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

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Reviews: 270
Hads: 1,005
Avg: 3.77
pDev: 15.38%
Wants: 40
Gots: 204 | FT: 4
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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States | website

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale | 9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Jason on 08-11-2011

Aged in oak barrels; hand-bottled corked & caged; bottled-conditioned.
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Photo of Bonkinishwa
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Samuel Adams - Thirteenth Hour Stout (Barrel Room Collection). 9% ABV. 750ml bottle split between two snifters.

Look: Pours a rich dark brown, and settles pitch black in the glass. Thick off white colored head, which slowly lapses into a thick cap.

Smell: Here is where it gets weird. This beer has a sour tinge to it's aroma, similar to a Wild Ale. Some dark cherries, spices, and charred oak, but almost overwhelmed by the sourness.

Feel: Semi light body, and heavily carbonated, which leaves it kind of rough.

Taste: Just like the smell. A lot of tartness, accompanied by some alcohol, dark chocolate, dark cherries, spices, and charred oak. Very complex and almost overwhelming.

Overall: This is very similar to a Wild Ale style of beer, with its tartness and yeast factors. Very complex with a lot of things making this up.

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Photo of do_ob
3.77/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle split between two New Belgium snifters. Medium brown pour, and settles a very dark brown in the glass. Some ruby highlights when held to a light source. About 2 fingers of vanilla-colored foam on top, bubbly and crunchy in composition. Very interesting aroma on this beer. Very complex, yet subtle. Notes of roasted malt, tart cherries/raspberries, charred oak, leather, coffee grounds, apricot..There is a strange vinegary, yeastiness to the aroma that reminds me very much of a Wild Ale. The taste of this beer follows suit quiet well. Charred oak, bitter chocolate, coffee, robust sour fruit (grapes, raspberries), oats, roasted bready malt, and vanilla-infused smoked leather. Very different, but surprisingly well balanced given the monsterous complexity this thing posesses. In terms of the mouthfeel, very creamy, very smooth. No booziness. A little over carbonated.

Overall, a weird one but good. If I wasn't told beforehand, I would definitely think this was a Sour. Reminds me a little of Jester King's Black Metal if I had to compare. I can see similarities between this and Rochefort 8, though, as it warms up. I'd say give this one a try if you have a broad palate. It's part Belgian, part sour.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.79/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From the bottle, it pours a dark brown with a small head, quickly dissipating to a ring around the top. Lots of coffee in the nose. A little chocolate in the mouth, along with the alcohol and malt. Enjoyable!

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Photo of Evilyak
3.74/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

very dark. lots of foam to start, but settles nicely.

i definitely get the chocolate throughout here, and the barrel aging is apparent. there's some dark fruit, or berries, in the nose and taste that work ok, along with a dried fruit character. heavy sugars here, i think.

mouth is a bit tart and doesn't rinse clean. i'm left feeling like i ate a dark chocolate bar and want something to wash it away.

alcohol is hidden nicely, at least for me. flavors are strong, and work, but not something to be consumed on its own and by yourself.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.89/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Undated bottle at 42 degrees into a 0.25 L hand washed and dried tulip, allowed to warm to 50 degrees
$ 9.99/25.4 oz bottle ($ 0.39/oz) at Consumer’s Beverage, Lancaster, NY
Aroma of dark fruit, weak, fades away before end of glass
Head large (Eight cm, aggressive pour), light brown, frothy, diminishing to irregular four mm frothy ring and partial layer
Lacing poor – few small islands of tiny bubbles
Body dark brown, opaque
Flavor – an odd combination of weak chocolate and dates with a hint of vanillin; no malt, no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, watery/creamy, lively carbonation

Appearance 4.25, Aroma 4, Flavor 3.75, Palate 3.75, Overall 4

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Photo of StoutElk_92
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark with a tan brown head. Smells of dark chocolate, dark fruits, and earthy oak. Taste is like dark chocolate, slight dark coffee and dark fruits, with a touch of earthiness from either the yeast or the barrel. Very complex and balanced flavors. Slightly sweet and almost chewy. Medium body, with low carbonation. Overall, a strong and well-crafted dark belgian beer.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
2.92/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

On tap at Blu Wolf Bistro in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a fairly dark, but not entirely black, with a small head, and no lacing.

Smells like tart cherry, strong Belgian yeast, alcohol, and some roasted malt.

I feel this is just way too yeasty for a stout, for me- didn't work. There's some tart cherry and chocolate, which is good, but it's got an unpleasant sour and yeasty finish that I just don't dig very much.

This is medium bodied, a little bit creamy, with a slightly too high level of carbonation.

This one is apparently just not for me.

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Photo of ClavisAurea
4.16/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

no bottling date visible. Cool bottle though.

Poured a thin dark brown with a nice dark head. Cherries, Belgian yeast, raspberries, chocolate, some coffee, vanilla and maybe oak in the nose. Taste is nothing short of cherry Coke; very weird. The carbonation is high but nice. I'm not so sure about the Belgian Stout name. It is very good though. A surprise from Sam Adams to be sure.

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Photo of suzychesser
1.73/5  rDev -54.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Hated this beer. I love a stout and this was horrible. My husband couldn't even drink it and he can usually drink it if I don't like it. I poured $10 down the drain. So disappointing.

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Photo of OhioLimoncello
4.11/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

OK, it's a stout in color, but that's about the only characteristic it carries with that classification. Has a tartness similar to a red rye ale, with a wine balsamic vinegar nose. Tart cherries, red currant, kiwi, and the oak are very prevalent in the taste and finish. This is the 3rd Samuel Adams variety that I've tried in the 750ml bombers, and I would definitely re-buy, do to it's uniqueness.

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Photo of TheRougeBastard
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I was expecting more of a stout, but I'm not really sure what's going on here. Way too much carbonation in my opinion. Zero "stout-esque" mouthfeel, or taste. I really don't know how to classify this one.

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Photo of Beermanmiles
3.28/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

This is an overpriced beer I do not recommend. While it may be aged in barrels, the beer does not have a creamy mouth feel. To me, the main goal of barrel aging is to take on a creamy mouth feel and a whisky (depending on the barrel) after taste. When a beer ages it typically loses its carbonation and gains a syrupy texture. This beer does not have that. It also tastes like the brewers went carried away with stout notes. It tastes like they overloaded it with flavors that do not mix well. I love stouts and I think this beer is difficult to get down. It has an uneasy fizzy mouth feel combined with an ammoniated coffee flavor.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.61/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Samuel Adams Thirteenth Hour has a very thick, spongy, tan head, and a fiercely bubbly, dark brown, almost black, appearance, with good lacing left behind. The aroma is of mild coffee and chocolate, black licorice, dried light fruit, golden raisen, mild oak, and dark-roasted malt. Taste is of those elements, with an odd canned spaghetti sauce or tomato sauce acidity. Bittterness is almost not detected. Some candy sugar and spiced holiday bread or cake is picked up. Mouthfeel is medium, and Samuel Adams Thirteenth Hour finishes spritzy and not so much like a stout at all.


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Photo of Gear54
4.48/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From a 750 into a snifter.
Paired with creme brûlée.

Pour is pitch black with 1 1/2 fingers of thick kaki head and thick lace left on the glass.

Smell is oak dark chocolate and fruit. Interesting because I'm not use to so much fruit in a stout.

Taste follows smell well. Coffee and chocolate followed by fruity sweetness. Sweetness and chocolate is heightened by the desert.

Feel is nice as well. I would like the the flavors to stick around a bit longer but they are heavy and coat well. Good raining in this category.

Overall a nice beer. Not a super heavy stout.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

It's a very dark brown colour with an inch of tannish foam and good lacing.

The smell brings me lots of oak and vanilla backed up by dark fruits and chocolate of the sweet kind.

The taste starts off very sweet, just on the edge of being overly so when the other elements kick in.

The woody notes from the oak, vanilla, chocolate, some caramel malt, spice, and a light level of tartness.

Medium body with medium carbonation.

Very tasty brew that does have the alcohol a bit heavy handed but slow sipping works fine.

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Photo of BWood
4.29/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Great smell and feel. Not as "Stouty" as I would like. Does have a tart linger at the end. Overall a good beer though. The whole barrel room 3 pack is worth a grab.

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Photo of sokol_1993
3.96/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Great head, strong head retention, a lot of bubble. Dark brownish black color, the look makes you want to drink it immediately.

Smell: Very fruity, excellent smell. Plus point.

Taste: There was much tartness, somewhat of a red ale (I'm not sure why a strong dark ale would have that tartness), coupled with the hoppy bitterness of a stout. Not really my soft spot, but still It was very good.

Feel: great, full body and smooth for a 9% alcohol. Somewhat refreshing too (for ushc high abv), coming from the tartness.

Overall: felt like an experimental mix, a good one nevertheless. But if I need a strong dark ale, I would prefer a traditional one.

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Photo of FFreak
3.66/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I got this at Costco in a 3-pack with two other Sam Adams BA beers. Poured from 750ml bottle into small tulip. A semi-translucent dark brown with small quickly-dissipating off-white head that leaves minimal lace. Smell is of dark fruits, candy and cherry vinegar. Taste is like a combination of Belgian dark ale and Flanders red and would be really excellent except for a slight mineral after taste that makes me think the beer is old or otherwise flawed. Mouth is somewhat thin and fizzy but otherwise seems refreshing although seems to depart from style. Overall, I would have scored this pretty high if it weren't for the mineral after-taste. It's a confusing beer being that the label mentions "Belgian style stout", but it's really more of a dark ale as there is no roastiness to speak of.

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, 2012 vintage bottling. Pours clear nearly opaque dark brown/black color with a 2 finger dense khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big raisin, plum, cherry, fig, chocolate, cocoa, toast, dark bread, molasses, light coffee, pepper, oak, herbal, light funk, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity yeast, dark/roasted malt, and light-moderate oak barrel notes; with good strength. Taste of big raisin, plum, cherry, fig, chocolate, cocoa, toast, dark bread, molasses, light coffee, pepper, oak, herbal, light funk, and yeast earthiness. Light fruity tartness/yeast spice on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, plum, cherry, fig, chocolate, cocoa, toast, dark bread, molasses, pepper, oak, herbal, light funk, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity and robustness of dark/roasted malt, fruity yeast, and light-moderate oak barrel flavors; with a great malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, fairly creamy/bready, and slightly acidic mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice Belgian strong dark ale. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity yeast, dark/roasted malt, and light-moderate oak barrel flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
4.47/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very interesting mix of dark fruits, spice, chocolate, and roast. Not sure why it is getting crushed, maybe because it is Sam Adams. Not world class but high quality.

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Photo of adamette
2.8/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the 1 pint, 9.4 ounce barrel shaped corked and caged bottle that I bought as a part of the Barrel Room Collection pack at Sam’s Club a few months ago into a clean, clear glass. No “best by” date observed by me on the bottle. The Barrel Room Collection has three such bottles in it. Look for my review of one other to follow.
Note: It was somewhat difficult to get the cork out of this bottle. I believe each bottle in the Collection came out to be something close to $8.64 or so.

A Light brown head over a dark body but it glows a deep mahogany red in front of direct light. Fair look for the style. 3.0

S Dark fruits and spices dance on top of dark roast malt. I do not pick up much of the oak mentioned on the label in the smell. Perhaps it will be in the taste. really somewhat standard smell for the style. 3.0

T Rather thin tasting beer for the style. Sweet malt, dark fruits with less of the "spice" that I smelled and a bit more of the softening Oak mentioned on the label. This taste is rather pedestrian too, along with look and smell. Maybe I have been spoiled in the past by so many great Belgian Strong Dark Ales? 3.0

M Thin, as mentioned above, for the style. When I think of Gulden Draak, Rochefort 8 and others whose feel is exemplary, this falls short. 2.0

D/O Drinkability is not high. I will probably only have one pint out of this bottle which is nearly two pints. Overall this is a disappointment. 2.5

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Photo of DanZhao
3.62/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I usually like stouts and dark ales so I was quite excited to try this one.

The beer pours beautifully dark, but is also surprisingly translucent with an amber hue.

The first sip reveals a chocolate and oak favor. This beer lacks in smokiness that so many other stouts have. Instead, there is more of a spicy note with a definite alcohol aftertaste. After drinking for a bit, there's a hint of sweetness to this beer that's hard to place.

The body and feel is probably the most disappointing part. I want a stout that's thick and coats generously. This beer felt thin, but at least that makes it an easy drink.

Overall, I don't think there is any reason to specifically seek this beer out, but it's not a bad find from my trip to the Sam Adams Brewery.

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Photo of Gixugif
2.67/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Nice dark looking beer with maybe a half-inch head of small bubbles. Head seems to last a decent amount of time and leave a nice bit of lacing. Overall a very nice looking beer.

Smell isn't too significant. I can pick up some chocolate and the alcohol is obvious. Reminds me a lot of wine.

The best way I can describe the taste is that it is very much like a wine with a little chocolate. Quite sweet. The taste of alcohol comes through quite strong. It's nice but I feel any of the more subtle flavors are completely overpowered.

This beer has a pretty carbonated feel to it though I wouldn't place it on the level of a soda. I almost want to call it light and slightly oily - it seems to linger in your mouth for a while after swallowing.

Found this to be quite disappointing. I really wish more flavors came through. It had a strong taste of alcohol like it which I do like, but overall I just found it a tad less then middling. It wasn't that interesting and I didn't think the combination of chocolate, fruitiness and strong alcohol worked too well.

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Photo of Hex92
3.46/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Got this as part of a 3 pack for Christmas so can judge on price. Its OK. It doesn't excel in any category. Its just decent.
Doesn't smell like much, thin mouth feel, taste is OK.
A little chocolate and a little wine flavor..
Given the choices one has at the beer store...I wouldn't buy it for myself.

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Photo of Labeorphile
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful beer. Head made of small bubbles, dark body with hints of ruby. Oak, alcohol and dark fruit in the nose. Cherry and chocolate in the taste. A little thin and a little pricey.

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Samuel Adams Thirteenth Hour Stout (Barrel Room Collection) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
85 out of 100 based on 270 ratings.