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

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BA SCORE
85
very good

668 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 668
Reviews: 230
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 15.2%
Wants: 40
Gots: 77 | FT: 4
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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4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged bottle courtesy of Brett. Served in a tulip . Pours a burnt red hue that is closer to brown than red with a hazy clarity. The one and a half inch, cream-colored head gradually dissipates into a sudsy slick. Nose expresses tannins, vanilla notes and oak - there's also a vinegary tartness that intermingles with the other aromas. Taste follows nose - the flavors meld together nicely - tannic with some medicinal notes at the finish. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with lively carbonation and a slight astringency. I have to say that I was quite surprised at how much I enjoyed this beer although I would say that it is more reminiscent of a Flanders Oud Bruin than an American Wild if I had to guess. I'm sorry to hear that this beer is being discontinued.

Jwale73, Dec 11, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

$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.

RonfromJersey, Oct 24, 2011
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3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Satchboogie, Oct 16, 2011
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4.4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

beauweaver, Oct 08, 2011
Photo of Kinsman
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Kinsman, Oct 06, 2011
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4.47/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

DIM, Sep 28, 2011
Samuel Adams Stony Brook Red (Barrel Room Collection) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
85 out of 100 based on 668 ratings.