Samuel Adams Thirteenth Hour Stout (Barrel Room Collection) - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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Reviews by superdedooperboy:
3.35/5 rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
750-ml corked-and-caged brown glass bottle poured into a tulip glass. Served at cellar temperature, approximately 45-50 degrees F.
Pours with a billowing head of light cocoa foam that fizzles away fairly quickly, settling down to a half-finger cap that seems to stick around indefinitely. Fat, patchy lacing hangs on the walls of the glass as it empties. The body is black as night until held to the light, whereupon a few streaks of garnet gleam through the abyss.
The nose is an interesting melange of raspberry, clove, anise, a hint of vanilla; there's more to it, but things are difficult to pin down. It would be nice to know what type of oak was used to age this, as the aroma seems to suggest some sourness that may be attributable to wild yeast, bacteria, or perhaps wine character -- all of which could have been imparted by the oak used.
Surprisingly light in body, though this is only because I have come in expecting the character of a 9% ABV stout; this truly does seem to land more in the zone of a Belgian Strong Dark Ale, and so the good people at Boston Beer should consider a change in description. As stated, light-bodied, with a mild carbonation; up front, tart cherry and raspberry seem to take hold, with a bit of semi-sweet chocolate hiding underneath, somewhat reminiscent of a raspberry ganache-filled truffle. While some notes of lightly roasted coffee and subtle hints of pepper and allspice bounce along the middle, the tart character envelops it all and carries everything through into the finish. Roasted coffee, dark chocolate and a hint of tart cherry linger afterward.
Overall, this is a difficult brew to place. It is difficult to define stylistically, but beyond that it's difficult to say whether or not it's pleasant to drink or a chore -- it seems to fit in some strange middle ground of all these things, and therefore cannot be judged highly or lowly. It isn't a bad beer, for certain, but rather more of a questionable one. At $8.99, a bottle won't break the bank, and will make an interesting beer to share with a friend (it does, in fact, become more of a chore if drinking an entire bottle alone), but coming from a company with coffers much larger than many smaller breweries with similar offerings at equal or lesser cost, it could use a little price drop.
Serving type: bottle
10-07-2011 03:43:01 | More by superdedooperboy
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3.18/5 rDev -14.5%
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
3.63/5 rDev -2.4%
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
Samuel Adams Thirteenth Hour Stout (Barrel Room Collection) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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