Samuel Adams Thirteenth Hour Stout (Barrel Room Collection) - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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4.03/5 rDev +8.3%
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!
12-27-2011 18:36:19 | More by jwc215
3.48/5 rDev -6.5%
Advertised as a Belgian Stout, but the BA style of Belgian Strong Dark Ale is more apt.
The head starts nicely but it settles very quickly and leaves no head. The broth is dark brown where light shines through along the edge.
Strong sour cherry and moist raisin aroma. The sourness is quite similar to a Geueze or Lambic. Not much of the darker malts present in the nose.
The darker malts appear in the taste but not nearly as strong as an English Porter or an Irish Stout. Really closer to a dark ale on the malt side. The sour flavor shows up in the swallow, but it doesn't last long. I note some vanilla (from the oak?) and stone fruit as well. The body is pretty typical for the style.
05-20-2012 19:15:42 | More by smcolw
3.73/5 rDev +0.3%
Appearance: pours a dark brown almost black color with a 1/4" head that breaks apart quicky. Large bubbles hug the sides of the glass.
Smell: loads of fruit sweetness and some alcohol are most detectable.
Taste: big sweet malt profile. Black cherries, prunes, some dark bitter chocolate, and a hint of espresso comes through late. Alcohol is mildly noticable here. Bitterness is moderate.
Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Very crisp to start, less crisp at the finish.
Overall: a decent slow sipping big beer, but it was a bit too crisp. Nice flavors, just wish it was a bit smoother.
02-26-2012 17:40:13 | More by Gavage
4.03/5 rDev +8.3%
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.
01-02-2012 04:17:51 | More by kojevergas
3.93/5 rDev +5.6%
750ml corked and caged bottle poured into a tulip. The brew appears dark brown in color with cola clarity around edges. A tan cap fades leaving spotty lace on the glass.
The aroma includes notes of cocoa and fruit. Some mildly vinous aspects with vanilla and caramel from the barrel aging as it breathes.
The taste has some vinous to raisony/plum notes before chocolate and more raisin. A little yeasty with caramel and oak/vanilla from the barrel creates a smoothness and suggestion of sweetness.
This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. Interesting with some good character but nothing id get exited about drinking again.
04-25-2014 13:00:17 | More by stakem
3.48/5 rDev -6.5%
(Served in a glass tankard)
A- This beer has a black dense body with a fizzy light tan head that last a bit and is supported by a few random bubbles that glide to the surface.
S- The smell of cola and dark raisins blend with some wet wood notes and a dark malt hint. The finish has notes of green raisins, spice and rubber bands.
T- The bright dark fruit flavor is well blended with not much depth but some toffee and prune notes come though wit a slight tang quality in the finish.
M- The light mouthfeel is crisp with a scrubbing fizz in the finish and an alcohol heat that hangs on the tongue as a warmth after each sip.
O- The flavors are well blended or perhaps it just doesn't have any depth and it is pretty light aswell. It has none of the flavors described on the bottle and I wouldn't guess this to be a stout if it wasn't printed on the bottle.
01-31-2012 21:34:41 | More by rhoadsrage
4.38/5 rDev +17.7%
Pours a three fingered light brown head that fades slowly to a ring, leaving some lace. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Color is black, no highlights. Spicy chocolate nose and flavor is sweet, spicy chocolate and coffee. Good stout - second only to their Imperial White. $9.99 for a caged and corked, black, 750ml bottle from Market Basket Concord, NH.
04-15-2012 22:32:54 | More by jdhilt
3.35/5 rDev -9.9%
Clear dark brown colored beer with a small brown colored head. This is a change from the light-proofed stouts that are so popular today.
Smell is fruity like a Foreign Export Stout. Fruit with chocolate and coffee. Catching some pepper from the alcohol fumes. Over all it isn't a strongly scented beer.
Starts out fruity and light in the mouth much more like wine than beer. Lightly sweet with the spicy taste of a Belgian yeast used. Chocolate, coffee and coriander tasted. Only problem is that the flavors are a bit on the light side. Tastes something like a Belgian Blond Ale with some patent malt added.
Mouthfeel is light.
Overall a disappointment Not saying it tastes bad, just saying I expected more flavor..
08-26-2012 00:24:56 | More by Zorro
United Kingdom (Wales)
3.16/5 rDev -15.1%
Pours a dark ruby brown. Tan fizzy head and lots of it.
This beer tastes more like a sour than a stout. A lot of sour/tart cherries. Roasted malts and chocolate. Belgian yeast flavors. Some oak and toffee.
Lighter bodied with a high amount of carbonation. Doesn't feel like 9%.
I thought this beer was fairly average. Just not really digging how sour it was. I probably won't drink this again.
03-06-2013 01:08:49 | More by mothman
3.78/5 rDev +1.6%
750 ml bottle into snifter, 2012 release. Pours fairly pitch black color with a 1 finger dense and fluffy khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of raisin, tart cherry, prune, chocolate, oak, coffee, pepper, clove, toast, roasted malt, light funk, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt, oak, and yeast ester notes. Taste of raisin, cherry, prune, pear, chocolate, light coffee, roasted malt, oak, floral, pepper, light clove, toast, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Lightly tart fruitiness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark fruits, chocolate, light coffee, oak, floral, clove, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Good balance and complexity of malt flavor with fruity/spicy yeast esters; with stronger fruitiness over roasted flavors and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a fairly creamy, slick, and lightly crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very good Belgian stout style. Good balance and complexity of roasted flavor with fruity/spicy esters; and very smooth to sip on. This was not nearly as robust as I was hoping for considering the style, but it was still a nicely enjoyable offering.
04-10-2013 05:23:04 | More by superspak
4.18/5 rDev +12.4%
Samuel Adams Thirteenth Hour Stout
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale
ABV: 9.00 %
LOOK: Dark brown color, little to no sediment, creamy coating of head that leaves some lace down the glass.
SMELL: Aroma of toasted malts, coffee, fruit, must, old oak. Has some dark fruits going on, with raisin, plum and fig notes.
TASTE: Rich dark fruits, candied malts, vanilla, oak and coffee are all dancing over the palate. Pretty damn tasty, with lots of sweet and savory flavors, a small tang, smooth vanilla, bourbon and coffee. As other tasters have noted, this is more akin to a belgian strong dark ale than a stout, but it is an enjoyable brew nonetheless.
FEEL: Full bodied, silky smooth, low-medium carbonation, and very nice altogether.
OVERALL: A successful brew from Samuel Adams. Lots of good flavors going on, and mostly do compliment each other. Barrel aging has added a nice touch to this beer, and it is drinking just fine right now. Would pair nicely with chocolates.
10-11-2012 19:06:00 | More by Stinkypuss
3.4/5 rDev -8.6%
Love these bottles from SA.
Pours a dark ruby, cola body. A very nice looking beer capped with a rich off-white head. Nice lacing.
Aroma is a touch weak. Some leather and plum. Cocoa and roasted grains. Some booze.
Flavors come and go. Red plum. Blackberries. A light cocoa and leather strap. Some candied Jolly Rancher in the back. Flavors are light, and I'm glad this one is listed as a BSDA instead of a quad, which is what the label suggests. It's strong, and has some good flavors, it just seems the carbonation lifts away the taste.
Finishes a bit hollow for me. But isn't bad by any means
01-19-2012 08:08:12 | More by Mebuzzard
3.55/5 rDev -4.6%
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.
01-17-2014 07:00:07 | More by biegaman
3.78/5 rDev +1.6%
Poured a deep black hue with a one finger foamy off white head. There was good retention and lacing.
The smell featured lively esters, burnt sugar and dry cocoa.
The taste was likewise full of esters, earthy sweet malts, dark fruit and dark chocolate.
The mouthfeel was typical of the style.
Overall a tasty offering from Sam Adams. Billed as a stout however, despite the esters.
09-20-2011 14:22:32 | More by plaid75
Samuel Adams Thirteenth Hour Stout (Barrel Room Collection) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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