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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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Ratings: 907
Reviews: 256
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 15.63%
Wants: 37
Gots: 146 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
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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3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of RichD
4.14/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the cork and caged bottle into a snifter.

A: Poured a pale brown initially. As my snifter filled, the brown became more pronounced with a 1-2 finger tan head.

S: Chocolate covered raisins was the prominent scent that I picked up. Some oak came through afterwards, with some coffee and figs/plums also poking through.

T: The taste follows the nose pretty well. The figs/plums were more prominent in the taste than in the nose. The chocolate and raisins were pretty subdued with the oak and coffee coming through in the finish. There is a fruity taste that seems to taste like brettanomyces, but there was no indication that any brett is in here. Perhaps it's the cosmic mother funk, which would make sense. This brew is very deep. Perhaps the deepest Sam Adams brew I've had so far.

M: A medium to heavy body. There is a moderate to heavy level of carbonation. Overall nothing that blows my mind.

Overall: This is a solid brew. The depth of this makes it extremely tasty and interesting. I'm glad I picked this up to try. As I said earlier in this review, this may be the deepest brew from Sam Adams. I really like this one and I can see myself buying the rest of these Sam Adams barrell room collection beers. Great job, guys!

Photo of brownac5
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of Ak555667
2/5  rDev -46.1%

Photo of OB1
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of OoReFLuXoO
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of FliryVorru
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

Photo of jordanmckell
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of InfragilisBrew
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of bigbeers84
4.75/5  rDev +28%

Photo of Bung
3.57/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A very dark cola black pour. Finger of dark cream head. The layer retains quite well. Sticks to the glass ever so slightly.

Aroma, very fruity and figgy/raisiny. Quite a bit of estery "Belgian" notes. Some tartness.

Taste, tiny bit of grape up front. Brown sugar and molasses. There is some earthy chocolate and coffee, but really only after it warms quite a bit.

Maybe medium body, carbonation is just a tick on the higher side. A very faint warming. Drinks pretty well, just a bit thin, like most dark style Belgians in my opinion.

Photo of Kelp
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of SLeffler27
3.97/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glows a dark, black walnut from within a wine sampler glass, with a thin, off-white head that provides no lacing.

The aroma is spicy with light, tart, Belgian yeast and plum.

Lightly sweet cherry is balanced by tartness, while notes of plums, cherries, and perhaps chocolate, linger in the background. The finish is short and spicy.

The medium body is lifted by high carbonation while the alcohol is as expected.

This was enjoyed with light conversation and sharp cheddar cheese.

Photo of Meleah
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of strib
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of jbertsch
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

Photo of Arborescence
4.29/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in room temperature; bought the bottle directly from the brewery. The bottle with a champagne style cork opens up with a loud bang.

Appearance: Very dark, with a slight ruby tint. Pours a bubbly head that recedes immediately. Carbonation evident.

Aroma: The carbonation prickles the nose a little. Alcohol is clear. Malty chocolate, raspberries -- chocolate cake with raspberry sauce! Intriguing.

Taste: Chocolate and malt are the first things you taste, but alcohol soon follows. Warming and heavy, like a Christmas fruit cake.

Mouthfeel: Oily, medium to heavy body. Almost greasy. Fairly heavy carbonation.

Overall: The beer is a dessert in itself. I think it would manage with a little less alcohol and carbonation, but I can see that Sam Adams wanted to go all out. It's a special oak aged beer, but I don't detect much oak in it, nor coffee (which they mention in their own tasting notes). A tasty and rich beer, I'd recommend sharing the big bottle (I don't one if it's available in anything else except the 1pt 9.4 fl oz bottle) with someone though!

Photo of wstitzel
4.75/5  rDev +28%

Photo of Boilerfood
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of Skryber
1.5/5  rDev -59.6%

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

750 ml bottle into snifter, 2012 release. Pours fairly pitch black color with a 1 finger dense and fluffy khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of raisin, tart cherry, prune, chocolate, oak, coffee, pepper, clove, toast, roasted malt, light funk, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt, oak, and yeast ester notes. Taste of raisin, cherry, prune, pear, chocolate, light coffee, roasted malt, oak, floral, pepper, light clove, toast, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Lightly tart fruitiness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark fruits, chocolate, light coffee, oak, floral, clove, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Good balance and complexity of malt flavor with fruity/spicy yeast esters; with stronger fruitiness over roasted flavors and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a fairly creamy, slick, and lightly crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very good Belgian stout style. Good balance and complexity of roasted flavor with fruity/spicy esters; and very smooth to sip on. This was not nearly as robust as I was hoping for considering the style, but it was still a nicely enjoyable offering.

Photo of SHODriver
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: pours a deep brown, nearly black with a finger of dense light tan head that retains well but slowly fades to a collar into a snifter
S: smells of caramel, slight spice, dark fruits, candi sugar and a bit of funk. slight hint of sourness but very sweet on the nose
T: tart at the front, with a blast of funk shortly afterward, a bit of spice, slight dark fruit and a bit of caramel with a hint of bitter chocolate roasted malt flavor. slight sweetness and candi sugar on the back end and the swallow is roasted malt and coffee and some oak with more spice on the finish
M: full in the mouth with slightly prickly carbonation. smooth on the palate as well but a bit too lively. slightly drying finish
O: a very complex and interesting beer. I'm not too sure what to make of it. At first it was overwhelming but it opened up quite nicely. Sam Adams describes it as a belgian style stout which it fits much better than a belgian strong dark

Photo of ilikebeer03
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750 ml poured into a snifter.

Pours a very dark, brown. Not quite black. You can tell it is highly carbonated right away. It produces a fair head which fades in a minute or two and leaves a tanish, bubbly ring around the edge.
S: dark fruits up front. big time. slight tartness. a bit of chocolate too.
T: The dark fruits are very strong, in my opinion, over powering the other flavors. Tartness covers the tongue. I pick up just a bit of oak. Not too much. Less than I would like. Alcohol is masked well.
M: highly carbonated. Too highly in my opinion to be considered a stout. I would compare it to a german hefe. (which make sense because it is supposed to be a "dark belgian style stout").
O: Not terrible. My biggest complaint is too much carbonation (personal preference). Probably would not buy again. Havent sampled many of the "sour" beers, which this is supposed to be(ish) (The tag says it is blended with "Cosmic Mother Funk") to be able to give a good judge of how accurate a representation it is of the style.

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5/5  rDev +34.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -32.6%

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