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RATINGS: 363   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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
daknole (9224) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUL 23, 2010
Reddish pour, off white head. Aroma has some sweet dried cherries, dried apricots, oak and yeast. Flavor is barely tart. But not overly sweet. Its actually an interesting beer. The sweet and tartness almost cancel each other out in an odd way. Cherry flavor, oak, dry yeasty flavors. Pretty good. Better than I thought it would be.

3.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MaBeer1972 (1342) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 12, 2010
Medium amber color. Citrus aroma. Flavor is certainly unique. Mouthfeel thinner than expected, making for a rather refreshing brew. Tart oak notes are well defined. Whereís the 9%? Very well masked.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail (11085) - Orange County, California, USA - JUL 8, 2010
A: A nice red leaning amber color with a mild pinkish-white head. S: A really nice nose on this one. The typical wild ale aromas of oak, sour cherries, a bit of vanilla, lactic acid, and perhaps just a hint of vinegar and berries. T: Nothing too exciting going on here. Mildly tart and a light fruit note, but not at all complex and a bit of sweet cherry flavor. M: Medium bodied with a moderate carbonation. D: A decent enough sour with a really nice nose, but the flavor is sort of bland. Still, a good one to give a try and something unexpected from Sam Adams.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dionysus (1448) - Arizona, USA - JUL 3, 2010
Bottle pours deep ruby with a tan head. Aroma is brett, oak, light lactic (berry) and light acetic (cherry balsamic). Flavor shows basically the same. While I must say that I was rather impressed with this offering, in the broad spectrum of the style I think itís a little one dimensional. Donít get me wrong, iím not sharing my bottle, but there is much room for improvement. I wish that I had bought another while I was out there to put some age on it, oh well. Hopefully this will continue to be available in the future.

2.9
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jpoelma (5) - Alabama, USA - JUN 28, 2010 does not count
Deep brown red color with tan lingering head. Dark fruits, Tart, oaky, alcohol. bitter finish. Fuzzy foamy mouthfeel

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
thehurt01 (261) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 26, 2010
the beer poured a nice deep amber body and a good light brown head. The smell and taste a just as the label says. A citrus tart is a sweet beer. good carbonation.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nickd717 (3560) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 17, 2010
750ml bottle from the brewery in Boston. Pours a deep clear ruby red color with a two-finger tan head that eventually fades. Aroma is sweet and tart cherries and a little funk, for the most part. Some vinegar as well. Fruity, sweet, and tart flavor. A little vinegary, as it should be, and just a little sweet for the style. Iíd like a little more dryness on the palate, but itís a solid beer overall and not terribly off-style.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pastor (797) - Skowhegan, Maine, USA - JUN 13, 2010
A very unique bottle split among friends in tulip glasses produced a slight brown head that disappeared quickly. The body of the brew was a slightly hazy reddish brown. I got a hint of Brett in the nose as well as cherries. The smell has a slight sourness to it as well. The brew was a tad to sweet to be called a Flanders in my book I did a side by side with a local Flanders and this one was by far sweeter and fruitier to me than the other. The oak barrel was present in the taste as well. The body was a medium with a ton of carbonation to it. This was a really drinkable brew to me I easily could have a second glass. A quality beer well worth the try

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nikiel (878) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 11, 2010
This beer has an interesting sour flavor that reflects an almost cherry-like undertone. The barrel aging has little reflection on the beer, except that it has a slight taste of red wine/port. Okay as far as sour beers go, disappointing as far as barrel aged beers go, and decent overall.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 14, 2010
Bottle - Thanks JohnGalt!! - Pours a hazy ruby with a small tan head...aroma is woody, cherry syrup, toffee, cherry skins...flavour is similar, lightly sour cherries, lt wood, lt syrup...light everything, not the best example of the style, but Iíve had worse...


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