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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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Reviews: 261
Hads: 977
Avg: 3.77
pDev: 29.71%
Wants: 41
Gots: 193 | FT: 6
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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 RichardMNixon
2.2/5  rDev -41.6%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

A: very dark with nice tan head. Decent retention
S: Not much when cold. As it warmed up I got a very sour smell with lots of cherry and wood, not what I was expecting. A touch of unpleasant vomit aroma got in there too.
T: Palatable but nothing special. Advertised chocolate, coffee, and spice; I just got sour, and not a good sour. 9% alcohol was very subdued though, no noticeable heat.
M: Again nothing remarkable.

Not worth the price tag.

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Photo of Blackshayde
2.42/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Not impressed with this one at all. Aroma consisted of plum, tobacco and vanilla oak. Taste was generally fruity with a small alcohol burn, nothing strong or very interesting. Became bored with this beer after first glass. Most prominent taste was plum and black licorice. Certainly not worth the hefty price tag and the barrel house Tripel is 100x better.

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Photo of GeorgianBayPackr
2.47/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Sour. And not in a good way. For me the combination of Belgian sour-style with the coffee notes of a stout just did not work. The sour flavor overwhelmed the characteristics of a stout, and allowed little of the other ingredients to reveal themselves. I was disappointed & found this beer off-putting

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Photo of Gixugif
2.67/5  rDev -29.2%
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.

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Photo of Bfarr
2.73/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Black with a tan, frothy head and great retention. Light oak, yeast and a metallic aroma. Strong Belgian sugar and yeast with oak, sweet chocolate, and earthy stone fruit notes. Earthy finish and linger. Semi-dry, thin, and neutral feel with a light fuzz.

Subtle and interesting flavor but metallic notes persist and linger. Ultimately, an okay but rather boring beer with no outstanding qualities and a few problems that would be okay to share small pours with a few people. Otherwise, I wouldn't bother.

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Photo of Drankin
2.74/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought in a 3 pack with some other ones.

This beer is really hard to drink. The clashing flavors are a bit too much. A stout should be a stout and a Belgian a Belgian. Smell is offputting and the taste is way too funky. Reminds me of those chocolate oranges, which i was never a fan of. Mouthfeel is oily and slick. Lucky there's no lingering aftertaste, so as difficult as it might be to finish the glass, at least it won't linger.

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Photo of Etan
2.79/5  rDev -26%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a brandy snifter.

A: Black with tan head. The head isn't robust but it retains nicely. Leaves minor lacing.

S: Spicy, funky, lactic wild yeast dominates. Horseblanket, some subtle notes of chocolate.

T: Again, the funk dominates. George Clinton would be proud. Tangy and lactic, almost tart. Milk chocolate comes out but is washed out by the yeast. Noticeable oak notes as well.

M: Nice tingly carbonation. Medium to thick-bodied.

O: This was not very pleasant to drink. It seems that it was probably infected.

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Photo of mmapes
2.8/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hint of fruitiness (apple). Coffee and stout flavors in the toasted malt. Sour/tart apple. I don't like the blend of stout/Belgian in Thirteenth Hour nearly as well as Mikeller's Santa's Little Helper, which I tasted the same day. This one clashes with itself.

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Photo of adamette
2.8/5  rDev -25.7%
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

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
2.92/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thirteenth Hour Stout, bottle bought for $10.95 at Leary's in Newburyport, Massachusetts. Beautiful design, and very curious I am about this "Barrel Room Collection".

Appearance: Poured into a cheap plastic cup in a hotel room in Provincetown, MA, Thirteenth Hour appears creamy and diligent. My first pour was almost all foam, but then I got a good, long-lasting cafe-con-leche head. Superb lacing and good retention.

Smell: A tad of cherry, some oxidation and brulee sugars. Raisins and a very faint touch of Belgian chocolate.

Taste: Reminds me of Mad Elf, only lesser. Tangy fruit punch, smashed grape left under the sun. Coffee? Maybe a cold Starbucks Frappuccino (trademark) bought at the local gas station. Spicy, slightly hoppy and roasty finish with some oxidation. No oak whatsoever.

Mouthfeel: Thin around the edges, but nicely creamy. Very yeasty, too filling.

Overall: Drinks pretty good, considering the 9%, but it is a blah beer. I've had better Belgian strong ales, and this is definitely NOT a stout. Nowhere near it. I got tired of it half-way through the bottle and regretted the purchase.


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Photo of beerthulhu
2.94/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Cola with sherry highlights upon the pours exit which turns a pitch black in the chalice. A bready textured head is khaki in color with a towering size and good retainment. Carbonation is strong as evident of the beading of bubbles along the side of the glass.

S: Belgian yeast has a light damp muskiness to it, baryard quality but very manageable for those who offend easily. The accompanied tag claims an aroma of coffee, chocolate, dark fruit and oaky vanilla with a peppery spice, all of which I failed to pick up from a blind perspective.

T: Musky Belgian yeastiness for flavor with damp pale grains, and sweet dark fruit. The chocolate malt seems to take a back seat here, small, ineffective, to the yeast character. Fresh dough, sweet oaky vanailla extract, plums and a touch of briary rounds things out.

M: oily texture, turning fizzy and frothy on the hold. Feels a wee light when swirled around. Definitly lacks body and roast.

O: Overall a bit thin substance wise with a quiet complexity that is perhaps to gentle at times makes this a shoulder shrug from someone who loves Belgian style beers and dark roasty bases. The yeasty quality was one of the few bright points here, the spicing was not up to advertising. Expected so much more from this especially after just sampling their triple (New World) which I found very respectable. Average drinkability and may not be worth the price of admission except for the fancy packaging.

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Photo of ThickNStout
2.95/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

750mL bottle from Lucky's Bottle  Shop (Woodstock, GA). 8.99. Served in a snifter. 

Pours dark near black brown with about 1 finger light tan head. 

Whew. There's some big funk in the smell. Almost more sour wine than beer. The chocolate and roasty stout notes are almost completely hidden by the yeasty Belgian sour funk. 

Taste is still heavy on the sour fruit but the stout comes through better than the nose indicated. Roasted coffee, dry bakers chocolate and strange sour Belgian funk. Interesting mix with subtle woodsy vanilla barrel rounding out the flavors. Alcohol is only moderaty dicernable. 

Thin feel for a stout. Medium light body with faint carnonation. Creamy but not at all heavy. 

I had higher hopes for this. I wanted the stout flavors to be much more pronounced. Not awful but not worth buying a second time. Mediocre. 

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Photo of lico
2.99/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

A: First off, the bottle this comes in is beautiful. Pours a dark brown body with a nice beige head. Good retention. I was excited to try it!

S: Tart scent, light Belgian yeast undertones and a few fruits. Not bad, but my excitement is waning. I did not expect such a dark beer described as "stout" to smell so tart!

T: As expected, this is quite tart, with light oak notes and a hint of chocolate. And of course, that unmistakable Belgian yeast. Light spice aftertaste, but it's overpowered by a sour taste.

M: This beer is smooth, with medium carbonation and a light-medium body. Appropriate for the style. Overall, it doesn't do anything extraordinary here.

O: I could drink a glass of this, but would have no interest in having it again. I've had Belgian dark ales before, but none so tart as this.

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Photo of Samuel906
3.02/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3


Thin, not the epic, pitch black you expect from a heavy duty stout. Minimal white head diminishes to minor lacing.


Dark fruits, raisins, etc., take center stage with very minor hints of chocolate. Doesn't really smell like a stout to me, but more along the lines of a Belgian: very yeasty


Light mouthfeel, medium-high carbonation, a little sticky from the sugar


If you like the smell you'll like the taste. One of the better continuities between aroma and flavor I've had in a beer. Only problem for me is, I ain't into it. I wanted a dark, deep, heavy stout, and I got a Belgian that happens to be slightly dark. Lots of dark fruit and fermented Belgian yeast.


This is NOT your normal stout. This beer tries to combine some of the qualities of a Belgian and a Stout, but in my opinion falls a little short. Not a bad beer by any stretch, but I expect a bit more out o special runs from Samuel Adams.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.03/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter.

A: Pours black with ruby red highlights. You can ALMOST see through it but you get lost in the depth of it. Has 1 finger of tan head. Fine lacing coats the side of the glass.

N: Red wine, dark fruit, clove and some chai-like aromas.

T: Red grapes, sweet plum, raisin and candy sugar upfront. Mid-palate comes up with lots of candied dark fruits; definite cherry and plum. Finishes with some roastiness, earthy barnyard funk, clove and some faint notes of bitter chocolate and orange zest.

M: Light-medium bodied, creamy, smooth and warming.

O: This is not a bad beer by any means but it really misses the mark as far as Stouts go, "Belgian" or otherwise. Now that I see BA classifies it as a Belgian Strong Dark Ale I feel I can cut it some slack. Definitely tastes like a Belgian Dubbel. Barrel aging is nearly nonexistent; no oak, no vanilla. For 9% it is very easy drinking and nicely warming. It's worth a try but just don't expect a Stout.

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Photo of MetalandBeer
3.09/5  rDev -18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into tulip glass

black with a thick light brown head that has good retention, bery little lacing.

The smell is sweet,spicy.

The taste is sweet,sour and spice. vanilla/oak,coffee and chocolate. some sourness, alcohol barely detectale.

It is full-bodied andcreamy, but notoberly tick or syrupy.

complex flavors, enjoyable in small quantities.

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Photo of irs
3.1/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

BA is rating this a Belgian Strong Dark. That makes sense to me. Why did SA call this a Stout? As a belgian dark its a nice beer i'd drink again next time I'm in the mood for a belgian dark. It actually tastes alot like last years Trader Joe's Vintage Ale (Unibroue). And if I'd known that, I wouldn't have opened so quickly. The TJ's Vintage was a nice cheap buy in 2010, but I would have paid more for it if it tasted like it does now, after a year in my cellar. This is an expensive imperial stout that tastes like an underaged $5 belgian dark ale. Thanks again SA, you never cease to disappoint me. Why do I keep trying your stuff?

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Photo of Segelstrom
3.11/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

sam Adams keeps trying to compete with the micros but they don't seem to quite get it. This would have been a really great beer if they had left the crappy spices out of the mix. It had undertoes of a stout and notes choc which would have been OK if not for the lacing of what ever spices they used to ruin the mix. They need to get different taste testers b/4 they go to market w/ a new beer.

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Photo of rangerred
3.14/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulip out of a 750ml bottle.

Pours an extremely dark brown, nearly pitch black, with a decent one finger dark tan head. Pretty good head retention and lacing taking the abv into consideration.

The aroma threw me off a little bit. Instead of a chocolatey, roasty, stout aroma I get hit with some perfumy, funky, Belgian notes. Almost reminds me of a Flanders red or something. Quite floral with a little bit of dark fruit. Not bad but just a little odd.

This carries over into the flavor. Lots of fig and cherries along with just the slightest bit of funk. About halfway through and towards the finish, a little bit of light chocolate tries to come through but it is very faint. There are also some banana and bubblegum yeasty esters. Mouthfeel is on the thin side but also quite sticky.

Overall, I really was expecting more stout characteristics with this beer. This screams Flanders red or Oud Brun more than Belgian ale. It is all just a bit rough around the edges and a bit weak.

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Photo of maleman
3.15/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - poured from a pint bottle, thick and dark with an tan-colored, creamy head. Good amount of lacing.
S - heavy malt, caramel and coffee.
T - not nearly as much bite as I would have expected. more phenol than malt.
M - kind of weak considering the characteristics. Oily, with only a bit of aftertaste.
O - had high expectations, but they were not met. just not indicative of the genre, IMO.

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Photo of gford217
3.15/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Funky 750ml bottle, cork and caged.

Pour is much lighter than I was expecting from a stout (I know the classification on BA is BSDA) - a clear dark brown out of the bottle that settles in short of black in the glass with a light beige head.

Aroma is certainly on the fruity side of things for a stout, with the Belgian yeast yielding lots of fruity esters. However, there is a some light spices and hints of dark roasted malts.

The taste is even sweeter than the aroma with tons of Belgian yeast, raisins and candi sugar. The stout character is extremely tough to pick out as there is little roastiness, coffee or chocolate that I can sense. There is a bit of spices in the finish.

The mouthfeel is light and fizzy even for a BSDA which makes it even less representative if you consider this a stout.

As I'm sure you can guess, this certainly wouldn't grade out as a very good imperial stout (or any kind of stout for that matter). It's much more representative of a BSDA though it's not a great version in my opinion. Meh.

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Photo of Amalak
3.16/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer is black as black can be. But there's not much of a head at all and no lacing whatsoever. Extremely strong alcohol scent.

Tastes like licorice port wine. This is extremely strong. It's well done, but it's just not the kind of beer that I prefer. There's a hint of molasses. It's carbonated. Descent burnt flavor to it. It dries out the mouth. To much like a wine/beer. Not my style.

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Photo of TheTrevor
3.16/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown pour with a big tan head that isn't going anywhere anytime soon. The smell is fainter than I expected. A bit of breadiness and maybe a tiny bit of fruit. The taste starts off with some candy malt that gives way to dark fruit with a hit of vanilla in the aftertaste. Not a whole lot in the way of balance here, this tastes more like a desert than a beer. Mouthfeel is nice and thick, but the alcohol really starts to punch through as it warms up. This is like some sort of alcoholic fruit tart. Not really what I expected, but not unpleasant.

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Photo of mothman
3.16/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark ruby brown. Tan fizzy head and lots of it.

This beer tastes more like a sour than a stout. A lot of sour/tart cherries. Roasted malts and chocolate. Belgian yeast flavors. Some oak and toffee.

Lighter bodied with a high amount of carbonation. Doesn't feel like 9%.

I thought this beer was fairly average. Just not really digging how sour it was. I probably won't drink this again.

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Photo of ksimons
3.18/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-very dark brown with some ruby highlights with a fingers worth of light tan head that leaves a ring around the glass. Nice looking

S-rich malts, dark fruits, light vanilla and chocolate

T-taste is similar to the smell, dark fruits predominates, some malt, some spice, and a bit of tangy yeast. No coffee or roasted malt in this one. Kind of boring actually.

M-light to medium body, medium carbonation, thin

Overall I am disappointed, I was hoping with the name Stout this would be a richer drink but there is no roast, no coffee, no real body to speak of. Much more like a BSDA but is even lacking in that category. Will not be having again.

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Samuel Adams Thirteenth Hour Stout (Barrel Room Collection) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
85 out of 100 based on 261 ratings.