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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3.74/5
764 Ratings
Samuel Adams Stony Brook Red (Barrel Room Collection)Samuel Adams Stony Brook Red (Barrel Room Collection)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States
samueladams.com

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

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.

Added by Todd on 10-30-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#22,490
Reviews:
251
Ratings:
764
pDev:
15.24%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Photo of busternuggz
4.09/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750 into a tulip glass.

Nice dark ruby color with a 1" khaki head, settles to a creamy 1/4" with some spotty lacing.

The nose is vinous with red fruit (cherry, apple) and acetic spiciness. Very nice but a little faint.

Big vinous and balsamic vinegar notes lead on the taste, followed by an earthy sourness, peach pit, tart cherry, red apple skin, a little rhubarb. There's some moderate fruity sweetness balanced by earthy and acetic notes. Kind of a blend of West Flanders and East Flanders styles. Complex and layered. Long, soft sweet/tart aftertaste with a little oak.

Full bodied but soft and lush. Ends fairly clean.

Well done, engaging, and fairly complex. Not the best Flemish red I've had but unique and tasty. A surprisingly good sour from Sam, and a good value.

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Photo of KimenTshom
4.09/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MatthewWilde
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
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 KTCamm
4.06/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a perfect pint glass. 4/23

Pours reddish tinged brown, lighter on bottom. Some white foam sits atop. Caramel notes, light malty sweetness. Little oak in there. Light sour taste that builds to a pucker. Woodsy sour. Cherry fruit mixed. Full bold mouthfeel. Really good.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.06/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750 ml cork and caged bottle poured into a tulip.
9% ABV,

A - Deep ruby mahogany in color, this clear beer's effervescent and tall off-white head falls pretty quickly from the acidity in the beer but doesn't hesitate at leaving lacing on the glass.

S - Slight acidity moves in on the mouthwatering earthy funk and vinegar-like sourness that overlaps toasted malts. Nutty bread thinly spread with dark fruit jam adds layers of complexity beyond the forward yeast nose for an aroma worth embracing.

T - Toasted oak joins toasted malts for a delicious collaboration of earthy wood and complex bready flavors on the tongue. Over ripe stone fruit dipped in vinegar and finished off with an injection of acidity gently overlaps the beer's differently fruity warming alcohol finish.

M - Stony Brook Red's smooth entry gracefully changes to a lightly bubbly finish that's accented by light tartness and a faint sour bite on the finish that gently warms the innards with it's almost unnoticeable 9% ABV.

O - Samuel Adams greatest achievement with Stony Brook Red is making a near double-digit alcohol beer drink like half its content. This Flanders Red, if you will, has a nice touch of oak aging and funky sourness to it that creates a different experience but it's greatest achievement is also it's undoing I feel. The strength in numbers doesn't shine through, but the slightly heavier body and fuller maltiness leads this beer down a path of less drinkability; a detour from the course the style originally intended. It's nice to see big brewers like this playing around with sour beers though.

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Photo of mayerale
4.06/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a mug from a corked and caged pint bottle.

A: Purs reddish brown with little to no head. Slightly transparent.

S: A very aromatic beer that hits the nose long before you bring the beer near. You definitely smell the tartness of the fruit with the scent of the oak barrel coming through slightly at the end.

T: You definitely get the tartness of the fruit immediately (possible cherry or raspberry taste immediately). The oak finish isn't as strong a one might think for a beer coming in a series touting "Aged in oak barrels." Not as carbonated as many beers, which isn't a bad thing. Almost drinks like a red wine.

M: It seemingly drinks like a red wine in that it feels a little dry. Low on carbonation.

O: For a series touting that it is aged in oak barrels, this beer doesn't taste "oaky." Also, it may not be what you expect when you buy a red beer, it is much sweeter than what I expected. That being said, it is a nice change to drink something like this. As I mentioned earlier, it almost drinks like a wine, which isn't a bad thing at all. It is fruity, and you don't really notice the 9% ABV. Definitely worth a shot and I would overall recommend it.

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Photo of OhioLimoncello
4.06/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of joepais
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A very unique bottle split among friends in tulip glasses produced a slight brown head that disappeared quickly. The body of the brew was a slightly hazy reddish brown.

I got a hint of Brett in the nose as well as cherries. The smell has a slight sourness to it as well. The brew was a tad to sweet to be called a Flanders in my book I did a side by side with a local Flanders and this one was by far sweeter and fruitier to me than the other. The oak barrel was present in the taste as well. The body was a medium with a ton of carbonation to it.

This was a really drinkable brew to me I easily could have a second glass. A quality beer well worth the try

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Photo of cjoc83
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy mahogany color with maybe a fingers worth of a light khaki head that doesn't stick around for long and leaves little to no lacing.

Tart cherries hit the nose along with generous amounts of oak and vinegar, with an underlying sweetness rounding things off.

Again, tart cherries are the first thing that jump out at you, but are quickly followed by toasted, woody oak, some barnyard funk, and some vanilla sweetness on the back end to balance things out. There's some very slight alcohol warmth as well, as to be expected at 9% ABV. A really nice take on a Flemish red. Reminds me of the Duchess quite a bit.

A surprisingly crisp mouthfeel, even though carbonation is low. Dry. Leaves a nice oaky, tart aftertaste.

Overall the Stony Brook Red was an excellent interpretation of a Flemish red ale. Great balance between the tart cherry flavor and the oak, vanilla, and funky Brett characteristics. I'm not the biggest fan of Sam Adam's regular lineup, but I've always (mostly) loved their Barrel Room Collection. This one is no exception, and in fact might be setting the new standard for the BRC. At $12 a bomber, you better believe I'll be picking up a few more of these guys!

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Photo of Grupatre
4.04/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Kennethzelljr
4.04/5  rDev +8%

Photo of Tucquan
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had this on 2013-04-21 in Columbia, PA

A - Ruby with gold highlights. Different colors depending on the light. Very short tan head. Some alcohol legs.

S - Red wine, oak, orange blossom, smells tart. Plenty going on. Nice.

M - Tart cherry, nice light roast malt body, moderate oak, white pepper, touch of alcohol. Finishes tart, not too sweet, light bitterness. Dries nice.

T - Light-medium body and almost no carbonation. Wine-like but seems to work for this style.

O - Flavorful and dangerously drinkable beer. My wife and I both enjoyed this.

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Photo of TruePerception
4.02/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

(Previous review, transferred from beer journal)

Sam Adams' Stony Brook Red: 9% ABV, Flemish, active pop; Appearance: amber-red, medium head, steady dissolve; Smell: nice sourness, cherry, tartaric, moderate oak, light malic/green apple; Taste/Mouthfeel: light, green apple, leather, peach skin; good.

Poured into a pint glass.

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Photo of PBoegel
4.02/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured from 750 ML bottle into Sam Adams imperial series snifter.

Poured vigorously to get a dense cream white lightly tan tight beaded head, which broke quickly. The beer is Tawny with extremely good clarity and crimson red highlights.

Aroma is funk, but good funk, meant to be funk. Lots of dried apricot, oak, marmalade, no hops at all. Granny Smith and Empire apple. No detectable alcohol aroma, no uncharacteristic fermentation notes, the funk is what the funk should be here.

The flavor profile is among one the most contrasting complex mixes I have ever come across. There is a biting sourness and oaky wood presence up front. There is a toasty and mellow malt sweetness in the middle, followed by granny smith apple and pomegranate. The sour upfront and oak finish really dominate the complex palate and lend the beer toward a red wine pinot type character. No hop flavor, alcohol is undetectable on the palate.

The beer presents itself with a substantial medium body enhanced by the slickness of the sour character, the finish is medium dry but with the alcohol, bitterness and oaky notes the dryness is accentuated.

Drinkability on this one is a bit more subjective than usual to me. I prefer wild beers that are more akin to the Brettanomyces family vs. lacto sour. I think the sourness is well complimented by the oak essence in this beer. The latter of which is much more pronounced in this brew than the Barrel Series Tripel.

Two Barrels down, one to go, impressed with this series from Sam Adams.

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Photo of jlindros
4.02/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Hazy cloudy reddish brown color with light fizzy head that fades quickly.

N: Lots of reddish malts and a slight toastiness, somewhat similar to a good Irish red, with some sour fruity tangy aroma. A little oak, cherry, some sweetness, and pretty tart.

T: A lot different than fresh, the wild aspect as really taken over. Lots of sour tangy fruit flavors, closing in on a Flanders Red. There is plenty of cherry as well, with quite a bit of wild yeast and brett. Some funk, more like tangy fruit funk not so much barnyard. Some reddish malts buried in the background with some toasty dry reddish malts that add some sweetness and a little boozy taste.

M: Med body with lots of carbonation.

F: Dry with lingering sour tangy fruit, some sour cherry again and a little grapefruit even. Dry funky sour wild tangy funky brett finish, gets pretty dry with just a little sticky sweetness and flemmy even.

Overall a pretty tasty strong red turned wild. I had it fresh and it was just a big red ale, so I gave it some time to wild up before reviewing and it seems to have gotten a lot better. The wild tastes are starting to come through now. This is probably the only one worth it from the SA Barrel Room collection.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.02/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Eric for sending this one to me. Shared yesterday at a tasting.

A: A nice red leaning amber color with a mild pinkish-white head.

S: A really nice nose on this one. The typical wild ale aromas of oak, sour cherries, a bit of vanilla, lactic acid, and perhaps just a hint of vinegar and berries.

T: Nothing too exciting going on here. Mildly tart and a light fruit note, but not at all complex and a bit of sweet cherry flavor.

M: Medium bodied with a moderate carbonation.

D: A decent enough sour with a really nice nose, but the flavor is sort of bland. Still, a good one to give a try and something unexpected from Sam Adams.

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Photo of pzrhsau
4.02/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer has a good deep dirty reddish color with a decent cream colored head.
S: The beer has a sour mixed fruit aroma with some nice notes of rich malt and some nice hints of hops.
T: Deep thick fruitiness that has some nice sour twang to it. It has some breadiness and some notes of dark fruits from the yeast.
D/O: Very rich and thick. Drinkable but best when sipped slowly. Strong and balanced.

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Photo of TTAmod
4.02/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

25.4 oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

I've been looking all over for this one ever since I heard about it. Been over a year, but I finally found it. I love Cosmic Mother Funk and since this one has some of CMF blended in it, it became a must-try.

A: Pours a dark, but clear, brown with a tinge of red. Head is a pink-tinged tan. It's three-fingers thick and has good retention. Lacing is good.

S: Smell is distinctly Flanders Red. Strong cherry, slight vinegar and oak, and more unidentifiable dark fruits.

T: Taste follows the smell to an extent. There's a nice dose of Brett present. Bit of a Smarties taste and slight hints of vinegar. Cherry overtones with hints of oak. Tastes vaguely of a red wine. Sweet, but not cloying. It's not super-funky, but there's a decent dose of funk.

M: Mouthfeel is good for the style. Bubbly, slightly thinner, goes down really easy. Doesn't taste anywhere near 9%.

O: Again, have to applaud SA for stepping outside of their comfort zone and taking risks. A Flanders Red is tough for a large American brewery to pull off. This one almost tastes like the real thing. It's not funky enough to be distinctly Belgian, but it's pretty close.

The AWA is a tough, competitive category with plenty of amazing beers, so I have to rate accordingly. However, don't hesitate picking this one up.

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Photo of AdamBear
4.01/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-very very dark red. Nice tan pinkish tan head.

S-woah I smell a whole buttload of sour. It's smells like a mix of whipped strawberry butter and vinegar. Some cinnamon. Strong scent. Afraid to try.

T-actually it comes in with only a mildly sour taste of aged dark cherries. It definitely tastes a bit oak aged. It's a very smooth and decent flavor. It has just a slight touch of bitterness. 

M-medium dry carbonation with a dry finish

O-it's a very drinkable beer. It's subtle. The flavors aren't strong but there's nothing wrong with it, no off flavors. A whole bottle is easily finished by one person. To be honest, much better than what I'd expect for a wild ale from Sam Adams.

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Photo of tbryan5
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: cloudy, minimal head, ruby reddish brown in color, high carbonation

Smell: It smells like a red wine, sour mix, some oak and cherry candy

Taste: oak, cherry, sour mix, and hay

Mouthfeel: slightly sweet but very tart, light bodied, high carbonation

Drinkability: A very interesting and complex wild ale. I could have several glasses. One of the most interesting Sam Adams out there. It is worth the price. The sweetness offsets the tartness perfectly. I think I may get another bottle just to age.

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Photo of WillyOsler
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of RickS95
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Not a bad looking beer, particularly from Sam Adams. It's dark reddish brown, and dark enough that you can't tell how clear it is. The head is a light brown, a finger and a half thick, but doesn't retain well.

Crazy, funky saison-like smell. Lots of fruit, think tart cherries, and some Belgian notes like their sugar or yeast. You almost get a pucker from the smell alone.

Taste was a bit of a letdown beacuse it's mostly just a gentle kriek. The cherry flavor was there, as was a bit of alcohol, but there wasn't much else to taste. It's certainly not a bad taste, very cherryie, just little else.

You can feel the carbonation on your lips. There's a sweetness that's quickly overtaken by the tartness which stays throughout. A slight bit of heat, as well as acid in the back of the throat. Less pucker than I expected, and even though it was somewhat tame, it sticks with you well into the swallow.

I don't care much for Sam Adams, but this was actually pretty good. It's a hybrid of several types, but regardless, it's a good sipper. Nice ABV and it's pretty easy to drink. Sweet and sour/tart, but never over the top.

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Photo of timjr2500
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of TheMrFarnham
4/5  rDev +7%

Samuel Adams Stony Brook Red (Barrel Room Collection) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.74 out of 5 with 764 ratings
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