Samuel Adams Thirteenth Hour Stout (Barrel Room Collection) - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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3.7/5 rDev -0.5%
Looks like a coke. Smells like a fruit coke. Tastes like a coke. Mouthfeel like a thick, overly syrupy coke. Reminiscent of a simpler delirium nocturnum. Not a terrible purchase, very drinkable, but nothing special.
Definitely drink on the warmer side to get the full effect of the spice effects. Final flavor is most akin to a Captain Morgan and Coke.
I can't say if I'll buy it again, but I could definitely see this as a great gift to get someone into belgian beers.
02-18-2012 02:10:00 | More by TDRudy
4.22/5 rDev +13.4%
Although it pops like champagne when you open it (watch for flying corks!) it doesn’t fizz like nobody’s business. It pours a deep, warm, opaque sable with a rather typical tan head that doesn’t stick around too long. Smoky aroma has a strong fruity overtone, mainly apple and pear with a hint of banana, and earthy and miso touches. Flavor has a malty core with subtle nutty, earthy, molasses, fruity, roast coffee and chocolate notes. It tastes like a good Belgian style ale blended with a stout, and the different aspects of these two styles marry well. Smooth, edgy texture has above-average body and leaves a nutty, earthy, smoky finish.
02-11-2012 03:03:43 | More by Cyberkedi
3.63/5 rDev -2.4%
Black with large, tan head. Aroma is fantastic. Dark fruit, figs, oak. Really smells nice. Taste, however, isn't quite the treat. The dark fruit and figs show up again big here, but I also find the oak a little distracting. There's also a certain tartness here, which I think comes from the interplay between the dark fruit and the oak. It doesn't really seem to come together properly. The coffee I don't really pick up on, except for a bit of a lingering roast on the aftertaste.
The mouthfeel is nice and full, borderline chewy, with brisk, but not overpowering, carbonation.
All in all, glad to have tried it, but I won't be searching it out again. It's basically like a Belgian Stout / Belgian Dark / Fruit Beer hybrid, but the interplay of characteristics doesn't mesh IMO.
02-09-2012 22:57:36 | More by Mavajo
3.93/5 rDev +5.6%
From the Sam Adams Barrel Room Collection.
A- Dark black with a slight red hue. About a finger and half of froathy off white reddish brown head.
S- Fairly aromatic smell of chocolate, vanilla, dark fruit, cherries.
T- Chocolate, vanilla, light taste of cherries and other dark fruits. Slightly sweet aftertaste that doesn't last too long.
M- Very smooth, easily drinkable, medium bodied maybe a little bit on the heavier side.
O- This is probably one of the better beers I've had from Sam Adams and probably one of the smoothest beers I've had. I like beers that have a little bit more of a lingering aftertaste and more pronounced flavor, but other then that it was a great beer. Could've been a little bit sweeter and definitely more flavorful, but other then that it was a very well balanced beer.
02-08-2012 02:07:12 | More by jaasen64
3.58/5 rDev -3.8%
1 pint 9.4oz bottle into a tulip glass
dark brown as it pours from the bottle with a half inch tan head that fades quickly. Tiny bubbles rise constantly.
You can pick up some vanilla and pepper and dark fruits like figs or dates in the aroma.
Taste is mostly that dark fruit that you get from the smell. More dates or figs.
Very carbonated with a pretty light to medium body. Alcohol is very well hidden but does show up in the back of your throat at first. I can taste a bit of pepper on the sides of my tongue.
As it warms the flavors become more pronounced, an interesting beer indeed.
02-06-2012 22:10:42 | More by kaelingirl
3.15/5 rDev -15.3%
A-very dark brown with some ruby highlights with a fingers worth of light tan head that leaves a ring around the glass. Nice looking
S-rich malts, dark fruits, light vanilla and chocolate
T-taste is similar to the smell, dark fruits predominates, some malt, some spice, and a bit of tangy yeast. No coffee or roasted malt in this one. Kind of boring actually.
M-light to medium body, medium carbonation, thin
Overall I am disappointed, I was hoping with the name Stout this would be a richer drink but there is no roast, no coffee, no real body to speak of. Much more like a BSDA but is even lacking in that category. Will not be having again.
02-04-2012 22:43:34 | More by ksimons
3.48/5 rDev -6.5%
(Served in a glass tankard)
A- This beer has a black dense body with a fizzy light tan head that last a bit and is supported by a few random bubbles that glide to the surface.
S- The smell of cola and dark raisins blend with some wet wood notes and a dark malt hint. The finish has notes of green raisins, spice and rubber bands.
T- The bright dark fruit flavor is well blended with not much depth but some toffee and prune notes come though wit a slight tang quality in the finish.
M- The light mouthfeel is crisp with a scrubbing fizz in the finish and an alcohol heat that hangs on the tongue as a warmth after each sip.
O- The flavors are well blended or perhaps it just doesn't have any depth and it is pretty light aswell. It has none of the flavors described on the bottle and I wouldn't guess this to be a stout if it wasn't printed on the bottle.
01-31-2012 21:34:41 | More by rhoadsrage
3.03/5 rDev -18.5%
Poured into a snifter.
A: Pours black with ruby red highlights. You can ALMOST see through it but you get lost in the depth of it. Has 1 finger of tan head. Fine lacing coats the side of the glass.
N: Red wine, dark fruit, clove and some chai-like aromas.
T: Red grapes, sweet plum, raisin and candy sugar upfront. Mid-palate comes up with lots of candied dark fruits; definite cherry and plum. Finishes with some roastiness, earthy barnyard funk, clove and some faint notes of bitter chocolate and orange zest.
M: Light-medium bodied, creamy, smooth and warming.
O: This is not a bad beer by any means but it really misses the mark as far as Stouts go, "Belgian" or otherwise. Now that I see BA classifies it as a Belgian Strong Dark Ale I feel I can cut it some slack. Definitely tastes like a Belgian Dubbel. Barrel aging is nearly nonexistent; no oak, no vanilla. For 9% it is very easy drinking and nicely warming. It's worth a try but just don't expect a Stout.
01-24-2012 01:52:33 | More by justintcoons
3.4/5 rDev -8.6%
Love these bottles from SA.
Pours a dark ruby, cola body. A very nice looking beer capped with a rich off-white head. Nice lacing.
Aroma is a touch weak. Some leather and plum. Cocoa and roasted grains. Some booze.
Flavors come and go. Red plum. Blackberries. A light cocoa and leather strap. Some candied Jolly Rancher in the back. Flavors are light, and I'm glad this one is listed as a BSDA instead of a quad, which is what the label suggests. It's strong, and has some good flavors, it just seems the carbonation lifts away the taste.
Finishes a bit hollow for me. But isn't bad by any means
01-19-2012 08:08:12 | More by Mebuzzard
3.8/5 rDev +2.2%
From the bottle into my tulip glass. The beer was black with a little red around the edges. It had a small tan head.
Very aromatic. Chocolate/coffee/roasted malt. Vanilla. Dark fruit. A little peppery feel in my nose.
Not quite as tasty as I thought it would be. Dark chocolate and espresso at first, oak/vanilla. A hint of raisin.
Medium-bodied, maybe a little on the thin side. Still pretty enjoyable.
01-17-2012 17:37:04 | More by lordofthewiens
3.85/5 rDev +3.5%
A - Pours black with ruby edges apparent when held in the light. 1 1/2 fingers of light khaki/coffee head consisting of tightly packed bubbles. Good retention on the head, yet minimal lacing.
S - Sweet maltiness, some caramel, dark fruit specifically raisins and cherries. Some milk chocolate interspersed. Touch of alcohol. Faint spice in background.
T - Wave of sweetness from the malt profile with sangria-like qualities with raisins and dark fruit. Spice and milk chcolate are vague and transient. Wine-like finish with a bit of residual sweetness and alcohol warmth that lingers. No real hop/bitter balance to speak of.
MF - Medium-full in body with good carbonation. Sweetness. Very wine-like on the finish with a wave of alcohol body and some warmth. Moderately drinkable and more so than its 9% would have you believe.
O - Not very familiar with the Belgian style here, but this is good not great. Complaints are no real coffee notes and lack of hop balance in my opinion. Enjoyed, but unlikely to purchase again at this price tag.
01-11-2012 01:49:57 | More by jb413
3.55/5 rDev -4.6%
Thirteenth Hour opens with a dark, spicy, fruity, complex aroma, featuring Belgian-like bananas and cloves, chocolate, vanilla, fig, Candi sugar, berries, and raisin wine. The combination makes this one of the more unique aromas in the beer world, and in fact makes this smell almost, but not entirely, quite unlike beer. Instead, it comes across more like a fine aged bottle of sherry or cognac, sat next to a steaming cup of spiced berry tea and a wedge of chocolate. The effect is intriguing, if not intoxicating, but is definitely finely nuanced and evidence of a well-crafted brew.
On the tongue, the beer opens with a Flemish-like bout of sourness, quickly joined by a blast of citrus-bright lemon-lime hops. Some vanillas and touches of oak lie beneath, as well as a continuation of the banana and clove flavors from the nose. Small chocolate and fig juice notes drift lazily about, and the whole flavor profile is overhung by a vodka-like alcohol whang. Late in the mouthful the hops add extra levels of lemon and citrus, and the aftertaste is dominated both by these and by a fresh wheat stalk grain flavor, and lasts for a long time. Mouthfeel is a strangely watery medium-light to medium, and carbonation is medium to medium-high.
Overall, the beer is oddly non-stout-like for a stout, having few strong coffee, ash, tobacco, or chocolate/black malt notes. Instead, it comes across as a slightly spiced and lightly soured Belgian, into which just a touch of coffee and chocolate malt had been added. Perhaps if this had been labelled as such, it would have been less strange on the tongue--but the stout label threw me off greatly, as did the watery mouthfeel.
01-10-2012 17:29:00 | More by jondeelee
Samuel Adams Thirteenth Hour Stout (Barrel Room Collection) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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