RATINGS: 405   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62/5   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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pivo (2685) - GERMANY - MAY 24, 2015
Complex nose of malt, spices and whiskey. Murky brown. Big heavy body with a massive sweet malt taste. Too sweet times but with some tartness to balance it out. Alcohol throughout. Big beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
YogiBeera (2570) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 24, 2015
Cherry sour nose medium intense . Deep mahogany color with small head. Very tart sour cherry taste with some malt and honey notes. It misses some lightness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
chucklemation (1590) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - MAY 14, 2015
Pours a dark amber with an off-white foam head. Aroma is tart fruit and oak. Flavor is more dominated by the oak, with tart fruit in the finish. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
benfergy (248) - Valley City, North Dakota, USA - APR 26, 2015
The aroma has much wild yeast, and a hint of fruit. As I sip, I also sense caramel malt. The taste is moderately sour with some sweetness. Very smooth. Excellent beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
arminjewell (9576) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - APR 12, 2015
Pour on tap at Avery Sourfest 2014, dark reddish brown pour with off white head, aroma brought notes of oak, red wine, dark fruit, caramel into a bit of yeast, bread, some earthy notes into a bit of funk. Taste was a mix of earth, red wine, oak, some caramel into red fruits, funk comes into grain, finishing fairly dry, slightly sweet.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
hotstuff (5113) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 9, 2015
Rated on 9-14-2013 at Fort Wayne, IN RateBeer gathering (Corked and caged bottle) The appearance of this beer is a small fizzy tan head that quickly dissipated, amber body with a red tint, very little carbontion observed, and spotty amounts of lacing. The aroma is malt, yeast, dark fruit, sour, and tart. The flavor is sweet, sour, lightly tart, malt, and dark fruits. The mouthfeel of this beer is light carbonation and it is medium bodied. Overall, if one likes sour tasting beers, try this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jandd1983 (4210) - Wentzville, Missouri, USA - FEB 1, 2015
It poured an orange color with a small white head. The aroma was of fruit, some earth and a bit of funkiness. The taste was of fruit, oak, a bit of metallic tang and a little candy. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zach8270 (4022) - Henrietta, New York, USA - JAN 9, 2015
(bottle - corked & caged 750 ml) Copper pour with a thin white head. Dry funk and slightly sweet aroma. Flavor starts off with a good amount of sour and farmhouse funk, then dries out and moves to a lightly sweet finish with a tart aftertaste. Incredibly impressed.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
radio_nowhere (1472) - Maryland, USA - JAN 3, 2015
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2015 Bomber into oversized brandy glass, dirty reddish-brown color with tan head. Aroma of cherry tartness, green apples, red wine, wood, dried fruits (raisins, plums, dates), vinegar and brown sugar. Taste starts off fruity sweetness, then quickly goes into sour/vinous notes with berries, spices, vanilla, tannic oak, hay, yeast funk, light chocolate and port. Medium body, moderate carbonation, dry with light sour tart finish. Very good barrel aged wild ale, my sour loving wife agrees.

   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 doesnt leave much lacing behind, though. S: Fairly complex. Im 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 its 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. Im 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, its good enough to savor more slowly. O: Im pretty sure this has a mere 85 on BA simply because it isnt that tart. To me, this is closer to a 90 (again, on BA). Its far from the most tart, but its balanced and delicate, a trait thats lacking in many Murican sours (of course, I love a big, brute-force sour monster too, dont get me wrong!) Given my experiences with 13th Hour Stout and New World Tripel last year, I think its safe to say I generally enjoy SAs barrel-aged, funk-laden brews a whole lot.

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