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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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Ratings: 880
Reviews: 244
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 15.9%
Wants: 37
Gots: 130 | 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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3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of Brenden
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Photo of randylangford
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of IpeeA
2.75/5  rDev -25.9%

Photo of JohnBender
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of awaer
2.75/5  rDev -25.9%

Photo of Zorro
3.35/5  rDev -9.7%
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..

Photo of donzilake
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of johnnyboy76
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of jnjander
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of NStLincoln
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Photo of DavidST
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Photo of maltmuncher
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of stephenjmoore
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Photo of shand
4.48/5  rDev +20.8%
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.

Photo of ThisWangsChung
4/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Photo of AdamBear
4.23/5  rDev +14%
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.

Photo of RichardMNixon
2.23/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

A: very dark with nice tan head. Decent retention
S: Not much when cold. As it warmed up I got a very sour smell with lots of cherry and wood, not what I was expecting. A touch of unpleasant vomit aroma got in there too.
T: Palatable but nothing special. Advertised chocolate, coffee, and spice; I just got sour, and not a good sour. 9% alcohol was very subdued though, no noticeable heat.
M: Again nothing remarkable.

Not worth the price tag.

Photo of Cavanaghty
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a Sam Adams glass.

Appearance: Very dark, almost no light could be seen through the glass. Brown foamy head with spotty lacing on the glass.

Smell: Smell of roasted/taosted malts, carmels, coffee, chocolate, and maybe some fruit as well, alcohol is present.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Thick, medium to full bodied. Taste has malts up front that give way to carmel, coffe, chocolate, and fruity flavors, leaves a bittersweet taste behind.

Overall: Not a huge fan of stouts personally, but I will give credit were due, it is a very well crafted beer, I did enjoy the whole bottle, but probably won't buy again, just cause as I said before, these darker heavier stouts and ales are not my style.

Photo of Beer21
4/5  rDev +7.8%

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2/5  rDev -46.1%

Photo of MarkyMOD
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of horshack7
4.28/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: It's rather dark with a thin beige head on top.

Aroma: Dark fruits, molasses, toffee, touches of chocolate and coffee notes as well. Minor hints of plum, licorice root, caramlized plantains.

Taste: A toffee like mouthfeel. Malt forward, solid amounts of dark coffee, coaco, plums, black licorice and some toffee and light nots of clove and banana.

Notes: Hearty and drinkable. Cheers.

Photo of mattparsons
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of brendaniel
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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