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RATINGS: 364   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.


3.4
   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 I’ve had worse...

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2010
750ml bottle. Pours a mostly clear, amber-red colored body with a finger-width, frothy, off-white head that dissipates quickly and leaves a light lacing. Aroma is fairly tart cherries and dry wood with a moderate caramel malt. A hint of toast from the oak with some yeasty esters and a hint of funk. Nice smelling beer. Flavor is solid as well. Fairly sweet and caramel malty up front before some smooth cherries and oak come in. Some yeasty esters, vanilla, and a light funk. The tartness grows nicely into the finish before it completely dries with a light acidity and toasted wood. Fairly lengthy aftertaste following a light to medium, clean body and soft, light carbonation. Just a touch of warmth enters the chest. Overall, a really nice beer. I liked the aroma a bit better than the flavor, but there wasn’t a lot to complain about here. The barrel aging plays a subtle role, but adds a decent complexity and made this very enjoyable. Definitely better than the Kriek.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BroSpud (1698) - , Massachusetts, USA - APR 10, 2010
Large (Fancy) bottle. Pours reddish-orange with a nice creamy head. Sweet aroma with a sweet fruity taste. Interesting beer but nothing spectacular. Very cool bottle though.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jeff789 (1407) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 31, 2010
This a good example of a flemish red ale... Sam Adams certainly didnt push any boundaries with this offering... Good, not outstanding beer, some barnyard funky qualities underneath a lightly oaky tart red ale... Wish they would push the limits more, they certainly can...

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
crazyvin (1949) - New York, USA - MAR 7, 2010
Bottle my brother managed to find. Poured a nice cloudy brown hue with a quickly fading brownish-red head. Aroma had strong sherry-like notes. Flavor was very vinous, consisting of several fruit notes. A nice sour twang throughout. Some alcohol notes too. Carbonation was just right.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fred82 (2115) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 7, 2010
Bottle from reakt shared in hotel room after EBF
Appearance : Clear amber small head.
Aroma : Cherries, a bit acidic and quite fruity
Taste : Cherries, a bit sour and tart but not that much.
Overall : Great fruity profile but a bit simple. Interesting brew.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
swoopjones (5921) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAR 1, 2010
Sample @ Great Lakes Brewing News. slightly murky red brown pour. Winey. notes of cherry, wood, tartness. Almost lambic/sour like. Nice attempt SA

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
smcolw (530) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 13, 2010
Rocky cream-colored head that settles to a single foamy layer of bubbles. Light brown color with a mild haze. Strong caramel aroma with some notable alcohol smells. Very rich nose. Strong sourness to the initial taste, similar to Belgian gueuze. This has many of the elements a strong cider, including a green apple element. No notable hop. Low carbonation with a full body. Too rich to drink regularly.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fonefan (35088) - VestJylland, DENMARK - FEB 1, 2010
Bottle 1pt.9fl.oz. @ Chris O’s Night of the Gaylords. [ Bottle #2899 ].
Clear medium amber color with a small to average, frothy, fair lacing, fully diminishing, off-white to white head. Aroma is moderate malty, caramel, lacto - berry, cherry - apricot, red wine - a bit like Duchesse De Bourgogne, wood - barrel. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet, light acidic and bitter with a average to long duration, plum. Body is light to medium, texture is watery to oily, carbonation is soft. [20091229]

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
drjay44 (2647) - Salida, Colorado, USA - JAN 26, 2010
750 ml. bottle. 9% ABV per the label.Bottle number 2969?? Pours an initially huge fluffy white head, which rapidly collapses, with attractive lacing, over an initially clear, later slightly hazy, red copper (SRM 15) body.....nose is light dried fruit (cherry, raisin, plum) with a bit of Belgian funk and slight acetic acid tones.....taste initially is of lightly sweet malts then a series of fruits including light cherry, plum, apricot then tart light sourness finishing with a lingering dry Brett sourness.....mouth feel is light to medium, with foamy carbonation adding to an effervescent wine experience. This is a quite good reproduction of a Flemish Red, not quite as sour, but really delicious and well balanced. This is not categorized correctly. It should be in the Sour Ale grouping. Although the company’s web site does not have this series in it, I suspect there was a bit of Brett in this beer. BJCP 7/3/17/4/8


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