AirForceHops (4067) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 15, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
$9.99 for a 25 oz. bottle from my local Shaw’s Supermarket. Snifter show’s a brown with red hues for color, with light retention and mild spotty lace. The nose was mildly tart cherries and some real weak barrel aromas. Tart cherry and caramel malt flavor with a light hop bitterness and spice. Oak notes show up as well. Has a plum or prune like finish. I’m not an expert of this style. (and drink only once in awhile) however , it seems to be nice example. More on the Flemish side which I like.
beerfest5 (1201) - Dublin, IRELAND - DEC 25, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sour ales are still a little out of my palate range meaning that I’m sure I dont appreciate them the way they deserve. This was very good with the Christmas ham and some spicy cheeses. Liquor or wine like in its finish. Nice oaky smoothness.
JohnnyJ (4773) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 18, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Murky reddish brown pour, with off-white head. Lightly tart fruit, wood, some sweet caramel malt, and light sour cherry. Fairly one dimensional, meh.
Cavie (3977) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - DEC 2, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a murky brownish orange color with a white ring of head. Aroma is certainly sour and tart. Woody notes and sour cherries also fill the nose. Flavor is malty with only a hint of sourness. Just a but tart with a dry flavor that leaves a large tingle over the palate.
Jow (2494) - New York, USA - NOV 30, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hump day brew. Pours reddish brown with thin soapy head. Nose is funky and fruity. Tastes pretty tart of cherries, oak, earth, hint of vanilla. I’m liking this barrel aged series.
cakanator (452) - South Hadley, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 15, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
25oz bottle. Pours out a darker red hue, decent white head. Aromas are the best part of this one, earthy and tart, seems full bodied. Too bad the palate doesn’t impress. The flavor is really weak, some fruit and tartness, but its barely noticable. Finish is dry, but really a middle of the road sour at best.
TheAlum (6146) - Aurora, 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 (10268) - , 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 (7386) - 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.