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

Samuel Adams Thirteenth Hour Stout (Barrel Room Collection)Samuel Adams Thirteenth Hour Stout (Barrel Room Collection)

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Ratings: 725
Reviews: 229
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 15.82%

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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:
Aged in oak barrels; hand-bottled corked & caged; bottled-conditioned.

(Beer added by: Jason on 08-11-2011)
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Photo of mattkoon

South Carolina

4.46/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

found these sam adams barrel aged beers and i was excited. i have like sam adams' specialty beers whenever i had tried them, so i was interested to try these barrel aged ones. this beer pours a dark cloudy golden brown- looks black but if you hold it to the light you can see accents of gold. the tan head grows steady after pouring, until it was thick. the smell is dark and fruity, with maybe a slight smoke. the taste reminds me of a sweet sherry. the dark fruity notes are bold in the flavor. the bitterness is even across the whole pallet, not just coming at the end- which for some reason makes this beer seem pretty mild and fairly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2013 16:20:34 | More by mattkoon
Photo of puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.99/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The corked, caged bottle. Sampled on March 15, 2013.

It pours charcoal black but not jet black with a moderate beige head that lingers and laces.

The aroma is more oak and dark fruit heavy than with esters of chocolate and coffee. I did not get that "stout" aroma that In usually get with stouts. There's a little yeast and malt but it is downplayed.

The body is medium to full with a certain acidity.

The taste is a step up from the aroma with a slightly more forward malt and yeast character but the oak and dark fruits tend to supersede it. Low to moderate bitterness at the end that does not last.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2013 21:17:01 | More by puboflyons
Photo of FlemingVSKing


4.83/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Just a wonderful collaboration.

Compared to other dark beers, say Sublimely Self Righteous Ale, this isn't the balls to the wall flavorfest, but a more subtle yet equally complex flavor combination. It is comprised of a collection of fruit notes over a well rounded stout background. Vs the other brew I mentioned, the hop tones are more subtle, which is very likely the primary difference and it provides what could be considered an overall more drinkable beer. A very very enjoyable brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2013 07:45:08 | More by FlemingVSKing
Photo of jsulko


3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a snifter glass

Pours a very darkish brown with reddish hints. Decent off white head.

Smell has dark fruits and some roasted maltyness.

Taste has the dark fruits and some coffee notes. Roasty flavor also comes through. Yeast makes itself known a bit on the finish.

Didn't wow me. Not enough going on to go out of the way for.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2013 03:22:42 | More by jsulko
Photo of mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.16/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark ruby brown. Tan fizzy head and lots of it.

This beer tastes more like a sour than a stout. A lot of sour/tart cherries. Roasted malts and chocolate. Belgian yeast flavors. Some oak and toffee.

Lighter bodied with a high amount of carbonation. Doesn't feel like 9%.

I thought this beer was fairly average. Just not really digging how sour it was. I probably won't drink this again.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2013 01:08:49 | More by mothman
Photo of cjgator3


4.43/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured into a tulip glass. Pours a dark brownish black color with a tan head with great retention and lacing.

S- The aroma has some sour funk with oak and dark fruits and roasted malts.

T- The taste is dark and roasty along with some dark fruits, oak and a yeasty finish.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a high amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, I really enjoyed the Thirteenth Hour. It was a great new beer from Sam Adams.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2013 04:00:00 | More by cjgator3
Photo of vickersspitfire


3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter, it’s almost pitch black at first sight, but as you hold it up to the light, beautiful dark reds and amber colors shine through. The head is thick, dense and very creamy, very active with popping bubbles and it’s all very tempting… and it sticks around for quite some time too, making a great companion as you drink this beer. Lots of dark fruits in the aroma, raisins, figs, grapes, mild apple, slight roasted malts and spices are all present. The flavor is just as pleasing, malts are more present and the spices take the backstage in this part. Its slightly bitter overall and the sweetness comes out as you swallow. The spices are also more evident in its aftertaste, the alcohol is well hidden. This is one smooth beer and a great tasting one at that too.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2013 05:48:02 | More by vickersspitfire
Photo of stephens101


4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A full tan head covers a pitch black brew. It settles quickly.

A thin medicinal wall is noticed aromatically up front, but is quickly broken by notes of milk chocolate, a bit of vanilla and grape juice.

Smooth on the tongue with palpable notes of cherry followed by more milk chocolate, various other dark fruits, vinegar and light hops. The oak is noticed as an afterthought.

Medium bodied with a tickle of alcohol heat at the end.

You would be hard pressed to find a more delectable and well-balanced "bigger beer" than this one.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2013 00:07:37 | More by stephens101
Photo of MAJPhilson

4.16/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wasn't sure what kind of stout I was drinking. Complex flavors, with a very long after taste. Not one of my favorites, but I would drink it again. Little pricey for the quality though. I guess I expected more from SA, but still, not a bad stout.

A: was dark, but not as dark as most stouts. Light does come through, but still, dark enough to classify as a stout.

S: definite hints of chocolate, coffee and spice.

T: tried at two temps. First cold: as a colder brew, had a very bitter taste. But I let it warm up to room temp. Room Temp: brought out all sorts of flavors, rich coffee, deep spices and the aroma changed slightly.

M: oily is the best way I can describe this. It certainly has a very long aftertaste on the palate, but not at all unpleasant.

O: not bad at all. Not my favorite, but not bad. I paid $10.99 for this beer, which was way too much, but...you only live once. For that price, and from SA, I expected a little more.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2013 06:50:13 | More by MAJPhilson
Photo of Bfarr


2.74/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Black with a tan, frothy head and great retention. Light oak, yeast and a metallic aroma. Strong Belgian sugar and yeast with oak, sweet chocolate, and earthy stone fruit notes. Earthy finish and linger. Semi-dry, thin, and neutral feel with a light fuzz.

Subtle and interesting flavor but metallic notes persist and linger. Ultimately, an okay but rather boring beer with no outstanding qualities and a few problems that would be okay to share small pours with a few people. Otherwise, I wouldn't bother.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2013 19:59:34 | More by Bfarr
Photo of ummswimmin

New Jersey

3.51/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this into my snifter to enjoy during the Super Bowl. There wasn't any metaphorical resason... just thought it looked good to sip during the game.

For a stout, this beer should have been darker. You could get a decent amount of light through this one. The smell is interesting. I would say that the bouquet is like a mix of stout and saison. There is the coffee, as you would expect. I also get some spices, sweetness, and a decent amount of sour. It is an original smell, but the balance is a little off.

The flavor is complicated and challenging. You get a lot more of the sour. There is a lot less coffee at this point. I would say that this is more like a dark/black saison.

Overall this made for an interesting experience. It wasn't bad, but t doesn't rise to the point of being a "must find" beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2013 03:18:31 | More by ummswimmin
Photo of Lemke10


4.34/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This pours a dark brown color with a light brown, foamy head that leaves behind some decent lacing. Aroma is yeast, malts, some cocoa, and sweetness. There is a lesser robust taste than expected with a decent amount of spices mixed with sweet malts. The texture is very Belgian indeed. Probably the most interesting of the Barrel Room Collection brews.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2013 17:00:38 | More by Lemke10
Photo of gpogo


3.86/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

A- Dark brown body with a tan/cream colored head.

A- Sweet cola like initial aroma. Fruits and a belgiany smell.

T- Sweet dark belgian up front taste that gives way to a very sweet chocolate with hints(very light) of coffee. Finishes with a spicy feel and a hot alcohol air.

M- Medium body that sticks to your mouth and leaves a nice reminder taste and feeling of the beer. Moderate carbonation.

D- Quite enjoyable, probably one of my favorites of the "barrel series."

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2013 05:44:22 | More by gpogo
Photo of maleman


3.1/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - poured from a pint bottle, thick and dark with an tan-colored, creamy head. Good amount of lacing.
S - heavy malt, caramel and coffee.
T - not nearly as much bite as I would have expected. more phenol than malt.
M - kind of weak considering the characteristics. Oily, with only a bit of aftertaste.
O - had high expectations, but they were not met. just not indicative of the genre, IMO.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2013 23:28:54 | More by maleman
Photo of rangerred


3.14/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulip out of a 750ml bottle.

Pours an extremely dark brown, nearly pitch black, with a decent one finger dark tan head. Pretty good head retention and lacing taking the abv into consideration.

The aroma threw me off a little bit. Instead of a chocolatey, roasty, stout aroma I get hit with some perfumy, funky, Belgian notes. Almost reminds me of a Flanders red or something. Quite floral with a little bit of dark fruit. Not bad but just a little odd.

This carries over into the flavor. Lots of fig and cherries along with just the slightest bit of funk. About halfway through and towards the finish, a little bit of light chocolate tries to come through but it is very faint. There are also some banana and bubblegum yeasty esters. Mouthfeel is on the thin side but also quite sticky.

Overall, I really was expecting more stout characteristics with this beer. This screams Flanders red or Oud Brun more than Belgian ale. It is all just a bit rough around the edges and a bit weak.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2013 02:55:08 | More by rangerred
Photo of sirtomtom


4.16/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

I have to say, I really love these goofy looking barrel bottles. Anyway...

A: Very dark color. Up to light, lets out a faint red light. Poured a thin 1 finger head, which dissipated almost immediately.

S: Chocolate, caramel, fig, and a bit of booze

T: A bit of caramel and fig up front, melting into a warm booziness, finishing of with a mild effervescence, chocolate, oak and a light boozey finish. However there was no booze induced burn. Very smooth with a mild sweetness.

M: Expected a bit more. Rather thin, not watery, just thin.

O: A very nice beer. Smooth, a touch of sweetness, and chocolate make this beer very drinkable. Barrel aging could have been extended to help mellow out the booze. I would definitely buy this beer again.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2013 03:30:29 | More by sirtomtom
Photo of BeerManDan


4.45/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

When poured the color was a very, very dark brown with medium tight tan foam with very little if any lace on the side of the glass. The smell of roasted malts, caramel, candy spice with a hint of chocolate and coffee. The flavor that came across the palate was of spice, bitter/sweet chocolate and a hint of raisin. On the palate there was a sweet/bitterness of all the flavor component in this complex stout.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2013 23:27:33 | More by BeerManDan
Photo of DavoleBomb


3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter.

3.5 A: Black or nearly so color. Two and a half fingers of frothy beige head. Retention is initially poor with the last half finger sticking around a good while. A short ring of lacing is left.

4.0 S: Starts out with something like a ginger bread cookie - Christmas spices, brown sugar, caramel, sugar, and a bread/dough mix. Roast is next followed by sugar plums, dates, currants, and dark karo syrup. Booze is very well hidden. It's definitely closer to a BSDA than a stout. It's pretty much an American BSDA. Pretty good whatever it is.

3.5 T: Like the nose, but a little less depth of flavor. Spices, caramel, brown sugar, and bread. Dark sweet fruits - raisin, candied plums, currants, and sticky dates. Again booze is well hidden. Not bad.

3.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation with a light spritziness. Reasonably creamy. Good here.

3.5 D: Overall good effort. It was a little pricey though, so I doubt I'd buy it again. No faults and solid all around.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2013 02:45:53 | More by DavoleBomb
Photo of daledeee


4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 750 bottle that has been in my frig for at least 2 months.

Pours a very dark color with nice frothy head and good lacing.

Nose spicy and dark fruit.

Taste: The label said stout. I have had a lot of stouts lately so I really didn't need another one. Reading a little closer and it is more of a Belgian ale. The taste backs this up. This is a rather sweet beer with roasted malt and dark fruits such as prunes. Some spiciness and licorice.

I found this beer pretty enjoyable. Good mouth feel with not a strong alcohol undertone. A pretty good offering overall.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2012 23:23:45 | More by daledeee
Photo of lxCheshireCatxl


4.55/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer I found by chance and hopped on it, being winter holiday season.

After eating dinner, I decided to pop the bottle. As part of the Barrel Room Collection, the Thirteenth Hour is a corked beer. When pouring, it was smooth and slowly developed a well defined head that faded quickly. I was careful to leave left over yeast in the bottle. The original smell was sour at first which quickly faded to chocolate and coffee with a slightly nutty and fruity scent. The first sip was careful to see what I was getting into. It was sweet, simple, and gentle with fruits yet strong and complex with coffee and chocolate. I wonderful meld of flavors for balance. You know you are in for a good beer when even after a rest after a somewhat heavy dinner and the first taste is all of these flavors yet you know you will only have this one beer and no more. As I drank it, I drank it faster and faster. Not due to the fact that these stronger beers change with temperature (which this one did since it slowly released the fruity and nutty flavors as it warmed), but it was because after every sip I craved it more and more. It paired great with some chocolate truffles and turtles that I enjoyed with it but I believe it would also pair great with not only a chocolate cake but a sweetly marinated steak dinner.
I will have to find this again to get another taste but also age it to develop the flavors.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2012 07:49:33 | More by lxCheshireCatxl
Photo of Vancoubeer


4.45/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Don't let the low reviews of this beer deter you. This is a very very good beer. The Appearance of the beer is quite impressive. Its dark like root beer with similar dark red tones in the black substance. It is quite carbonated but unlike many Belgians, the head fades away quick, much like a sour...the KMF, their yeast strand really has carbonated this beer in a dry direction. A very thin layer has stuck around. Alcohol legs on the glass and nice lacing, despite the dryness. I can hear the bubbles pop while the head disappears. This looks quite attractive.

The smell of this is just as interesting. At first whiff you get that sour funk, but its subtle. Its there so if you are a fan of sours you can totally tell its there. Once you cut through that there are a ton of items found. I get apple peal, chocolate, licorice, cherry liquor (must have been brandy from the barrels), oak and malt sweetness. Not too much coffee but I bet it will when it warms up a bit more.

The taste is where this made me do a double take. You first get the sourness it then quickly fades into sweet chocolate and at the end of the drink you get that apple/pear like peel you get in a good Belgian blonde. There is the roastyness from a stout there. Its barely there and you have to let it warm up a bit. Its not coffee but its like the roast you get in a stout. This is very good. Sam Adams has done an amazing job here in quality control with the flavor. The KMF totally is the major player in the flavor. You can tell that it totally is the variable that made the blend of the stout and belgian possible and by making that sour note not too strong and having the flavor from the booze and barrel blend is unreal.

The mouthfeel is what I expected. Its dry. Its carbonated. Just what you would expect from a beer with wild yeast. The fact that the head is not thick and creamy is proof of how dry this is. It cleans off all aspects of your mouth totally making you want more to look for more flavors.

This is a phenomenal beer. People dissing on it either were unaware of what they were getting or had their heart set on one beer over another. Sam Adams claims that there are not to many Belgian stouts...well that is true but they do exist but none of them are like this. Most have that fruity like flavor but not this dry. Not this sour. I have has sour stouts and this is the best. New Belgiums for example was good but not sour enough. Fort George out of Astoria, Oregon was too sour. Other brewers in the USA interested in Belgian stouts have made very good versions, but this is on a totally different level. Could this improve? Yes. They could find a way to get the stout like flavors to be a bit more forward. Maybe not so dry but in its age at the moment, there is not bottling date provided (they need to start doing this), this is superb. Get this if you see it. Drink it fresh or age it...will I get this again. Yup and I will be pushing all my friends to give it a go.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2012 06:17:47 | More by Vancoubeer
Photo of nickfl


3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours with one finger of light tan foam on top of a dark brown body with some clear, amber highlights showing through. The head fades at a moderate pace and leaves decent lace.

S - A subtle aroma of dark chocolate, balsamic vinegar, cinnamon, caramel, and pepper.

T - Dark sugar, caramel, and coriander up front. Some molasses and chocolate in the middle, it finishes with more sweet malt and thick cooked sugar.

M - A moderately thick body, average carbonation, and a balanced finish.

D - Sweet and fruity, but relatively well balanced. It has just enough dark chocolate and spice to balance and make a very drinkable example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2012 04:57:55 | More by nickfl
Photo of kylehay2004


3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: single finger head with little/poor retention on a very dark bottle with red tints.

S: very interesting aroma. toffee, belgian yeast, floral notes, light tropical fruit

T: this beer is very strange. not much in the way of stout flavors. lots of belgian character, belgian yeast, tropical fruits, toffee and brown sugar. dark chocolate and raspberry are the dominant flavors thoug.

M: medium and oily body and moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: very belgian, not very stout-y. Not a bad beer. This is much more like a belgian dark strong as listed.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2012 04:53:32 | More by kylehay2004
Photo of macrosmatic


3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. Poured from funny-shaped bomber into a Peg's snifter glass.

A: Dark brown, nearly black, and fairly opaque. A one and a half finger off-white head, and good visible carbonation.

S: Fruit, fruity esters, oak, vinous.

T: Follows the nose. Fruity esters, heavy on apple and grapes/wine. Some sweet malts. Near the end, mixed with the oaky tannins, there is a bit of an astringent, metal flavor that is off-putting. This does fade some as warms.

M: Medium body, lots of carbonation sensation. The ABV is very well-hidden.

O: Not a thrilling offering from Sam Adams, but perfectly drinkable. Does improve as it warms during the drink.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2012 01:26:19 | More by macrosmatic
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours into a tulip glass a deep chocolate brown with ruby highlights,a creamy one finger light tan colored head atop.Aromas were a little light with some roast, molasses and fruity yeast esters.A little sharper than expected in the mouth,a lighter feel for the style.Not as roasted on the palate as the nose suggests,black licorice is big along with dark fruit and more yeasty fruitiness.Not bad but not worth the price tag in my opinion,still it's nice to see the Barrel Room Collection here in NC now.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2012 22:10:51 | More by oberon
Samuel Adams Thirteenth Hour Stout (Barrel Room Collection) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
84 out of 100 based on 725 ratings.