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RATINGS: 343   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   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.


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3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FlacoAlto (3737) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 9, 2013
A steady pour into my teku glass produces a two finger thick, light amber tinged, tan colored head. The beer is a concentrated-amber / dark plum color that shows a brilliantly clear, rich amber / purple / plum hue when held up to the light. The aroma is vinous, oaky, tart, and fruity with specific notes of strawberry vinegar, red wine like fruit character, berry jam, some cider notes, a touch of nutty toasted malt character, and some light oak spice character.

This has a prickly carbonation and a medium level of fullness to the body; it sticks to the palate a bit, though lightens up a bit in the finish. The flavor is quite vinous, it reminds me quite a bit of a lightly oaked, fruit focused red wine. Bright berry notes, a light, accentuating acidity, and a touch of warmth in the finish; the latter seems to be a combination of the oak character and a bit of the alcohol. There is a nice nuttiness here that combines with the caramelized malt notes, and the lightly toasted browned malt character.

Not bad, actually a bit better than I was expecting. It could certainly use a bit more complexity, and it is certainly a bit on the strong side for what I was expecting, but I like that the character isn’t over the top in any manner, as this is a flaw in many an American attempt at this type of beer.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
superspak (2203) - Michigan, USA - APR 10, 2014
750 ml bottle into tulip glass, 2012 bottling. Pours fairly crystal clear deep ruby red color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of tart cherry, cranberry, green apple, raisin, plum, red wine vinegar, hay, straw, oak, clove, pepper, leather, caramel, toast, light chocolate, musty funk, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good complexity and balance of fruity/funky yeast, oak barrel, and malt sweetness; with good strength. Taste of tart cherry, cranberry, green apple, raisin, plum, red wine, oak, clove, leather, funk, light vinegar, hay, straw, herbal, caramel, toast, light chocolate, light vanilla, and yeast earthiness. Fair amount of fruity/earthy tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of cherry, cranberry, green apple, plum, raisin, red wine, oak, clove, leather, funk, light vinegar, hay, straw, caramel, toast, light chocolate, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and robustness of fruity/earthy yeast, oak barrel, and dark malt flavors; with balanced sweetness/tartness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a smooth and fairly slick/acidic mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice wild ale. All around good complexity and balance of fruity/funky yeast, oak barrel, and dark malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TizzleJizzle (529) - Garland, Texas, USA - APR 10, 2014
Sampled from a big bottle at the Bluebonnet Brew-off. Poured a clear dark reddish-amber color with a cream colored top. Taste of funk, oak, dark fruits, and sweet malts. High carbonation, medium body. This brew is a winner!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerathon (945) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 6, 2014
Hard to believe, but his is an incredibly easy drinking sour ale. Sweet and tart, dark fruit flavors, rich. Nicely done.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
patrick767 (3397) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 23, 2014
bottle at Ft Wayne tasting, Sept 2013 - Pours lightly hazy amber and smells of malt, dark fruit, yeast and slight sourness. The flavor has sweet malt dominating with light tartness. It’s bubbly and medium to full bodied with a lightly bitter, slightly tart finish. Very nice.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dfonorow (1206) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 19, 2014
Pour is ruby red with a finger-wide white head. Aroma of port wine, oak, raspberries, and peat. Flavor is tangy and sweet at first but transitions into a tart finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jbruner (1972) - Athens, Georgia, USA - MAR 16, 2014
Pours a slightly hazy copper red from the bottle with dissipating bubbly tan head that leaves light lace. Aroma is very nice funky fruit sourness with a hint of sweet vanilla. Taste is less impressive, but still much better than I was expecting from Sam Adams. Bubbly carbonation, nice lasting tartness on the tongue.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
puboflyons (1873) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 5, 2014
From the barrel shaped corked, caged bottle. The pour is a slightly cloudy brown color with a modest little cream colored head. Good sour and wild characteristics on the nose with a bready malt sensation and a kind of wine-line ester. Yeast notes. Vague spice notes. Smells tart. Light to medium body. The taste has a modest malted bready flavor at first but it does not take long for the tart, grape and citrus zing to kick in. But at the same time I pick up a touch of clove more in the taste rather than the nose. Interesting all around.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
michcam8 (267) - Ohio, USA - FEB 21, 2014
I am fairly new to wild sours, but I enjoyed this one. Readily available, somewhat pricey, but overall a nice beer. Pours a murky brown, with a lively brown head. Funk, tart, sour, malt, and wood coming thru on the taste. Enjoyable brew!

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
kerenmk (2001) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JAN 28, 2014
Bottle. Clear dark ruby brown with a big, frothy cream-coloured head. A little lactic aroma, sour, bretty, ripe fruit. Tastes a little worty, delicate sourness. Full body, a little cherry finish.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
COMRADEJOSH (259) - Ft Hood, Texas, USA - JAN 18, 2014
Funky fruity aroma. Dark cola appearance and lightly carbonated. Sour taste in a tangy way. Very much reminds me of a flat cherry cola actually tasty in a sweet and sour way.


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