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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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84
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907 Ratings
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Ratings: 907
Reviews: 256
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 15.63%
Wants: 37
Gots: 145 | 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:
Beer added by: Jason on 08-11-2011

Aged in oak barrels; hand-bottled corked & caged; bottled-conditioned.
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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of mortarit
4.13/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

Photo of JustinMatthew
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of jlenik
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

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2/5  rDev -46.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of The_1084
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Photo of Fatheranderson
4.83/5  rDev +30.2%
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.

Photo of MrTana
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of claspada
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Photo of WoogityBoogity
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Photo of Texasfan549
3/5  rDev -19.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of kjkinsey
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of bmwats
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Photo of jnardone235
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of bluejacket74
4/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Photo of Hopfenpeter
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
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!

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Photo of TasteTester
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of iL0VEbeer
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 907 ratings.