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RATINGS: 396   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - DEC 30, 2014
750ml bottle into a pint glass. A: Pours a dark red color with some haze to it. The head is only a finger high (mocha shade), but has very impressive retention. Its creamy, soft texture doesnít leave much lacing behind, though. S: Fairly complex. Iím not going to say complicated, though - rather than having a billion notes going a billion different ways, it relies mainly on cherries, tartness, and funk for the aroma. Some whiffs will brings stronger cherry, others bring more in the way of funk or (good) acid. If I could nitpick, its that itís a bit sweet for my preference. Still, a very successful aroma. T: From the start, it seems like cherry sweetness dominates the flavor, with the funky brett being secondary, the tart bite being tertiary, and the oak tannins being quaternary. Occasionally, some sips will yield more funk than others. After a while, the finish displays a touch of caramel malt, while at the same time, the oak flavors become (slightly) more pronounced. Iím pretty impressed with how complex this is, to be perfectly frank. M: Wow, as sweet as it initially seems on the palate, it dries out enough on the back end to keep it from being overbearing. Tannins are present but not harsh. Carbonation is quite zesty, too, and combined with the former, this is a surprisingly drinkable brew. Still, itís good enough to savor more slowly. O: Iím pretty sure this has a ímereí 85 on BA simply because it isnít that tart. To me, this is closer to a 90 (again, on BA). Itís far from the most tart, but itís balanced and delicate, a trait thatís lacking in many íMurican sours (of course, I love a big, brute-force sour monster too, donít get me wrong!) Given my experiences with 13th Hour Stout and New World Tripel last year, I think itís safe to say I generally enjoy SAís barrel-aged, funk-laden brews a whole lot.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerdedone (3222) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 23, 2014
Bottle. Pours reddish brown with a short fizzy off-white head. Fruity & sour aroma with oak, yeast and vinegar. Flavor was sweet and sour with tart cherries, oak, caramel and light vinegar.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Patrickctenchi (6028) - Coxís Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - NOV 2, 2014
Draft: Clear, red-brown with a small beige head. Wood, black cherry aroma. Taste is tart cherry, barrel, and a slight alcohol tang. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bubblehouse (1341) - louisville, Kentucky, USA - SEP 26, 2014
Delicous beer. Has a nice sour taste and the oak flavor is very subtle. Very good offering.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (10101) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 23, 2014
Kinda going after a flanders type sour, even says so on the bottle. Anywho...the depth of the color and complexity of this brew caight me off guard a little. Tart, slighly sweet and sour, with a bit of cherry, lots of oak, and even a little leather and tobacco that added another layer of complexity to this very enjoyable brew. Not quite traditional, but tasty and very well done."

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beertholomeus (1703) - California, USA - SEP 12, 2014
Pours a deep burgundy color with a short lived fizzy head. Dark fruit, wood and tart aroma. Date, raisin, plum, tart, oak and slight chocolate flavors. Medium light body and carbonation. Tart and dark fruit finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Inbreak (4576) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - AUG 24, 2014
23.08.2014, 0,75l bottle shared with friends @ home:
Nice creamy mediumlasting head. Aroma is slightly dry fruity, oak, red berries, grass, caramel malts, alcohol, paint. Taste is mild fruity, red berries, grass, oak, berry skin, sugar, paint, caramel malts. Little bitterness, slightly dry mouthfeel. Fair enough. Just very impotent as a wild beer, or rather a Flemish red ale in my opinion, totally stripped for any sour tartness...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Metalchopz (3074) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 8, 2014
Purchased at Shawís in Saco, Maine on a trip there. Has a great creamy mocha head with lacing all-around. Dark brown, cola-looking brew. Well-blended flavours between the roasted malts and sourness. Smells sweet, sour and roasted, reminding me of wine. Overall, not too crazy sour, as the roastiness takes care of business. Alcohol well-hidden, lots of character. Goes down very-well !

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Darkmagus82 (2266) - - AUG 8, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 10-7-12- Poured from bottle into pint glass Appearance- Pours a deep red color with a two finger off white head. The head fades rather quickly and leaves a light amount of lacing. Smell Ė The smell is of fruit with strong sour and vinegar notes. The fruit is of dark fruits with cherry being the strongest. The sour is of a fruity nature of (more) cherry, cranberry and some sour apple. These fruit aromas a mixed with a vinegary smell giving it an even more sour and slightly bitter aroma. Taste Ė The taste begins with notes of a drier cherry with a moderate dose of sour fruit flavors. As the taste advances it sweetens some toward the middle. With the sweeter flavors are some notes of cinnamon and oak. While it sweetens in the middle more toward the end an apple and cherry fruity sour and vinegary flavor come to the taste. These dry out some of the sweetness and leave a more sour fruit flavor to linger on the tongue. Mouthfeel Ė The body of the beer is on the drier and is average in terms of creaminess. The carbonation of the beer is on the medium side, which with the body, compliment the more sour flavors of the brew. Overall Ė A fairly nice sour. Not mouth puckering like some, but it had a nice balance between sour and sweet/malty. While the Belgian sour is not really my style, I believe Sam does a nice job with this one. Give it a go.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BrewBoxer (2593) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 31, 2014
Bottle from the local 7/11.pours a dark brown color . Sweet sour taste initially but settles to be more line a rodenbqch. Decent

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