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Samuel Adams Thirteenth Hour Stout (Barrel Room Collection) - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

Samuel Adams Thirteenth Hour Stout (Barrel Room Collection)Samuel Adams Thirteenth Hour Stout (Barrel Room Collection)

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725 Ratings
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Ratings: 725
Reviews: 229
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 15.82%


Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Aged in oak barrels; hand-bottled corked & caged; bottled-conditioned.

(Beer added by: Jason on 08-11-2011)
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Bear1964

Nebraska

3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 1PT 9.4 oz bottle into a stemmed glass showed a very beautiful dark reddish brown brew with a creamy tan head about 2" high, nice lacing hangs on as you enjoy this beer. The aroma is that of a Dark Strong Belgian Ale..a nice series of spicy notes hit the nose along with a alcohol up front cover...picked up a slight hint of chocolate and some oak from the barrels. The taste was straight Belgian Strong Ale with some nice spice, dark fruits and maybe a bitter coffee near the end. Mouthfeel is medium and right on spot, the flavors hang around on the tongue and gives a great aftertaste of spicy dark ale. Aside from being labeled A DARK BELGIAN STYLE STOUT it's listed on BA as a Belgian Strong Dark Ale...which is exactly what it tastes like, at 9% ABV it comes in where it should. This is a well made brew with a good solid flavor and would be great to share or use for a special occasion....as I did..good job and I enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2014 21:52:12 | More by Bear1964
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GeorgianBayPackr

Pennsylvania

2.41/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Sour. And not in a good way. For me the combination of Belgian sour-style with the coffee notes of a stout just did not work. The sour flavor overwhelmed the characteristics of a stout, and allowed little of the other ingredients to reveal themselves. I was disappointed & found this beer off-putting

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2014 17:18:49 | More by GeorgianBayPackr
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cswhitehorse

Oregon

3.18/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

The 13th Hour Stout was a mixture between a sour, stout and maybe a BSDA. It poured a dark brown color with 4 finger foam head with tiny carbonation bubbles. The head dissipated quickly and settled into a tiny 1 mm head. The smell was brown sugar, anise and sour green apples. The mouthfeel was thin and left a semi sour mark on the palate. Overall an interesting beer but seemed to be a little off.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2014 16:40:25 | More by cswhitehorse
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polloenfuego

Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From a 750 ml bottle to a snifter.

This beer pours a deep brown almost black with a full three finger head that breaks quickly leaving behind no lacing and only a thin veil of foam. The smell is interesting with a combination of anise, prunes and dark fruits and then a blast of sour or funk. The taste is more dark fruits and anise and that sourness comes through again. The feel is thin with fine carbonation.

Okay this may be one of the most original beers I have ever had. I will however say it is not a stout... Nor is it a BSDA. I don't know what it is, but I will say the sour from the Brett really comes through. I can't say I would recommend this beer, but I certainly did enjoy the adventure that was tasting it.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2014 00:13:38 | More by polloenfuego
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BierJager89

California

4.18/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Black with a short brown head.

S: Chocoalte, brown sugar, coffee in the nose.

T: Starts with chocolate, followed by some brief coffee notes, then uickly finishes by dark fruit followed by tart berries and citrus.

M: Smoothish, could be smoother, full bodied, a bit creamy.

O: Not the best body, but a damn good Belgian style stout.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2014 06:52:48 | More by BierJager89
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ccrida

Oregon

4.23/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is dark with a creamy tan head leaving tight foamy lace.

Smell is fruity Belgian esters, robust grape.

Taste is basically strait BSDA, but with some light roast and brett notes. So, yes, definitely barrel aged Belgian stout, but really those are subtle auxiliary notes notes to the sugary malt and fruity esters. The problem is, the brett at least, is an acrid distraction. But I do like the chocolate notes of the stout.

Mouthfeel is a little thick, medium+.

Drinkability is solid overall. Definitely a nice beer, very good, not great. I seem to like it more than most here I guess, but I love a fruity BSDA. Some heat though, it's a sipper, but a very nice one.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2014 02:29:47 | More by ccrida
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.45/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours espresso brown with ruby highlights; three inches of mocha foam cap the liquid, retaining well and leaving some strands behind

Smell: Dried dark fruit, wood and a tart, vinous aspect

Taste: The tartness from Brett beer additive juts to the front, adding a vinous grape character that masks the dark fruit, cola, banana and chocolate tones; a spicy aspect develops, in the middle, and picks up, in the finish; the aftertaste is a clash between the yeasty spices and the Brett

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; slight warmth in the gullet

Overall: Too many conflicting elements mar this beer; to call it a BSDA here is as much a misnomer as the label calling it a Belgian stout; it is a kitchen sink beer but I would say that the experiment failed

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2014 04:16:24 | More by brentk56
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Tsar_Riga

Indiana

3.61/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - This beer is pretty beautiful, with a big tan head with some considerable staying power and lacing. Dark brown to black, mostly opaque.

S - Plums, prunes, raisins and the like come through, with a sour current, along with hints of the oak and alcohol from its time in the barrel. Very little of the chocolate and really none of the coffee elements I normally associate with a stout, but I'll grant a number of Belgian beer elements. Yeast is pretty present and offers its own bread and funk layer, as well.

T - If the the smell indicated Belgian, the taste screams it. This dark Belgian confirms the dark fruit smells, with a strong thread of sour down the middle, and a hint of bitterness mingling for the finish. There's some hint of the alcohol from the barrels, but it is definitely placed firmly in the background by other elements.

M - Thinner, and less creamy than I hoped. Again, this is less stout than straight up strong dark ale. Nevertheless, the feel is fine for a dark ale, with decent carbonation strong enough to pop the cork when I opened it.

O - I'm torn. The fact is, I was looking for a stout, and I got a Belgian dark ale. Now, I like Belgian dark ales, so that is not a bad thing, but there was really nothing particularly stout-like about this experiment. If the base starts there, by the end the other elements dominate. I enjoy the beer, but it really isn't even exceptional as a Belgian, and the barrel aging seems to add little beyond a few alcohol and wood notes.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2014 03:38:22 | More by Tsar_Riga
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Thirteenth Hour - known as "the witching hour" - does indeed look a product of the dark arts; normally a beer so black doesn't come equipped with such a towering, foamy head. Holding it to the light we're let in on the little secret that this beer is actually concealing deep brown tones.

I expected a lot more character than this. I figured a big barrel-aged stout fermented with Belgian-yeast would have enough rich, roasted malts, coffee, and dark chocolate flavours to make this review an easy and quick one to write. Turns out, however, there's a lot to be said but little of it has to do with an abundance of flavour...

This has aromas and tastes of raisins, prunes, oak, chai spice as well as anise and clove, but nothing remotely rich or overtly 'stout-like'. What it does have is an unexpected sourness - turns out the stout is only the base beer. Thirteenth Hour is blended with Kosmic Mother Funk (a barrel- and Brettanomyces-soured wild ale).

This sourness was carefully mixed in so as to be more of a background note, but it's not exactly in good proportion to the malt; the problem is there simply isn't enough malt. It's certainly not overwhelming (nothing tart or puckering) but it's more defining than complimenting. It adds value to the beer but doesn't help the appreciation of the stout.

Sam Adams is also being a little deceiving when they say that Thirteenth Hour is brewed with 13 ingredients - the only extra ingredient in this beer is two kinds of brewing sugars (and I'm not sure why they needed to use two?). As for the rest: 7 are different malts, two are varieties of yeast, one is the hop, and one is a different beer altogether. Not quite as unique as it's billed.

While we're on the topic of being mislead, the brewery is free to call Thirteenth Hour a stout - and, to be sure, it started out as one - but it drinks far more like a Belgian Strong Dark Ale. And it's not a particularly good one at that. Indeed, this disappoints on all possible fronts - stout, Belgian dark, barrel-aged and soured beer - unable to satisfy on any of those accounts.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2014 07:00:07 | More by biegaman
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Pencible

Virginia

3.86/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: This poured an opaque black with thick tan head.
S: It smelled like grassy hops and spicy Belgian yeast, with some dry dark chocolate and roasted coffee.
T: It tasted like dry dark chocolate and roasted coffee, with some pumpernickel and spicy Belgian yeast. It had a clean earthy bittersweet aftertaste.
M: It was watery with lots of fine natural carbonation. Fairly thin body.
D: This was a nice BSDA, but not much stout character and basically no barrel. The scent and taste were still nice, and the body was decent. The finish was smooth with well hidden alcohol, so it was pretty easy to drink. Might age well. Fresh is good not great.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2014 03:35:55 | More by Pencible
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1000lbgrizzly

Illinois

3.66/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Not as dark or opaque as most stouts, but certainly in the ballpark. Has a pronounced red tinge near the surface and a good amount of carbonation is visible when held against the light. A sizeable head form even on a gentle pour- promising. Pretty sticky lacing, too. The bottle shape is unique, and artwork is clean, even if it isn't eye-catching.

S: Roasted malt is where the typical stout aromas end. I'm also getting some sassafrass root, sweet cola, and I almost want to say ginger.

T: Pretty spicy, although it's offset by the cola. It has that dark malt backbone, but it's subtle. Not very dark, no coffee, chocolate, or oak like the label promised. I like it, but not what I was expecting at all.

M: It's almost like soda- pretty thin, lots of carbonation, although it is smaller and doesn't bite your tongue as much.

O: I guess it does say Belgian in style, but this still is a little off from the stout classification. Spice and herbal roots play the major roles here, not dark malt or its oak aging. If you look past that it's a good beer, but I was hoping for a thicker beer with darker flavors.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2014 03:26:57 | More by 1000lbgrizzly
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slusk

Virginia

3.96/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep ruby with a dense, long lasting tan head. Quite good lacing.

S: Wow, a lot going on here. The first smell is of dark fruits, almost wine like. Strong but not overpowering. The alcohol is buried and not present. Prune, raison, and grape notes persist with a perceptible toast coming through. There's a lot going on here.

T: The first thing that hits the palate is prune and raisin followed by an earthy, musty note. Belgian notes take a backseat in this brew but are there in the form of a pleasant spiciness. Little or no hops but a lingering tartness belies the almost wine-like presence of the oak and aging. This brew tastes like a stout that someday hopes to become a wine. It's plain to see that Sam's yeast blend transformed this brew.

M: For a stout, this beer isn't too heavy. A nice medium to medium plus body.

O: This is a great special occasion brew that has a lot to offer. There's so much going on in this brew it's hard to describe. This is a good example of what a unique yeast blend can bring to a brew. Having said that, I can't see myself drinking this but on very special occasions, once a year at best. But I think that is there intention. If you can get it, it's worth the price in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2013 23:16:44 | More by slusk
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schoolboy

Ohio

4.23/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had one of these siting in my aging fridge for several months and we opened it today for Christmas. It was excellent, and waiting was at least OK, if not the perfect thing to do.

IT opens black with loads of nice head. The aroma is a bit fruity/yeasty, per the style. The taste is a delicate blend of many nice things which all work well together. It is surprisingly light and refreshing for such a big beer, a lot like some of the best Belgians - light tasting though they are anything but. The taste is complex but underpowering.

This is a nice treat and a credit to the style and the brewer.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2013 00:54:46 | More by schoolboy
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Drankin

Massachusetts

2.73/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought in a 3 pack with some other ones.

This beer is really hard to drink. The clashing flavors are a bit too much. A stout should be a stout and a Belgian a Belgian. Smell is offputting and the taste is way too funky. Reminds me of those chocolate oranges, which i was never a fan of. Mouthfeel is oily and slick. Lucky there's no lingering aftertaste, so as difficult as it might be to finish the glass, at least it won't linger.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2013 19:32:08 | More by Drankin
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KYGunner

Kentucky

3.66/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

As this was poured in a snifter the head took over and built a massive wall of foam that quickly ran away. The color was a tidy dark brown, maybe prune juice color.

There's a lot of scents in the nose but none of those in the label descriptions. There's a fruity prune or date, yeasts, Juicyfruit gum, wine or port and then a Worcestershire sauce like aroma.

The flavors were tart, much better as it warmed, and began to resemble a Quad. I also caught more wine and port like flavors before it ended in the Worcestershire sauce.

The feel is quite mellow and as it warmed there was more viscosity.

The Worcestershire sauce aroma and taste worries me as soy sauce flavor means a yeast issue and perhaps just a bad bottle. That flavor was light and the overall experience was better than average.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2013 20:40:51 | More by KYGunner
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lico

Missouri

2.96/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

A: First off, the bottle this comes in is beautiful. Pours a dark brown body with a nice beige head. Good retention. I was excited to try it!

S: Tart scent, light Belgian yeast undertones and a few fruits. Not bad, but my excitement is waning. I did not expect such a dark beer described as "stout" to smell so tart!

T: As expected, this is quite tart, with light oak notes and a hint of chocolate. And of course, that unmistakable Belgian yeast. Light spice aftertaste, but it's overpowered by a sour taste.

M: This beer is smooth, with medium carbonation and a light-medium body. Appropriate for the style. Overall, it doesn't do anything extraordinary here.

O: I could drink a glass of this, but would have no interest in having it again. I've had Belgian dark ales before, but none so tart as this.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2013 02:19:45 | More by lico
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Hibernator

Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thirteenth Hour Stout
750 ML caged cork brown bottle
Served in a 20 oz tulip glass

Pours a dark mahogany with a khaki colored head on top. Thick trails of sticky lace decorate the glassware.

An interesting nose with whiffs of fermented fruit and funky yeast.

A chewy malt backbone with flavors of dark fruits, like cherries or plums. There is also a chocolate quality as well, think Cella's Milk Chocolate Covered Cherries in liquid form with a subtle funky yeast twang.

This beer is very smooth with a remarkable carbonation level. I certainly taste the distinctive belgian yeast with hints of cloves and possible banana notes. The 9% ABV is really well hidden as this beer is surprisingly easy to drink, I was expecting more of a sipper type brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2013 01:09:29 | More by Hibernator
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tigg924

Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: 1 inch head, reddish-brown in color, clear, high carbonation

Smell: chocolate, raisin, fig, dark bread, and dark fruit

Taste: black cherry, dark fruits, alcohol, dark bread, and slight coffee at the end

Mouthfeel: medium-high carbonation, medium-heavy body, sweet with alcohol burn

Overall: Why did it take me so long to try this? One of Sam Adams better beers in this series despite not really having a lot of oaking. This tastes like a complex quad. A sipper I will get again.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2013 14:08:14 | More by tigg924
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BeerKangaroo

Alaska

3.94/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

From 750 ml bottle:

Into a chalice:

A: dark brown colored body with a thin not even a half finger white foamy head, lacing is sporadic and kinda all over the place

S: plum, yet with some nice spice (thinkin' some cloves and allspice), chocolate and a light raisin sort of aroma that enters in nicely at the end

T: Belgian sweetness without any strong yeastiness of most Belgians, slight spicy yet somewhat chocolatey aftertaste, sticky sweet finish

M: medium, actually for a 9% brew this has a slight sessionable element to it, carbonation isn't harsh nor smooth, nor is there anything that makes it standout in the mouthfeel, but I will say I do feel the ABV startin' to creep up on me

O: glad I saved this for Halloween night, good Barrel room collection brew from Sam Adams, I'd most likely have this again

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2013 05:47:38 | More by BeerKangaroo
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jeff1973

California

4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an odd-shaped 750ml bottle into a Bruery tulip. Guessing it was bottled 9/2012, so about 13 mos old. Bought at Hi Times in Costa Mesa CA for $9.30 on 10/5/12.

A - Dark brown, rootbeer color with ruby tinges on the edges. Tan head leaves good lacing.

S - Dried cherry and fig. Hint of baker's cocoa. Dark bread.

T - Big dried cherries and blueberries, also figs. A little hint of cocoa on the back end (chocolate covered dried cherries). A hint of licorice. Has the classic BSDA flavor combos. Had this fresh and remember it being a little hot. After a year it has really mellowed. No noticeable alcohol burn.

M - Classic BSDA. Medium-full mouthfeel with lively carbonation and slick feel on the tongue afterwards. A little creaminess, also. Very enjoyable.

O - Really good beer. I don't know why this doesn't get more love. I remember it being a little hot when I had it fresh and I think I also thought it was just "pretty good" and not "great". I will definitely pick up another to cellar, especially with the nice price tag.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2013 04:52:13 | More by jeff1973
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KelsoSaaz

Connecticut

3.79/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into tulip

A: Deep black with hints of mahogany when held up to light. Light-brown/khaki 2 finger head.

S: Dark fruit and dark chocolate. Oaky and spicy.

T: Dark and tart fruit up front with very bitter, almost Mexican-style spicy chocolate. Definitely can taste the oak barrels, but it’s not overwhelming. A lot of big flavors here that leave very little room for subtlety.

M: Prickly carbonation with dense, slightly chewy body. Alcohol is very present warms the palate.

O: Stout this is not, unlike Sam Adams claims. This is more of a BSDA, which is not a bad this. Sam Adams makes a Belgian style beer with firm American tones here. Big, boozy and bold, this is a good brew, but relies too much on big flavors, making it almost overwhelming. Don’t get me wrong, this is a nice beer, but if you want real high-quality American BSDA, you can do much better.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2013 01:31:01 | More by KelsoSaaz
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Aimo

California

4.95/5  rDev +32.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A.
Pours a dark deep brown with a tinge of amber. Two fingers head that
slowly dissipates. Up close you can see all the tiny carbonation bubbles.
Too small to really be seen farther than a couple feet away. Nice cream
colored head with some red/orange mixed in.

S.
Strong burst of alcohol almost like a wine.Sweet spices and notes of
smoke/roasted malts come to mind.

T.
Hard to explain but I will give it a shot. Nice roast comes to mind
right away, coffee,banana, and clove come along later, as well as
caramel. Nothing really overpowers each other and I really have to sit
back and "try" and figure out what each different taste is that comes
to mind.

M.
Feels very nice. Not very heavy like you would expect from a stout.
Feels nice and full. Nicely carbonated and doesn't leave too much of a
sticky spit(too much sugar) feel after drinking. No alcohol burn in the
mouth but can get a tinge of it in the throat. Nice kinda warming.

O.
Very nice one of my favorite beers. Very drinkable unlike most stouts to
me(love the flavor would rather not handle the body). Gives a nice
deep complex flavors that is hard to figure out. Very well made since
certain flavors don't over power each other and they all blend into a
nice rich,flowing,sweet,fruity, and smoky type of beer. It brings the
best of both worlds IMO the very palatable and fruity flavors of a
Belgian and the deep,complex roasted flavors of a stout without being
overly sweet all into one.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2013 05:53:55 | More by Aimo
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TruePerception

California

4.16/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

(Previous review, transferred from beer journal)

Sam Adams Thirteenth Hour: Belgian stout, Barrel Room Collection, oak aged, 9% ABV, a LOT of head, good lacing, head is the color of uncooked pancake batter;

Appearance: black, reddish brown tint in the light;

Smell: light, sour note, bit of chocolate sweetness;

Taste/Mouthfeel: slight grape-y sourness, subtle coffee, hint of clove, oaky sweetness;

Overall: incredibly smooth, odd yet pleasant combination of flavors;

Good/Really Good

Poured into a pint glass.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2013 19:10:02 | More by TruePerception
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MistahBeah

Massachusetts

3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a creamy khaki head. Some visible carbonation towards the top of the glass. Healthy retention and moderate lacing. Looks like cola

The nose is of baker's chocolate and sweet dark fruits. Plums and cherries are evident. Some tart-smelling apples too. Smells very sweet. Possibly molasses

Taste is a little more tart upfront. Apples and plums. There are cherry notes as well. The rest is sweetness that lingers. Lots of chocolate. A little coffee. Sweetness is slightly cloying. Some spicy yeast rounds it out

Feels full bodied and creamy. Thick and chewy - almost syrupy. A little spice bite

Not bad overall. I was hoping for more stout qualities. A little too sweet. I think this could have used some anise to make this a little more balanced and complex. I would pick up any other Belgian strong dark ale before revisiting this but if you can't get anything else its at least worth the try

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2013 22:23:27 | More by MistahBeah
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.31/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

750ml bottle - $9.99 at Bullock's Wine & Spirits in Marietta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown, near black body with an initially tall, foamy beige head. Essentially no lacing.

Smell: Dark fruitiness (raisin, black cherry, plum), darkish not-so-bitter chocolate hints, a little basic coffee roastiness. Spicy touches of pepper, muted clove. Subtle oak hints. A bit more yeast noted in the nose than in the flavor (the sweetness is to blame there).

Taste: Roasted maltiness, also some toasty, coffee-accented notes as well as some dark chocolate. Slight dark rum vibe as the approaching dark fruitiness sets in and a distinct sweet & sour quality takes hold. Further raisin and pepper. Stays rather fruity and still considerably sweet on the back half obscured some light qualities of oak, yeast. Sweet (candyish nearly), fruity finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-plus carbonation. Slight slick, tongue-coating action.

Overall: Displays a staunch fruitiness with a bit more sweetness than desired, I'd prefer a touch less sweetness and still a hair more carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2013 02:32:07 | More by ChainGangGuy
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Samuel Adams Thirteenth Hour Stout (Barrel Room Collection) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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