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: 888
Reviews: 246
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 15.9%
Wants: 37
Gots: 131 | 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 Knapp85
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed a bottle of this at the brewery a few months ago. This poured out as a nice deep brownish black color with a brown colored head on top. The smell of the beer has some hints of chocolate, coffee and roasted malts. I wasn't able to get much of the barrel aging from the nose on this one though. The taste of the beer is slightly sweet, with a little bit of bitterness from the dark malts, there are some creamy flavors in there and some dry roasted malts also. Again there isn't much from the barrel ageing filling in on the taste either. The mouthfeel of this beer is medium bodied with a smooth silkiness to it. Overall I think this beer is really quite good, I would probably buy it again over the others in the series if I end up at the brewery again.

Photo of JxExM
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

Photo of thegerm87
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of Jadjunk
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In bottle at Summit's Wayside Tavern in Snellville, Georgia. $15.

(Appearance) pours a cream tan tone with billowy froth head. Color is a very dark brown, almost black, solid and thick in appearance, with deep dark copper light tones. Head retains well, is very thick and creamy in appearance and quite clingy, leaving behind lots of lacing on the glass. Excellent appearance. 5

(Smell) Dark fruits, such as grape and plum, sour cranberries, mild wood chips, Soy, Belgian spices and booze make up the beginning of this aroma. Coffee and chocolate are far more subdued, but come through as the beer warms more. This beer is significantly more bitter with a bold tartness over roasted sweet aroma. Interesting and unique but not ideally balanced. Potency is also lower than expected. 3.5

(Taste) Begins as a spicy tart cranberry and chocolate delicacy with sour grape and plum midsection teamed with belgian yeast and spice. Mild coffee and booze finish. The spices and tart fruits come through the most in the flavor, while the chocolate and coffee tones are minor compliments to the overall product. Medium oak-laced booze lingers through the entire concoction. Pretty awesome. 4

(Mouthfeel) mild carbonation, midway between crisp and smooth, good for the tart fruits and Belgian spices, not too good for the stout tones in the beer, however. It does find a good medium ground that does its best to accommodate both halves of this beer and in that regard its a good texture to have. Slightly slick. Medium alcohol presence. Medium/heavy body. Great. 4

(Overall) A pretty good experience and one I don't regret going through. There's plenty of great flavors to be found in this beer. Worth it if you can find it. 4

Photo of PhillyFA
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of TheTrevor
3.18/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown pour with a big tan head that isn't going anywhere anytime soon. The smell is fainter than I expected. A bit of breadiness and maybe a tiny bit of fruit. The taste starts off with some candy malt that gives way to dark fruit with a hit of vanilla in the aftertaste. Not a whole lot in the way of balance here, this tastes more like a desert than a beer. Mouthfeel is nice and thick, but the alcohol really starts to punch through as it warms up. This is like some sort of alcoholic fruit tart. Not really what I expected, but not unpleasant.

Photo of beerthulhu
2.95/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Cola with sherry highlights upon the pours exit which turns a pitch black in the chalice. A bready textured head is khaki in color with a towering size and good retainment. Carbonation is strong as evident of the beading of bubbles along the side of the glass.

S: Belgian yeast has a light damp muskiness to it, baryard quality but very manageable for those who offend easily. The accompanied tag claims an aroma of coffee, chocolate, dark fruit and oaky vanilla with a peppery spice, all of which I failed to pick up from a blind perspective.

T: Musky Belgian yeastiness for flavor with damp pale grains, and sweet dark fruit. The chocolate malt seems to take a back seat here, small, ineffective, to the yeast character. Fresh dough, sweet oaky vanailla extract, plums and a touch of briary rounds things out.

M: oily texture, turning fizzy and frothy on the hold. Feels a wee light when swirled around. Definitly lacks body and roast.

O: Overall a bit thin substance wise with a quiet complexity that is perhaps to gentle at times makes this a shoulder shrug from someone who loves Belgian style beers and dark roasty bases. The yeasty quality was one of the few bright points here, the spicing was not up to advertising. Expected so much more from this especially after just sampling their triple (New World) which I found very respectable. Average drinkability and may not be worth the price of admission except for the fancy packaging.

Photo of Stalgondo
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

Photo of gueuzeonhigh
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice dark brown color with a short lived but frothy-bubbly head. Head welled up in the glass even by careful pouring with a loud frying sound-- almost like pouring a soft-drink. I guess all the energy resulted in a short lived head as it quickly melted away.

The nose is small-- some slight hints of hops and a tad of yeast.

I didn't expect the flavor-- a nice cornucopia of hops, toasted malt, yeast..

I might say the above three are the over-all flavors with little inspiration. But still...

Mouthfeel is "alive"-- the entire experience is something that bekoned me to take another sip of this beer. Light, agile on the palate and the "three" I mentioned keep on going and going.

Overall-- I very much enjoyed this one! It's not quite a "bucolic" as some Belgian Dark Ales I've enjoyed, but generally this one's an engaging, interesting and flavor laden beer.

Photo of seanh99
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of Gavage
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a dark brown almost black color with a 1/4" head that breaks apart quicky. Large bubbles hug the sides of the glass.

Smell: loads of fruit sweetness and some alcohol are most detectable.

Taste: big sweet malt profile. Black cherries, prunes, some dark bitter chocolate, and a hint of espresso comes through late. Alcohol is mildly noticable here. Bitterness is moderate.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Very crisp to start, less crisp at the finish.

Overall: a decent slow sipping big beer, but it was a bit too crisp. Nice flavors, just wish it was a bit smoother.

Photo of HxC90
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of WreckingBrew
5/5  rDev +34.8%

Photo of THECPJ
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of rab53
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: Very dark with a cola ring exposed in direct light. Small bubbled, fairly full tan head.
smell: As described on the bottle with the dark fruit and peppery spice most prominent.
taste: As the nose predicts. Dark fruit most prominent. Coffee and chocolate take a back seat. Spice is not as prominent in the taste as in the nose.
overall: A nice concoction. Glad I tried it.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of TDRudy
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks like a coke. Smells like a fruit coke. Tastes like a coke. Mouthfeel like a thick, overly syrupy coke. Reminiscent of a simpler delirium nocturnum. Not a terrible purchase, very drinkable, but nothing special.

Definitely drink on the warmer side to get the full effect of the spice effects. Final flavor is most akin to a Captain Morgan and Coke.

I can't say if I'll buy it again, but I could definitely see this as a great gift to get someone into belgian beers.

Photo of savagepm
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

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

Although it pops like champagne when you open it (watch for flying corks!) it doesn’t fizz like nobody’s business. It pours a deep, warm, opaque sable with a rather typical tan head that doesn’t stick around too long. Smoky aroma has a strong fruity overtone, mainly apple and pear with a hint of banana, and earthy and miso touches. Flavor has a malty core with subtle nutty, earthy, molasses, fruity, roast coffee and chocolate notes. It tastes like a good Belgian style ale blended with a stout, and the different aspects of these two styles marry well. Smooth, edgy texture has above-average body and leaves a nutty, earthy, smoky finish.

Photo of bespin15
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

Photo of Mavajo
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Black with large, tan head. Aroma is fantastic. Dark fruit, figs, oak. Really smells nice. Taste, however, isn't quite the treat. The dark fruit and figs show up again big here, but I also find the oak a little distracting. There's also a certain tartness here, which I think comes from the interplay between the dark fruit and the oak. It doesn't really seem to come together properly. The coffee I don't really pick up on, except for a bit of a lingering roast on the aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is nice and full, borderline chewy, with brisk, but not overpowering, carbonation.

All in all, glad to have tried it, but I won't be searching it out again. It's basically like a Belgian Stout / Belgian Dark / Fruit Beer hybrid, but the interplay of characteristics doesn't mesh IMO.

Photo of jaasen64
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From the Sam Adams Barrel Room Collection.

A- Dark black with a slight red hue. About a finger and half of froathy off white reddish brown head.

S- Fairly aromatic smell of chocolate, vanilla, dark fruit, cherries.

T- Chocolate, vanilla, light taste of cherries and other dark fruits. Slightly sweet aftertaste that doesn't last too long.

M- Very smooth, easily drinkable, medium bodied maybe a little bit on the heavier side.

O- This is probably one of the better beers I've had from Sam Adams and probably one of the smoothest beers I've had. I like beers that have a little bit more of a lingering aftertaste and more pronounced flavor, but other then that it was a great beer. Could've been a little bit sweeter and definitely more flavorful, but other then that it was a very well balanced beer.

Photo of kaelingirl
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1 pint 9.4oz bottle into a tulip glass
dark brown as it pours from the bottle with a half inch tan head that fades quickly. Tiny bubbles rise constantly.
You can pick up some vanilla and pepper and dark fruits like figs or dates in the aroma.
Taste is mostly that dark fruit that you get from the smell. More dates or figs.
Very carbonated with a pretty light to medium body. Alcohol is very well hidden but does show up in the back of your throat at first. I can taste a bit of pepper on the sides of my tongue.
As it warms the flavors become more pronounced, an interesting beer indeed.

Photo of ksimons
3.15/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-very dark brown with some ruby highlights with a fingers worth of light tan head that leaves a ring around the glass. Nice looking

S-rich malts, dark fruits, light vanilla and chocolate

T-taste is similar to the smell, dark fruits predominates, some malt, some spice, and a bit of tangy yeast. No coffee or roasted malt in this one. Kind of boring actually.

M-light to medium body, medium carbonation, thin

Overall I am disappointed, I was hoping with the name Stout this would be a richer drink but there is no roast, no coffee, no real body to speak of. Much more like a BSDA but is even lacking in that category. Will not be having again.

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