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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

810 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

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Ratings: 810
Reviews: 238
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 15.59%
Wants: 33
Gots: 99 | 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:
Aged in oak barrels; hand-bottled corked & caged; bottled-conditioned.

(Beer added by: Jason on 08-11-2011)
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Photo of BeerNutz324
3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

24oz split with the brohas and poured into an oversized wine glass

Ap- pours a deep dark brownish black color with a great tan/beige head that lingers pretty well.

Ar- has that typical belgian smell with some chocolate, dark fruit and coffee notes

T- smooth and tasty. The dark fruit and the belgian yeast hit first and then the coffee and chocolate notes finish the taste.

M- medium bodied and quite bubbly for a stout, but I guess that is the belgian side coming through

O- A really good beer. Didn't know what to expect crossing a belgian and a stout but this beer is delicious.

BeerNutz324, Sep 16, 2012
Photo of sketcher6773
2.75/5  rDev -26.1%

sketcher6773, Sep 16, 2012
Photo of JJFordick
4.5/5  rDev +21%

JJFordick, Sep 15, 2012
Photo of Travisnin
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Travisnin, Sep 13, 2012
Photo of psdonnelly
4/5  rDev +7.5%

psdonnelly, Sep 12, 2012
Photo of smcnulty1981
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

smcnulty1981, Sep 12, 2012
Photo of mortarit
4.13/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've haven't tried alot of SA stuff, Boston lager and their summer seasonal.
First, like the bottle design. Itreally caught my eyes at first glance.
Beware when trying to releashing the cork, I was stardel from the pressure it gave when the cork riocet around the room. That was a first for me.
Smell of raisins which is typical of the Belgian style dark ales.
Taste them too.
What I really like is the silky texture of the head, very fine layer.
Medium in strength but light in the body.
It true to it's Belgian class
I would like to explore more of these on price points.

Overall, a winner.

mortarit, Sep 12, 2012
Photo of JustinMatthew
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

JustinMatthew, Sep 12, 2012
Photo of bassist286
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

bassist286, Sep 12, 2012
Photo of jlenik
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

jlenik, Sep 11, 2012
Photo of crownrl28
2/5  rDev -46.2%

crownrl28, Sep 11, 2012
Photo of bluerabbit
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

bluerabbit, Sep 10, 2012
Photo of The_1084
3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark transparent color with ruby/amber hues; has a decent head that sticks around throughout the duration of the beer; nice lacing.

S: Strong aroma of dark fruit with a hint of coffee.

T: Follows the smell; powerful taste of dark fruit with a very mild aftertaste of bitter coffee becoming present roughly 20-30 seconds after swallowing; small resemblance to a sweet wine.

M: Easy drinkability for a 9.0% ABV; full-bodied with light-medium carbonation.

O: I was hoping for stronger stout characteristics, but overall this was a good beer.

The_1084, Sep 09, 2012
Photo of Fatheranderson
4.83/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I picked this beer up on a whim after seeing the "Samuel Adams" name on it and figuring that while it probably wouldn't be the best beer in the world, it couldn't really be TOO bad. I'm happy to say I underestimated the brew. It's a genuinely surprisingly good beer.

Appearance: dark brown, nearly pitch black with a light red hue to it. Roughly average for a beer of this type.

Smell: warm and inviting with aromas of all sorts of dark, juicy fruits (plum, raisin, maybe even a tiny hint of grape), and a slight hint of spiciness (almost like freshly cracked pepper).

Taste: Opens with a warm and deep flavor of plum and raisin with notes of chocolate and a slightly sharp taste consistent with a mixture of alcohol and... I'm not sure. It's a very hard taste to describe, but it's definitely pleasant and a highly recommended experience.

Mouthfeel: alcohol and unidentified spiciness have a little too much bite to them, but that mellows into a warm and smooth feel that compliments the flavors very nicely.

Overall: highly recommended for anyone that enjoys dark beers. It suffers very slightly from poorly hidden alcohol, but that doesn't detract from the beer enough to damage the experience. This is a beer I could happily sit and drink in front of a warm fireplace during a snowstorm.

Fatheranderson, Sep 08, 2012
Photo of MrTana
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

MrTana, Sep 07, 2012
Photo of murraymj
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

murraymj, Sep 07, 2012
Photo of claspada
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.

claspada, Sep 05, 2012
Photo of WoogityBoogity
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.

WoogityBoogity, Sep 04, 2012
Photo of Texasfan549
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Texasfan549, Sep 04, 2012
Photo of BeerHunter76
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

BeerHunter76, Sep 03, 2012
Photo of kjkinsey
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

kjkinsey, Sep 03, 2012
Photo of bmwats
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.

bmwats, Sep 03, 2012
Photo of jnardone235
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

jnardone235, Sep 03, 2012
Photo of bluejacket74
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.

bluejacket74, Sep 02, 2012
Photo of Hopfenpeter
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!

Hopfenpeter, Sep 02, 2012
Samuel Adams Thirteenth Hour Stout (Barrel Room Collection) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
84 out of 100 based on 810 ratings.