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

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Reviews: 259
Hads: 969
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 5.8%
Wants: 40
Gots: 192 | FT: 6
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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 tigg924
4.36/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: 1 inch head, reddish-brown in color, clear, high carbonation

Smell: chocolate, raisin, fig, dark bread, and dark fruit

Taste: black cherry, dark fruits, alcohol, dark bread, and slight coffee at the end

Mouthfeel: medium-high carbonation, medium-heavy body, sweet with alcohol burn

Overall: Why did it take me so long to try this? One of Sam Adams better beers in this series despite not really having a lot of oaking. This tastes like a complex quad. A sipper I will get again. (494 characters)

Photo of jeff1973
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an odd-shaped 750ml bottle into a Bruery tulip. Guessing it was bottled 9/2012, so about 13 mos old. Bought at Hi Times in Costa Mesa CA for $9.30 on 10/5/12.

A - Dark brown, rootbeer color with ruby tinges on the edges. Tan head leaves good lacing.

S - Dried cherry and fig. Hint of baker's cocoa. Dark bread.

T - Big dried cherries and blueberries, also figs. A little hint of cocoa on the back end (chocolate covered dried cherries). A hint of licorice. Has the classic BSDA flavor combos. Had this fresh and remember it being a little hot. After a year it has really mellowed. No noticeable alcohol burn.

M - Classic BSDA. Medium-full mouthfeel with lively carbonation and slick feel on the tongue afterwards. A little creaminess, also. Very enjoyable.

O - Really good beer. I don't know why this doesn't get more love. I remember it being a little hot when I had it fresh and I think I also thought it was just "pretty good" and not "great". I will definitely pick up another to cellar, especially with the nice price tag. (1,044 characters)

Photo of KelsoSaaz
3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into tulip

A: Deep black with hints of mahogany when held up to light. Light-brown/khaki 2 finger head.

S: Dark fruit and dark chocolate. Oaky and spicy.

T: Dark and tart fruit up front with very bitter, almost Mexican-style spicy chocolate. Definitely can taste the oak barrels, but it’s not overwhelming. A lot of big flavors here that leave very little room for subtlety.

M: Prickly carbonation with dense, slightly chewy body. Alcohol is very present warms the palate.

O: Stout this is not, unlike Sam Adams claims. This is more of a BSDA, which is not a bad this. Sam Adams makes a Belgian style beer with firm American tones here. Big, boozy and bold, this is a good brew, but relies too much on big flavors, making it almost overwhelming. Don’t get me wrong, this is a nice beer, but if you want real high-quality American BSDA, you can do much better. (877 characters)

Photo of Aimo
4.94/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark deep brown with a tinge of amber. Two fingers head that
slowly dissipates. Up close you can see all the tiny carbonation bubbles.
Too small to really be seen farther than a couple feet away. Nice cream
colored head with some red/orange mixed in.

Strong burst of alcohol almost like a wine.Sweet spices and notes of
smoke/roasted malts come to mind.

Hard to explain but I will give it a shot. Nice roast comes to mind
right away, coffee,banana, and clove come along later, as well as
caramel. Nothing really overpowers each other and I really have to sit
back and "try" and figure out what each different taste is that comes
to mind.

Feels very nice. Not very heavy like you would expect from a stout.
Feels nice and full. Nicely carbonated and doesn't leave too much of a
sticky spit(too much sugar) feel after drinking. No alcohol burn in the
mouth but can get a tinge of it in the throat. Nice kinda warming.

Very nice one of my favorite beers. Very drinkable unlike most stouts to
me(love the flavor would rather not handle the body). Gives a nice
deep complex flavors that is hard to figure out. Very well made since
certain flavors don't over power each other and they all blend into a
nice rich,flowing,sweet,fruity, and smoky type of beer. It brings the
best of both worlds IMO the very palatable and fruity flavors of a
Belgian and the deep,complex roasted flavors of a stout without being
overly sweet all into one. (1,466 characters)

Photo of TruePerception
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

(Previous review, transferred from beer journal)

Sam Adams Thirteenth Hour: Belgian stout, Barrel Room Collection, oak aged, 9% ABV, a LOT of head, good lacing, head is the color of uncooked pancake batter;

Appearance: black, reddish brown tint in the light;

Smell: light, sour note, bit of chocolate sweetness;

Taste/Mouthfeel: slight grape-y sourness, subtle coffee, hint of clove, oaky sweetness;

Overall: incredibly smooth, odd yet pleasant combination of flavors;

Good/Really Good

Poured into a pint glass. (519 characters)

Photo of MistahBeah
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a creamy khaki head. Some visible carbonation towards the top of the glass. Healthy retention and moderate lacing. Looks like cola

The nose is of baker's chocolate and sweet dark fruits. Plums and cherries are evident. Some tart-smelling apples too. Smells very sweet. Possibly molasses

Taste is a little more tart upfront. Apples and plums. There are cherry notes as well. The rest is sweetness that lingers. Lots of chocolate. A little coffee. Sweetness is slightly cloying. Some spicy yeast rounds it out

Feels full bodied and creamy. Thick and chewy - almost syrupy. A little spice bite

Not bad overall. I was hoping for more stout qualities. A little too sweet. I think this could have used some anise to make this a little more balanced and complex. I would pick up any other Belgian strong dark ale before revisiting this but if you can't get anything else its at least worth the try (911 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.33/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

750ml bottle - $9.99 at Bullock's Wine & Spirits in Marietta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown, near black body with an initially tall, foamy beige head. Essentially no lacing.

Smell: Dark fruitiness (raisin, black cherry, plum), darkish not-so-bitter chocolate hints, a little basic coffee roastiness. Spicy touches of pepper, muted clove. Subtle oak hints. A bit more yeast noted in the nose than in the flavor (the sweetness is to blame there).

Taste: Roasted maltiness, also some toasty, coffee-accented notes as well as some dark chocolate. Slight dark rum vibe as the approaching dark fruitiness sets in and a distinct sweet & sour quality takes hold. Further raisin and pepper. Stays rather fruity and still considerably sweet on the back half obscured some light qualities of oak, yeast. Sweet (candyish nearly), fruity finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-plus carbonation. Slight slick, tongue-coating action.

Overall: Displays a staunch fruitiness with a bit more sweetness than desired, I'd prefer a touch less sweetness and still a hair more carbonation. (1,086 characters)

Photo of Gryphon69
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A- a nice reddish black in color with a light chocolate head
S- fruity with some slight spices
T- defiantly dark fruit, maybe some slight chocolate and oak
M- medium carbonation bubbels on the tongue and a wine like tartness and finish.
O - Not a bad flavor just not what I was expecting, tried to pawn it off on my wife since she is the wine drinker and she enjoyed it, which isn't normal for her to like specialty beer. (421 characters)

Photo of RickS95
4.37/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's a nice looking brew that fits the style well with a thick pour presenting an awfully dark beer that's just a notch lighter around the edges. You can make the head as thick as you want and it has moderate retention that never fully dissipates leaving behind a ring of bubbles around the perimeter. With a gentle swirl there's a faint lace.

Mostly hits the nail on the Belgian Strong Dark Ale head with a very fruity nose. A bit moreso than those from across the pond, the fruits provide the dominant scent. I'm not getting the coffee or the chocolate, but the dark ripe fruits are very evident. Lesser scents come from the vanilla and pepper.

The taste is exceptional. The fruits really come on strong and the chocolate makes an appearance.

Feels great and again, matches the style well. It's sweet, but not cloying. It's got some spice, but isn't overly spicy. There's a splash of heat from the alcohol, but it's not too hot. It's full bodied. There's no real bitterness, but it finishes dry with a bit of warmth.

This beer is exceptional and had I not known better, I'd guess this to be a real Belgian. At 9% ABV, it's more a sipper, but it's so good and easy to drink that I really went after this one. It's really a great beer than a fan of Belgians will appreciate. (1,279 characters)

Photo of impending
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75


750ml into a tulip. Pours a walnut black, the head is an interesting gradient of mocha to coffee ice cream, ok lacing.

Aroma is fairly dull, lite on the roast, lite on chocolate, minor dark nameless fruits.

The flavor does not share the same restraint. Lots of dark fruits now with a port undertone. Farly traditional. Nearly zero bitter. Full bodied creamy mouthfeel.
nothing to indicate a barrel
jd (412 characters)

Photo of Segelstrom
3.11/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

sam Adams keeps trying to compete with the micros but they don't seem to quite get it. This would have been a really great beer if they had left the crappy spices out of the mix. It had undertoes of a stout and notes choc which would have been OK if not for the lacing of what ever spices they used to ruin the mix. They need to get different taste testers b/4 they go to market w/ a new beer. (393 characters)

Photo of SebD
3.96/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a nice almost jet-black color to it. It has a nice creamy beige head that dies down moderately and leaves little lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of dark fruit (raisins and plums), some cherry tartness, dark chocolate, Belgian yeast and some woody oak.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a definite raisins, along with plums, light tart cherries, sweet dark chocolate, faint woody oak and a touch of yeast.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas. (614 characters)

Photo of Cylinsier
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

75 cl

Pours a deep walnut black, tinge of a red glow around the edges when held to light. Head is fine, yellowish and about an inch thick, dissipates to a lacing.

Smells of apples, figs, brett yeast tartness, caramel, molasses, and a hint of banana and vanilla.

Rich flavor is fig sweet with some cocoa, vanilla and buttered bread malts. A bit of roasted coffee in the aftertaste.

Fuller body with a velvety carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

All in all, a pretty good and unique dark Belgian style ale, much fruitier than I expected, and potentially a bit cloying. Strength makes it a sipper and the big bottle means you'll probably want to split it; even disregarding the strength, its going to be a bit rich for downing in one sitting on your own for most. Still, despite these quirks, worth trying and I'm enjoying it. (833 characters)

Photo of Lonelyshadow
3.52/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured chilled into a beer mug.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown body with a slight brown head

Smell: A rich amalgamation of fruits, chocolate, coffee, and licorice.
Taste: Started with a raisin flavor blending into a coffee flavor, followed by a burnt chocolate flavor with undertones of licorice.
Mouthfeel: Sticky, I am not sure how else to describe it besides a sticky sensation. This was one of my least favorite parts of the beer.
Overall: I highly enjoyed this beer and would get another next time I am in the mood for a good dark beer. A word of caution though, the bottles are a tad bit too large to finish in one sitting.

Serving type: bottle (655 characters)

Photo of chinchill
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Black in glass with only a touch of brown at the edges in bright light, but a thin layer is a deep reddish brown. The head is well proportioned, creamy dark tan in color, and has excellent retention with decent lacing.

Aroma: complex, fruity and spicy with some sweet malt evident too. Lots of raisins.

The rich and complex flavor reflects some toasted malts with coffee and a variety of spices. Hints of dark fruits and chocolate.

Full body with ample soft carbonation. Near perfect!

O: This cross-over ale serves as an excellent American version of a Belgian dark strong ale. Good even by that high standard although much of the spiciness comes from spices rather than the yeast.

Bought at the brewery just a few days ago and shared with me: thanks LJ. (761 characters)

Photo of BingCrosby7
3.21/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This is my first rating of a beer on this site, so here goes:

Picked it up from a coldcase at Bevmo since they didn't have any left on the shelf. Let it mellow and breath before serving in a goblet at 50 degrees.

Appearance: Deep black with a touch of dark brown. Light brown head, a litle less than a finger's length. Good head retention -- lasted for about a minute before shrinking down to a couple of milimeters thick.

Smell: Hints of coffee and spice. The alcohol has a minor presence. A deep bourbon note. Agitating the glass kicks up the bourbon and alcohol. Chocolate notes linger in the nose once imbibed.

Taste: Strong alcohol and bourbon notes upon first impression. The coffee is the secondary note, but it is hard to get past the heavy-handedness of the bourbon aging and the alcohol content. Time between sips reveals a vanilla and rum aftertaste on the back of the tongue, though it does take time to develop. Hints of stone fruit and raisin.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly light and bubbly. This feels much lighter than I had expected going into the bottle. Perhaps a bit over-carbonated, but the beer is glossy underneath the carbonation.

Overal: This beer seems a bit unbalanced. It is a bit too carbonated and the taste of alcohol dwarfs the nuance of the overall experience. I would recommend a pint rather than a full bottle. (1,346 characters)

Photo of srhoadsy
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
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. (483 characters)

Photo of StaveHooks
3.35/5  rDev -11.6%
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. (714 characters)

Photo of rrski198
4.28/5  rDev +12.9%
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. (1,300 characters)

Photo of scratch69
3.74/5  rDev -1.3%
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. (533 characters)

Photo of fank2788
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
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. (939 characters)

Photo of Damian
3.76/5  rDev -0.8%
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. (1,369 characters)

Photo of Mumps
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
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. (645 characters)

Photo of RichD
4.14/5  rDev +9.2%
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! (1,243 characters)

Photo of Bung
3.57/5  rDev -5.8%
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. (536 characters)

Samuel Adams Thirteenth Hour Stout (Barrel Room Collection) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
85 out of 100 based on 259 ratings.