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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From:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
 
Massachusetts, United States
Style:
Wild Ale
Ranked #887
ABV:
9%
Score:
84
Ranked #23,513
Avg:
3.74 | pDev: 15.51%
Reviews:
251
Ratings:
522
Status:
Active
Rated:
Jan 16, 2022
Added:
Oct 30, 2009
Wants:
  49
Gots:
  118
SCORE
84
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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Ratings by Thorpe429:
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Reviewed by Thorpe429 from Illinois

3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
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.
Nov 28, 2010
More User Ratings:
 
Rated: 2.92 by TheRatCage from Connecticut

Jan 16, 2022
 
Rated: 4.05 by jmbeerdude91 from Arizona

Feb 06, 2020
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Rated by Robbles from New York

1.21/5  rDev -67.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1
Taste to overwhelming like tart fruit had to wash it down with coors
Oct 07, 2018
 
Rated: 4.18 by GeorgiaBeerMoose from Georgia

Jun 27, 2018
 
Rated: 3.45 by deereless from Colorado

Jun 13, 2018
 
Rated: 4 by DigitGrowler from Kentucky

May 20, 2018
 
Rated: 4.25 by jgunther71 from Illinois

Dec 31, 2017
 
Rated: 3.5 by 1971bernat from Virginia

Dec 29, 2017
 
Rated: 3.26 by VelvetExtract from Massachusetts

Dec 09, 2017
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Reviewed by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.41/5  rDev -8.8%
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
 
Rated: 3.73 by imperialking from Illinois

Jul 17, 2017
 
Rated: 4.25 by jwat from Pennsylvania

Jun 05, 2017
 
Rated: 4 by Shawnspl from Rhode Island

Apr 30, 2017
 
Rated: 3.75 by RochefortChris from North Carolina

Mar 19, 2017
 
Rated: 1.5 by PA-Michigander from Pennsylvania

Jan 22, 2017
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Reviewed by kitch from Hong Kong

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
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
 
Rated: 3.56 by Zazzi82 from Tennessee

Dec 05, 2016
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Reviewed by Sourman49 from Texas

2.27/5  rDev -39.3%
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
 
Rated: 3.88 by Taphouse_Traveler from Florida

Oct 11, 2016
 
Rated: 2.87 by BrutisDestructus from Indiana

Sep 26, 2016
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Rated by LJTate from Pennsylvania

2.03/5  rDev -45.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.75
Without question, the worst sour I've ever had. Bad.
Sep 10, 2016
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Reviewed by cwalter from New York

3.66/5  rDev -2.1%
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
 
Rated: 3.98 by Gagnonsux from Texas

Jul 05, 2016
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Reviewed by colts9016 from Idaho

3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
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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Reviewed by ordybill from Georgia

4.39/5  rDev +17.4%
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
 
Rated: 3.61 by DBosco from Massachusetts

Jun 23, 2016
 
Rated: 3.99 by tommy5 from Michigan

Jun 22, 2016
 
Rated: 4 by Hellpop65 from Kansas

May 24, 2016
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Reviewed by MikeWard from Pennsylvania

4.21/5  rDev +12.6%
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
 
Rated: 3.5 by StoutAtTheDevil from Alabama

May 05, 2016
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Reviewed by Wasatch from Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
750 ml
Caged/Corked

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
 
Rated: 3.48 by Shy5 from Oregon

Mar 24, 2016
 
Rated: 4.09 by 6thstreetbrewpub from District of Columbia

Feb 25, 2016
 
Rated: 4.56 by WickedBeer from Alabama

Feb 07, 2016
 
Rated: 3.77 by Gkruszewski from New York

Feb 01, 2016
 
Rated: 3.48 by Khaack from New York

Feb 01, 2016
 
Rated: 3.52 by Jakl15 from North Carolina

Jan 21, 2016
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Reviewed by boisehack from Idaho

3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
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
 
Rated: 4.21 by Houlio_99 from Connecticut

Jan 16, 2016
Samuel Adams Stony Brook Red (Barrel Room Collection) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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