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

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Ratings: 907
Reviews: 256
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 15.63%
Wants: 37
Gots: 146 | FT: 5
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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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4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of srhoadsy
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Served slightly chilled into a tulip.

Pours a deep sable color with an inch of dark tan head that quickly recedes leaving little to no surface layer or lacing.

Spicy and sour aromas remind me of chutney.

Flavors of sour cherries, bittersweet chocolate, clove and pepper.

Medium bodied with a sweet but crisp finish. Light carbonation with a mild aftertaste.

Hard for me to judge this one, as it's not one of my favorite styles. Overall a good beer, could use a little more body.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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5/5  rDev +34.8%

Photo of StaveHooks
3.35/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

750ml bottle served in a Chimay chalice.
2012 vintage.

A - Pours opaque with 1 finger of sandy head dying down to a wispy cap.

S - Woody Belgian yeast, bananas, dates soaked in rum, plums, currants, chocolate syrup, pears, juicy fruit gum.

T - Roasted malts, more acidic than the nose let on. Some toasted cocoa powder, toasted coconut, tart candy flavors, tangy fruit, currants, plums, green figs, pears, bananas, cola, allspice, finishes fruity and sweet with some acidity.

M - Moderate carbonation, prickly upfront but then smooths out.

An interesting mix of flavors. The aroma is very inviting. It's a mix of sweet and acidic fruit. The oak is very subtle and stays in the background, almost unnoticeable.

Photo of Johnnyv310
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of rrski198
4.28/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Slightly off white head. Dissipated fairly quickly. Deep black color with some dark reds around the edges of the glass when held up to a bright light. Appearance is of a thin stout.

S: So this is where I got the slap in the face. I was expecting the traditional funky, spicy Belgian yeast scent and maybe some dark roasted malts. Right up front is the traditional bacteria "sour" scent. Brett, Lacto, Pedio. Not sure what was apart of the "Kosmic Mother Funk" yeast mix, but I was pleasantly surprised. It totally dominates the nose for me.

T: Sweet and Sour right up front with toasted caramel and chocolate notes on the back end. Dark roasted fruit flavors linger in a great way for quite some time. The flavor profile is of a flanders red, with a touch of darker roasted malt.

M: Full carbonation. It coats the mouth and leaves an alcohol spice on the palate. Sweetness lingers and coats the mouth.

O: So super surprised here. I was expecting something like, "dark truth" from boulevard. What I got was a surprising mix of a Belgian strong and a Flanders red. I was absolutely surprised and quite pleasantly. This is a great beer if you dig the "sour" flavor profiles, if not, stay away. For me, this is a no brainer. I already bought 5 bottles. Hopefully one will make it till next year.

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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of thedapperhacker
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of scratch69
3.74/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I poured a bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance- Very dark brown color with ruby highlights and two fingers of a lingering tan head. Moderate amount of lacing.

Smell- Strong raisin aroma with some notes of chocolate and oak.

Taste- Sweet dark fruit flavor with a light funky twang. Occasionally getting a light hint of chocolate and coffee.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with a high level of carbonation.

Overall- This is not what I expected. It is more like a sour ale than a stout, but it is still very interesting and enjoyable.

Photo of fank2788
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a tulip glass
One shade lighter than black with some reddish highlights when held up to a light, the head is pretty rocky with a mix of medium and fine bubbles. Smell is of dark fruit, dark roasted malts, a bit of funky yeast character and some coffee. The taste has a lot of the dark fruit and malt but I'm also getting this funky or vinous thing as well. Not much alcohol and no wood character in their either. The bitterness is very low to nonexistent as this beer remains quite sweet and syrupy throughout. There is a bit of a pepper tingle in the mouthfeel combined with medium to low levels of carbonation the finish is sweet and then dry, rather unusual actually. Overall this is a bit of a miss to me. I'm just not getting enough of the classic belgian yeast character that I would expect for a beer of this style, it is missing the wood that should be notable in a barrel aged beer and the funky flavor is a bit strange.

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of Tertullian007
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of WizzardOfHops
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of JohnnieNepal
2.75/5  rDev -25.9%

Photo of Zbeetleman
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of Damian
3.76/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Drank from a 1 pt 9.4 fl oz corked and caged bottle
Served in a snifter
Thanks to my dad for this bottle.

Thinner bodied and cola-like in appearance. The liquid was topped by a dense, frothy, bubbly, three-finger, khaki colored crown. Drippy ringlets of lacing cascaded along the glass. The head slowly dropped to a resilient cap of foam.

The nose was nondescript and quite simplistic. Powdery and dry Belgian yeast notes dominated initially. Slightly roasty, toasty and bready. Touch of cold coffee. Some unpleasant plastic-like notes were also detectible. The nose became a bit more punchy as the beer warmed. A bready, malty sweetness came forth. Some oak, vanilla and spice as well. The booziness also became much more pronounced.

The flavor profile was far more interesting than the aroma. Sweet, bready malts and Belgian yeast notes came through strong on the front end. Somewhat roasty and toasty. Noticeable dark fruit flavors. Raisins and tart cherries were apparent. Some caramel and toffee notes. Touch of coffee. Oak, vanilla and spices appeared as beer warmed. Somewhat boozy and sharp.

The mouthfeel was light and frothy with a crisp, bubbly effervescence. Lively and sprightly on the palate.

All in all, this is a respectable attempt at a rather unique style of beer. If it were available in smaller format bottles, I might consider buying it again.

Photo of JamesStreet
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of Mumps
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

My most recent tasting of the Barrel Room Collection.

Poured into a pilsner style glass ( I still need to replace my goblet type).

Color was a dark red, almost black. Exhibited a nice half inch off white head, lasting through the first few sips. Moderate lacing.

Smelled remotely of raisins and some spice, with a malty sweetness backing it.

Tastes almost like smells, some chocolate tones, with light spice and raisins.

Mouthfeel was a little lacking unfortunately. Somewhat thin, and the carbonation was a little to high for me. Not unpleasant, but a little disappointing.

Overall I'd give it a solid 4, and well worth buying again.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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3/5  rDev -19.1%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

Samuel Adams Thirteenth Hour Stout (Barrel Room Collection) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
84 out of 100 based on 907 ratings.