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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)
1,067 Ratings
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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Ratings: 1,067 |  Reviews: 287
Photo of Lonelyshadow
3.52/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured chilled into a beer mug.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown body with a slight brown head

Smell: A rich amalgamation of fruits, chocolate, coffee, and licorice.
Taste: Started with a raisin flavor blending into a coffee flavor, followed by a burnt chocolate flavor with undertones of licorice.
Mouthfeel: Sticky, I am not sure how else to describe it besides a sticky sensation. This was one of my least favorite parts of the beer.
Overall: I highly enjoyed this beer and would get another next time I am in the mood for a good dark beer. A word of caution though, the bottles are a tad bit too large to finish in one sitting.

Serving type: bottle

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of chinchill
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Black in glass with only a touch of brown at the edges in bright light, but a thin layer is a deep reddish brown. The head is well proportioned, creamy dark tan in color, and has excellent retention with decent lacing.

Aroma: complex, fruity and spicy with some sweet malt evident too. Lots of raisins.

The rich and complex flavor reflects some toasted malts with coffee and a variety of spices. Hints of dark fruits and chocolate.

Full body with ample soft carbonation. Near perfect!

O: This cross-over ale serves as an excellent American version of a Belgian dark strong ale. Good even by that high standard although much of the spiciness comes from spices rather than the yeast.

Bought at the brewery just a few days ago and shared with me: thanks LJ.

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of InspectorBob
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of JasonR1975
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of blastoderm55
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of jarrgal
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of BingCrosby7
3.21/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This is my first rating of a beer on this site, so here goes:

Picked it up from a coldcase at Bevmo since they didn't have any left on the shelf. Let it mellow and breath before serving in a goblet at 50 degrees.

Appearance: Deep black with a touch of dark brown. Light brown head, a litle less than a finger's length. Good head retention -- lasted for about a minute before shrinking down to a couple of milimeters thick.

Smell: Hints of coffee and spice. The alcohol has a minor presence. A deep bourbon note. Agitating the glass kicks up the bourbon and alcohol. Chocolate notes linger in the nose once imbibed.

Taste: Strong alcohol and bourbon notes upon first impression. The coffee is the secondary note, but it is hard to get past the heavy-handedness of the bourbon aging and the alcohol content. Time between sips reveals a vanilla and rum aftertaste on the back of the tongue, though it does take time to develop. Hints of stone fruit and raisin.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly light and bubbly. This feels much lighter than I had expected going into the bottle. Perhaps a bit over-carbonated, but the beer is glossy underneath the carbonation.

Overal: This beer seems a bit unbalanced. It is a bit too carbonated and the taste of alcohol dwarfs the nuance of the overall experience. I would recommend a pint rather than a full bottle.

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of srhoadsy
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Served slightly chilled into a tulip.

Pours a deep sable color with an inch of dark tan head that quickly recedes leaving little to no surface layer or lacing.

Spicy and sour aromas remind me of chutney.

Flavors of sour cherries, bittersweet chocolate, clove and pepper.

Medium bodied with a sweet but crisp finish. Light carbonation with a mild aftertaste.

Hard for me to judge this one, as it's not one of my favorite styles. Overall a good beer, could use a little more body.

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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5/5  rDev +34%

Photo of StaveHooks
3.35/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

750ml bottle served in a Chimay chalice.
2012 vintage.

A - Pours opaque with 1 finger of sandy head dying down to a wispy cap.

S - Woody Belgian yeast, bananas, dates soaked in rum, plums, currants, chocolate syrup, pears, juicy fruit gum.

T - Roasted malts, more acidic than the nose let on. Some toasted cocoa powder, toasted coconut, tart candy flavors, tangy fruit, currants, plums, green figs, pears, bananas, cola, allspice, finishes fruity and sweet with some acidity.

M - Moderate carbonation, prickly upfront but then smooths out.

An interesting mix of flavors. The aroma is very inviting. It's a mix of sweet and acidic fruit. The oak is very subtle and stays in the background, almost unnoticeable.

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of rrski198
4.28/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Slightly off white head. Dissipated fairly quickly. Deep black color with some dark reds around the edges of the glass when held up to a bright light. Appearance is of a thin stout.

S: So this is where I got the slap in the face. I was expecting the traditional funky, spicy Belgian yeast scent and maybe some dark roasted malts. Right up front is the traditional bacteria "sour" scent. Brett, Lacto, Pedio. Not sure what was apart of the "Kosmic Mother Funk" yeast mix, but I was pleasantly surprised. It totally dominates the nose for me.

T: Sweet and Sour right up front with toasted caramel and chocolate notes on the back end. Dark roasted fruit flavors linger in a great way for quite some time. The flavor profile is of a flanders red, with a touch of darker roasted malt.

M: Full carbonation. It coats the mouth and leaves an alcohol spice on the palate. Sweetness lingers and coats the mouth.

O: So super surprised here. I was expecting something like, "dark truth" from boulevard. What I got was a surprising mix of a Belgian strong and a Flanders red. I was absolutely surprised and quite pleasantly. This is a great beer if you dig the "sour" flavor profiles, if not, stay away. For me, this is a no brainer. I already bought 5 bottles. Hopefully one will make it till next year.

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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of scratch69
3.74/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I poured a bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance- Very dark brown color with ruby highlights and two fingers of a lingering tan head. Moderate amount of lacing.

Smell- Strong raisin aroma with some notes of chocolate and oak.

Taste- Sweet dark fruit flavor with a light funky twang. Occasionally getting a light hint of chocolate and coffee.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with a high level of carbonation.

Overall- This is not what I expected. It is more like a sour ale than a stout, but it is still very interesting and enjoyable.

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Photo of fank2788
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a tulip glass
One shade lighter than black with some reddish highlights when held up to a light, the head is pretty rocky with a mix of medium and fine bubbles. Smell is of dark fruit, dark roasted malts, a bit of funky yeast character and some coffee. The taste has a lot of the dark fruit and malt but I'm also getting this funky or vinous thing as well. Not much alcohol and no wood character in their either. The bitterness is very low to nonexistent as this beer remains quite sweet and syrupy throughout. There is a bit of a pepper tingle in the mouthfeel combined with medium to low levels of carbonation the finish is sweet and then dry, rather unusual actually. Overall this is a bit of a miss to me. I'm just not getting enough of the classic belgian yeast character that I would expect for a beer of this style, it is missing the wood that should be notable in a barrel aged beer and the funky flavor is a bit strange.

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Samuel Adams Thirteenth Hour Stout (Barrel Room Collection) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.73 out of 5 with 1,067 ratings
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