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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: 797
Reviews: 238
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 15.59%
Wants: 32
Gots: 94 | 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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Photo of imperialking


3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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


4/5  rDev +7.5%

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

New York

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.

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


4/5  rDev +7.5%

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

New York

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.

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

South Carolina

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

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


4/5  rDev +7.5%

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


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.

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

New Jersey

2/5  rDev -46.2%

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

New Hampshire

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.

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

New York

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.

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

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

New Hampshire

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.

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

Rhode Island

3.85/5  rDev +3.5%

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.

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


3.38/5  rDev -9.1%

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.

11-10-2011 01:14:26 | More by donkeyrunner
Photo of BigPlay1824

New York

3.45/5  rDev -7.3%

Enjoyed in a goblet

A: Pours a deep black with slight red notes that is completely thick, pours with a thin layer of very fine head that is mocha in color that dissipates almost immediately, leaves virtually no lacing on the glass
S: im sensing chocolate and cherries with a very slight amount of Belgian character
T: yup definitely can sense the Belgian character of wheat and funk, very odd taste, definitively has a sweet note of cherries, not what i was expecting from what they call a stout, very slight chocolate and smoked malt character, just not as much depth as i had expected
M: very thin on the palate, medium carbonation tingle, leaves a silky feeling on the palate that is very pleasant
O: a good brew, called a stout but categorized as a Belgian strong ale, fits the strong ale moniker better i think and is overall very smooth and nice to drink

11-10-2011 00:05:39 | More by BigPlay1824
Photo of rfgetz

New Jersey

3.55/5  rDev -4.6%

Pours a dark, cola brown color with quick rush of bubbles, gone quickly. Taste leads with an intriguing blend of dark malt, splash of fruit and some tart funkiness. First things noted on the tongue were the very cola like carbonation and sour/tart funkiness, beyond those notes, fruit and chocolate peek through the solid malts. Medium bodied, very highly carbonated. Some odd components including the carbonation and funkiness did not work well with the base beer.

11-07-2011 14:28:07 | More by rfgetz
Photo of gos42

New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev +19.1%

So, yes. This is not a beer that should be described completely as a stout. And close reading of the label and accompanying necker acknowledges that this is really a hybrid.

Still, it is one of the smoothest, tastiest dark Belgium ales that I've had in a long time. Starts with a almost bakers-chocolate smell and taste on the tongue and finishing with a bit of fruit, this is a very drinkable beer. Poured in a wine glass, with little head, moderate carbonation. Though it lacks the normal mouthfeel of a stout, it nails the color and layers of flavors of the stout.

Am looking forward to enjoying the second bottle I've bought sometime next spring.

11-06-2011 04:16:08 | More by gos42
Photo of Kendo

New York

3.9/5  rDev +4.8%

A: Nice bottle ($9.99 at Westmere Beverage for the 750 ml) - though I noticed the long, thin neck seemed to impede the flow of the pour a little. Knowing Sam Adams (thinking about their specialty glass), they've considered that and perhaps that was purposeful. In fact, maybe it was, as the beer - poured into a Duvel tulip - creates a big head (2-3 fingers' worth) of foamy tan. Settles slowly. Body is dark brown on the pour, but appears black in the glass. A good start. It leaves behind some legs of lace after each sip.

S: Nose is very much subdued, at least as I start out with the beer on the cold side still. Some roasted barley malt and a bit of yeasty fruitiness.

T: First impression is more about the feel than the taste - I note a good Belgian-style fizziness that lightens it on the palate. As for the taste. . . like the nose, there's also not a lot going on. What's there is pleasant, however. Some fruitiness - plums, I get. Candied sugar. A hint of vanilla. Also some cacao, though it's fain. A wee bit black licorice, perhaps? Alcohol is well-masked for a beer of 9% ABV. . . .

M: As I said, it's lighter than expected - call it the lighter-side-of-medium in heft. Nice fizziness; the carbonation is soft, not sharp.

O: A good beer - so long as you don't try and place it within a specific category. Not very stout-like, but too sweet for a BSDA or Quad. I lowered the score here to reflect the fact that it didn't really fit either the description on the bottle or the category label. I was looking forward to a roasty stout tonight, and this was far from it.

11-06-2011 00:46:27 | More by Kendo
Photo of TheGordianKnot


3.98/5  rDev +7%

One the coolest looking bottles I've seen, yet. Poured into DFH snifter...

A- Dark brown, approaching black though it is very clear. Nice inch of khaki head that lingers awhile.

S- Incredibly fruity, takes me by surprise! A ton of tropical fruits, mango and guava come to mind first. Not many dark flavors shine through at all? Touch of bubblegum on the end.

T/M- Pale belgian profile all the way. Light bodied, easy to drink, very enjoyable. Fruity, tangy, with a sweet backbone. Spicy and slightly peppery. Body is light, tingly, nice full carbonation.

O- No descriptors on the bottle appear to be accurate. There are no stout characteristics, and besides the color not even any BSDA characteristics. Liked the beer, just not sure how to rate it because I feel it is mislabeled and like nothing I've had before... If I rated as a stout, it would get an F

11-04-2011 14:54:21 | More by TheGordianKnot
Photo of Ratman197


3.8/5  rDev +2.2%

750 ml corked and caged bottle poured a clear dark reddish rown with a lasting tan head. Aromas of fruittiness, dark chocolate, spice, cola and light coffee. Palate was light to medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of dark chocolate, fruittiness, spice, roastiness and light cola with a smooth lingering fruity chocolate finish.

11-03-2011 22:46:49 | More by Ratman197
Photo of DoubleSimcoe

New York

2.98/5  rDev -19.9%

Thirteenth Hour Stout, bottle bought for $10.95 at Leary's in Newburyport, Massachusetts. Beautiful design, and very curious I am about this "Barrel Room Collection".

Appearance: Poured into a cheap plastic cup in a hotel room in Provincetown, MA, Thirteenth Hour appears creamy and diligent. My first pour was almost all foam, but then I got a good, long-lasting cafe-con-leche head. Superb lacing and good retention.

Smell: A tad of cherry, some oxidation and brulee sugars. Raisins and a very faint touch of Belgian chocolate.

Taste: Reminds me of Mad Elf, only lesser. Tangy fruit punch, smashed grape left under the sun. Coffee? Maybe a cold Starbucks Frappuccino (trademark) bought at the local gas station. Spicy, slightly hoppy and roasty finish with some oxidation. No oak whatsoever.

Mouthfeel: Thin around the edges, but nicely creamy. Very yeasty, too filling.

Overall: Drinks pretty good, considering the 9%, but it is a blah beer. I've had better Belgian strong ales, and this is definitely NOT a stout. Nowhere near it. I got tired of it half-way through the bottle and regretted the purchase.


10-31-2011 03:11:54 | More by DoubleSimcoe
Photo of Vonerichs


3.58/5  rDev -3.8%

Dark brown color with glimpses of mohagany around the edges.

Smells of raisins and brown sugar.

Tastes like dark fruits, allspice, and brown sugar. I'm not picking up much of the advertised chocolate or coffee.

Mouthfeel is heavy with medium carbonation.

I have no idea where they get off calling this a stout. It's a belgian dark ale, for sure. It's actually not a bad dark ale, but as a stout it lacks the typical characteristics.

10-30-2011 02:56:12 | More by Vonerichs
Photo of sweemzander


3.33/5  rDev -10.5%

750mL corked and caged bottle poured into a snifter. Thanks for sharing Chris!

(A)- Pours a near pitch black color. Some nice tan froth and lace.

(S)- Big/huge cherry and plum/raisin fruits. Some banana-like yeasts and biscuit notes. Even some creamy oats on the tail-end. Different, but good.

(T)- Heavy on the spices up front. More of those dark fruits from the smell. Yeasty, with a sweet/slick finish.

(M)- A nice mellow carbonation level. A decent balance, though definitely heavy on the spice and sweetness levels. Gets a bit thick as it warms up.

(D)- Not bad, definitely fits the style in some ways, but overall, a spicy, heavy, stout-like combination.

10-29-2011 17:23:25 | More by sweemzander
Photo of irs

New Jersey

3.1/5  rDev -16.7%

BA is rating this a Belgian Strong Dark. That makes sense to me. Why did SA call this a Stout? As a belgian dark its a nice beer i'd drink again next time I'm in the mood for a belgian dark. It actually tastes alot like last years Trader Joe's Vintage Ale (Unibroue). And if I'd known that, I wouldn't have opened so quickly. The TJ's Vintage was a nice cheap buy in 2010, but I would have paid more for it if it tasted like it does now, after a year in my cellar. This is an expensive imperial stout that tastes like an underaged $5 belgian dark ale. Thanks again SA, you never cease to disappoint me. Why do I keep trying your stuff?

10-29-2011 07:44:49 | More by irs
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84 out of 100 based on 797 ratings.