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

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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States | website

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Aged in oak barrels; hand-bottled corked & caged; bottled-conditioned.

Added by Jason on 08-11-2011

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Reviews: 277 | Ratings: 1,029
Photo of Zythophile
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle Date: none
Palate Contaminants: other beer

Appearance is a very dark brown that hardly lets any light through. The head is lighter in color than I'd have expected, but the foam is fine.

Smell is somewhere between butterscotch and rye grain. There's also a mild lactic component. It's something that would be complemented well with a ham and brie sandwich, but I have yet to get to the taste...

In the taste, the lactic part ramps way up, and the sweetness from the butterscotch disappears, although the rye sweetness sticks around. Bitterness like you'd get with a really pungent sour cream is there. Man, this thing would actually go really well with the right food choice, but it just doesn't stand as tall as it could if you're considering it on its standalone merits. As it warms up, there's also some dried stone fruit, mostly fig, plus some raisin. The aftertaste is a little bit of bitter rye, with some woodiness. It like a more heavily flavored Innis and Gunn, and the food pairing suggestion stands.

Feel is smooth, but with some prickly carbonation. Weird, I know.

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Photo of q33jeff
3.26/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

25.4 oz. Bottle to goblet.

LOOK: Cola black/Brown. Small off white head. Smallish bubbles, sticking to side.
AROMA: weak, some Brown sugar, bread and wangy yeast, but all are subdued.
TASTE: dark fruit, pomegranate, wine.
FEEL: above avg carbonation. Thinnish body.

Not bad. I don't get the flavors advertised on the bottle.....spice,coffee, chocolate, oak......maybe there is a touch of pepper (spice), but that is it.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.27/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml

Poured into a chalice a very nice dark brown color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice thick/creamy one-finger plus light tan head, which leaves a HUGE thick/creamy island, and some sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, yeasty, slight chocolate, dark fruits, slight oak. The taste is pretty nice malty, yeasty, some chocolate, nice touch of dark fruits, slightly oaky. Medium body, ABV hidden pretty well, a pretty complex brew. Overall, SA did a pretty good job with this style.

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Photo of Oldejoe
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Looks. Very dark brown with rich long-lasting creamy head. Some nitro action?
Smell. Strong bouquet. Full of dark fruits and dark winter spices.
Taste. strong fruity, spicey flavors: raisins, allspice, cinnamon, cranberry, orange, bitters. Relatively sweet with a mildly dry finish. Not much for hoppy.
Feel. Nice feel, sparkley, chewy, medium heavy.
Overall. Really good holiday treat. The strong statements make it something you share after dinner rather than something you serve up for dinner or set out for the Friday night party..

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Photo of JJKBeerLvr
3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 26oz bottle into pint glass in March 2016. There was no "bottled by" date on the bottle. Found this beer when visiting in New Hampshire.

Appearance: Dark with a little red, and not totally opaque. It has a very thick brown head that lasted for minutes, with a good amount of lacing.

Smell: Pleasant, and can smell some sweetness like caramel, some roasted malts, and a little earthiness.

Taste: Interesting taste and combination of flavors. There is typical Belgian sweetness with some roasted malt. Not much hop bitterness, but I do get some chocolate, a little fruit, and vanilla. There is also some Belgian sourness in the flavor. It is an interesting balance that is not too bitter, nor too sweet.

Mouthfeel: This beer is very smooth with a nice aftertaste that is not too bitter. There is a strong alcohol impression which matches the 9% ABV on the label.

Summary: This is a good ale, but much more of a Belgian ale than a stout. You will enjoy it if you like a smooth stout, that drinks like a Belgian ale. It is complex with a variety of flavors.

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Photo of gcamparone
4.27/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a snifter glass. Thanks Sara and Andrew for getting this for my birthday!

Pours a deep brown, cherry-chocolate colored body with a pretty gushing, active light brown head that reduces fairly slowly to leave a ring of retention and some spotty lacing.

Aromas are very interesting and open up a lot once it warms up. Dark fruits, plum, sharp tart cherry, booze, chocolate, toffee, sherry, red wine, funk, literally a different aroma every time I smell it!

Taste is equally as complex.. stout-like characteristics of dark fruits and chocolate but a pretty tart cherry juice, vanilla, caramel, red wine, toffee, funk, banana, estery yeast, finished by roasty malt and coffee. Damn, that's complex. Medium body medium low carbonation.

I enjoyed this beer just due to it's sheer complexity. So many flavors and aromas here. Great beer to sip and analyze.

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Photo of JoLight
4.94/5  rDev +31%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance:dark, dark brown, and a khaki head that's super-changed and stays around for a good five minutes-at LEAST-before dissipating into a half-finger's width ring of foam. Leaves nice lacing.

Aroma: mild at first, but gains in strength as the beer warms. Initially: it smells of chocolate-covered fruit, dark malt background, but has a straight-forward fruity character to it. As it warms, it gains more of a licorice aroma. I pick up oak, reminiscent of Samuel Adams Mighty Oak.

Flavor: dark malt character initially, with an ever-present Cheerwine flavor, with some slight tangy character. A little bit of coffee on the aftertaste. As it warms, I taste more licorice. I pick up am little oak, reminiscent of Samuel Adams Mighty Oak.

Mouthfeel: heavy side of medium; carbonation; chewy.

Finish: semi-dry.

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Photo of Bonkinishwa
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Samuel Adams - Thirteenth Hour Stout (Barrel Room Collection). 9% ABV. 750ml bottle split between two snifters.

Look: Pours a rich dark brown, and settles pitch black in the glass. Thick off white colored head, which slowly lapses into a thick cap.

Smell: Here is where it gets weird. This beer has a sour tinge to it's aroma, similar to a Wild Ale. Some dark cherries, spices, and charred oak, but almost overwhelmed by the sourness.

Feel: Semi light body, and heavily carbonated, which leaves it kind of rough.

Taste: Just like the smell. A lot of tartness, accompanied by some alcohol, dark chocolate, dark cherries, spices, and charred oak. Very complex and almost overwhelming.

Overall: This is very similar to a Wild Ale style of beer, with its tartness and yeast factors. Very complex with a lot of things making this up.

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Photo of do_ob
3.77/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle split between two New Belgium snifters. Medium brown pour, and settles a very dark brown in the glass. Some ruby highlights when held to a light source. About 2 fingers of vanilla-colored foam on top, bubbly and crunchy in composition. Very interesting aroma on this beer. Very complex, yet subtle. Notes of roasted malt, tart cherries/raspberries, charred oak, leather, coffee grounds, apricot..There is a strange vinegary, yeastiness to the aroma that reminds me very much of a Wild Ale. The taste of this beer follows suit quiet well. Charred oak, bitter chocolate, coffee, robust sour fruit (grapes, raspberries), oats, roasted bready malt, and vanilla-infused smoked leather. Very different, but surprisingly well balanced given the monsterous complexity this thing posesses. In terms of the mouthfeel, very creamy, very smooth. No booziness. A little over carbonated.

Overall, a weird one but good. If I wasn't told beforehand, I would definitely think this was a Sour. Reminds me a little of Jester King's Black Metal if I had to compare. I can see similarities between this and Rochefort 8, though, as it warms up. I'd say give this one a try if you have a broad palate. It's part Belgian, part sour.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.79/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From the bottle, it pours a dark brown with a small head, quickly dissipating to a ring around the top. Lots of coffee in the nose. A little chocolate in the mouth, along with the alcohol and malt. Enjoyable!

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Photo of Evilyak
3.74/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

very dark. lots of foam to start, but settles nicely.

i definitely get the chocolate throughout here, and the barrel aging is apparent. there's some dark fruit, or berries, in the nose and taste that work ok, along with a dried fruit character. heavy sugars here, i think.

mouth is a bit tart and doesn't rinse clean. i'm left feeling like i ate a dark chocolate bar and want something to wash it away.

alcohol is hidden nicely, at least for me. flavors are strong, and work, but not something to be consumed on its own and by yourself.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.89/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Undated bottle at 42 degrees into a 0.25 L hand washed and dried tulip, allowed to warm to 50 degrees
$ 9.99/25.4 oz bottle ($ 0.39/oz) at Consumer’s Beverage, Lancaster, NY
Aroma of dark fruit, weak, fades away before end of glass
Head large (Eight cm, aggressive pour), light brown, frothy, diminishing to irregular four mm frothy ring and partial layer
Lacing poor – few small islands of tiny bubbles
Body dark brown, opaque
Flavor – an odd combination of weak chocolate and dates with a hint of vanillin; no malt, no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, watery/creamy, lively carbonation

Appearance 4.25, Aroma 4, Flavor 3.75, Palate 3.75, Overall 4

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Photo of StoutElk_92
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark with a tan brown head. Smells of dark chocolate, dark fruits, and earthy oak. Taste is like dark chocolate, slight dark coffee and dark fruits, with a touch of earthiness from either the yeast or the barrel. Very complex and balanced flavors. Slightly sweet and almost chewy. Medium body, with low carbonation. Overall, a strong and well-crafted dark belgian beer.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
2.92/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

On tap at Blu Wolf Bistro in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a fairly dark, but not entirely black, with a small head, and no lacing.

Smells like tart cherry, strong Belgian yeast, alcohol, and some roasted malt.

I feel this is just way too yeasty for a stout, for me- didn't work. There's some tart cherry and chocolate, which is good, but it's got an unpleasant sour and yeasty finish that I just don't dig very much.

This is medium bodied, a little bit creamy, with a slightly too high level of carbonation.

This one is apparently just not for me.

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Photo of ClavisAurea
4.16/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

no bottling date visible. Cool bottle though.

Poured a thin dark brown with a nice dark head. Cherries, Belgian yeast, raspberries, chocolate, some coffee, vanilla and maybe oak in the nose. Taste is nothing short of cherry Coke; very weird. The carbonation is high but nice. I'm not so sure about the Belgian Stout name. It is very good though. A surprise from Sam Adams to be sure.

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Photo of suzychesser
1.73/5  rDev -54.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Hated this beer. I love a stout and this was horrible. My husband couldn't even drink it and he can usually drink it if I don't like it. I poured $10 down the drain. So disappointing.

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Photo of OhioLimoncello
4.11/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

OK, it's a stout in color, but that's about the only characteristic it carries with that classification. Has a tartness similar to a red rye ale, with a wine balsamic vinegar nose. Tart cherries, red currant, kiwi, and the oak are very prevalent in the taste and finish. This is the 3rd Samuel Adams variety that I've tried in the 750ml bombers, and I would definitely re-buy, do to it's uniqueness.

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Photo of TheRougeBastard
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I was expecting more of a stout, but I'm not really sure what's going on here. Way too much carbonation in my opinion. Zero "stout-esque" mouthfeel, or taste. I really don't know how to classify this one.

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Photo of Beermanmiles
3.28/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

This is an overpriced beer I do not recommend. While it may be aged in barrels, the beer does not have a creamy mouth feel. To me, the main goal of barrel aging is to take on a creamy mouth feel and a whisky (depending on the barrel) after taste. When a beer ages it typically loses its carbonation and gains a syrupy texture. This beer does not have that. It also tastes like the brewers went carried away with stout notes. It tastes like they overloaded it with flavors that do not mix well. I love stouts and I think this beer is difficult to get down. It has an uneasy fizzy mouth feel combined with an ammoniated coffee flavor.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.61/5  rDev +22.3%
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.


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Photo of Gear54
4.48/5  rDev +18.8%
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.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

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Photo of BWood
4.29/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

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Photo of sokol_1993
3.96/5  rDev +5%
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.

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Photo of FFreak
3.66/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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