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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)
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

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249
Ratings:
757
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
26.23%
 
 
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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 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 bmwats
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a tulip.

A: Dark brown. Pours about a 1 finger, bubbly, white head. Settles quickly, leaving only a beer ring. No real lacing.

S: Raspberry and bubble gum.

T: Bitter and slightly sweet combination of raspberry, pecan shells, licorice, and cotton candy.

M: Slight sweetness not overdone. More of a sweet feel. Dry bitter finish lingers throughout.

D: Sip and enjoy.

Atmosphere is pretty decent. Dark brown with a ruby hue, but not much of a head, and no real lacing. Nose is sweet. Flavor is bitter with a lightly sweet balance. Bitter finish. Overall, this is a pretty good quaff.

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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 shand
4.44/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my second foray into the, as I'm now finding, criminally underrated Sam Adams Barrel Room Collection. Is the Samuel Adams name on the bottle making people underrate these? Anyway, Stony Brook Red pours out a deep red color with a small head. The aroma reveals layers of tart cherry, oak, vanilla, and a bit of vinegary funk. The flavor profile is similar to a Flanders Oud Bruin, with the tart cherry, grape, and funk taking center stage here. The toasted oak comes through on the late finish, bringing along it's buddy vanilla for a great aftertaste. The mouthfeel is fantastic, it's highly carbonated and very dry. The drinkability is also great. Another winner from the Barrel Room Collection. The oak on the finish really pulls everything together for me, it's integrated so well. At nine bucks for a 750ml, this is a steal.

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Photo of jjanega08
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had no clue this made it to MN.
No freshness dating or vintage.

A= Pours a deep reddish brown color with a finger of head on it that holds some spotty retention and lacing but it works expecially for a wild ale.

S= The smell from a few feet away is a sort of sweetish sour mix reminicent of Rodenbach in a way. When you get your nose in it however it's a different story. Nice sour notes that are reminicent of acetic acid without being overbearing. The oak comes through a little underneath the acetic acid. There is still a little sweetness in it but it is much more toned than from a few feet away.

T= The taste is a mix of the two different aromas. There is a cherry sweetness that overrides the sourness pretty good. It's almost a merichino cherry sweetness. The oak comes through a little bit and the sourness is an acetic acid sour that is relativly calm.

M= A nice bright carbonation.

O= This is a solid sour. Actually a great beer concidering it's a Sam Adams. This in perticular isn't my favorite sour though. The cherries make it a little too sweet for me but I can see the potential in it. A flanders style red isn't my favorite sour style but this isn't half bad. I only paid 8.99 for the bottle and I am seriously concidering buying the rest of them. Sours are hard to find and usually way way way more expensive.

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

Pours chestnut with a thumb of tan head. Above average lacing & head retention

S: Sourness, green apples, pineapple & white pepper

Follows the nose, some pear & peppery notes up front along, a touch of pineapple as well. Dryness, a touch of vinegar, more green apple,. some rhubarb tartness as well. More pineapple in the finish , tartness, a touch of pine & sourness

MF: Medium bodied, fairly creamy carbonation

I really enjoyed this , a very respectable wild ale, would buy this again if this became a year round / seasonal release. Drinks very easy,

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

750ml bottle -> Tulip glass

A - Blood red with a medium off-white head that dissipates quickly with minimal lacing.

S - Earthy, funky, dark fruits and some lactic sourness bringing up the rear, with some soft oak notes playing around throughout. Not overly complex, but very nice with a very solid delivery.

T - Funky sour caramel aroma that fades into dark fruits and toasty oak in the middle. The sourness and oak become more dominant troughout, rounding out a very lengthy finish. Aftertaste is sweet and oaky. Taste is much more complex than the aroma and is absolutely divine.

M - Medium-full body with lots of carbonation. Seems to leave a sorty of oily yest peasant consistency as it goes down. Very nice.

This may not be the best or most complex sour I've ever tasted. But as far as the price, I don't think a better bargain on a barrel aged sour exists anywhere else in the world. I will definitely be buying this stuff again in the future.

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

Judging from the description of the beer on the label, I believe this beer is actually a Flemish Red and not an American Wild Ale. At any rate, poured from a beautiful corked and caged bottle into a La Fin Du Monde snifter. The pour is very nice-looking. Deep, dark reddish amber with a big head but quick dissipation. The nose is a bit faint. I get faint tones of cherries, oak, and some sour notes.

The beer has a nice medium body and a good firm, lively mouthfeel from the carbonation. You get a faint sweetness on the front of your tongue like a fruit jam. At mid-palate, the beer becomes a bit acidic and the fruit notes sour up nicely, drying things off. There is a bit of the 9\% ABV evident on the back of the palate, but it is not overwhelming or the least bit unpleasant. Flavors encountered include tart cherries, blueberries, sour apples, and white grapes. Very refreshing and appetizing, but not extremely sour.

At $6.99 for a large bottle, this beer is a bargain. It is an excellent example of a Flemish Red Ale from a brewer many are quick to dismiss. Do not be afraid of this one. It's probably not sour enough to please die-hard fans of sour beers, but it's plenty sour to enjoy drinking and might be a nice way to gently introduce someone to the wonderful (and expensive) world of sours.

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

750ml bottle poured into a tulip
A: Pours a deep red color with a one-finger head that slowly settles
S: Sour apples & cherry with a dash of vinegar
T: Sour but nice, with cherries, apples, a touch of bitter, and a lengthy citrus driven finish.
M: Light bodied, nice puckering from the sourness and a lengthy sour finish. Can't taste/feel the 9% ABV
O: I like acid so I like this, though others may not. It isn't terribly malty/hoppy, but fits the wild ale style well.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes.

A: Pours a hazy reddish color with a small off-white head with decent retention, leaving a small cap on top. Moderate lacing.

S: A fruity aroma, some cherry and raspberry, slightly acetic, but sweet as well. It is slightly astringent at the end.

T: More of the same in terms of the fruit, cherry and raspberry, but there they are somewhat weak, and the flavor is even sweeter than expected. There is something about it that I wasn't really a fan of, but can't quite figure out why.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: It was ok, found it for $8 I think (which I thought was a mistake), so I didn't really have high hopes for it.

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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 beerman240
4.52/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A. Ruby red with a creamy head. Very appealing.

S. Fizzy passion fruit with a lightly smoked malt, tickles my nose

T. Wow, everything came together with a sour finish. Like a wine. The sour is like a dark green sour apple. Not a sharp sour,pleasant

M. Real fizzy,like cola. Very nice and tart...

O. I tried this on a whim, pretty tastey whim. And this is my first Sam Adams anything. Great job. If anything, would like a higher ABV.

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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 brewskifan55
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass

A: Opaque dark amber with a tan one finger head that quickly dissipates. Nice lacing.

S: Dark fruit (apricot, dates, pears), Cloves, earthy.

T: Lambic tartness to start, then a cherry-like flavor pops in. Pepper, oak. Chocolate. Fruity, sweet, with a wine kind of finish. Unusual, but I like it. The 9% slides in to relax the senses. Better cooler.

M: Medium with creamy carbonation. Love how it sits on the tongue.

O: Glad I tried it. Different, but tasty. A great ale to sit on the back porch listening to the rain with. Relaxing. If you're a lambic fan,this is a pleasing beginning to a fine sipper.

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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 stephenjmoore
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Amber body with some deep ruby tones. Head disappears quickly and leaves a very thin layer of tan bubbles on top.

S- A musty aroma is noticeable initially, with some cherry and grape notes as well. Hidden in the back is some oak and a hint of spice.

T- Sour, with a musty grape taste up front, followed by some sweetness and a cherry taste along with some oak.

M- The start is thin and the finish is very dry.

O- All in all, a complex and interesting beer. Tastes could mesh a little better, and may over some time in the cellar. I would definitely give this one another shot.

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Photo of AdamBear
4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
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 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 this...it 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 mikeg67
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle. Pours hazy amber with a small off-white head. Aroma is of bready malt, barnyard yeast, cherry, woody and sour. Body is full, crisp and creamy. Taste is very sour, sweet malt, caramel, candy sugar, cherry, funky yeast, wood, lemon zest, herbal hops. Finish is long, tart and pleasant. Very complex, delicious brew.

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Photo of MatthewWilde
4.08/5  rDev +6%
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 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 dananabanana
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: straw-colored 1-finger head. Hazy reddish-brown. 4.0

S: Tart, cherry scent that I can smell from a distance. A faint whiff of light sweetness, maybe honey. 4.0

T: A sour flavor at first. Definite cherries. Malt. An undercurrent of plum is perceptible as you drink more. 4.0

M: Makes me pucker right away. Well-carbonated. 4.0

O: I was a little hesitant about this beer because I do not like sour beers in general. I was pleasantly surprised, as there was enough sweetness to balance out the sourness. I wouldn't seek out this beer, but I really enjoyed it. 4.0

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Photo of claspada
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish-amber color with a half-finger off-white head and a bit of spotty lacing.

Aromas begin with strong berries, both cherries and raspberries with a bit of a lactic character. A bit of oak and vinous grapes in there as well.

The tastes begin and remind me quite a bit of a Flanders Oud Bruin. It has some oak character and a fairly-strong cherry component. Light sourness and vinous quality is prevalent throughout and emerging other berry notes along with some minimal lactic and vinegar notes.

The mouthfeel is medium with a medium to low level of carbonation and a fairly mild amount of sourness. The oak is there, but it's not particularly tannic.

Overall this was a surprisingly nice brew that I had no expectations for so I was pleased with the result. Who knew Sam Adams could make a decent sour. The nose was nicer than the overall flavor profile but still nice nonetheless. A very nice and affordable sour in the realm of increasingly expensive and hard to find beers of this style. Def recommended if you stumble across it (I think it's only available in Mass) .

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Samuel Adams Stony Brook Red (Barrel Room Collection) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.85 out of 5 based on 757 ratings.
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