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

Brewed by:
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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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.76/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Building upon the ales of the Belgium Flanders region, The Sam Adams brand captures the essence of those valleys with a distinctive fruity ale with a ton of those complex earthy tones that beers from that region demand.

As the beer pours a russet ruby-brown color, it fills with unadulterated haze that promises full flavor and aroma. As the ale settles into the tulip, it builds a fluffy white pillow of foam above. Sturdy in its retention, it laces spottily as the beer fades with each drink. It does what those Flemish Reds do, but maybe with a little more malted character.

Aromas do even more- they capture the scent of sour and black cherries in a modest candied form. Exemplary complements of cider, balsamic, and candied sweetness both balance and support the cherry aromas. Earthy, toasty and spicy- like fine red wine- all make the mouth water with anticipation.

The taste of the ale actually prefers a more simple flavor profile than the nose suggests as the malty sweetness of "sour patch kids" candies are met by toasted oak, wine soaked vinous notes and robust black cherries. Its sweeter and more savory taste shies away from the crisper and drier versions of Flanders but rewards the palate with slightly more heft and a sweeter balance.

Its firm yet medium body is assured and confident with a fully malted backbone that's slow to dissolve and so is slow to dry. But its wine-like acidity is pleasantly cidery, semi-dry, and savory into its extended finish and aftertaste.

Overall, its dryness and balsamic notes aren't as pronounced as the classic versions of Rodenbach- it does side with some of the more "careful" versions like Cuvee des Jacobins Rouge, Steenberg's Monks Cafe, and Bacchus. But without the authentic Belgian rusticity, we'll call Sam Adams' version a "Flanders Red on training wheels".

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4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

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4.35/5  rDev +16.3%
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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3.99/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up a couple months ago. Brought it to a bottle share today. Poured into a snifter.

Pours a rusty mahogany, with slight reddish edges. Small beige head. Nose is oaky, some vanilla, cherry, strawberry, alcohol. Smells more sweet than tart.

Nice bubbly mouth, though subtle. It's crispness brings the flavors to the forefront. Slightly tart at the onset, but with a sweet kick on the finish. Lightly drying from the oak. Vinous grapes, cherry, brown sugar. A little acidic on the back end, but this is a really mild sour. I liked it though. A decent one to covert the curious.

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3/5  rDev -19.8%

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4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had this on 2013-04-21 in Columbia, PA

A - Ruby with gold highlights. Different colors depending on the light. Very short tan head. Some alcohol legs.

S - Red wine, oak, orange blossom, smells tart. Plenty going on. Nice.

M - Tart cherry, nice light roast malt body, moderate oak, white pepper, touch of alcohol. Finishes tart, not too sweet, light bitterness. Dries nice.

T - Light-medium body and almost no carbonation. Wine-like but seems to work for this style.

O - Flavorful and dangerously drinkable beer. My wife and I both enjoyed this.

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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -26.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

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2/5  rDev -46.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

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3.94/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 22 ounce of this brew at my local establishment, Civera's in Drexel Hill. Let's see how this matches up. Researched this style of beer before even opening it. Looks interesting.

Appearance: pours a dark, brown amber hue. Leaves a decent, somewhat frothy top, but it seemed to dissipate quite quickly, but it seems to fit for the ABV.

Smell: projects a nice aroma of wild fruits, like cherries, grapes and figs. A strong scent of oak, and a little hint of vanilla. Can already notice the sour-like aroma with a hint of acid-like. Pretty tart, but it fits well for this style.

Taste: pretty damn tart at first! Actually, not very bad. The fruit does make it very well-balanced. Cherries, raisins, and grapes are noticeable. Quite good. Dark, oak flavors are then noticed. Sour, vinegar can be noticed. Not recommended for those looking for something mildy sweet with no sour flavor. Finishes somewhat sweet.

Mouthfeel: medium carbonation. Quite crisp, finishes sweet and somewhat dry.

Overall: coming into this, to be quite honest, I had no clue what to really expect. Upon first taste, it was actually an enjoyable experience. The wild fruits definitely balanced out the sour tart. Interesting, great sipping beer. Alcohol is barely noticeable. I may try again, but would be pretty stern with a friend when it came to recommending it. My girlfriend did not enjoy it so beware for those looking for a hoppy, bitter beer. Cheers!

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4/5  rDev +7%

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Samuel Adams Stony Brook Red (Barrel Room Collection) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.74 out of 5 with 765 ratings
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