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

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Ratings: 810
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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Photo of SawDog505
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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
Photo of Jwale73
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Jwale73, Nov 10, 2011
Photo of donkeyrunner
3.38/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

donkeyrunner, Nov 10, 2011
Photo of BigPlay1824
3.45/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

BigPlay1824, Nov 10, 2011
Photo of rfgetz
3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

rfgetz, Nov 07, 2011
Photo of gos42
4.43/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

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.

gos42, Nov 06, 2011
Photo of Kendo
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Kendo, Nov 06, 2011
Photo of TheGordianKnot
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

TheGordianKnot, Nov 04, 2011
Photo of Ratman197
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Ratman197, Nov 03, 2011
Photo of DoubleSimcoe
2.98/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.


DoubleSimcoe, Oct 31, 2011
Photo of Vonerichs
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Vonerichs, Oct 30, 2011
Photo of sweemzander
3.33/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

sweemzander, Oct 29, 2011
Photo of irs
3.1/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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?

irs, Oct 29, 2011
Photo of Khazadum
4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Lovely toasted almond head above a pitch black body. There is no off coloring at the edges or hues to deceive the inky nature of this. Creamy top with only the tiniest of bubbles cascading up the side. Tons of carbonation, but that is to be expected. Definitely how I wanted this beer to look.

S- A very light lactic acid sweetness right at the front. Its like a cherry kriek nature that surprises and confounds me. That Kosmic Mother Funk brings about a delightful aroma that I never would have thought to appreciate in a stout. Very light vanilla, and nothing else to enjoy.

T- First impressions are a dry peppery nature right off the bat. Like an aged tripel, following that up is a gentle lactic sourness. Middle hints are cherrys, and roasted grains. Beautiful coffee that comes with repeated sips. A fantastic almost perfect coffee nature. Better than folgers, better than starbucks... the ideal roast without any complementing harshness of bitter. The dry peppery nature up front provides the perfect contrast to this roasted nature. Finish is predominantly the lingering nature of coffee, dark cranberry, and baker's chocolate.

M- Crisp, biting at times, low body, watery. For a stout it really didn't hang onto its body for long when blended with Mother Funk. Did retain a minor layer of creaminess.

Really interesting beer. The complexities and surprises weren't gimmicky or short lived. Things kept coming back to cause the experience to fly by all too fast. A 750 mL bottle? No problems.

Khazadum, Oct 26, 2011
Photo of JayS2629
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown, almost black with a creamy tan head that fades slowly and leaves nice lacing.

The aroma is like chocolate covered cherries and over ripe plums with notes of vanilla and spice. Tropical fruit tones underneath.

Mild coffee notes are subdued with big chocolate covered cherries, plums and raisin. Spiced rum notes with vanilla, pineapple and clove. Black pepper and chocolate covered banana in the finish.

Medium bodied, smooth with a tinge of boozy burn

Nice, complex sipper. Interesting take on a belgian stout.

JayS2629, Oct 25, 2011
Photo of TTAmod
4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Split with my dad. 1 pt 9.4 oz bottle poured into Chimay chalice.

A: Very, very dark brown. It looks black except when held directly to the light. There's a 1 inch brown head that dissipates quickly. There's a nice brown lacing that stays throughout the drink.

S: Smells fruity. Cherries and plum are the dominating fruits. Also smell some mild alcohol.

T: Follows the nose to an extent. There are definitely cherry and plum notes, but there are also hints of roasted malt, oaky woodiness, and some rum at the end. VERY complex. The alcohol at the end is even a little hot...oh well.

M: Surprisingly medium-bodied. This brew is also pretty well carbonated.

O: It smells like a BSDA....tastes like a BSDA....feels like a BSDA....it's a BSDA. There is really nothing in this beer that would make me think of a stout, except for the wood notes and roasted malt. This is, though, the best Sam Adams brew I've tasted. It's really quite nice and on par with other BSDAs available.

TTAmod, Oct 25, 2011
Photo of ATPete
3.3/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, corked and caged

Let me start by saying that Sam Adams has done a great job in designing these bottles, lets hope the beer inside is as good as the presentation.

13th Hour pours a deep brown color, almost black, but allowing light to penetrate ever so slightly. A decent nose of coffee, plum and roasted chocolate malts. The sour twang is pretty damn foul when this beer is cold, as it warms, the funk becomes less offensive and does a good job in adding subtle complexities to this Belgian stout. With that said, this beer never screamed STOUT except for the nose. It was ok, not something I would buy for myself. I gave a great mark to the "Overall" score because of the custom bottle, great packaging.

ATPete, Oct 25, 2011
Photo of Greywulfken
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sam Adams' Imperial line is what got me into good beer, and prior to that the only type of beer I deemed worthy was a stout/porter. Since then I've come to appreciate a lot of beers. I was excited to see this new line of beer, to see what SA's been up to.

A: pours like a stout, but not as dense, not as dark; head slims quick to thin lid across surface of beer

S: roasted malt with vanilla and chocolate notes

T: licorice evident at first, not as sweet as I'd expected; some oakiness - a real nice balance between sweet and mellow

M: less thick and syrupy than a Russian Imperial stout - felt more like a dark Belgian ale than a stout, less creamy, more sparkly

O: this is a good blend between a stout and a dark Belgian-style ale - almost like a fruity porter, respectable abv, well-flavored and brewed. Did not like it as much as it warmed - a common event for me with dark Belgian ales: I tend to like many beers as they warm, but for some reason a dark ale like this becomes a little, dare I say, cloying?
This was a good beer - worth trying of course, since we all have different tastes, but not one that I would buy again.

Greywulfken, Oct 24, 2011
Photo of gford217
3.13/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Funky 750ml bottle, cork and caged.

Pour is much lighter than I was expecting from a stout (I know the classification on BA is BSDA) - a clear dark brown out of the bottle that settles in short of black in the glass with a light beige head.

Aroma is certainly on the fruity side of things for a stout, with the Belgian yeast yielding lots of fruity esters. However, there is a some light spices and hints of dark roasted malts.

The taste is even sweeter than the aroma with tons of Belgian yeast, raisins and candi sugar. The stout character is extremely tough to pick out as there is little roastiness, coffee or chocolate that I can sense. There is a bit of spices in the finish.

The mouthfeel is light and fizzy even for a BSDA which makes it even less representative if you consider this a stout.

As I'm sure you can guess, this certainly wouldn't grade out as a very good imperial stout (or any kind of stout for that matter). It's much more representative of a BSDA though it's not a great version in my opinion. Meh.

gford217, Oct 23, 2011
Photo of lovindahops
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thought this was interesting so I grabbed one

A- dark with ruby hues on the edges on my tulip. 13th looks bold and dark in my glass. This might work out from BBC for me

S- good whiff of dark fruit with an oak scent and slight yeast. Dark and slighty sweet, with a warming scent in the glass. Not massive at all and the 9% alcohol is not even around

T- not bad, as the slightly roasted malt flavors are partnered with that oak and toffee theme. 13th is not overwhelmed with flavor but it does exhibit the barrel aged properties.

M- medium bodied and coated flavor

D- again, I was not disappointed, but I wasn't totally impressed either. Just in between. A good attempt from Sam to get in the barrel aging game. I'll grab another one again

lovindahops, Oct 22, 2011
Photo of EkimGram
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: 25.4oz bottle poured into Duvel tulip. Colour is a motor oil black. Light toffee colour head starts at 2 fingers in height and fades slowly, almost compressing to create a creamier head.

Smell: Lots of roasted malts backed by the all too familiar Belgian yeast - dark and spicy. Faint aromas of coffee, toffee, and alcohol.

Taste: Somewhat sweet, dark fruit notes of plums and raisin, roasted malts, and spicy peppery yeast. A little boozy and warming. Not as full-flavoured as I'd like.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied, slightly carbonated, finishes sticky.

Overall: For a Sam Adams beer, this is great. For a Belgian Strong Dark Ale, this is a little weak. Not as much flavour as I had hoped for but it isn't a disappointment. I may try aging one of these in the future.

EkimGram, Oct 21, 2011
Photo of cjacobsen
3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Classified as a Stout from the brewery, but Belgian Strong Dark Ale on BA. Reviewed as a Stout.

(A) Pours black, but it's not opaque. When held up to the light, ruby hues are seen throughout the beer. There is a slight head that diminishes rather quickly.

(S) Very sweet, well spiced. Has a bouquet of dark fruits and sugars. Dark cherry and yeast. Almost has a sour stout smell to it like NB Clutch or Tart of Darkness. Has a lot and very promising.

(T) Promising gone. What is this? The dark fruits, especially dark cherry, are very prominent. The fruits are paired with a bit of raisin and a hefty bout of spice.

(M) Medium body and rather oily. It's too carbonated, especially for a stout. Ends thin and dry.

(O) Not what I would have expected out of a stout. This beer is over spiced and over carbonated. I liked the idea and the aroma was very pleasant, quite awesome if I do say, but it was all downhill from there.

cjacobsen, Oct 19, 2011
Photo of Argion
4.22/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I saw this the other day and picked up a bottle. Big fan of the Belgium beers so I was dubious as to how good this one would be. I must say I was very surprised by how good it was. The flavor is intense but in a good way. No off flavors, everything complementing each other. Good head and appearance overall. Would drink this again.

Argion, Oct 19, 2011
Photo of foogerd
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Really dark brown almost red body with a dark caramel half an inch head.

S- Caramel malt, milk chocolate, some black licorice, mixes with some fruity banana like yeast.

T- Lots of yeasty banana like phenols come through with a sweet malty backing, lots of breads.

M- Pretty thick with moderate carb.

O- One of the best offerings I have seen from Sam Adams. Definitely worth picking up if you see it.

foogerd, Oct 17, 2011
Photo of ferrari29
3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beer poured from bottle into a Snifter shaped glass

A - Dark colored beer pours with a espresso brown colored head; one finger in size and held well; not much lacing formed around the glass; body has a slightly reddish hue around the edges; beer has a very liquid body

S - Spicy nose; touch of coffee roasted malt; hint of oak and whiskey; dry scents of allspice or grains of paradise

T - Licorice is followed up with a nice spice blast of nutmeg and allspice; slight flavor of coffee over the middle of the tongue; dry oak flavor

M - Thin body; slightly bubbly; heavy spice bite

D - Good beer overall; would compliment a nice cheese

ferrari29, Oct 16, 2011
Samuel Adams Thirteenth Hour Stout (Barrel Room Collection) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
84 out of 100 based on 810 ratings.