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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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Ratings: 928
Reviews: 264
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 15.63%
Wants: 38
Gots: 161 | 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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Photo of neenerzig
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Split a bomber of this with my good friend Passow, as I picked one of these up on my recent trip to Boston with my wife. I don't believe any of SA's Barrell Room Collection are sold outside of the Boston area and I have certainly never seen them here in Cleveland. Poured into one of my tulip glasses, this beer pours a dark brown color with a tan head that is about an inch thick when poured that eventually settles to a nice thick ring lining the inside of the glass and a bit of spotty surface foam here and there. Not much lace. Aromas of caramel malt, coffee, chocolate, dark fruit such as plum along with hints of banana and blueberry, rounded out with some subtle spice notes. The taste pretty much follows suit, nice caramel, coffee, and chocolate malt sweentess upfront, followed by the aforementioned dark fruit or plum, blueberry, and a touch of banana, rounded out with a bit of spice. A quite minimal discernible hop presence to be sure. Has a crisp, smooth, creamy, chewy, full bodied mouth feel with light to moderate carbonation. It becomes more drinkable especially as the beer warms up a bit. A very good offering here. I hope to drink it again.


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3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours black with some ruby edging. Light brown head that gives way to minimal lacing, if any.

S - Cherries, coffee, dark chocolate. Roasted malts.

T - Candied fruits, bittersweet chocolate, roasted malts. Smooth, palate soothing flux of earthy peat (with a hint of milkiness beneath and between) combine with a mild hops finish.

M - Medium.

O - This is an interesting beer. Dark, stoutish, but with the fruit esters of a Belgian Ale. I'm not sure if the offbeat Sam Adam's "Belgian Stout" monikers fits best or if the BA "Belgian Strong Dark Ale" suits it better. Either way, it is worth checking out.

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3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the brewery:
The thirteenth hour is the witching hour and refers to the mysterious combination of flavors in this brew. They've combined the roasted chocolate and coffee flavors of a stout with the spicy character of a Belgian ale aged in oak.

The combination of 7 different malts creates a black brew that's full bodied and smooth with rich notes of coffee, chocolate, and dark fruits like raisins and plums. The dark roasty, and slightly sweet flavors of a stout are blended with the unique, spicy and sour character of our Kosmic Mother Funk (KMF), an ale that's been aged in oak tuns for up to a year. The KMF gives the beer an added complexity with notes of black pepper, oak, vanilla, and a hint of acidity.

Recommended pouring is gently into a traditional glass. Take care not to unsettle the fine layer of yeast that rests at the bottom from the bottle-conditioning.

My take:
It's alright but I prefer their every day Imperial Stout to this one. It has better body and is less fruity.

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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of smcolw
3.47/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Advertised as a Belgian Stout, but the BA style of Belgian Strong Dark Ale is more apt.

The head starts nicely but it settles very quickly and leaves no head. The broth is dark brown where light shines through along the edge.

Strong sour cherry and moist raisin aroma. The sourness is quite similar to a Geueze or Lambic. Not much of the darker malts present in the nose.

The darker malts appear in the taste but not nearly as strong as an English Porter or an Irish Stout. Really closer to a dark ale on the malt side. The sour flavor shows up in the swallow, but it doesn't last long. I note some vanilla (from the oak?) and stone fruit as well. The body is pretty typical for the style.

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4.22/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A big mocha head over a brown brew.

S - Tart, like under ripe blueberries, faint sulphur, a bit of chocolate, alcohol and dates. Pretty nice overall.

T - A bit of underripe fruit, chocolate, alcohol. Aftertaste is a very tart flavor with faint chocolate and coffee undertones. It is actually pretty simple, but also very nice.

M - Smooth, thin, refreshing.

D - Sam Adams does well on this one. It is an exciting beer with clean, exceptional flavors. Worth seeking out, worth drinking, maybe even worth drinking a second time (if I can recall what I paid for the fifth).

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3/5  rDev -19.1%

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Photo of Suds
4.07/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another interesting Barrel Room beer from Sam Adams. This one is a dense black color, with a fizzy brownish head. The smell is all Belgian...lots of funk, yeast, and acids. Horse and grass, some malt, and a little booze. The taste is sugary and malty, with a bit of acidic twang. Funky, yeasty, and intense. The alcohol is well hidden. The body is a little helter-skelter, at once both spritzy and substantial. I didn't get many wood notes in the beer, although there is a myriad of complex flavors. I enjoyed this beer more than I expected.

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3.51/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours black with a three finger foamy head. Dissipates over a couple minutes to a light cap and some nice sticky lacing.

S - Scents of sweet chocolate, soy sauce, grapes, and mustiness. The aroma is pretty subtle overall.

T - Light sweet chocolate at first turning to a heavy yeast and mild white grape flavor. Very slight bitterness in the aftertaste.

M - Medium body and carbonation, a little light in body for what you would expect.

O - Decent, but nothing special. Off in what you would expect from a stout and the flavors don't flow well enough together to make up for it. Better options from the Sam Adams line.

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3.67/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Black in the glass but a deep brown when pouring, one finger tan head

S-Roasted malt, vanilla, spices and dark fruits

T-Some chocolate, little bit of roasted malt, darker fruits, plums. As it warms some coffee.

M-Light to medium bodied, well carbonation.

O-Like most Sam Adams it seems to start well but not reach the potential it had. Nose was good but the taste does not live up.

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2.95/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

750mL bottle from Lucky's Bottle  Shop (Woodstock, GA). 8.99. Served in a snifter. 

Pours dark near black brown with about 1 finger light tan head. 

Whew. There's some big funk in the smell. Almost more sour wine than beer. The chocolate and roasty stout notes are almost completely hidden by the yeasty Belgian sour funk. 

Taste is still heavy on the sour fruit but the stout comes through better than the nose indicated. Roasted coffee, dry bakers chocolate and strange sour Belgian funk. Interesting mix with subtle woodsy vanilla barrel rounding out the flavors. Alcohol is only moderaty dicernable. 

Thin feel for a stout. Medium light body with faint carnonation. Creamy but not at all heavy. 

I had higher hopes for this. I wanted the stout flavors to be much more pronounced. Not awful but not worth buying a second time. Mediocre. 

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