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

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

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Ratings: 953
Reviews: 270
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 15.63%
Wants: 39
Gots: 174 | FT: 5
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Massachusetts, United States

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 oberon
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours into a tulip glass a deep chocolate brown with ruby highlights,a creamy one finger light tan colored head atop.Aromas were a little light with some roast, molasses and fruity yeast esters.A little sharper than expected in the mouth,a lighter feel for the style.Not as roasted on the palate as the nose suggests,black licorice is big along with dark fruit and more yeasty fruitiness.Not bad but not worth the price tag in my opinion,still it's nice to see the Barrel Room Collection here in NC now.

Photo of tectactoe
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown, dark ruby color with a tan head that fades pretty quickly and doesn't really leave any noticeable lacing. Nose hits very heavy with a cornucopia of fruity and earthy esters, the heaviest and most apparent being apples and grapes. Very, very sweet and malty aroma. The taste comes up and follows right along with the nose - fruity and actually slightly tart on the tongue, full of apple skins, grapes, and raisins. Sweet toffee and slight caramel shine through near the tail end of the beer. It finishes with a slight oak/woodgrain flavor and a touch of alcohol warmth. Bitterness is low and I really didn't notice any kind of florals or hops in this one at all. Medium-thick body, slightly sticky, low carbonation.

Pretty impressive outing from Sam Adams. This beer may look intimidating, but it was actually quite sweet on the tongue and the alcohol was hidden aside from the typical warming sensation it provided.

Photo of ExtraStout
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the brewery:
The thirteenth hour is the witching hour and refers to the mysterious combination of flavors in this brew. They've combined the roasted chocolate and coffee flavors of a stout with the spicy character of a Belgian ale aged in oak.

The combination of 7 different malts creates a black brew that's full bodied and smooth with rich notes of coffee, chocolate, and dark fruits like raisins and plums. The dark roasty, and slightly sweet flavors of a stout are blended with the unique, spicy and sour character of our Kosmic Mother Funk (KMF), an ale that's been aged in oak tuns for up to a year. The KMF gives the beer an added complexity with notes of black pepper, oak, vanilla, and a hint of acidity.

Recommended pouring is gently into a traditional glass. Take care not to unsettle the fine layer of yeast that rests at the bottom from the bottle-conditioning.

My take:
It's alright but I prefer their every day Imperial Stout to this one. It has better body and is less fruity.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.84/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the bottle into my tulip glass. The beer was black with a little red around the edges. It had a small tan head.

Very aromatic. Chocolate/coffee/roasted malt. Vanilla. Dark fruit. A little peppery feel in my nose.

Not quite as tasty as I thought it would be. Dark chocolate and espresso at first, oak/vanilla. A hint of raisin.

Medium-bodied, maybe a little on the thin side. Still pretty enjoyable.

Photo of warriorsoul
3.26/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Grabbed a bottle a few months back at Wegman's. Reasonably priced at $10.99 or so.
Pours like a coca cola, dark brown with some fizzy head with no spotty lacing.
Aroma is decent. Dark figs, brown sugar, sweet malt, and sadly, grapes.
Taste is where this one goes down hill for me personally. It's not a bad beer at all, but chocolate....? Nope. Coffee? Negatory. Oak? Not finding it.
Description is very misleading.
Fairly high carbonation, but not distracting....just a bit higher than I would have appreciated.
Finishes fairly clean.
Not a bad beer, but falls short based on my expectations after reading the label.

Photo of tigg924
4.36/5  rDev +17.5%
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.

Photo of Cavanaghty
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a Sam Adams glass.

Appearance: Very dark, almost no light could be seen through the glass. Brown foamy head with spotty lacing on the glass.

Smell: Smell of roasted/taosted malts, carmels, coffee, chocolate, and maybe some fruit as well, alcohol is present.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Thick, medium to full bodied. Taste has malts up front that give way to carmel, coffe, chocolate, and fruity flavors, leaves a bittersweet taste behind.

Overall: Not a huge fan of stouts personally, but I will give credit were due, it is a very well crafted beer, I did enjoy the whole bottle, but probably won't buy again, just cause as I said before, these darker heavier stouts and ales are not my style.

Photo of jondeelee
3.57/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thirteenth Hour opens with a dark, spicy, fruity, complex aroma, featuring Belgian-like bananas and cloves, chocolate, vanilla, fig, Candi sugar, berries, and raisin wine. The combination makes this one of the more unique aromas in the beer world, and in fact makes this smell almost, but not entirely, quite unlike beer. Instead, it comes across more like a fine aged bottle of sherry or cognac, sat next to a steaming cup of spiced berry tea and a wedge of chocolate. The effect is intriguing, if not intoxicating, but is definitely finely nuanced and evidence of a well-crafted brew.

On the tongue, the beer opens with a Flemish-like bout of sourness, quickly joined by a blast of citrus-bright lemon-lime hops. Some vanillas and touches of oak lie beneath, as well as a continuation of the banana and clove flavors from the nose. Small chocolate and fig juice notes drift lazily about, and the whole flavor profile is overhung by a vodka-like alcohol whang. Late in the mouthful the hops add extra levels of lemon and citrus, and the aftertaste is dominated both by these and by a fresh wheat stalk grain flavor, and lasts for a long time. Mouthfeel is a strangely watery medium-light to medium, and carbonation is medium to medium-high.

Overall, the beer is oddly non-stout-like for a stout, having few strong coffee, ash, tobacco, or chocolate/black malt notes. Instead, it comes across as a slightly spiced and lightly soured Belgian, into which just a touch of coffee and chocolate malt had been added. Perhaps if this had been labelled as such, it would have been less strange on the tongue--but the stout label threw me off greatly, as did the watery mouthfeel.

Photo of Franziskaner
3.34/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Dark black in color with no penetration to light. Over an inch thick tightly knit beige head. Notes of molasses and dark candy sugar reveal themselves in the nose. I taste far Belgian candy sugar and sweet dark malt. The mouth is heavily carbonated and creamy.

Photo of chinchill
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Black in glass with only a touch of brown at the edges in bright light, but a thin layer is a deep reddish brown. The head is well proportioned, creamy dark tan in color, and has excellent retention with decent lacing.

Aroma: complex, fruity and spicy with some sweet malt evident too. Lots of raisins.

The rich and complex flavor reflects some toasted malts with coffee and a variety of spices. Hints of dark fruits and chocolate.

Full body with ample soft carbonation. Near perfect!

O: This cross-over ale serves as an excellent American version of a Belgian dark strong ale. Good even by that high standard although much of the spiciness comes from spices rather than the yeast.

Bought at the brewery just a few days ago and shared with me: thanks LJ.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

(Served in a glass tankard)

A- This beer has a black dense body with a fizzy light tan head that last a bit and is supported by a few random bubbles that glide to the surface.

S- The smell of cola and dark raisins blend with some wet wood notes and a dark malt hint. The finish has notes of green raisins, spice and rubber bands.

T- The bright dark fruit flavor is well blended with not much depth but some toffee and prune notes come though wit a slight tang quality in the finish.

M- The light mouthfeel is crisp with a scrubbing fizz in the finish and an alcohol heat that hangs on the tongue as a warmth after each sip.

O- The flavors are well blended or perhaps it just doesn't have any depth and it is pretty light aswell. It has none of the flavors described on the bottle and I wouldn't guess this to be a stout if it wasn't printed on the bottle.

Photo of breedsimpsonville
3.15/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had an unpleasant wine-like aftertaste. Bottle was unable to be recalled, which is probably a positive, considering it comes in large bottles.

Photo of Brenden
3.86/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The color is pitch black, no light shining through. A medium brown head grows to two fingers in height and is both stiff and creamy. Retention is excellent, and it takes quite a while even to fade to a pillow of foam. Lacing left behind is equally creamy and left pretty thickly up top before dropping to a lesser patchiness.
The smell of this beer seems to serve as more of a gateway to the flavor than its own element. It's just a little light for this particular one. Seems obvious to just head right into the flavor...
which features a sturdy malt backbone if not the firmest, but it holds the whole thing together well. Lactose is the note that lingers that doesn't make sense at first but works out. I get a lot of cherry, which I haven't seen much mention of, and Belgian yeast notes of bubble gum. Until it warms, the Belgian yeast notes don't hold well together, but it does work as it sits. Light notes of cocoa and roast stand firm all the way. A peppery bite of spiciness never fades. There's a light hint of smoke lingering under the sweetness and the malt.
The body's got more of the Belgian dark ale feel than the stout. It's about medium and carbonation is about medium. It's pretty creamy and there's a firm smoothness. One thing I have against it is that the feel is a little too light and fluffy, a bit too much for either style.
Belgian strong dark? Stout? Whatever it is, it's not the epic beer some might look for, but it is good.

Photo of RichardMNixon
2.2/5  rDev -40.7%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

A: very dark with nice tan head. Decent retention
S: Not much when cold. As it warmed up I got a very sour smell with lots of cherry and wood, not what I was expecting. A touch of unpleasant vomit aroma got in there too.
T: Palatable but nothing special. Advertised chocolate, coffee, and spice; I just got sour, and not a good sour. 9% alcohol was very subdued though, no noticeable heat.
M: Again nothing remarkable.

Not worth the price tag.

Photo of Dave128
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a large bomber into a tasting glass.

A - A 4oz pour yields about 1 finger of offwhite head. Lacing is minimal. Color: Very dark amber.

S - Smells like a strong dark ale. Don't get much of the coffee or stout listed on the label.

T - Tasty but average. I was hoping to get a more coffee and stout flavors.

M - Excellent for the style.

O - Yummy but underwhelming.

Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A Belgian (milk?) stout. Coffee and lactose. Good looks, dark, foamy head, and lacey. Prominent coffee nose. Sweet and sour flavours.Decent drinkability.Middle mouthfeel.Not bad but expected something better from the ingredients. Great looking bottle.

Photo of tdm168
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - black with a huge brown, dense, frothy head that has tremendous head

S - sweet, sugar, licorice, bubblegum, some faint yeast

T - dark fruit, yeast, raisins, faint chocolate, a hint of oak

M - medium to full bodied, a bit overcarbonated

This is a very complex beer. I'm not sure I can even capture all of the complexities. The malt is smooth and balanced. The yeast adds some complementary fruity notes. The oak was harder for me to detect. Overall, though, it's complex, delicious, and definitely worth a try.

Photo of TownDunkel
4.27/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thirteenth Hour - had to give it a shot after trying their new world beer, which rocked my socks off

Appearance - Dark and soul-less just the way it should be. Almost looks like a stout or a porter as dark as it is

Smell - Hops, Bourbon, Chocolate, and other dark earthy notes

Taste - Bam, now thats the stuff. Sour cherry with coffee after taste. Not really like anything I have had before but not so different its just plain wrong

Mouthfeel - Good carbonation and nice flavor of cherrys that hangs around for quite a while

Overall - So far I am really impressed by these specialty beers, hopefully the last one will be the best for last

Photo of secondtooth
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark with ruby highlights. Nice loopy lace.

Aroma is fruity belgian yeast. Less stout, more belgian.

Taste is definitely more on the belgian side, with a hint of oak and wood alongside a touch of heat. Very subtle and complex, but most certainly a sipper.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Samuel Adams "Thirteenth Hour" Stout
on tap @ Pinocchio's Restaurant, Media, PA

Sometimes I'm an idiot. I ordered this beer expecting a stout because I just don't keep up any more.

So, typical stout appearance with a deep mahogany / "black" body and lighter tan head. Limited head and retention, but that could have been due to a dirty glass, although it didn't seem to have that much carbonation to it... just enough to gently bristle and then caress the palate before becoming smooth and lightly creamy.

Lots of fruit in the nose. Some chocolate. Background earthiness... and wet leather? But I don't really get Belgian yeast character as in spiciness of chalkiness, just fruitiness: raspberry, cherry, perhaps black currant. Regardless, it's almost compelling.

The flavor mimics the aroma but does add a bit of yeasty spiciness (unless there are spices added, of which I'm unsure). Some oaky dryness is apparent as well. Earthiness returns, along with some fig. Cold black coffee roastiness and dark fudge. Deep caramel. Reminiscent of a Quadrupel in maltiness and dark fruit, but then balanced by what would be a soft English stout or roast Scotch ale. Hop bitterness is almost nonexistent but there's subtly sour edge to the finish that helps dry it along with the oak. Alcohol is never apparent.

It's quite complex, and yet outwardly it seems fairly simple, with the subtle nuances making it even more interesting than if it just had fuller, more vivid attributes. I couldn't put it down because of that, and yet I could easily see not being able to put it down just because it's so readily drinkable at the same time.

Photo of socon67
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Dark brown pour with a red tint. Visible carbonation and an active foam that retains. Lacing is minimal at best.

S - Scents of grape juice, currants, and light coffee notes. Has a bit of a tangy yeast aroma.

T - Slightly disappointed in that the taste really takes on a fruit medley of sugar and grape notes that seems to overwhelm the subtle notes of coffee and spices. There is some wood notes that give this a reserved flavor of aging.

M - Easily sessionable and went very good with appetizers for Easter dinner. Leaves a sugary feel on the palate. Medium bodied and smooth. Balance on those sugars could be better.

O - Pair this with some dry cheeses. I had some aged manchego and it enhanced the experience. This was a nice beer but there are better examples of the style.

Photo of TDRudy
3.76/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks like a coke. Smells like a fruit coke. Tastes like a coke. Mouthfeel like a thick, overly syrupy coke. Reminiscent of a simpler delirium nocturnum. Not a terrible purchase, very drinkable, but nothing special.

Definitely drink on the warmer side to get the full effect of the spice effects. Final flavor is most akin to a Captain Morgan and Coke.

I can't say if I'll buy it again, but I could definitely see this as a great gift to get someone into belgian beers.

Photo of cjgator3
4.42/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured into a tulip glass. Pours a dark brownish black color with a tan head with great retention and lacing.

S- The aroma has some sour funk with oak and dark fruits and roasted malts.

T- The taste is dark and roasty along with some dark fruits, oak and a yeasty finish.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a high amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, I really enjoyed the Thirteenth Hour. It was a great new beer from Sam Adams.

Photo of RickS95
4.37/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's a nice looking brew that fits the style well with a thick pour presenting an awfully dark beer that's just a notch lighter around the edges. You can make the head as thick as you want and it has moderate retention that never fully dissipates leaving behind a ring of bubbles around the perimeter. With a gentle swirl there's a faint lace.

Mostly hits the nail on the Belgian Strong Dark Ale head with a very fruity nose. A bit moreso than those from across the pond, the fruits provide the dominant scent. I'm not getting the coffee or the chocolate, but the dark ripe fruits are very evident. Lesser scents come from the vanilla and pepper.

The taste is exceptional. The fruits really come on strong and the chocolate makes an appearance.

Feels great and again, matches the style well. It's sweet, but not cloying. It's got some spice, but isn't overly spicy. There's a splash of heat from the alcohol, but it's not too hot. It's full bodied. There's no real bitterness, but it finishes dry with a bit of warmth.

This beer is exceptional and had I not known better, I'd guess this to be a real Belgian. At 9% ABV, it's more a sipper, but it's so good and easy to drink that I really went after this one. It's really a great beer than a fan of Belgians will appreciate.

Photo of Mavajo
3.67/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Black with large, tan head. Aroma is fantastic. Dark fruit, figs, oak. Really smells nice. Taste, however, isn't quite the treat. The dark fruit and figs show up again big here, but I also find the oak a little distracting. There's also a certain tartness here, which I think comes from the interplay between the dark fruit and the oak. It doesn't really seem to come together properly. The coffee I don't really pick up on, except for a bit of a lingering roast on the aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is nice and full, borderline chewy, with brisk, but not overpowering, carbonation.

All in all, glad to have tried it, but I won't be searching it out again. It's basically like a Belgian Stout / Belgian Dark / Fruit Beer hybrid, but the interplay of characteristics doesn't mesh IMO.

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Samuel Adams Thirteenth Hour Stout (Barrel Room Collection) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
84 out of 100 based on 953 ratings.