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

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Ratings: 810
Reviews: 238
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 15.59%
Wants: 33
Gots: 99 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +21%

h0gg, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of Blackshayde
2.35/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Not impressed with this one at all. Aroma consisted of plum, tobacco and vanilla oak. Taste was generally fruity with a small alcohol burn, nothing strong or very interesting. Became bored with this beer after first glass. Most prominent taste was plum and black licorice. Certainly not worth the hefty price tag and the barrel house Tripel is 100x better.

Blackshayde, Dec 28, 2011
Photo of shirfan
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown-red with slight highlights around the glass, thin but lacy head.

Good aroma -- cocoa, hints of coffee, estery pear, carmelized sugar.

Flavor is sweet, cocoa leads the way again with some belgian-inspired yeasty, fruity flavors in the background. Notes of pear and apple. Light mouthfeel for a stout, light body for a 9% brew. None of the flavors are "hit you over the head with a 2x4" in intensity, but they meld well.

Reminded me of La Fin in drinkability. Way easy and way smooth for its size. Not a behemoth of taste, but yummy in a restrained way. Could stand to be a bit thicker.

shirfan, Dec 28, 2011
Photo of Sammy
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A Belgian (milk?) stout. Coffee and lactose. Good looks, dark, foamy head, and lacey. Prominent coffee nose. Sweet and sour flavours.Decent drinkability.Middle mouthfeel.Not bad but expected something better from the ingredients. Great looking bottle.

Sammy, Dec 28, 2011
Photo of jwc215
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into tulip glass, as recommended:

Pours opaque black with a thick light brown head that has great retention until a few sips in. It doesn't leave much lacing, but leaves a wine or brandy-like film that has a deep reddish hue.

The smell is sweet and spicy with earthy and herbal tones. It has some peat smoke with a well-blended touch of coffee and chocolate. It has a "Belgian"character meshed with a traditional strong stout.

The taste is of peat smoke with sweet, sour and spice. The base is of vanilla/oak with coffee and chocolate. The sour character is strong, almost too strong, but tamed enough to let bittersweet notes in to give it complexity and balance. Chocolate, coffee and herbal spiciness come through. Alcohol, while noticeable, is dangerously well-covered. The finish is reasonably long.

It is full-bodied with a silky/creamy feel that is not thick.

This is a complex stout with quite a bit of character. The sour aspect is prominent. The oak/vanilla adds a positive dimension to the stout character. This is a nice "sipping" brew that is reasonably priced, well-made and certainly worth drinking!

jwc215, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.35/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served unto a snifter.

Appearance: Pours an opaque brown, not exactly black like some other stouts. Head is 3/4" with a dark caramel-white head. Head is thick resembling most Belgian ales but after just a sip or some patience settles much better.

Smell: Mmm..really an aroma. Beer has a scent which just keep ticking in my nose as I'm watching a movie as I'm drinking it. Has a scent which resemble scotch, the feeling of oaked wood.

Taste: I am not kidding this is a beer in it's own world. FYI I always am writing the review well before I look it up. You feel the of dark chocolate hugging the back of your tongue with slight molasses on the roof of your mouth. Slight sweet but then again quite strong the presence of alcohol is quite evident.

Mouth: Light-Medium carbonation, not hard to drink. Some might wish for more carbonation to compliment the taste. Yes sometimes it works that way.

Overall: This is definitely a premier beer. Strong flavors and incredibly complex with sweet with bitter with a taste which amplifies the alcohol inside. I hope you all enjoy and don't take it for granted...Cheers to all!

BlurryVisi0n, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of acanovas
1/5  rDev -73.1%

acanovas, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of Kranders
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big fan of the barrel aged series from Sam Adams in general. This one poured a nice deep rich black. It had some great oakyness in the nose that really popped through in the taste. I was a little surprised how oak-forward the beer was, and how slightly one dimensional the taste was. It finished a whole lot thinner than you'd expect. Not necessarily in a bad way, just an observation. Still, overall enjoyed it quite a bit.

Kranders, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of Marc33
1/5  rDev -73.1%

Marc33, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

great presentation from sam adams, who i keep wanting not to like because of how big they are, but who beer after beer continye to impress me hard. this one is in a unique cork and cage bottle with a fantastic shape. 10 bucks a go. pours a velvety crude oil color with what appears to be a lovely belgian yeast head, but shrinks quickly to a minimal layer of lace. smells like everything, belgian yeast, espresso, vanilla, and bourbon. taste is equally complex but nothing ovepowers anything else or asserts itself as dominant. does not scream stout at me, but thats okay. booze is not noticable at all until it gets warm, then it becomes quite strong, a even burns a bit on the way down. ive got to get my hands on more same barrel room beers. this is awesome, especially alongside some braised beef shortribs and long lost family!

StonedTrippin, Dec 22, 2011
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2.5/5  rDev -32.8%

Durb777, Dec 20, 2011
Photo of YouSkeete
4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep jet black. Clear, with orange/ruby edges. One finger bubbly tan head.

S: Hints of smokey bourbon, dark chocolates, raisins, molasses & syrup. Alcohol on the aroma. Notes of vanilla, cherry and some spice.

T/M: Bourbon, wood, malt and molasses on the initial sip. Sweet flavors of vanilla, bittersweet chocolate and roasted coffee follow. Lots of dark fruits including blueberries, raisins and plums. Notes of belgian yeast, wheat, and malted barley. Sweet, rich, milky. Medium to full body with moderate carbonation.

D: A moderately complex, extra sweet strong ale. Subjectively a bit too sweet.

YouSkeete, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of discord257
4/5  rDev +7.5%

discord257, Dec 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

FrankyLikesIt, Dec 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

ahq514, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of Daktyls
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Daktyls, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of jboyer
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

jboyer, Dec 10, 2011
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

BrewCrew2010, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of yesyouam
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

yesyouam, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of MystikCelt
5/5  rDev +34.4%

MystikCelt, Dec 08, 2011
Photo of mynie
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

mynie, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of Kinsman
4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Kinsman, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of Kbogac
3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Kbogac, Nov 29, 2011
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

Ajlvt, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of bonkers
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

bonkers, Nov 27, 2011
Samuel Adams Thirteenth Hour Stout (Barrel Room Collection) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
84 out of 100 based on 810 ratings.