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RATINGS: 362   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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DoublEE (783) - South Euclid, Ohio, USA - AUG 28, 2012
Brief taste of red wine gives way to a strong sour bite of tart fruit (plums and raisins). The beer goes dry rather quickly and starts to divulge tastes of oak and a hint of powdery chocolate. Light touch of alcohol. Vinous tastes build in intensity. Bone dry finish leaves briefly lingering tastes of oak and chocolatey fruit.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pailhead (4820) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - AUG 27, 2012
dBottle: The aroma consists of cherries, vinegar, cola, spice, and the slightest hint of oak. It pours mostly transparent orangish-red with a two finger khaki head with okay retention that eventually fades to a thin film. The flavor starts with cherries, cola, and a hint of caramel. The finish has some light-moderate sour cherries, vinega, pepper, and a hint of oak. It’s medium bodied with mild carbonation and a somewhat soft mouthfeel. Overall, a decent sour in the mold of Duchesse...with a tad more sourness.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
vyvvy (3996) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - AUG 27, 2012
Pours very dark brown with a reddish/bronze hue and a beige soapy head. the aroma has oak, cherries, tartness, mild wildness, vanilla, red wine and an offset to all of those flavors be rich thick maltiness. Medium / full body with sharp prickly carbonation. The flavor starts out with rich dark caramel malt, some sharp tartness, berries, vanilla, oak, plastic and mild funk. The finish has sweet fruit juice and more bugginess. It hovers with a nice balance of crisp and rich. Hides the 9% abv well. Better than I expected for the style from Sam Adams.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
scottw86 (1104) - Maryland, USA - AUG 26, 2012
Poured a dark clear red color with a large off-white foamy head that didn’t fade. Aroma is not what I expected. Some candy sugar with tart fruity notes. Some alcohol and vinegar as well. Taste is quite tart with some fruity flavors. Lots of cherries. Almost like a kirek. Interesting combinations. Alcohol is well hidden in the taste. Not bad!

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
maxwelldeux (3665) - Everett, Washington, USA - AUG 26, 2012
Pours a dark amber with hints of red to it and a moderate head. Nose has quite a bit of oak that almost pushes into an alcohol smell, with strong sour fruit undertones to it. Taste is very sour that I find awfully harsh on the palate.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Travlr (11871) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 25, 2012
Bottle. Muddy brown color, large beige head with decent retention. Aroma of sweet and sour sauce. Taste is vanilla, caramel, sour plums, dates, raisins. Nice.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tgncc (2818) - Bellmore, New York, USA - AUG 24, 2012
The aroma is vinous, oak, funk. The appearance is dark red, slight translucence, cream colored head. The flavor is funky, wine, vanilla, oak, tart fruit. The finish is tart, fruity. Medium in body. Pretty good. Decent beer resembling flemish red.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
nsquishee (598) - Richfield, Minnesota, USA - AUG 23, 2012
Sour cherry, oak, boozy wine, and grapes. Cloudy brown-red color and sour-sweet taste. Semi-viscous due to its high ABV. Leaves a light tannic flavor in your mouth after drinking.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wxman (1428) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - AUG 16, 2012
Bottle identifies ABV at 9%. Pours a clear dark garnet/amber with a medium off white head. Has a sour sweatsocks and old red wine aroma. Taste is sour funky cheap red wine with a bit of sweet caramel malt in the background yelling, "Hey, I’m here too!" Like all sours, this is funky strange, as it should be. ABV goes un-noticed. Well balanced and delicious (if you like sours).

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
XmnwildX12 (2078) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - AUG 12, 2012
Had this at the 2012 Twin Cities Beer Festival. Awesome cherry scent and sour taste, wine mouth feel.


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