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

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Reviews: 271
Hads: 1,008
Avg: 3.77
pDev: 29.71%
Wants: 40
Gots: 204 | FT: 4
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Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale | 9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Jason on 08-11-2011

Aged in oak barrels; hand-bottled corked & caged; bottled-conditioned.
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Photo of Mikus
3.41/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a big-ass bottle (oddly shaped, bomber-sized) into my snifter glass. Deep, opaque brown with tinges of deep red around the base when held to the light. 1/2 finger of tan head which quickly faded. Aromas of oak and molasses. The flavors were very reminiscent of a trippel with hints of molasses, banana, some dark fruit (raisins?), some alcohol (expected at 9%). This had a rich mouthfeel, but again, not what I was expecting for a stout. Overall, this drank like a trippel, albeit a dark appearing trippel... not quite sure what SA's definition of a 'Belgian' stout is, but be aware that this did not drink like a stout. However, it was a pretty nicely balanced beer overall, which improved as the glass warmed.

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Photo of jondeelee
3.57/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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Photo of ferrari29
3.42/5  rDev -9.3%
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

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Photo of scratch69
3.74/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I poured a bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance- Very dark brown color with ruby highlights and two fingers of a lingering tan head. Moderate amount of lacing.

Smell- Strong raisin aroma with some notes of chocolate and oak.

Taste- Sweet dark fruit flavor with a light funky twang. Occasionally getting a light hint of chocolate and coffee.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with a high level of carbonation.

Overall- This is not what I expected. It is more like a sour ale than a stout, but it is still very interesting and enjoyable.

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Photo of warriorsoul
3.26/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Grabbed a bottle a few months back at Wegman's. Reasonably priced at $10.99 or so.
Pours like a coca cola, dark brown with some fizzy head with no spotty lacing.
Aroma is decent. Dark figs, brown sugar, sweet malt, and sadly, grapes.
Taste is where this one goes down hill for me personally. It's not a bad beer at all, but chocolate....? Nope. Coffee? Negatory. Oak? Not finding it.
Description is very misleading.
Fairly high carbonation, but not distracting....just a bit higher than I would have appreciated.
Finishes fairly clean.
Not a bad beer, but falls short based on my expectations after reading the label.

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Photo of Hopfenpeter
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass the beer is clear, very dark brown, with hints of red. The dark tan bubbly head builds two and a half inches high and sticks arround for a little while. Little lacing on the glass.
The smell is of dark fruit, some coffe in the background.
The front is a very strong combo of dark fruit. Plum, Black Cherry and raisin are dominent, almost a bit overpowering. Some chocolate and coffee hints in the background. The finish provides trhe taste of a typical belgian dark ale.
Very nice brew!

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Photo of Gushue3
3.89/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At NOTF

A- almost flat black bit can see through in small areas. No head when i got it from the pourer.

S- a little tart scent upfront and behind that is chocolate malt and lemon zest. Lots of aromatics in this

T- medium to light tartness carries throughout. Dark malt and fruits like raisins along with a small alcohol hint. Very odd but refreshing combination of flavors.

M - medium to heavier feel with similar carbonation. Carbonation explodes as it hits the tongue to make it really creamy.

O- nice stout with some tartness. I guess i was spoiled with dark horse sour plead the fifth being my first sour stout.

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Photo of superdedooperboy
3.35/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750-ml corked-and-caged brown glass bottle poured into a tulip glass. Served at cellar temperature, approximately 45-50 degrees F.

Pours with a billowing head of light cocoa foam that fizzles away fairly quickly, settling down to a half-finger cap that seems to stick around indefinitely. Fat, patchy lacing hangs on the walls of the glass as it empties. The body is black as night until held to the light, whereupon a few streaks of garnet gleam through the abyss.

The nose is an interesting melange of raspberry, clove, anise, a hint of vanilla; there's more to it, but things are difficult to pin down. It would be nice to know what type of oak was used to age this, as the aroma seems to suggest some sourness that may be attributable to wild yeast, bacteria, or perhaps wine character -- all of which could have been imparted by the oak used.

Surprisingly light in body, though this is only because I have come in expecting the character of a 9% ABV stout; this truly does seem to land more in the zone of a Belgian Strong Dark Ale, and so the good people at Boston Beer should consider a change in description. As stated, light-bodied, with a mild carbonation; up front, tart cherry and raspberry seem to take hold, with a bit of semi-sweet chocolate hiding underneath, somewhat reminiscent of a raspberry ganache-filled truffle. While some notes of lightly roasted coffee and subtle hints of pepper and allspice bounce along the middle, the tart character envelops it all and carries everything through into the finish. Roasted coffee, dark chocolate and a hint of tart cherry linger afterward.

Overall, this is a difficult brew to place. It is difficult to define stylistically, but beyond that it's difficult to say whether or not it's pleasant to drink or a chore -- it seems to fit in some strange middle ground of all these things, and therefore cannot be judged highly or lowly. It isn't a bad beer, for certain, but rather more of a questionable one. At $8.99, a bottle won't break the bank, and will make an interesting beer to share with a friend (it does, in fact, become more of a chore if drinking an entire bottle alone), but coming from a company with coffers much larger than many smaller breweries with similar offerings at equal or lesser cost, it could use a little price drop.

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Photo of Khazadum
4.17/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

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Photo of JamesMN
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Black body with maroon hues when held up to the light. Fizzy tan head.

Aroma: Dark malts and some yeast presence.

Taste: Some light chocolate flavor with a good dark malt character. Some plum and other dark fruit flavors that you usually get with this style. The 9% ABV is masked pretty well. Smooth finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light in body with slightly above average carbonation. Almost creamy at times. Good drinkability.

Final Thoughts: A good beer from a hit and miss brewery. Would I drink it again? I wouldn't turn it down but I wouldn't seek it out. I will be looking for other bombers in this series from Samuel Adams.

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Photo of ClavisAurea
4.16/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

no bottling date visible. Cool bottle though.

Poured a thin dark brown with a nice dark head. Cherries, Belgian yeast, raspberries, chocolate, some coffee, vanilla and maybe oak in the nose. Taste is nothing short of cherry Coke; very weird. The carbonation is high but nice. I'm not so sure about the Belgian Stout name. It is very good though. A surprise from Sam Adams to be sure.

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Photo of horshack7
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: It's rather dark with a thin beige head on top.

Aroma: Dark fruits, molasses, toffee, touches of chocolate and coffee notes as well. Minor hints of plum, licorice root, caramlized plantains.

Taste: A toffee like mouthfeel. Malt forward, solid amounts of dark coffee, coaco, plums, black licorice and some toffee and light nots of clove and banana.

Notes: Hearty and drinkable. Cheers.

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Photo of BierJager89
4.17/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Black with a short brown head.

S: Chocoalte, brown sugar, coffee in the nose.

T: Starts with chocolate, followed by some brief coffee notes, then uickly finishes by dark fruit followed by tart berries and citrus.

M: Smoothish, could be smoother, full bodied, a bit creamy.

O: Not the best body, but a damn good Belgian style stout.

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Photo of vickersspitfire
3.89/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter, it’s almost pitch black at first sight, but as you hold it up to the light, beautiful dark reds and amber colors shine through. The head is thick, dense and very creamy, very active with popping bubbles and it’s all very tempting… and it sticks around for quite some time too, making a great companion as you drink this beer. Lots of dark fruits in the aroma, raisins, figs, grapes, mild apple, slight roasted malts and spices are all present. The flavor is just as pleasing, malts are more present and the spices take the backstage in this part. Its slightly bitter overall and the sweetness comes out as you swallow. The spices are also more evident in its aftertaste, the alcohol is well hidden. This is one smooth beer and a great tasting one at that too.

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Photo of Kinsman
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a decent shade of black but it's not the darkest of stouts. Creamy tan head does make a nice showing but it lacks a bit in volume.

First whiff and greeted by a surprisingly more wild character than expected with an acidic character thats backed up by some grape juice and raisin-like fruitiness. While the yeast does a lot of the talking, some room is left for the woody notes to come through and a bit of a cocoa roasty note.

Fruity, roasty, spicy, funky... all of that can be found in this beer, making for quite a tasty ride. Cocoa and coffee notes are present but they really don't stand out like you would expect from a stout... seems as if the Kosmic Mother Funk portion of the blend hides a lot of the stout but I'm fine with that. KMF gives you it's nice funky sour notes and a bit of the oak flavors as well.

Mouthfeel is pretty full bodied but bubbly and crisp... something that wasn't quite expected but isn't bad. Overall, I'm impressed with this addition to the Barrel Room Collection. It's nice to have an affordable and approachable wild dark ale.

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Photo of BigPlay1824
3.43/5  rDev -9%
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

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Photo of acevenom
4.42/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The cork came off with a loud pop and lots of smoke emerged from the bottle. Poured into a large brandy snifter. Pours dark brown with a tan head. The head does not hang around, leaving a ring of lacing on the side of the glass. The aroma of this beer is spicy with those coffee and chocolate notes. There's some dark fruits (plum and prune) in the smell as well as some alcohol. There's also some of that oak with some vanilla. But those chocolate notes from the malts are dominant in the nose. There is some tartness as well. If you took a Belgian strong dark ale and married it with a stout, this is the sort of beer you'd get. It has those familiar Belgian dark ale flavors with the spice and dark fruits. You get that oakiness from the barrels. Those stout flavors come through well too. I get that chocolate from the malt as well as those coffee notes. I get some of the alcohol, but it doesn't overpower. The tartness also comes through in the taste. The beer is smooth with a slightly dry finish. The drinkability is high. This is an excellent beer.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.79/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From the bottle, it pours a dark brown with a small head, quickly dissipating to a ring around the top. Lots of coffee in the nose. A little chocolate in the mouth, along with the alcohol and malt. Enjoyable!

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Photo of Cavanaghty
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a Sam Adams glass.

Appearance: Very dark, almost no light could be seen through the glass. Brown foamy head with spotty lacing on the glass.

Smell: Smell of roasted/taosted malts, carmels, coffee, chocolate, and maybe some fruit as well, alcohol is present.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Thick, medium to full bodied. Taste has malts up front that give way to carmel, coffe, chocolate, and fruity flavors, leaves a bittersweet taste behind.

Overall: Not a huge fan of stouts personally, but I will give credit were due, it is a very well crafted beer, I did enjoy the whole bottle, but probably won't buy again, just cause as I said before, these darker heavier stouts and ales are not my style.

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Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Appearance: Very dark mahogany, almost black; medium frothy tan head with good lacing

Smell: I can't think of how to describe this. It is very interesting, and smells good, but not like any beer I've ever smelled before. The main aroma is almost like a Black Forest cake made with black cherries; oak is there, too, and almost a rye bread aroma. I think some of it reminds me of a reuben sandwhich, maybe the thousand island sweet smell with swiss cheese funk.

Taste: this is a challenge. there's a lot going on with this one. Oak and dark fruit with the reuben sandwhich. Maybe my brain is just keyed in on the aroma.

Mouthfeel: very creamy.

Remarks: interesting overall, but not something I'd seek out again. Probably go well with, you guessed it, a reuben.

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Photo of shirfan
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Not as dark or opaque as most stouts, but certainly in the ballpark. Has a pronounced red tinge near the surface and a good amount of carbonation is visible when held against the light. A sizeable head form even on a gentle pour- promising. Pretty sticky lacing, too. The bottle shape is unique, and artwork is clean, even if it isn't eye-catching.

S: Roasted malt is where the typical stout aromas end. I'm also getting some sassafrass root, sweet cola, and I almost want to say ginger.

T: Pretty spicy, although it's offset by the cola. It has that dark malt backbone, but it's subtle. Not very dark, no coffee, chocolate, or oak like the label promised. I like it, but not what I was expecting at all.

M: It's almost like soda- pretty thin, lots of carbonation, although it is smaller and doesn't bite your tongue as much.

O: I guess it does say Belgian in style, but this still is a little off from the stout classification. Spice and herbal roots play the major roles here, not dark malt or its oak aging. If you look past that it's a good beer, but I was hoping for a thicker beer with darker flavors.

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Photo of gpogo
3.82/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

A- Dark brown body with a tan/cream colored head.

A- Sweet cola like initial aroma. Fruits and a belgiany smell.

T- Sweet dark belgian up front taste that gives way to a very sweet chocolate with hints(very light) of coffee. Finishes with a spicy feel and a hot alcohol air.

M- Medium body that sticks to your mouth and leaves a nice reminder taste and feeling of the beer. Moderate carbonation.

D- Quite enjoyable, probably one of my favorites of the "barrel series."

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Photo of BDIMike
4.39/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a jet black color, even when held to the light. A thin tan head is created, but goes away very quickly.
Smell has a lot of very nice things going on. A slight bit of coffee and chocolate, but a strong, sweet dark fruit smell dominates the nose. Plums, sugars, and sweet smells took me off guard.
Taste is fantastic. The chocolate notes are stronger in the taste, but still a very sweet stout. Dark fruit tastes are very sweet raisins, with rum and spice tastes as well. Almost tastes like a liquid bread pudding.
Mouthfeel is very highly carbonated for a stout. Not what I expected, but much more refreshing than most stouts.
Drinkability is great on this stout. A ton of great tastes and with a good amount of carbonation makes this a really drinkable stout that you could drink for a long time. Also, because of all the unique and interesting tastes, this is a beer that you would want to drink a lot of on a fall day when winter is creeping in. Find a way to get your hands on this beer and try it!

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Photo of TruePerception
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

(Previous review, transferred from beer journal)

Sam Adams Thirteenth Hour: Belgian stout, Barrel Room Collection, oak aged, 9% ABV, a LOT of head, good lacing, head is the color of uncooked pancake batter;

Appearance: black, reddish brown tint in the light;

Smell: light, sour note, bit of chocolate sweetness;

Taste/Mouthfeel: slight grape-y sourness, subtle coffee, hint of clove, oaky sweetness;

Overall: incredibly smooth, odd yet pleasant combination of flavors;

Good/Really Good

Poured into a pint glass.

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Samuel Adams Thirteenth Hour Stout (Barrel Room Collection) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
85 out of 100 based on 271 ratings.