Stony Brook Red, Sam Adams Barrel Room Collection

Stony Brook Red Label

Basic Beer Info:

  • Brewery: Boston Beer Company
  • Beer: 2013 Stony Brook Red
  • Batch: 2013
  • Beer type: Belgian Red
  • ABV: 9%
  • Imbibition date: 11-21-13
  • Temperature: 48° F
  • Serving type: Poured from 25.4oz (750 ml) bottle into a crappy extended-stay hotel glass
  • Price: $9.99/25.4oz (Giant Eagle, Cranberry Township, PA)

Happened across this on the shelf in the local grocery store while traveling for work and bought it at the same time that I bought the Kvasir by Dogfish Head. I had no idea that Sam Adams still did anything on this small a scale, let alone barrel aged.

Appearance:

Score: 4.0/5

The beer is a dark reddish-brown with a fair amount (3/4″) of light tan head that disappears quickly before becoming a ring of fine bubbles around the edge of the glass.

Aroma:

Score: 3.0/5

Big malty aroma here; lot’s of sweet malt and a bit of oak. That’s about it.

Taste:

Score: 3.25/5

Big sour upfront, maybe a touch of vinegar, followed by a hint of spice. Not much oak in there, a bit of alcohol heat on the back end.

Mouthfeel:

Score: 3.0/5

Seems a bit thin to me. Low on the carbonation.

Label:

The bottle seems a little overdone to me. KISS. They didn’t KISS. There is just so much going on, the bottle is some weird shape, there’s a cork & cage, there is a little booklet/label hanging from the bottle neck, and the bottle itself is some sort of opaque glass/ceramic material. Wat?

Overall:

Score: 3.0/5

This beer is 25.4 oddly shaped ounces of “Meh” for me. Wasn’t awful, wasn’t great. At least it doesn’t come in at an astronomically high price.

Conclusion:

Final Rating1: 3.16/5

aFR2:  

To see a list of all my beer reviews and ratings, check out the Summary of Beers Reviewed page.


  1. My final rating is a weighted average of the 5 component ratings. See the Beer Review Methodology Page

  2. The aFR (adjusted Final Rating) is my attempt at standardizing beer ratings across the increasingly vast pricing and container volume differences. It ranges from near 0 to near 25, the higher the number is the better the beer is in terms of quality and value. See the Beer Review Methodology Page

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