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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
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115
For Trade:
1
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Photo of NickMunford
4/5  rDev +3.9%

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

The beer pours a deep, rich looking muddy copper with a fluffy tan head that dissipates down to a thin blanketing quickly. The nose is fruity, with specific notes of bing cherries and prunes, and also slightly tart. There is a distinct acetone that lingers on my olfactory as well. The taste is surprising, as it hits with the initial sweet-tartness of an oud bruin, but finishes bitter, like a hoppy red ale. There is a great yeast presence and the beer is relatively balanced/drinkable with my simple dinner. The mouthfeel is a little off, but I can't place my finger on what I don't like. I would recommend letting it warm a touch to let the full flavor profile shine through. Overall, this is actually pretty tasty and an uncharacteristic beer to come from the standard Sam Adam's line-up. I enjoyed the big barrel saison as well. I'd like to see how this beer does after a year in time-out...

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Photo of ReeseMax3
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of JohneHoodlum
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of TaylorK
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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 coz
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of Bpierso1
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of sailorastro
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of Lare453
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Arithmeticus
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured chilled in snifter on my birthday.

A: cloudy, dark red color; thin but frothy head; modest carbonation
S: very vinegary; promises the wild ale/lambic side of things
T: Very complex flavor; oaken flavor; sour grape/cherry underlines a strong malt profile; hops are relatively subdued; boozy; very nice

Really nice after-dinner beer

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of keeganfrank
3.27/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Deep red-brown ale with a sudsy head. Aromas of cranberry, bread and spices. I can smell the oak barrel's influence as well. Tart berry and spices hit the palate first, followed by nutty whiskey and subtle vegetable flavors. The flavor is complex but a little underwhelming, this one's not as enjoyable as the barrel room stout.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of ThePaleRider
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Very dark red/brown. Looks like black tea. Nice two finger head. Color of the head is very close to tan.

S - Very sour smell. Tangerines, cranberry, raspberry, and grapes. Very aromatic.

T - Lots of barrel aging flavors. Not as sour as I was expecting. Chocolate, dark cherries, alcohol, wood, and green apples. Very sweet with a little bite of tart on the front.

M - Lots and lots of carbonation. Smooth transition from tart to sweet to warming.

O - Very unique and super complex. Every sip left me guessing what was next. Sometimes I forget that Sam Adams is a real brewery because of their commercial appeal, but this beer is pretty amazing.

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

A: poured into a tulip to a deep mahogany with a pale tan head that fades to a collar fairly quickly
S: sour cherries and a hint of oak funk slight sweetness in the nose as well
T: slight tart cherry along with some strong tannin/light paint thinner flavor. fairly subtle fruitiness that overpowers the sour to bring out some of the vanilla from the oak. swallow brings some alcohol, more cherry, and a little oak.
M: fairly light for the ABV with low and soft carbonation. drying finish on this one
O: not too shabby. it tries to be a Flanders Red but as a Wild Ale it gets good marks. nice tartness that doesn't overpower and good depth of flavor. It was nice to try this beer from Sam Adams but for the price I'd rather snag a Rodenbach.

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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of WastingFreetime
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Continuing my exploration of the Samuel Adams Barrel Room collection...
Fresh bottle review.

Pours out a lovely reddish-brown with a short lived fizzy head that leaves no lacing behind. Medium body and lighter side of medium carbonation levels.

This one presents just like a typical Flanders with the woody backing to the sour cherries and mild funk with gentle acidity and vinegar tartness, a tiny wisp of lactic sour, but very little funk or swamp gas to it. (Which could potentially change with cellaring adjustment.) It also suffers from being about 15% too sweet IMHO. It's identifiable as an introductory-level (newbie accessible) American-made Flanders, but still a lot less raunchy and wild than the real McCoy from Belgium. If I see it again in the stores I know I'm going to be picking up another bottle or two to see what a year or so of basement aging does to improve yeast funk and tanginess levels. It's got the right amount of oak wood, acidity, and sourness, but needs some more dryness, funk, and wild yeast character. Give it a shot fresh if you prefer your sours woody yet still semi-sweet. If not, either give it a pass, or try to see what happens with cellaring it.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Samuel Adams
Stoney Brook Red ( Barrel Room Collection)

LOOK: Pours a vibrant red color with a soapy white head of tightly beaded bubbles. Perfect clarity on a good looking ruby colored brew. Definitely fits the bill for a Flanders red ale.

SMELL: In the nose, malt sweetness and expressive Belgian yeast notes of sour cherries. A bit musty smelling but mostly sweet and almost cider like .

TASTE/FEEL: Sweet and sour tangy ness, with a good balance of flavor. Slight lactic twang with some candi sugar and caramelized malts. Just a touch of oaky tannins and a small dryness in the finish. Brett is all over this beer with a red wine vinegar accent. More sour cherries and very much like a fine Flanders red. Medium bodied ale with distinct character. Blended with a sour wild yeast concentrated ale known as Cosmic Mother Funk, this beer makes me want to try the truly sour base to this beer.

OVERALL: Without question an exceptional ale; one which I'm glad Boston Beer Co. decided to make. Really tasty and a great achievement for the brewers. This is the type of ale that I hope they continue to brew for the Sam Adams line, maybe more wild ales or even a gueuze in the works? Why not, they've done just about everything else.

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Photo of TTAmod
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

25.4 oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

I've been looking all over for this one ever since I heard about it. Been over a year, but I finally found it. I love Cosmic Mother Funk and since this one has some of CMF blended in it, it became a must-try.

A: Pours a dark, but clear, brown with a tinge of red. Head is a pink-tinged tan. It's three-fingers thick and has good retention. Lacing is good.

S: Smell is distinctly Flanders Red. Strong cherry, slight vinegar and oak, and more unidentifiable dark fruits.

T: Taste follows the smell to an extent. There's a nice dose of Brett present. Bit of a Smarties taste and slight hints of vinegar. Cherry overtones with hints of oak. Tastes vaguely of a red wine. Sweet, but not cloying. It's not super-funky, but there's a decent dose of funk.

M: Mouthfeel is good for the style. Bubbly, slightly thinner, goes down really easy. Doesn't taste anywhere near 9%.

O: Again, have to applaud SA for stepping outside of their comfort zone and taking risks. A Flanders Red is tough for a large American brewery to pull off. This one almost tastes like the real thing. It's not funky enough to be distinctly Belgian, but it's pretty close.

The AWA is a tough, competitive category with plenty of amazing beers, so I have to rate accordingly. However, don't hesitate picking this one up.

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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 763 ratings.
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