TheAlum (5530) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - NOV 14, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled on tap at FoBAB 2011 (Chicago, IL). Pours a lightly hazed darker copper pour, loose tannish head with bubbles, dies to a small ring, laces ok. Aromas are touches of rust, cherries, and sweet malts, toffee and toast. Some light barrel and oak, a touch buttery. Initial is lighter end of medium offering cherries, touches of gentle vinegar and toast, oak, sweet malts into the middle. Finish shows just a touch of sourness, lots of oak, toast, and sweeter malts seem to play dominator. Weird. Not a re-do. Offering lots of sweetness, oak, and just a breath of tartness into the finish.
jtclockwork (7899) - , New Jersey, USA - NOV 11, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by Jay. Pours dark red with off white head. nose/taste of oak, cherry and dark caramel - some chocolate. Hint of alcohol in finish. Medium body.
j12601 (6584) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - NOV 11, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle that I took to a tasting at James’ place. Pours a somewhat hazed brown with at thin white head. Soft sweet wood and light acid on the nose, lovely Flanders notes. Light sweetness, a touch of malt, toast and malt. A good amount of sourness, but not bracing. Lingering malty sweetness with a touch of acidity.
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 29, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance: clear garnet and reddish black grapes under a full smooth head of tan foam. Slight trace of lace crawling up sides as head fades. Swirls thick and lacey.
Nose: rhubarb, plum, grape. Cinnamon apple sauce. Burgundy soaked leather and old oak staves. More leather in the middle. Nutty underneath with flesh covered plum stones. Strawberries with blueberry essence – freshly pureed with skins and seeds providing bitter dry tannins.
Palate: rhubarb, strawberry, and blueberry. Leather and fruit stones mingle. Berry and grape skins lead to leather leads to red wine soaked barrels. Slightly tart black cherries. Chocolate essence in the breath – unsweetened.
Final Thoughts: not over the top or overly complex but straight to the point. I’ve tasted two out of the three Barrel Room series and so far the Stony Brook is tops.
onceblind (3933) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 7, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very murky orangish brown with a small tight off white head. Beautiful aroma of tart oak and juicy dark fruit, mostly cherry, and a little bit of sourness. Taste was much the same. Big oak flavors, tart cherries with a slight sour acidity and a long lingering finish.
dnstone (2127) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - OCT 7, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Slight lactic tartness. Amber-copper in color with off-white head. Well done...a bit oof cherry tartness, roddenbach-esque. Would make a great gluhkriek in the winter!
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 (424) - 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 (521) - 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!