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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Style:
Strong Ale - Belgian Dark
Ranked #328
ABV:
9%
Score:
85
Ranked #31,019
Avg:
3.77 | pDev: 15.12%
Reviews:
291
Ratings:
1,080
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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
 
Massachusetts, United States
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Wants
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SCORE
85
Very Good
Samuel Adams Thirteenth Hour Stout (Barrel Room Collection)Samuel Adams Thirteenth Hour Stout (Barrel Room Collection)
Notes: Aged in oak barrels; hand-bottled corked & caged; bottled-conditioned.
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Reviews by jnjander:
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jnjander from Georgia

4/5  rDev +6.1%

Aug 25, 2012
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LiquidAmber from Washington

4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Maudite snifter. Pours a very dark ruddy brown, appearing black in the glass. Healthy three finger light brown head with great retention and massive lacing. Aroma dominated by light fruit, particularly cherries and Belgian yeast and spicing. Light element of toasted malt; kind of the opposite I'd expect from a stout (as per the lable), but appropriate for the style listed here on BA. Pleasant, but surprising. Flavor is also confusing, starting with sweet light fruit juice, developing into slightly sour cherry, finishing with pleasant light and dark fruit with slight Belgian yeast and spicing. I'm not picking up much wild yeast funk nor much if any toasted malt. Not detecting the chocolate nor oak, maybe a hint of each. I'm uncertain how to review this; if by the lable, it is a somewhat of a miss. A stout with no toasted or dark malt flavor does not seem in style. Since it is pleasant to drink, I'm going to score it under the BA style of Belgian strong dark ale. Flavor is overall light, but nicely balanced and an interesting flavor progression. Body is medium with a bit of creaminess; nice mouth feel. A reasonable domestic take on a BSDA. Alcohol is well covered by the flavor. I recommend this ale, but don't grab one expecting a traditional (or even Belgian style) stout. The BA strong Belgian ale style is spot on. I like this and will probably buy it again.

Sep 02, 2012
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brn9000 from Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Dec 16, 2012
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Skyjmpr from Missouri

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Sep 10, 2014
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GameOfBeers from Pennsylvania

3.76/5  rDev -0.3%

Aug 18, 2014
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stakem from Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Apr 25, 2014
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avisong from Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

May 16, 2015
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ldhughes3 from Louisiana

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Oct 07, 2013
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Beer_4_brains from Tennessee

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Feb 05, 2015
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keeganfrank from Ohio

4.32/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a thick, foamy head that sticks around for ages. This beer is black as coal with some reddish tint around the edges. Aromas of chocolate and berry with wood and bread hints. Has a wonderful spiced coffee and fruit juice flavor with notes of chocolate and leaves. Body is creamy without being too thick or syrupy. This is a really well done stout.

Nov 04, 2012
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Danny1217 from Florida

4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Jan 05, 2014
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bwarren82 from Illinois

3/5  rDev -20.4%

Nov 10, 2014
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bwood06 from Wisconsin

3.81/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I remember seeing this during the Samuel Adams brewery tour when my wife and I were in Boston in 2013 but I did not pick one of these up at the time I just happened to see it again while browsing the shelves at my local liquor store so I decided that I had better try it and review it while I had the chance.

This beer pours a dark tan, fizzy (with just a bit of froth) head that dissipates moderately quickly to a thin lacing. The beer itself is very dark brown, almost opaque, but just clear enough to see a high amount of carbonation. 3.75/5 The aroma is very dark and sweet with notes of dark charred wood, dark chocolate, vanilla, oak, raisins and dates. There is also a bit of candy sugar and coriander spiciness. This is really a very complex aroma and quite fun to pick everything out. 4.5/5 The flavor is complex but funky with molasses leading off before dark toasted wheat bread takes over. This quickly transitions to dates and raisins before darker roasted comes in with char, tobacco, chocolate, and bitter vanilla. Oak comes out a bit in the middle before a bit of cold brewed coffee enters on the back end with its associated bitterness. There is a Belgian yeast note that adds some spiciness throughout as well as some light coriander. Somewhat boozy at various times during the sip. 3.5/5 This beer is surprisingly medium bodied (the complexity and flavor profile suggests that it should be heavier). There is a light drying with a light lingering dryness as well as a moderate carbonation burn that fades quickly. 4/5 There are certain things I love about this beer, such as the aroma and mouthfeel. Unfortunately the flavor just doesn't do it for me. The Belgian quality of this beer seems to be overdone to me and takes away from the other flavors that are present here. Not a beer that I will revisit but I'm glad that I did take the time to try it at the very least. 3.5/5

Oct 20, 2016
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ONUMello from Ohio

3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a tulip glass
A: Pitch black overall with a bit of amber around the edges. Initially a two-finger head that settle to a lingering one-finger head.
S: Light malts, light coffee, a hint of tropical fruit.
T: Quite sour overall. Some light malts, a hint of coffee but the overall flavor is sour citrus/tropical fruits, almost overwhelmingly so.
M: Fairly light-bodied. Quite acidic.
O: An interesting and overall enjoyable brew. I would prefer a bit more malt & less sour, but this was still nice.

Nov 07, 2012
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Ruger44 from Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

May 03, 2012
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Baab200 from New York

4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Jan 28, 2013
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sokol_1993 from California

3.96/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Great head, strong head retention, a lot of bubble. Dark brownish black color, the look makes you want to drink it immediately.

Smell: Very fruity, excellent smell. Plus point.

Taste: There was much tartness, somewhat of a red ale (I'm not sure why a strong dark ale would have that tartness), coupled with the hoppy bitterness of a stout. Not really my soft spot, but still It was very good.

Feel: great, full body and smooth for a 9% alcohol. Somewhat refreshing too (for ushc high abv), coming from the tartness.

Overall: felt like an experimental mix, a good one nevertheless. But if I need a strong dark ale, I would prefer a traditional one.

Mar 07, 2015
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GennyCreamAle from New York

4/5  rDev +6.1%

Jan 30, 2012
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coz from Illinois

4/5  rDev +6.1%

Dec 02, 2012
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IchLiebeBier from Virginia

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.

Nov 22, 2014
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Thefrap from Canada

4.06/5  rDev +7.7%

Sep 07, 2014
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imnodoctorbut from Texas

3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Apr 10, 2020
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2dogbrew from Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Aug 30, 2012
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dfhhead25 from Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Mar 03, 2015
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510a from Washington

3/5  rDev -20.4%

Apr 30, 2014
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