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

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Ratings: 819
Reviews: 238
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 15.59%
Wants: 34
Gots: 104 | FT: 5
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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Reviews by Vancoubeer:
Photo of Vancoubeer
4.45/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Don't let the low reviews of this beer deter you. This is a very very good beer. The Appearance of the beer is quite impressive. Its dark like root beer with similar dark red tones in the black substance. It is quite carbonated but unlike many Belgians, the head fades away quick, much like a sour...the KMF, their yeast strand really has carbonated this beer in a dry direction. A very thin layer has stuck around. Alcohol legs on the glass and nice lacing, despite the dryness. I can hear the bubbles pop while the head disappears. This looks quite attractive.

The smell of this is just as interesting. At first whiff you get that sour funk, but its subtle. Its there so if you are a fan of sours you can totally tell its there. Once you cut through that there are a ton of items found. I get apple peal, chocolate, licorice, cherry liquor (must have been brandy from the barrels), oak and malt sweetness. Not too much coffee but I bet it will when it warms up a bit more.

The taste is where this made me do a double take. You first get the sourness it then quickly fades into sweet chocolate and at the end of the drink you get that apple/pear like peel you get in a good Belgian blonde. There is the roastyness from a stout there. Its barely there and you have to let it warm up a bit. Its not coffee but its like the roast you get in a stout. This is very good. Sam Adams has done an amazing job here in quality control with the flavor. The KMF totally is the major player in the flavor. You can tell that it totally is the variable that made the blend of the stout and belgian possible and by making that sour note not too strong and having the flavor from the booze and barrel blend is unreal.

The mouthfeel is what I expected. Its dry. Its carbonated. Just what you would expect from a beer with wild yeast. The fact that the head is not thick and creamy is proof of how dry this is. It cleans off all aspects of your mouth totally making you want more to look for more flavors.

This is a phenomenal beer. People dissing on it either were unaware of what they were getting or had their heart set on one beer over another. Sam Adams claims that there are not to many Belgian stouts...well that is true but they do exist but none of them are like this. Most have that fruity like flavor but not this dry. Not this sour. I have has sour stouts and this is the best. New Belgiums for example was good but not sour enough. Fort George out of Astoria, Oregon was too sour. Other brewers in the USA interested in Belgian stouts have made very good versions, but this is on a totally different level. Could this improve? Yes. They could find a way to get the stout like flavors to be a bit more forward. Maybe not so dry but in its age at the moment, there is not bottling date provided (they need to start doing this), this is superb. Get this if you see it. Drink it fresh or age it...will I get this again. Yup and I will be pushing all my friends to give it a go.

Vancoubeer, Dec 22, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

oberon, Dec 13, 2012
Photo of civilian2b
4.75/5  rDev +27.7%

civilian2b, Nov 21, 2012
Photo of tectactoe
3.91/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

tectactoe, Nov 19, 2012
Photo of ExtraStout
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

ExtraStout, Jun 23, 2012
Photo of GameOfBeers
3.76/5  rDev +1.1%

GameOfBeers, Aug 18, 2014
Photo of Marc33
1/5  rDev -73.1%

Marc33, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

lordofthewiens, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of warnerry
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

warnerry, May 18, 2013
Photo of generallee
4/5  rDev +7.5%

generallee, Nov 16, 2012
Photo of TimoP
4/5  rDev +7.5%

TimoP, Jun 03, 2013
Photo of warriorsoul
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

warriorsoul, Apr 01, 2013
Photo of mctizzz
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

mctizzz, Apr 17, 2014
Photo of tigg924
4.38/5  rDev +17.7%
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.

tigg924, Nov 04, 2013
Photo of aquazr1
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

aquazr1, Jan 12, 2014
Photo of Meyers1023
4.5/5  rDev +21%

Meyers1023, Aug 09, 2014
Photo of Cavanaghty
3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Cavanaghty, Aug 16, 2012
Photo of Happy_Camper
1/5  rDev -73.1%

Happy_Camper, Apr 26, 2012
Photo of Milkysunshine
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Milkysunshine, Jan 20, 2013
Photo of jondeelee
3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

jondeelee, Jan 10, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

juicebox, Mar 11, 2013
Photo of kwkdmk
3/5  rDev -19.4%

kwkdmk, Oct 06, 2013
Photo of chinchill
4.21/5  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.

chinchill, Jun 17, 2013
Photo of valkyre65
4.5/5  rDev +21%

valkyre65, Sep 29, 2012
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

mrosenfeld32, Oct 28, 2012
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Samuel Adams Thirteenth Hour Stout (Barrel Room Collection) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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