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

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84
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834 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 834
Reviews: 239
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 15.59%
Wants: 38
Gots: 108 | 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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4/5  rDev +7.5%

noyellowfizzbeer, Jan 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

strykn42, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of justintcoons
3.03/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

justintcoons, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of Nihilistkid
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Nihilistkid, Jan 23, 2012
Photo of whartontallboy
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

whartontallboy, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of StoutGT
5/5  rDev +34.4%

StoutGT, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of Mebuzzard
3.4/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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

Mebuzzard, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

lordofthewiens, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of sharemybeer
4/5  rDev +7.5%

sharemybeer, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of jb413
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

jb413, Jan 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

kb2250, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of jondeelee
3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

jondeelee, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of tzieser
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a corked & caged bottle into a st. bernardus goblet.

a: jet black in color with a whispy white head that quickly fades into a thin lacing around the sides of the goblet. maybe i served this a bit too cold, but i expected a bit more out of this appearance wise.

s: noticeably sour aroma with roasted malt and some hints of coffee.

t: very intersecting. the tartness caught be a bit off guard, even though i knew it was coming. i'm still enjoying it though. roasted malts, oak and very faint chocolate and coffee flavors are there. i'm surprised this works as well as it does with so many flavors going on. well done.

m: slightly thin mouthfeel.

this might be one of those like it or hate it kind of beers. i could understand how one might think that there is too much going on here flavor wise, but i disagree. i like the combination of tartness and roasted barley. recommended.

tzieser, Jan 09, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +21%

cripsyxpanda, Jan 08, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +21%

Hopdaemon39, Jan 08, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +21%

chimaylvr, Jan 07, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +21%

Codytucker13, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of Faina
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Faina, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of theBubba
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 1 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep, dark, almost black, burnt umber into my 10 oz. stem glass. A huge head (i like to pour way high for the head test) which sadly crapped out in about 45 seconds. Zero lace.

Smell was of raisins, a little wood and Balsamic vinegar.

Taste was, in a word, unique. A little bit of sour cherry, some toasty malt, and the slightest touch of hop bitterness. The taste gets even better when paired with a nice Stilton or Gorgonzola.

Mouthfeel was crisp and satisfying even after the beer looked kind of flat in my glass.

So overall, I have to say this was a pretty nice endeavor for Sam Adams. Would I buy it again? At ten bucks a bottle, absolutely not. But the experience was worth the ten bucks.

Now lose the cork, cage, and fancy bottle. Then drop the price to 7 bucks and you may have something to get us through the winter. My marketing instincts say that will never happen.

theBubba, Jan 05, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -32.8%

lackenhauser, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of kojevergas
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1 pint 9.4 fl oz brown glass bottle (interestingly shapen) with hood and wire cap over a cork served into a Brown Palace mini-hefeweissbier glass in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live.

A: Pours a two finger head of pretty nice cream lacing, good thickness, and above average retention (especially considering the relatively high ABV). Colour is a solid black.

Sm: Sourness, bacteria, funkiness, and some spice. A moderately strong aroma. It grabs me.

T: The Belgian wild yeasts and bacteria funkiness go a long way in supplementing its complexity. Some light chocolate and hints of light oak. It's certainly complex, with subtle hints of caramelized malt and pleasant yeast buried beneath the enjoyable foundation. It's quite nicely balanced considering the menagerie of flavours. Built with care and inspiration.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with adequate coarseness and thickness to coax out the flavours. Near perfect considering how complementary it is to the complexity.

Dr: Quite drinkable, hiding its ABV extraordinarily well. I'd have this again on draught for definite. I don't think it would age well, but it might pair decently with chocolate. All around, one of (if not the) best Samuel Adams beers I've tried. Worth a try for any Samuel Adams fan.

kojevergas, Jan 02, 2012
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4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

1 pt 9.4 fl oz bottle served in a weizen glass, reviewed live:

A - Pours a nearly black color, with a relatively thin, one finger tan head. Retention is awful, but excusable for the high abv.

S - Cocoa nibs, bitter coffee, roasted malt, funky bacteria, yeast, dark fruit, and cream all come to mind. Impressively complex and inviting.

T - Sour tart fruit, cream, roasted barley, yeasty esters, and banana. It's amazingly complex. The yeast play well with the traditional stout flavors..

M - Full bodied and crisp. The mouthfeel feels tailored to the beer as a whole.

D - Best offering from Sam Adams I've had. Hides its ABV extremely well and it's well built, complex and drinkable.

blakelive784, Jan 02, 2012
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4.22/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Pours dark brown with a Champaign like carbonation, short lived brown head. Medium, slightly crisp body. Taste and aroma is of plums cherry, Belgium yeast, coffee, chocolate, brown sugar, spices some vanilla and woody notes. Long semi-sweet finish. Delicious, complex brew.

mikeg67, Jan 01, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Keyes88, Jan 01, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +21%

h0gg, Dec 31, 2011
Samuel Adams Thirteenth Hour Stout (Barrel Room Collection) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
84 out of 100 based on 834 ratings.