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

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Ratings: 890
Reviews: 246
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 15.9%
Wants: 37
Gots: 132 | 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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4.18/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Samuel Adams Thirteenth Hour Stout
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale
ABV: 9.00 %

LOOK: Dark brown color, little to no sediment, creamy coating of head that leaves some lace down the glass.

SMELL: Aroma of toasted malts, coffee, fruit, must, old oak. Has some dark fruits going on, with raisin, plum and fig notes.

TASTE: Rich dark fruits, candied malts, vanilla, oak and coffee are all dancing over the palate. Pretty damn tasty, with lots of sweet and savory flavors, a small tang, smooth vanilla, bourbon and coffee. As other tasters have noted, this is more akin to a belgian strong dark ale than a stout, but it is an enjoyable brew nonetheless.

FEEL: Full bodied, silky smooth, low-medium carbonation, and very nice altogether.

OVERALL: A successful brew from Samuel Adams. Lots of good flavors going on, and mostly do compliment each other. Barrel aging has added a nice touch to this beer, and it is drinking just fine right now. Would pair nicely with chocolates.

Photo of beer2day
3.23/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark brown pour with 2-fingers of light brown head. Good retention. Not much lace.

Lots of Belgian in the nose. Bananas and apples. Light cherries. Lots of fruit. Lighter chocolate and coffee underneath.

Stronger fruit flavors. More cherries, plums, lighter apple with banana in the finish. Grows a little tart in the finish as well. While there's a lot going on here, doesn't really come together for me and stays unbalanced.

Fizzy feel that stays a bit thin.

Overall, hoping for a lot more at this price point.

Photo of wvsabbath
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of mmapes
2.78/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hint of fruitiness (apple). Coffee and stout flavors in the toasted malt. Sour/tart apple. I don't like the blend of stout/Belgian in Thirteenth Hour nearly as well as Mikeller's Santa's Little Helper, which I tasted the same day. This one clashes with itself.

Photo of HoistinBrews
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of Johnhaley1989
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of duff247
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of MaddDogg84
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of TempeBeerMan
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass.

A - An absolute pitch black with a fluffy three-finger head of fizzy bubbles. Some nice lacing, but it recedes back into the glass quickly.

S - Complex aroma of dark fruits (date, plum, cherry), roast, brown sugar, Belgian yeasts, green apple, and fusel alcohol. Smells amazing.

T - Taste matches the smell with lots of dark fruit, candy apple, chocolate, raisin, and fig. Tastes pretty sweet all the way through the finish, but does pick up a yeasty taste in the backend. Hops pretty much non-existant. The taste is complex, but starts to become a little cloying after about half the bottle with no real bitterness to balance it out.

M - Vexing. Fizzy and silky at the same time. Feels full-bodied but also "light". FInishes with considerable dryness.

O - Kind of an odd duck, this one. First of all it's NOT a stout by any means; it's a Belgian DA. And while it excels in spots, it falls flat in others. Would I drink it again? A definite maybe. Glad I sampled it in any case.

Photo of Hanzo
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of dtx00
2.75/5  rDev -25.9%

Photo of brewskifan55
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter

A: Black with amber highlights. A frothy tan half finger head that lingers. Great lacing.

S: Dark fruits (dates, plums, figs, raisins, cherries), malts, light chocolate.

T: Follows nose with a bit of coffee flavor tossed in. Don't know why they call it a stout. This definately drinks like a Belgian SDA. Sweet. Smooth, rich, robust. Even better as it warms. The oak starts to come through as does the 9% ABV.

M: Medium with creamy carbonation.

O: Decent, just not exciting. Glad I tried it, but not much bang for the bucks.

Photo of cervezatejas
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of Danobold
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of valkyre65
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

Photo of thebouch01
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of TownDunkel
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thirteenth Hour - had to give it a shot after trying their new world beer, which rocked my socks off

Appearance - Dark and soul-less just the way it should be. Almost looks like a stout or a porter as dark as it is

Smell - Hops, Bourbon, Chocolate, and other dark earthy notes

Taste - Bam, now thats the stuff. Sour cherry with coffee after taste. Not really like anything I have had before but not so different its just plain wrong

Mouthfeel - Good carbonation and nice flavor of cherrys that hangs around for quite a while

Overall - So far I am really impressed by these specialty beers, hopefully the last one will be the best for last

Photo of Shruggy
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of Flounder57
4.18/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

25.4 oz bottle was poured into a large snifter.

Appearance: The beer a two finger mocha head that has reduced to a thin layer. It is a pitch black color with no clarity. Some signs of carbonation bubbles near the top ring of foam.

Smell: vanilla, booze, raisins, bananas, oak, other dark fruits, chocolate, roastiness, bready notes, spiciness, and tobacco too.

Taste: All of the above. Booze is up front, super dark fruits, burning spiciness that mellows, and

Mouthfeel: smooth, a bit dry, full bodied, burning spiciness, and medium carbonation.

Overall: A nice twist to the style. I have had the bottle for a year now and happy to see it has settled and aged well. I have another bottle and will age that one a bit longer.

Photo of GetTheYayo
2.25/5  rDev -39.4%

Photo of JustinQ
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of russpowell
3.2/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Opens with a resounding pop! Pours mahogany with 3+ fingers of fluffy tan head. Good lacing & head retention

S: Dark fruit, faint fusel booze notes

T: Figs, raisins, dryness & a touch of woody hops up front, along with a bit of booze. Some cherry notes mix in with oakyness as this warms. Finishes boozey, dry & jammy

MF: Fairly chewy, low carbonation

An okay crack at the style at best, will probably do better some age on it. It is a little too dry & oaky to me, a little too hot still

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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

Samuel Adams Thirteenth Hour Stout (Barrel Room Collection) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
84 out of 100 based on 890 ratings.