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Samuel Adams Stony Brook Red (Barrel Room Collection)Samuel Adams Stony Brook Red (Barrel Room Collection)

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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States

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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Photo of mjn5036
3.34/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I struggled immensely with the cork on this one. With a loud pop the cork is finally wrestled out and an eerie dense fog creeps from the neck of the bottle and dissipates into the air around it. I poured very slowly as recommended. It pours significantly darker than I was expecting, a nice looking mahogany with a small off-white head. An abundant amount of carbonation bubbles race to the top the entire time it sits in my glass.

The nose is chock full of oak and tart fruit. Sweet berry plays nicely with a slight acidic bite, a nice earthy aroma and malty backbone. Very interesting and it seems as though there is quite a bit going on in this one.

The taste does not quite live up to the smell this beer emits. The Kosmic Mother Funk definitely plays a big role in the flavor profile of this beer - and that is not necessarily a good thing. I found that particular beer to be weak and lackluster and I am finding the same in pieces of this beer. The initial flavor is a lot of oak and a rush of tart cherry and citric acid. This gives way to alcohol, a mild sweetness and what I would like to consider and very faint malty backbone. The finish is extremely weak and almost water-like.

This is medium bodied and moderately carbonated.
Stony Brook Red is a good attempt by Sam Adams but leaves me wanting more from it. The nose is very good but the taste overall is weak on most accounts. The drinkability is fairly high on this one, if you would want to drink a lot of it that is. This one isn't bad by any means; it just doesn't do it for me. Not for $10.

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.37/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this

Consumed 1/15/14

Note: 2009 bottle

Appearance: Somewhere between medium amber and purple - pours with an off-white head, fades to a nice collar, with some wisps of a cap, leaves some nice streaks of lacing

Smell: Fruit, funk, and vinegar - definitely smells old, although I imagine it smelled similar when it was fresh - lots of funk, with yeast, damp cellar, and some wet, lactic acid - some musty tartness - some cherry flesh, and a lot of general weirdness - some earth and some sugary notes

Taste: Funky and more interesting than expected, but also very odd - lots of funk, with some wet, damp lactic sourness and some musty tartness - tons of vinegar - some old fruit, like old cherry flesh - a bit too much sweetness, but not really bad - some spiciness, with earth - some caramel grains - finishes with some booze, vinegar, and acetone

Mouthfeel: Medium body, nice carbonation despite the age of this bottle, smooth, kind of a messy finish

Overall: Yeast, vinegar, and sugar, together at last?

This deserves some credit for being decidedly funky. But the vinegar is a bit much, as is the sweetness. Regardless, it's interesting; apparently worth both trying and aging.

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Photo of ncfranklin
3.37/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml corked and caged into a tulip.

A: A muddy rusty red and brown. Small tan head recedes to a light ring and floating froth. Some carbonation bubbles lingering up from the bottom.

S: Feint aroma of tart cherry and wood.

T: Surpsingly light. Flavors are of sweet cherry, some malty biscuit, and heavy oak in the finish. The tartness is very light, hardly present at all. Kinda a "lightweight" Flanders.

M: Medium body, low carbonation, smooth with a little dryness from the tart.

O: I'd call this "Flanders LIght" if i had to describe to to someone. Maybe an okay introduction to the style, but clearly not a standout.

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Photo of mactrail
3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
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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Photo of blakelive784
3.42/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a dark, non transparent copper color with a 3 finger head with fair creaminess.

S- pungent sour smell with hints of hoppy bitterness. Some sort of berry aroma, perhaps raspberries.

T- sour taste to match the aroma, but not overpowering. The berry taste rounds the beer out well with a slight hoppy finish. definite alcohol taste on the finish as well.

M- thicker than it should be. Quite wet as well.

D- overall a nice wild ale. A bit overpriced and sour for my tastes but quite good for the style.

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Photo of mbusster88
3.43/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from from

A: Pours dark amber color with nice off white head. Tons of carbonation on the glass. Head does dissapate really fast.

S: The first smell is fruits. Lots of apples and plums maybe some dates. Very funky smell, typical of the style, but very nice.

T/M: Very robust flavors up front. The apple flavor really shows through and the plums is noticeable as well. Very wine style flaovrs, but also very nice flavors in the mouth.

D: Decent brew, but definitely not the style Sam Adams is known for, but its alright. Good fruit notes but not overly exciting.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.43/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

1pt 9.4fl oz brown glass bottle with cork served into a Trappist Westvleteren goblet (small size variant) in high altitude Denver, CO. Reviewed live.

A: Pours a three finger head of nice thickness, good cream lacing, and fair retention (especially for the ABV). Dark caramel copper colour.

Sm: Lambic-esque sour fruit ester hops, fermented raspberry, and light bacteria. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Lightly sour fermented raspberry fruit ester hops alongside bacteria over an unobtrusive simple barley foundation. It's simply built, but effectively so. The sourness is not overdone, as with many American takes on the style. The finish resolves to a nicely bright ester that does well at closing out the flavours. Well balanced.

Mf: Smooth and wet, matching the flavour, but a touch too thick for how simple it is.

Dr: High price, relatively high ABV, and good quality make this beer one to try but not to savor. I'd have it again, but I do wish the price was better.

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Photo of goblue3509
3.44/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep clear reddish color with a thin head which quickly recedes to nothing. No lacing or no lines are left. The aroma is of dark tart cherries, that is a hint of oak and a little pepper. The taste follows suit, there is a dark tart cherry flavor up front to start, the middle gets a little watery and the end finishes with an oak taste. The mouthfeel is moderately carbonated and slightly stingy. Overall it is a decent beer, the tart flavors are not as rounded out as i hoped.

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Photo of kingcrowing
3.46/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml corked & caged bottle poured into a snifter - thanks to tprokop7 for the whole set!

Pours a dark red with some light brown/mahogany with a small off white head. Nose is a bit funky right off the bat, Light sourness and a bit of an oakyness.

This is certainly funky, but after having some of Russian Rivers sours (Temptation, Consecration, etc) this seems a bit tame/mellow. Still good and a nice intro to the style, this certainly makes it more drinkable. Mouthfeel is crisp and smooth, good for the style.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.46/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in signature Duvel glass (over-sized tulip).

Appearance: Pours a real deep dark amber color, when held to the light bubbles through the body (it already looks appetizing). Has an orangey-white head maybe 1/3" off the body.

Smell: Smells little like bourbon or scotch, but you need top know is light. Has a hard orange/tangerine smell. Believe me it looks better than it smells.

Taste: It tastes better than it smells as well. Has a strong mandarin feel with a little scotch. I mean the barley is good I just want a little more and I know I am not a lone here.

Mouth: I tell you it is definitely medium to heavy carbonation which I do like this particular brew. Goes down awkwardly smooth.

Overall: I really want to like this beer a lot but I can't. I mean don't hate it but I was expecting a lot more. I will tell everyone have a glass, but factoring in price your better off trying something more suit to your style than experimenting on this. If you don't give a Fcuk like me drink up...Salud!

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.46/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

More of a Flemish oud bruin than a red, at least by color and malt presence. The American wild ale may be most appropriate, as this is not brewed in Belgium at all. Sam Adams' Stony Brook Red is not as enjoyable to me due to its moderate tartness. This is, however, not overly sweet, and I appreciate this gesture towards not pacifying Americans' sweet tooth. The major flavors and aromas are caramel-like sweetness tempered by modest acidic tartness and cherry-like esters. Not a bad beer by any stretch, one that I wouldn't mind aging for three years and checking on its progress.

Pours a 1cm head of light tan foam, made up of dense, small bubbles. Retention is above average, lasting several minutes before settling to a thin cap atop the body of the beer that remains throughout the entire glass. Head leaves significant, attractive lacing along the sides of the glass: a mixture of large lines and circular clumps. Body is a hazy, dark brownish amber, with visible and modest carbonation. Light brings out a brighter brown-orange hue to the somewhat opaque body.

Aroma opens with caramel-like sweetness and a faintly tart, acidic, vinegary scent behind this. Next wave of scents settles out towards the end of an inhalation, with fairly faint tart cherries underneath and even more modest ethanol. Fairly complex, though perhaps a bit too subtle for its own good; would have liked to notice more of the barrel-aged and acidic qualities of the beer.

Tasting opens with caramel malt sweetness that has been slightly touched by acid-producing bacteria, yielding a minor tartness and cherry flavor. Mid-palate finds caramel malts with a bit of oak character and increased cherry character with tartness equivalent to that encountered upfront; ethanol also appears, though very minor. Back of palate detects cherry flavors with slightly more tartness than found at the front of the palate, modest sweetness, and more noticeable ethanol. Lingering aftertaste of toasted malts with oak characters and a slight, very subtle, tart cherry edge. Tartness is, overall, fairly mild, making this a good introduction to the style, perhaps.

Beer is medium bodied, through and through, with modest carbonation, creating a smooth, slightly foamy mouthfeel. Finishes dry, with very little residual stickiness on the palate.

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Photo of WanderingFool
3.47/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Stony Brook Red pours a slightly hazy dark amber with a small fizzy off white head on top. The foam disappears almost as fast as it forms and leaves no lace on the glass.

The aroma is tart with notes of cherry and a touch of pale malt.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is watery on the palate with a light syrup feel and mild carbonation. The flavor has a lot of sweet cherry flavor blended with some pale malt, a touch of oak and bubblegum notes. It finishes tart with lingering cherry notes when gone.

This beer almost reminds me of cough syrup. It's easy to drink and sweet with lots of cherry flavor.

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Photo of phideltashaggy
3.47/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into a Sam Adam's Perfect pint glass.

The beer is a redish brown color, with a slightly yellowy head and small lacing.

The first word to come to mind when I smelled it was "wine". There was a wine character that struck me, but it soon was replaced with other thoughts. Mainly, fruit (cherries in particular) are very prominent in the smell.

"Tart" is the best single word to describe this brew. The tart along with a slight acidic and alcohol taste soon leave a numb feeling on the tongue similar to drinking grape juice, or somethign similar.

The mouthfeel was a little unexpected to me, it was a little thinner than I would have thought. And the numbing sensation plays into the feel of the beer.

I enjoy this beer a little now, but I'm not a huge fan. I am glad that I had the opportunity to try a bottle of it.

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Photo of Ike_Potter
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
3.49/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: deep garnet. almost brown. a finger or two of a tan head that fades slowly and leaves a fairly strong lacing. dark but a strong brightness some good clarity

Smell: a weak fruit, maybe some cherries or raspberries. lots wooden and earthiness to it. some brett funk but nothing too strong

Taste: opens up with just a little bit of cherry that is quickly taken over by wood and earthiness has a good amount of vinegar to it. full of a good but not over powering

Mouthfeel: medium body. strong acidity to it. some what sticky and leaves behind some brett.

Overall: this beer has some good qualities to it (brightness and good brett balance) but overall its a little too vinegary and acidic for me. the flavors aren't quite developed for me.

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Photo of SaltyDog75
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

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Photo of Zorro
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Corked and caged 750 ML Bottle.

Clear dark red colored beer with a small tan colored head.

Smell is sour fruity and spicy with a strong apple aroma. Some sweetness and a trace of oak scent. Bitterness seems to be as much from tannins as it is from hops.

Starts out dry and slightly sour. Sour apple cider with some cinnamon and lemon juice, almost tastes mulled. Reasonable amount of bitterness. Not a wild ale fan but this is OK.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall and OK beer. I'm not a wild ale fan but this is OK.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle $8.99, it looks kind of like a flanders red, reddsih color, translucent, short ring of bubbles around the glass. The smell is quite interesting off the bat, a bit of funk, sour fruit, reminds me of the dissident. The flavor doesn't seem to match up with the smell for me, its a little tart but mostly mild with a bit of woodiness, needs more sourness, more funk and less alcohol.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.52/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

1pt 9.4oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a tawny red-brown with a one inch beige head. Sparse patchy lacing is left behind by the short-lived head. Giving the glass a swirl will kick the head right back up.

S: Tart cherries, plums, red wine vinegar, toasty oak. Dry chocolatey and roasted notes. Maybe even a light citric orange peel-like scent.

T: Brief taste of red wine gives way to a strong sour bite of tart fruit (plums and raisins). The beer goes dry rather quickly and starts to divulge tastes of oak and a hint of powdery chocolate. Light touch of alcohol. Vinous tastes build in intensity. Bone dry finish leaves briefly lingering tastes of oak and chocolatey fruit.

M: Medium bodied and full in the mouth. Decently carbonated. The time in the barrel makes things pretty astringent.

O: Just ok really. It lacks some depth and complexity.

Notes: Great to see Sam Adams releasing some of these experimental beers. I'm pretty indifferent toward this one though.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ruby red with 1 fingers of fizzy head that dissipates quickly.

Raspberry, black cherry and a light lactic sourness.

Fresh raspberries and black cherries. Marischino cherry juice, a light blanket of funk and a light lactic sourness. Can't detect much oak.

Light-medium bodied and smooth with just a smidgen of tartness.

Not overly complex but an awesome attempt at a Flanders Red from Sam Adams. The sour factor is very light. The 9.0% abv is well masked. Would have loved for this to have more sour power with some heavier oak flavors. Excellent for the $11 price tag!

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm half-drunk and half-hungover from last night, and I'm going to get this goddamn tick in. Thanks, Mike!

Clear red with a dense beige head that recedes to a ring. The nose is surprisingly good! It's like an oxidized version of New Glarus fruit beer, with cherries, vanilla, vinegar and a surprisingly oxidized wine character. The palate has similar flavors, with the oxidized vinegar and wine being quite noticeable. However, it is still very good, with the cherries lending an appropriate brightness, and the vanilla is nice as well. Reasonably well-put together, this is a nice beer. Tannins are low, and the tartness is nice.

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Photo of skullsplitter
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was my first taste of the Barrel Room Collection. Though I am not a big Belgian man, this was pretty good. initially when I saw the red ale label I immediately thought it would be somewhat like an Irish Red ale. Obviously I was wrong.

The appearance was a brown/reddish color that was cloudy. There was some slight sediment in the glass. The beer had a moderate amount of carbonation but the head was fizzing pretty well. There was a small amount of lacing around the glass.

The smell was sour right off the bat. Maybe a little too sour for my liking. There was a strong fruity smell. It also had a somewhat of a champagne like smell. It reminded me of a lambic.

The taste was pretty strong. It didn't smell like a 9% beer to me but it sure tasted like one (perhaps the heavy tart flavor?). This was heightened by the sour taste. Apple and oak notes were pretty apparent to me.

The body was a little lacking. But not bad. It's a pretty drinkable beer. Again, not a huge fan of sour type beers but this one was definitely worth the price.

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Photo of Archimetez
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: nice deep red color, clear, head cream color

S:very sweet, quickly brings wine to mind

T: sweet with strong overtones of berries.... little oak appreciated

M: smooth and clean

O: good variation of a belgian beer and a nice change of pace, but not really my cup of tea

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Photo of KeefD
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Huge thanks goes out to Knifestyles for this one! I had been interested in some of SA's barrel aged brews since I heard about them, and was very happy to see this one in the box as an extra. Pours a dark amber color with a very large tan head which was long-lasting and left some sparse lacing on the glass. First aromas I get are tart apple skins, a bit of lemon, some cherry, and a musty, basement-like quality as it warms. Taste is somewhat tart, barrel flavors are there, wet oak, etc. The base beer is solidly noticeable, much like a strong brown ale, with some caramel and breadiness and a touch of tart cherries added to it, yet the cherries aren't overly predominate. A little bit of cheesy funkiness is in the depths of this, but would really like to have more acidity and more cherry flavor. Becomes a bit too sweet and boozy as it warms. Mouthfeel is medium-full, average carbonation. A decent barrel aged wild ale, but nothing to write home about. That description is pretty much standard for all BBC brews. Not bad, and glad I could try it!

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Photo of Pabs311
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- beer pours a ruby-brown color with a nice khaki colored head that sits for a bit before settling to leave some lacing around the glass.

S- smell is of tart cherries, some oak, a little bit of funk can be picked up, barnyard, the beer has a pinot noir like quality to it (minus the funk).

T- similar to the nose but slightly more intense. tart cherries make up the front end of the beer with the oak qaulities coming through in the middle and then finsihes with a barnyard like funkiness.

M/D- Mouthfeel is medium bodied and the carbonation on this is moderate. nice mouthfeel and the drinkability is nice. would have liked a little more funk and sourness to this though.

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