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)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States
samueladams.com

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.

Added by Jason on 08-11-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,065
Reviews:
285
Avg:
3.77
pDev:
15.38%
 
 
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45
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226
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Ratings: 1,065 |  Reviews: 285
Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A Belgian (milk?) stout. Coffee and lactose. Good looks, dark, foamy head, and lacey. Prominent coffee nose. Sweet and sour flavours.Decent drinkability.Middle mouthfeel.Not bad but expected something better from the ingredients. Great looking bottle.

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Photo of Texasfan549
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: single finger head with little/poor retention on a very dark bottle with red tints.

S: very interesting aroma. toffee, belgian yeast, floral notes, light tropical fruit

T: this beer is very strange. not much in the way of stout flavors. lots of belgian character, belgian yeast, tropical fruits, toffee and brown sugar. dark chocolate and raspberry are the dominant flavors thoug.

M: medium and oily body and moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: very belgian, not very stout-y. Not a bad beer. This is much more like a belgian dark strong as listed.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle pour at the BevMo Holiday Beerfest held at Golden Road Brewing in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a clear dark brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, dark fruits, and some cocoa aromas. Taste is much the same with a slight tartness in the flavor. There is a mild roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer but I think it tastes better than it smells.

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Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev +6.1%

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

great presentation from sam adams, who i keep wanting not to like because of how big they are, but who beer after beer continye to impress me hard. this one is in a unique cork and cage bottle with a fantastic shape. 10 bucks a go. pours a velvety crude oil color with what appears to be a lovely belgian yeast head, but shrinks quickly to a minimal layer of lace. smells like everything, belgian yeast, espresso, vanilla, and bourbon. taste is equally complex but nothing ovepowers anything else or asserts itself as dominant. does not scream stout at me, but thats okay. booze is not noticable at all until it gets warm, then it becomes quite strong, a even burns a bit on the way down. ive got to get my hands on more same barrel room beers. this is awesome, especially alongside some braised beef shortribs and long lost family!

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3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of kjkinsey
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of Knapp85
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed a bottle of this at the brewery a few months ago. This poured out as a nice deep brownish black color with a brown colored head on top. The smell of the beer has some hints of chocolate, coffee and roasted malts. I wasn't able to get much of the barrel aging from the nose on this one though. The taste of the beer is slightly sweet, with a little bit of bitterness from the dark malts, there are some creamy flavors in there and some dry roasted malts also. Again there isn't much from the barrel ageing filling in on the taste either. The mouthfeel of this beer is medium bodied with a smooth silkiness to it. Overall I think this beer is really quite good, I would probably buy it again over the others in the series if I end up at the brewery again.

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of metter98
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is very dark black in color (close to being opaque). It poured with a quarter finger high dark beige head that died down and left a ring of bubbles on the surface around the edge of the glass.
S: There are aromas of chocolate and dark fruits in the nose along with notes of vanilla from the oak aging.
T: The overall taste is very similar to the smell and has both flavors of chocolate and dark fruits.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The alcohol is somewhat noticeable in this beer so this makes it harder to drink compared to other beers in the style.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.57/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

With a simplified palate and cleaner (more yeast neutral) taste, Samuel Adams' Thirteenth Hour puts on a full out display of Belgain dark ale flavor. But with a series that celebrates wood aging, where's the wood character?

Pouring a dense dark brown color with garnet highlights, the beer seems to carry a bit more visual weight and darkness than is usual in the style. A semi-turbulent pour only amounts to a medium statured sandy tan head that's less demonstrative than Belgian comparables. Low lacing, fizzy recession, and medium-short retention keeps the beer a little lackluster.

Dark fruit, candied malts, and vine ripened grapes give a substantial malt scent with a wine-like backdrop. Fruit and spice mingle in an orgy of grapes, black pepper, blackberry, cumin, cherry, clove, currant and corriander that balance the nose with little evidence of hops. Mild wood notes carry a hearty oak note that blends in well with caramel malts and fruit and come to life as the beer warms.

Dry fruit taste is coupled with peppery spice that carries the balance of the beer from start to finish. This symbiotic relationship plays out on a substrate of syrups and candy coated malty taste. Developments of cola, coffee, light cocoa nibs, and dates rise at mid palate and carry over to a simply sweet and candied finish.

Sweet textures fill the mouth with a film of sugar that never dissolves. The tack of sugar invites early creaminess that fades quickly, leaving an extended middle palate of residual malt sweetness and cola-like coat. Finishing spicy, malty-dry, and lightly acidic; the beer refuses to conclude quietly.

The Thirteenth Hour is a fairly typical Belgian-style strong dark ale that's made by a U.S. brewery with U.S. ingredients and techniques. These usually result in a sticky sweet taste with simple fruit and simple spice with little of the rustic intangibles that make authentic versions so great. A higher wood aged presence would have given a much needed complexity to make me forget about the one-dimensional sweet taste.

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Photo of kojevergas
4.02/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
3.47/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours espresso brown with ruby highlights; three inches of mocha foam cap the liquid, retaining well and leaving some strands behind

Smell: Dried dark fruit, wood and a tart, vinous aspect

Taste: The tartness from Brett beer additive juts to the front, adding a vinous grape character that masks the dark fruit, cola, banana and chocolate tones; a spicy aspect develops, in the middle, and picks up, in the finish; the aftertaste is a clash between the yeasty spices and the Brett

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; slight warmth in the gullet

Overall: Too many conflicting elements mar this beer; to call it a BSDA here is as much a misnomer as the label calling it a Belgian stout; it is a kitchen sink beer but I would say that the experiment failed

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a dark black color ale with a large light brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of roasted malt with some chocolate notes and fruity ester from the yeast is pretty awesome. Taste is a nice mix of roasted malt with loads of black chocolate notes and some residual sugar with nice fruity ester notes. Body is about average with good carbonation. Pretty solid take on the Belgian style stout IMHO.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of largadeer
2.75/5  rDev -27.1%

Photo of zeff80
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of dmorgan310
3.67/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev +6.1%

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