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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: 907
Reviews: 256
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 15.63%
Wants: 37
Gots: 146 | 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 ThickNStout
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. 

Photo of Ruger44
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of smartassboiler
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of BillyTWilliams
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of Happy_Camper
1/5  rDev -73%

Photo of AleGal79
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of RoryOMoore
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of Polasiuss
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of Etan
2.79/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a brandy snifter.

A: Black with tan head. The head isn't robust but it retains nicely. Leaves minor lacing.

S: Spicy, funky, lactic wild yeast dominates. Horseblanket, some subtle notes of chocolate.

T: Again, the funk dominates. George Clinton would be proud. Tangy and lactic, almost tart. Milk chocolate comes out but is washed out by the yeast. Noticeable oak notes as well.

M: Nice tingly carbonation. Medium to thick-bodied.

O: This was not very pleasant to drink. It seems that it was probably infected.

Photo of JLapadura
2.5/5  rDev -32.6%

Photo of SalMineo
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of jdhilt
4.35/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a three fingered light brown head that fades slowly to a ring, leaving some lace. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Color is black, no highlights. Spicy chocolate nose and flavor is sweet, spicy chocolate and coffee. Good stout - second only to their Imperial White. $9.99 for a caged and corked, black, 750ml bottle from Market Basket Concord, NH.

Photo of JohnnyHopps
3.87/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I often write reviews that are less than flattering about Samuel Adams beers. However, I must admit that I really enjoyed this one. I don't believe that it is entirely true to the style, but it is still a good drink.

Poured into a goblet, the stout was a healthy back color with a slight quickly fading head. The aroma was a very potent sweet chocolate scent that certainly will draw the interest of many drinkers. In the initial taste, the very sweet chocolate flavor was combined with an equally potent fruit flavor. On the way down, a warming alcohol taste finished the experience. At the same time, the stout stayed sweet in the aftertaste. The stout was a little thinner that I would ahve liked. A thicker stout would have lingered in the mouth longer. By far, this is one of my favorites from Samuel Adams.

Photo of TastyIsBeer
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of OldTime
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of MetalandBeer
3.09/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into tulip glass

black with a thick light brown head that has good retention, bery little lacing.

The smell is sweet,spicy.

The taste is sweet,sour and spice. vanilla/oak,coffee and chocolate. some sourness, alcohol barely detectale.

It is full-bodied andcreamy, but notoberly tick or syrupy.

complex flavors, enjoyable in small quantities.

Photo of DaleB50
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of SFC21
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of st9647v3
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of Knapp85
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
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
3.94/5  rDev +6.2%
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
3.16/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

Samuel Adams Thirteenth Hour Stout (Barrel Room Collection) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
84 out of 100 based on 907 ratings.