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

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#26,004
Reviews:
288
Ratings:
1,071
pDev:
15.28%
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Photo of bwood06
3.81/5  rDev +2.1%
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 +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of arizcards
3.56/5  rDev -4.6%
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 Taphouse_Traveler
3.67/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Nalid66
4.29/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PhineasMcClintock
3.69/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sparx1100
3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of lochef81
3.79/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of KeyWestGator
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Miccal
4.36/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of KGilmour
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +7.2%
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 BrutisDestructus
3.89/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of colts9016
3.62/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pour into a tulip glass at 50 degrees. A light tan on finger head that has fair retention. The color of the beer is a dark murky brown/black color.

The nose on the beer is a rich roasted malt coffee, wood, vanilla, honey, yeast, raisins, a hint of floral, and an earthy note,

It has it typical roasted malt, coffee, wood, vanilla, honey, yeast raisins, floral, citrus, earth, and some bready notes.

The mouth feel a touch carbonated, smooth, and a little thin.

I found this beer to have some good flavors, I could not pick up the peppers notes. I got a wood note, but I really could not tell you if it was oak, An average brew, and pretty tasty.

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Photo of Lance_Hathorn
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JasW
3.81/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Scott17Taylor
3.89/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ImperatorScab
4.21/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Zythophile
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle Date: none
Palate Contaminants: other beer

Appearance is a very dark brown that hardly lets any light through. The head is lighter in color than I'd have expected, but the foam is fine.

Smell is somewhere between butterscotch and rye grain. There's also a mild lactic component. It's something that would be complemented well with a ham and brie sandwich, but I have yet to get to the taste...

In the taste, the lactic part ramps way up, and the sweetness from the butterscotch disappears, although the rye sweetness sticks around. Bitterness like you'd get with a really pungent sour cream is there. Man, this thing would actually go really well with the right food choice, but it just doesn't stand as tall as it could if you're considering it on its standalone merits. As it warms up, there's also some dried stone fruit, mostly fig, plus some raisin. The aftertaste is a little bit of bitter rye, with some woodiness. It like a more heavily flavored Innis and Gunn, and the food pairing suggestion stands.

Feel is smooth, but with some prickly carbonation. Weird, I know.

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Photo of beertraveler08
4.45/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Honeybourne
4.51/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dodge408
1.79/5  rDev -52%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Photo of RBorsato
4.07/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of q33jeff
3.26/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

**
04/10/2016
25.4 oz. Bottle to goblet.

LOOK: Cola black/Brown. Small off white head. Smallish bubbles, sticking to side.
AROMA: weak, some Brown sugar, bread and wangy yeast, but all are subdued.
TASTE: dark fruit, pomegranate, wine.
FEEL: above avg carbonation. Thinnish body.

Not bad. I don't get the flavors advertised on the bottle.....spice,coffee, chocolate, oak......maybe there is a touch of pepper (spice), but that is it.
**

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Samuel Adams Thirteenth Hour Stout (Barrel Room Collection) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.73 out of 5 with 1,071 ratings