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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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Reviews: 285 | Ratings: 1,064
Photo of TheRougeBastard
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I was expecting more of a stout, but I'm not really sure what's going on here. Way too much carbonation in my opinion. Zero "stout-esque" mouthfeel, or taste. I really don't know how to classify this one.

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Photo of Beermanmiles
3.28/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

This is an overpriced beer I do not recommend. While it may be aged in barrels, the beer does not have a creamy mouth feel. To me, the main goal of barrel aging is to take on a creamy mouth feel and a whisky (depending on the barrel) after taste. When a beer ages it typically loses its carbonation and gains a syrupy texture. This beer does not have that. It also tastes like the brewers went carried away with stout notes. It tastes like they overloaded it with flavors that do not mix well. I love stouts and I think this beer is difficult to get down. It has an uneasy fizzy mouth feel combined with an ammoniated coffee flavor.

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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 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 Bitterbill
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

It's a very dark brown colour with an inch of tannish foam and good lacing.

The smell brings me lots of oak and vanilla backed up by dark fruits and chocolate of the sweet kind.

The taste starts off very sweet, just on the edge of being overly so when the other elements kick in.

The woody notes from the oak, vanilla, chocolate, some caramel malt, spice, and a light level of tartness.

Medium body with medium carbonation.

Very tasty brew that does have the alcohol a bit heavy handed but slow sipping works fine.

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Photo of BWood
4.29/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Great smell and feel. Not as "Stouty" as I would like. Does have a tart linger at the end. Overall a good beer though. The whole barrel room 3 pack is worth a grab.

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Photo of sokol_1993
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.

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Photo of FFreak
3.66/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I got this at Costco in a 3-pack with two other Sam Adams BA beers. Poured from 750ml bottle into small tulip. A semi-translucent dark brown with small quickly-dissipating off-white head that leaves minimal lace. Smell is of dark fruits, candy and cherry vinegar. Taste is like a combination of Belgian dark ale and Flanders red and would be really excellent except for a slight mineral after taste that makes me think the beer is old or otherwise flawed. Mouth is somewhat thin and fizzy but otherwise seems refreshing although seems to depart from style. Overall, I would have scored this pretty high if it weren't for the mineral after-taste. It's a confusing beer being that the label mentions "Belgian style stout", but it's really more of a dark ale as there is no roastiness to speak of.

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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 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 adamette
2.8/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the 1 pint, 9.4 ounce barrel shaped corked and caged bottle that I bought as a part of the Barrel Room Collection pack at Sam’s Club a few months ago into a clean, clear glass. No “best by” date observed by me on the bottle. The Barrel Room Collection has three such bottles in it. Look for my review of one other to follow.
Note: It was somewhat difficult to get the cork out of this bottle. I believe each bottle in the Collection came out to be something close to $8.64 or so.

A Light brown head over a dark body but it glows a deep mahogany red in front of direct light. Fair look for the style. 3.0

S Dark fruits and spices dance on top of dark roast malt. I do not pick up much of the oak mentioned on the label in the smell. Perhaps it will be in the taste. really somewhat standard smell for the style. 3.0

T Rather thin tasting beer for the style. Sweet malt, dark fruits with less of the "spice" that I smelled and a bit more of the softening Oak mentioned on the label. This taste is rather pedestrian too, along with look and smell. Maybe I have been spoiled in the past by so many great Belgian Strong Dark Ales? 3.0

M Thin, as mentioned above, for the style. When I think of Gulden Draak, Rochefort 8 and others whose feel is exemplary, this falls short. 2.0

D/O Drinkability is not high. I will probably only have one pint out of this bottle which is nearly two pints. Overall this is a disappointment. 2.5

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Photo of DanZhao
3.62/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I usually like stouts and dark ales so I was quite excited to try this one.

The beer pours beautifully dark, but is also surprisingly translucent with an amber hue.

The first sip reveals a chocolate and oak favor. This beer lacks in smokiness that so many other stouts have. Instead, there is more of a spicy note with a definite alcohol aftertaste. After drinking for a bit, there's a hint of sweetness to this beer that's hard to place.

The body and feel is probably the most disappointing part. I want a stout that's thick and coats generously. This beer felt thin, but at least that makes it an easy drink.

Overall, I don't think there is any reason to specifically seek this beer out, but it's not a bad find from my trip to the Sam Adams Brewery.

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Photo of Gixugif
2.67/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Nice dark looking beer with maybe a half-inch head of small bubbles. Head seems to last a decent amount of time and leave a nice bit of lacing. Overall a very nice looking beer.

Smell isn't too significant. I can pick up some chocolate and the alcohol is obvious. Reminds me a lot of wine.

The best way I can describe the taste is that it is very much like a wine with a little chocolate. Quite sweet. The taste of alcohol comes through quite strong. It's nice but I feel any of the more subtle flavors are completely overpowered.

This beer has a pretty carbonated feel to it though I wouldn't place it on the level of a soda. I almost want to call it light and slightly oily - it seems to linger in your mouth for a while after swallowing.

Found this to be quite disappointing. I really wish more flavors came through. It had a strong taste of alcohol like it which I do like, but overall I just found it a tad less then middling. It wasn't that interesting and I didn't think the combination of chocolate, fruitiness and strong alcohol worked too well.

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Photo of Hex92
3.46/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Got this as part of a 3 pack for Christmas so can judge on price. Its OK. It doesn't excel in any category. Its just decent.
Doesn't smell like much, thin mouth feel, taste is OK.
A little chocolate and a little wine flavor..
Given the choices one has at the beer store...I wouldn't buy it for myself.

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Photo of Labeorphile
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful beer. Head made of small bubbles, dark body with hints of ruby. Oak, alcohol and dark fruit in the nose. Cherry and chocolate in the taste. A little thin and a little pricey.

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Photo of Tone
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a black color. 1/3 inch head of a tan color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of oak, spices, alcohol, sweet malt, roasted malt, slight grapes, and a hint of hop. Fits the style of a Belgian Strong Dark Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, spices, slight alcohol, slight roasted malt, slight oak, hint of grape, and slight hops. Overall, good appearance, aroma, complexity, body, and blend.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.34/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Dark black in color with no penetration to light. Over an inch thick tightly knit beige head. Notes of molasses and dark candy sugar reveal themselves in the nose. I taste far Belgian candy sugar and sweet dark malt. The mouth is heavily carbonated and creamy.

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Photo of gonzo000
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Beer seems to be all over the place with the fruit profile. I liked this beer, but would not go out of my way to get it again. Lacks depth of other stouts by SA, some of which are excellent.

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

Pours a rich dark mahogany color with a tan one finger head that falls to a ring fast. Some light lace left behind.

Aroma is little off first noted is a vinegar like note? Not sure why this is there not suppose to be a sour. Otherwise oak notes, light chocolate and coffee hints. Some light plum notes.

Taste is better, rich malts, fruit and chocolate mingled. Some tar notes before the fruit kicks in but not as tart as the nose is. Defiantly more Belgian like then stout like. Overall was hopeing for something little better.

Mouthfeel is little on light side say medium but light for a big beer.

Overall eh wouldn't recommend it not bad but plenty of stuff out there that's better including many form Sam Adams.

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Photo of ThaneMcC
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

App: pours dark brown, good size head of off white foam which quickly resolves
Smell: strong dark malts, fruity esters, darker fruits (prune/raisin). A lot of spices – allspice ? clove?hint of carob
Taste: though advertised as a stout, sweet malt up front with a hint of dark fruit, cherry, then a lot of spices with an odd metallic tang rather sour, finally a sweeter and palate cleansing bitter. A little earthy and strong alcohol astringency at the end
Mouthfeel: pretty thin, almost like a weakly carbonated Belgian tripel than a stout. Not terrible, but neither a good imperial stout nor Belgian tripel. For the price, its not a good purchase. I would not buy this again.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Samuel Adams "Thirteenth Hour" Stout
on tap @ Pinocchio's Restaurant, Media, PA

Sometimes I'm an idiot. I ordered this beer expecting a stout because I just don't keep up any more.

So, typical stout appearance with a deep mahogany / "black" body and lighter tan head. Limited head and retention, but that could have been due to a dirty glass, although it didn't seem to have that much carbonation to it... just enough to gently bristle and then caress the palate before becoming smooth and lightly creamy.

Lots of fruit in the nose. Some chocolate. Background earthiness... and wet leather? But I don't really get Belgian yeast character as in spiciness of chalkiness, just fruitiness: raspberry, cherry, perhaps black currant. Regardless, it's almost compelling.

The flavor mimics the aroma but does add a bit of yeasty spiciness (unless there are spices added, of which I'm unsure). Some oaky dryness is apparent as well. Earthiness returns, along with some fig. Cold black coffee roastiness and dark fudge. Deep caramel. Reminiscent of a Quadrupel in maltiness and dark fruit, but then balanced by what would be a soft English stout or roast Scotch ale. Hop bitterness is almost nonexistent but there's subtly sour edge to the finish that helps dry it along with the oak. Alcohol is never apparent.

It's quite complex, and yet outwardly it seems fairly simple, with the subtle nuances making it even more interesting than if it just had fuller, more vivid attributes. I couldn't put it down because of that, and yet I could easily see not being able to put it down just because it's so readily drinkable at the same time.

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Photo of Lard_City
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Cherries on the nose. Chocolatey taste to the head. Sour, spicy and fruity up front. Mildly bitter finish. Very nice but different from a typical stout. Might have enjoyed it a little more if I had refrigerated it first.

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Photo of IchLiebeBier
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.

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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 MaineBrewing
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - poured a pitch black, when held to light barely any got through displaying a deep murky mahogany and ruby, two finger thick head dissipated to a fine bubbled froth. No lacing.

S - aroma is riddled with bourbon and whiskey, slight sour, alcohol, lots of chocolate, and tons of fruity sweetness. A little hot on the nose.

T - Ridiculously deep and complex flavor, the flavors meld well to sort of homogeneous note. In this amalgam is tons of dark roasted malt, chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, nice sweet toffee, lots of peppery fruity yeast Esthers, and a ton of bitterness, ends dry, almost tannic.

M - ample carb for the style, body is a little watery, dry and a little hot.

O - the taste is great, for SA I was actually surprised they could put something out this good. Is a little rough around the edges, a little too hot for 9% and somewhat tannic/astringent. Looks great though and aroma was so enticing albeit a little boozy, ill drink it again.

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Samuel Adams Thirteenth Hour Stout (Barrel Room Collection) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.77 out of 5 based on 1,064 ratings.
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