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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.


3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tectactoe (1664) - Michigan, USA - DEC 25, 2013
UPDATED: MAR 4, 2014 Bottle: Muddy brown & opaque with the slightest hint of red to it, capped off with a beige head that reduces quickly to a thin film & collar. Aroma is quite vinous & vinegary. Notes of toasty oak, grape, light cider vinegar, tart apples, & some musty cellar floor in the periphery. Even a little hint of cocoa underneath? Taste is not as tart as the aroma suggests. Lots of spicy oak, red apples, wine-like grape notes, a little raisin, some caramel malt underneath, & a dry finish with a big tannic note. Some mustiness in the aftertaste, too. Not up to par with some other American wild ales, but still quite tasty, & one of the better Sam Adams beers I’ve had.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
topoisomerase (12) - - DEC 23, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2013 Bought a bottle and drank today. Was really Hoping for more sour but overall a solid beer. Nice sour cherry finish. Beautiful bottle as well.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kramer (4896) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 4, 2013
Bottle. Pours a clear ruby red body with a small fizzy off-white head that faded to a thin covering. The nose is pretty nice, it hits all the hallmarks of a Flemish Red. A nice sour/sweet balance, a light oakiness, some nice sour cherry like fruitiness, slight balsamic vinegar like acidity, and some light alcohol. The flavor is quite a bit drier than I was expecting, there’s minimal residual sugar in here, and very little acidity. I was expecting a really sweet and slightly acidic Flemish Red, but I guess this is indeed more of an American Wild. Some nice caramel malt at it’s base with a slight cherry like fruitiness and a light oakiness. It’s really a lot more drinkable than I was expecting. The alcohol is completely hidden in this one, I would have never guessed this was 9% ABV. Medium bodied and just slightly heavy on the tongue with minimal soft carbonation. This was quite a bit better than I was expecting. Very easy drinking.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thorongil2 (1189) - , Ontario, CANADA - NOV 28, 2013
(bottle) clear reddish brown colour with a small brown head; aroma of sour fruit, brown sugar, jam, spice; balanced flavour with a long light sour finish; pleasant and drinkeable

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
merc7186 (2035) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - NOV 8, 2013
A: Dark Reddish/Brownish Hue, Passes Mild Light, Off White Head Ring, Some Lacing S: Tart Cherries, Plums, Cranberry T: Tart Cherries, Mild Plum, Mild Cranberry M: Decent Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Lightly Tart Overall, this bottle has aged very nicely with a nice mild tartness of red fruits...would make a great intro to sours beer but also very easy drinking.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SlovakSniper (3096) - Candiac/Frelighsburg, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 4, 2013
Une très grande bouteille ouverte entre deux chasses triomphantes. Dans les verres de tous et de chacun repose une robe brunâtre (ma tante pense qu’elle est rougeâtre) qui se couvre d’une mousse impatiente et fébrile. Dans mon nez et dans celui de ma tante, une odorante concoction faite de vinaigre balsamique avec des parfums épicés, caramélisés et boisés. Des arômes qui sont loin d’être déplaisants! Le goût fait l’unanimité parmi les gens, pour la plupart amateurs de vin, qui sont autour de la table: les saveurs boisées et les cerises aigres semblent se marier habilement aux flaveurs dictées par des malts roux. Décidément, quelques traits familiers avec l’ingénieuse Duchesse. Au palais, un corps de moyenne densité avec un apport modéré des bulles et une texture bellement huileuse. Une finale tannique avec ses saveurs bien dirigées sur les tissus contorsionnés de ma bouche. Tout compte fait, hormis un nez trop doux, une bière qui a le potentiel du ravissement.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Emeister84 (918) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - OCT 28, 2013
Aromas of strawberry candy, cherry cola, and subtle vanilla. Hazy ruby with a fading beige head. Fruity, lightly tart, and a little sweet. Medium bodied, very smooth, and with a soft yet spicy finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WisconsinBeer (705) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - OCT 26, 2013
Bottle. Pours a deep orangish brown with almost no head or carbonation. Aroma is ripe fruit, some earthy oakiness, and a bit of funk. Lively and fizzy on the palate. Flavor is fruit, oak, a bit of metallic tang. Finish is dry, with a bit of lingering fizzy candy. Well done.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mikesaum (596) - Newark, Ohio, USA - OCT 21, 2013
Pours brownish red with one finger light tan head. Aroma is nice malt, tart berries, faint vinegar hints,oaky vanilla, pretty woody. Taste is nice..... but disappointing, sweet malt, tons of vanilla oak wood flavor, tartness is very faint, weak vinegar, was hoping that this would be more tart as the aroma suggested. Not bad, sam adams is working on makin some better brews and i think they are doing well, but this sour needs a bit of tweaking .E

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MacBoost (1249) - Pouring Bus, New York, USA - OCT 14, 2013
Pours a brune color with a tan head that fades quickly. Aromas of dark fruit and so much wood... the taste is pure oak and moss, followed by some rum soaked fruitcake and an alcohol burn. High boost. Unlike CIB brews, no veggies are offered though. Pretty tame but oh so high boost. Not bad.


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