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

Samuel Adams Stony Brook Red (Barrel Room Collection)Samuel Adams Stony Brook Red (Barrel Room Collection)
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Wild Ale
Ranked #1,537
Ranked #29,660
3.8 | pDev: 15.26%
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States
Very Good
Samuel Adams Stony Brook Red (Barrel Room Collection)Samuel Adams Stony Brook Red (Barrel Room Collection)
Notes: Aged in oak barrels; hand-bottled corked & caged; bottled-conditioned. A greater percentage of "Cosmic Mother Funk" was blended into this beer.
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.41/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a tulip, the appearance was a stiff burnt dark red color with a finger's worth of white foamy head that quickly slid off in a semi-fizzy sort of way. No lace.
The aroma had some cherry skin and flesh, some dried grass, light acidic citrus pulp, burnt bread, some vinegar, green apples and a tart to almost sour glossing of orange/lemon rind.
The flavor was mildly sour to present the acidic level with some lemon and orange-like tartness, light bitterness. Sour to tart apple and cherry flesh to acidic sort of aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was medium bodied with a decent sipping quality about it. Carbonation felt fine. ABV felt appropriate. Finish was quick with some acidic fizz.
Overall, well, it's a decent attempt at an American Wild ale. The "pucker" factor is actually there, though I didn't mention in the mouthfeel portion of this review.

Aug 03, 2017
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kitch from Hong Kong

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

A 1pt 9.4 fl oz bottle with a best before date of 1st October 2017. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.

Appearance: A dark ruby reddish brown colour with a big three finger light tanned head that had decent retention and left only sparse lacing.

Aroma: Fruity tart cherry, red berries, grape, plum, caramel and a touch of vinegar.

Taste: Much less fruit than the aroma, sour, tart, cherry, plum, oak, alcohol and vinegar.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and highly (overly) carbonated.

Overall: Taste was decent but I think its fruitiness was definitely affected by the harshness of the carbonation, which I felt mellowed it, when compared to the aroma. For me, the problem all stemmed from the harshness of the carbonation when swallowing, which I thought was way more than even any soda that I’ve drank before. If toned down a bit, I think that I would have enjoyed it a lot more.

Dec 30, 2016
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Sourman49 from Texas

2.27/5  rDev -40.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

There is no fruit notes in this. Pucker is average. Pours nice but that's as far as it goes. Good malt and oak taste finished with a moderate pucker. Very disappointing for a Flemish. Sam Adams should stick to ales. Save your $.

Oct 13, 2016
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cwalter from New York

3.66/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a dark ruby red color. A lot of carbonation and does not support much of a head. The aroma is vinegar, fermented tart cherries and rasberries as well as biscuity malts. Up front in the taste you get fermented cherries, rasberries and vinegar. Then a biscuit/cracker malt flavor mellows out this beer mid sip. In the back end it has a decent lactic acid puckering quality. A nice take on a Flanders red ale.

Aug 31, 2016
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colts9016 from Idaho

3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I got this beer when it first came out, so it is a few years old. I looked for a date on the bottle but no luck. Poured into a tulip glass. A dark reddish hue, with brown notes. The beer is opaque in color. The head is one finger light tan head, with poor retention. Some carbonation exist, near the top of the head.

A very sour cherry notes, plums, caramel, yeast, and some floral notes.

Sour cherries, plums, toffee, caramel, bread, yeast, floral, citrus, wood, vanilla, and citrus,

The mouthfeel is super carbonated, medium light body with a crisp tangy finish.

This is a very pleasant wild ale, the flavors are pronounced, the wood note is very noticeable; however, I cannot distinguish if it is oak or not. It is just decent beer, had better wild ales.

Jun 30, 2016
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ordybill from Georgia

4.39/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 25 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance was a nice amber red color with a large off-white head. taste of cherries, wheat and oak.

Jun 27, 2016
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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

4.21/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

shared a bottle courtesy of my niece. Thanks Ali!

Looks very nice in the glass. Deep dk red with a decent off white head. no carbonation could be seen, but the head hung around for a while.

Aroma is slightly tart with a strong dark fruit smell.

I like the way this one tastes. Sour notes right up front, and then the plums and dk fruit come through later.

Feel and mouth are a touch above medium.

All in all, glad I got to try this one.

May 23, 2016
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Wasatch from Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml

Pours a pretty nice grapey red color, very nice carbonation, with a pretty nice thick/creamy one-finger off-white head, which leaves some sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, yeasty, with some nice cherry/raspberry notes, nice tartness, slight oak. The taste is pretty nice as well, malty, yeasty, with some nice cherry/raspberry, nice tart note, oaky. Medium body, ABV hidden pretty well, nice dry finish. Overall, this one is pretty tasty.

Apr 24, 2016
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boisehack from Idaho

3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

OK! Wow. Right now I am going to say that I don't know if I should review a beer with a meal. But when I buy a "special" beer, it usually goes with a special meal. So.
I bought a ribeye, bone in, and Brussels sprouts, and some kind of baguette for garlic bread, and expected to get some Brother Thelonius, but it is no longer available from my Albertson's, so I bought this, 'cause it had a cork in it too! And it was on sale, $3 off.
I think this would go better with pork, because it was pretty sour. Not The Dissident kind of sour, and the label did say "tart", but the apples on my 85 year old apple tree are a little tart, but not sour. So I poured it into a regular pint glass, maybe it would be better in a tulip, but I did. And I didn't pour aggressively at first, but I didn't see much action, so I kinda dumped it in. A lot of big bubbles, and they went away immediately, and there was no head, but some effervescence at the surface. No lacing at all.
Then I looked at the color. It was a nice bright orange-red, holding it up to the CFL fixture in the kitchen. And I smelled it. Now, this is where the problem is. If you are eating steak and caramelized Brussels sprouts and toasted garlic bread, can you smell a beer properly? Probably not. But it smelled a bit sour and cidery to me, but kinda rotten, like when you mow under an apple tree that has dropped a lot of fruit, and the bees are a bit drunk. And then I drank some. Hmmm! Sour, and like apple cider, and prunes, and figgy. I liked it! I was supposed to taste the barley and oak, but that escaped me. It was nice in the mouth too, not thick at all, a little puckery, but pleasant.
Overall, this was a nice surprise, and I might give it a little higher rating with pork or all alone, but I want to be honest, and I don't know how to weight something like that. But if you like a little sour in your beer, you should try this one! As far as what a Flanders Red should be like, I haven't a clue.

Jan 19, 2016
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Andrewi95 from Louisiana

4.26/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

All the flavors come together wonderful with this beer. Love the bottle, though the cork was a bi*** to remove. Pour is nice and this is something I like to save for special occasions. Found it at Whole Foods.

Nov 06, 2015
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

4.31/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Undated bottle at 42 degrees into snifter
$ 9.99/bottle at Consumer’s
Aroma – smells tart and fruity
Head small (2.5 cm, aggressive pour), light brown, fizzy/frothy, rapidly diminishing to three mm ring and partial layer
Lacing poor – few tiny islands of tiny bubbles
Body – very dark mahogany, clear
Flavor – begins tart with a definite generic fruity taste. The fruit fades somewhat and plum and the tannic acid comes through, nicely oaky. No malt, no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl.
Palate medium, watery, lively carbonation.

Appearance 4, Aroma 4.25, Flavor 4.5, Palate 4, Overall 4.25

Oct 18, 2015
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mactrail from Washington

3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

“Belgian style red” aged in oak barrels. Winey and mouthfilling. Very sudsy with clouds of carbonation as you tipple. Very sharp aroma of over-fermented fruit, but at least not vinegary.

This seems like a fair imitation of Rodenbach Grand Cru. The Sam Adams is more robust and more sour, with a woody finish. This even has some molasses and gingerbread flavors. Strong and strange, but interesting for a few sips. I didn't finish the bottle, though.

From the 750 ml bottle with the most annoying and difficult to remove cork ever. Purchased
at Sprouts Market in Santa Fe.

Oct 17, 2015
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mlockman from Indiana

3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very tart; strong flavors of oak and Belgian yeast. Reminded me a lot of Upland's oak-aged Belgian quad. Really high quality beer from Sam Adams, inspires me to try more of their barrel-aged brews.

Aug 31, 2015
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brother_rebus from Maine

3.72/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Been a while since I had this. 750ml > snifter. 2mm ringed grey head. Deep burgundy- filtered but almost opaque. Smells like the moist bowels of an oak pinot noir barrel, boozier. Hints of cherry, apple, grapey malt, booze. Somewhat tart up front. Carbonated til the end, where it flattens out and booze. Overall pretty good complexity. Good CO2 profile malt present, hop not. My real perception of its hinderance is the inability to mask the 9%ABV. Tastes like a port, but instead of 15%, its 9...

Aug 19, 2015
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porterman66 from Massachusetts

2.95/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

To be perfectly honest this beer tastes like someone put some red wine, perhaps a Cabernet Sauvignon, in my glass with my beer. I did not like it overall though it actually tasted well with the Filet Mignon that I ate with it but I didn't like its overall sweetness and lack of character.

Jun 28, 2015
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alejandro126 from Alabama

2.78/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Sweet, with oak notes, and a muddled finish. A bit of barnyard but no acidity or fruit to cut it. Perhaps I got a bad bottle based on other reviews, but I fought my way through a half glass and dumped the rest down the drain.

May 13, 2015
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Cyberkedi from Georgia

3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Malty aroma has a tart fruity overtone and a hint of horehound. Pours a clear, dark mahogany with a thick wheat head. Malty flavor has woody and tart fruity notes, giving it an almost wine-like nature. Smooth texture has good fizz and rather wine-like body, leaving a tart and woody finish. Distinctive, enjoyable, tasty.

Mar 23, 2015
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Celtics17 from California

3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a great way to get into sour beers, but once you've had some great ones. This leaves you missing big flavors. I wanted more cherry, or fruit forward sourness coming through. It lacked a big vinegar backbone. It had very little "funk".

Mar 02, 2015
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SaltyDog75 from Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Perfect for those interested in dipping their toes into the world of sour beers rather than diving in headfirst. There's a bit of sour cherry tartness, but it's restrained. Not a whole lot of depth to it, but what it does, it does fairly well. Malt isn't very pronounced, hops aren't a factor. No hot alcohol taste, which is good for a 9% ABV brew. A well done effort by Sam Adams.

Jan 23, 2015
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4.4/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a cloudy dark Amber. thick cream colored head. Good carbonation. Smells a bit sour almost like a white wine. Great tart/sweet taste that balance each other well. Finishes with slight alcohol warmth. Very refreshing. This is a great beer!

Dec 29, 2014
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Ike_Potter from Louisiana

3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep amber color with a touch of red. Tan foam and a sour but not unpleasant aroma. I really noticed red wine flavors, fruity and dry. Not overpowering to people who may think an american wild ale sounds intimidating. Overall pretty good.

Dec 21, 2014
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.99/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

so good and so different, its nice to know the big guys can still pull off beer like this. its cool stuff, somewhere in the flanders red neighborhood, but it feels sour from a blend, not sour from a raw ferment, which is fine, but that's the point of departure for me. deep brick red color with some haze to it and a tall tan head with 100% retention, as long as I drink this the head holds up. the nose here is tangy with some fruity notes, dried cherries or even cranberries seem obvious, but red wine tannins, plums, lacto, and wet oak are all there too. the taste is similar with the sourness coming fist, even before the malt, which is big and round and caramel based but only moderately sugary. pucker but not caustic on the acidity, and its short lived and quickly balanced out by the fruit and the density of the grain. a really unique beer, especially at this abv, which I think is an odd feature for it. heavy oak too, really pleasant this time of year. super impressed with the clever uniqueness of this beer and its overall quality. im so used to seeing the seasonals and boston lager from these guys, its nice to know they are capable of beers this special. worth way more than what they ask for it, I like that too!

Nov 28, 2014
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delta490 from Virginia

3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep ruby with a short-lasting light tan head. A little soapy lacing is left behind. The aroma is dark fruit, slightly tart like fresh sour cherries. The taste, though, is underwhelming. A little bit of the tartness remains, but disconnected from any other flavor. There isn't much of the bourbon barrel aging process noticeable either, beyond a hint of wood towards the back of the tongue. It also has a little bit of fizzy quality to the body, despite not much carbonation. It could be, and should be, much better.

Oct 04, 2014
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barnabasdog from Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

A- dark brown with a red tint, little visibility, cloudy, no head and no lacing

S-malt, apple, grape, brown sugar, doughy, chocolate

T- tons of fruits, cherry, sour apple, malty, toffee, roasted nuts, sangria character, all spice

M- medium body, little carbonation, surprisingly refreshing

O- unique Belgian style red very complex and enjoyable, slightly sweet. I like seeing Sam Adams do these out of the box small batches

Aug 31, 2014
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ricchezza from Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +25%

Clear auburn hue with little off-white lacing.
Tart dark cherry & plum aroma.
Tastes crisp, tart (lactic) and fruity (black cherry, vanilla, and raisin).

I’ve been told by Boston Beer Co. employees that the make up of this Barrel Room Collection blend is 50% Kosmic Mother Funk (and unfortunately not much else about the recipe).

Incredible drinkability. I have a hard time not purchasing a Stony Brook Red every time I come across one. This has long ago become one of my favorite beers.

Aug 17, 2014
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Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 772 ratings