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RATINGS: 373   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jercraigs (8320) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 19, 2011
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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
zvikar (3962) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - MAY 25, 2011
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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
adnielsen (10028) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 16, 2011
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DSG (7940) - Tel Aviv, - MAY 5, 2011
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2014 Re-rate 6/3/14: Bottle sample at a wood-aged beers tasting at the Beer & Beyond shop. Sweetish-sourish. OK. 6/3/6/3/13=3.1

Bottle sample at a tasting. Thanks Oren. 9% ABV. Bottle #2440. Almost clear deep amber color with a an off-white head. Aroma of oak, a bit of bretty hints, some fruits and a bit of yeast. Sourish-sweetish flavor with caramel, some oak, light grainy notes, overripe fruits and a bit of cookies. Short sourish aftertaste. Medium-bodied. 7/3/7/3/14=3.4

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nimrod979 (206) - Hagerstown, Maryland, USA - APR 14, 2011
Into an oversized wine glass. Pours a dark red red with some orange/amber hues. Small off white head that clears away to nothing rather quickly. The nose on this thing is something thatís actually quite attractive. Dark cherries, berries, grapes and plenty of tart fruit. Some belgian yeast and hints of oaky-ness. Some vinegar and wine-like. First sip caught me off guard. Boy, was it tart. Second sip and you really get start getting all these fruit flavors. Thereís just hint of malt that I can pick up here. itís like drinking a slightly carbonated wine, and Iím liking it more with each sip. The finish is short and sour but i like the complexity here. Iím pretty impressed with this one here. Hereís to hoping the other two barrel room beers are just as good. Cheers.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2011
Thanks to Drew for picking this one up. Served in a Bruery tulip. Pours a reddish-amber color with a half-finger off-white head and a bit of spotty lacing. The nose is strong cherries with a bit of a lactic character. A bit of cream and oak in there as well. The flavor is fairly impressive and reminds me quite a bit of a Flanders Oud Bruin. It has some oak character and a fairly-strong cherry component. There is a bit of caramel. Quite a bit of cherry and oak. It doesnít have all that much depth, but theyíve done fairly well for themselves with this beer. This is my first foray into the barrel-room collection, and Iím impressed. All around, itís a bit mild and doesnít quite stand out, but I will not complain about this. The body is medium with a lower level of carbonation and a fairly mild amount of sourness. The oak is there, but itís not particularly tannic. This is a good brew and a step in the right direction. Personally, I would love for Sam Adams to nail this style and get a bit more exposure for this type of brew. This is much better than I expected, to say the least. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 11-28-2010

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - APR 9, 2011
Pours ruby red with a dark tan head. Smells of some residual sugar, vinegar, some sour fruity notes. Tastes funky sour with some residual sugar and a tarte finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
alobar (3010) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 30, 2011
Pours a dark brown with red hues and an off-white head. Aroma of vinegar, dark fruit, and wood. Flavor of tart fruit and wood with a very dry finish. Tart, but not excessively so. Nice beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MaltOMeal (1092) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - MAR 19, 2011
Bottle someone shared at the March BA Tasting. Pours a clear, dark amber with a tan head. Nose is of sour fruit. Taste is of sour fruit. Mouthfeel is medium, sour yet sweet and well carbonated.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheGent (656) - , Massachusetts, USA - MAR 16, 2011
So I did not know this would be a sour ale when I opened the bottle but so glad it was. Really nice looking clear red amber with lots of carbonation and a 3 finger head that faded. The aroma is a tat fruit raspberries with some malt under that. The taste is super tart with a little sweetness but the oakiness does come through with a tinge of booze. Does finish like a dry white wine right at the end. Well done SA

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