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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: 772
Reviews: 234
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 15.59%
Wants: 28
Gots: 88 | 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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4/5  rDev +7.5%

03-23-2013 00:03:58 | More by goblue3509
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2.75/5  rDev -26.1%

05-16-2013 12:11:55 | More by JohnnieNepal
Photo of bonkers

New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured from a bomber into a SA perfect pint, dark black pour with a rock solid white head. The aroma has some chocolate notes, some fruity esters. The taste has some oak, chocolate, fruity esters, lingering finish. The body is thin for the styly, carbonation is good. I liked it, interesting brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2011 00:38:51 | More by bonkers
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

08-29-2012 00:25:29 | More by randylangford
Photo of yesyouam

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2011 16:00:46 | More by yesyouam
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

04-27-2014 23:25:24 | More by Kurmaraja
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4.5/5  rDev +21%

02-17-2012 23:00:35 | More by savagepm
Photo of BEERMILER12


3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep mahogany, almost black with a tiny head that fizzes away to bubbles quickly

S: Very fruity from the yeast, spicy, slightly sour from the KMF, slight coffee and dark chocolate once it warms up a little. If I was blindfolded and smelled this, I wouldn't have had a clue it was a dark beer. Impressive

T: Same as the smell, but the roast, coffee, chocolate, and other stouty notes are all more pronounced than in the smell. Somehow, all of this is very well blended and doesn't get muddled. First is the sour, dark fruit, yeast, spice, and some darker roasts followed quickly by the coffee, dark chocolate, and some peppery alcohol. The bitterness that follows is most likely from the coffee and doesn't last very long

M: Medium bodied with moderate-high carbonation. The higher carbonation washes away any lingering flavors very quickly

O: Well, I honestly have no clue what this should be categorized as. Instead, I'm just going to rate this on enjoyment in drinking it, which was quite a bit. Certainly unlike any beer I've had before, and quite enjoyable trying to figure out what it is I'm actually tasting. Just don't get fooled into thinking it's either a stout or BSDA or whatever else you might want to call it. Just enjoy it

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2011 06:38:02 | More by BEERMILER12
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New York

4/5  rDev +7.5%

11-16-2012 19:09:07 | More by generallee
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West Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

10-07-2012 22:01:02 | More by wvsabbath
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1.25/5  rDev -66.4%

11-11-2013 15:35:47 | More by Rekrule
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

12-11-2012 02:31:16 | More by tbone1384
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4.18/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

25.4 oz bottle was poured into a large snifter.

Appearance: The beer a two finger mocha head that has reduced to a thin layer. It is a pitch black color with no clarity. Some signs of carbonation bubbles near the top ring of foam.

Smell: vanilla, booze, raisins, bananas, oak, other dark fruits, chocolate, roastiness, bready notes, spiciness, and tobacco too.

Taste: All of the above. Booze is up front, super dark fruits, burning spiciness that mellows, and

Mouthfeel: smooth, a bit dry, full bodied, burning spiciness, and medium carbonation.

Overall: A nice twist to the style. I have had the bottle for a year now and happy to see it has settled and aged well. I have another bottle and will age that one a bit longer.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2012 03:21:10 | More by Flounder57
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

02-09-2014 03:32:05 | More by khargro2
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3.61/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark with ruby highlights. Nice loopy lace.

Aroma is fruity belgian yeast. Less stout, more belgian.

Taste is definitely more on the belgian side, with a hint of oak and wood alongside a touch of heat. Very subtle and complex, but most certainly a sipper.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2014 23:54:24 | More by secondtooth
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3.3/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

750ml bottle served in a Chimay chalice.
2012 vintage.

A - Pours opaque with 1 finger of sandy head dying down to a wispy cap.

S - Woody Belgian yeast, bananas, dates soaked in rum, plums, currants, chocolate syrup, pears, juicy fruit gum.

T - Roasted malts, more acidic than the nose let on. Some toasted cocoa powder, toasted coconut, tart candy flavors, tangy fruit, currants, plums, green figs, pears, bananas, cola, allspice, finishes fruity and sweet with some acidity.

M - Moderate carbonation, prickly upfront but then smooths out.

An interesting mix of flavors. The aroma is very inviting. It's a mix of sweet and acidic fruit. The oak is very subtle and stays in the background, almost unnoticeable.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2013 02:23:49 | More by StaveHooks
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Ontario (Canada)

3.94/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a nice almost jet-black color to it. It has a nice creamy beige head that dies down moderately and leaves little lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of dark fruit (raisins and plums), some cherry tartness, dark chocolate, Belgian yeast and some woody oak.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a definite raisins, along with plums, light tart cherries, sweet dark chocolate, faint woody oak and a touch of yeast.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2013 22:43:24 | More by SebD
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3.66/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

As this was poured in a snifter the head took over and built a massive wall of foam that quickly ran away. The color was a tidy dark brown, maybe prune juice color.

There's a lot of scents in the nose but none of those in the label descriptions. There's a fruity prune or date, yeasts, Juicyfruit gum, wine or port and then a Worcestershire sauce like aroma.

The flavors were tart, much better as it warmed, and began to resemble a Quad. I also caught more wine and port like flavors before it ended in the Worcestershire sauce.

The feel is quite mellow and as it warmed there was more viscosity.

The Worcestershire sauce aroma and taste worries me as soy sauce flavor means a yeast issue and perhaps just a bad bottle. That flavor was light and the overall experience was better than average.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2013 20:40:51 | More by KYGunner
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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

11-25-2011 04:05:41 | More by JMBSH
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

06-03-2013 01:28:51 | More by TimoP
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

11-18-2013 22:28:12 | More by sd123
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

11-28-2013 15:15:53 | More by FLBeerGuy
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

09-30-2012 22:39:23 | More by Danobold
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4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No freshness dating known.

A= Pours a deep brown color not quite a black "stout" color in my opinion with a finger of head on it that rises and is active with it's falling but it falls much slower than it would appear. Great lacing on the glass.

S= The nose is very spicy. A nice dark fruity punky aroma to it that is pretty unexpected. There is a sort of dark cherry dark plum kind of aroma.

T= The taste is much less "tart" smelling but there is stil a big sort of funky cherry flavor. There is a decent amount of roast to it and a bit of a woody character. There isn't much chocolate or coffee in the taste or the nose. The barrel is light in flavor but the funk is definitally there.

M= A bright highly carbonated beer.

O= This is a unique beer. I went into it thinking imperial stout with a belgian twist but that's far from what it actually is. This is a funky belgian dark. Not bad but this is a decent beer and worth checking out.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2012 04:42:01 | More by jjanega08
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3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Drank from a 1 pt 9.4 fl oz corked and caged bottle
Served in a snifter
Thanks to my dad for this bottle.

Thinner bodied and cola-like in appearance. The liquid was topped by a dense, frothy, bubbly, three-finger, khaki colored crown. Drippy ringlets of lacing cascaded along the glass. The head slowly dropped to a resilient cap of foam.

The nose was nondescript and quite simplistic. Powdery and dry Belgian yeast notes dominated initially. Slightly roasty, toasty and bready. Touch of cold coffee. Some unpleasant plastic-like notes were also detectible. The nose became a bit more punchy as the beer warmed. A bready, malty sweetness came forth. Some oak, vanilla and spice as well. The booziness also became much more pronounced.

The flavor profile was far more interesting than the aroma. Sweet, bready malts and Belgian yeast notes came through strong on the front end. Somewhat roasty and toasty. Noticeable dark fruit flavors. Raisins and tart cherries were apparent. Some caramel and toffee notes. Touch of coffee. Oak, vanilla and spices appeared as beer warmed. Somewhat boozy and sharp.

The mouthfeel was light and frothy with a crisp, bubbly effervescence. Lively and sprightly on the palate.

All in all, this is a respectable attempt at a rather unique style of beer. If it were available in smaller format bottles, I might consider buying it again.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2013 03:40:27 | More by Damian
Samuel Adams Thirteenth Hour Stout (Barrel Room Collection) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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