625 characters)

Photo of DenverLogan
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
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!! (678 characters)

Photo of Tuey13
4.21/5  rDev +8.8%
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! (883 characters)

Photo of thecheapies
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
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. (1,334 characters)

Photo of Pencible
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (709 characters)

Photo of busternuggz
4.09/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750 into a tulip glass.

Nice dark ruby color with a 1" khaki head, settles to a creamy 1/4" with some spotty lacing.

The nose is vinous with red fruit (cherry, apple) and acetic spiciness. Very nice but a little faint.

Big vinous and balsamic vinegar notes lead on the taste, followed by an earthy sourness, peach pit, tart cherry, red apple skin, a little rhubarb. There's some moderate fruity sweetness balanced by earthy and acetic notes. Kind of a blend of West Flanders and East Flanders styles. Complex and layered. Long, soft sweet/tart aftertaste with a little oak.

Full bodied but soft and lush. Ends fairly clean.

Well done, engaging, and fairly complex. Not the best Flemish red I've had but unique and tasty. A surprisingly good sour from Sam, and a good value. (793 characters)

Photo of StaveHooks
3.64/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml split with my wife.
Served in a Southern Tier tulip

A - Pours a dark reddish brown color with a fleeting tan head.

S - Acidic, lemons, dark fermented fruit, cherries, plums, salt, wood, slightly funky, dark caramel malts.

T - Not as tart as the nose describes. vinous fruit, cherries, plums, sweet caramel malts, salty wood on the edges, has a pecan-like bitterness on the finish.

M - Smooth buttery feel, medium body.

Excellent nose and while the flavor was good is didn't live up to the aroma This isn't a sour beer. It's tart and has it's own complexities. A good price for the style of beer will make me buy alot more. (633 characters)

Photo of bigdaddyd069
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep copper red with a little malt head from a bomber to a snifter glass.

Smelled like sweet maple and dark fruits

Tasted sweet maple syrup/caramel, tart plum, dark fruits, cranberry

Mouth feel - Well carbonated medium bodied but tart. Funny after taste.

Overall - Served at 50 F and was a little bozy and tart for me. However, a very good beer. A great American Belgian. Congratulations Sam!! (408 characters)

Photo of gr0g
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy, reddish brown in appearance. Big bottle-conditioned head with good retention. Spotty lacing with a few curtains left on the Ommegang tulip style glass. The first whiff yields a tartness with a slight barnyard funk. Sour apple and other tart, fruity notes. Some faint oak barrel notes on the back end. BBC has done a good job of crafting a complex aroma.

Tartness from the nose is not as prevalent on the palate, but the flavor profile leads with it then turns to an oaky finish. Body is quite malty, especially toward the finish. Fruity esters of apple and golden raisins. A faint trace of musty cellar. Taste and smell are fairly impressive, but the mouthfeel suffers a bit due to an overly soft carbonation that fades too quickly. Despite the big 9% ABV for the style, the alcohol is in total stealth mode.

Along with their Tripel, Stony Brook Red is another Sam Adams Barrel Room Collection offering that holds its own against well-entrenched Belgian offerings. While not among their equals, it's quite tasty and worthy of praise. (1,043 characters)

Photo of jmdrpi
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750 mL corked and caged bottle, no date that I can find. Poured into goblet

appears a medium brown color, with ruby highlights, thin head that fades. smell is vinegary sourness, a bit funky. sour cherry. as it warms, the puckering sourness of the taste increases. but finishes drier. vinous. the oak is in there too. thin to medium body. tingly carbonation on the tongue.

overall - fairly close to the Belgian standards. (423 characters)

Photo of Lemke10
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This pours a medium brown color with a decent, beige head. There is a decent scent of yeast and fruits. The taste is very Belgian with a complex mixture of citrus, other fruits, and yeast. The texture is quite nice and very this beer makes for very easy drinking. Very smooth and well made! (290 characters)

Photo of LeRose
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Liked this a lot. Tart enough to be interesting, some funky moldy bread aroma.flavor kind of reminded me a little of sourdough bread. A little oaky, some red berry/fruity flavors. The carbonation was nice - a bit of a tingle but more or less soft on the tongue. Solid beer, would get some more.

From notes... (309 characters)

Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Awesome, uniquely-shaped corked/caged 750 ml brown bottle, with nice painted label. Used in my carbonnade flamande for Christmas, and poured the remaining ounces into my Southern Tier stemmed tulip.

Appearane: Attractive, rich and dusky garnet brew with a large antique ivory cap. Nice looking brew.

Smell: Classic Flanders Red up front, with earthy and slight balsamic and funky-twang notes. Perhaps a bit more malt character than in a typical Flanders Red. No hint of the 9% abv on the nose. Simple, but pleasant and authentic.

Taste: Maltier on the palate than suggested by the aromas. While the aromas suggested straight-up Flanders Red, the flavors reveal that this is, actually, a big beer. Light caramel flavors with significant (but not hot) alcohol. Balsamic and red fruit flavors in the background here and, while they're pleasant, they're too faint in my opinion. I'm wondering if once the alcohol had some time to age and mellow, these flavors wouldn't come more to the fore. Very light tartness, and some toasted caramel on the finish, as well as that typical sweet-tart note. A light, slightly tannic bitterness (maybe from the oak?).

Mouthfeel: Light, ever-so-slightly puckering...par for the course, and not bad considering the 9% alcohol.

Overall: Doesn't measure up to Rodenbach or the other best examples of the style, but very few, if any, do. This is definitely a Flanders Red-style ale for those first getting into 'wild' beers. That's not to suggest that it's in any way 'bad' or subpar, but just that the 'wild' and tart flavors are more subtle than in the best-known examples. I'd be surprised if part of this isn't the fact that this is a good 3-5% higher in alcohol than many Flemish Reds. Nonetheless, the toasted caramel malty notes are nice, and this one shoud be given its due at $8.99

Strong B....85-86 (1,856 characters)

Photo of Uniobrew31
3.05/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nice color and appearance. It tasted more like a barley wine but I could attribute that the the barrel aging. It wasnt what I expected it to be but it was a good beer. I was thining it would have more of a abbey style taste with a big sour punch but the punch was more of a oak aged flavor. The first sip brough to mind a real oaky wine flavor. i might try this again with some friends. I dont think it was meant to be served in a 14 oz. glass. A solid effort by sam, But be prepared it is real real boozy. (506 characters)

Photo of bump8628
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, saturated mahogany hue. Mild carbonation yields a thin khaki head. Light, balanced tartness with a sneaky musky funkiness poking through. The base beer is a big, smooth amber ale - warm, toasted, and caramelly. Big, coarse, woody oak note on the finish that is a bit jarring at the beginning but is really quite pleasant when it's all said and done. Really smooth at 9% ABV. Don't expect a traditional Flanders Red. The sourness is pretty subdued, but there is plenty of complexity and the big maltiness and 9% ABV make it a nice sipper. A great value at $4.99/750mL. Enjoyable enough to convince me to try the other 2 beers in the barrel room series. (665 characters)

Photo of Ogre
3.2/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Discovered this on the shelf next to Rodenbach Grand Cru, and at $9/22.4oz, figured why not give it a go?

Pours a dark caramel brown with a healthy, creamy head. Aromas of bananas and light vanilla are dominated by...cherry throat lozenge?

Tart and sour flavors are on the lighter side. The taste, especially the aftertaste, has a medicinal, sweet-y, yes, throat lozenge quality. An interesting brew, and great to see another American brewer giving a swing at this style, but not something I'll be picking up again. (518 characters)

Photo of jmarsh123
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark red with a small white head. A bit of lacing and little retention.

Aroma features a bit of vino quality. A little acidic with some oak and other funk as well. A little bit of caramel malt.

A little bit of fruit/berry sweetness up front in the flavor. Not terribly sour although there is a bit of acidity and tartness, but more earthy/funky than straight sour. As with the nose, it is heavily oaked. Maltiness is a bit on the sweeter side although not overly so.

Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Very dry finish.

Pretty impressed by this one. Not great, but tartness and funkiness are balanced with a lot of oak. I wish it were a tad less sweet, but otherwise solid effort. (694 characters)

Photo of Tilley4
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a lone bottle on my last venture out... I've seen it around for a while and I figured I better give it a try...

The first thing I get from the aromas is the vinous aspect for sure... Some oakiness and earthiness as well... some nice sweet malts... definitely some funk... Very unusual... Not overly tart aromas but there's enough there to keep me interested for sure... I'm curious to see where this one goes... I am getting a touch of booze off of it as well...

Lot of fruit present in the first sip and while it's not overpoweringly sour, it's nicely tart with a good earthy quality to it... The oak is loud and clear as well... The malts are more obvious than in other brews of the style and give this a slight sweetness not usually found in wilds.... It's a unique quality and one that I found sort of appealing. It gives the beer a little body and seems to cut the carbonation a little. I like this... I'm surprised at how drinkable it is...

I liked this beer... Very drinkable as the tartness isn't overwhelming and the sweetness of the malt helps to cut the carbonation and make this a nice drink... (1,119 characters)

Samuel Adams Stony Brook Red (Barrel Room Collection) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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