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RATINGS: 360   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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Suttree (5122) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 17, 2010
Slightly cloudy red. Tart, cherry-ish aroma. Tastes winey, and fruity, with a little bit of oak. Not particularly complex, but tasty.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mbgrayson (528) - Anaconda, Montana, USA - OCT 16, 2010
Pours reddish, with a light to medium tan head. Aroma of fruit, malty and oak notes. Tastes of a Belgian with fruit. The bottle aging and the oak are there too, but subtle. Also, fairly smooth. Thumbs up.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - OCT 15, 2010
2010 pre-Brewer’s Jam tasting. Dark orange, very small khaki head. the aroma is tart fruit, little bit of sweetness behind it. The flavor is honey, tart berries. There is a little bit of oakiness that comes toward the finish. Pretty good attempt, considering, but lacks complexity.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gyllenbock (4545) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 12, 2010
Sample at SBWF 2010. Slightly hazy reddish/brown with no head. Nice aroma of fruit, oak and some cherries. Very refreshing with a pleasant sourness. A good beer!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
konstifik (573) - SWEDEN - OCT 11, 2010
Sample at SBWF 2010. Golden red with no head. Fruity, sour, fresh, oak. Tart and refreshing with some complexity. Interesting beer and very drinkable. Good take on the style!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (9041) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 6, 2010
Bottle… Pours hazy and dark Longhorn-orange with no head. Fruity, malty, acidic and lightly acetic bouquet – chocolate covered cherries and caramel are proffered. Full-bodied and thick with buzzing carbonation. Fruity, moderately acidic flavor – caramel sweetness and earthy bitterness. Well-balanced between tart, sweet and bitter. Finishes tangy, mildly bitter, a touch alcoholic and dry. Bottle courtesy of growler!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BOLTZ7555 (2780) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - OCT 3, 2010
Really enjoyed this one...deep crimson pour produced a foamy off white head. Aroma was a nice combination of sweet and sour with the tart taking a bit if a backseat. Lots of fruit, cherry skin, caramel, brown sugar, and subtle oak both in flavor and on the nose. Medium to slick mouthfeel...definitely my favorite of the series.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerguy101 (5278) - Newark, California, USA - SEP 26, 2010
Sampled on 9/25/2010. This sour/wild ale pours a deep red color from a 750ml corked and caged bottle. Small to medium sized white foamy head, with nice lacing and good retention. The aroma is fruity and slightly tart. A medium bodied wild ale. The malts are fruity, cherry and sweet. The hops are herbal and earthy. Nice mellow sour ale. The fruitiness is balanced by the sour/tart and some subtle wood flavors. As it warms the tartness seems to intensify. Decent carbonation. A great sipping beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly tart.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
jgb9348 (4692) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - SEP 22, 2010
Nice slightly hazy bronze and light brown coloured body with a ruby glow and a good tan head. Aroma of fresh cherries, sour grapes, oak, sweet sugar and a touch of light malt - very nice and mouthwatering already! Medium-bodied; Oaky and malty at first with a pungent large bodied feeling then fading to a tart and sour cherry flavour all covered up with a lot of sweetness and a very strong finishing flavour. Overall, a good beer - perhaps a bit too malty and chewy for a typical sour beer, but showing good characteristics and potential - especially for a mass-produced beer. I wouldn’t take this over pretty much any other sour, but its nice to see Sam Adams trying to do something respectable! I sampled this funky odd shaped 75 cL bottle purchased from McKinnon’s Meat Market in Salem, New Hampshire, sampled the next day on 22-September-2010 at a hotel in Nashua, New Hampshire.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - SEP 18, 2010
(Sample Date: 8/18/2010 Source:Other) Special tasting at Wine and Beer Westpark, Richmond. Dark malts with some woodiness in aroma along with a light sourness. Clear amber brown with small white head. Flavor is earthy and malty with light Brett sourness. Balanced warming finish is lightly sour with nice earthy wood notes. Excellent.


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