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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Style:
American Wild Ale
Ranked #1,540
ABV:
9%
Score:
86
Ranked #24,425
Avg:
3.8 | pDev: 15.26%
Reviews:
251
Ratings:
771
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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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Reviews by Thorpe429:
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3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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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.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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2.68/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

750mL corked and caged bottle poured into a pint glass.

(A)- Pours a fairly deep crimson red color. Some minimal pink froth and lacing.

(S)- Quite an earthy oak profile to it. Subtle tart fruits, but mostly a dry earthy oak profile.

(T)- Kind of similar to the smell, but far more fruitier, still plenty of dry earthy oak but with fruit. Not much tartness; does get a touch medicinal as it warms.

(M)- Fruity, with heavy oaky earth. The tartness from the smell is not really present; kind of muted actually. Decent carbonation level.

(O)- This is ok, but a bit disappointing due to kind of a bland body overall. The fruit and oak is there, but just kind of muddled together.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into my new Petrus goblet.

Deep burgundy, thinner, lighter and clearer at the edges. The thin, fizzy tan head pops away after just a minute.

In the nose: Balsamic, tart cherry, good amount of toasted oak. Vanilla and sweet berries.

Not as sour as expected, but lighter in the flavor, as expected. The cherries are sweeter, good toasted oak notes of caramel, vanilla, toffee.

Silky medium-light body with soft fizz. Crisp.

Solid. Great blend of the barrels in here. Could be just a touch more sour, but good flavor.

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Photo of MatthewWilde
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sample: 1 bottle 2011

A: Dark reddish orange, heavy internal carbonation, pours a small light brown lasting head, a bit hazy

S: Very complex and fragrant nose, elements of cherries, dried fruit, chocolate, some tropical notes, touch of alcohol

T: Much like the nose, complex and flavorful, definite chocolate covered cherry elements, great sweet and sour balance, some citrus, unique

M: For a fairly high abv and given its style, incredibly smooth, easy to drink, light fruity aftertaste, not lingering or overpowering on the palate, as previously mentioned, well balanced

O: Complex and unique, great aromas, flavors, and smooth as well, definitely worth trying, an experience

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Photo of barnabasdog
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

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3.74/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Was in the mood for a sour beer so I picked this up for 10 bucks. Not sure of the age but it has to be under a year old.

A - Somewhat hazy red amber in color with a solid 1/2 inch of head that sticks around for a bit.
S - Sour funk, berries, tart vinegar, and some funky goodness.
T - Well it's good I guess kind of thin tasking with mild sour notes, some apple cider vinegar, and some fruity flavors. No alcohol taste which is nice . Kind of average.
M - Worst part of the beer it's very thin tasting. I didn't go in expecting syrup just a deeper body and more flavor.

Overall pretty smooth american Belgium ale with some tart characters. Kind of grows on you but I have had better representations of the style.

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Samuel Adams Stony Brook Red (Barrel Room Collection) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 771 ratings