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:
1,065
Reviews:
285
Avg:
3.77
pDev:
15.38%
 
 
Wants:
45
Gots:
225
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4
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Ratings: 1,065 |  Reviews: 285
Photo of kwjd
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of vickersspitfire
3.89/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter, it’s almost pitch black at first sight, but as you hold it up to the light, beautiful dark reds and amber colors shine through. The head is thick, dense and very creamy, very active with popping bubbles and it’s all very tempting… and it sticks around for quite some time too, making a great companion as you drink this beer. Lots of dark fruits in the aroma, raisins, figs, grapes, mild apple, slight roasted malts and spices are all present. The flavor is just as pleasing, malts are more present and the spices take the backstage in this part. Its slightly bitter overall and the sweetness comes out as you swallow. The spices are also more evident in its aftertaste, the alcohol is well hidden. This is one smooth beer and a great tasting one at that too.

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Photo of AnitaBrewski
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of stephens101
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A full tan head covers a pitch black brew. It settles quickly.

A thin medicinal wall is noticed aromatically up front, but is quickly broken by notes of milk chocolate, a bit of vanilla and grape juice.

Smooth on the tongue with palpable notes of cherry followed by more milk chocolate, various other dark fruits, vinegar and light hops. The oak is noticed as an afterthought.

Medium bodied with a tickle of alcohol heat at the end.

You would be hard pressed to find a more delectable and well-balanced "bigger beer" than this one.

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Photo of MAJPhilson
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wasn't sure what kind of stout I was drinking. Complex flavors, with a very long after taste. Not one of my favorites, but I would drink it again. Little pricey for the quality though. I guess I expected more from SA, but still, not a bad stout.

A: was dark, but not as dark as most stouts. Light does come through, but still, dark enough to classify as a stout.

S: definite hints of chocolate, coffee and spice.

T: tried at two temps. First cold: as a colder brew, had a very bitter taste. But I let it warm up to room temp. Room Temp: brought out all sorts of flavors, rich coffee, deep spices and the aroma changed slightly.

M: oily is the best way I can describe this. It certainly has a very long aftertaste on the palate, but not at all unpleasant.

O: not bad at all. Not my favorite, but not bad. I paid $10.99 for this beer, which was way too much, but...you only live once. For that price, and from SA, I expected a little more.

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Photo of FLBEERGUY25
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Briken
2.73/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Black with a tan, frothy head and great retention. Light oak, yeast and a metallic aroma. Strong Belgian sugar and yeast with oak, sweet chocolate, and earthy stone fruit notes. Earthy finish and linger. Semi-dry, thin, and neutral feel with a light fuzz.

Subtle and interesting flavor but metallic notes persist and linger. Ultimately, an okay but rather boring beer with no outstanding qualities and a few problems that would be okay to share small pours with a few people. Otherwise, I wouldn't bother.

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

I poured this into my snifter to enjoy during the Super Bowl. There wasn't any metaphorical resason... just thought it looked good to sip during the game.

For a stout, this beer should have been darker. You could get a decent amount of light through this one. The smell is interesting. I would say that the bouquet is like a mix of stout and saison. There is the coffee, as you would expect. I also get some spices, sweetness, and a decent amount of sour. It is an original smell, but the balance is a little off.

The flavor is complicated and challenging. You get a lot more of the sour. There is a lot less coffee at this point. I would say that this is more like a dark/black saison.

Overall this made for an interesting experience. It wasn't bad, but t doesn't rise to the point of being a "must find" beer.

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Photo of Colosdog
2.5/5  rDev -33.7%

Photo of eulerthegrape
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of Lemke10
4.35/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This pours a dark brown color with a light brown, foamy head that leaves behind some decent lacing. Aroma is yeast, malts, some cocoa, and sweetness. There is a lesser robust taste than expected with a decent amount of spices mixed with sweet malts. The texture is very Belgian indeed. Probably the most interesting of the Barrel Room Collection brews.

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Photo of dvanhandel
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of jbaker67
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of hiphops24
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of LocalPoke
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of RockinRob925
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of gpogo
3.82/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

A- Dark brown body with a tan/cream colored head.

A- Sweet cola like initial aroma. Fruits and a belgiany smell.

T- Sweet dark belgian up front taste that gives way to a very sweet chocolate with hints(very light) of coffee. Finishes with a spicy feel and a hot alcohol air.

M- Medium body that sticks to your mouth and leaves a nice reminder taste and feeling of the beer. Moderate carbonation.

D- Quite enjoyable, probably one of my favorites of the "barrel series."

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Photo of Baab200
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of paleoplant
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of DmanGTR
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of shockrocker65
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of PittBeerGirl
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of lupercmda
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of maleman
3.15/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - poured from a pint bottle, thick and dark with an tan-colored, creamy head. Good amount of lacing.
S - heavy malt, caramel and coffee.
T - not nearly as much bite as I would have expected. more phenol than malt.
M - kind of weak considering the characteristics. Oily, with only a bit of aftertaste.
O - had high expectations, but they were not met. just not indicative of the genre, IMO.

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Photo of rangerred
3.14/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulip out of a 750ml bottle.

Pours an extremely dark brown, nearly pitch black, with a decent one finger dark tan head. Pretty good head retention and lacing taking the abv into consideration.

The aroma threw me off a little bit. Instead of a chocolatey, roasty, stout aroma I get hit with some perfumy, funky, Belgian notes. Almost reminds me of a Flanders red or something. Quite floral with a little bit of dark fruit. Not bad but just a little odd.

This carries over into the flavor. Lots of fig and cherries along with just the slightest bit of funk. About halfway through and towards the finish, a little bit of light chocolate tries to come through but it is very faint. There are also some banana and bubblegum yeasty esters. Mouthfeel is on the thin side but also quite sticky.

Overall, I really was expecting more stout characteristics with this beer. This screams Flanders red or Oud Brun more than Belgian ale. It is all just a bit rough around the edges and a bit weak.

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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 1,065 ratings.
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