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)

Brewed by:
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.

Added by Jason on 08-11-2011

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Photo of rjp217
2.93/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Wasatch
4.27/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml

Poured into a chalice a very nice dark brown color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice thick/creamy one-finger plus light tan head, which leaves a HUGE thick/creamy island, and some sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, yeasty, slight chocolate, dark fruits, slight oak. The taste is pretty nice malty, yeasty, some chocolate, nice touch of dark fruits, slightly oaky. Medium body, ABV hidden pretty well, a pretty complex brew. Overall, SA did a pretty good job with this style.

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Photo of Oldejoe
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Looks. Very dark brown with rich long-lasting creamy head. Some nitro action?
Smell. Strong bouquet. Full of dark fruits and dark winter spices.
Taste. strong fruity, spicey flavors: raisins, allspice, cinnamon, cranberry, orange, bitters. Relatively sweet with a mildly dry finish. Not much for hoppy.
Feel. Nice feel, sparkley, chewy, medium heavy.
Overall. Really good holiday treat. The strong statements make it something you share after dinner rather than something you serve up for dinner or set out for the Friday night party..

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Photo of JJKBeerLvr
3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 26oz bottle into pint glass in March 2016. There was no "bottled by" date on the bottle. Found this beer when visiting in New Hampshire.

Appearance: Dark with a little red, and not totally opaque. It has a very thick brown head that lasted for minutes, with a good amount of lacing.

Smell: Pleasant, and can smell some sweetness like caramel, some roasted malts, and a little earthiness.

Taste: Interesting taste and combination of flavors. There is typical Belgian sweetness with some roasted malt. Not much hop bitterness, but I do get some chocolate, a little fruit, and vanilla. There is also some Belgian sourness in the flavor. It is an interesting balance that is not too bitter, nor too sweet.

Mouthfeel: This beer is very smooth with a nice aftertaste that is not too bitter. There is a strong alcohol impression which matches the 9% ABV on the label.

Summary: This is a good ale, but much more of a Belgian ale than a stout. You will enjoy it if you like a smooth stout, that drinks like a Belgian ale. It is complex with a variety of flavors.

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Photo of Dsimenson
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rorjets
3.47/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of gcamparone
4.27/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a snifter glass. Thanks Sara and Andrew for getting this for my birthday!

Pours a deep brown, cherry-chocolate colored body with a pretty gushing, active light brown head that reduces fairly slowly to leave a ring of retention and some spotty lacing.

Aromas are very interesting and open up a lot once it warms up. Dark fruits, plum, sharp tart cherry, booze, chocolate, toffee, sherry, red wine, funk, literally a different aroma every time I smell it!

Taste is equally as complex.. stout-like characteristics of dark fruits and chocolate but a pretty tart cherry juice, vanilla, caramel, red wine, toffee, funk, banana, estery yeast, finished by roasty malt and coffee. Damn, that's complex. Medium body medium low carbonation.

I enjoyed this beer just due to it's sheer complexity. So many flavors and aromas here. Great beer to sip and analyze.

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Photo of mds1101
3.67/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Adamtravsdad
4.34/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Jamie_Newman
4.19/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of KarmicSkrambl8
4.04/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of crow
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tyecko
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JoLight
4.94/5  rDev +32.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance:dark, dark brown, and a khaki head that's super-changed and stays around for a good five minutes-at LEAST-before dissipating into a half-finger's width ring of foam. Leaves nice lacing.

Aroma: mild at first, but gains in strength as the beer warms. Initially: it smells of chocolate-covered fruit, dark malt background, but has a straight-forward fruity character to it. As it warms, it gains more of a licorice aroma. I pick up oak, reminiscent of Samuel Adams Mighty Oak.

Flavor: dark malt character initially, with an ever-present Cheerwine flavor, with some slight tangy character. A little bit of coffee on the aftertaste. As it warms, I taste more licorice. I pick up am little oak, reminiscent of Samuel Adams Mighty Oak.

Mouthfeel: heavy side of medium; carbonation; chewy.

Finish: semi-dry.

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Photo of WickedBeer
4.23/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of anchie
2/5  rDev -46.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 2

A lot of alcohol upfront then tartness. Finishes with a chocolate flavor. Carbonation is too high. Overall a waste of $10. :(

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

Photo of Bonkinishwa
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Samuel Adams - Thirteenth Hour Stout (Barrel Room Collection). 9% ABV. 750ml bottle split between two snifters.

Look: Pours a rich dark brown, and settles pitch black in the glass. Thick off white colored head, which slowly lapses into a thick cap.

Smell: Here is where it gets weird. This beer has a sour tinge to it's aroma, similar to a Wild Ale. Some dark cherries, spices, and charred oak, but almost overwhelmed by the sourness.

Feel: Semi light body, and heavily carbonated, which leaves it kind of rough.

Taste: Just like the smell. A lot of tartness, accompanied by some alcohol, dark chocolate, dark cherries, spices, and charred oak. Very complex and almost overwhelming.

Overall: This is very similar to a Wild Ale style of beer, with its tartness and yeast factors. Very complex with a lot of things making this up.

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

Bottle split between two New Belgium snifters. Medium brown pour, and settles a very dark brown in the glass. Some ruby highlights when held to a light source. About 2 fingers of vanilla-colored foam on top, bubbly and crunchy in composition. Very interesting aroma on this beer. Very complex, yet subtle. Notes of roasted malt, tart cherries/raspberries, charred oak, leather, coffee grounds, apricot..There is a strange vinegary, yeastiness to the aroma that reminds me very much of a Wild Ale. The taste of this beer follows suit quiet well. Charred oak, bitter chocolate, coffee, robust sour fruit (grapes, raspberries), oats, roasted bready malt, and vanilla-infused smoked leather. Very different, but surprisingly well balanced given the monsterous complexity this thing posesses. In terms of the mouthfeel, very creamy, very smooth. No booziness. A little over carbonated.

Overall, a weird one but good. If I wasn't told beforehand, I would definitely think this was a Sour. Reminds me a little of Jester King's Black Metal if I had to compare. I can see similarities between this and Rochefort 8, though, as it warms up. I'd say give this one a try if you have a broad palate. It's part Belgian, part sour.

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Photo of bluehende
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hockey_Fan
3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

From the bottle, it pours a dark brown with a small head, quickly dissipating to a ring around the top. Lots of coffee in the nose. A little chocolate in the mouth, along with the alcohol and malt. Enjoyable!

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

Photo of Evilyak
3.74/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

very dark. lots of foam to start, but settles nicely.

i definitely get the chocolate throughout here, and the barrel aging is apparent. there's some dark fruit, or berries, in the nose and taste that work ok, along with a dried fruit character. heavy sugars here, i think.

mouth is a bit tart and doesn't rinse clean. i'm left feeling like i ate a dark chocolate bar and want something to wash it away.

alcohol is hidden nicely, at least for me. flavors are strong, and work, but not something to be consumed on its own and by yourself.

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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
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