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RATINGS: 401   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62/5   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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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
adnielsen (10573) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 16, 2011
Bottle @ home. Pours a dark red/maroon body with a red tinged tan head that dissipates pretty quickly. Somewhat tart, mildly fruity (cranberry/cherry), mild to medium woody nose. Mild wood, tart cranberry/cherry flavor, well carbonated mouthfeel with a lot more oak and even some vinous notes on the finish.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DSG (12532) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - MAY 5, 2011
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2014 Re-rate 6/3/14: Bottle sample at a wood-aged beers tasting at the Beer & Beyond shop. Sweetish-sourish. OK. 6/3/6/3/13=3.1

Bottle sample at a tasting. Thanks Oren. 9% ABV. Bottle #2440. Almost clear deep amber color with a an off-white head. Aroma of oak, a bit of bretty hints, some fruits and a bit of yeast. Sourish-sweetish flavor with caramel, some oak, light grainy notes, overripe fruits and a bit of cookies. Short sourish aftertaste. Medium-bodied. 7/3/7/3/14=3.4

4.2
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nimrod979 (212) - Hagerstown, Maryland, USA - APR 14, 2011
Into an oversized wine glass. Pours a dark red red with some orange/amber hues. Small off white head that clears away to nothing rather quickly. The nose on this thing is something thats actually quite attractive. Dark cherries, berries, grapes and plenty of tart fruit. Some belgian yeast and hints of oaky-ness. Some vinegar and wine-like. First sip caught me off guard. Boy, was it tart. Second sip and you really get start getting all these fruit flavors. Theres just hint of malt that I can pick up here. its like drinking a slightly carbonated wine, and Im liking it more with each sip. The finish is short and sour but i like the complexity here. Im pretty impressed with this one here. Heres to hoping the other two barrel room beers are just as good. Cheers.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2011
Thanks to Drew for picking this one up. Served in a Bruery tulip. Pours a reddish-amber color with a half-finger off-white head and a bit of spotty lacing. The nose is strong cherries with a bit of a lactic character. A bit of cream and oak in there as well. The flavor is fairly impressive and reminds me quite a bit of a Flanders Oud Bruin. It has some oak character and a fairly-strong cherry component. There is a bit of caramel. Quite a bit of cherry and oak. It doesnt have all that much depth, but theyve done fairly well for themselves with this beer. This is my first foray into the barrel-room collection, and Im impressed. All around, its a bit mild and doesnt quite stand out, but I will not complain about this. The body is medium with a lower level of carbonation and a fairly mild amount of sourness. The oak is there, but its not particularly tannic. This is a good brew and a step in the right direction. Personally, I would love for Sam Adams to nail this style and get a bit more exposure for this type of brew. This is much better than I expected, to say the least. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 11-28-2010

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - APR 9, 2011
Pours ruby red with a dark tan head. Smells of some residual sugar, vinegar, some sour fruity notes. Tastes funky sour with some residual sugar and a tarte finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
alobar (3631) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 30, 2011
Pours a dark brown with red hues and an off-white head. Aroma of vinegar, dark fruit, and wood. Flavor of tart fruit and wood with a very dry finish. Tart, but not excessively so. Nice beer!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MaltOMeal (1093) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - MAR 19, 2011
Bottle someone shared at the March BA Tasting. Pours a clear, dark amber with a tan head. Nose is of sour fruit. Taste is of sour fruit. Mouthfeel is medium, sour yet sweet and well carbonated.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheGent (656) - , Massachusetts, USA - MAR 16, 2011
So I did not know this would be a sour ale when I opened the bottle but so glad it was. Really nice looking clear red amber with lots of carbonation and a 3 finger head that faded. The aroma is a tat fruit raspberries with some malt under that. The taste is super tart with a little sweetness but the oakiness does come through with a tinge of booze. Does finish like a dry white wine right at the end. Well done SA

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mcox90 (1981) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 13, 2011
750ml bottle, corked and caged. Pours a hazy mahogany color with a quickly receding beige head. Aroma is tart fruit & vinegar. Flavor is more tart/sour fruit with a malty backbone. Also, a good amount of oak and earh. Very acidic. Full mouthfeel with active carbonation. Long sour finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ngeunit1 (1555) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 27, 2011
- Pours a deep dark brown with a little hint of red. About 2 fingers of slightly off-white head that fades away and leaves a bit of lacing. S - A subtle aroma of tartness from the fruit (mostly cherry). A touch of oak smell balances the tartness a bit. T - The overall flavor is very tart and full of the cherry flavor. This is mixed with some oak flavor and even a bit of sourness. The finish is actually eve a tiny bit sweet. M - Medium bodied with about a medium level of carbonation. Fairly smooth overall, and finishes really crisp. D - The sweetness and tartness really give this beer a decent range of flavors that you taste in the beer. The beer is overall really smooth and crisp, and fairly refreshing.


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