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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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632 Ratings
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Ratings: 632
Reviews: 227
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 15.16%
Wants: 37
Gots: 64 | 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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3.65/5  rDev -2.9%

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.

10-24-2010 00:17:31 | More by DavoleBomb
Photo of Gosox8787

New Hampshire

3.73/5  rDev -0.8%

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.

10-22-2010 11:09:58 | More by Gosox8787
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4.18/5  rDev +11.2%

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

10-15-2010 01:27:38 | More by bigfnjoe
Photo of lordofthewiens


3.98/5  rDev +5.9%

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.

10-11-2010 01:07:01 | More by lordofthewiens
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New Hampshire

3.98/5  rDev +5.9%

From the bottle.

Pours murky mahogany with a burgundy hue and a quarter inch of a beige bead. A placid surface appeared moments later and zero lacing throughout the glass.

Aromatics lead off with a vineous, tart, fruit character. Surprisingly so, considering the sweet aroma of the Kreik from the BRC. Hints of balsamic, wine-steep figs, and sherry-soaked raisins follow through.

Medium bodied with a sharpish mouthfeel. A bit tacky and chewy.

Bright acid and winey tannins start the palate along with balsamic-spritzed cherries and catty leather. A very decent level of tartness for the style presents itself and lingers throughout. Soured apples, noble rot, and jowel water follow through.

Finishes with lingering soured stonefruits, clean acid, and cider vinegar.

I'm pretty happy with this one, I'd say it's my favorite by far from the three BRC brews. Very much along the lines of an above average flanders red.

10-07-2010 00:55:09 | More by brewandbbq
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3.08/5  rDev -18.1%

GLASS: Chimay Goblet
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees, allowed to freezer chill for approx 25 minutes before pouring
Thanks to ShogoKawada for the hook-up!
Shared with my friend Rich, who loves Sam Adams beers.

A ruddy brown colored liquid, with some nice ruby highlights. An easy pour produced an almost three-finger head of loose, off-white colored foam which has a slight pinkish tint to it. The recedes to leave a nice, surface covering, film. The lacing is good and sticky enough to stay around for abit.

This nose is kind of muddled. It's hard to pick out the pieces. I get hints of oak and brett funkiness. Light notes of cherries and other red fruits, especially cranberries. An over-all musty quality.

Big red fruit quality. Good hints of oak. Good brett funk.
Unfortunately, I think that the flavor comes across as very thin, at least to me, anyway. It's almost like cranberry juice, blended with a hint of cherry and something else, that's been stored in a barrel, inside a barn, for a long time. The mustiness still lies over everything.

This is light-bodied and has a high level of carbonation. It is very light and crisp.

The 9.00%abv is not really detected. The taste is good, but thin. Oddly, of the Barrel Room Collection, this is probably the flavor that I would like best (except for the mustiness). The thin-ness of it though, just kils it for me.

09-21-2010 21:38:01 | More by coldmeat23
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2.73/5  rDev -27.4%

pour a deep amber with a finger of head, looks really nice!! Nose also, is very nice, cherries, oak and a hint of sour, not too much sour on the nose though...
taste is actually a bit disappointing. I have been wanting to try this one for a while. a little tart, but not too much, nice smooth oak, hint of cherries and hat is all. Seems like Boston just tried to dip a foot in the sour category and see what it was all about. This has a lot of potential, and so does the brewery in this style... that is obvious in the taste, but the stopped short to try harder to appease the masses so they could say, Hey this sour isnt bad... taste is meh.

09-18-2010 16:32:19 | More by crusian
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3.1/5  rDev -17.6%

A- Reddish brown with an off-white heat the dissipates to a small cap

S- Cherry, wine-like as I get some oakiness in there too

T- Tart/sour cherry. I don't really get a whole lot else...

M- Medium bodied and the carbonation is moderate.

D- If I wanted sangria... seriously though, not bad, it just didn't impress me much. The 9.0 abv was well hidden.

09-10-2010 03:16:15 | More by aepb1
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3.4/5  rDev -9.6%

Poured from bottle into a Sam Adam's Perfect pint glass.

The beer is a redish brown color, with a slightly yellowy head and small lacing.

The first word to come to mind when I smelled it was "wine". There was a wine character that struck me, but it soon was replaced with other thoughts. Mainly, fruit (cherries in particular) are very prominent in the smell.

"Tart" is the best single word to describe this brew. The tart along with a slight acidic and alcohol taste soon leave a numb feeling on the tongue similar to drinking grape juice, or somethign similar.

The mouthfeel was a little unexpected to me, it was a little thinner than I would have thought. And the numbing sensation plays into the feel of the beer.

I enjoy this beer a little now, but I'm not a huge fan. I am glad that I had the opportunity to try a bottle of it.

09-07-2010 21:21:14 | More by phideltashaggy
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4.38/5  rDev +16.5%

A huge thanks to tjmodica for sharing a bottle with me and several other BA's.

A: Pours a beautifully bright and slightly hazy reddish color. A small white head forms, and some lace is left behind.
S: A strong aroma of vanilla, oak, and tart fruits. Slightly acidic with some tart and sour cherries up front. Very nice.
T: Cherries up front that are tart, tangy and vinous. Slightly sour. Though the balance of woody oak, vanilla, tart fruits, and toasted malt are excellent.
M/D: A medium to full body that is incredibly crisp, dry, and refreshing. So easy to drink. I can sip on this all day.

A beer that is not over the top sour, but really balanced between the sour, oak, and fruits. This is just excellent. Well done Sam Adams, something I highly recommend.

08-15-2010 23:03:31 | More by champ103
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3.68/5  rDev -2.1%

Pours reddish-brown with vinous aromas all the way. Also, hints of tart cherry and vanilla, the alcohol has a presence without knowing the higher abv. I'd say the tartness in the flavor is a low-medium and comes across in a fruity way. Red wine character is in the forefront of the taste and it's lightly tannic. 9% hidden well.

Overall, it's pretty good and would work well as a digestif in the evening before getting it on. I wouldn't seek it out, but a nice move for Sam.

08-13-2010 01:29:38 | More by brownbeer
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4.18/5  rDev +11.2%

Dark copper color with a thin beige head. Thin head begets thin, ring retention.

Cosmic Mother Funk grabs my nose from the get go. And that's not a bad thing. Smells like Sweet Tarts with an underlying malted dark fruit sweetness: black cherries and Mandarin oranges in particular. Sweet Tart aroma turns coppery as it warms.

Tartness is more reserved in the taste than the aroma. Lazy, dull toffee, plum and nutmeg settle on the palatte before being cast aside by a sharp tart companion. Becomes fairly monotone as it warms and not unlike Sangria and nutmeg.

08-05-2010 21:45:11 | More by donkeyrunner
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3.58/5  rDev -4.8%

A- beer pours a ruby-brown color with a nice khaki colored head that sits for a bit before settling to leave some lacing around the glass.

S- smell is of tart cherries, some oak, a little bit of funk can be picked up, barnyard, the beer has a pinot noir like quality to it (minus the funk).

T- similar to the nose but slightly more intense. tart cherries make up the front end of the beer with the oak qaulities coming through in the middle and then finsihes with a barnyard like funkiness.

M/D- Mouthfeel is medium bodied and the carbonation on this is moderate. nice mouthfeel and the drinkability is nice. would have liked a little more funk and sourness to this though.

07-26-2010 14:45:41 | More by Pabs311
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Served in a Sloeber tulip glass.

Big ups to connecticutpoet for this bottle!

Part I of the SA Barrel Room Odyssey. Get some. It pours a straight clear garnet topped by over a finger of ecru foam. An agglutination of foam in the center lets me know the laser etch is workin' just fine. The nose comprises dark, tart berries, sour cherries, a touch of vinegar, dark wheat, oak, and a scraping of brett. The taste follows, upping the oak ante, as well as that of the brett and sour notes, and tossing in a pinch of salt for good measure. The body is a sturdy medium, with a moderately active carbonation and a rather dry finish. Not bad, overall, though not something to drink regularly.

07-18-2010 16:35:37 | More by TMoney2591
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4.1/5  rDev +9%

Unique 750ml bottle with a quite difficult to remove cork poured into a Russian River stemmed Belgian glass.

A - Pours a dirty brownish tinged ruby red color with pretty good clarity. Two fingers of rocky tan foam sits atop the beer for about a minute and falls to a thin but fine bubbled layer with just a faint attempt at leaving any lace behind.

S - Cherries, some fruity red wine - a bit pinot like, some oak, a mild bretty funk. Some light acetic sourness and some touches of sweetness on the fringes. Barnyardy aromas increase as the beer warms up a bit.

T - Similar to the aroma - no real surprises. Some fruity cherry and winey flavors in the middle of everything. Oak is much more prominant in the flavor than the aroma. Brett induced funk is quite mild. Acetic, vinegary flavors blend with the fruit. Alcohol flavor is relatively mild, but its presence is definitely detectable. Not as good as the aroma, but still very enjoyable.

M - Pretty much right on for style. Fairly thin in body, but definitely not watery...carbonation is medium level and a bit fizzy. This seems to propel the flavors and fill the entire mouth a tart and slightly puckering feel. In the overall scheme of things, this isn't especially sour for a wild ale however.

D - I like this one a lot. My favorite of the 3 Barrel Room Collection beers. Nice fruity and sour flavors with just a bit of funk. The oakiness is a bit on the high side for my tastes - just too strong in the flavor and seems to diminish some of the other flavors in the process. Overall quite enjoyable. I think I will definitely have this one again before they are gone.

07-07-2010 23:14:12 | More by portia99
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3.98/5  rDev +5.9%

750ml bottle from the brewery in Boston.

Pours a deep clear ruby red color with a two-finger tan head that eventually fades.

Aroma is sweet and tart cherries and a little funk, for the most part. Some vinegar as well.

Fruity, sweet, and tart flavor. A little vinegary, as it should be, and just a little sweet for the style.

I'd like a little more dryness on the palate, but it's a solid beer overall and not terribly off-style. Medium body.

Drinkability is good. This is a solid Flemish red overall. Don't listen to the haters.

06-21-2010 18:11:59 | More by nickd717
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4.58/5  rDev +21.8%

Review from notes on 6/4/10

Poured a beautiful dark reddish maple, almost like an oude bruin. Nice cream colored head that left no lace. Vanilla, aged wood, touch of tannins, leather, and sour cherries are present in the aroma and taste. Very nicely balanced with an emphasis on the lactic tartness. Prunes, hint of figs, and cherries, a different but great combination. I think this is the best beer Sam Adams has ever put out. Bravo, I shall find this again.

06-15-2010 13:13:06 | More by DmanGTR
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Thanks to Eric for sending this one to me. Shared yesterday at a tasting.

A: A nice red leaning amber color with a mild pinkish-white head.

S: A really nice nose on this one. The typical wild ale aromas of oak, sour cherries, a bit of vanilla, lactic acid, and perhaps just a hint of vinegar and berries.

T: Nothing too exciting going on here. Mildly tart and a light fruit note, but not at all complex and a bit of sweet cherry flavor.

M: Medium bodied with a moderate carbonation.

D: A decent enough sour with a really nice nose, but the flavor is sort of bland. Still, a good one to give a try and something unexpected from Sam Adams.

06-14-2010 02:00:36 | More by womencantsail
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3.73/5  rDev -0.8%

750ml bottle purchased as a single from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA. Corked & caged.

Poured into a DFH tulip, formed a 1" tan head above the slightly cloudy red brew. Head recedes gradually, with leggy, sporadic lacing. Aroma is tart cherries with a malty backbone.

Taste starts with the same full tartness, slightly sweet in the middle, then goes back to the tart for the close. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth, with drinkability being okay. Tart and cherry make the experience kind of one-sided, would want more malt character for balance.

06-13-2010 00:29:34 | More by ppoitras
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3.65/5  rDev -2.9%

Picked up one of each of Sam Adams Barrel Room Collections. This one is the second that I am trying (the cherry being the first)

Poured a nice ruby and brown hue with roughly a 1 finger head. The head quickly dissapated though but did leave nice lacing.

The smell was of tart fruit and oak. Slight toasted odor as well as a fruity sweetness.

The taste was not all that bad. By far not the most sour/tart beer I have drank but thats not a bad thing. Dry, mildly sour and tart. I did feel there was a slight metallic aftertaste though.

The mouthfeel was a mild carbonation.

Drinkability is pretty good, especially considering according to the bottle this is 9%. Would make a good introduction to sour beers/ales, though for $9 a bottle there are probably better examples available.

05-23-2010 05:32:36 | More by rudzud
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New York

3.28/5  rDev -12.8%

I picked this up at Julios back in February.

A: Hazy copper color with a half finger of white head. Not the best looking beer we had this day.

S: Musty. Lots of oak with a touch of bret. The weird thing a few people picked up on was the smell of rust. I have never smelled anything like it in a beer before.

T: Oak right up front. It really did dominate. I did get a little bit of coconut though which I enjoyed. A touch of tartness in the back end.

M: Dry and well carbonated.

D: I will say it did hide the ABV well. The bottle itself was probably the best part of this beer. Really nice looking. It was easy to drink but I don't think I would get another bottle.

05-22-2010 20:10:43 | More by aerozeppl
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3.65/5  rDev -2.9%

Clear coppery amber, reddish hue, with a quickly dissipating beige head that left a thin collar and smattering of bubbles coating the surface of the beer. A bit of spotty lace. Tart, fruity aroma, toffee, tobacco, leafy, earthy. Mild alcohol, cherry, and acetic acid. The flavour was similar to the aroma, but with a bit more acidic character and citrus bitterness as well. Berry tartness, caramel, alcohol in the finish. Fruity and earthy. Medium bodied, average carbonation, nice texture. Pretty enjoyable and easy drinking.

05-22-2010 01:39:40 | More by DrJay
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4.05/5  rDev +7.7%

A very unique bottle split among friends in tulip glasses produced a slight brown head that disappeared quickly. The body of the brew was a slightly hazy reddish brown.

I got a hint of Brett in the nose as well as cherries. The smell has a slight sourness to it as well. The brew was a tad to sweet to be called a Flanders in my book I did a side by side with a local Flanders and this one was by far sweeter and fruitier to me than the other. The oak barrel was present in the taste as well. The body was a medium with a ton of carbonation to it.

This was a really drinkable brew to me I easily could have a second glass. A quality beer well worth the try

05-14-2010 18:52:49 | More by joepais
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4.03/5  rDev +7.2%

A: Hazy cloudy reddish brown color with light fizzy head that fades quickly.

N: Lots of reddish malts and a slight toastiness, somewhat similar to a good Irish red, with some sour fruity tangy aroma. A little oak, cherry, some sweetness, and pretty tart.

T: A lot different than fresh, the wild aspect as really taken over. Lots of sour tangy fruit flavors, closing in on a Flanders Red. There is plenty of cherry as well, with quite a bit of wild yeast and brett. Some funk, more like tangy fruit funk not so much barnyard. Some reddish malts buried in the background with some toasty dry reddish malts that add some sweetness and a little boozy taste.

M: Med body with lots of carbonation.

F: Dry with lingering sour tangy fruit, some sour cherry again and a little grapefruit even. Dry funky sour wild tangy funky brett finish, gets pretty dry with just a little sticky sweetness and flemmy even.

Overall a pretty tasty strong red turned wild. I had it fresh and it was just a big red ale, so I gave it some time to wild up before reviewing and it seems to have gotten a lot better. The wild tastes are starting to come through now. This is probably the only one worth it from the SA Barrel Room collection.

05-13-2010 19:03:20 | More by jlindros
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4.1/5  rDev +9%

The final of the Barrel Room Collection shared with the Boise Peeps.... this was shared at a much smaller tasting over the weekend following the Derby.... Thanks to SMADMS and again big Props to Peter for such a great trade!

sorta ruddy brown... thin head... okay retention for what's there.

Nose is pretty nice mix of lemon... cherries... and some acetic qualities... a bit musty on later pours.

Flavor is much more akin to a wild ale than the kriek... good mash-up of lite funk... lemon zest.. and lite barnyard... mild oakiness and lite white peppercorn.. vinous throughout.... seems like a pretty okay Flanders than a wild ale, but what do I know...

Despite the heavy ABV, the body is a lite medium with a medium carbonation... Pretty good introductory sour... I would buy this one again... surprisingly, this one is the one I was least interested in .... that has changed.

Thanks again Peter... stellar trade opportunity.


05-05-2010 07:36:53 | More by JohnGalt1
Samuel Adams Stony Brook Red (Barrel Room Collection) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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