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RATINGS: 393   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sammer (1118) - Plano, Texas, USA - SEP 16, 2012
Bottle. Taste is sour cherries, funk and yeast. Fruity, funky and excellent.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
LinusStick (3183) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 16, 2012
When I saw a Sam Adams bottle with a cork in it, then saw it was a sour ale I thought it was going to be terrible. It wasn’t. Aroma was so so. Roasted malt, spices and sour cherry. Pour was a nice dark amber/light brown with a thin off white ring for a head. Taste was good for a mass produced beer. Strong vinegar, cherry and yeast flavors bite the sides of the mouth and prickle going down the throat. Nice strong carbonation creates a nice finish that leaves the mouth sour and acidic. Hides the alcohol perfectly. Good job

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beerdrinker79 (1975) - Idaho, USA - SEP 15, 2012
750 ml. bad ass barrel looking bottle- Pours dark brown to red with a light tan head that reduces to a blanket. Aroma is moderately funky, dark fruits, oak. Taste is very similar to Verhaeghe Duchesse De Bourgogne (which I had directly before this), but with more alcohol, this beer hides the alcohol expertly. There is a little less tartness here, and the beer has a slight graininess, but this is a nice beer. Are Sam Adams haters affecting the score here? Because this is nice!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
llcooldave (1188) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - SEP 15, 2012
Pours a delicious looking brown copper color. Tart fruit and a slight funk aroma. Clean and crisp tasting; some wine like components. Dry, tart fruit followed by a slight astringent feel on the palate. Overall, very surprising and delectable for a style that I’m not a big fan of.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7914) - Los Angeles, California, USA - SEP 15, 2012
Bottle. Pours with a very deep red/mahogany hued body with a small tan head. Aromas are of chocolate, vinous, tannic, nuts, currant, lactic acid, earthy, red wine, medium yeast esters and phenols, unripe plum, oak, vanillin, low acetone, light cough drop. Flavors are sweet upfront, dark and unripe plum, acetone, oak, vinous, prune, red wine, cherry pit. Low lactic acid in the finish. Very light acetic acid. Medium to fuller bready and caramel malt character. Alcohol noticeable. Malt character closer to an Oude Bruin (minus the oak). Lively carbonation with a dry finish, warming. I wish the sourness and funk complexity were stronger, but this was still a nice beer to drink.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
portableparty (2273) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - SEP 14, 2012
Bottle. Pours deep amber copper color with a quick soapy khaki head that leaves a tight soapy collar and wispy film. Aroma is the best part of this beer nice and tart/sour with cherry some wine characteristics and malt. Taste is tart with subtle sourness and shows signs of wine and wet corks along with plenty of malt and cherry notes in the finish. Palate is full and slick with a drying funky finish. Not bad at all this is a nice surprise by Boston Beer Co.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ljstephenson (250) - Enterprise, Alabama, USA - SEP 14, 2012
Pours deep mahogany red, rapidly disappearing off-white head. Aroma is moderate hops with fruit, mostly plum. Flavor is very syrupy, light carbonation, heavy on ripe fruits. Finish is syrupy, heavy malt. ---Rated via @jxray76 on Twitter

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
RamyG4 (323) - , New Jersey, USA - SEP 14, 2012
UPDATED: SEP 15, 2012 Bottle. Reddish brown with a thick off-white slightly yellow head. Aroma is acidic with a little funk, lots of cherry notes, some caramel as well and a little wood. Taste is a disappointment. Sweet and malty with a light to medium bitterness, and only a little sourness. Needs a lot more acidity and funk. Finish is dry and woody. Light to medium body, well carbonated. Solid beer, but not a good sour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RABinCO (1508) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - SEP 14, 2012
Bottle. Pours deep reddish brown without much head, just a bit of a tan cream halo. Aroma is slightly funky with hints of vanilla, fruit (apple) and oak. Taste is not too sour, but big hits of oak and malt with a bit of tart fruit. Best part is that this is flavorful without coming anywhere near vinegary. Not the greatest example of a sour, but certainly not bad one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jesterdeal (1985) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - SEP 12, 2012
Aroma of tart cherry, figs, and some funk. Pours deep iced tea with a big head. Taste is tart but not overly dry with nice sourdough, brown sugar and fresh cherry notes. Very approachable and super yummy.

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