Samuel Adams Stony Brook Red (Barrel Room Collection) | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

Samuel Adams Stony Brook Red (Barrel Room Collection)Samuel Adams Stony Brook Red (Barrel Room Collection)
BA SCORE
66.4%
Liked This Beer
3.74 w/ 764 ratings
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
Ranking:
#22,058
Reviews:
251
Ratings:
764
Liked:
507
Avg:
3.74/5
pDev:
15.24%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
45
Gots:
116
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 764 |  Reviews: 251
Photo of TTAmod
4.02/5  rDev +7.5%
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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Photo of n2pux
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of cwd
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of justintcoons
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance
Ruby red with 1 fingers of fizzy head that dissipates quickly.

Nose
Raspberry, black cherry and a light lactic sourness.

Taste
Fresh raspberries and black cherries. Marischino cherry juice, a light blanket of funk and a light lactic sourness. Can't detect much oak.

Mouthfeel
Light-medium bodied and smooth with just a smidgen of tartness.

Overall
Not overly complex but an awesome attempt at a Flanders Red from Sam Adams. The sour factor is very light. The 9.0% abv is well masked. Would have loved for this to have more sour power with some heavier oak flavors. Excellent for the $11 price tag!

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Photo of Jparker37
4.85/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Champagne style bottle poured into an oversized tulip.

A - Great clarity within a beautiful shade of red. Medium sized tan head holds up well. LIttle to no lacing.

S - Tart like sourness but ripe raspberries/cherries are most obvious and exploding from the glass. A little underneath I can find a mellow toasted wood character from the barrel. Way in there I can get a tiny tiny hint of vinegar.

T - After a brief stint with mellow cherry flavor an onslaught of sourness joins and holds on more than halfway through. Just past midway and the complex earthy flavor and wood take over and show great dimension. The finish comes full circle back to a great ripe red fruit along with a mild alcohol warmth that lasts for a while.

M - Medium bodied, medium-high carbonation, never sweet nor dry.

O - Wow, this beer has me delightfully surprised. Everything was great, maybe one of the most complex beers I've had. I will be purchasing more to cellar and I recommend you also follow suit.

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Photo of Brew33
2.75/5  rDev -26.5%

Photo of jsanford
3.05/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours reddish-brown with a thin white head that fades to a slight ring. Aromas of tart berries, oak, cinnamon, red wine vinegar, and a touch of funk. A little muddy. Taste consists of cranberry, raspberry, and cherry, oak, vinegar, and light funky yeast. Much like the nose, the flavors are muddy, not clean. Wish this was either more sour, or more funky, but this in-between mode isn't great. Decent mouthfeel, medium bodied with good carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Decent beer, I suppose, and I applaud SA for taking a risk, but I won't be re-visiting it.

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Photo of smalenberg
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - beautiful mahogany with a lovely small head.

S - sweet and tart fruit notes, reminiscent of tart cherry. Slight woody character with a bit of Belgian candy.

T - tartness predominant at the start with heavy maltiness.

M - nicely carbonated with slight alcohol tingle.

O - reminscent of a kriek lambic or Flanders red, the oak barrel adds a bit of additional complexity that makes for a pleasant pint.

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Photo of Dduquette
2/5  rDev -46.5%

Photo of JHendu
2.5/5  rDev -33.2%

Photo of bkrbdan
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of Magery
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of sh00ky
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of ncfranklin
3.37/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml corked and caged into a tulip.

A: A muddy rusty red and brown. Small tan head recedes to a light ring and floating froth. Some carbonation bubbles lingering up from the bottom.

S: Feint aroma of tart cherry and wood.

T: Surpsingly light. Flavors are of sweet cherry, some malty biscuit, and heavy oak in the finish. The tartness is very light, hardly present at all. Kinda a "lightweight" Flanders.

M: Medium body, low carbonation, smooth with a little dryness from the tart.

O: I'd call this "Flanders LIght" if i had to describe to to someone. Maybe an okay introduction to the style, but clearly not a standout.

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Photo of ridgeline23
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of Snodman
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of brentk56
3.84/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a cherry juice tinged mahogany color with a decent head that leaves a few strands of lacing behind

Smell: Pomegranate juice and oak

Taste: Pomegranate juice, up front, with a growing lactic tartness that adds an oaky character in the middle; despite the tartness and the oak, there is relatively little funk (despite the Brett) and depth to the flavor profile; tastes more like tart fruit juice with some oaky elements and an underlying sweetness that is ultimately overpowering

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with a hint of creaminess; moderate carbonation

Overall: Not up there with the top beers of the style - too sweet and lacks funky complexity

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Photo of codasnap52
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of Zaphog
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of depechemode1983
3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is clear Mohogany color. It has a light tan head with minimal retention. No lacing. The color looks almost completely red when held to natural sunlight. The nose is very wine like. Lots of sour grapes and cherries up front. Its also got a nice funkiness to it. Again very winy. Really big on the sour/tart cherries. This beer really reminds me of Kombucha. A little mono tone but delicious. Feels good on the palate. Its medium bodied and well carbonated. Sorta bubbly. A nice pick. A good pick to change things up a bit.

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Photo of nrombes
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of acevenom
4.67/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The cork came out with a loud pop and plenty of smoke emerged from the bottle. Poured into a large brandy snifter. Pours deep reddish brown with a small, somewhat quickly dissipating light tan head. There's a little bit of lacing left behind and some visible alcohol legs. I can see through the beer if I look through it from the top as opposed to the side of the glass. The beer smells like a good Flemish red. It has that tart cherry scent. I get some of that bready and sweet malt along with the oak. I can pick up some of that alcohol as well, but it's very faint. The taste follows the nose. The cherry tartness is up front, but it's balanced by the bready and mildly sweet malt with some of that oak flavor. There's some spice in there as well. The alcohol isn't that detectable in the taste. It's incredibly well-balanced. The body is medium with moderate carbonation. The finish is a little dry. The drinkability is high. This is an excellent beer that I would recommend to fans of this style.

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Photo of allengarvin
4.3/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Interesting bottle design certainly draws one's eye. It pours out a deep mahogany color with a dense quarter-inch head atop it. The nose offers all the normal notes of a Flemish red: vinous fruitiness, sweet malt, a little oaky vanilla as well. As for flavor: Sam Adams really got this spot on! No one thing dominates. Instead, there's a wonderful blend of oakiness, tart cherries without cherry sweetness, and malt, lightly caramel. Acidity is present but this beer is at the less sour end of the Flemsh red spectrum. There are lots of food pairing possibilities here that would be interesting.

Every time Sam Adams comes up with a new line of beers, I've come to expect no more one well-done in the bunch. This one certainly hits that! Looking forward to the others, though.

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Photo of Mikeynas
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Photo of mrebeka
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

Samuel Adams Stony Brook Red (Barrel Room Collection) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 66.4% out of 100 with 764 ratings
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