I thought about putting this one under The Journey, since I consider it part of my discovery of all the different brews out there, but I suppose it matters not. Anyway, I had the most wonderful concoction brewed by Samuel Adams that I have had (so far) the other day and just had to see if anyone out there had ever tried it before: Sam Adams Stony Brook Red. This one is from their “Barrel Room Collection.” This was the first I had heard of it, but always willing to try something new, I picked up a bottle from BevMo. At $9 a bottle, this one isn’t one I’d buy everyday, but still not too pricey.
It pours a surprisingly bright red color, with a little orange streaking through, with a kind of light tan head that dissipates rather quickly. It smells quite malty with a definite sourness to it. This being in a big fancy bottle from a specific “collection,” I expected this to be super rich and sweet, not unlike many other breweries’ anniversary collections. My expectations couldn’t have been further from the truth. This beer tastes much like it smells: super malty, but still refreshing, likely due to the sourness that permeates the entire experience without overpowering it. There is a slight fruitiness to it, without actually being sweet, which was a pleasant surprise. The finish is also very malty, without being heavy and the sourness lingers well after the beer is gone.
All in all, I highly recommend this beer and I will be on the lookout for more from this great American brewery (Utopias, anyone?)