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

Samuel Adams Thirteenth Hour Stout (Barrel Room Collection)Samuel Adams Thirteenth Hour Stout (Barrel Room Collection)

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Ratings: 728
Reviews: 229
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 15.82%


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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.

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NStLincoln

Nebraska

3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a weird barrel shaped bottle which may or may not have contributed to a really foamy pour. Dark brown color to the point of being black with light brown around the edges. Head is a light brown with good retention.

Smells of raisins and sour Belgian style ale. Complex, probably needs to warm up a bit.

I pick up the Belgian attributes of this beer first. It's got a smooth sourness to it. The stout part of the beer comes through with raisins, figs, and some spicy cinnamon action. Really hard to put my finger on what's going on here because there's so much going on.

Not the oil spill of a barrel aged stout that I'm used to but lots of interesting flavors. A beer to ponder.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2012 14:28:51 | More by NStLincoln
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brewskifan55

Mississippi

3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter

A: Black with amber highlights. A frothy tan half finger head that lingers. Great lacing.

S: Dark fruits (dates, plums, figs, raisins, cherries), malts, light chocolate.

T: Follows nose with a bit of coffee flavor tossed in. Don't know why they call it a stout. This definately drinks like a Belgian SDA. Sweet. Smooth, rich, robust. Even better as it warms. The oak starts to come through as does the 9% ABV.

M: Medium with creamy carbonation.

O: Decent, just not exciting. Glad I tried it, but not much bang for the bucks.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2012 17:47:59 | More by brewskifan55
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oberon

North Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours into a tulip glass a deep chocolate brown with ruby highlights,a creamy one finger light tan colored head atop.Aromas were a little light with some roast, molasses and fruity yeast esters.A little sharper than expected in the mouth,a lighter feel for the style.Not as roasted on the palate as the nose suggests,black licorice is big along with dark fruit and more yeasty fruitiness.Not bad but not worth the price tag in my opinion,still it's nice to see the Barrel Room Collection here in NC now.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2012 22:10:51 | More by oberon
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: single finger head with little/poor retention on a very dark bottle with red tints.

S: very interesting aroma. toffee, belgian yeast, floral notes, light tropical fruit

T: this beer is very strange. not much in the way of stout flavors. lots of belgian character, belgian yeast, tropical fruits, toffee and brown sugar. dark chocolate and raspberry are the dominant flavors thoug.

M: medium and oily body and moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: very belgian, not very stout-y. Not a bad beer. This is much more like a belgian dark strong as listed.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2012 04:53:32 | More by kylehay2004
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jsulko

Illinois

3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a snifter glass

Pours a very darkish brown with reddish hints. Decent off white head.

Smell has dark fruits and some roasted maltyness.

Taste has the dark fruits and some coffee notes. Roasty flavor also comes through. Yeast makes itself known a bit on the finish.

Didn't wow me. Not enough going on to go out of the way for.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2013 03:22:42 | More by jsulko
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fank2788

Connecticut

3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a tulip glass
One shade lighter than black with some reddish highlights when held up to a light, the head is pretty rocky with a mix of medium and fine bubbles. Smell is of dark fruit, dark roasted malts, a bit of funky yeast character and some coffee. The taste has a lot of the dark fruit and malt but I'm also getting this funky or vinous thing as well. Not much alcohol and no wood character in their either. The bitterness is very low to nonexistent as this beer remains quite sweet and syrupy throughout. There is a bit of a pepper tingle in the mouthfeel combined with medium to low levels of carbonation the finish is sweet and then dry, rather unusual actually. Overall this is a bit of a miss to me. I'm just not getting enough of the classic belgian yeast character that I would expect for a beer of this style, it is missing the wood that should be notable in a barrel aged beer and the funky flavor is a bit strange.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2013 01:35:56 | More by fank2788
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Lonelyshadow

New York

3.54/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured chilled into a beer mug.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown body with a slight brown head

Smell: A rich amalgamation of fruits, chocolate, coffee, and licorice.
Taste: Started with a raisin flavor blending into a coffee flavor, followed by a burnt chocolate flavor with undertones of licorice.
Mouthfeel: Sticky, I am not sure how else to describe it besides a sticky sensation. This was one of my least favorite parts of the beer.
Overall: I highly enjoyed this beer and would get another next time I am in the mood for a good dark beer. A word of caution though, the bottles are a tad bit too large to finish in one sitting.

Serving type: bottle

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2013 22:44:30 | More by Lonelyshadow
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cjacobsen

Illinois

3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2011 20:33:02 | More by cjacobsen
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rfgetz

New Jersey

3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2011 14:28:07 | More by rfgetz
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jondeelee

Massachusetts

3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2012 17:29:00 | More by jondeelee
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

With a simplified palate and cleaner (more yeast neutral) taste, Samuel Adams' Thirteenth Hour puts on a full out display of Belgain dark ale flavor. But with a series that celebrates wood aging, where's the wood character?

Pouring a dense dark brown color with garnet highlights, the beer seems to carry a bit more visual weight and darkness than is usual in the style. A semi-turbulent pour only amounts to a medium statured sandy tan head that's less demonstrative than Belgian comparables. Low lacing, fizzy recession, and medium-short retention keeps the beer a little lackluster.

Dark fruit, candied malts, and vine ripened grapes give a substantial malt scent with a wine-like backdrop. Fruit and spice mingle in an orgy of grapes, black pepper, blackberry, cumin, cherry, clove, currant and corriander that balance the nose with little evidence of hops. Mild wood notes carry a hearty oak note that blends in well with caramel malts and fruit and come to life as the beer warms.

Dry fruit taste is coupled with peppery spice that carries the balance of the beer from start to finish. This symbiotic relationship plays out on a substrate of syrups and candy coated malty taste. Developments of cola, coffee, light cocoa nibs, and dates rise at mid palate and carry over to a simply sweet and candied finish.

Sweet textures fill the mouth with a film of sugar that never dissolves. The tack of sugar invites early creaminess that fades quickly, leaving an extended middle palate of residual malt sweetness and cola-like coat. Finishing spicy, malty-dry, and lightly acidic; the beer refuses to conclude quietly.

The Thirteenth Hour is a fairly typical Belgian-style strong dark ale that's made by a U.S. brewery with U.S. ingredients and techniques. These usually result in a sticky sweet taste with simple fruit and simple spice with little of the rustic intangibles that make authentic versions so great. A higher wood aged presence would have given a much needed complexity to make me forget about the one-dimensional sweet taste.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2012 06:38:14 | More by BEERchitect
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Thirteenth Hour - known as "the witching hour" - does indeed look a product of the dark arts; normally a beer so black doesn't come equipped with such a towering, foamy head. Holding it to the light we're let in on the little secret that this beer is actually concealing deep brown tones.

I expected a lot more character than this. I figured a big barrel-aged stout fermented with Belgian-yeast would have enough rich, roasted malts, coffee, and dark chocolate flavours to make this review an easy and quick one to write. Turns out, however, there's a lot to be said but little of it has to do with an abundance of flavour...

This has aromas and tastes of raisins, prunes, oak, chai spice as well as anise and clove, but nothing remotely rich or overtly 'stout-like'. What it does have is an unexpected sourness - turns out the stout is only the base beer. Thirteenth Hour is blended with Kosmic Mother Funk (a barrel- and Brettanomyces-soured wild ale).

This sourness was carefully mixed in so as to be more of a background note, but it's not exactly in good proportion to the malt; the problem is there simply isn't enough malt. It's certainly not overwhelming (nothing tart or puckering) but it's more defining than complimenting. It adds value to the beer but doesn't help the appreciation of the stout.

Sam Adams is also being a little deceiving when they say that Thirteenth Hour is brewed with 13 ingredients - the only extra ingredient in this beer is two kinds of brewing sugars (and I'm not sure why they needed to use two?). As for the rest: 7 are different malts, two are varieties of yeast, one is the hop, and one is a different beer altogether. Not quite as unique as it's billed.

While we're on the topic of being mislead, the brewery is free to call Thirteenth Hour a stout - and, to be sure, it started out as one - but it drinks far more like a Belgian Strong Dark Ale. And it's not a particularly good one at that. Indeed, this disappoints on all possible fronts - stout, Belgian dark, barrel-aged and soured beer - unable to satisfy on any of those accounts.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2014 07:00:07 | More by biegaman
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Vonerichs

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2011 02:56:12 | More by Vonerichs
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shirfan

New York

3.58/5  rDev -4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2011 18:13:27 | More by shirfan
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kaelingirl

Massachusetts

3.58/5  rDev -4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2012 22:10:42 | More by kaelingirl
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KKB

Massachusetts

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

A – Oak and ruby body with a wheat toast head that has solid retention, though limited lacing. Looks pretty good.

S – Toasted malt that gives it a slight milk-chocolate scent, cherries and dark fruit, a slight wine-esque background, black pepper and clove, vanilla and oak.

T – Not terrible. Honestly though the first sip I took tasted like cherry flavored cough syrup. Gets better as you keep going. Has a cherry-cola like flavor to it that is smoothed over with all the malt, definitely has a dried fruit taste to it, somewhat raisiny, peppery spice element. Towards the end it tastes like dates and figs, with a slight cocoa element to it. I’d go so far as to say it’s good. Not great mind you, but downright good.

M – This is probably the best part of the beer. It has a silky, velvety, mouthfeel to it that keep the flavor on the palate for a lengthy amount of time. It’s very nice.

O – I would not recommend this beer. If it was offered to me I might drink it, but I definitely wouldn’t buy it again. It has some positive elements to it, but the flavors clash more than they build upon one another.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2012 02:23:20 | More by KKB
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doppelmeup

North Carolina

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

I really wanted to like this beer, but ended up being quite disappointed. It wasn't terrible, but really wasn't what I was was expecting. Here's the review:

A: Loved the caged/cork, and it let out a loud POP when I opened it. Poured a deep murky black, but I noticed a thinness to the beer even as it poured. Nice foamy head and decent lacing.

S: Lots of booze and stewed prunes, Belgian yeast, but not much coffee or chocolate.

T: Very sweet and no doubt a Belgian ale. But I was wanting much more of a "stout" flavor after reading the label, but instead really just got a strong dark Belgian-esque ale. Not much chocolate or coffee. Lots of fruit and yeastiness going on, and a definite boozy quality. As the beer warmed, it got oppressively sweeter and sweeter until I couldn' t finish the last few ounces.

M: Drank like a typical Belgian ale, but too thin for a stout.

O: Rather disappointed in this one. I wouldn't get it again.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2012 20:01:59 | More by doppelmeup
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macrosmatic

Florida

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

Reviewed from notes. Poured from funny-shaped bomber into a Peg's snifter glass.

A: Dark brown, nearly black, and fairly opaque. A one and a half finger off-white head, and good visible carbonation.

S: Fruit, fruity esters, oak, vinous.

T: Follows the nose. Fruity esters, heavy on apple and grapes/wine. Some sweet malts. Near the end, mixed with the oaky tannins, there is a bit of an astringent, metal flavor that is off-putting. This does fade some as warms.

M: Medium body, lots of carbonation sensation. The ABV is very well-hidden.

O: Not a thrilling offering from Sam Adams, but perfectly drinkable. Does improve as it warms during the drink.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2012 01:26:19 | More by macrosmatic
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Bung

North Carolina

3.59/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A very dark cola black pour. Finger of dark cream head. The layer retains quite well. Sticks to the glass ever so slightly.

Aroma, very fruity and figgy/raisiny. Quite a bit of estery "Belgian" notes. Some tartness.

Taste, tiny bit of grape up front. Brown sugar and molasses. There is some earthy chocolate and coffee, but really only after it warms quite a bit.

Maybe medium body, carbonation is just a tick on the higher side. A very faint warming. Drinks pretty well, just a bit thin, like most dark style Belgians in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2013 03:03:58 | More by Bung
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outdoorbrewer

New Jersey

3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cage and cork bottle poured into 6 sampler glasses for all at the table to taste. Creates a nice creamy head that lasts over opaque black beer that does coat to lace. Nice moderate malt aroma of cookie, chocolate, banana bread, toffee, vanilla balanced with some floral perfume like hops. Initial flavor says choco-malto- sweetness showing a bitter/sour presence with esters to fit the Belgium category. Finish sour of long duration medium to full body, dry texture, fizzy carbonation that actually creates a nice feel.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2011 23:54:54 | More by outdoorbrewer
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SABERG

Massachusetts

3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into modified tulip glass. Initially chilled but allowed to warm.

A - Deep dark, a bit of ruby coloring. Head was prolific, lacing was very good.
S - Currants, cocoa, leather, subtle spice notes, quite pleasant.
T - Vexing, some sweetnes, a little spice, dried fruit, alcohol hidden in the mix.
Spiciness as the glass warmed. This is a hard brew to pin down.
M - Medium across the palete, nice carbonation level. A moderate linger where some of the alcohol warms.
O - I waited to try this and am glad I did. This is a challenging beer to review. The brewery keeps up the fine work, while challenging our palates.

Cheers

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2012 01:09:28 | More by SABERG
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artdob

California

3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Couldn't pass up this bottle as it just simply proclaimed, "Buy me" as I caught a glance whe perusing the beer aisles at Toyal Wine.

Frnstarters, the bottle is sealed with a cork and a champagne like cork cage. The fun begins with the popping off the cork followed immediately with a light smoke rising out of the bottle.

This beer pours a dark black and a tan head that is modest but acceptable for the style.

The nose offers a spiciness, stewed plums, espresso, brown sugar, and chocolate notes.

Initial taste is somewhat light. First notes offer roastiness, followed by coffee and raisin characteristics. Mild oakiness too and a wild mushroom base offers additional complexity.

Mouthfeel has moderate carbonation - initially crisp and quickly presenting nice warmth.

Sweetness, fruitiness, cocoa and roasty tones take hold as the beer evolves.

A nice belgian-style stout. Doesn't knock my favorites off the mantle, but a decent excursion on the Stout journey.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2012 04:36:01 | More by artdob
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter.

3.5 A: Black or nearly so color. Two and a half fingers of frothy beige head. Retention is initially poor with the last half finger sticking around a good while. A short ring of lacing is left.

4.0 S: Starts out with something like a ginger bread cookie - Christmas spices, brown sugar, caramel, sugar, and a bread/dough mix. Roast is next followed by sugar plums, dates, currants, and dark karo syrup. Booze is very well hidden. It's definitely closer to a BSDA than a stout. It's pretty much an American BSDA. Pretty good whatever it is.

3.5 T: Like the nose, but a little less depth of flavor. Spices, caramel, brown sugar, and bread. Dark sweet fruits - raisin, candied plums, currants, and sticky dates. Again booze is well hidden. Not bad.

3.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation with a light spritziness. Reasonably creamy. Good here.

3.5 D: Overall good effort. It was a little pricey though, so I doubt I'd buy it again. No faults and solid all around.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2013 02:45:53 | More by DavoleBomb
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srhoadsy

Florida

3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Served slightly chilled into a tulip.

Pours a deep sable color with an inch of dark tan head that quickly recedes leaving little to no surface layer or lacing.

Spicy and sour aromas remind me of chutney.

Flavors of sour cherries, bittersweet chocolate, clove and pepper.

Medium bodied with a sweet but crisp finish. Light carbonation with a mild aftertaste.

Hard for me to judge this one, as it's not one of my favorite styles. Overall a good beer, could use a little more body.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2013 00:16:40 | More by srhoadsy
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Tsar_Riga

Indiana

3.61/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - This beer is pretty beautiful, with a big tan head with some considerable staying power and lacing. Dark brown to black, mostly opaque.

S - Plums, prunes, raisins and the like come through, with a sour current, along with hints of the oak and alcohol from its time in the barrel. Very little of the chocolate and really none of the coffee elements I normally associate with a stout, but I'll grant a number of Belgian beer elements. Yeast is pretty present and offers its own bread and funk layer, as well.

T - If the the smell indicated Belgian, the taste screams it. This dark Belgian confirms the dark fruit smells, with a strong thread of sour down the middle, and a hint of bitterness mingling for the finish. There's some hint of the alcohol from the barrels, but it is definitely placed firmly in the background by other elements.

M - Thinner, and less creamy than I hoped. Again, this is less stout than straight up strong dark ale. Nevertheless, the feel is fine for a dark ale, with decent carbonation strong enough to pop the cork when I opened it.

O - I'm torn. The fact is, I was looking for a stout, and I got a Belgian dark ale. Now, I like Belgian dark ales, so that is not a bad thing, but there was really nothing particularly stout-like about this experiment. If the base starts there, by the end the other elements dominate. I enjoy the beer, but it really isn't even exceptional as a Belgian, and the barrel aging seems to add little beyond a few alcohol and wood notes.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2014 03:38:22 | More by Tsar_Riga
Samuel Adams Thirteenth Hour Stout (Barrel Room Collection) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
84 out of 100 based on 728 ratings.