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RATINGS: 379   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Peacehammer (624) - California, USA - NOV 12, 2012
pours a deep red, with creamy off white head. Slight sour note, deep flavors or earthy sour, rose petal, oak and malt. Quite nice, especially for $9

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
robforbes (2087) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - NOV 11, 2012
pours a clear copper with a medium size tan head, and good lacing. smell is sour (wild yeast), spice, and malt. taste is a little on the watery side, tart, spice, fruit, wood, and yeast. ends sour.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Palidor19 (3075) - Brandon, Florida, USA - NOV 11, 2012
This is a great example of a nice beer with a slight tart flavor. It's mildly thin but lots of character. Appreciate the beer a lot ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
nick76 (4314) - Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 11, 2012
The aroma is a bit meaty with sour fruit, caramel malt, yeast, and spice. The appearance is amber with a small head. The taste is like the aroma. The palate is average. Overall this is decent.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 11, 2012
Funky-shaped 25oz bottle from Samís Quik Shop for $9.99. Not bad for something like this. Itís more-or-less a Flanders Red, but a little less in the cherry notes and the fruit notes are a bit more generic. It has some tart qualities, but ultimately malty and a bit sweet. Some vanilla and oak notes, of course. Pours reddish orange, fairly dark with a yellowish beige head. A solid experiment.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
craftbeerdesign (2249) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 10, 2012
Shared 750 ml bottle. Pours a deep red with an off white head. Light dark fruit nose with a bit of acidity. Med body with light acetobacter (pleasant), deep dark fruit tones and light oak. Excellent finish with tart cherries, raisins, apples, red grapes and oak. Would definitely buy again.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beaz1591 (238) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - NOV 8, 2012
Wine glass. Cloudy reddish brown. Has almost a red wine smell with some sourness to it. A very complex tasting beer, starts sour and ends with a maltyness. Very unusual tasting beer.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
joeneugs (4203) - Livermore, California, USA - NOV 7, 2012
24 oz. bottle. It pours a dark red color with a khaki colored head. Lots of effervescence. The aroma is not all that strong/impressive with notes of tart apples, cherries, some sweet malt and oak with just a faint whiff of vinegar. The flavor is a bit more enjoyable with big cherries, oak, alcohol. Itís on the sweet side with a mildly tart finish. The high alcohol doesnít do this beer any favors as it tends to be on the solventy/phenolic side of things. Decent finish with more oak and sweet tart cherries. Not a bad Flemish red for the price.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MadRobin (2392) - Silver Spring, USA - NOV 5, 2012
Poured from 750 ml bottle. Clear dark maple red with large khaki head and very good lacing. Aroma of cherries, dark malt, dark fruit, apples, yeast and funk. Taste of dark, sour cherries, yeast, dark fruit, red wine and sweet dark malt. Medium body and medium carbonation. This is an excellent Flanders red style ale, as good as any I've had from Belgium. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CanIHave4Beers (3568) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - NOV 4, 2012
This is an exceptionally pretty looking beer, a deep reddish brown colored beer, lots of tiny bubbles and a big fluffy off white head leaving lots of lacing on the glass.

The aroma is pear, apple, light vinegar, & white oak. Fruity and it sure smells the way a sour ought to, but without much funk or earthiness. Itís inviting for sure.

For some reason I really wanted this to just taste like Rodenbach, it doesnít.... and thatís my problem, not the beers. The beer canít help it if Iím in the mood for a very specific particular thing. The beer is fruity and about as oaky as it is sour. The sourness is not particularly bracing or sharp, but well worked into the overall flavor of the beer. The beer is a bit sweeter than I would like it to be, but it is not as sweet as say Rodenbach, so thatís sort of cool. The alcohol is really overbearing, there is no need for a beer of this character to have such a strong alcohol content.... at least not in my opinion, which is of course mine and mine alone.

The mouthfeel is very nice despite the hottness of the alcohol, plenty of prickliness, plenty lively.

Enjoyable


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