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:
763
Reviews:
250
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
15.06%
 
 
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45
Gots:
115
For Trade:
1
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Photo of Auror
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of AlexFields
2.25/5  rDev -41.6%

Photo of Beefytits4
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Lemke10
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This pours a medium brown color with a decent, beige head. There is a decent scent of yeast and fruits. The taste is very Belgian with a complex mixture of citrus, other fruits, and yeast. The texture is quite nice and very this beer makes for very easy drinking. Very smooth and well made!

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Photo of StevieB
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of Stoutlad
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Buck-man
1/5  rDev -74%

Photo of eagles22
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of ubufan2112
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of Scott_at_Beer_Frog
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of Bdel34
3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of jjd315
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of LeRose
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Liked this a lot. Tart enough to be interesting, some funky moldy bread aroma.flavor kind of reminded me a little of sourdough bread. A little oaky, some red berry/fruity flavors. The carbonation was nice - a bit of a tingle but more or less soft on the tongue. Solid beer, would get some more.

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Photo of dwcraft
2/5  rDev -48.1%

Photo of ambruns1979
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of JimmyFlatRock
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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 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 bump8628
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, saturated mahogany hue. Mild carbonation yields a thin khaki head. Light, balanced tartness with a sneaky musky funkiness poking through. The base beer is a big, smooth amber ale - warm, toasted, and caramelly. Big, coarse, woody oak note on the finish that is a bit jarring at the beginning but is really quite pleasant when it's all said and done. Really smooth at 9% ABV. Don't expect a traditional Flanders Red. The sourness is pretty subdued, but there is plenty of complexity and the big maltiness and 9% ABV make it a nice sipper. A great value at $4.99/750mL. Enjoyable enough to convince me to try the other 2 beers in the barrel room series.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Ogre
3.2/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Discovered this on the shelf next to Rodenbach Grand Cru, and at $9/22.4oz, figured why not give it a go?

Pours a dark caramel brown with a healthy, creamy head. Aromas of bananas and light vanilla are dominated by...cherry throat lozenge?

Tart and sour flavors are on the lighter side. The taste, especially the aftertaste, has a medicinal, sweet-y, yes, throat lozenge quality. An interesting brew, and great to see another American brewer giving a swing at this style, but not something I'll be picking up again.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of jmarsh123
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark red with a small white head. A bit of lacing and little retention.

Aroma features a bit of vino quality. A little acidic with some oak and other funk as well. A little bit of caramel malt.

A little bit of fruit/berry sweetness up front in the flavor. Not terribly sour although there is a bit of acidity and tartness, but more earthy/funky than straight sour. As with the nose, it is heavily oaked. Maltiness is a bit on the sweeter side although not overly so.

Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Very dry finish.

Pretty impressed by this one. Not great, but tartness and funkiness are balanced with a lot of oak. I wish it were a tad less sweet, but otherwise solid effort.

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2/5  rDev -48.1%

Samuel Adams Stony Brook Red (Barrel Room Collection) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.85 out of 5 based on 763 ratings.
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