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Samuel Adams Stony Brook Red (Barrel Room Collection)Samuel Adams Stony Brook Red (Barrel Room Collection)
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Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States | website

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

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247
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751
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
14.81%
 
 
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Photo of chefhatt
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

i poured this beer into a snifter glass. it has a dark red body with not a lot of head to it, no lace either. The smell is funky of tart cherries and of toasted malt. The first sip is like wow, tart cherries threw the sip, then it a little bitterness on the back of the tongue. the mouth feel is very nice, has some carbonation. Overall i really like this beer and can't wait to try the other barrel room collection(they are sitting in my beer cupboard).

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Photo of R011TYD
4.37/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Great tart flavor. You can buy at places like total wine and more. Also one of the beers actually sold at the Sam Adams Brewery in Boston. Cool corked bottle, best served in a Sam Adams engineer glass to capture the fruit aroma. The bottle makes it impossible to tell color, but when poured into a glass, it has a reddish brown color.

Pros: Great tart / fruit flavor. 9% Alc/vol. Big beer - 1 pint 9.4 oz. = about 2.5 beers.

Cons: Can be hard to find. $9 per bottle.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
4.36/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Chestnut in color. Produces a deep head without much effort, like soda, yet clears out fairly easily. A few streams of bubbles evident. No cloudiness to it, but the color is too dark to describe it as clear.

S: Sweet dark fruit, very juicy, with hints of nuttiness. Very full nose, complex and enticing.

T: Sweet, tart, black cherries at the forefront, with some oaky-woodiness like buttered toast present as well, a product of the oak aging I'm sure. Some light aromatic spices might be mixed in here, too. The flavors are somehow distinguishable from each other, yet work together to produce a well-concerted near-sour dark fruit-dominated but oak-influenced ale. I'm very, very pleasantly surprised with the flavors here; very far removed from the usual red ales which are mostly malt. My only complaint is that it sometimes has an almost chalky flavor. But on the whole, I love it!

M: Again pleasantly surprised: creamy, full-bodied, but not heavy on the tongue like a stout. Makes a very good case for taking another sip.

O: A superb beer and a great example of this brewery's genius. Reminiscent of an Oud Bruin, but with great oak flair. Everything was of the highest quality, and even the burps it produced were smooth and delicious. I bought mine at a bar, and even marked up at $15 for a 25.4 oz bottle it was a great deal. If you don't mind a beer with moderate sweetness and are ready to change your mind about Sam Adams as a brewery after trying their supermarket-available beers, then try this one out.

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Photo of Cavanaghty
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a Sam Adams Glass.

Appearance: Deep red almost brown color. It had a beige head that was about 3 fingers thick, and then went down to about 1 finger thick and it lasted a long time. No lacing.

Smell: Fruity and Spicy. Hints of cherry, citrus, hops, maybe pepper too.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium to full bodied. Taste fruity up front with cherry and citrus, some peppery and sweet after taste. Definatly can taste some alcohol.

Overall: Another great brew from Sam Adams! I would buy this one again.

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Photo of champ103
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A huge thanks to tjmodica for sharing a bottle with me and several other BA's.

A: Pours a beautifully bright and slightly hazy reddish color. A small white head forms, and some lace is left behind.
S: A strong aroma of vanilla, oak, and tart fruits. Slightly acidic with some tart and sour cherries up front. Very nice.
T: Cherries up front that are tart, tangy and vinous. Slightly sour. Though the balance of woody oak, vanilla, tart fruits, and toasted malt are excellent.
M/D: A medium to full body that is incredibly crisp, dry, and refreshing. So easy to drink. I can sip on this all day.

A beer that is not over the top sour, but really balanced between the sour, oak, and fruits. This is just excellent. Well done Sam Adams, something I highly recommend.

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Photo of ThePaleRider
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Very dark red/brown. Looks like black tea. Nice two finger head. Color of the head is very close to tan.

S - Very sour smell. Tangerines, cranberry, raspberry, and grapes. Very aromatic.

T - Lots of barrel aging flavors. Not as sour as I was expecting. Chocolate, dark cherries, alcohol, wood, and green apples. Very sweet with a little bite of tart on the front.

M - Lots and lots of carbonation. Smooth transition from tart to sweet to warming.

O - Very unique and super complex. Every sip left me guessing what was next. Sometimes I forget that Sam Adams is a real brewery because of their commercial appeal, but this beer is pretty amazing.

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Photo of gdrydenc
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well, being tricked by the name of this beer, I anticipated it being an amber or something of the like. You can imagine my surprise when I opened it up and took a big gulp. With that said:

A - Pours a medium amber with about 1/2 finger of head that dies away very quickly. The color of it is about what I would expect, given the name.

S - When I first smelled it, soy sauce was the first thing I noticed. However, as it warmed/I got used to it, the soy sauce began to fade away and I began smelling sour fruit, bitterness, and overall funkiness.

T - Much like the later portion of the smell, this is certainly sour. Sour fruit, almost like underripe fruits, take the forefront. Secondly, the funkiness is totally present. Very interesting tasting beer.

M - This beer is fairly flat, as I expect it to be. Fairly thick in the mouth.

Overall, this is a cool beer. Received as a gift from my sister, well appreciated and I'd like to have this beer again!

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Photo of Mav0524
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Picked this up at the Boston brewery on Halloween.

Appearance - The beer pours a dark amber-red, with absolutely no head or lacing. Any foam that you might get from the initial pour quickly disappears. It's also clear, giving you a great view of the carbonation moving up the glass--and there's plenty of that.

Smell - Smells great, with a hint of dark fruit, but not overly so. There is a tartness that balances out the sweet overtones.

Taste - Sharp and sour, with a hint of oak and wood throughout the entire sip. The alcohol is masked incredibly well behind the tart. The beer leaves a lasting sour taste.

Mouthfeel - The beer doesn't sting your mouth, but strikes a balance between bland and sharp. I guess you could say it has a good amount of bite, but handles it with class.

Drinkability - Very drinkable. This ol' girl handles her alcohol content so well, you could put an entire bottle down the hatch and not even know it was alcoholic. Be careful.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.31/5  rDev +11.9%
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

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Photo of tdm168
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - dark amber with a huge off white head that has fantastic retention

S - tart cherries, funky yeast

T - tasrt, a little sour, cherries, oak, woody

M - medium bodied, well carbonated

This was awesome. It had a fantastic nose and flavor. It was fruit-forward and tart. It's simple but it has depth. I thoroughly enjoyed this. If I can find it again, I'll pick it up.

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Photo of waltonc
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow, this is an exceptionally good beer for a $10 corked and caged 750 bottle. Pours brown/ruby in color with an initial inch of light tan head. Smells of tart cherries and cranberries and the flavor follows. Seems a bit like a sour brown (such as La Folie). Not too dry, not too sweet. This is far from mouth puckering sour. Flavor isn't exceptionally complex, but that doesn't change the fact that it's a really enjoyable, guzzleable beer. Body is medium with high carbonation.

Definitely looking forward to picking up some more of this.

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Photo of Jayli
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Snagged this one at Gordon's in Watertown
Consumed 12/14

A: This beer pours reddish brown with a one finger of tan sudsy head. Head recedes relatively quickly and not much lacing to speak of.

S: Nose is quite tart and sour. Oak and malts are present but the most prominent is the nice cherry notes.

T: Taste is quite amazing. Sour cherries and oak really dominate throughout. Very tart up front and then fades out with the oak leading the way in to a touch of malt and sweetness. Finish is slightly sweet apple. Pear is left on the palate in the aftertaste only.

M: Light side of medium body, moderate to high carbonation, crisp and clean body with a bone dry finish.

D: This is my first real experience with this style and am pleasantly surprised! Not filling, nicely blended the balance between tart/sour and malt is excellent. Alcohol is undetectable. I'm looking forward to exploring more of this style.

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Photo of allengarvin
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Interesting bottle design certainly draws one's eye. It pours out a deep mahogany color with a dense quarter-inch head atop it. The nose offers all the normal notes of a Flemish red: vinous fruitiness, sweet malt, a little oaky vanilla as well. As for flavor: Sam Adams really got this spot on! No one thing dominates. Instead, there's a wonderful blend of oakiness, tart cherries without cherry sweetness, and malt, lightly caramel. Acidity is present but this beer is at the less sour end of the Flemsh red spectrum. There are lots of food pairing possibilities here that would be interesting.

Every time Sam Adams comes up with a new line of beers, I've come to expect no more one well-done in the bunch. This one certainly hits that! Looking forward to the others, though.

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Photo of gestyr
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass

A: Pours a deep reddish brown with a minimal head that dissipates quickly and leaves lacing. As it warmed up the head lasted longer and longer.

S: Red wine. Fruity, slightly sour aroma

T: Again, very wine-like. Fruity with enough sourness to make it interesting. A hint of oak is present in the background. No alcohol bite.

M: No carbonation bite. On the light side of medium bodied.

O: The sourness balances the fruitiness very nicely. I would drink this again. It would go great with grilled fish.

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Photo of stakem
4.29/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Corked and caged, nontypical 750ml bottle #3499.

Pours a clear amber red color with a fizzy yellowish tan head more than a finger strong that receeds back almost immediately to just a thin lace on top of the beer. Nose initially seems to be typical belgian phenols but gives way to more. Aromas of belgian style yeast meets spices akin to clove, minor amount of banana and then increasingly more tartness, funk, fruit and then an ever so slight bit of oaky subtleness as it warms. Taste is tart but includes some musty notes, fruity apple and pear, clove, slight bit of banana and finishes slightly bitter and quite drying. With the drying finish comes some of the oak and woodsy characteristics in the taste. Feel of this beer is light with moderately high carbonation. Very drinkable and the alcohol is hidden quite well for 9%.

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Photo of zaphodchak
4.27/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A half finger of offwhite head and a deep garnet body.

Smell nails it. Tart, a bit of grape and oak, but subtle.

Classical example. Tart, but not extremely so, and well balanced. Trace of bittering coriander. Not super bold. Oak mellows and rounds out the body, adding some richness. Delicious.

Smoothish, if a bit frothy.

An excellent American 'Flemish' Red. Delicious. Kind of Liefmans-esque.

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Photo of riored4v
4.27/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip. Semi-hazy, red/amber body. 1 1/2 finger, tan head that faded quickly to a thin layer.

Smell was tart, cherry aroma. Some hints of vanilla, oak and caramal malts.

Taste had a good, tart, cherry flavor that you could feel in the back of your mouth initially. Caramel and brown malt flavors. Tart/sour flavor is mild but still the highlight of the beer and is pleasant.

Mouthfeel is light/medium body with high carbonation. Dry finish.

Drinkability is very good. Sour/tartness was nice and no hints of abv.

Very good beer. Nice level of tartness while still being "soft" enough to really enjoy. Probably my favorite Sam Adams beer.

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Photo of Andrewi95
4.26/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

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Photo of MikeOlheiser
4.26/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is my first try of a tarte-fruit style ale. Served in a pub glass. served near 45-50 degrees F.

appearance: poured slowly, some head came up but soon dissipated. deep ruby, brown

Smell: wine, fruit smells. bit of alcohol, not much.

Taste: I love this taste, but I have nothing to compare it to in this style. Reading the label, it seems there is more claim than flavor, although this is a very enjoyable taste. The tarte fruit is right up front, probably cherry, but the finish isn't much. very drinkable, easy to sip on, and only a hint of the alcohol warmth.

Overall: tasty, easy to sip on, but I can see how someone would argue its a bit lacking. However, its still damn good and I enjoy it very much.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

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Photo of horshack7
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Quite the dark amber almost brown with a two finger head.

Aroma: Tart fruits in the front sour cherries with traces of citrus fruit. Almond and subtle notes of oak in the back.

Taste: Sour cherries, light dryness on the palate, tartness all through it. Oak, almond and minor bits of pistachio.

Notes: A rather complex beer but very tasty lots of yummy sourness. Cheers.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From the corked, caged bottle. Sampled on December 22, 2013. That cork took some effort to pop.

Reddish-brown pour with a modest light brown head and consistent carbonation.

The aroma screams wild yeast and sour, tart cherries and other juicy fruits. Also a fine biscuit malt character appearing on the nose.

The body is medium and acidic.

Taste of roasted malts, cherry, and other sour characters. The sourness of the taste is not explosive like some sours can be. That's what I liked this one better than other sour I have tried.

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Photo of UDbeernut
4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a tulip, amber color, small of white head, light carbonation. sweet and sticky well balanced by the sourness and oak. the oak is suble and enjoyable. the alchohol is atrong but not over bearing. me and hammer made easy work of this treat direct from the brewery tour.

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Photo of nimrod979
4.21/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into an oversized wine glass. Pours a dark red red with some orange/amber hues. Small off white head that clears away to nothing rather quickly.

The nose on this thing is something that's actually quite attractive. Dark cherries, berries, grapes and plenty of tart fruit. Some belgian yeast and hints of oaky-ness. Some vinegar and wine-like.

First sip caught me off guard. Boy, was it tart. Second sip and you really get start getting all these fruit flavors. There's just hint of malt that I can pick up here. it's like drinking a slightly carbonated wine, and I'm liking it more with each sip. The finish is short and sour but i like the complexity here.

I'm pretty impressed with this one here. Here's to hoping the other two barrel room beers are just as good. Cheers.

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Photo of Tuey13
4.21/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This pours a copper-crimson color with a nice foamy beige head the dissipates rather quickly but leaves very nice lacing on the glass.

The smell is funky, fruity, and very earthy... plums, cherries, sour apple, maple.... definitely oak and peppery vinegar. This smells very complex!!

The taste follows the nose... tart cherries and a wonderful earthy woody oak flavor with bit of vinegar on the dry finish. Belgian... wild ale... and a definite wine-like characteristic.... The alcohol is hardly noticeable at 9%.... Very nice job from Sam Adams!

I am impressed with this series... Sam Adams is such a pioneer in this industry. To bring variety and affordability in a time when so many micro breweries are making super expensive and rare, hard to get beers... they are a refreshing go to brewery. I only paid $4.49 for this!!! Easy to get and affordable... we need more like this!

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