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 (3565) - 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 (7059) - 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 (6520) - 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 itís 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, Iím happy to have tried it.
jercraigs (8423) - 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 (4000) - 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
adnielsen (10037) - 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.
DSG (8346) - Tel Aviv, - MAY 5, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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
Nimrod979 (206) - Hagerstown, Maryland, USA - APR 14, 2011
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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