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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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85
very good

653 Ratings
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Ratings: 653
Reviews: 229
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 15.47%
Wants: 40
Gots: 68 | FT: 2
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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 gueuzeonhigh
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've always been a little suspicious of Sam Adams beers.
It's a huge brewery--well, for the craft brew world. And what I've tasted of most SA beers has been OK, but nothing to do back flips over.

While I'm not performing backflips or breaking into song over the Stony Brook Red-- it is worthy of one's attention. In fact I think it's quite a delectable libation.

It pours a wonderful reddish amber hue topped by a frothy head that laces the glass.

The nose is a mixture of tart cherries, green apples, bucolic yeast with a measure of hops 'n' malt thrown in--

the flavor is rather cordial. Why it is certainly in a Belgian style of some sort-- maybe it's the wild cherry note, or the tart apple note, or the yeast or possibly the punctuation of that hops-- it's almost as if all they SA says or it seems is true.

This beer does have an intriguing flavor-- and my bottle emptied quite rapidly-- perhaps a bit too quickly.

The mouthfeel is grand-- it seems like it's a full or voluptuous blanket over my palate along with it's effervescence kept the finish alive and tantalizing my taste buds. The entire flavor experience was graced with enough tart and sweet to keep things balanced.

The overall flavor experience and general "round-up" of this beer is such that I think it is a rather pleasant and well worth the cost and effort to find this beer. Mind you- that it has its peculiarities and it is likely not for everyone-- but as labeled, this beer delivers everything that I expected it would plus more.

I like! I like!

gueuzeonhigh, May 08, 2011
Photo of nimrod979
4.18/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into an oversized wine glass. Pours a dark red red with some orange/amber hues. Small off white head that clears away to nothing rather quickly.

The nose on this thing is something that's actually quite attractive. Dark cherries, berries, grapes and plenty of tart fruit. Some belgian yeast and hints of oaky-ness. Some vinegar and wine-like.

First sip caught me off guard. Boy, was it tart. Second sip and you really get start getting all these fruit flavors. There's just hint of malt that I can pick up here. it's like drinking a slightly carbonated wine, and I'm liking it more with each sip. The finish is short and sour but i like the complexity here.

I'm pretty impressed with this one here. Here's to hoping the other two barrel room beers are just as good. Cheers.

nimrod979, Apr 11, 2011
Photo of sisuspeed
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a red wine glass. Pours with a lively off-white head that quickly reduces to a few patches across a maroon body with red/orange hues. Almost no lacing.

Sweet malts mixed with some acidic red grapes, light cherries and strawberry. Further swirling and sniffing pulls out a blend of Belgian spice and oak on the nose. Quite pleasant.

The taste is filled with oaky sweet malts and dark red fruit soaked in a touch of vinegar. Grapes, grape skin, a hint of cherry and again some strawberry. One of the few beers where I actually pick up some strawberry. Just a touch of spice, possibly cinnamon.

Mouthfeel is smooth, slightly foamy with adequate carbonation. Not too heavy. A touch of acidic tartness.

Drinkability is good. This is one of the best Sam Adams beers I've had to date. The 9% ABV is well masked and the overall beer is well done. I'd like to see them continue with similar projects. Worth picking up a bottle.

sisuspeed, Feb 28, 2011
Photo of DefenCorps
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm half-drunk and half-hungover from last night, and I'm going to get this goddamn tick in. Thanks, Mike!

Clear red with a dense beige head that recedes to a ring. The nose is surprisingly good! It's like an oxidized version of New Glarus fruit beer, with cherries, vanilla, vinegar and a surprisingly oxidized wine character. The palate has similar flavors, with the oxidized vinegar and wine being quite noticeable. However, it is still very good, with the cherries lending an appropriate brightness, and the vanilla is nice as well. Reasonably well-put together, this is a nice beer. Tannins are low, and the tartness is nice.

DefenCorps, Feb 27, 2011
Photo of Casey10
2.68/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Picked this up when it first cam out in about Sept 2009 been letting it sit for a little while.

Even with some time on it this beer is not impressive or even that good. I would not waste my money on this particular beer again.

I can say that it appears waterdown coppery and the smell is not even there. The taste is like a flavorless medicial cough drop.

The feel is similar but harsh.

Maybe I am missing something but with some great sour beers out there this is not my first choice.

Casey10, Feb 23, 2011
Photo of SamN
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an Odell's flute tasting glass.

Pours a crimson amber color with a slightly brown head that crackles and fizzes. Head does not last, fades quickly to bubbles edges. A fairly clear beer, some haze hinders the light. Juice looks. Active and lively in the glass. Smell is quite sour, some tulip petals, apricots and nectarines, lots of the fruits are lost underneath an overwhelming sour smell, without adding much to supplement the natural flavors of the beer. Taste is much more subdued, thankfully, and the oak aging and some maltiness are definitely present. There are bits a pieces of tropical fruits, like mangos, undertones of smooth maltiness, tart cherries in the finish.

At first I was skeptical of the oak aging with a wild ale, two seemingly contradictory flavors, but after letting it warm a bit and loose some of it's carbonation, the sour edge mellows, the tart fruits tone down and the beer becomes relaxed, opens up and becomes quite tasty. There is a subtle sweetness to the beer that was initially overshadowed by the tartness of the style. The cherries are more pronounced and the malts really do a wonderful job of holding it all together. The oak is present but nuanced, lending it's mellow hand to the beautiful malt underneath it all while adding a gentle blunting effect to the tart fruits.

Mouthfeel is fine, some gentle carbonation reminding your palette of the slightly wine-like body and character of the beer. Dry and some slick sweetness leftover. Drinkability, with some caveats, is pretty good. First, the beer needs some time to loose some of it's edge after opening. It's too intense initially to really be all that enjoyable. Second, I don't find wild ales in general to be particularly high in terms of drinkability when I try to rate it objectively. This example became quite mellow and easy drinking after some time, but the sole glass I poured was more than enough for the night. Seal the bomber and save it for another deserving night.

SamN, Feb 19, 2011
Photo of bonkers
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured from a bomber into a snifter, deep amber pour, red highlights, fizzy white head. The aroma is a mix or sweet and tart cherries with a dash of vinegar. The cherries are the main taste, mid-palate some vinegar, it finishes dry and tart. The beer is light and effervescent. For a sour it drinks pretty easy, IMO more of a flanders red. A little more sweetness than some other sours, but it works for me.

bonkers, Feb 03, 2011
Photo of Nascartailgatefa
3.35/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Purchased at Sam Adams Brewery in Boston. Pours a hazy red, minimal head and almost nonexistent lacing. Strong Fruity aroma.

Full flavored, again strong a fruity on the pallet. A fine sipping beer, particularly on a cold winter night.

I enjoyed the beer but it isn't exactly my cup of tea.

Nascartailgatefa, Jan 28, 2011
Photo of HagueBrook
2.23/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

A: Very nice copper/ruby color with a moderate head.

S: Smell is of sour cherries.

T: Taste is strongly sour fruit. This is probably what they were striving for, but not my cup of tea. My fault for not carefully reading the description before I picked it up at the store.

MF: Crisp, but I was really forcing myself to drink it.

D: Very poor, but if you like this style, it is probably good. Again, no offense to SA, I wouldn't finish more than one glass. I used the rest of the bottle to baste a roast chicken (that came out pretty good).

Serving type: 22 oz. bottle

HagueBrook, Jan 27, 2011
Photo of BEERMILER12
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a light reddish (dark pink?) color with a decent head that fades quickly

S: Sour cherries and fruit dominate

T: Big sour cherry with bready yeast and some other fruits. The alcohol is well hidden for 9%. Some oak along with the yeast in the back. The sour cherry is definitely dominating up front though

M: Medium bodied and well carbonated

D: The sourness of this beer is a little too much for me, as I tend to prefer dry stouts or bitter DIPAs. Other than that though, it's a drinkable beer for 9%

BEERMILER12, Jan 12, 2011
Photo of kbanks13
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a SA Perfect Pint, figured it was appropriate for this. Poured a pinkish amber body with frothy white head that builds quickly and fades almost immediately. Smells like cherries and apples with a tart vinegar twang, very earthy and yeasty, too. Taste is granny smith apple skin with dark fruits, horse blanket, and bready grains. Oak pulls through nicely, sweet and acidic but gets kind of overly funky in the aftertaste and an oddly bitter finish. Feels light in body and crisp due to high carbonation. Drinks easy, especially for a 9% beer. Flavorful and a good interpretation by Sam Adams, but not anywhere near as good as RR or other popular sours. Best out of the Barrel Room Collection, without a doubt, but I don't think I'll really seek this one out again. I might reconsider that if only to see what some age in the bottle does to it, however.

kbanks13, Dec 10, 2010
Photo of mbusster88
3.43/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from from

A: Pours dark amber color with nice off white head. Tons of carbonation on the glass. Head does dissapate really fast.

S: The first smell is fruits. Lots of apples and plums maybe some dates. Very funky smell, typical of the style, but very nice.

T/M: Very robust flavors up front. The apple flavor really shows through and the plums is noticeable as well. Very wine style flaovrs, but also very nice flavors in the mouth.

D: Decent brew, but definitely not the style Sam Adams is known for, but its alright. Good fruit notes but not overly exciting.

mbusster88, Dec 05, 2010
Photo of Thorpe429
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Drew for picking this one up. Served in a Bruery tulip.

Pours a reddish-amber color with a half-finger off-white head and a bit of spotty lacing. The nose is strong cherries with a bit of a lactic character. A bit of cream and oak in there as well.

The flavor is fairly impressive and reminds me quite a bit of a Flanders Oud Bruin. It has some oak character and a fairly-strong cherry component. There is a bit of caramel. Quite a bit of cherry and oak. It doesn't have all that much depth, but they've done fairly well for themselves with this beer. This is my first foray into the barrel-room collection, and I'm impressed. All around, it's a bit mild and doesn't quite stand out, but I will not complain about this.

The body is medium with a lower level of carbonation and a fairly mild amount of sourness. The oak is there, but it's not particularly tannic. This is a good brew and a step in the right direction. Personally, I would love for Sam Adams to nail this style and get a bit more exposure for this type of brew. This is much better than I expected, to say the least.

Thorpe429, Nov 28, 2010
Photo of Erish
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this bomber into a wine glass.

A: slightly hazy reddish-brown, tan head quickly diminishes into a spare cap with good lacing.

S: sour cherries, yeast funk, tea, clove.

T: the sour cherries dominate up front, the yeast and tea-like flavors dominate the middle, and the finish is dry and spicy. An interesting take on a Belgian-styled ale.

M: medium-weight, slightly oily, decent carbonation.

D: interesting, but not my favorite.

Erish, Nov 26, 2010
Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.53/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750ml bottle purchased at McKinnon's, bottle number 850. Pours a translucent copper color with little to no head to speak of. Smells like sour fruit. Tastes brilliantly sour with lemon, grapefruit, and pithy notes. Medium bodied and effervescent. Dangerously drinkable for its size. Awesome.

MrHurmateeowish, Nov 24, 2010
Photo of mjn5036
3.3/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I struggled immensely with the cork on this one. With a loud pop the cork is finally wrestled out and an eerie dense fog creeps from the neck of the bottle and dissipates into the air around it. I poured very slowly as recommended. It pours significantly darker than I was expecting, a nice looking mahogany with a small off-white head. An abundant amount of carbonation bubbles race to the top the entire time it sits in my glass.

The nose is chock full of oak and tart fruit. Sweet berry plays nicely with a slight acidic bite, a nice earthy aroma and malty backbone. Very interesting and it seems as though there is quite a bit going on in this one.

The taste does not quite live up to the smell this beer emits. The Kosmic Mother Funk definitely plays a big role in the flavor profile of this beer - and that is not necessarily a good thing. I found that particular beer to be weak and lackluster and I am finding the same in pieces of this beer. The initial flavor is a lot of oak and a rush of tart cherry and citric acid. This gives way to alcohol, a mild sweetness and what I would like to consider and very faint malty backbone. The finish is extremely weak and almost water-like.

This is medium bodied and moderately carbonated.
Stony Brook Red is a good attempt by Sam Adams but leaves me wanting more from it. The nose is very good but the taste overall is weak on most accounts. The drinkability is fairly high on this one, if you would want to drink a lot of it that is. This one isn't bad by any means; it just doesn't do it for me. Not for $10.

mjn5036, Nov 14, 2010
Photo of jdhilt
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a thick, cream, three fingered head, slowly fades to a thin layer (should be poured slowly) and leaves a good lace. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Color is hazy amber. Tart fruit nose. Flavor is tart fruit and oak, the higher ABV is hidden. Clean, dry finish. Pricey at $11.95 for a caged and corked, black, 750ml bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, MA.

jdhilt, Nov 13, 2010
Photo of ngeunit1
4.22/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a deep dark brown with a little hint of red. About 2 fingers of slightly off-white head that fades away and leaves a bit of lacing.

S - A subtle aroma of tartness from the fruit (mostly cherry). A touch of oak smell balances the tartness a bit.

T - The overall flavor is very tart and full of the cherry flavor. This is mixed with some oak flavor and even a bit of sourness. The finish is actually eve a tiny bit sweet.

M - Medium bodied with about a medium level of carbonation. Fairly smooth overall, and finishes really crisp.

D - The sweetness and tartness really give this beer a decent range of flavors that you taste in the beer. The beer is overall really smooth and crisp, and fairly refreshing.

ngeunit1, Nov 09, 2010
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A hazy amber with dark red hues, the head forms fast and fizzy but falls just as quick with a relaxed, aged look.

the nose has wild, tart fruitiness, wild raspberries in the wild yeast. Tangy, slightly musty with sweet red fruits in the malt, wild cherries and oak.

The yeast, the wild beasties is the star of the show with tart and sharp red fruits, dry cherries with a metallic edge. The yeast is pretty nice with mostly tart and sharp wild fruits. The malt comes in heavy with more sweetness from the oak aging. The malt makes it feel full, but damn that super-dry, champagne-like finish! It nearly evaporates in your mouth after a solid flow of malty smoothness. a sharp, dry bite hits you first, smooths out and then it's dry and gone!

i like the crazy, wild and sharp flavor's from the wild yeast addition but there's little else going on here which keeps the complexity down. a winner in the wild ale category.

GratefulBeerGuy, Nov 02, 2010
Photo of tempest
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle #3499. Thanks to Speakorspasm for sharing this. The aroma is a touch musty, like an old towel at first, but then it cleared up and let the cherries, vanilla and oak toast through. It's a bit muted for the strength of the beer though. It's definitely a sour beer, but the tang isn't that ripping. It reminds me a touch of the Odell Woodcut beers, and that's a good thing. There's a dry, tart fruity undertone to the beer I really like with a very light earthy farm character. Check this out if you can.

tempest, Oct 29, 2010
Photo of bum732
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S: Tart cherries, rasberries, oak, some mustiness, earthiness, touch of vanilla.

L: Murky reddish-brown, light tan head that dissipates quickly.

T: Cherry tartness up front followed by some sweetness and slight sourness, cola like. Low bitterness, tart dryness with some leftover fruit. Oak very muted.

M: Medium high carbonation, medium bodied.

A solid wild ale, a little one noted and unrefined. But a good effort from a great brewery.

bum732, Oct 25, 2010
Photo of DavoleBomb
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip. This is the third of the series for me. The New World Tripel was great and the American Kriek sucked ass. Let's begin...

3.5 A: Lightly hazed deep amber color. Small particulates throughout. Two fingers of creamy off-white head with poor retention but a decent amount of lacing.

4.0 S: Interesting and a hell of a lot better than the Kriek. Good mixture of sweet fruitiness and sourness. Cherry and raspberry are the main focus here. Acetic acid is the dominant sour note. Woodiness, a light tannic astringency, and a touch of vanilla round this out.

3.5 T: Cherry is the dominant taste. It is slightly medicinal, but nowhere near the Kriek. Woodiness and astringency are next powerful flavors. The acetic acid in the nose is very muted in the taste. Overall, this is sweeter than it is sour. A bit toasty and a touch of funkiness.

4.0 M: Medium body. Good moderate, but spritzy carbonation. Could be creamier, but reasonable smooth. No problems, but nothing standout either.

3.5 D: Not bad, but nothing special either. I'd prefer this to either be sweeter and more fruity or more sour. It's in the middle and seems a bit muddled. A lot of my scores were borderline, so this is a bit better than my rating suggests.

DavoleBomb, Oct 24, 2010
Photo of Gosox8787
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 750 mL corked and caged bottle. Served into my Smuttynose tulip glass and shared with a couple friends.

Appearance: Medium brown with some ruby highlights. Two finger, thick, beige head with a ton of retention.

Aroma: The oak and brett funk are very noticable upfront. The cherries are fruity and sweet for the most part with only a little tart flavor.

Taste: A little tart cherries, but the sweetness and fruitiness of the cherries stands out much more. The oak is also pretty assertive. A little funk in there as well. There is a slight medicinal note that comes in sometimes, also like cherry cough syrup, but it does not linger.

Mouthfeel: Thin mouthfeel with a really dry finish. Not as carbonated as most examples of the style, but it's not too distracting.

Drinkability: The 9% is well hidden and I presonally had well over hlaf the bottle. A drinkable wild ale.

Overall, I was pleasantly surprised at Boston Beer's attempt at wild ales. It was pleasant, slightly tart, with nice oak notes. Nothing too special but solid and I might have it again sometime.

Gosox8787, Oct 22, 2010
Photo of bigfnjoe
4.18/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Chimay goblet.

A- pours a very dark red, essentially brown, with a paper thin offwhite head that quickly fades. Doesn't look very appealing, really. Blah

S- tart and sweet cherries. Smell isn't overpowering, but its damn good nevertheless.

T- the FUNK comes through pretty decently, and meshes really well with the cherries. The finish is actually a little sweet. But you get a lot of the tartness too...damn good

M- there is a slight syrupy quality to it, but its not too bad like you could get from a big DIPA. Overall, I'd say the feel is fine...good for the style.

D- this is a poor man's Supplication, but its still pretty damn good. I'd love to see Sam Adams release more sours...they did a good job here

bigfnjoe, Oct 15, 2010
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a tulip glass the beer was a garnet color with a small head that disappeared quickly.
It had a tart fruit and woody aroma.
Sour cherry taste, oak, with a decidedly vinous finish.
Dry on the palate, satisfying.
My favorite of the Barrel Room Collection.

lordofthewiens, Oct 11, 2010
Samuel Adams Stony Brook Red (Barrel Room Collection) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
85 out of 100 based on 653 ratings.