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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960 Ratings
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Ratings: 960
Reviews: 273
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 15.63%
Wants: 39
Gots: 180 | 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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Ratings: 960 | Reviews: 273
Photo of Labeorphile
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful beer. Head made of small bubbles, dark body with hints of ruby. Oak, alcohol and dark fruit in the nose. Cherry and chocolate in the taste. A little thin and a little pricey.

Photo of Tone
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a black color. 1/3 inch head of a tan color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of oak, spices, alcohol, sweet malt, roasted malt, slight grapes, and a hint of hop. Fits the style of a Belgian Strong Dark Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, spices, slight alcohol, slight roasted malt, slight oak, hint of grape, and slight hops. Overall, good appearance, aroma, complexity, body, and blend.

Photo of Franziskaner
3.34/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Dark black in color with no penetration to light. Over an inch thick tightly knit beige head. Notes of molasses and dark candy sugar reveal themselves in the nose. I taste far Belgian candy sugar and sweet dark malt. The mouth is heavily carbonated and creamy.

Photo of ibbjamin
2.43/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Too thin and comes off confused.

Photo of gonzo000
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Beer seems to be all over the place with the fruit profile. I liked this beer, but would not go out of my way to get it again. Lacks depth of other stouts by SA, some of which are excellent.

Photo of mntlover
3.52/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rich dark mahogany color with a tan one finger head that falls to a ring fast. Some light lace left behind.

Aroma is little off first noted is a vinegar like note? Not sure why this is there not suppose to be a sour. Otherwise oak notes, light chocolate and coffee hints. Some light plum notes.

Taste is better, rich malts, fruit and chocolate mingled. Some tar notes before the fruit kicks in but not as tart as the nose is. Defiantly more Belgian like then stout like. Overall was hopeing for something little better.

Mouthfeel is little on light side say medium but light for a big beer.

Overall eh wouldn't recommend it not bad but plenty of stuff out there that's better including many form Sam Adams.

Photo of ThaneMcC
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

App: pours dark brown, good size head of off white foam which quickly resolves
Smell: strong dark malts, fruity esters, darker fruits (prune/raisin). A lot of spices – allspice ? clove?hint of carob
Taste: though advertised as a stout, sweet malt up front with a hint of dark fruit, cherry, then a lot of spices with an odd metallic tang rather sour, finally a sweeter and palate cleansing bitter. A little earthy and strong alcohol astringency at the end
Mouthfeel: pretty thin, almost like a weakly carbonated Belgian tripel than a stout. Not terrible, but neither a good imperial stout nor Belgian tripel. For the price, its not a good purchase. I would not buy this again.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Samuel Adams "Thirteenth Hour" Stout
on tap @ Pinocchio's Restaurant, Media, PA

Sometimes I'm an idiot. I ordered this beer expecting a stout because I just don't keep up any more.

So, typical stout appearance with a deep mahogany / "black" body and lighter tan head. Limited head and retention, but that could have been due to a dirty glass, although it didn't seem to have that much carbonation to it... just enough to gently bristle and then caress the palate before becoming smooth and lightly creamy.

Lots of fruit in the nose. Some chocolate. Background earthiness... and wet leather? But I don't really get Belgian yeast character as in spiciness of chalkiness, just fruitiness: raspberry, cherry, perhaps black currant. Regardless, it's almost compelling.

The flavor mimics the aroma but does add a bit of yeasty spiciness (unless there are spices added, of which I'm unsure). Some oaky dryness is apparent as well. Earthiness returns, along with some fig. Cold black coffee roastiness and dark fudge. Deep caramel. Reminiscent of a Quadrupel in maltiness and dark fruit, but then balanced by what would be a soft English stout or roast Scotch ale. Hop bitterness is almost nonexistent but there's subtly sour edge to the finish that helps dry it along with the oak. Alcohol is never apparent.

It's quite complex, and yet outwardly it seems fairly simple, with the subtle nuances making it even more interesting than if it just had fuller, more vivid attributes. I couldn't put it down because of that, and yet I could easily see not being able to put it down just because it's so readily drinkable at the same time.

Photo of Lard_City
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Cherries on the nose. Chocolatey taste to the head. Sour, spicy and fruity up front. Mildly bitter finish. Very nice but different from a typical stout. Might have enjoyed it a little more if I had refrigerated it first.

Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Appearance: Very dark mahogany, almost black; medium frothy tan head with good lacing

Smell: I can't think of how to describe this. It is very interesting, and smells good, but not like any beer I've ever smelled before. The main aroma is almost like a Black Forest cake made with black cherries; oak is there, too, and almost a rye bread aroma. I think some of it reminds me of a reuben sandwhich, maybe the thousand island sweet smell with swiss cheese funk.

Taste: this is a challenge. there's a lot going on with this one. Oak and dark fruit with the reuben sandwhich. Maybe my brain is just keyed in on the aroma.

Mouthfeel: very creamy.

Remarks: interesting overall, but not something I'd seek out again. Probably go well with, you guessed it, a reuben.

Photo of PorterStevens
4.75/5  rDev +28%

This beer turned me on the the Dark Ales with good fruit notes to it. NIce chocolate aroma and taste as well. SA def blends a lot of different spices (13) to make one great experience. Love it!

Photo of MaineBrewing
4.08/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - poured a pitch black, when held to light barely any got through displaying a deep murky mahogany and ruby, two finger thick head dissipated to a fine bubbled froth. No lacing.

S - aroma is riddled with bourbon and whiskey, slight sour, alcohol, lots of chocolate, and tons of fruity sweetness. A little hot on the nose.

T - Ridiculously deep and complex flavor, the flavors meld well to sort of homogeneous note. In this amalgam is tons of dark roasted malt, chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, nice sweet toffee, lots of peppery fruity yeast Esthers, and a ton of bitterness, ends dry, almost tannic.

M - ample carb for the style, body is a little watery, dry and a little hot.

O - the taste is great, for SA I was actually surprised they could put something out this good. Is a little rough around the edges, a little too hot for 9% and somewhat tannic/astringent. Looks great though and aroma was so enticing albeit a little boozy, ill drink it again.

Photo of Dave128
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a large bomber into a tasting glass.

A - A 4oz pour yields about 1 finger of offwhite head. Lacing is minimal. Color: Very dark amber.

S - Smells like a strong dark ale. Don't get much of the coffee or stout listed on the label.

T - Tasty but average. I was hoping to get a more coffee and stout flavors.

M - Excellent for the style.

O - Yummy but underwhelming.

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.47/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thirteenth Hour pours an almost black color with a nice long lasting lacing head. There is a very sweet aroma; lots of date notes, some oak. The taste has big oak flavors, big sweet spices, lots of dry fruits. Very complex, but nice body, a little watery. Overall lots of stuff going on here, some nice flavors, and good to sip.

Photo of Mikus
3.41/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a big-ass bottle (oddly shaped, bomber-sized) into my snifter glass. Deep, opaque brown with tinges of deep red around the base when held to the light. 1/2 finger of tan head which quickly faded. Aromas of oak and molasses. The flavors were very reminiscent of a trippel with hints of molasses, banana, some dark fruit (raisins?), some alcohol (expected at 9%). This had a rich mouthfeel, but again, not what I was expecting for a stout. Overall, this drank like a trippel, albeit a dark appearing trippel... not quite sure what SA's definition of a 'Belgian' stout is, but be aware that this did not drink like a stout. However, it was a pretty nicely balanced beer overall, which improved as the glass warmed.

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.86/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a chalice glass

Appearance – The beer pours a dark brown, nearly black color with a one finger head of a thick creamy head of an off white color. The head very slowly fades leaving a fantastic level of thick and foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is big of a yeasty and banana smell mixed with lots of darker fruit aromas of raisin, plum and fig. Along with these smells comes other more Belgian spice smells with strong notes of clove and coriander and a bit of pepper. A sugary sweet bubblegum aroma and a bit of candied sugar mix with the fruit to create an overall very sweet smell. This sweet however is overall balanced by the presence of some lighter dark chocolate and roasted malt aromas which with the sweet produces a very inviting smell.

Taste – The taste begins with a somewhat sour dark fruit flavor as there is a rather strong presence of cherry, raisin, fig and a lemon like taste. Right up front there is also some flavors of a roasted malt and light chocolate nature, which begin stronger, but end up fading more and more as the taste advances. While the roasted and chocolate fade, some yeasty and spice flavors come to the tongue along with more and more sour lemon flavors joining along. While quite weak more toward the middle, the roasted flavors make a resurgence at the end of the taste, bringing along with them some hay and grassy hop flavors. These flavors balance some of the more sour flavors nicely and with some flavors of a light candied sugar and some warming boozy rum flavors coming to the tongue at the end, a mildly bittered and somewhat sour dark fruity and lightly boozy Belgian flavor is left to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on somewhat thin for a brew of 9 % abv, but not too far off for a Belgian strong dark, while the carbonation level is on the slightly higher side. The feel is rather nice as it mellows the sour a bit with the thinner body and higher carbonation all while still allowing the other more mild dark fruit and malt flavors, as well as the yeast and spice, to come through.

Overall – While listed as an Imperial Stout, I would definitely not classify it as that, but instead as a Belgian strong dark ale. It is fruitier and less roasty with a whole mess of Belgian yeast flavors. Overall it is alright, but really does not outshine other beers of a comparable style and price.

Photo of utfiero
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Color - deep, near black plum. Full head.

Aroma- complicated aroma including mild floral notes, spices, raisin, and hint of roastiness.

Taste- Initial thoughts with a new bottle in January 2014: Starts very sweet with prune notes, hints of spice in the mid-body, finishing calmer with a nice lingering aftertaste (perhaps a hint of the barrel aging comes through here). A bit like a fruitcake in a bottle with a hint of sourness throughout. Quirky but we like it. Drink at the recommended temperature- 50 degrees.

After aging 6 months (not cellar, rather aged at room temp)- Sweetness diminished somewhat, starting rich and roasty with coffee and fruity hints of pear and raisin, very faint hints of spice including white pepper in the middle, finishing roasted and mildly smokey with a lingering tart fruity aftertaste that is probably a combo of Belgian yeast and fruity hops.

Rating reflects the improvement with aging.

Poured from a corked 750 ml bottle into a Liefmans Goudenband glass (my preferred all purpose beer tasting glass). Purchased at Costco as part of a three bottle combo pack early January 2014.

Photo of secondtooth
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark with ruby highlights. Nice loopy lace.

Aroma is fruity belgian yeast. Less stout, more belgian.

Taste is definitely more on the belgian side, with a hint of oak and wood alongside a touch of heat. Very subtle and complex, but most certainly a sipper.

Photo of KTCamm
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. 4/17

Pours dark brown, almost black, with thick creamy inch head that sits atop like whipped cream. Woodsy nose with raisins. Slight bourbon nose too. Whisky oak taste, boozy, but thin for a stout. Coffee, maple, plums, all kinds of flavors intertwined. Hearty carbonation. Borders on barleywine. Robust.

Photo of bnes09
4.04/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown, almost black. Creamy head with good retention and a few lace spots.

Mildly roasted flavor with sweet dark fruits. Assertive Brett-like tartness.

Just a hint of roasted malt suggesting dark chocolate and toasted oats. Prune and black currant sweetness. Mildly tart yeast flavor. Well balanced.

Super smooth throughout. Dense body. Plenty of tiny bubbles bring the complexities to the taste buds. Malty, yeasty texture.

Good stuff. Complex and tasty.

Photo of stakem
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml corked and caged bottle poured into a tulip. The brew appears dark brown in color with cola clarity around edges. A tan cap fades leaving spotty lace on the glass.

The aroma includes notes of cocoa and fruit. Some mildly vinous aspects with vanilla and caramel from the barrel aging as it breathes.

The taste has some vinous to raisony/plum notes before chocolate and more raisin. A little yeasty with caramel and oak/vanilla from the barrel creates a smoothness and suggestion of sweetness.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. Interesting with some good character but nothing id get exited about drinking again.

Photo of Bear1964
3.71/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 1PT 9.4 oz bottle into a stemmed glass showed a very beautiful dark reddish brown brew with a creamy tan head about 2" high, nice lacing hangs on as you enjoy this beer. The aroma is that of a Dark Strong Belgian Ale..a nice series of spicy notes hit the nose along with a alcohol up front cover...picked up a slight hint of chocolate and some oak from the barrels. The taste was straight Belgian Strong Ale with some nice spice, dark fruits and maybe a bitter coffee near the end. Mouthfeel is medium and right on spot, the flavors hang around on the tongue and gives a great aftertaste of spicy dark ale. Aside from being labeled A DARK BELGIAN STYLE STOUT it's listed on BA as a Belgian Strong Dark Ale...which is exactly what it tastes like, at 9% ABV it comes in where it should. This is a well made brew with a good solid flavor and would be great to share or use for a special occasion....as I did..good job and I enjoyed it.

Photo of GeorgianBayPackr
2.47/5  rDev -33.4%
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

Photo of cswhitehorse
3.2/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

The 13th Hour Stout was a mixture between a sour, stout and maybe a BSDA. It poured a dark brown color with 4 finger foam head with tiny carbonation bubbles. The head dissipated quickly and settled into a tiny 1 mm head. The smell was brown sugar, anise and sour green apples. The mouthfeel was thin and left a semi sour mark on the palate. Overall an interesting beer but seemed to be a little off.

Photo of polloenfuego
3.64/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From a 750 ml bottle to a snifter.

This beer pours a deep brown almost black with a full three finger head that breaks quickly leaving behind no lacing and only a thin veil of foam. The smell is interesting with a combination of anise, prunes and dark fruits and then a blast of sour or funk. The taste is more dark fruits and anise and that sourness comes through again. The feel is thin with fine carbonation.

Okay this may be one of the most original beers I have ever had. I will however say it is not a stout... Nor is it a BSDA. I don't know what it is, but I will say the sour from the Brett really comes through. I can't say I would recommend this beer, but I certainly did enjoy the adventure that was tasting it.

Samuel Adams Thirteenth Hour Stout (Barrel Room Collection) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
84 out of 100 based on 960 ratings.