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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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919 Ratings
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Ratings: 919
Reviews: 260
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 15.63%
Wants: 38
Gots: 156 | 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:
Beer added by: Jason on 08-11-2011

Aged in oak barrels; hand-bottled corked & caged; bottled-conditioned.
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Photo of XmnwildX12
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of russpowell
3.23/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Opens with a resounding pop! Pours mahogany with 3+ fingers of fluffy tan head. Good lacing & head retention

S: Dark fruit, faint fusel booze notes

T: Figs, raisins, dryness & a touch of woody hops up front, along with a bit of booze. Some cherry notes mix in with oakyness as this warms. Finishes boozey, dry & jammy

MF: Fairly chewy, low carbonation

An okay crack at the style at best, will probably do better some age on it. It is a little too dry & oaky to me, a little too hot still

Photo of MarkyMOD
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of mactrail
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep ruby-tinted brown in the Saint Martin tall tulip. A nice foam with a brown tint. Faultless carbonation with a nice spritz on the tongue.

The first taste is something like licorice. Very dark malt flavors dominate with a sweet, roasted chestnut flavor. Barely a hint of burnt sugar. Lots of dark caramel. Fig jam fruitiness. Tastes like Christmas candy with a hint of cinnamon. Really intriguing flavors. The Belgian flavors are fairly under cover, with just a little of the dry aftertaste showing up.

Rich and more of a dessert drink, but another intriguing and well-made beer from Sam Adams. From the 750 ml bottle bought at Liticker's in San Diego.

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.69/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of beernads
2.25/5  rDev -39.4%

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

Photo of jwc215
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
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!

Photo of kojevergas
4.02/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Photo of smcolw
3.47/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of InspectorBob
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of duceswild
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of Gavage
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, 2012 vintage bottling. Pours clear nearly opaque dark brown/black color with a 2 finger dense khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big raisin, plum, cherry, fig, chocolate, cocoa, toast, dark bread, molasses, light coffee, pepper, oak, herbal, light funk, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity yeast, dark/roasted malt, and light-moderate oak barrel notes; with good strength. Taste of big raisin, plum, cherry, fig, chocolate, cocoa, toast, dark bread, molasses, light coffee, pepper, oak, herbal, light funk, and yeast earthiness. Light fruity tartness/yeast spice on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, plum, cherry, fig, chocolate, cocoa, toast, dark bread, molasses, pepper, oak, herbal, light funk, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity and robustness of dark/roasted malt, fruity yeast, and light-moderate oak barrel flavors; with a great malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, fairly creamy/bready, and slightly acidic mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice Belgian strong dark ale. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity yeast, dark/roasted malt, and light-moderate oak barrel flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of stakem
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of imperialking
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of LXIXME
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of mothman
3.16/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of Gonzoillini
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of chinchill
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Black in glass with only a touch of brown at the edges in bright light, but a thin layer is a deep reddish brown. The head is well proportioned, creamy dark tan in color, and has excellent retention with decent lacing.

Aroma: complex, fruity and spicy with some sweet malt evident too. Lots of raisins.

The rich and complex flavor reflects some toasted malts with coffee and a variety of spices. Hints of dark fruits and chocolate.

Full body with ample soft carbonation. Near perfect!

O: This cross-over ale serves as an excellent American version of a Belgian dark strong ale. Good even by that high standard although much of the spiciness comes from spices rather than the yeast.

Bought at the brewery just a few days ago and shared with me: thanks LJ.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.39/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Samuel Adams Thirteenth Hour Stout (Barrel Room Collection) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
84 out of 100 based on 919 ratings.