Samuel Adams Thirteenth Hour Stout (Barrel Room Collection) - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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3.66/5 rDev -1.6%
A: Not as dark or opaque as most stouts, but certainly in the ballpark. Has a pronounced red tinge near the surface and a good amount of carbonation is visible when held against the light. A sizeable head form even on a gentle pour- promising. Pretty sticky lacing, too. The bottle shape is unique, and artwork is clean, even if it isn't eye-catching.
S: Roasted malt is where the typical stout aromas end. I'm also getting some sassafrass root, sweet cola, and I almost want to say ginger.
T: Pretty spicy, although it's offset by the cola. It has that dark malt backbone, but it's subtle. Not very dark, no coffee, chocolate, or oak like the label promised. I like it, but not what I was expecting at all.
M: It's almost like soda- pretty thin, lots of carbonation, although it is smaller and doesn't bite your tongue as much.
O: I guess it does say Belgian in style, but this still is a little off from the stout classification. Spice and herbal roots play the major roles here, not dark malt or its oak aging. If you look past that it's a good beer, but I was hoping for a thicker beer with darker flavors.
01-02-2014 03:26:57 | More by 1000lbgrizzly
3.96/5 rDev +6.5%
A: Pours a deep ruby with a dense, long lasting tan head. Quite good lacing.
S: Wow, a lot going on here. The first smell is of dark fruits, almost wine like. Strong but not overpowering. The alcohol is buried and not present. Prune, raison, and grape notes persist with a perceptible toast coming through. There's a lot going on here.
T: The first thing that hits the palate is prune and raisin followed by an earthy, musty note. Belgian notes take a backseat in this brew but are there in the form of a pleasant spiciness. Little or no hops but a lingering tartness belies the almost wine-like presence of the oak and aging. This brew tastes like a stout that someday hopes to become a wine. It's plain to see that Sam's yeast blend transformed this brew.
M: For a stout, this beer isn't too heavy. A nice medium to medium plus body.
O: This is a great special occasion brew that has a lot to offer. There's so much going on in this brew it's hard to describe. This is a good example of what a unique yeast blend can bring to a brew. Having said that, I can't see myself drinking this but on very special occasions, once a year at best. But I think that is there intention. If you can get it, it's worth the price in my opinion.
12-31-2013 23:16:44 | More by slusk
4.23/5 rDev +13.7%
I had one of these siting in my aging fridge for several months and we opened it today for Christmas. It was excellent, and waiting was at least OK, if not the perfect thing to do.
IT opens black with loads of nice head. The aroma is a bit fruity/yeasty, per the style. The taste is a delicate blend of many nice things which all work well together. It is surprisingly light and refreshing for such a big beer, a lot like some of the best Belgians - light tasting though they are anything but. The taste is complex but underpowering.
This is a nice treat and a credit to the style and the brewer.
12-26-2013 00:54:46 | More by schoolboy
2.73/5 rDev -26.6%
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.
12-14-2013 19:32:08 | More by Drankin
Samuel Adams Thirteenth Hour Stout (Barrel Room Collection) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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