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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

615 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 615
Reviews: 224
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 14.93%
Wants: 34
Gots: 59 | FT: 2
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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ThisWangsChung

Maryland

3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a dark red color with some haze to it. The head is only a finger high (mocha shade), but has very impressive retention. Its creamy, soft texture doesn't leave much lacing behind, though.

S: Fairly complex. I'm not going to say complicated, though - rather than having a billion notes going a billion different ways, it relies mainly on cherries, tartness, and funk for the aroma. Some whiffs will brings stronger cherry, others bring more in the way of funk or (good) acid. If I could nitpick, its that it's a bit sweet for my preference. Still, a very successful aroma.

T: From the start, it seems like cherry sweetness dominates the flavor, with the funky brett being secondary, the tart bite being tertiary, and the oak tannins being quaternary. Occasionally, some sips will yield more funk than others. After a while, the finish displays a touch of caramel malt, while at the same time, the oak flavors become (slightly) more pronounced. I'm pretty impressed with how complex this is, to be perfectly frank.

M: Wow, as sweet as it initially seems on the palate, it dries out enough on the back end to keep it from being overbearing. Tannins are present but not harsh. Carbonation is quite zesty, too, and combined with the former, this is a surprisingly drinkable brew. Still, it's good enough to savor more slowly.

O: I'm pretty sure this has a 'mere' 85 simply because it isn't that tart. To me, this is closer to a 90. It's far from the most tart, but it's balanced and delicate, a trait that's lacking in many 'Murican sours (of course, I love a big, brute-force sour monster too, don't get me wrong!) Given my experiences with 13th Hour Stout and New World Tripel last year, I think it's safe to say I generally enjoy SA's barrel-aged, funk-laden brews a whole lot.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2014 23:27:36 | More by ThisWangsChung
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kvgomps

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev 0%

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Kansas

3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

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angrybabboon

Rhode Island

3.35/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this

Consumed 1/15/14

Note: 2009 bottle

Appearance: Somewhere between medium amber and purple - pours with an off-white head, fades to a nice collar, with some wisps of a cap, leaves some nice streaks of lacing

Smell: Fruit, funk, and vinegar - definitely smells old, although I imagine it smelled similar when it was fresh - lots of funk, with yeast, damp cellar, and some wet, lactic acid - some musty tartness - some cherry flesh, and a lot of general weirdness - some earth and some sugary notes

Taste: Funky and more interesting than expected, but also very odd - lots of funk, with some wet, damp lactic sourness and some musty tartness - tons of vinegar - some old fruit, like old cherry flesh - a bit too much sweetness, but not really bad - some spiciness, with earth - some caramel grains - finishes with some booze, vinegar, and acetone

Mouthfeel: Medium body, nice carbonation despite the age of this bottle, smooth, kind of a messy finish

Overall: Yeast, vinegar, and sugar, together at last?

This deserves some credit for being decidedly funky. But the vinegar is a bit much, as is the sweetness. Regardless, it's interesting; apparently worth both trying and aging.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2014 05:06:21 | More by angrybabboon
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Goblinmunkey7

Massachusetts

3.14/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

2009/2010 vintage. Split with angrybabboon.

Appearance: Still carries a decent carbonation. Creamy sizable off-white/beige head. Drops to a small cap and collar with hints of lacing. A super hazed brick red. Some darker maroons and browns as well.

Smell: Smells like cherry fruit leather. Powdery yeast and a slight layer of earthy funk. Mildly acetic bordering on straight vinegar with a solidndarknfruit sweetness. Almost jammy. Some musty basement as to be expected from the Cosmic Mother Funk base. some legit worn leather as well. Slightly sweet malt base. Some hints of caramel malt. Seriously though, it's a natural cherry fruit rollup.

Taste: Powdery yeast, super powdery. Very slightly tart with a big push toward straight vinegar. Cherry flesh. Pressed jammy fruit with a solid leather component. Slightly damp and musty with a building earthy finish. A touch of fake raspberry. Something like aspirin. Drinks like a fruit infused Cosmic Mother Funk. Lightly sweet malt.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and a moderate carbonation. Nice and clean.

Overall: Take it out before year 4.

I loved this fresh. Aged it's still delicious, but it loses something in the long run. The yeast dominates and hurts it a touch.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2014 04:41:37 | More by Goblinmunkey7
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Mississippi

4.51/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Can this Stuff in a bomber for about 10 bucks and it is a descent sour ale. for that price you cant beat it compared to some of the other sour ales that can go for as much as 26 30 dollars a bomber. you wont regret this one! Need more characters so Im making filler words!!!

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Samuel Adams Stony Brook Red (Barrel Room Collection) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
85 out of 100 based on 615 ratings.