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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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BA SCORE
85
very good

640 Ratings
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Ratings: 640
Reviews: 228
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 15.2%
Wants: 40
Gots: 63 | FT: 1
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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 Erish
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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
Photo of brewandbbq
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%

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.

brewandbbq, Oct 07, 2010
Photo of coldmeat23
3.08/5  rDev -17.9%

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.

coldmeat23, Sep 21, 2010
Photo of crusian
2.73/5  rDev -27.2%

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.

crusian, Sep 18, 2010
Photo of aepb1
3.1/5  rDev -17.3%

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.

aepb1, Sep 10, 2010
Photo of phideltashaggy
3.4/5  rDev -9.3%

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.

phideltashaggy, Sep 07, 2010
Photo of champ103
4.38/5  rDev +16.8%

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.

champ103, Aug 15, 2010
Photo of brownbeer
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%

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.

brownbeer, Aug 13, 2010
Photo of donkeyrunner
4.18/5  rDev +11.5%

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.

donkeyrunner, Aug 05, 2010
Photo of Pabs311
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%

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.

Pabs311, Jul 26, 2010
Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev +6.7%

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.

TMoney2591, Jul 18, 2010
Photo of portia99
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%

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.

portia99, Jul 07, 2010
Photo of nickd717
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%

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.

nickd717, Jun 21, 2010
Photo of DmanGTR
4.58/5  rDev +22.1%

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.

DmanGTR, Jun 15, 2010
Samuel Adams Stony Brook Red (Barrel Room Collection) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
85 out of 100 based on 640 ratings.