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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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BA SCORE
84
good

771 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 771
Reviews: 234
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 15.86%
Wants: 27
Gots: 87 | 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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MrTana

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

09-07-2012 03:35:30 | More by MrTana
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murraymj

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

09-07-2012 00:42:19 | More by murraymj
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claspada

New Jersey

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

Pours a black dense color with a fizzy light tan head that slowly recedes leaving a ring of bubbles on the surface around the edge of the glass.

Aromas begin with a huge amount of Belgian yeast influenced smells including dark dark fruits, mainly figs and raisins. As it warms there is some wet wood notes and a dark chocolate maltiness. The finish has notes of green raisins, spice and vanilla.

The tastes are full of bright dark fruit which blends with some toffee and prune notes that come though wit a slight tang quality in the finish. Chocolate and yeasty spice emerge as it warms.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium-high carbonation. Finish is fairly dry and dark fruit forward, higher carbonation is a nice change of pace and makes this surprisingly drinkable.

Overall I really was surprised and enjoyed this beer from Sam Adams. The flavors are well blended and this is exactly what a Belgian Stout should taste like. I was saving this for colder weather but just decided to crack it open on a whim and although the darker beers are better enjoyed in colder months in my opinion, the dark fruitiness and lighter body make it fine for any evening as a nightcap.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2012 15:34:38 | More by claspada
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WoogityBoogity

Florida

3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 750ml into an American stout glass and Belgian goblet.

Appearance - Dark brown body, thick tan collar of foam with average dissipation. Traditional Belgian lace.

Smell - Complex malty sweetness, low on the phenols. 'Stout' profile that Sam Adams suggests is akin to burnt notes and molasses profile. Charred biscuit. Almost no noticable hop aroma.

Taste - A roasty malt character, noticable malt complexity, with strong profile of grains. Balance is heavily toward the malt. Alcohol finish provides a slightly bitter finish to low hop flavor. Dry coffee-like finish.

Mouthfeel - High carbonation with medium-light body. Low alcohol warmth.

Overall - A dark Belgian style ale with hints of a more traditional stout profile. It's not really a beer for me (though I tried to be fair in rating what it was), as I'd rather have just a strong dark ale or just a stout, but the unique character is worth the try.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2012 08:09:28 | More by WoogityBoogity
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Texasfan549

Texas

3/5  rDev -19.4%

09-04-2012 01:30:43 | More by Texasfan549
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BeerHunter76

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

09-03-2012 16:46:19 | More by BeerHunter76
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kjkinsey

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

09-03-2012 14:58:40 | More by kjkinsey
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bmwats

Louisiana

3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a tulip/snifter.

A: Black. Pours about a half finger, brown-white head. Settles fairly quickly, but a foam blanket and beer ring remains. Spotty lacing.

S: Coffee malt, unsweetened dark chocolate, and grape

T: Coffee malt, fermented caramel, black licorice, and wine grapes.

M: Full and syrupy. Sweet in the front, with a bittersweet finish.

D: Sip and enjoy.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Nice hue, head, and fair lacing. Nose is great combo of malt and dark chocolate, with a synthetic sweetness. Flavor is of malt, caramel, and sweet notes. Overall, this is a really good quaff.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2012 05:27:09 | More by bmwats
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jnardone235

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

09-03-2012 03:09:49 | More by jnardone235
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bluejacket74

Ohio

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

750 ml caged and corked bottle. Served in a chalice, the beer pours a dark ruby red/brown color (when held to the light) with about an inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. The aroma is nice, it smells like dark fruit, chocolate, sweet spices, vanilla, and some coffee. It tastes like dark fruit (cherries, raisins, plums), chocolate, sweet spices, oak, tart fruit and a little bit of coffee. However, it is a mostly sweet tasting beer. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy and coating with good carbonation. I think this is a good overall brew, I'd buy it again. It was better than I was expecting it to be so it was a nice surprise! I'm pretty sure it was just $6.99 a bottle, I don't think it was any more than that.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2012 22:52:42 | More by bluejacket74
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Hopfenpeter

Maryland

3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass the beer is clear, very dark brown, with hints of red. The dark tan bubbly head builds two and a half inches high and sticks arround for a little while. Little lacing on the glass.
The smell is of dark fruit, some coffe in the background.
The front is a very strong combo of dark fruit. Plum, Black Cherry and raisin are dominent, almost a bit overpowering. Some chocolate and coffee hints in the background. The finish provides trhe taste of a typical belgian dark ale.
Very nice brew!

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2012 03:53:46 | More by Hopfenpeter
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LiquidAmber

Washington

4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Maudite snifter. Pours a very dark ruddy brown, appearing black in the glass. Healthy three finger light brown head with great retention and massive lacing. Aroma dominated by light fruit, particularly cherries and Belgian yeast and spicing. Light element of toasted malt; kind of the opposite I'd expect from a stout (as per the lable), but appropriate for the style listed here on BA. Pleasant, but surprising. Flavor is also confusing, starting with sweet light fruit juice, developing into slightly sour cherry, finishing with pleasant light and dark fruit with slight Belgian yeast and spicing. I'm not picking up much wild yeast funk nor much if any toasted malt. Not detecting the chocolate nor oak, maybe a hint of each. I'm uncertain how to review this; if by the lable, it is a somewhat of a miss. A stout with no toasted or dark malt flavor does not seem in style. Since it is pleasant to drink, I'm going to score it under the BA style of Belgian strong dark ale. Flavor is overall light, but nicely balanced and an interesting flavor progression. Body is medium with a bit of creaminess; nice mouth feel. A reasonable domestic take on a BSDA. Alcohol is well covered by the flavor. I recommend this ale, but don't grab one expecting a traditional (or even Belgian style) stout. The BA strong Belgian ale style is spot on. I like this and will probably buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2012 03:19:05 | More by LiquidAmber
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TasteTester

Ohio

3/5  rDev -19.4%

09-01-2012 22:21:00 | More by TasteTester
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iL0VEbeer

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +21%

09-01-2012 01:29:09 | More by iL0VEbeer
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Yabev15

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

08-31-2012 12:44:20 | More by Yabev15
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2dogbrew

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

08-30-2012 21:51:05 | More by 2dogbrew
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JonSnowdon


3/5  rDev -19.4%

08-30-2012 21:26:12 | More by JonSnowdon
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Brenden

Ohio

3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The color is pitch black, no light shining through. A medium brown head grows to two fingers in height and is both stiff and creamy. Retention is excellent, and it takes quite a while even to fade to a pillow of foam. Lacing left behind is equally creamy and left pretty thickly up top before dropping to a lesser patchiness.
The smell of this beer seems to serve as more of a gateway to the flavor than its own element. It's just a little light for this particular one. Seems obvious to just head right into the flavor...
which features a sturdy malt backbone if not the firmest, but it holds the whole thing together well. Lactose is the note that lingers that doesn't make sense at first but works out. I get a lot of cherry, which I haven't seen much mention of, and Belgian yeast notes of bubble gum. Until it warms, the Belgian yeast notes don't hold well together, but it does work as it sits. Light notes of cocoa and roast stand firm all the way. A peppery bite of spiciness never fades. There's a light hint of smoke lingering under the sweetness and the malt.
The body's got more of the Belgian dark ale feel than the stout. It's about medium and carbonation is about medium. It's pretty creamy and there's a firm smoothness. One thing I have against it is that the feel is a little too light and fluffy, a bit too much for either style.
Belgian strong dark? Stout? Whatever it is, it's not the epic beer some might look for, but it is good.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2012 23:30:52 | More by Brenden
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randylangford

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +7.5%

08-29-2012 00:25:29 | More by randylangford
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IpeeA

Missouri

2.75/5  rDev -26.1%

08-28-2012 02:09:59 | More by IpeeA
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JohnBender

Texas

4/5  rDev +7.5%

08-27-2012 02:36:43 | More by JohnBender
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awaer


2.75/5  rDev -26.1%

08-27-2012 01:38:16 | More by awaer
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Zorro

California

3.35/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear dark brown colored beer with a small brown colored head. This is a change from the light-proofed stouts that are so popular today.

Smell is fruity like a Foreign Export Stout. Fruit with chocolate and coffee. Catching some pepper from the alcohol fumes. Over all it isn't a strongly scented beer.

Starts out fruity and light in the mouth much more like wine than beer. Lightly sweet with the spicy taste of a Belgian yeast used. Chocolate, coffee and coriander tasted. Only problem is that the flavors are a bit on the light side. Tastes something like a Belgian Blond Ale with some patent malt added.

Mouthfeel is light.

Overall a disappointment Not saying it tastes bad, just saying I expected more flavor..

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2012 00:24:56 | More by Zorro
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donzilake

Ohio

3/5  rDev -19.4%

08-25-2012 21:22:25 | More by donzilake
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johnnyboy76

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

08-25-2012 04:17:09 | More by johnnyboy76
Samuel Adams Thirteenth Hour Stout (Barrel Room Collection) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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