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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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BA SCORE
84
good

782 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 782
Reviews: 238
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 15.59%
Wants: 29
Gots: 90 | FT: 4
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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Thickfreakness

New York

4/5  rDev +7.5%

11-21-2011 14:28:24 | More by Thickfreakness
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PEIhop

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +7.5%

11-21-2011 01:57:52 | More by PEIhop
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richbrew

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -19.4%

11-20-2011 17:22:24 | More by richbrew
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r0nyn

New York

4/5  rDev +7.5%

11-20-2011 16:05:52 | More by r0nyn
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

11-20-2011 15:41:55 | More by dbrauneis
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -19.4%

11-20-2011 05:16:56 | More by xnicknj
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metter98

New York

3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2011 03:31:08 | More by metter98
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Amalak

New York

3.18/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2011 02:46:58 | More by Amalak
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Warfarin

Rhode Island

5/5  rDev +34.4%

11-18-2011 20:58:44 | More by Warfarin
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2011 01:28:22 | More by GarthDanielson
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imperialking

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

11-17-2011 23:57:12 | More by imperialking
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spycow

Illinois

4/5  rDev +7.5%

11-17-2011 04:05:59 | More by spycow
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CaptDavyJones

New York

3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a really dark brown color with a little light penetration along the sides. Head was almost non existent.
Aroma is slightly on the sweeter side with dark fruits, malt, molasses, some licorice in the nose.
Taste is similar to the aroma, sweet upfront with flavors of dark fruits coming through and a sharp tartness towards the finish.
Alcohol is masked pretty well, making it quite easy to drink.
Not sure if this should be called a stout, but this a very interesting take on a belgian. I'm glad that I got to have this, but it's not a brew I can't live without. Definitely worth a try though.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2011 02:51:28 | More by CaptDavyJones
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JimboHD2005

Illinois

4/5  rDev +7.5%

11-15-2011 18:04:54 | More by JimboHD2005
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rodney45

New York

3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Intense dark red coloring, with a solid light oak and cherry colored head.

S: Light malt aroma with chocolate and coffee notes. Slightly crisp, like a bowl of freshly washed cold lettuce.

T: Cherry and plum flavor are the first tasting notes. Replaced by crystal malt, figs, and mocha. No noticeable hop character. The last impression it give you is of a finely aged brandy, or a single malt whiskey. Does not hide its ABV very well.

M: Smooth and easy drinking. Overly carbonated for a "beligian stout" (according to SA),but it fits the strong dark category, more than a stout.

O: I liked this beer. Aging in oak barrels really brings out the complex flavors of cherry, plum and spices.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2011 10:23:30 | More by rodney45
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

dark pour, nearly totally black with nice hints of brown around the edges and a head of light tan that sat on top throughout the entire session really quite nicely. aroma of roasted malts and peat, campfire smoke and a rich chocolate note.nice mixed of flavors here with loads rich campfire smoke. lots of caramel and hints of dark notes as it warms. smooth and lightly sweet in the finish i was quite impressed

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2011 02:35:04 | More by mikesgroove
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Adamostella

Washington

4/5  rDev +7.5%

11-14-2011 19:20:45 | More by Adamostella
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tobelerone

Connecticut

4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer has a big, tan, slowly falling head leaving a nice creamy cap with sticky lacing. Very deep and dark brown approaching black in color, totally opaque. Appealing yeasty, fruity aroma, with touches of roastiness and tannins; vaguely wine-like.

The taste is sweet, spicy, and oaky. Notes of bittersweet chocolate, caramel, and raisins. Tart and a little sour. Wood is definitely noticed.

Creamy mouthfeel, somewhat chewy, with low medium carbonation and a lingering, slightly sour aftertaste. Somewhat drying with the oak present in the finish as well. Quite good, an unusual stout to be sure, but I enjoyed it more than I anticipated.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2011 16:32:43 | More by tobelerone
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trixdout

New Jersey

2/5  rDev -46.2%

11-14-2011 15:27:37 | More by trixdout
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

4.13/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a solid dark brown color with a decent khaki head that shows moderate retention and lace. The aroma has a distinct lactic tartness to it that seems to overpower everything else in the nose. Faint hints of chalk and yellow mustard come out. The label says Belgian stout with notes of spice, coffee, chocolate, and oak I wish I could find some of those in the nose! Taste is a bit different than the aroma lead me to believe although it is a bit tart and funky. Deep caramel and brown sugary malt mixed with toffee and hints of chocolate start us out on quite a journey. Midway through we turn lactic with fruity tart and sour notes filling the palette. We finish with a bit of warming alcohol, hints of roasted grains that even show a bit of an ashy edge and a bit of caramel. Medium to thick body with a moderate level of carbonation and a thick sweet tart chalky mouthfeel. Uhm wow this is not the beer I thought I bought, but I'm getting that a lot lately from Boston beer. The nose is extremely lackluster, but the flavor is a huge explosion of ever changing flavors that wake up even the most sedate taste buds. I may have to pick up a few more of these for further evaluation.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2011 03:00:29 | More by johnnnniee
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JizackFH

New York

4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - This beer pours a really dark brown color. It has a nice 3-finger tan head on it. The head has pretty good retention, and it leaves some scattered lace behind on the glass.

S - The nose has a lot of fruit aromas going on, as well as belgian yeast. There are also some scents of roasted malt, candied sugar, and oak. No alcohol smell which I find surprising.

T - The taste starts off with some roasted malt flavor and some fruitiness. There are notes of cherry, apple, raisin, and fig. There is a definite belgian yeast flavor. I am also getting some flavors of chocolate, oak, and a touch of vanilla. The finish is a bit dry and leaves some lingering yeasty ester, chocolate, and roasted malt flavor behind on the palate.

M - This has a medium body and good carbonation. It goes down easy and has a really smooth nice feel to it. There is some sweetness as well as some roasted bitterness. The finish dries up a bit. Overall, it has a nice creamy feel.

O - This has good drinkability. I could easily have a few glasses of this one. Although, this is called a stout on the label, I would;t recommend going into this beer thinking of it as such. It is more of a belgian dark or quad. Overall, I think this is a really nice beer, and it has some nice chocolate and fruit flavors that work well with the belgian yeast. I recommend checking this one out. I enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2011 08:46:37 | More by JizackFH
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BEERMILER12

Maine

3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep mahogany, almost black with a tiny head that fizzes away to bubbles quickly

S: Very fruity from the yeast, spicy, slightly sour from the KMF, slight coffee and dark chocolate once it warms up a little. If I was blindfolded and smelled this, I wouldn't have had a clue it was a dark beer. Impressive

T: Same as the smell, but the roast, coffee, chocolate, and other stouty notes are all more pronounced than in the smell. Somehow, all of this is very well blended and doesn't get muddled. First is the sour, dark fruit, yeast, spice, and some darker roasts followed quickly by the coffee, dark chocolate, and some peppery alcohol. The bitterness that follows is most likely from the coffee and doesn't last very long

M: Medium bodied with moderate-high carbonation. The higher carbonation washes away any lingering flavors very quickly

O: Well, I honestly have no clue what this should be categorized as. Instead, I'm just going to rate this on enjoyment in drinking it, which was quite a bit. Certainly unlike any beer I've had before, and quite enjoyable trying to figure out what it is I'm actually tasting. Just don't get fooled into thinking it's either a stout or BSDA or whatever else you might want to call it. Just enjoy it

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2011 06:38:02 | More by BEERMILER12
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SawDog505

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass. Pours a blackish brown, with a one inch head that, doesn't hang around long. You can actually here the bubbles. No lacing to speak of. Smell very little stout, but Belgian is the main theme. Raisin, clove, hints of chocolate, and a little bourbon. Taste is everything from smell with vanilla, figs, brown sugar, and some hard candy. Body is fairly thin for the style and abv, nice carbonation anyway. Not my favorite style, very much Belgian and little stout. That being said it is a solid beer, but if Belgians aren't your thing and stouts are, you may be disappointed. 85% Belgian and 15% stout, but I liked it a surprising amount.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2011 02:43:08 | More by SawDog505
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle served in my St. Bernardus chalice at 51 degrees. Pours slightly darker than cola with a dense, cream-colored head embedded with tiny pinpricks. Head eventually settles into a consistent skim and a thick band around the edges. Arcs and spots of lacing are exposed on the tilt side of the glass with each quaff. Nose screams Belgian Strong Dark - dark vinous fruits, bubblegum, yeast and a hint of cocoa. Taste consistent with nose - more cocoa is revealed in the flavor profile as well as spice (perhaps nutmeg and anise) and a light, roasted quality towards the back. Mouthfeel is medlum-light with a slightly prickly carbonation and a trace of acidity. Definitely not a Belgian Style Stout; however, not a bad Belgian Strong Dark. That said, there are better examples of the style out there at this price point.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2011 01:18:52 | More by Jwale73
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donkeyrunner

Massachusetts

3.38/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Light brown pour that sits black in my glass. Fingerswidth tan head yields fair retention. Nifty shaped bottle.

13th hour, like most SA beers, smells good but weak. I pick out charred barrel, vanilla and cigar wrapper. Tastes like watery Chambord with lightly roasted edges.

Bottle says, "Boston Beer Co., Boston MA &...Hammondsport NY." WTF? I know Sam is far from a hometown brew but at least lie to me.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2011 01:14:26 | More by donkeyrunner
Samuel Adams Thirteenth Hour Stout (Barrel Room Collection) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
84 out of 100 based on 782 ratings.