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

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Ratings: 863
Reviews: 241
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 15.59%
Wants: 38
Gots: 120 | 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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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
Photo of LiquidAmber
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.

LiquidAmber, Sep 02, 2012
Photo of TasteTester
3/5  rDev -19.4%

TasteTester, Sep 01, 2012
Photo of iL0VEbeer
4.5/5  rDev +21%

iL0VEbeer, Sep 01, 2012
Photo of Yabev15
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Yabev15, Aug 31, 2012
Photo of 2dogbrew
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

2dogbrew, Aug 30, 2012
Photo of JonSnowdon
3/5  rDev -19.4%

JonSnowdon, Aug 30, 2012
Photo of Brenden
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.

Brenden, Aug 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

randylangford, Aug 29, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -26.1%

IpeeA, Aug 28, 2012
Photo of JohnBender
4/5  rDev +7.5%

JohnBender, Aug 27, 2012
Photo of awaer
2.75/5  rDev -26.1%

awaer, Aug 27, 2012
Photo of Zorro
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..

Zorro, Aug 26, 2012
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3/5  rDev -19.4%

donzilake, Aug 25, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

johnnyboy76, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of jnjander
4/5  rDev +7.5%

jnjander, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of NStLincoln
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a weird barrel shaped bottle which may or may not have contributed to a really foamy pour. Dark brown color to the point of being black with light brown around the edges. Head is a light brown with good retention.

Smells of raisins and sour Belgian style ale. Complex, probably needs to warm up a bit.

I pick up the Belgian attributes of this beer first. It's got a smooth sourness to it. The stout part of the beer comes through with raisins, figs, and some spicy cinnamon action. Really hard to put my finger on what's going on here because there's so much going on.

Not the oil spill of a barrel aged stout that I'm used to but lots of interesting flavors. A beer to ponder.

NStLincoln, Aug 24, 2012
Photo of DavidST
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 MLS bottle into a tulip glass, no bottled date. This pours a dark brown, almost back color with a massive head. The smells are very strongly of Belgian yeast esters, coco, alcohol, and sweet malts. The feel is medium. The taste is a little different full of malty Belgian strong ale malts, but with weird roasted malts.

DavidST, Aug 23, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

maltmuncher, Aug 22, 2012
Photo of stephenjmoore
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Dark brown with some amber highlights. Foamy tan head that does not leave much lacing on the glass.

S- Belgian yeast and spices come through right away, with a hint dried fruit. Only getting faint hints of roasted malt, chocolate and oak.

T- Some fruity sweetness up front, followed by the Belgian spices and finishes with the roasted chocolate malt. Oak compliments throughout and adds a smoothness to the finish.

M- Medium bodied with medium carbonation throughout. Finish is smooth and leaves a pleasant aftertaste.

O- This is a pretty good offering, but nothing really blows me away. Definitely fits more into the Belgian dark ale category than a stout.

stephenjmoore, Aug 21, 2012
Photo of shand
4.48/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a fancy 750ml bottle into a Duvel tulip.

Pours out a deep brown with plum highlights. The head is large, and reduces to a centimeter of cap. The aroma is very enticing, it's got a nice sour fruit aroma, along with Belgian yeasts, chocolate, and coffee. The taste is also excellent, this is a well-composed beer with layers and layers of flavor. Keeping that in mind, it's also smartly subdued, making picking out the layers of flavor a joy. It comes on with sour tart fruit, chocolate, and yeast. Sips invite in traces of coffee, spice, roasted malt, and oak. A masterful composition. The mouthfeel is lighter and well-carbonated, and the drinkability is good. Overall, this is a superb beer. It's just a joy to sip, it's got a lot of flavor dimensions without being taxing. I can't help but feel some of the middling reviews have more to do with the name on the bottle than the product in it.

shand, Aug 21, 2012
Photo of ThisWangsChung
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cool-ass 750mL bottle poured into a tulip. Not pouring in the sediment.

A: Pours a very dark burgundy color with vibrant carbonation for where I can see through the body. The head is a two finger heavy cream color with very thick bubbles. Eventually, it settles down to one finger high, and the texture becomes a little creamier.

S: There's a nicely subtle sour note of tart cherries on the aroma that I find appetizing, playing shockingly well with the chocolate, darker malts, and lighter fruit esters. If it were stronger, it would be outright amazing, but it nonetheless smells great.

T: To start, there's a light sour component, which also pops back up right before the finish. The transition between this lactic sourness and the chocolate midtaste is pulled off well, not coming across as an infected stout, instead reminding the palate almost of milk chocolate at times. Every once in a while, a big strike of funk will explode on the aftertaste, bringing notes of wet hay and horse blanket. Rather than overwhelming the palate with 3,411 different notes, this beer picks just a handful of flavor profiles (tart cherries, chocolate, cinnamon, dark fruits, and funk), and cohesively shuffles them around in a three act manner. In layman's terms, it's complex enough to keep the palate guessing. Not a steamroller of flavor, but it doesn't need to be.

M: This is where the oak barrel comes through, providing a lot finishing tannic dryness. The body itself is rather coarse, prickly, and slightly syrupy; due to the heavier texture, drinkability isn't particularly high. On the plus side, it's not particularly flabby or bloated feeling in terms of carbonation.

O: A classic "all 4's" kind of beer. It's great, but with a few tweaks here and there, it would become incredible. I couldn't have a lot of this (I pretty much had about 10 oz and corked the rest up), but it's a nice after dinner conversation piece. Great to see Sam Adams coming out of its comfort zone with a beer like this.

ThisWangsChung, Aug 20, 2012
Photo of AdamBear
4.23/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-black with a nice tan head

S-dark grains. Belgian sugars. Underlying tone of sweet caramel.

T-comes in with a decent taste of oak and dark Belgian grains. The after-taste is matching with some peppercorn added. Its a really decent and solid taste.

M-high carbonation with a dry finish.

O-didn't know what to expect with this one, but I'm definitely pleased. It definitely drinks like a good dark Belgian ale. It doesn't taste artificial like many American Belgian styles. This is awesome.

AdamBear, Aug 19, 2012
Samuel Adams Thirteenth Hour Stout (Barrel Room Collection) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
84 out of 100 based on 863 ratings.