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: 889
Reviews: 246
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 15.9%
Wants: 37
Gots: 132 | 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 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.

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

(Served in a glass tankard)

A- This beer has a black dense body with a fizzy light tan head that last a bit and is supported by a few random bubbles that glide to the surface.

S- The smell of cola and dark raisins blend with some wet wood notes and a dark malt hint. The finish has notes of green raisins, spice and rubber bands.

T- The bright dark fruit flavor is well blended with not much depth but some toffee and prune notes come though wit a slight tang quality in the finish.

M- The light mouthfeel is crisp with a scrubbing fizz in the finish and an alcohol heat that hangs on the tongue as a warmth after each sip.

O- The flavors are well blended or perhaps it just doesn't have any depth and it is pretty light aswell. It has none of the flavors described on the bottle and I wouldn't guess this to be a stout if it wasn't printed on the bottle.

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of justintcoons
3.03/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter.

A: Pours black with ruby red highlights. You can ALMOST see through it but you get lost in the depth of it. Has 1 finger of tan head. Fine lacing coats the side of the glass.

N: Red wine, dark fruit, clove and some chai-like aromas.

T: Red grapes, sweet plum, raisin and candy sugar upfront. Mid-palate comes up with lots of candied dark fruits; definite cherry and plum. Finishes with some roastiness, earthy barnyard funk, clove and some faint notes of bitter chocolate and orange zest.

M: Light-medium bodied, creamy, smooth and warming.

O: This is not a bad beer by any means but it really misses the mark as far as Stouts go, "Belgian" or otherwise. Now that I see BA classifies it as a Belgian Strong Dark Ale I feel I can cut it some slack. Definitely tastes like a Belgian Dubbel. Barrel aging is nearly nonexistent; no oak, no vanilla. For 9% it is very easy drinking and nicely warming. It's worth a try but just don't expect a Stout.

Photo of Nihilistkid
3/5  rDev -19.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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5/5  rDev +34.8%

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.4/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Love these bottles from SA.

Pours a dark ruby, cola body. A very nice looking beer capped with a rich off-white head. Nice lacing.

Aroma is a touch weak. Some leather and plum. Cocoa and roasted grains. Some booze.

Flavors come and go. Red plum. Blackberries. A light cocoa and leather strap. Some candied Jolly Rancher in the back. Flavors are light, and I'm glad this one is listed as a BSDA instead of a quad, which is what the label suggests. It's strong, and has some good flavors, it just seems the carbonation lifts away the taste.

Finishes a bit hollow for me. But isn't bad by any means

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the bottle into my tulip glass. The beer was black with a little red around the edges. It had a small tan head.

Very aromatic. Chocolate/coffee/roasted malt. Vanilla. Dark fruit. A little peppery feel in my nose.

Not quite as tasty as I thought it would be. Dark chocolate and espresso at first, oak/vanilla. A hint of raisin.

Medium-bodied, maybe a little on the thin side. Still pretty enjoyable.

Photo of sharemybeer
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of jb413
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours black with ruby edges apparent when held in the light. 1 1/2 fingers of light khaki/coffee head consisting of tightly packed bubbles. Good retention on the head, yet minimal lacing.

S - Sweet maltiness, some caramel, dark fruit specifically raisins and cherries. Some milk chocolate interspersed. Touch of alcohol. Faint spice in background.

T - Wave of sweetness from the malt profile with sangria-like qualities with raisins and dark fruit. Spice and milk chcolate are vague and transient. Wine-like finish with a bit of residual sweetness and alcohol warmth that lingers. No real hop/bitter balance to speak of.

MF - Medium-full in body with good carbonation. Sweetness. Very wine-like on the finish with a wave of alcohol body and some warmth. Moderately drinkable and more so than its 9% would have you believe.

O - Not very familiar with the Belgian style here, but this is good not great. Complaints are no real coffee notes and lack of hop balance in my opinion. Enjoyed, but unlikely to purchase again at this price tag.

Photo of kb2250
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of jondeelee
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thirteenth Hour opens with a dark, spicy, fruity, complex aroma, featuring Belgian-like bananas and cloves, chocolate, vanilla, fig, Candi sugar, berries, and raisin wine. The combination makes this one of the more unique aromas in the beer world, and in fact makes this smell almost, but not entirely, quite unlike beer. Instead, it comes across more like a fine aged bottle of sherry or cognac, sat next to a steaming cup of spiced berry tea and a wedge of chocolate. The effect is intriguing, if not intoxicating, but is definitely finely nuanced and evidence of a well-crafted brew.

On the tongue, the beer opens with a Flemish-like bout of sourness, quickly joined by a blast of citrus-bright lemon-lime hops. Some vanillas and touches of oak lie beneath, as well as a continuation of the banana and clove flavors from the nose. Small chocolate and fig juice notes drift lazily about, and the whole flavor profile is overhung by a vodka-like alcohol whang. Late in the mouthful the hops add extra levels of lemon and citrus, and the aftertaste is dominated both by these and by a fresh wheat stalk grain flavor, and lasts for a long time. Mouthfeel is a strangely watery medium-light to medium, and carbonation is medium to medium-high.

Overall, the beer is oddly non-stout-like for a stout, having few strong coffee, ash, tobacco, or chocolate/black malt notes. Instead, it comes across as a slightly spiced and lightly soured Belgian, into which just a touch of coffee and chocolate malt had been added. Perhaps if this had been labelled as such, it would have been less strange on the tongue--but the stout label threw me off greatly, as did the watery mouthfeel.

Photo of tzieser
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a corked & caged bottle into a st. bernardus goblet.

a: jet black in color with a whispy white head that quickly fades into a thin lacing around the sides of the goblet. maybe i served this a bit too cold, but i expected a bit more out of this appearance wise.

s: noticeably sour aroma with roasted malt and some hints of coffee.

t: very intersecting. the tartness caught be a bit off guard, even though i knew it was coming. i'm still enjoying it though. roasted malts, oak and very faint chocolate and coffee flavors are there. i'm surprised this works as well as it does with so many flavors going on. well done.

m: slightly thin mouthfeel.

this might be one of those like it or hate it kind of beers. i could understand how one might think that there is too much going on here flavor wise, but i disagree. i like the combination of tartness and roasted barley. recommended.

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4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

Photo of Faina
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of theBubba
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 1 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep, dark, almost black, burnt umber into my 10 oz. stem glass. A huge head (i like to pour way high for the head test) which sadly crapped out in about 45 seconds. Zero lace.

Smell was of raisins, a little wood and Balsamic vinegar.

Taste was, in a word, unique. A little bit of sour cherry, some toasty malt, and the slightest touch of hop bitterness. The taste gets even better when paired with a nice Stilton or Gorgonzola.

Mouthfeel was crisp and satisfying even after the beer looked kind of flat in my glass.

So overall, I have to say this was a pretty nice endeavor for Sam Adams. Would I buy it again? At ten bucks a bottle, absolutely not. But the experience was worth the ten bucks.

Now lose the cork, cage, and fancy bottle. Then drop the price to 7 bucks and you may have something to get us through the winter. My marketing instincts say that will never happen.

Photo of lackenhauser
2.5/5  rDev -32.6%

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