chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 5, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Gift from my sister. Holy crap this was good. Pours brown with a tan head. Slightly funky aroma, cherries, oak. Nice and tart, easy to drink. Well done!
swiseman (406) - Fredericton, New Brunswick, CANADA - OCT 1, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
strong aromas of fermented fruit. also strong tastes of tart cherry mixed with berries? difficult to rate this one - a fruity beer with punch. heavy mouthfeel, yet surprisingly subdued alcohol.
KornDogg (519) - Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 24, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to FredW. Tart cherry/alcohol aroma. Dark red body with medium lasting head. Flavor begins tart with hints of oak and malts. Very dry and crisp with a warming power. Lingering subtle tart finish.
dpento1 (236) - Virginia, USA - AUG 5, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a reddish/brown, with a light tan head. Aroma of sweet malt, with cherries, and some oak. Medium bodied, with flavors of sweet and tart cherries, oak, and malt. As Stony Brook Red warms, sweet chocolate becomes present. Finishes sour and dry, with a oak/sour lingering. Very nice, and like most of the Sam Adams special beers, nice bottle!
beerbill (3255) - Laurel, New York, USA - JUL 17, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle. Again, kudos for the unique bottle design. Pours a very deep reddish brown (more red than brown) with a moderate light brown head that lasted through the first quarter of the glass and left partial lace. Pleasant aroma of tart and sweet cherries, caramel and just a bit of oak. The flavor is cherries, again both tart and sweet, chocolate, caramel, oak, and mild vinegar. Fairly well-rounded. Medium-full bodied. Enjoyable.
mabel (5364) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 5, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
[3756-20110617] 1pt9.4floz bottle. Soured nail polish remover aroma. Slightly hazy, dark brown body with a quick foamy tan head. Woody sour malt flavour has a lingering sweet and sour finish. Medium body. Tasty. (7/3+/8/4/14) 3.6
blankboy (5745) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 27, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (750ml) shared with others at the Bartowel Anniversary Brewday at Great Lakes Brewery. Pours orange-copper with a small lasting frothy beige head. Nice sour aroma, lots of sour fruit upfront followed by caramel malt, oak, light hops, a hint of vanilla, some spices -- lots going on here and it’s not overly barrel-aged which is nice. Slightly watery flavour of sour fruit, lots of wood, caramel malt, some alcohol but not too bad and a sour dry finish. Average to medium bodied. Quite good and nice to see Sam Adams make this kind of beer, I’m happy to have tried it.
jercraigs (7319) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 19, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2011-07-18. Red brown body with a modest beige head. 3+ Modest sour aroma, lightly lactic sourness and a light fruity character, that is partly cherry and partly that sort of cherry like sourness of a Flemish Red. Flavour is similar, with a modest sourness similar to a Flemish red, light cherry, light fruity notes. The barrel is sufficiently subtle that it does not stick out for me. 7+ Smooth average plus bodied palate. Pretty solid. Not as complex as some but rather drinkable. Bottle shared by a generous soul at Bartowel Anniversary Brewday
zvikar (2616) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - MAY 25, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
At a tasting, thanks Oren, pours rusty bronze with a medium creamy head, sour aroma with grapes juice, dried fruit, chocolate, cookies and some almonds, flavor is quite sweet with some malt, caramel, dried fruits, light acidity, medium bodied.OK
NielsenRatings (8124) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 16, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ home. Pours a dark red/maroon body with a red tinged tan head that dissipates pretty quickly. Somewhat tart, mildly fruity (cranberry/cherry), mild to medium woody nose. Mild wood, tart cranberry/cherry flavor, well carbonated mouthfeel with a lot more oak and even some vinous notes on the finish.