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Samuel Adams Thirteenth Hour Stout (Barrel Room Collection)Samuel Adams Thirteenth Hour Stout (Barrel Room Collection)

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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Aged in oak barrels; hand-bottled corked & caged; bottled-conditioned.

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Photo of JoLight
4.94/5  rDev +31%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance:dark, dark brown, and a khaki head that's super-changed and stays around for a good five minutes-at LEAST-before dissipating into a half-finger's width ring of foam. Leaves nice lacing.

Aroma: mild at first, but gains in strength as the beer warms. Initially: it smells of chocolate-covered fruit, dark malt background, but has a straight-forward fruity character to it. As it warms, it gains more of a licorice aroma. I pick up oak, reminiscent of Samuel Adams Mighty Oak.

Flavor: dark malt character initially, with an ever-present Cheerwine flavor, with some slight tangy character. A little bit of coffee on the aftertaste. As it warms, I taste more licorice. I pick up am little oak, reminiscent of Samuel Adams Mighty Oak.

Mouthfeel: heavy side of medium; carbonation; chewy.

Finish: semi-dry.

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Photo of Aimo
4.94/5  rDev +31%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark deep brown with a tinge of amber. Two fingers head that
slowly dissipates. Up close you can see all the tiny carbonation bubbles.
Too small to really be seen farther than a couple feet away. Nice cream
colored head with some red/orange mixed in.

Strong burst of alcohol almost like a wine.Sweet spices and notes of
smoke/roasted malts come to mind.

Hard to explain but I will give it a shot. Nice roast comes to mind
right away, coffee,banana, and clove come along later, as well as
caramel. Nothing really overpowers each other and I really have to sit
back and "try" and figure out what each different taste is that comes
to mind.

Feels very nice. Not very heavy like you would expect from a stout.
Feels nice and full. Nicely carbonated and doesn't leave too much of a
sticky spit(too much sugar) feel after drinking. No alcohol burn in the
mouth but can get a tinge of it in the throat. Nice kinda warming.

Very nice one of my favorite beers. Very drinkable unlike most stouts to
me(love the flavor would rather not handle the body). Gives a nice
deep complex flavors that is hard to figure out. Very well made since
certain flavors don't over power each other and they all blend into a
nice rich,flowing,sweet,fruity, and smoky type of beer. It brings the
best of both worlds IMO the very palatable and fruity flavors of a
Belgian and the deep,complex roasted flavors of a stout without being
overly sweet all into one.

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Photo of FlemingVSKing
4.8/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Just a wonderful collaboration.

Compared to other dark beers, say Sublimely Self Righteous Ale, this isn't the balls to the wall flavorfest, but a more subtle yet equally complex flavor combination. It is comprised of a collection of fruit notes over a well rounded stout background. Vs the other brew I mentioned, the hop tones are more subtle, which is very likely the primary difference and it provides what could be considered an overall more drinkable beer. A very very enjoyable brew.

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Photo of Fatheranderson
4.8/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I picked this beer up on a whim after seeing the "Samuel Adams" name on it and figuring that while it probably wouldn't be the best beer in the world, it couldn't really be TOO bad. I'm happy to say I underestimated the brew. It's a genuinely surprisingly good beer.

Appearance: dark brown, nearly pitch black with a light red hue to it. Roughly average for a beer of this type.

Smell: warm and inviting with aromas of all sorts of dark, juicy fruits (plum, raisin, maybe even a tiny hint of grape), and a slight hint of spiciness (almost like freshly cracked pepper).

Taste: Opens with a warm and deep flavor of plum and raisin with notes of chocolate and a slightly sharp taste consistent with a mixture of alcohol and... I'm not sure. It's a very hard taste to describe, but it's definitely pleasant and a highly recommended experience.

Mouthfeel: alcohol and unidentified spiciness have a little too much bite to them, but that mellows into a warm and smooth feel that compliments the flavors very nicely.

Overall: highly recommended for anyone that enjoys dark beers. It suffers very slightly from poorly hidden alcohol, but that doesn't detract from the beer enough to damage the experience. This is a beer I could happily sit and drink in front of a warm fireplace during a snowstorm.

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Photo of PorterStevens
4.75/5  rDev +26%

This beer turned me on the the Dark Ales with good fruit notes to it. NIce chocolate aroma and taste as well. SA def blends a lot of different spices (13) to make one great experience. Love it!

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.61/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Samuel Adams Thirteenth Hour has a very thick, spongy, tan head, and a fiercely bubbly, dark brown, almost black, appearance, with good lacing left behind. The aroma is of mild coffee and chocolate, black licorice, dried light fruit, golden raisen, mild oak, and dark-roasted malt. Taste is of those elements, with an odd canned spaghetti sauce or tomato sauce acidity. Bittterness is almost not detected. Some candy sugar and spiced holiday bread or cake is picked up. Mouthfeel is medium, and Samuel Adams Thirteenth Hour finishes spritzy and not so much like a stout at all.


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Photo of Mitchster
4.58/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

$8.99 for a corked and caged 1pt 9.4 fl oz bottle @ Bevco.
70 SRM, OG=21° Plato, 9.0%ABV, 290 Calories/12 oz., 17 IBU's.
Brewed with Samuel Adams two-row pale malt blend, Caramel 60, Munich 10, Special B, Carafa III, and 2 brewing sugars. Hopped with Hallertau Mittelfrueh Noble hops. Blended with oak aged Kosmic Mother Funk. Fermented with a Belgian-style ale yeast and bottle conditioned with champagne yeast

Pours out to a very dark brown, near black, forming a tall expanding light tan creamy head with superior retention and lacing. Carbonation is brisk, ~3.0 carbs, contributing to it's huge head. The aroma is nice with that cool Kosmic Mother Funk sourness..think horse blanket, rotting cherries, humid dirt cellar, and then blend that with some subtle carob and dark fruit notes. The mouthfeel is crisp and very creamy despite the brisk carbonation, not champagne like in any sense, with a full decadent mouthfeel. The taste is begins with a recap of the aroma, but the middle is so much more...carob, figs, raisins, dark candi syrup, lingering tastes of leather, horse blanket and moist pipe tobacco. Bitterness is very mild and combined with the mouthfeel, makes this exceptionally easy to drink.

I wasn't sure that I would like a soured stout, but this is amazing. The mouthfeel is decadent and unlike any other beer I've had. The combination of sweet, sour, malty, and dark fruit is amazing. I would gladly buy this in bulk, but it's all sold out locally. I consider myself fortunate to have had it though. Highly recommended.

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Photo of lxCheshireCatxl
4.57/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer I found by chance and hopped on it, being winter holiday season.

After eating dinner, I decided to pop the bottle. As part of the Barrel Room Collection, the Thirteenth Hour is a corked beer. When pouring, it was smooth and slowly developed a well defined head that faded quickly. I was careful to leave left over yeast in the bottle. The original smell was sour at first which quickly faded to chocolate and coffee with a slightly nutty and fruity scent. The first sip was careful to see what I was getting into. It was sweet, simple, and gentle with fruits yet strong and complex with coffee and chocolate. I wonderful meld of flavors for balance. You know you are in for a good beer when even after a rest after a somewhat heavy dinner and the first taste is all of these flavors yet you know you will only have this one beer and no more. As I drank it, I drank it faster and faster. Not due to the fact that these stronger beers change with temperature (which this one did since it slowly released the fruity and nutty flavors as it warmed), but it was because after every sip I craved it more and more. It paired great with some chocolate truffles and turtles that I enjoyed with it but I believe it would also pair great with not only a chocolate cake but a sweetly marinated steak dinner.
I will have to find this again to get another taste but also age it to develop the flavors.

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Photo of Gear54
4.48/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From a 750 into a snifter.
Paired with creme brûlée.

Pour is pitch black with 1 1/2 fingers of thick kaki head and thick lace left on the glass.

Smell is oak dark chocolate and fruit. Interesting because I'm not use to so much fruit in a stout.

Taste follows smell well. Coffee and chocolate followed by fruity sweetness. Sweetness and chocolate is heightened by the desert.

Feel is nice as well. I would like the the flavors to stick around a bit longer but they are heavy and coat well. Good raining in this category.

Overall a nice beer. Not a super heavy stout.

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Photo of shand
4.47/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a fancy 750ml bottle into a Duvel tulip.

Pours out a deep brown with plum highlights. The head is large, and reduces to a centimeter of cap. The aroma is very enticing, it's got a nice sour fruit aroma, along with Belgian yeasts, chocolate, and coffee. The taste is also excellent, this is a well-composed beer with layers and layers of flavor. Keeping that in mind, it's also smartly subdued, making picking out the layers of flavor a joy. It comes on with sour tart fruit, chocolate, and yeast. Sips invite in traces of coffee, spice, roasted malt, and oak. A masterful composition. The mouthfeel is lighter and well-carbonated, and the drinkability is good. Overall, this is a superb beer. It's just a joy to sip, it's got a lot of flavor dimensions without being taxing. I can't help but feel some of the middling reviews have more to do with the name on the bottle than the product in it.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
4.47/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very interesting mix of dark fruits, spice, chocolate, and roast. Not sure why it is getting crushed, maybe because it is Sam Adams. Not world class but high quality.

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Photo of mattkoon
4.46/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

found these sam adams barrel aged beers and i was excited. i have like sam adams' specialty beers whenever i had tried them, so i was interested to try these barrel aged ones. this beer pours a dark cloudy golden brown- looks black but if you hold it to the light you can see accents of gold. the tan head grows steady after pouring, until it was thick. the smell is dark and fruity, with maybe a slight smoke. the taste reminds me of a sweet sherry. the dark fruity notes are bold in the flavor. the bitterness is even across the whole pallet, not just coming at the end- which for some reason makes this beer seem pretty mild and fairly drinkable.

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Photo of Vancoubeer
4.45/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Don't let the low reviews of this beer deter you. This is a very very good beer. The Appearance of the beer is quite impressive. Its dark like root beer with similar dark red tones in the black substance. It is quite carbonated but unlike many Belgians, the head fades away quick, much like a sour...the KMF, their yeast strand really has carbonated this beer in a dry direction. A very thin layer has stuck around. Alcohol legs on the glass and nice lacing, despite the dryness. I can hear the bubbles pop while the head disappears. This looks quite attractive.

The smell of this is just as interesting. At first whiff you get that sour funk, but its subtle. Its there so if you are a fan of sours you can totally tell its there. Once you cut through that there are a ton of items found. I get apple peal, chocolate, licorice, cherry liquor (must have been brandy from the barrels), oak and malt sweetness. Not too much coffee but I bet it will when it warms up a bit more.

The taste is where this made me do a double take. You first get the sourness it then quickly fades into sweet chocolate and at the end of the drink you get that apple/pear like peel you get in a good Belgian blonde. There is the roastyness from a stout there. Its barely there and you have to let it warm up a bit. Its not coffee but its like the roast you get in a stout. This is very good. Sam Adams has done an amazing job here in quality control with the flavor. The KMF totally is the major player in the flavor. You can tell that it totally is the variable that made the blend of the stout and belgian possible and by making that sour note not too strong and having the flavor from the booze and barrel blend is unreal.

The mouthfeel is what I expected. Its dry. Its carbonated. Just what you would expect from a beer with wild yeast. The fact that the head is not thick and creamy is proof of how dry this is. It cleans off all aspects of your mouth totally making you want more to look for more flavors.

This is a phenomenal beer. People dissing on it either were unaware of what they were getting or had their heart set on one beer over another. Sam Adams claims that there are not to many Belgian stouts...well that is true but they do exist but none of them are like this. Most have that fruity like flavor but not this dry. Not this sour. I have has sour stouts and this is the best. New Belgiums for example was good but not sour enough. Fort George out of Astoria, Oregon was too sour. Other brewers in the USA interested in Belgian stouts have made very good versions, but this is on a totally different level. Could this improve? Yes. They could find a way to get the stout like flavors to be a bit more forward. Maybe not so dry but in its age at the moment, there is not bottling date provided (they need to start doing this), this is superb. Get this if you see it. Drink it fresh or age it...will I get this again. Yup and I will be pushing all my friends to give it a go.

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Photo of BeerManDan
4.45/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

When poured the color was a very, very dark brown with medium tight tan foam with very little if any lace on the side of the glass. The smell of roasted malts, caramel, candy spice with a hint of chocolate and coffee. The flavor that came across the palate was of spice, bitter/sweet chocolate and a hint of raisin. On the palate there was a sweet/bitterness of all the flavor component in this complex stout.

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Photo of gos42
4.44/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

So, yes. This is not a beer that should be described completely as a stout. And close reading of the label and accompanying necker acknowledges that this is really a hybrid.

Still, it is one of the smoothest, tastiest dark Belgium ales that I've had in a long time. Starts with a almost bakers-chocolate smell and taste on the tongue and finishing with a bit of fruit, this is a very drinkable beer. Poured in a wine glass, with little head, moderate carbonation. Though it lacks the normal mouthfeel of a stout, it nails the color and layers of flavors of the stout.

Am looking forward to enjoying the second bottle I've bought sometime next spring.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.42/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured into a tulip glass. Pours a dark brownish black color with a tan head with great retention and lacing.

S- The aroma has some sour funk with oak and dark fruits and roasted malts.

T- The taste is dark and roasty along with some dark fruits, oak and a yeasty finish.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a high amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, I really enjoyed the Thirteenth Hour. It was a great new beer from Sam Adams.

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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 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 RickS95
4.37/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's a nice looking brew that fits the style well with a thick pour presenting an awfully dark beer that's just a notch lighter around the edges. You can make the head as thick as you want and it has moderate retention that never fully dissipates leaving behind a ring of bubbles around the perimeter. With a gentle swirl there's a faint lace.

Mostly hits the nail on the Belgian Strong Dark Ale head with a very fruity nose. A bit moreso than those from across the pond, the fruits provide the dominant scent. I'm not getting the coffee or the chocolate, but the dark ripe fruits are very evident. Lesser scents come from the vanilla and pepper.

The taste is exceptional. The fruits really come on strong and the chocolate makes an appearance.

Feels great and again, matches the style well. It's sweet, but not cloying. It's got some spice, but isn't overly spicy. There's a splash of heat from the alcohol, but it's not too hot. It's full bodied. There's no real bitterness, but it finishes dry with a bit of warmth.

This beer is exceptional and had I not known better, I'd guess this to be a real Belgian. At 9% ABV, it's more a sipper, but it's so good and easy to drink that I really went after this one. It's really a great beer than a fan of Belgians will appreciate.

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Photo of tigg924
4.36/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: 1 inch head, reddish-brown in color, clear, high carbonation

Smell: chocolate, raisin, fig, dark bread, and dark fruit

Taste: black cherry, dark fruits, alcohol, dark bread, and slight coffee at the end

Mouthfeel: medium-high carbonation, medium-heavy body, sweet with alcohol burn

Overall: Why did it take me so long to try this? One of Sam Adams better beers in this series despite not really having a lot of oaking. This tastes like a complex quad. A sipper I will get again.

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Photo of jdhilt
4.35/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Lemke10
4.35/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This pours a dark brown color with a light brown, foamy head that leaves behind some decent lacing. Aroma is yeast, malts, some cocoa, and sweetness. There is a lesser robust taste than expected with a decent amount of spices mixed with sweet malts. The texture is very Belgian indeed. Probably the most interesting of the Barrel Room Collection brews.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served unto a snifter.

Appearance: Pours an opaque brown, not exactly black like some other stouts. Head is 3/4" with a dark caramel-white head. Head is thick resembling most Belgian ales but after just a sip or some patience settles much better.

Smell: Mmm..really an aroma. Beer has a scent which just keep ticking in my nose as I'm watching a movie as I'm drinking it. Has a scent which resemble scotch, the feeling of oaked wood.

Taste: I am not kidding this is a beer in it's own world. FYI I always am writing the review well before I look it up. You feel the of dark chocolate hugging the back of your tongue with slight molasses on the roof of your mouth. Slight sweet but then again quite strong the presence of alcohol is quite evident.

Mouth: Light-Medium carbonation, not hard to drink. Some might wish for more carbonation to compliment the taste. Yes sometimes it works that way.

Overall: This is definitely a premier beer. Strong flavors and incredibly complex with sweet with bitter with a taste which amplifies the alcohol inside. I hope you all enjoy and don't take it for granted...Cheers to all!

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Photo of keeganfrank
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.

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

Appearance: really dark, deep purple color, barely any light getting through this guy; khaki colored head that thins out but still sticks around awhile
Aroma: banana and other fruit notes; coffee; chocolate; malt; a hint of spice
Taste: wow, this is big and complex; it starts with some malty sweetness; moves into some banana but the other fruit notes are huge, almost a wine kind of taste, grapes/raisins and other dark fruits; it gets a bit spicy in there too, very nice; finishes dry, maybe a little alcohol warmth, with fruit aftertaste; this is really good
Mouthfeel: it's creamy...maybe velvety?; it is not very carbonated, but I think that works out really well
Overall Impression: this is a very good beer; it's smooth, big, and drinkable; I have never even heard of anything like this...a spicy stout is just crazy, but in a good way; there are layers of flavor throughout and they get a bit more pronounced as it warms up; may favorite part is the balance of the malty and spicy's a spicy stout! that's just nuts!

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