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: 960
Reviews: 273
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 15.63%
Wants: 39
Gots: 182 | 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:
Beer added by: Jason on 08-11-2011

Aged in oak barrels; hand-bottled corked & caged; bottled-conditioned.
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Photo of jwall76
4.04/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

For the price you can't really find anything wrong. Its pretty tasty. Unless of course you are a snob.

Photo of brap
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Outside of the Utopia this is the best beer I had made by this brewery so far. Nice.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.61/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Samuel Adams Thirteenth Hour has a very thick, spongy, tan head, and a fiercely bubbly, dark brown, almost black, appearance, with good lacing left behind. The aroma is of mild coffee and chocolate, black licorice, dried light fruit, golden raisen, mild oak, and dark-roasted malt. Taste is of those elements, with an odd canned spaghetti sauce or tomato sauce acidity. Bittterness is almost not detected. Some candy sugar and spiced holiday bread or cake is picked up. Mouthfeel is medium, and Samuel Adams Thirteenth Hour finishes spritzy and not so much like a stout at all.


Photo of bubseymour
4.38/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an exceptional Belgian big beer. Grossly underrated.

Photo of Edgarallenpoor
4.6/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

High marks for Jim cook you can really make a great big beer

Photo of Gear54
4.48/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From a 750 into a snifter.
Paired with creme brûlée.

Pour is pitch black with 1 1/2 fingers of thick kaki head and thick lace left on the glass.

Smell is oak dark chocolate and fruit. Interesting because I'm not use to so much fruit in a stout.

Taste follows smell well. Coffee and chocolate followed by fruity sweetness. Sweetness and chocolate is heightened by the desert.

Feel is nice as well. I would like the the flavors to stick around a bit longer but they are heavy and coat well. Good raining in this category.

Overall a nice beer. Not a super heavy stout.

Photo of koneill1976
4.75/5  rDev +28%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Beer has a real kick to it.

Photo of Bitterbill
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

It's a very dark brown colour with an inch of tannish foam and good lacing.

The smell brings me lots of oak and vanilla backed up by dark fruits and chocolate of the sweet kind.

The taste starts off very sweet, just on the edge of being overly so when the other elements kick in.

The woody notes from the oak, vanilla, chocolate, some caramel malt, spice, and a light level of tartness.

Medium body with medium carbonation.

Very tasty brew that does have the alcohol a bit heavy handed but slow sipping works fine.

Photo of NLoizos
3.06/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Way too boozy for my taste

Photo of patch911
3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pretty good. Would get a six pack but probably not a case.

Photo of BWood
4.29/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Great smell and feel. Not as "Stouty" as I would like. Does have a tart linger at the end. Overall a good beer though. The whole barrel room 3 pack is worth a grab.

Photo of sokol_1993
3.96/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Great head, strong head retention, a lot of bubble. Dark brownish black color, the look makes you want to drink it immediately.

Smell: Very fruity, excellent smell. Plus point.

Taste: There was much tartness, somewhat of a red ale (I'm not sure why a strong dark ale would have that tartness), coupled with the hoppy bitterness of a stout. Not really my soft spot, but still It was very good.

Feel: great, full body and smooth for a 9% alcohol. Somewhat refreshing too (for ushc high abv), coming from the tartness.

Overall: felt like an experimental mix, a good one nevertheless. But if I need a strong dark ale, I would prefer a traditional one.

Photo of FFreak
3.66/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I got this at Costco in a 3-pack with two other Sam Adams BA beers. Poured from 750ml bottle into small tulip. A semi-translucent dark brown with small quickly-dissipating off-white head that leaves minimal lace. Smell is of dark fruits, candy and cherry vinegar. Taste is like a combination of Belgian dark ale and Flanders red and would be really excellent except for a slight mineral after taste that makes me think the beer is old or otherwise flawed. Mouth is somewhat thin and fizzy but otherwise seems refreshing although seems to depart from style. Overall, I would have scored this pretty high if it weren't for the mineral after-taste. It's a confusing beer being that the label mentions "Belgian style stout", but it's really more of a dark ale as there is no roastiness to speak of.

Photo of Tom_mcguire17
4.09/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Much better than I had expected

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, 2012 vintage bottling. Pours clear nearly opaque dark brown/black color with a 2 finger dense khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big raisin, plum, cherry, fig, chocolate, cocoa, toast, dark bread, molasses, light coffee, pepper, oak, herbal, light funk, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity yeast, dark/roasted malt, and light-moderate oak barrel notes; with good strength. Taste of big raisin, plum, cherry, fig, chocolate, cocoa, toast, dark bread, molasses, light coffee, pepper, oak, herbal, light funk, and yeast earthiness. Light fruity tartness/yeast spice on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, plum, cherry, fig, chocolate, cocoa, toast, dark bread, molasses, pepper, oak, herbal, light funk, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity and robustness of dark/roasted malt, fruity yeast, and light-moderate oak barrel flavors; with a great malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, fairly creamy/bready, and slightly acidic mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice Belgian strong dark ale. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity yeast, dark/roasted malt, and light-moderate oak barrel flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of JamieDuncan
4.47/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very interesting mix of dark fruits, spice, chocolate, and roast. Not sure why it is getting crushed, maybe because it is Sam Adams. Not world class but high quality.

Photo of DomInUse_Channel
2.91/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Great beer, just not my cup of tea

Photo of adamette
2.8/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the 1 pint, 9.4 ounce barrel shaped corked and caged bottle that I bought as a part of the Barrel Room Collection pack at Sam’s Club a few months ago into a clean, clear glass. No “best by” date observed by me on the bottle. The Barrel Room Collection has three such bottles in it. Look for my review of one other to follow.
Note: It was somewhat difficult to get the cork out of this bottle. I believe each bottle in the Collection came out to be something close to $8.64 or so.

A Light brown head over a dark body but it glows a deep mahogany red in front of direct light. Fair look for the style. 3.0

S Dark fruits and spices dance on top of dark roast malt. I do not pick up much of the oak mentioned on the label in the smell. Perhaps it will be in the taste. really somewhat standard smell for the style. 3.0

T Rather thin tasting beer for the style. Sweet malt, dark fruits with less of the "spice" that I smelled and a bit more of the softening Oak mentioned on the label. This taste is rather pedestrian too, along with look and smell. Maybe I have been spoiled in the past by so many great Belgian Strong Dark Ales? 3.0

M Thin, as mentioned above, for the style. When I think of Gulden Draak, Rochefort 8 and others whose feel is exemplary, this falls short. 2.0

D/O Drinkability is not high. I will probably only have one pint out of this bottle which is nearly two pints. Overall this is a disappointment. 2.5

Photo of DanZhao
3.62/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I usually like stouts and dark ales so I was quite excited to try this one.

The beer pours beautifully dark, but is also surprisingly translucent with an amber hue.

The first sip reveals a chocolate and oak favor. This beer lacks in smokiness that so many other stouts have. Instead, there is more of a spicy note with a definite alcohol aftertaste. After drinking for a bit, there's a hint of sweetness to this beer that's hard to place.

The body and feel is probably the most disappointing part. I want a stout that's thick and coats generously. This beer felt thin, but at least that makes it an easy drink.

Overall, I don't think there is any reason to specifically seek this beer out, but it's not a bad find from my trip to the Sam Adams Brewery.

Photo of Gixugif
2.67/5  rDev -28%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Nice dark looking beer with maybe a half-inch head of small bubbles. Head seems to last a decent amount of time and leave a nice bit of lacing. Overall a very nice looking beer.

Smell isn't too significant. I can pick up some chocolate and the alcohol is obvious. Reminds me a lot of wine.

The best way I can describe the taste is that it is very much like a wine with a little chocolate. Quite sweet. The taste of alcohol comes through quite strong. It's nice but I feel any of the more subtle flavors are completely overpowered.

This beer has a pretty carbonated feel to it though I wouldn't place it on the level of a soda. I almost want to call it light and slightly oily - it seems to linger in your mouth for a while after swallowing.

Found this to be quite disappointing. I really wish more flavors came through. It had a strong taste of alcohol like it which I do like, but overall I just found it a tad less then middling. It wasn't that interesting and I didn't think the combination of chocolate, fruitiness and strong alcohol worked too well.

Photo of Ike_Potter
2.53/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Less KMF than the stony brook red but still good

Photo of MaltyGentleman
3.43/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pretty good. Tastes like a Flanders red mixed with porter. Fruity, sour ( the good kind ) and a little chocolate aftertaste.

Photo of fordmaster
3.06/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Was disappointed with doesn't have a full body taste like most other Bourbon barrel stouts .

Photo of Hex92
3.46/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Got this as part of a 3 pack for Christmas so can judge on price. Its OK. It doesn't excel in any category. Its just decent.
Doesn't smell like much, thin mouth feel, taste is OK.
A little chocolate and a little wine flavor..
Given the choices one has at the beer store...I wouldn't buy it for myself.

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.

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