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

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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 Casey10
2.7/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Picked this up when it first cam out in about Sept 2009 been letting it sit for a little while.

Even with some time on it this beer is not impressive or even that good. I would not waste my money on this particular beer again.

I can say that it appears waterdown coppery and the smell is not even there. The taste is like a flavorless medicial cough drop.

The feel is similar but harsh.

Maybe I am missing something but with some great sour beers out there this is not my first choice.

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Photo of BradtheGreat7
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Review taken in 2012 from notes

Sam Adams Barrel Room Collection style bottle with their BR style labeling. Corked and capped. Bottle does look extremely nice and classy. Poured this into a stemmed tulip glass.

A - reddish colored brown amber. Head is of a tan color and poured well before fading to a small ring of lace with not much stick.

S - cherries and black cherry. An Oaked character with a hint of vanilla sweetness. Fruity and sweet aroma.

T - not as tart as the nose, but the cherry remains fruity and sweet. Oakiness is spot on with a hint of sweet vanilla in the back. Brown sugar and candied black cherries.

M - medium bodied and a decent texture. Not as coating as some wild ales I've had, but its still well crafted. Alcohol is there but adds to the fruitiness and is fairly easy going.

O - my favorite Samuel Adams brew and its not like I haven't given them shots. I've had nearly 20 different styles but only found 2-3 really worth reviewing. This is a Samuel Adams ill buy every time I see it and that's a shock for me. But in regards to this good beer it's very tasty and not something that should be overlooked. Plus it's not like we have a lot of wild ales floating about here at home. This is one ill go out of my way to grab again. It's a favorite of mine.

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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 aquatonex
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this in a 3-pack of special awesome beers from the Sam Adams Brewery in Boston.

Pours a deep ruby with a slight swirl of head, hint of lacing. A good balanced carbonation follows. Nose has an immediate strong fruit (cherry, raisin) aroma that isn't overpowering. Taste definitely hides the ABV, tart but not fake-sweet llike some other cherry beers. Very tasty, refreshing, not heavy, I wish this was available everywhere!

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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 aepb1
3.12/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Reddish brown with an off-white heat the dissipates to a small cap

S- Cherry, wine-like as I get some oakiness in there too

T- Tart/sour cherry. I don't really get a whole lot else...

M- Medium bodied and the carbonation is moderate.

D- If I wanted sangria... seriously though, not bad, it just didn't impress me much. The 9.0 abv was well hidden.

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Photo of Uniobrew31
3.05/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nice color and appearance. It tasted more like a barley wine but I could attribute that the the barrel aging. It wasnt what I expected it to be but it was a good beer. I was thining it would have more of a abbey style taste with a big sour punch but the punch was more of a oak aged flavor. The first sip brough to mind a real oaky wine flavor. i might try this again with some friends. I dont think it was meant to be served in a 14 oz. glass. A solid effort by sam, But be prepared it is real real boozy.

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Photo of depechemode1983
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is clear Mohogany color. It has a light tan head with minimal retention. No lacing. The color looks almost completely red when held to natural sunlight. The nose is very wine like. Lots of sour grapes and cherries up front. Its also got a nice funkiness to it. Again very winy. Really big on the sour/tart cherries. This beer really reminds me of Kombucha. A little mono tone but delicious. Feels good on the palate. Its medium bodied and well carbonated. Sorta bubbly. A nice pick. A good pick to change things up a bit.

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Photo of Celtics17
3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a great way to get into sour beers, but once you've had some great ones. This leaves you missing big flavors. I wanted more cherry, or fruit forward sourness coming through. It lacked a big vinegar backbone. It had very little "funk".

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Photo of gueuzeonhigh
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've always been a little suspicious of Sam Adams beers.
It's a huge brewery--well, for the craft brew world. And what I've tasted of most SA beers has been OK, but nothing to do back flips over.

While I'm not performing backflips or breaking into song over the Stony Brook Red-- it is worthy of one's attention. In fact I think it's quite a delectable libation.

It pours a wonderful reddish amber hue topped by a frothy head that laces the glass.

The nose is a mixture of tart cherries, green apples, bucolic yeast with a measure of hops 'n' malt thrown in--

the flavor is rather cordial. Why it is certainly in a Belgian style of some sort-- maybe it's the wild cherry note, or the tart apple note, or the yeast or possibly the punctuation of that hops-- it's almost as if all they SA says or it seems is true.

This beer does have an intriguing flavor-- and my bottle emptied quite rapidly-- perhaps a bit too quickly.

The mouthfeel is grand-- it seems like it's a full or voluptuous blanket over my palate along with it's effervescence kept the finish alive and tantalizing my taste buds. The entire flavor experience was graced with enough tart and sweet to keep things balanced.

The overall flavor experience and general "round-up" of this beer is such that I think it is a rather pleasant and well worth the cost and effort to find this beer. Mind you- that it has its peculiarities and it is likely not for everyone-- but as labeled, this beer delivers everything that I expected it would plus more.

I like! I like!

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Photo of ToddT
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L- Dark reddish brown topped with a thin off white head. Head fades quickly and leaves no noticeable lace on the glass.

S- Subtle notes of candied fruit, cherries, with underlying notes of sour funk. Classic notes of a Flanders red ale in my opinion. Slight note of oak at the very end of the nose.

T- Sweet fruit at first that is soon displaced with a tart sour note of wild funk. Not overbearing and nicely balanced, very approachable for a sour style. Slight hints of wood throughout the flavor profile and a dry finish with a lingering tart final note.

M- Medium in body and carbonation, feels clean and not overly dry on the palate.

O- Great beer and an easily accessible take on the style. If you have never tried a sour this would be a good one to start with. The 9.0% ABV is a little on the high side so keep that in mind if you decide you like it and want to finish the whole bottle by yourself.

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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 Daktyls
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Saw some sort of advertisement for this, then saw it in my local liquor store. Picked up one of each of the flavors. Bottle numbered 0080 on the back.

A: Pours a dark, almost crimson red, not a lot of carbonation to be seen. Head was initially very thick, but dissolved very quickly to a nice lace on the top.

S: Not a lot of overwhelming flavors, but there were some oak notes, a little cherry and some general mustiness.

T: Initially tasted of cherry, but after letting it sit on the tongue for a while, the cherry gave way to a kind of cranberry taste with a small amount of oak notes present.

M: Not a whole lot of carbonation, very smooth.

D: Very drinkable, a very enjoyable beer to have.

The Barrel Room Collection from Sam Adams continues to be a pleasant surprise.

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Photo of JoeAmerican77
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A battle with the cork leads to a convincing auburn beauty with two fingers of head. Head runs quickly and laces a little...

Grape juice and tannins on the nose, good smell yet semi shallow

Bitter/sour spots hit the tongue immediately, grape skins and alcohol really do give this a vinous flavor. Taste more like a lambic directed brew than any red I've ever had (In hindsight I think they're going for a Flander's Red... my bad so it taste just like it should). Not that theres a complaint there. As it warms some yeast characteristics come to the dance. My favorite flavor of the barrel room collection so far

Nice and heavy bodied, chilled well it still hangs on the cheeks for a few seconds after swallowed

I'd hit a steak with this bad boy, like a cab sav of the beer world. Hats of to SA I'm impressed

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Photo of crusian
2.85/5  rDev -26%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

pour a deep amber with a finger of head, looks really nice!! Nose also, is very nice, cherries, oak and a hint of sour, not too much sour on the nose though...
taste is actually a bit disappointing. I have been wanting to try this one for a while. a little tart, but not too much, nice smooth oak, hint of cherries and hat is all. Seems like Boston just tried to dip a foot in the sour category and see what it was all about. This has a lot of potential, and so does the brewery in this style... that is obvious in the taste, but the stopped short to try harder to appease the masses so they could say, Hey this sour isnt bad... taste is meh.

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Photo of SuperSpy
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Somewhat cloudy, dark ruby color. Big and quick to rise head. The head dies down after a minute but there is enough carbonation to keep a small foam cap afloat.

Yeasty, musky, tart aroma. Sour cherries, very light vanilla and oak.

Heavier bodied. Sour fruit, toast, a bit of vanilla and wood. Sweet banana and buttery in the finish.

Pretty good for a wild ale. Not exactly what you would expect to get from Belgium, but this is good in its own right.

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Photo of TrappistJohnMD
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark mahogany red with off-white head.

Smell is sour with hints of tart fruit and hints of worcheshire sauce.

Taste follows smell well but with a little less tart character. Not as sour as I expected and makes appearance more toward the finish. Good fruit flavors and hints of worcheshire sauce. Very complex.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied. Prickly carbonation.

Overall this was good. Not as tart as I would like to see.

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Photo of ArmedsouthernEr
4.48/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Can this Stuff in a bomber for about 10 bucks and it is a descent sour ale. for that price you cant beat it compared to some of the other sour ales that can go for as much as 26 30 dollars a bomber. you wont regret this one! Need more characters so Im making filler words!!!

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Photo of boatshoes
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this one up at Total Beverage on a recent trip to Denver. Had a small sample of this at the BBF but couldn't really remember the flavor profile and thought I'd give it another try.

Appearance- Pours a translucent medium copper brown with a surprising amount of carbonation initially. I get about two fingers of fizzy tan head with some carbonation beading up through the body of the beer. However, it dies back fairly quickly to a nearly nonexistent ring around the edge of the beer. No lacing whatsoever and ultimately ends up looking pretty decent for the style.

Smell- Very vinous smelling. Lots of oak as well. To add to the list of surprises, also smells much more tart than I was expecting out of Sam Adams. A sharp lactic bite that really comes across on the nose and smells of tart cherries and a bit of dark fruit. Fairly complex and pleasing nose.

Taste- Yet another surprise. The tartness is much much more muted than in the nose, and only comes across slightly and late in the finish. The vinous notes from the nose are very prominent, and it reminds me a bit of a muted version of the regular Rodenbach in that regard. An interesting infusion of oak mixes in with the wine-like flavors and makes it fairly complex. However, I was disappointed a bit not only by the lack of tartness, but by a sweetness which actually creeps into the beer for me as I finish my pint.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Mouthfeel is spot on for the style, with even a touch extra carbonation initially. However, too sweet and not enough tartness for the style to make me really want to drink a lot of this.

Overall, a solid effort for Sam Adams on an adventurous style. Worth a shot but falls short of greatness.


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Photo of pzrhsau
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
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 TheRealBigC
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a reddish-brown color. Very bubbly - nice big head even with a light pour. Smell of sour cherries. I really wish the taste was more sour than it ended up being. It was only slightly tart, with a certain Belgian character coming through. I enjoyed it, but it wasn't amazing.

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Photo of Shaggy9356
4.45/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: A very different looking, numbered, cage-corked bottle. Pours a brownish red. Decent head, some light white lacing.

Nose: Mild. A bit of wildness with vinous characteristics.

Mouthfeel: nicely carbonated. Easy on the tongue, sour on the tongue. Feels big, but balanced.

Taste: Wow. I wasnt expecting this from Sam Adams. I get some zinfandel, sour cherry, currants and woodiness immediately. Big taste followed by a little more sourness and a dry finish from the oak barrels. There is a gorgeous balance between the three main things going one here: sour, fruit and oak.

Amazing how well the 9% alcohol is hidden. Sam Adams has uncorked a surprising and delicious beer. I hope the rest of the barrel collection is this good. I will definitely be back to the brewery before this one sells out. Reminds me of Consecration a bit and honestly, if I had to pick between the two, I'd take this (never thought I'd say that!)

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Photo of DenverLogan
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From corked bottle...poured in Eku tulip pils glass.
Modest cork pop...dark red brown...small head.
Aroma of funky sour fruit.
Modest carbonation and mouthfeel.
Flavors of sour mango, minerals, slight booze, oak, raspberry...lets give it 5 minutes to open up...
OK...small head on the edges, funky fruit aroma, rich wild funky fruit flavors. This reminds me of some funky Russian River brews, which attests to the barrel aging complexity. Is it brewed to style...what style...barrel aged red?!!
More challenging than their New World Tripel and other big SA specialty brews, but for the funky, sour beer seeker, really lovely. For others, challenging at a minimum. Buyer beware!!

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Photo of BradC
3.66/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a ruddy brownish red color with a quickly fading head and minimal lacing.

Smells of tart berries, strawberry, some vanilla not much else.

Tastes tart, not necessarily sour, cherry, dark fruits, some vanilla from the oak.

Kind of thin bodied, pretty good carbonation.

Overall, a decent brew, not something I'd go out of my way to try again, but on sale at the grocery, it was worth it. Doesn't quite hold up to the Belgian brews.

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