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RATINGS: 370   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CanIHave4Beers (3494) - 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.


   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
r464 (1970) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 4, 2012
Dark coppery color with a thin tannish head. Tart, fruity, but dark. Cherry, fig, leading to a punchy finish. Light oak and earthiness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dmac (4438) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - NOV 4, 2012
750 ml bottle shared by Scott. Poured a reddish/ amber with a smaller to average beige tight foamy head. Aroma of vinegar, balsamic, wet barrel, sour cherries, model glue. Average body with average carbonation, a weird combo of sour and big maltiness along with a lingering sour burn. Flavor is tart, along with cherry skins, vinegar, slight red wine, wine soaked bread. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mat42m (160) - orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 3, 2012
Very, very tarty. Very strong aroma. Sour taste though fruity. Lasting sour grape finish. Excellent and unique.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
LeRose (73) - Massachusetts, USA - OCT 31, 2012
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. Solid beer, would get some more.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jeremytoni (3011) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - OCT 30, 2012
From a bottle poured a dark amber color with a fair amount of head. Light malty flavor with a lingering tart finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dyetube (1243) - McKinney, Texas, USA - OCT 28, 2012
Bottle from Choice Beverages in McKinney. Pours a deep reddish amber with a thin tan head. The aromas are dark fruit, sour. The mouthfeel is sourdry and bitter with a strong crabonation and medium body. Cheers!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ivan9856 (189) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - OCT 26, 2012
A corked and caged 1 pt. 9.4 oz. bottle yields a clear, dark brown liquid with hints of red hue. There is a substantial tan head that lingers until the glass is empty, leaving good lacing. The aroma is earthy, fruity and spicy. There is also a hint of alcohol in the nose. Palate entry is sweet and short-lived as flavors of dark cherry, raisin, port wine and peppery spice quickly take over. The oak barrel aging really peeks through in the finish, which is gloriously well-balanced, complex and long-lasting. ABV comes in at 9.0 percent. Very Good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
mnurda (1177) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - OCT 26, 2012
Bottled sample from happy Harry's. not my style of beer but could appreciate the complexity of this beer. Was happy to try it ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
taphandle (1135) - Texas, USA - OCT 25, 2012
Seriously good. Brown, slightly fruity, and sour. Thereís a bit of vinegar taste that makes it feel slightly "cheap" but other than that, a surprising entry into the world of sours by Samuel Adams.

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