Samuel Adams Thirteenth Hour Stout (Barrel Room Collection) - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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4.95/5 rDev +33.1%
Pours a dark deep brown with a tinge of amber. Two fingers head that
slowly dissipates. Up close you can see all the tiny carbonation bubbles.
Too small to really be seen farther than a couple feet away. Nice cream
colored head with some red/orange mixed in.
Strong burst of alcohol almost like a wine.Sweet spices and notes of
smoke/roasted malts come to mind.
Hard to explain but I will give it a shot. Nice roast comes to mind
right away, coffee,banana, and clove come along later, as well as
caramel. Nothing really overpowers each other and I really have to sit
back and "try" and figure out what each different taste is that comes
Feels very nice. Not very heavy like you would expect from a stout.
Feels nice and full. Nicely carbonated and doesn't leave too much of a
sticky spit(too much sugar) feel after drinking. No alcohol burn in the
mouth but can get a tinge of it in the throat. Nice kinda warming.
Very nice one of my favorite beers. Very drinkable unlike most stouts to
me(love the flavor would rather not handle the body). Gives a nice
deep complex flavors that is hard to figure out. Very well made since
certain flavors don't over power each other and they all blend into a
nice rich,flowing,sweet,fruity, and smoky type of beer. It brings the
best of both worlds IMO the very palatable and fruity flavors of a
Belgian and the deep,complex roasted flavors of a stout without being
overly sweet all into one.
09-05-2013 05:53:55 | More by Aimo
4.83/5 rDev +29.8%
Just a wonderful collaboration.
Compared to other dark beers, say Sublimely Self Righteous Ale, this isn't the balls to the wall flavorfest, but a more subtle yet equally complex flavor combination. It is comprised of a collection of fruit notes over a well rounded stout background. Vs the other brew I mentioned, the hop tones are more subtle, which is very likely the primary difference and it provides what could be considered an overall more drinkable beer. A very very enjoyable brew.
03-12-2013 07:45:08 | More by FlemingVSKing
4.83/5 rDev +29.8%
I picked this beer up on a whim after seeing the "Samuel Adams" name on it and figuring that while it probably wouldn't be the best beer in the world, it couldn't really be TOO bad. I'm happy to say I underestimated the brew. It's a genuinely surprisingly good beer.
Appearance: dark brown, nearly pitch black with a light red hue to it. Roughly average for a beer of this type.
Smell: warm and inviting with aromas of all sorts of dark, juicy fruits (plum, raisin, maybe even a tiny hint of grape), and a slight hint of spiciness (almost like freshly cracked pepper).
Taste: Opens with a warm and deep flavor of plum and raisin with notes of chocolate and a slightly sharp taste consistent with a mixture of alcohol and... I'm not sure. It's a very hard taste to describe, but it's definitely pleasant and a highly recommended experience.
Mouthfeel: alcohol and unidentified spiciness have a little too much bite to them, but that mellows into a warm and smooth feel that compliments the flavors very nicely.
Overall: highly recommended for anyone that enjoys dark beers. It suffers very slightly from poorly hidden alcohol, but that doesn't detract from the beer enough to damage the experience. This is a beer I could happily sit and drink in front of a warm fireplace during a snowstorm.
09-08-2012 02:50:38 | More by Fatheranderson
4.58/5 rDev +23.1%
$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.
10-24-2012 23:07:18 | More by Mitchster
4.55/5 rDev +22.3%
This beer I found by chance and hopped on it, being winter holiday season.
After eating dinner, I decided to pop the bottle. As part of the Barrel Room Collection, the Thirteenth Hour is a corked beer. When pouring, it was smooth and slowly developed a well defined head that faded quickly. I was careful to leave left over yeast in the bottle. The original smell was sour at first which quickly faded to chocolate and coffee with a slightly nutty and fruity scent. The first sip was careful to see what I was getting into. It was sweet, simple, and gentle with fruits yet strong and complex with coffee and chocolate. I wonderful meld of flavors for balance. You know you are in for a good beer when even after a rest after a somewhat heavy dinner and the first taste is all of these flavors yet you know you will only have this one beer and no more. As I drank it, I drank it faster and faster. Not due to the fact that these stronger beers change with temperature (which this one did since it slowly released the fruity and nutty flavors as it warmed), but it was because after every sip I craved it more and more. It paired great with some chocolate truffles and turtles that I enjoyed with it but I believe it would also pair great with not only a chocolate cake but a sweetly marinated steak dinner.
I will have to find this again to get another taste but also age it to develop the flavors.
12-23-2012 07:49:33 | More by lxCheshireCatxl
Samuel Adams Thirteenth Hour Stout (Barrel Room Collection) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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