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RATINGS: 398   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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 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 (6355) - 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 (3561) - 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 (1093) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mcox90 (1931) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 13, 2011
750ml bottle, corked and caged. Pours a hazy mahogany color with a quickly receding beige head. Aroma is tart fruit & vinegar. Flavor is more tart/sour fruit with a malty backbone. Also, a good amount of oak and earh. Very acidic. Full mouthfeel with active carbonation. Long sour finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ngeunit1 (1555) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 27, 2011
- Pours a deep dark brown with a little hint of red. About 2 fingers of slightly off-white head that fades away and leaves a bit of lacing. S - A subtle aroma of tartness from the fruit (mostly cherry). A touch of oak smell balances the tartness a bit. T - The overall flavor is very tart and full of the cherry flavor. This is mixed with some oak flavor and even a bit of sourness. The finish is actually eve a tiny bit sweet. M - Medium bodied with about a medium level of carbonation. Fairly smooth overall, and finishes really crisp. D - The sweetness and tartness really give this beer a decent range of flavors that you taste in the beer. The beer is overall really smooth and crisp, and fairly refreshing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 9, 2011
750ml Bottle: Aroma of tart cherries, malt, slight oak, slight funk, slight barrel, and some tartness. Poured deep amber/orange in color with a small, tan/beige head that disappeared completely. Cloudy. Lightly sparkling. Full of small particles throughout. Flavor is medium to heavily sweet and medium tart. Tastes of tart fruit, tart cherries, light funk, slight alcohol, slight oak, and slight barrel. Medium body. Lightly dry texture. Average carbonation. Slightly tart, medium sweet, cherry, slight oak, and light funk finish is lightly dry. 9%ABV is noticeable in the flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 7, 2011
Poured into a tulip. This is the third of the series for me. The New World Tripel was great and the American Kriek sucked ass. Letís begin... 3.5 A: Lightly hazed deep amber color. Small particulates throughout. Two fingers of creamy off-white head with poor retention but a decent amount of lacing. 4.0 S: Interesting and a hell of a lot better than the Kriek. Good mixture of sweet fruitiness and sourness. Cherry and raspberry are the main focus here. Acetic acid is the dominant sour note. Woodiness, a light tannic astringency, and a touch of vanilla round this out. 3.5 T: Cherry is the dominant taste. It is slightly medicinal, but nowhere near the Kriek. Woodiness and astringency are next powerful flavors. The acetic acid in the nose is very muted in the taste. Overall, this is sweeter than it is sour. A bit toasty and a touch of funkiness. 4.0 M: Medium body. Good moderate, but spritzy carbonation. Could be creamier, but reasonable smooth. No problems, but nothing standout either. 3.5 D: Not bad, but nothing special either. Iíd prefer this to either be sweeter and more fruity or more sour. Itís in the middle and seems a bit muddled. A lot of my scores were borderline, so this is a bit better than my rating suggests. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 10-24-2010 00:17:31

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tbopslt (354) - New York, USA - JAN 27, 2011
Purchased at Sam Adams Brewery in Boston. Pours a hazy red, minimal head and almost nonexistent lacing. Strong Fruity aroma. Full flavored, again strong a fruity on the pallet. A fine sipping beer, particularly on a cold winter night. I enjoyed the beer but it isnít exactly my cup of tea.

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