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RATINGS: 361   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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Samuel Adams Stony Brook Red: This unique brew defies traditional beer style definition. The rich, malty brew combines notes of tart fruit from the yeast with a toasty oak character from the barrel aging. The long dry finish is almost wine-like. This is a beer that is satisfying on its own and also pairs well with many foods such as braised or roasted meats, beef stews and strong salty cheeses.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
arnold931 (528) - Iowa, USA - MAY 24, 2014
Bottle. Pours clear dark ruby white off white head. Nose is tart citrus and cherry. Taste is same. Nice and tart.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
daafisch (32) - New York, USA - MAY 22, 2014
Poured from bottle. Deep red color with a nice head. Funk and tart on the nose. Taste has tart cherry up front that slightly lingers. The finish is dry and tart. Enjoyable.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
shrubber85 (7557) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - MAY 20, 2014
Bottle. Tart cherry, caramel malt and hay aroma. Dark amber with small head. Boozy tart cherry and caramel malt flavor. Nice body. Not bad.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TXBadger (1345) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 19, 2014
Pours a very dark amber color with light fizzy head. Tartness, funk, and some citrus fruity notes on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with a tart fruit note.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
oOJUXEOo (274) - Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 4, 2014
Pour is almost a brown cola color. Aroma is oak and light funk. Taste is beautifully malty and sour. Very nice beer! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Strykzone (4912) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - MAY 3, 2014
Sampled after the Microfest run. A deep amber pour. Smells like a Flanders. A little funk with berries and tree bark. First sip is very malty. Very big malt profile for this style. It does make it easy to drink for novices. Mushroom and gungus are intetesting. Inside of a wood barrel flavors. Not world class but not bad.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bagalagalaga (111) - Indiana, USA - APR 29, 2014
Very surprisingly seemed to hit with a lot of almost pineapple sweetness, a bit tart too. Only got a few sips at a bonfire but if I can find one to drink start to finish I may like it more.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ROBC3366 (615) - north reading, Massachusetts, USA - APR 25, 2014
Pour is ruby red with a finger-wide white head. Aroma of port wine, oak, raspberries, and peat. Flavor is tangy and sweet at first but transitions into a tart finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
superspak (2562) - Michigan, USA - APR 10, 2014
750 ml bottle into tulip glass, 2012 bottling. Pours fairly crystal clear deep ruby red color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of tart cherry, cranberry, green apple, raisin, plum, red wine vinegar, hay, straw, oak, clove, pepper, leather, caramel, toast, light chocolate, musty funk, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good complexity and balance of fruity/funky yeast, oak barrel, and malt sweetness; with good strength. Taste of tart cherry, cranberry, green apple, raisin, plum, red wine, oak, clove, leather, funk, light vinegar, hay, straw, herbal, caramel, toast, light chocolate, light vanilla, and yeast earthiness. Fair amount of fruity/earthy tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of cherry, cranberry, green apple, plum, raisin, red wine, oak, clove, leather, funk, light vinegar, hay, straw, caramel, toast, light chocolate, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and robustness of fruity/earthy yeast, oak barrel, and dark malt flavors; with balanced sweetness/tartness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a smooth and fairly slick/acidic mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice wild ale. All around good complexity and balance of fruity/funky yeast, oak barrel, and dark malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TizzleJizzle (620) - Garland, Texas, USA - APR 10, 2014
Sampled from a big bottle at the Bluebonnet Brew-off. Poured a clear dark reddish-amber color with a cream colored top. Taste of funk, oak, dark fruits, and sweet malts. High carbonation, medium body. This brew is a winner!


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