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:
1,064
Reviews:
285
Avg:
3.77
pDev:
15.38%
 
 
Wants:
44
Gots:
225
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Photo of yuenglingfan101
5/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Shawnspl
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Lagerquestrian
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jgido759
2.77/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

I was so looking forward to trying this, but boy was I disappointed.

The description was everything I look for in a stout but, to me, it almost tasted like a wine. No coffee or chocolate flavoring at all.

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Photo of emptyglassagain
4.07/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

Photo of emincems
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Pegasus
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Reddish black body, with a small, but persistent, dense tan head, appears a deep, clear burgundy before a strong light. Thick, fine-beaded lacing coats the glass walls in an unbroken sheet.

Aroma: Sweet, wine-like aroma, very vinous, with hints of tawny Port, though understated. Prominent notes of dark fruit are also present, particularly plums, as well as wood.

Taste: Begins with strong notes of dark fruit, particularly plums, and ripe red grapes. There are hints of coffee and bitter cocoa, though these are quite understated. Throughout, there is an undercurrent of sweet alcohol, of the sort that I would associate with a good ruby port. Later in the taste,sugar-glazed dates present and hints of wood appear, subtle, but present, nonetheless. Finishes with a note that is more like a well-aged vintage red wine, than a beer.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, rich, and full, with slight soft carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: The most wine-like beer I have ever had, an interesting departure from mainstream craft beer. A really spectacular offering, not to be missed. Save a bottle or two to serve with a holiday dinner, the holidays are closer than it seems.

Presentation: Packaged in a custom, enameled 25.4 ounce brown glass bottle with a cork and cage, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

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Photo of OompaMentor
4.23/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Pundit_of_Potability
4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This ale is described on the bottle as Belgian Style Stout....A stout? Perhaps by calling it a stout they'll get more people to try it--but this is definitely a Belgian style Strong Dark Ale...which may just be semantics, but alas... You definitely can taste the oak at the very end of this ale, just like all the others in this series.... This one pours a dark chocolate-coffee and molasses color. A nice head dissipates quickly with light lacing. This one is a flavor explosion...Along with the oakiness, you immediately taste the figginess, along with dark cherries, chocolate, coffee and molasses, which also describes the smell. The alcohol is barely hidden, as this rich sweetness finishes with a bright tartness on the sides. The spices are there and accompanies the sizzle of the carbonation nicely. But there is something too aggressive about this ale. I can taste all the different parts, but not as a unified flavor. Everything about this ale is big. Big flavors, big carbonation, big on the oak and molasses and fig/date fruitiness. It is potable and refreshing, but perhaps would meld together better with even more time in the cellar. Worth the buy, but not a world beater.

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Photo of Sappyjoker
4.27/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Commandophile
4.19/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hogrider
3.86/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of dbl_delta
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Undated bottle into pint glass. Pours a dark, cloudy cola color with a light tan head. Initial impression is molasses, quickly followed by roasted malts, oak, a little chocolate, and dark fruits. Pretty smooth; medium carbonation (a bit too much for my taste in a stout). Alcohol is well hidden. Finish is also smooth, with a lingering taste of dark fruits on the back of the tongue.
I'm not a fan of Belgian beers, so this one started out with one strike agaonst it. The strong fruit presence was overdone. Sorry, but this one doesn't impress me.

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Photo of Zazzi82
3.52/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Gote
4.31/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 22Blue
3.91/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bwood06
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

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Photo of hotsudge
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of arizcards
3.56/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a caged and cork 750 ml bottle from TW Arrowhead in late July for $9.99. No visible bottling date.

Beer poured dark brown with a very nice off white head that has some serious hang time.

Nose is sour cherries.

Taste is sour cherries with some chocolate. Some phenols come into play mid stream. Finish is sweet and sour.

Feel is medium bodied and not overly smooth.

Overall definitely some issues with this beer. Not horrid by any stretch but i wonder if age has anything to do with what take are off flavors.

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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 Nalid66
4.29/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of millerbuffoon
3.69/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sparx1100
3.77/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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