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

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Ratings: 866
Reviews: 241
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 15.59%
Wants: 38
Gots: 121 | 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 theBubba
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

theBubba, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of lackenhauser
2.5/5  rDev -32.8%

lackenhauser, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of kojevergas
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1 pint 9.4 fl oz brown glass bottle (interestingly shapen) with hood and wire cap over a cork served into a Brown Palace mini-hefeweissbier glass in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live.

A: Pours a two finger head of pretty nice cream lacing, good thickness, and above average retention (especially considering the relatively high ABV). Colour is a solid black.

Sm: Sourness, bacteria, funkiness, and some spice. A moderately strong aroma. It grabs me.

T: The Belgian wild yeasts and bacteria funkiness go a long way in supplementing its complexity. Some light chocolate and hints of light oak. It's certainly complex, with subtle hints of caramelized malt and pleasant yeast buried beneath the enjoyable foundation. It's quite nicely balanced considering the menagerie of flavours. Built with care and inspiration.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with adequate coarseness and thickness to coax out the flavours. Near perfect considering how complementary it is to the complexity.

Dr: Quite drinkable, hiding its ABV extraordinarily well. I'd have this again on draught for definite. I don't think it would age well, but it might pair decently with chocolate. All around, one of (if not the) best Samuel Adams beers I've tried. Worth a try for any Samuel Adams fan.

kojevergas, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of blakelive784
4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

1 pt 9.4 fl oz bottle served in a weizen glass, reviewed live:

A - Pours a nearly black color, with a relatively thin, one finger tan head. Retention is awful, but excusable for the high abv.

S - Cocoa nibs, bitter coffee, roasted malt, funky bacteria, yeast, dark fruit, and cream all come to mind. Impressively complex and inviting.

T - Sour tart fruit, cream, roasted barley, yeasty esters, and banana. It's amazingly complex. The yeast play well with the traditional stout flavors..

M - Full bodied and crisp. The mouthfeel feels tailored to the beer as a whole.

D - Best offering from Sam Adams I've had. Hides its ABV extremely well and it's well built, complex and drinkable.

blakelive784, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of mikeg67
4.22/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Pours dark brown with a Champaign like carbonation, short lived brown head. Medium, slightly crisp body. Taste and aroma is of plums cherry, Belgium yeast, coffee, chocolate, brown sugar, spices some vanilla and woody notes. Long semi-sweet finish. Delicious, complex brew.

mikeg67, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of Keyes88
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Keyes88, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of h0gg
4.5/5  rDev +21%

h0gg, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of Blackshayde
2.35/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Not impressed with this one at all. Aroma consisted of plum, tobacco and vanilla oak. Taste was generally fruity with a small alcohol burn, nothing strong or very interesting. Became bored with this beer after first glass. Most prominent taste was plum and black licorice. Certainly not worth the hefty price tag and the barrel house Tripel is 100x better.

Blackshayde, Dec 28, 2011
Photo of shirfan
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown-red with slight highlights around the glass, thin but lacy head.

Good aroma -- cocoa, hints of coffee, estery pear, carmelized sugar.

Flavor is sweet, cocoa leads the way again with some belgian-inspired yeasty, fruity flavors in the background. Notes of pear and apple. Light mouthfeel for a stout, light body for a 9% brew. None of the flavors are "hit you over the head with a 2x4" in intensity, but they meld well.

Reminded me of La Fin in drinkability. Way easy and way smooth for its size. Not a behemoth of taste, but yummy in a restrained way. Could stand to be a bit thicker.

shirfan, Dec 28, 2011
Photo of Sammy
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A Belgian (milk?) stout. Coffee and lactose. Good looks, dark, foamy head, and lacey. Prominent coffee nose. Sweet and sour flavours.Decent drinkability.Middle mouthfeel.Not bad but expected something better from the ingredients. Great looking bottle.

Sammy, Dec 28, 2011
Photo of jwc215
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into tulip glass, as recommended:

Pours opaque black with a thick light brown head that has great retention until a few sips in. It doesn't leave much lacing, but leaves a wine or brandy-like film that has a deep reddish hue.

The smell is sweet and spicy with earthy and herbal tones. It has some peat smoke with a well-blended touch of coffee and chocolate. It has a "Belgian"character meshed with a traditional strong stout.

The taste is of peat smoke with sweet, sour and spice. The base is of vanilla/oak with coffee and chocolate. The sour character is strong, almost too strong, but tamed enough to let bittersweet notes in to give it complexity and balance. Chocolate, coffee and herbal spiciness come through. Alcohol, while noticeable, is dangerously well-covered. The finish is reasonably long.

It is full-bodied with a silky/creamy feel that is not thick.

This is a complex stout with quite a bit of character. The sour aspect is prominent. The oak/vanilla adds a positive dimension to the stout character. This is a nice "sipping" brew that is reasonably priced, well-made and certainly worth drinking!

jwc215, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.35/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served unto a snifter.

Appearance: Pours an opaque brown, not exactly black like some other stouts. Head is 3/4" with a dark caramel-white head. Head is thick resembling most Belgian ales but after just a sip or some patience settles much better.

Smell: Mmm..really an aroma. Beer has a scent which just keep ticking in my nose as I'm watching a movie as I'm drinking it. Has a scent which resemble scotch, the feeling of oaked wood.

Taste: I am not kidding this is a beer in it's own world. FYI I always am writing the review well before I look it up. You feel the of dark chocolate hugging the back of your tongue with slight molasses on the roof of your mouth. Slight sweet but then again quite strong the presence of alcohol is quite evident.

Mouth: Light-Medium carbonation, not hard to drink. Some might wish for more carbonation to compliment the taste. Yes sometimes it works that way.

Overall: This is definitely a premier beer. Strong flavors and incredibly complex with sweet with bitter with a taste which amplifies the alcohol inside. I hope you all enjoy and don't take it for granted...Cheers to all!

BlurryVisi0n, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of acanovas
1/5  rDev -73.1%

acanovas, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of Kranders
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big fan of the barrel aged series from Sam Adams in general. This one poured a nice deep rich black. It had some great oakyness in the nose that really popped through in the taste. I was a little surprised how oak-forward the beer was, and how slightly one dimensional the taste was. It finished a whole lot thinner than you'd expect. Not necessarily in a bad way, just an observation. Still, overall enjoyed it quite a bit.

Kranders, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of Marc33
1/5  rDev -73.1%

Marc33, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

great presentation from sam adams, who i keep wanting not to like because of how big they are, but who beer after beer continye to impress me hard. this one is in a unique cork and cage bottle with a fantastic shape. 10 bucks a go. pours a velvety crude oil color with what appears to be a lovely belgian yeast head, but shrinks quickly to a minimal layer of lace. smells like everything, belgian yeast, espresso, vanilla, and bourbon. taste is equally complex but nothing ovepowers anything else or asserts itself as dominant. does not scream stout at me, but thats okay. booze is not noticable at all until it gets warm, then it becomes quite strong, a even burns a bit on the way down. ive got to get my hands on more same barrel room beers. this is awesome, especially alongside some braised beef shortribs and long lost family!

StonedTrippin, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of Durb777
2.5/5  rDev -32.8%

Durb777, Dec 20, 2011
Photo of YouSkeete
4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep jet black. Clear, with orange/ruby edges. One finger bubbly tan head.

S: Hints of smokey bourbon, dark chocolates, raisins, molasses & syrup. Alcohol on the aroma. Notes of vanilla, cherry and some spice.

T/M: Bourbon, wood, malt and molasses on the initial sip. Sweet flavors of vanilla, bittersweet chocolate and roasted coffee follow. Lots of dark fruits including blueberries, raisins and plums. Notes of belgian yeast, wheat, and malted barley. Sweet, rich, milky. Medium to full body with moderate carbonation.

D: A moderately complex, extra sweet strong ale. Subjectively a bit too sweet.

YouSkeete, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of discord257
4/5  rDev +7.5%

discord257, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of FrankyLikesIt
4/5  rDev +7.5%

FrankyLikesIt, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of ahq514
4/5  rDev +7.5%

ahq514, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of Daktyls
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a pitch black color with a mahogany color around the outside with a one and a half fingered head of fine bubbles that recedes slowly.

S: A little spiciness up front followed by some chocolate and dark fruits. Also some oak notes and a little bit of vanilla.

T: The flavors here are more Belgian than they are stout. Mostly dark fruits and spiciness, and very little chocolate and vanilla notes. An interesting mix.

M: Very mild on the carbonation which goes along well with the body.

O: Overall, this is quite an interesting combination of the two styles, more Belgian than it is stout, but the combination does work. It would be nice to have this again.

Daktyls, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of jboyer
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

jboyer, Dec 10, 2011
Photo of BrewCrew2010
4/5  rDev +7.5%

BrewCrew2010, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of yesyouam
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Samuel Adams 13th Hour Stout is a very dark brown beer with a thick, creamy, beige head that has awesome retention and lacing. There is wood and spice in the aroma with notes of cinnamon and coffee. It's full bodied and smooth with a dry, slightly ragged finish. It's pretty complex and not very sweet. It has flavors of raisins and musk; cinnamon and dark chocolate, almost cherry. It's followed by a long, bitter coffee aftertaste. It's very unique.

yesyouam, Dec 09, 2011
Samuel Adams Thirteenth Hour Stout (Barrel Room Collection) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
84 out of 100 based on 866 ratings.