Samuel Adams Thirteenth Hour Stout (Barrel Room Collection) - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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3.78/5 rDev +1.6%
A: Pours a pitch black color with a mahogany color around the outside with a one and a half fingered head of fine bubbles that recedes slowly.
S: A little spiciness up front followed by some chocolate and dark fruits. Also some oak notes and a little bit of vanilla.
T: The flavors here are more Belgian than they are stout. Mostly dark fruits and spiciness, and very little chocolate and vanilla notes. An interesting mix.
M: Very mild on the carbonation which goes along well with the body.
O: Overall, this is quite an interesting combination of the two styles, more Belgian than it is stout, but the combination does work. It would be nice to have this again.
12-11-2011 21:26:54 | More by Daktyls
4.05/5 rDev +8.9%
Samuel Adams 13th Hour Stout is a very dark brown beer with a thick, creamy, beige head that has awesome retention and lacing. There is wood and spice in the aroma with notes of cinnamon and coffee. It's full bodied and smooth with a dry, slightly ragged finish. It's pretty complex and not very sweet. It has flavors of raisins and musk; cinnamon and dark chocolate, almost cherry. It's followed by a long, bitter coffee aftertaste. It's very unique.
12-09-2011 16:00:46 | More by yesyouam
4.1/5 rDev +10.2%
Decent pour. Dark ruby, not nearly opaque, with a solid, soapy white head.
Smells not like a stout, which is probably why the folks at BA have classed this as a Belgian Dark. It's too fruity, not nearly enough dry hops. A little bit of ashen chocolate is in there, too, but overall it's tart fruit, with big nodes of raisins and plums. Nicely complex.
Tastes good and complex, but a little thin on the back end. Big fruit starts things off, nicely tart, moving into a middle that's unique and wonderfully pleasant--big vanilla, chocolate, and cinnamon spice. Not like a stout, not at all, but definitely a cool left turn for a Belgian Dark. But then... it drops off. There's some yeast in the back, sour and lightly burny, but nothing else.
12-07-2011 05:32:32 | More by mynie
4.15/5 rDev +11.6%
Pours a decent shade of black but it's not the darkest of stouts. Creamy tan head does make a nice showing but it lacks a bit in volume.
First whiff and greeted by a surprisingly more wild character than expected with an acidic character thats backed up by some grape juice and raisin-like fruitiness. While the yeast does a lot of the talking, some room is left for the woody notes to come through and a bit of a cocoa roasty note.
Fruity, roasty, spicy, funky... all of that can be found in this beer, making for quite a tasty ride. Cocoa and coffee notes are present but they really don't stand out like you would expect from a stout... seems as if the Kosmic Mother Funk portion of the blend hides a lot of the stout but I'm fine with that. KMF gives you it's nice funky sour notes and a bit of the oak flavors as well.
Mouthfeel is pretty full bodied but bubbly and crisp... something that wasn't quite expected but isn't bad. Overall, I'm impressed with this addition to the Barrel Room Collection. It's nice to have an affordable and approachable wild dark ale.
12-02-2011 01:31:44 | More by Kinsman
3.93/5 rDev +5.6%
Pours dark reddish brown with a thick mocha head. Slowly dissipates to a rich with minor lacing. Smell is fruity with some caramel and chocolate. The taste is sour dark fruit and molasses. There is a nice coffee/chocolate in the middle. Medium mouthfeel with good carbonation.
Overall an interesting beer. Great flavosr. Worth a try.
11-29-2011 02:33:30 | More by Kbogac
3.95/5 rDev +6.2%
I poured from a bomber into a SA perfect pint, dark black pour with a rock solid white head. The aroma has some chocolate notes, some fruity esters. The taste has some oak, chocolate, fruity esters, lingering finish. The body is thin for the styly, carbonation is good. I liked it, interesting brew.
11-27-2011 00:38:51 | More by bonkers
3.68/5 rDev -1.1%
A: The beer is very dark black in color (close to being opaque). It poured with a quarter finger high dark beige head that died down and left a ring of bubbles on the surface around the edge of the glass.
S: There are aromas of chocolate and dark fruits in the nose along with notes of vanilla from the oak aging.
T: The overall taste is very similar to the smell and has both flavors of chocolate and dark fruits.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The alcohol is somewhat noticeable in this beer so this makes it harder to drink compared to other beers in the style.
11-20-2011 03:31:08 | More by metter98
3.18/5 rDev -14.5%
This beer is black as black can be. But there's not much of a head at all and no lacing whatsoever. Extremely strong alcohol scent.
Tastes like licorice port wine. This is extremely strong. It's well done, but it's just not the kind of beer that I prefer. There's a hint of molasses. It's carbonated. Descent burnt flavor to it. It dries out the mouth. To much like a wine/beer. Not my style.
11-20-2011 02:46:58 | More by Amalak
3.7/5 rDev -0.5%
Poured into a goblet, the beer is a dark ruby-brown, almost to the point of black, with some auburn highlights around the edges, and a thin ring of biege-tan head. Pretty steady flow of carbonation throughout, also. The beer's nose is funky, with a slight boozey character, and some heavy earthy tones. The flavors are strong and complex, with a dark cocoa nib bittersweet backbone, some lighter old world fruit sweetness, including dates and fig, and an oaky, boozey tone. There are some coffee characteristics deep in the beer, and some sour highlights, as well. The aftertaste is a tarte and sweet dark fruit blend more than anything else, with a linger of cocoa. The finish is slick, with a slight linger. Light bodied for the power of all the flavors, but a very interesting blend of flavors.
11-18-2011 01:28:22 | More by GarthDanielson
Samuel Adams Thirteenth Hour Stout (Barrel Room Collection) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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