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

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Reviews: 259
Hads: 965
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.35%
Wants: 39
Gots: 188 | FT: 5
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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 bluejacket74
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml caged and corked bottle. Served in a chalice, the beer pours a dark ruby red/brown color (when held to the light) with about an inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. The aroma is nice, it smells like dark fruit, chocolate, sweet spices, vanilla, and some coffee. It tastes like dark fruit (cherries, raisins, plums), chocolate, sweet spices, oak, tart fruit and a little bit of coffee. However, it is a mostly sweet tasting beer. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy and coating with good carbonation. I think this is a good overall brew, I'd buy it again. It was better than I was expecting it to be so it was a nice surprise! I'm pretty sure it was just $6.99 a bottle, I don't think it was any more than that. (744 characters)

Photo of Hopfenpeter
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass the beer is clear, very dark brown, with hints of red. The dark tan bubbly head builds two and a half inches high and sticks arround for a little while. Little lacing on the glass.
The smell is of dark fruit, some coffe in the background.
The front is a very strong combo of dark fruit. Plum, Black Cherry and raisin are dominent, almost a bit overpowering. Some chocolate and coffee hints in the background. The finish provides trhe taste of a typical belgian dark ale.
Very nice brew! (511 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Maudite snifter. Pours a very dark ruddy brown, appearing black in the glass. Healthy three finger light brown head with great retention and massive lacing. Aroma dominated by light fruit, particularly cherries and Belgian yeast and spicing. Light element of toasted malt; kind of the opposite I'd expect from a stout (as per the lable), but appropriate for the style listed here on BA. Pleasant, but surprising. Flavor is also confusing, starting with sweet light fruit juice, developing into slightly sour cherry, finishing with pleasant light and dark fruit with slight Belgian yeast and spicing. I'm not picking up much wild yeast funk nor much if any toasted malt. Not detecting the chocolate nor oak, maybe a hint of each. I'm uncertain how to review this; if by the lable, it is a somewhat of a miss. A stout with no toasted or dark malt flavor does not seem in style. Since it is pleasant to drink, I'm going to score it under the BA style of Belgian strong dark ale. Flavor is overall light, but nicely balanced and an interesting flavor progression. Body is medium with a bit of creaminess; nice mouth feel. A reasonable domestic take on a BSDA. Alcohol is well covered by the flavor. I recommend this ale, but don't grab one expecting a traditional (or even Belgian style) stout. The BA strong Belgian ale style is spot on. I like this and will probably buy it again. (1,392 characters)

Photo of Brenden
3.86/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The color is pitch black, no light shining through. A medium brown head grows to two fingers in height and is both stiff and creamy. Retention is excellent, and it takes quite a while even to fade to a pillow of foam. Lacing left behind is equally creamy and left pretty thickly up top before dropping to a lesser patchiness.
The smell of this beer seems to serve as more of a gateway to the flavor than its own element. It's just a little light for this particular one. Seems obvious to just head right into the flavor...
which features a sturdy malt backbone if not the firmest, but it holds the whole thing together well. Lactose is the note that lingers that doesn't make sense at first but works out. I get a lot of cherry, which I haven't seen much mention of, and Belgian yeast notes of bubble gum. Until it warms, the Belgian yeast notes don't hold well together, but it does work as it sits. Light notes of cocoa and roast stand firm all the way. A peppery bite of spiciness never fades. There's a light hint of smoke lingering under the sweetness and the malt.
The body's got more of the Belgian dark ale feel than the stout. It's about medium and carbonation is about medium. It's pretty creamy and there's a firm smoothness. One thing I have against it is that the feel is a little too light and fluffy, a bit too much for either style.
Belgian strong dark? Stout? Whatever it is, it's not the epic beer some might look for, but it is good. (1,452 characters)

Photo of Zorro
3.33/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear dark brown colored beer with a small brown colored head. This is a change from the light-proofed stouts that are so popular today.

Smell is fruity like a Foreign Export Stout. Fruit with chocolate and coffee. Catching some pepper from the alcohol fumes. Over all it isn't a strongly scented beer.

Starts out fruity and light in the mouth much more like wine than beer. Lightly sweet with the spicy taste of a Belgian yeast used. Chocolate, coffee and coriander tasted. Only problem is that the flavors are a bit on the light side. Tastes something like a Belgian Blond Ale with some patent malt added.

Mouthfeel is light.

Overall a disappointment Not saying it tastes bad, just saying I expected more flavor.. (719 characters)

Photo of NStLincoln
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a weird barrel shaped bottle which may or may not have contributed to a really foamy pour. Dark brown color to the point of being black with light brown around the edges. Head is a light brown with good retention.

Smells of raisins and sour Belgian style ale. Complex, probably needs to warm up a bit.

I pick up the Belgian attributes of this beer first. It's got a smooth sourness to it. The stout part of the beer comes through with raisins, figs, and some spicy cinnamon action. Really hard to put my finger on what's going on here because there's so much going on.

Not the oil spill of a barrel aged stout that I'm used to but lots of interesting flavors. A beer to ponder. (695 characters)

Photo of DavidST
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 MLS bottle into a tulip glass, no bottled date. This pours a dark brown, almost back color with a massive head. The smells are very strongly of Belgian yeast esters, coco, alcohol, and sweet malts. The feel is medium. The taste is a little different full of malty Belgian strong ale malts, but with weird roasted malts. (337 characters)

Photo of stephenjmoore
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Dark brown with some amber highlights. Foamy tan head that does not leave much lacing on the glass.

S- Belgian yeast and spices come through right away, with a hint dried fruit. Only getting faint hints of roasted malt, chocolate and oak.

T- Some fruity sweetness up front, followed by the Belgian spices and finishes with the roasted chocolate malt. Oak compliments throughout and adds a smoothness to the finish.

M- Medium bodied with medium carbonation throughout. Finish is smooth and leaves a pleasant aftertaste.

O- This is a pretty good offering, but nothing really blows me away. Definitely fits more into the Belgian dark ale category than a stout. (664 characters)

Photo of shand
4.47/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a fancy 750ml bottle into a Duvel tulip.

Pours out a deep brown with plum highlights. The head is large, and reduces to a centimeter of cap. The aroma is very enticing, it's got a nice sour fruit aroma, along with Belgian yeasts, chocolate, and coffee. The taste is also excellent, this is a well-composed beer with layers and layers of flavor. Keeping that in mind, it's also smartly subdued, making picking out the layers of flavor a joy. It comes on with sour tart fruit, chocolate, and yeast. Sips invite in traces of coffee, spice, roasted malt, and oak. A masterful composition. The mouthfeel is lighter and well-carbonated, and the drinkability is good. Overall, this is a superb beer. It's just a joy to sip, it's got a lot of flavor dimensions without being taxing. I can't help but feel some of the middling reviews have more to do with the name on the bottle than the product in it. (906 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cool-ass 750mL bottle poured into a tulip. Not pouring in the sediment.

A: Pours a very dark burgundy color with vibrant carbonation for where I can see through the body. The head is a two finger heavy cream color with very thick bubbles. Eventually, it settles down to one finger high, and the texture becomes a little creamier.

S: There's a nicely subtle sour note of tart cherries on the aroma that I find appetizing, playing shockingly well with the chocolate, darker malts, and lighter fruit esters. If it were stronger, it would be outright amazing, but it nonetheless smells great.

T: To start, there's a light sour component, which also pops back up right before the finish. The transition between this lactic sourness and the chocolate midtaste is pulled off well, not coming across as an infected stout, instead reminding the palate almost of milk chocolate at times. Every once in a while, a big strike of funk will explode on the aftertaste, bringing notes of wet hay and horse blanket. Rather than overwhelming the palate with 3,411 different notes, this beer picks just a handful of flavor profiles (tart cherries, chocolate, cinnamon, dark fruits, and funk), and cohesively shuffles them around in a three act manner. In layman's terms, it's complex enough to keep the palate guessing. Not a steamroller of flavor, but it doesn't need to be.

M: This is where the oak barrel comes through, providing a lot finishing tannic dryness. The body itself is rather coarse, prickly, and slightly syrupy; due to the heavier texture, drinkability isn't particularly high. On the plus side, it's not particularly flabby or bloated feeling in terms of carbonation.

O: A classic "all 4's" kind of beer. It's great, but with a few tweaks here and there, it would become incredible. I couldn't have a lot of this (I pretty much had about 10 oz and corked the rest up), but it's a nice after dinner conversation piece. Great to see Sam Adams coming out of its comfort zone with a beer like this. (1,998 characters)

Photo of AdamBear
4.19/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-black with a nice tan head

S-dark grains. Belgian sugars. Underlying tone of sweet caramel.

T-comes in with a decent taste of oak and dark Belgian grains. The after-taste is matching with some peppercorn added. Its a really decent and solid taste.

M-high carbonation with a dry finish.

O-didn't know what to expect with this one, but I'm definitely pleased. It definitely drinks like a good dark Belgian ale. It doesn't taste artificial like many American Belgian styles. This is awesome. (494 characters)

Photo of RichardMNixon
2.2/5  rDev -42%
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. (444 characters)

Photo of Cavanaghty
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a Sam Adams glass.

Appearance: Very dark, almost no light could be seen through the glass. Brown foamy head with spotty lacing on the glass.

Smell: Smell of roasted/taosted malts, carmels, coffee, chocolate, and maybe some fruit as well, alcohol is present.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Thick, medium to full bodied. Taste has malts up front that give way to carmel, coffe, chocolate, and fruity flavors, leaves a bittersweet taste behind.

Overall: Not a huge fan of stouts personally, but I will give credit were due, it is a very well crafted beer, I did enjoy the whole bottle, but probably won't buy again, just cause as I said before, these darker heavier stouts and ales are not my style. (710 characters)

Photo of horshack7
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: It's rather dark with a thin beige head on top.

Aroma: Dark fruits, molasses, toffee, touches of chocolate and coffee notes as well. Minor hints of plum, licorice root, caramlized plantains.

Taste: A toffee like mouthfeel. Malt forward, solid amounts of dark coffee, coaco, plums, black licorice and some toffee and light nots of clove and banana.

Notes: Hearty and drinkable. Cheers. (399 characters)

Photo of neenerzig
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Split a bomber of this with my good friend Passow, as I picked one of these up on my recent trip to Boston with my wife. I don't believe any of SA's Barrell Room Collection are sold outside of the Boston area and I have certainly never seen them here in Cleveland. Poured into one of my tulip glasses, this beer pours a dark brown color with a tan head that is about an inch thick when poured that eventually settles to a nice thick ring lining the inside of the glass and a bit of spotty surface foam here and there. Not much lace. Aromas of caramel malt, coffee, chocolate, dark fruit such as plum along with hints of banana and blueberry, rounded out with some subtle spice notes. The taste pretty much follows suit, nice caramel, coffee, and chocolate malt sweentess upfront, followed by the aforementioned dark fruit or plum, blueberry, and a touch of banana, rounded out with a bit of spice. A quite minimal discernible hop presence to be sure. Has a crisp, smooth, creamy, chewy, full bodied mouth feel with light to moderate carbonation. It becomes more drinkable especially as the beer warms up a bit. A very good offering here. I hope to drink it again.

Eric (1,170 characters)

Photo of Wamesit
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours black with some ruby edging. Light brown head that gives way to minimal lacing, if any.

S - Cherries, coffee, dark chocolate. Roasted malts.

T - Candied fruits, bittersweet chocolate, roasted malts. Smooth, palate soothing flux of earthy peat (with a hint of milkiness beneath and between) combine with a mild hops finish.

M - Medium.

O - This is an interesting beer. Dark, stoutish, but with the fruit esters of a Belgian Ale. I'm not sure if the offbeat Sam Adam's "Belgian Stout" monikers fits best or if the BA "Belgian Strong Dark Ale" suits it better. Either way, it is worth checking out. (609 characters)

Photo of ExtraStout
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the brewery:
The thirteenth hour is the witching hour and refers to the mysterious combination of flavors in this brew. They've combined the roasted chocolate and coffee flavors of a stout with the spicy character of a Belgian ale aged in oak.

The combination of 7 different malts creates a black brew that's full bodied and smooth with rich notes of coffee, chocolate, and dark fruits like raisins and plums. The dark roasty, and slightly sweet flavors of a stout are blended with the unique, spicy and sour character of our Kosmic Mother Funk (KMF), an ale that's been aged in oak tuns for up to a year. The KMF gives the beer an added complexity with notes of black pepper, oak, vanilla, and a hint of acidity.

Recommended pouring is gently into a traditional glass. Take care not to unsettle the fine layer of yeast that rests at the bottom from the bottle-conditioning.

My take:
It's alright but I prefer their every day Imperial Stout to this one. It has better body and is less fruity. (1,001 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.47/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Advertised as a Belgian Stout, but the BA style of Belgian Strong Dark Ale is more apt.

The head starts nicely but it settles very quickly and leaves no head. The broth is dark brown where light shines through along the edge.

Strong sour cherry and moist raisin aroma. The sourness is quite similar to a Geueze or Lambic. Not much of the darker malts present in the nose.

The darker malts appear in the taste but not nearly as strong as an English Porter or an Irish Stout. Really closer to a dark ale on the malt side. The sour flavor shows up in the swallow, but it doesn't last long. I note some vanilla (from the oak?) and stone fruit as well. The body is pretty typical for the style. (692 characters)

Photo of mrasskicktastic
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A big mocha head over a brown brew.

S - Tart, like under ripe blueberries, faint sulphur, a bit of chocolate, alcohol and dates. Pretty nice overall.

T - A bit of underripe fruit, chocolate, alcohol. Aftertaste is a very tart flavor with faint chocolate and coffee undertones. It is actually pretty simple, but also very nice.

M - Smooth, thin, refreshing.

D - Sam Adams does well on this one. It is an exciting beer with clean, exceptional flavors. Worth seeking out, worth drinking, maybe even worth drinking a second time (if I can recall what I paid for the fifth). (579 characters)

Photo of Suds
4.07/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another interesting Barrel Room beer from Sam Adams. This one is a dense black color, with a fizzy brownish head. The smell is all Belgian...lots of funk, yeast, and acids. Horse and grass, some malt, and a little booze. The taste is sugary and malty, with a bit of acidic twang. Funky, yeasty, and intense. The alcohol is well hidden. The body is a little helter-skelter, at once both spritzy and substantial. I didn't get many wood notes in the beer, although there is a myriad of complex flavors. I enjoyed this beer more than I expected. (541 characters)

Photo of JustinAniello
3.51/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours black with a three finger foamy head. Dissipates over a couple minutes to a light cap and some nice sticky lacing.

S - Scents of sweet chocolate, soy sauce, grapes, and mustiness. The aroma is pretty subtle overall.

T - Light sweet chocolate at first turning to a heavy yeast and mild white grape flavor. Very slight bitterness in the aftertaste.

M - Medium body and carbonation, a little light in body for what you would expect.

O - Decent, but nothing special. Off in what you would expect from a stout and the flavors don't flow well enough together to make up for it. Better options from the Sam Adams line. (625 characters)

Photo of rlee1390
3.67/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Black in the glass but a deep brown when pouring, one finger tan head

S-Roasted malt, vanilla, spices and dark fruits

T-Some chocolate, little bit of roasted malt, darker fruits, plums. As it warms some coffee.

M-Light to medium bodied, well carbonation.

O-Like most Sam Adams it seems to start well but not reach the potential it had. Nose was good but the taste does not live up. (387 characters)

Photo of ThickNStout
2.95/5  rDev -22.2%
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.  (852 characters)

Photo of Etan
2.79/5  rDev -26.4%
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. (547 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a three fingered light brown head that fades slowly to a ring, leaving some lace. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Color is black, no highlights. Spicy chocolate nose and flavor is sweet, spicy chocolate and coffee. Good stout - second only to their Imperial White. $9.99 for a caged and corked, black, 750ml bottle from Market Basket Concord, NH. (356 characters)

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