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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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (7317) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 28, 2010
750 ml bottle brought back from Sam Adams to St. Louis by a buddy of mine who works there. Thanks again, John. Pours a ruby-red color with a thick, tinted head. Aroma of tart cherries, bretty funk, oak, and sweet malts. Flavor follows suit, with the tartness increasing as it goes down and warms, as well as some subtle hop notes emerging along with the oak. Medium-bodied, with moderate to above average carbonation and a tart, fruity, funky mouthfeel. Pretty impressive beer, and easily my favorite of the three Barrel Room Collection beers.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dragonfly1 (498) - Colorado, USA - DEC 25, 2010
Bottle from the Brewery- thanks Marci. Dark copper color, fizzy head. Aroma is raisin and oak. Intense tart cherry fruit taste. Like a cherry pie in a glass. Hints of oak. Rich, creamy, and warming. Not at all what I was expecting. This would be a great Thanksgiving beer- I crave turkey, cranberry sauce, a warm fire, and a table of family and friends.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
douglas88 (6927) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 13, 2010
Bottle at the Holiday tasting. Perhaps thanks to Dave. Pours a cloudy brown color with a off-white/grey head. The aroma is rich cherries and oak. A rich fruity vinous flavor, tart, a nice Flemish sour. Woody. Nice.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
decaturstevo (5390) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - DEC 2, 2010
Copper pour with tan head and lace. Sour cherry and lgiht paper. Brown sugar and sour cherry flavor. Thin and fizzy.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
philvil (176) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 21, 2010
great beer, excellent sour ale from sam Adams. sour flavors of apple and cherry stand out at first, and the finish is malty with vanilla flavors. this is outstanding and underrated. probably as good as la folie and better than zuur. sour ales are hard to find so grab this one while it’s available

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jimhilt (2454) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 13, 2010
Pours a thick, cream, three fingered head, slowly fades to a thin layer (should be poured slowly) and leaves a good lace. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Color is hazy amber. Tart fruit nose. Flavor is tart fruit and oak, the higher ABV (9%) is hidden. Clean, dry finish. Pricey at $11.95 for a caged and corked, black, 750ml bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, MA.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 11, 2010
The pour is a hazy, blood red color with an average, dark beige, fizzy head which is mostly diminishing and leaves minimal lace. The nose is pleasant with a brett-like tartness, minimal mushroom funk, toasted oak, light vanilla, tart black cherry, some vinous-like tannins, and maybe just a bit of chocolate. The flavor starts out pleasant with similar black cherry, light chocolate, some vanilla and toasted oak, only hints at some funk, much less tart than the nose led on. The middle is actually mostly sweet with just hints of toasted oak and funk for some depth, and the finish is somewhat tannic, bringing some bitterness with some dry chocolate notes and black cherry left on the tongue. The palate is nice with a lively carbonation, medium to full body, and a coating but refreshing mouthfeel with some dryness on the back end. Actually a pretty nice beer from SA with the mild tart notes and the subtle oak complexities but just a few things could have been better... The middle could have used some balancing bitterness or tartness, the complexity was fair for the strength and style, and the tartness seems to disappear in the flavor. Nice offering but not worth the money.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
marcus (7296) - Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 8, 2010
Bottle shared by bhensonb. Pours reddish brown with a nice tan head and a strong toffee aroma. There is a tart oak and smoked malt flavor with a dry plum finish. A pretty good brew.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (12134) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 8, 2010
Bottle from Liquor Max. Pours very ruddy amber with a boamy beige/tan head. Smellsof redwine andoak. Med body/foamy carb. Sourt start. Reddish grapey/fruit flavor. And a touch of chocolate?

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
coldbrewky (1491) - Hippetown East, New York, USA - NOV 6, 2010
Bottle via Bonster and the guys at this weeks random blind tasting. Flat with slim lacing. Deep copper all the way thru. The helix of taste from the oak and msturdy malt body twang with some fleeting vanilla and then the tannic finish that is long and airy. I fell asleep on the couch after half a glass., but I had a long week. They let me sleep untill making fun of me got old and then they woke me up and told me to get drinking. Easy drinking.


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