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:
1,066
Reviews:
287
Avg:
3.77
pDev:
15.38%
 
 
Wants:
45
Gots:
226
For Trade:
4
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Photo of BierJager89
4.17/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Black with a short brown head.

S: Chocoalte, brown sugar, coffee in the nose.

T: Starts with chocolate, followed by some brief coffee notes, then uickly finishes by dark fruit followed by tart berries and citrus.

M: Smoothish, could be smoother, full bodied, a bit creamy.

O: Not the best body, but a damn good Belgian style stout.

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Photo of ccrida
4.24/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is dark with a creamy tan head leaving tight foamy lace.

Smell is fruity Belgian esters, robust grape.

Taste is basically strait BSDA, but with some light roast and brett notes. So, yes, definitely barrel aged Belgian stout, but really those are subtle auxiliary notes notes to the sugary malt and fruity esters. The problem is, the brett at least, is an acrid distraction. But I do like the chocolate notes of the stout.

Mouthfeel is a little thick, medium+.

Drinkability is solid overall. Definitely a nice beer, very good, not great. I seem to like it more than most here I guess, but I love a fruity BSDA. Some heat though, it's a sipper, but a very nice one.

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Photo of BrewtalHonesty
5/5  rDev +32.6%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of ThirstyHrothgar
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of tt_andy
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

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 bzach
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of jkavila
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.62/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - This beer is pretty beautiful, with a big tan head with some considerable staying power and lacing. Dark brown to black, mostly opaque.

S - Plums, prunes, raisins and the like come through, with a sour current, along with hints of the oak and alcohol from its time in the barrel. Very little of the chocolate and really none of the coffee elements I normally associate with a stout, but I'll grant a number of Belgian beer elements. Yeast is pretty present and offers its own bread and funk layer, as well.

T - If the the smell indicated Belgian, the taste screams it. This dark Belgian confirms the dark fruit smells, with a strong thread of sour down the middle, and a hint of bitterness mingling for the finish. There's some hint of the alcohol from the barrels, but it is definitely placed firmly in the background by other elements.

M - Thinner, and less creamy than I hoped. Again, this is less stout than straight up strong dark ale. Nevertheless, the feel is fine for a dark ale, with decent carbonation strong enough to pop the cork when I opened it.

O - I'm torn. The fact is, I was looking for a stout, and I got a Belgian dark ale. Now, I like Belgian dark ales, so that is not a bad thing, but there was really nothing particularly stout-like about this experiment. If the base starts there, by the end the other elements dominate. I enjoy the beer, but it really isn't even exceptional as a Belgian, and the barrel aging seems to add little beyond a few alcohol and wood notes.

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Photo of mattreitz49
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Alex5
2/5  rDev -46.9%

Photo of Bubbalito
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of biegaman
3.56/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Thirteenth Hour - known as "the witching hour" - does indeed look a product of the dark arts; normally a beer so black doesn't come equipped with such a towering, foamy head. Holding it to the light we're let in on the little secret that this beer is actually concealing deep brown tones.

I expected a lot more character than this. I figured a big barrel-aged stout fermented with Belgian-yeast would have enough rich, roasted malts, coffee, and dark chocolate flavours to make this review an easy and quick one to write. Turns out, however, there's a lot to be said but little of it has to do with an abundance of flavour...

This has aromas and tastes of raisins, prunes, oak, chai spice as well as anise and clove, but nothing remotely rich or overtly 'stout-like'. What it does have is an unexpected sourness - turns out the stout is only the base beer. Thirteenth Hour is blended with Kosmic Mother Funk (a barrel- and Brettanomyces-soured wild ale).

This sourness was carefully mixed in so as to be more of a background note, but it's not exactly in good proportion to the malt; the problem is there simply isn't enough malt. It's certainly not overwhelming (nothing tart or puckering) but it's more defining than complimenting. It adds value to the beer but doesn't help the appreciation of the stout.

Sam Adams is also being a little deceiving when they say that Thirteenth Hour is brewed with 13 ingredients - the only extra ingredient in this beer is two kinds of brewing sugars (and I'm not sure why they needed to use two?). As for the rest: 7 are different malts, two are varieties of yeast, one is the hop, and one is a different beer altogether. Not quite as unique as it's billed.

While we're on the topic of being mislead, the brewery is free to call Thirteenth Hour a stout - and, to be sure, it started out as one - but it drinks far more like a Belgian Strong Dark Ale. And it's not a particularly good one at that. Indeed, this disappoints on all possible fronts - stout, Belgian dark, barrel-aged and soured beer - unable to satisfy on any of those accounts.

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Photo of Kerne
3/5  rDev -20.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of aquazr1
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of DaveRinn
2.75/5  rDev -27.1%

Photo of jewellrunner
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Better after a year in the cellar.

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Photo of Pencible
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: This poured an opaque black with thick tan head.
S: It smelled like grassy hops and spicy Belgian yeast, with some dry dark chocolate and roasted coffee.
T: It tasted like dry dark chocolate and roasted coffee, with some pumpernickel and spicy Belgian yeast. It had a clean earthy bittersweet aftertaste.
M: It was watery with lots of fine natural carbonation. Fairly thin body.
D: This was a nice BSDA, but not much stout character and basically no barrel. The scent and taste were still nice, and the body was decent. The finish was smooth with well hidden alcohol, so it was pretty easy to drink. Might age well. Fresh is good not great.

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Photo of RRC03
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of qazeqaz
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Danny1217
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Samuel Adams Thirteenth Hour Stout (Barrel Room Collection) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.77 out of 5 based on 1,066 ratings.
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