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)
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
Ratings:
764
Reviews:
251
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
15.06%
 
 
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45
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115
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Photo of LutherBrau
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of Tertullian007
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of dcloeren
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of TheMultiYeast
3.89/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark reddish brown with two fingers of head that fades away.

Tart cherry fruitiness in the nose, very malty, sweet, earthy sourness, some barrel.

Less sour and more malty than nose. Earthiness is there, sweetness, dry sourness.

Nice level of carbonation from bottle conditioning. Makes me want another sip.

Overall this beer exceeded my expectations. Pleasantly tart and dry.

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Photo of MenardMa
3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of dt_gbpackersfan
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of nzerbe
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Gosox8787
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 750 mL corked and caged bottle. Served into my Smuttynose tulip glass and shared with a couple friends.

Appearance: Medium brown with some ruby highlights. Two finger, thick, beige head with a ton of retention.

Aroma: The oak and brett funk are very noticable upfront. The cherries are fruity and sweet for the most part with only a little tart flavor.

Taste: A little tart cherries, but the sweetness and fruitiness of the cherries stands out much more. The oak is also pretty assertive. A little funk in there as well. There is a slight medicinal note that comes in sometimes, also like cherry cough syrup, but it does not linger.

Mouthfeel: Thin mouthfeel with a really dry finish. Not as carbonated as most examples of the style, but it's not too distracting.

Drinkability: The 9% is well hidden and I presonally had well over hlaf the bottle. A drinkable wild ale.

Overall, I was pleasantly surprised at Boston Beer's attempt at wild ales. It was pleasant, slightly tart, with nice oak notes. Nothing too special but solid and I might have it again sometime.

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Photo of bluckbeyes
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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 halo913
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of cmwilliq
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of ccozzi
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Awesome, uniquely-shaped corked/caged 750 ml brown bottle, with nice painted label. Used in my carbonnade flamande for Christmas, and poured the remaining ounces into my Southern Tier stemmed tulip.

Appearane: Attractive, rich and dusky garnet brew with a large antique ivory cap. Nice looking brew.

Smell: Classic Flanders Red up front, with earthy and slight balsamic and funky-twang notes. Perhaps a bit more malt character than in a typical Flanders Red. No hint of the 9% abv on the nose. Simple, but pleasant and authentic.

Taste: Maltier on the palate than suggested by the aromas. While the aromas suggested straight-up Flanders Red, the flavors reveal that this is, actually, a big beer. Light caramel flavors with significant (but not hot) alcohol. Balsamic and red fruit flavors in the background here and, while they're pleasant, they're too faint in my opinion. I'm wondering if once the alcohol had some time to age and mellow, these flavors wouldn't come more to the fore. Very light tartness, and some toasted caramel on the finish, as well as that typical sweet-tart note. A light, slightly tannic bitterness (maybe from the oak?).

Mouthfeel: Light, ever-so-slightly puckering...par for the course, and not bad considering the 9% alcohol.

Overall: Doesn't measure up to Rodenbach or the other best examples of the style, but very few, if any, do. This is definitely a Flanders Red-style ale for those first getting into 'wild' beers. That's not to suggest that it's in any way 'bad' or subpar, but just that the 'wild' and tart flavors are more subtle than in the best-known examples. I'd be surprised if part of this isn't the fact that this is a good 3-5% higher in alcohol than many Flemish Reds. Nonetheless, the toasted caramel malty notes are nice, and this one shoud be given its due at $8.99

Strong B....85-86

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Photo of dgeebs07
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of stealth
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of CloudStrife
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

25.4 oz bottle split and poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a dark ruby with a 2 finger off white head. Lots of visible carbonation. Very opaque. Head dwindles away but doesnt leave any real lacing.

S: Has the tart funky nose, some cherry kicks in. Nice dark fruits from the malt, raisin and fig, certainly grape. Malts tend to overpower a little.

T: Fairly balanced approach to a wild ale. Like the nose, more malt than sourness. Still has a nice little kick to it. Can pull though an oakiness too, mellows the malts. Sour tastes build up in your mouth as you drink.

M: Crisp, highly carbonated. Tart and puckering feel. Leaves a nice lingering taste in your mouth making you want another sip. Booze is real well hidden.

Overall a decent attempt by Sam Adams that I must give them credit for. It's great to see such a large brewery taking the time to make a wild.

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Photo of crow
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

a: poured into a 33cl St. Bernardus goblet. deep brownish red color with a red-tinted tiny head that quickly settles into a thin lacing. i would've liked better retention, but this will do fine.

s: great sour notes. oak is definitely noticible, with a decent amount of brett funkiness. malts are also there in the background, but hard to find because of the brett.

t: delicate, oaked/sour malt flavor up front with some funk in the back. crisp finish, with a slightly tart aftertaste. very similar to a flemish red ale, but with some obvious funk character. a well balanced sour...some may call it safe, but it's definitely a solid offering by a brewery as large as this one

m&d: good mouthfeel and drinkability.

sam adams continues to impress me. the fact they could put out such a solid brew at such large quantities is astounding. recommended, but i think this should be qualified as a flemish red ale, but wild ale works too considering the brett character.

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Photo of KimenTshom
4.09/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of ssjkyle
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of Zraly
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into Teku glass. Beautiful dark red with ruby highlights. Smell the funk and oak. Not sure if the "American Wild Ale" category is entirely accurate as this strikes me more as a Flanders-style red (and was marketed as such when purchased).

Sweet cherry and yeast funk. Wine-like and very approachable for the style. A bit of earth and malt lingers in the middle. Bourbon-y like vanilla and oak come out toward the end. Powder-dry finish. Medium-bodied. A bit more tart and sweet than sour, but really nice choice if you are looking for something a bit funky under the $10 a bottle price point. I paid $7.99 and consider this a real value given the quality.

A good beer to take to convert red wine drinkers. I'd like to give this a go with a good steak or traditional country French food.

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Photo of BKBassist
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Samuel Adams Stony Brook Red (Barrel Room Collection) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.85 out of 5 based on 764 ratings.
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