RATINGS: 399   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.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FlacoAlto (4173) - 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 isnt over the top in any manner, as this is a flaw in many an American attempt at this type of beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Aggiebob (870) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - DEC 3, 2016
Bottle. Murky reddish brown with an off-white head that is maintained with strong carbonation. Aroma of grapes. It is tart upfront.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TEJA (2536) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 25, 2016
Bottle shared by Jessica H thanks. No head and clear burbun color. Mild aroma from lactic acidity. Fresh lactic taste with a fine caramell taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
milewide (2101) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 1, 2016
Tasty sour but not just vinegar. Can taste some oak. Cloudy reddish brown color with average head. $4.99 on closeout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SG111 (1363) - 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. Its decent. It isnt a phenomenal sour. But it is good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ordybill (1440) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rumproasts (5086) - 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 Ive enjoyed from other Belgian reds. ABV is well hidden.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
weordie (947) - 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 Id drink again but its ok.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
zgaier (1917) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jjgmd (2039) - 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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Helsdon (354) - 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. Im 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 youre not too hung up on being true to styles an overall nice drink.

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