Samuel Adams Stony Brook Red (Barrel Room Collection) - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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4.5/5 rDev +19.7%
$9.00 very cool "barrel bottle" purchased at the R&D brewery.
Looks very redish brown when poured, byt is a charming clear ruby when held to the light. One finger of off-white level foam.
Cherries and vanilla/oak mix in the aroma. Hints of alcohol. Bit of candy. Aroma improves in the glass.
Taste begins with generous fruit, cherries up front and a hint of apple in the back. Vanilla/oak follows next. Nicely mellow, while certainly not hoppy, the sweetness is pleasant but nowhere near cloying. Gentle alcohol warming but no burn.
Smooth mouthfeel with a bit of bubbly at the end of each sip.
Overall a very tasty treat of a wild ale, if not a particularly wild one.
10-24-2011 04:33:50 | More by RonfromJersey
3.95/5 rDev +5.1%
750ml C&C bottle (3/11) poured into a tulip glass
A: Pours dark red/mahogany with just over a finger of off-white (slightest bit brown) head. Lots of tiny thin bubbles at the top. Fairly good retention for a red, leaves just a little lacing.
S: Vinegar, a little bit of sour/tart, dark balsamic-like notes, oak, hint of dark vinous notes.
T: Taste follows the nose fairly well, lots of balsamic vinegar, oak, and a touch of dark vinous qualities. Unfortunately isn't actually not all that sour or tart, very mild with the most "souring" aspect coming in the dry finish. Moderate level of bitterness riding in the background through to the finish. Sweetness seems to be right on par with the style average (moderate). The fruitiness and vinous depth definitely comes through stronger as it warms. Surprisingly the alcohol is almost completely unnoticeable.
M: Medium to slightly light body, moderate carbonation, sticky mouth feel that lacks a bit of that sour punch and crisp, dry finish.
O: Not a bad take on a Flemish Red from a big American Brewery.
10-16-2011 02:38:00 | More by Satchboogie
4.4/5 rDev +17%
This is one of my very favorite Sam Adams. I just love it. It is a wonderful beer. I favor Flemish Red Sour Ale like Rodenbach and this is pretty close to that style. It is a tat more edgy than a Rodebach and is an incredible brew. It has a bit more alcohol (about 9%)than the Rodenbach (about 5%) but it is easy to drink and does not go right to your (my) head.
I bought about 1/2 dozen bottles at the Sam Adams brewery just before the summer and I made my way down there this afternoon as I have none left to drink.
They were out of stock and are not planning to make it anytime soon. I was so diasppointed. I was able to grab a couple bottles at the beer store on my way home but what am I going to do after? If you know where to find some in the Boston area, please let me know.
10-08-2011 21:06:44 | More by beauweaver
3.88/5 rDev +3.2%
Pours a dark ruby red with a slight bit of haze. Bubbly tan head rises quickly to fill the upper third of the glass but settles a little quicker than I would have liked.
Nice aroma on this one. Good bit of cherry notes with some oak and lactic acidity as well. Hints of vinegar as well.
Taste is fairly simple and straight forward compared to similar beers. Nice tart cherry flavor and sweeter oak notes coming through. A bit of a musty character starts to show up as the beer warms. Not quite as impressive as the aroma but solid nonetheless.
Mouthfeel is live and bubble with crisp medium body feel and just a bit drying in the finish. Overall, SA Stony Brook Red is a nice change of pace from the usual lineup of Sam Adams. Nothing crazy here but a solid wild ale with a nice subtle brett character. All for under $10... not a bad deal at all.
10-05-2011 23:34:04 | More by Kinsman
4.47/5 rDev +18.9%
I got this quite awhile back from joepais. Not sure why it took me so long to try it, but thanks Joe!
a: This was a chill-hazed dark amber tinted chestnut color. It poured with a medium sized, lightly sticky head.
s: Fruit with hints of vinegar rather than vice versa which made for a nice change of pace. I found lightly musty apples and grapes with some fairly pronounced oaky aromas. There was also something candy-like under the funk.
t: The phrase Flanders-ish comes to mind. There is no palete crushing, heart burn inducing sourness, just a nice and refreshing underlying funk. Lots of fruit flavors in the form of grapes, raspberries, and apples. There was a lingering toasty oak with faint well incorporated alcohol.
m: Light and spritzy carbonation with a surprisingly moderate body given the abv.
o: I want to use the word approachable, but I don't mean it in a patronizing or dismissive sense. This balanced and deliciously quaffable. I'd love to have this again.
09-28-2011 20:04:40 | More by DIM
3.95/5 rDev +5.1%
750ml bottle poured into a Stone taster glass. Bottle generously provided by Stigs at a recent Pittsburgh BA tasting, thanks Jeff!
A - Pours a scarlet red color with bursts of dark orange and rosewood, almost like a sunburst effect. Grows about 2-fingers of snow-white head which is quite bubbly. Retention is pretty good, as well as leaving splotchy patches of thick foam behind as it recedes.
S - The nose on this is fairly malty overall, but here and there I am getting nice bursts of tart cherry. It isn't overpoweringly sour like a kriek or lambic, but it is sharp enough to really draw attention to it. There's a strong oak presence here as well, with a side of sweet vanilla.
T - The flavor starts with just a slight amount of malt, before moving into an almost wine-like territory. There is a good amount of cherry pits, bright berries, apples, and grapes, like a delicate blush wine. The back-end delivers a strong taste of oak and vanilla, however, pushing it more into a tannic red category. There's a decent amount of tartness here, but again, it isn't overpoweringly sour.
M - Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with good carbonation for being barrel-aged. It doesn't cause any puckering, but the tartness is felt throughout the palate and has nice heaviness to it in the finish.
D/O - Drinkability is moderately high. I thought this beer was pretty good for what it was. It's definitely not trying to compete with the sourest of sour Krieks, but what tartness it does provide is welcomed. This beer reallyshows a greater complexity and 'skill' that the normal lineup of Sam Adams may not convey, and it balances the barrel nicely with the cherry tartness.
09-14-2011 06:17:12 | More by nhindian
4.25/5 rDev +13%
poured into a tulip, amber color, small of white head, light carbonation. sweet and sticky well balanced by the sourness and oak. the oak is suble and enjoyable. the alchohol is atrong but not over bearing. me and hammer made easy work of this treat direct from the brewery tour.
09-12-2011 00:17:05 | More by UDbeernut
3.8/5 rDev +1.1%
A - Pours a clear, deep, mahogany/garnet color with a strong and steady stream of carbonation, fine layer of creamy, toffee colored head.
S - Weak nose, caramel, toffee malt, sour cherries, tart sour apples, the aroma could be much stronger.
Balanced, wet cotton, dry oak woodiness, sour cherries, and tart sour apples. Sours seems to envelope the tongue while the caramel/toffee malts struggle to be completely dominating. Cranberries, sweet, tart, and sour all wrapped into one package.
M - Gentle carbonation and medium body.
O - A good offering from the folks at Sam Adams.
09-09-2011 04:29:42 | More by jzeilinger
4.22/5 rDev +12.2%
A battle with the cork leads to a convincing auburn beauty with two fingers of head. Head runs quickly and laces a little...
Grape juice and tannins on the nose, good smell yet semi shallow
Bitter/sour spots hit the tongue immediately, grape skins and alcohol really do give this a vinous flavor. Taste more like a lambic directed brew than any red I've ever had (In hindsight I think they're going for a Flander's Red... my bad so it taste just like it should). Not that theres a complaint there. As it warms some yeast characteristics come to the dance. My favorite flavor of the barrel room collection so far
Nice and heavy bodied, chilled well it still hangs on the cheeks for a few seconds after swallowed
I'd hit a steak with this bad boy, like a cab sav of the beer world. Hats of to SA I'm impressed
08-19-2011 02:01:10 | More by JoeAmerican77
3.5/5 rDev -6.9%
1pt 9.4oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.
A: Pours a tawny red-brown with a one inch beige head. Sparse patchy lacing is left behind by the short-lived head. Giving the glass a swirl will kick the head right back up.
S: Tart cherries, plums, red wine vinegar, toasty oak. Dry chocolatey and roasted notes. Maybe even a light citric orange peel-like scent.
T: Brief taste of red wine gives way to a strong sour bite of tart fruit (plums and raisins). The beer goes dry rather quickly and starts to divulge tastes of oak and a hint of powdery chocolate. Light touch of alcohol. Vinous tastes build in intensity. Bone dry finish leaves briefly lingering tastes of oak and chocolatey fruit.
M: Medium bodied and full in the mouth. Decently carbonated. The time in the barrel makes things pretty astringent.
O: Just ok really. It lacks some depth and complexity.
Notes: Great to see Sam Adams releasing some of these experimental beers. I'm pretty indifferent toward this one though.
08-14-2011 19:53:59 | More by ryan1788a5
4.33/5 rDev +15.2%
Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass
A: Pours a deep reddish brown with a minimal head that dissipates quickly and leaves lacing. As it warmed up the head lasted longer and longer.
S: Red wine. Fruity, slightly sour aroma
T: Again, very wine-like. Fruity with enough sourness to make it interesting. A hint of oak is present in the background. No alcohol bite.
M: No carbonation bite. On the light side of medium bodied.
O: The sourness balances the fruitiness very nicely. I would drink this again. It would go great with grilled fish.
08-06-2011 23:20:06 | More by gestyr
3.43/5 rDev -8.8%
A- pours a dark, non transparent copper color with a 3 finger head with fair creaminess.
S- pungent sour smell with hints of hoppy bitterness. Some sort of berry aroma, perhaps raspberries.
T- sour taste to match the aroma, but not overpowering. The berry taste rounds the beer out well with a slight hoppy finish. definite alcohol taste on the finish as well.
M- thicker than it should be. Quite wet as well.
D- overall a nice wild ale. A bit overpriced and sour for my tastes but quite good for the style.
08-04-2011 02:38:19 | More by blakelive784
3.48/5 rDev -7.4%
1pt 9.4fl oz brown glass bottle with cork served into a Trappist Westvleteren goblet (small size variant) in high altitude Denver, CO. Reviewed live.
A: Pours a three finger head of nice thickness, good cream lacing, and fair retention (especially for the ABV). Dark caramel copper colour.
Sm: Lambic-esque sour fruit ester hops, fermented raspberry, and light bacteria. A moderate strength aroma.
T: Lightly sour fermented raspberry fruit ester hops alongside bacteria over an unobtrusive simple barley foundation. It's simply built, but effectively so. The sourness is not overdone, as with many American takes on the style. The finish resolves to a nicely bright ester that does well at closing out the flavours. Well balanced.
Mf: Smooth and wet, matching the flavour, but a touch too thick for how simple it is.
Dr: High price, relatively high ABV, and good quality make this beer one to try but not to savor. I'd have it again, but I do wish the price was better.
08-04-2011 02:33:01 | More by kojevergas
Samuel Adams Stony Brook Red (Barrel Room Collection) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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