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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: 777
Reviews: 236
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 15.59%
Wants: 29
Gots: 88 | FT: 5
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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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4.58/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

$8.99 for a corked and caged 1pt 9.4 fl oz bottle @ Bevco.
70 SRM, OG=21° Plato, 9.0%ABV, 290 Calories/12 oz., 17 IBU's.
Brewed with Samuel Adams two-row pale malt blend, Caramel 60, Munich 10, Special B, Carafa III, and 2 brewing sugars. Hopped with Hallertau Mittelfrueh Noble hops. Blended with oak aged Kosmic Mother Funk. Fermented with a Belgian-style ale yeast and bottle conditioned with champagne yeast

Pours out to a very dark brown, near black, forming a tall expanding light tan creamy head with superior retention and lacing. Carbonation is brisk, ~3.0 carbs, contributing to it's huge head. The aroma is nice with that cool Kosmic Mother Funk sourness..think horse blanket, rotting cherries, humid dirt cellar, and then blend that with some subtle carob and dark fruit notes. The mouthfeel is crisp and very creamy despite the brisk carbonation, not champagne like in any sense, with a full decadent mouthfeel. The taste is begins with a recap of the aroma, but the middle is so much more...carob, figs, raisins, dark candi syrup, lingering tastes of leather, horse blanket and moist pipe tobacco. Bitterness is very mild and combined with the mouthfeel, makes this exceptionally easy to drink.

I wasn't sure that I would like a soured stout, but this is amazing. The mouthfeel is decadent and unlike any other beer I've had. The combination of sweet, sour, malty, and dark fruit is amazing. I would gladly buy this in bulk, but it's all sold out locally. I consider myself fortunate to have had it though. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2012 23:07:18 | More by Mitchster
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3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thirteenth Hour pours an almost black color with a nice long lasting lacing head. There is a very sweet aroma; lots of date notes, some oak. The taste has big oak flavors, big sweet spices, lots of dry fruits. Very complex, but nice body, a little watery. Overall lots of stuff going on here, some nice flavors, and good to sip.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2014 02:35:04 | More by vette2006c5r
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3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a big-ass bottle (oddly shaped, bomber-sized) into my snifter glass. Deep, opaque brown with tinges of deep red around the base when held to the light. 1/2 finger of tan head which quickly faded. Aromas of oak and molasses. The flavors were very reminiscent of a trippel with hints of molasses, banana, some dark fruit (raisins?), some alcohol (expected at 9%). This had a rich mouthfeel, but again, not what I was expecting for a stout. Overall, this drank like a trippel, albeit a dark appearing trippel... not quite sure what SA's definition of a 'Belgian' stout is, but be aware that this did not drink like a stout. However, it was a pretty nicely balanced beer overall, which improved as the glass warmed.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2014 13:44:01 | More by Mikus
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3.81/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a chalice glass

Appearance – The beer pours a dark brown, nearly black color with a one finger head of a thick creamy head of an off white color. The head very slowly fades leaving a fantastic level of thick and foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is big of a yeasty and banana smell mixed with lots of darker fruit aromas of raisin, plum and fig. Along with these smells comes other more Belgian spice smells with strong notes of clove and coriander and a bit of pepper. A sugary sweet bubblegum aroma and a bit of candied sugar mix with the fruit to create an overall very sweet smell. This sweet however is overall balanced by the presence of some lighter dark chocolate and roasted malt aromas which with the sweet produces a very inviting smell.

Taste – The taste begins with a somewhat sour dark fruit flavor as there is a rather strong presence of cherry, raisin, fig and a lemon like taste. Right up front there is also some flavors of a roasted malt and light chocolate nature, which begin stronger, but end up fading more and more as the taste advances. While the roasted and chocolate fade, some yeasty and spice flavors come to the tongue along with more and more sour lemon flavors joining along. While quite weak more toward the middle, the roasted flavors make a resurgence at the end of the taste, bringing along with them some hay and grassy hop flavors. These flavors balance some of the more sour flavors nicely and with some flavors of a light candied sugar and some warming boozy rum flavors coming to the tongue at the end, a mildly bittered and somewhat sour dark fruity and lightly boozy Belgian flavor is left to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on somewhat thin for a brew of 9 % abv, but not too far off for a Belgian strong dark, while the carbonation level is on the slightly higher side. The feel is rather nice as it mellows the sour a bit with the thinner body and higher carbonation all while still allowing the other more mild dark fruit and malt flavors, as well as the yeast and spice, to come through.

Overall – While listed as an Imperial Stout, I would definitely not classify it as that, but instead as a Belgian strong dark ale. It is fruitier and less roasty with a whole mess of Belgian yeast flavors. Overall it is alright, but really does not outshine other beers of a comparable style and price.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2014 01:02:42 | More by Darkmagus82
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3.89/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Color - deep, near black plum. Full head.

Aroma- complicated aroma including mild floral notes, spices, raisin, and hint of roastiness.

Taste- Initial thoughts with a new bottle in January 2014: Starts very sweet with prune notes, hints of spice in the mid-body, finishing calmer with a nice lingering aftertaste (perhaps a hint of the barrel aging comes through here). A bit like a fruitcake in a bottle with a hint of sourness throughout. Quirky but we like it. Drink at the recommended temperature- 50 degrees.

After aging 6 months (not cellar, rather aged at room temp)- Sweetness diminished somewhat, starting rich and roasty with coffee and fruity hints of pear and raisin, very faint hints of spice including white pepper in the middle, finishing roasted and mildly smokey with a lingering tart fruity aftertaste that is probably a combo of Belgian yeast and fruity hops.

Rating reflects the improvement with aging.

Poured from a corked 750 ml bottle into a Liefmans Goudenband glass (my preferred all purpose beer tasting glass). Purchased at Costco as part of a three bottle combo pack early January 2014.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2014 21:45:58 | More by utfiero
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3.61/5  rDev -3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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