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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: 809
Reviews: 238
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 15.59%
Wants: 33
Gots: 97 | 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%

goalie33, Nov 23, 2011
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

Satchboogie, Nov 23, 2011
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

Thickfreakness, Nov 21, 2011
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

PEIhop, Nov 21, 2011
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3/5  rDev -19.4%

richbrew, Nov 20, 2011
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

r0nyn, Nov 20, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

dbrauneis, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of xnicknj
3/5  rDev -19.4%

xnicknj, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of metter98
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.

metter98, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of Amalak
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.

Amalak, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of Warfarin
5/5  rDev +34.4%

Warfarin, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of GarthDanielson
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.

GarthDanielson, Nov 18, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

imperialking, Nov 17, 2011
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

spycow, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of CaptDavyJones
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%

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.

CaptDavyJones, Nov 17, 2011
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

JimboHD2005, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of rodney45
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%

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.

rodney45, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
4.22/5  rDev +13.4%

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

mikesgroove, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

Adamostella, Nov 14, 2011
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4.05/5  rDev +8.9%

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.

tobelerone, Nov 14, 2011
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2/5  rDev -46.2%

trixdout, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of johnnnniee
4.13/5  rDev +11%

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.

johnnnniee, Nov 13, 2011
Photo of JizackFH
4/5  rDev +7.5%

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.

JizackFH, Nov 11, 2011
Photo of BEERMILER12
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%

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

BEERMILER12, Nov 11, 2011
Photo of SawDog505
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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.

SawDog505, Nov 10, 2011
Samuel Adams Thirteenth Hour Stout (Barrel Room Collection) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
84 out of 100 based on 809 ratings.