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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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783 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 783
Reviews: 238
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 15.59%
Wants: 29
Gots: 91 | FT: 4
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:
Aged in oak barrels; hand-bottled corked & caged; bottled-conditioned.

(Beer added by: Jason on 08-11-2011)
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bugiscooby03


2.5/5  rDev -32.8%

12-02-2012 19:20:03 | More by bugiscooby03
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle pour at the BevMo Holiday Beerfest held at Golden Road Brewing in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a clear dark brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, dark fruits, and some cocoa aromas. Taste is much the same with a slight tartness in the flavor. There is a mild roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer but I think it tastes better than it smells.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2012 05:57:21 | More by UCLABrewN84
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buckyp

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

12-02-2012 00:17:34 | More by buckyp
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Archemedies

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

12-01-2012 20:26:48 | More by Archemedies
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

With a simplified palate and cleaner (more yeast neutral) taste, Samuel Adams' Thirteenth Hour puts on a full out display of Belgain dark ale flavor. But with a series that celebrates wood aging, where's the wood character?

Pouring a dense dark brown color with garnet highlights, the beer seems to carry a bit more visual weight and darkness than is usual in the style. A semi-turbulent pour only amounts to a medium statured sandy tan head that's less demonstrative than Belgian comparables. Low lacing, fizzy recession, and medium-short retention keeps the beer a little lackluster.

Dark fruit, candied malts, and vine ripened grapes give a substantial malt scent with a wine-like backdrop. Fruit and spice mingle in an orgy of grapes, black pepper, blackberry, cumin, cherry, clove, currant and corriander that balance the nose with little evidence of hops. Mild wood notes carry a hearty oak note that blends in well with caramel malts and fruit and come to life as the beer warms.

Dry fruit taste is coupled with peppery spice that carries the balance of the beer from start to finish. This symbiotic relationship plays out on a substrate of syrups and candy coated malty taste. Developments of cola, coffee, light cocoa nibs, and dates rise at mid palate and carry over to a simply sweet and candied finish.

Sweet textures fill the mouth with a film of sugar that never dissolves. The tack of sugar invites early creaminess that fades quickly, leaving an extended middle palate of residual malt sweetness and cola-like coat. Finishing spicy, malty-dry, and lightly acidic; the beer refuses to conclude quietly.

The Thirteenth Hour is a fairly typical Belgian-style strong dark ale that's made by a U.S. brewery with U.S. ingredients and techniques. These usually result in a sticky sweet taste with simple fruit and simple spice with little of the rustic intangibles that make authentic versions so great. A higher wood aged presence would have given a much needed complexity to make me forget about the one-dimensional sweet taste.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2012 06:38:14 | More by BEERchitect
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vcoggins

Texas

4/5  rDev +7.5%

11-30-2012 01:35:14 | More by vcoggins
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JamesMN

Minnesota

3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Black body with maroon hues when held up to the light. Fizzy tan head.

Aroma: Dark malts and some yeast presence.

Taste: Some light chocolate flavor with a good dark malt character. Some plum and other dark fruit flavors that you usually get with this style. The 9% ABV is masked pretty well. Smooth finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light in body with slightly above average carbonation. Almost creamy at times. Good drinkability.

Final Thoughts: A good beer from a hit and miss brewery. Would I drink it again? I wouldn't turn it down but I wouldn't seek it out. I will be looking for other bombers in this series from Samuel Adams.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2012 01:14:07 | More by JamesMN
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kynap55

Michigan

2.5/5  rDev -32.8%

11-26-2012 02:45:57 | More by kynap55
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Kahlerbock

Kansas

4.5/5  rDev +21%

11-26-2012 02:16:38 | More by Kahlerbock
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flyers1980

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

11-26-2012 00:02:08 | More by flyers1980
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spence524

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

11-25-2012 23:30:49 | More by spence524
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JohneHoodlum

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +7.5%

11-24-2012 20:27:32 | More by JohneHoodlum
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BigBarley

Texas

4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a deep deep brown, almost pitch black, except for the highlights that are revealed in the light. Very deep brown. Almost impossible to see any light except through the edges. Head came to about a finger of a tan-brown froam that recedes over time to a thick ring of foam.

S - Dark, sweet coffee, very faint vanilla, with a nice, sharp, barrel-aged aroma of something like wood and spices, very thick smell, light black fruit presence, lots of raisin underneath, hint of cinammon, more vanilla, more wood. A great beer for smelling, very full of subtleties and variety.

T - Smoked malt, burnt plum notes, very mild hints of chocolate and vanilla battle it out, very charred wooden taste, spices come through on the swallow, left with a nice yeasty, dark flavor. Nothing like a stout or dark ale I've had before, lots of things happening here that I can't describe. Wild yeasty flavor, biscuit tastes, black, sweet burnt caramel. There's just so much going on here, it's a great experience sifting through all these flavors.

M - Pretty thick, but not unbelievably so. The carbonation is pretty active for the style, and creamy. All around thick but smooth.

O - An interesting beer to say the least. Samuel Adams hit-and-miss tendencies made me less than exuberant about putting down 12 dollars for a bottle, but I like to think I made a good choice. Very tasteful, very well-made, very rich. This beer is intense and warming. Great winter time early morning taster (but only if you've got the day to yourself, lots of alcohol here)

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2012 11:39:44 | More by BigBarley
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Book

Alabama

4/5  rDev +7.5%

11-24-2012 07:38:19 | More by Book
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Mongo65

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +7.5%

11-23-2012 22:24:16 | More by Mongo65
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Cody66


3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

11-23-2012 06:36:06 | More by Cody66
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TerryB

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

11-21-2012 13:07:11 | More by TerryB
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civilian2b

Nevada

4.75/5  rDev +27.7%

11-21-2012 04:48:07 | More by civilian2b
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jjanega08

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No freshness dating known.

A= Pours a deep brown color not quite a black "stout" color in my opinion with a finger of head on it that rises and is active with it's falling but it falls much slower than it would appear. Great lacing on the glass.

S= The nose is very spicy. A nice dark fruity punky aroma to it that is pretty unexpected. There is a sort of dark cherry dark plum kind of aroma.

T= The taste is much less "tart" smelling but there is stil a big sort of funky cherry flavor. There is a decent amount of roast to it and a bit of a woody character. There isn't much chocolate or coffee in the taste or the nose. The barrel is light in flavor but the funk is definitally there.

M= A bright highly carbonated beer.

O= This is a unique beer. I went into it thinking imperial stout with a belgian twist but that's far from what it actually is. This is a funky belgian dark. Not bad but this is a decent beer and worth checking out.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2012 04:42:01 | More by jjanega08
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tectactoe

Michigan

3.91/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown, dark ruby color with a tan head that fades pretty quickly and doesn't really leave any noticeable lacing. Nose hits very heavy with a cornucopia of fruity and earthy esters, the heaviest and most apparent being apples and grapes. Very, very sweet and malty aroma. The taste comes up and follows right along with the nose - fruity and actually slightly tart on the tongue, full of apple skins, grapes, and raisins. Sweet toffee and slight caramel shine through near the tail end of the beer. It finishes with a slight oak/woodgrain flavor and a touch of alcohol warmth. Bitterness is low and I really didn't notice any kind of florals or hops in this one at all. Medium-thick body, slightly sticky, low carbonation.

Pretty impressive outing from Sam Adams. This beer may look intimidating, but it was actually quite sweet on the tongue and the alcohol was hidden aside from the typical warming sensation it provided.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2012 14:00:20 | More by tectactoe
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FanofHefe

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Corked and caged bomber poured into a Duvel tulip. Deep, dark, body that is mostly black with no light getting through. Larger than expected tan head, nearly three fingers, that has good retention and leaves a bit of creamy lacing down the glass.

The aroma is very much as expected from a BSDA: fruity esters with dark fruit dominating. Some light, sweet maltiness comes through as well, and some notes that are reminiscent of a nice cabernet.

The flavor is, again, what I expected from a BSDA with strong raisin and grape flavors accompanied by a bit of roasted malt. A very light note of hops and some light yeast notes that are complex - both sour and sweet at times. Got to love Belgian yeast.

Since the bottle noted it was a "stout," I was expecting a thicker texture and this one is on the thin side overall. But, this is definitely a complex and tasty brew that I would gladly recommend.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2012 01:37:30 | More by FanofHefe
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SeamusDoyle

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brown pour but black in the glass. Small tan head, no lace. Sour cherries, Belgian yeast, hint of coffee grounds, and faint roast in the aroma. Just a bit of oak comes off as it warms. The flavor has sweet, tart cherries and yeast, with a bit of toasty malts.Alcohol and the slightest bit of oak on the finish. Medium body at best, with light carbonation

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2012 18:43:40 | More by SeamusDoyle
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HamGlade10

Oklahoma

4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

11-18-2012 18:15:13 | More by HamGlade10
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Millette


3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

11-18-2012 01:31:45 | More by Millette
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BeerJD

Missouri

4/5  rDev +7.5%

11-17-2012 19:05:24 | More by BeerJD
Samuel Adams Thirteenth Hour Stout (Barrel Room Collection) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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