robloc303 (268) - Erie, Colorado, USA - SEP 6, 2012
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a deep brown, little head. Nose of tart fruit, cherries, raisins, some chocolate and caramel. Very rich in body, tart cherries are dominant. The barrel is just a hint in the flavor profile, but noticeable. This really reminded me of Russian Riverís Concecration. Wish I had another bottle!
SPDickerman (1057) - Texas, USA - SEP 5, 2012
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours reddish brown with a small, fast fizzling light brown head. Smells fruity, oaky, and a tiny bit sour. Taste is sour, fruity, and a bit of oak. Light-to-medium bodied with a lightly prickly texture and average mouth-carbonation, Samuel Adams Stony Brook Red finishes with some light sourness.
WallStirctly (57) - - SEP 1, 2012
1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 2/20
Good for what it is, but it really isnít a beer and if youíre looking for a good full bodied beer like you might be when picking up a sammy...put this one back. Itís more like a wine or sparkling wine. In my opinion, disgusting. And I have a very wide taste in beers.
RedSox2004 (1436) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - AUG 30, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep red/brown with a generous tan head and nice lace. Big dark fruit aromas, dominated by black cheery, plum and fig. Flavor profile is all about tartness, almost sour, with cherries, caramel and red grapes leading the way. Almost like drinking a port. Medium body, silky mouthfeel, modest carbonation, and a lingering sweetness in the finish. Nice dessert treat.
wlajwl (4618) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - AUG 30, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is tart fruit, malts and oak. The flavor is berries, tart fruit, a note of syrup and a mildly sweet finish.
jkwalking05 (4202) - Arlington, Texas, USA - AUG 30, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Red brown in color with a decent beige head. Aroma is of wood, berries, tart, leather. Taste is of oak, sour cherries, berries, leather, light vanilla.
travita (4416) - Frisco, Texas, USA - AUG 30, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep red in color. Ugly bottle. The smell is tart, fruit, wood, vinegar, earth, acidic. Clear. Light tan head. The taste is earth, must, wood, fruit, tart, decent complexity, and ok.
DoublEE (783) - South Euclid, Ohio, USA - AUG 28, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
Pailhead (5634) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - AUG 27, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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. Itís medium bodied with mild carbonation and a somewhat soft mouthfeel. Overall, a decent sour in the mold of Duchesse...with a tad more sourness.
vyvvy (4661) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - AUG 27, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.