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RATINGS: 405   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.6
SG111 (1823) - New York, USA - AUG 19, 2016
Bottled. Pours murky chestnut red color. Off white head. Aroma is sour cherry, funk, tart notes dark fruit, oak. Flavor is sweet cherries, dark fruit, minimal sour notes relative to nose. Flavor is a bit too sweet. But hey, good on Sam Adams for not brewing a lager. It’s decent. It isn’t a phenomenal sour. But it is good.

4.4
ordybill (1758) - Douglasville, Georgia, USA - JUL 8, 2016
Poured from a 25 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance was a nice amber red color. taste of cherries.

3.4
rumproasts (5359) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUN 25, 2016
bottle. Brown with small head. Tart cherry and vinegar notes, oaky. Missing some of the underlying malt sweetness that I’ve enjoyed from other Belgian reds. ABV is well hidden.

3.3
weordie (1184) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - JUN 10, 2016
Pours deep deep ruby with a thin white head. Aroma is boozy cherries and Grapes. A dank, yeasty flavour with a dry finish. Probably not something I’d drink again but it’s ok.

3.1
zgaier (1951) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - JUN 9, 2016
Bomber. Pours a hazy amber with a tan head and aroma of ripe fruits and malt. Taste is sweet, of malt, caramel, fruits, and brett and toffee notes into the finish

3.7
jjgmd (2162) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - JUN 9, 2016
Pours a dark amber red color with no appreciable head. Nose is mildly tart with Brett mixed with some sweet fruity notes. Taste is mildly tart and sour, by no means over the top ...with some oaky notes and sweet fruit . Finish is oaky with the mild tart fruity notes. Descent ! Quaff Score 7 /10

3.5
Helsdon (391) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 23, 2016
This beer was one of the few brought up from Buffalo by my sister-in-law. I saw the impressive rating and wanted to see how an American "big" brewery would approach a sour, especially a established Belgian one. The pour looks good, deeps red-brown with almost tan head. The nose says there is something up. I’m getting as much caramel malt as I am getting sharp sour funk, in fact much more caramel. The taste is the same, rich caramel malt, but not sweet, with a decent roasted-ness to it, a little dried fruit, and some of the vinegar bite I would have expected from this style, but just some. Definitely a tasty beer, a weak version of a Flemish red, but if you’re not too hung up on being true to styles an overall nice drink.

3.3
FatTony (188) - Augusta, Georgia, USA - FEB 29, 2016
1 pint 9.4 ounce bottle. Poured out a cloudy translucent orange with a short lived amber head. Aroma was dry white grapes like Champaign and the taste followed with a hint of oak and a dry metallic finish. Palate was slick and soapy. Not really my cup of tea, but worth trying.

3.4
oldrtybastrd (5002) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 23, 2016
Pours a reddish amber with fluffy head. Aromas of light vinegar, cherries, and some foeder. Flavors of cherries, a little sweet...wants to be Rodenbach Grand Cru but the sour and foeder fails to show.

3.6
DocJitsu (1978) - Pensacola, Florida, USA - NOV 17, 2015
Pours a clear amber color with a quickly dissipating khaki colored head. Cola, sour ale, and oaky-vanilla nose. Soft mouthfeel that becomes quite astringent. Flavors approximate the nose.


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