Samuel Adams Thirteenth Hour Stout (Barrel Room Collection) | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

Samuel Adams Thirteenth Hour Stout (Barrel Room Collection)Samuel Adams Thirteenth Hour Stout (Barrel Room Collection)
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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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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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3/5  rDev -19.6%

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3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I really wanted to like this beer, but ended up being quite disappointed. It wasn't terrible, but really wasn't what I was was expecting. Here's the review:

A: Loved the caged/cork, and it let out a loud POP when I opened it. Poured a deep murky black, but I noticed a thinness to the beer even as it poured. Nice foamy head and decent lacing.

S: Lots of booze and stewed prunes, Belgian yeast, but not much coffee or chocolate.

T: Very sweet and no doubt a Belgian ale. But I was wanting much more of a "stout" flavor after reading the label, but instead really just got a strong dark Belgian-esque ale. Not much chocolate or coffee. Lots of fruit and yeastiness going on, and a definite boozy quality. As the beer warmed, it got oppressively sweeter and sweeter until I couldn' t finish the last few ounces.

M: Drank like a typical Belgian ale, but too thin for a stout.

O: Rather disappointed in this one. I wouldn't get it again.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.62/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Couldn't pass up this bottle as it just simply proclaimed, "Buy me" as I caught a glance whe perusing the beer aisles at Toyal Wine.

Frnstarters, the bottle is sealed with a cork and a champagne like cork cage. The fun begins with the popping off the cork followed immediately with a light smoke rising out of the bottle.

This beer pours a dark black and a tan head that is modest but acceptable for the style.

The nose offers a spiciness, stewed plums, espresso, brown sugar, and chocolate notes.

Initial taste is somewhat light. First notes offer roastiness, followed by coffee and raisin characteristics. Mild oakiness too and a wild mushroom base offers additional complexity.

Mouthfeel has moderate carbonation - initially crisp and quickly presenting nice warmth.

Sweetness, fruitiness, cocoa and roasty tones take hold as the beer evolves.

A nice belgian-style stout. Doesn't knock my favorites off the mantle, but a decent excursion on the Stout journey.

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2/5  rDev -46.4%

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3.02/5  rDev -19%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3


Thin, not the epic, pitch black you expect from a heavy duty stout. Minimal white head diminishes to minor lacing.


Dark fruits, raisins, etc., take center stage with very minor hints of chocolate. Doesn't really smell like a stout to me, but more along the lines of a Belgian: very yeasty


Light mouthfeel, medium-high carbonation, a little sticky from the sugar


If you like the smell you'll like the taste. One of the better continuities between aroma and flavor I've had in a beer. Only problem for me is, I ain't into it. I wanted a dark, deep, heavy stout, and I got a Belgian that happens to be slightly dark. Lots of dark fruit and fermented Belgian yeast.


This is NOT your normal stout. This beer tries to combine some of the qualities of a Belgian and a Stout, but in my opinion falls a little short. Not a bad beer by any stretch, but I expect a bit more out o special runs from Samuel Adams.

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3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A – Oak and ruby body with a wheat toast head that has solid retention, though limited lacing. Looks pretty good.

S – Toasted malt that gives it a slight milk-chocolate scent, cherries and dark fruit, a slight wine-esque background, black pepper and clove, vanilla and oak.

T – Not terrible. Honestly though the first sip I took tasted like cherry flavored cough syrup. Gets better as you keep going. Has a cherry-cola like flavor to it that is smoothed over with all the malt, definitely has a dried fruit taste to it, somewhat raisiny, peppery spice element. Towards the end it tastes like dates and figs, with a slight cocoa element to it. I’d go so far as to say it’s good. Not great mind you, but downright good.

M – This is probably the best part of the beer. It has a silky, velvety, mouthfeel to it that keep the flavor on the palate for a lengthy amount of time. It’s very nice.

O – I would not recommend this beer. If it was offered to me I might drink it, but I definitely wouldn’t buy it again. It has some positive elements to it, but the flavors clash more than they build upon one another.

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -33%

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3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle pour at the BevMo Holiday Beerfest held at Golden Road Brewing in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a clear dark brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, dark fruits, and some cocoa aromas. Taste is much the same with a slight tartness in the flavor. There is a mild roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer but I think it tastes better than it smells.

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3.57/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

With a simplified palate and cleaner (more yeast neutral) taste, Samuel Adams' Thirteenth Hour puts on a full out display of Belgain dark ale flavor. But with a series that celebrates wood aging, where's the wood character?

Pouring a dense dark brown color with garnet highlights, the beer seems to carry a bit more visual weight and darkness than is usual in the style. A semi-turbulent pour only amounts to a medium statured sandy tan head that's less demonstrative than Belgian comparables. Low lacing, fizzy recession, and medium-short retention keeps the beer a little lackluster.

Dark fruit, candied malts, and vine ripened grapes give a substantial malt scent with a wine-like backdrop. Fruit and spice mingle in an orgy of grapes, black pepper, blackberry, cumin, cherry, clove, currant and corriander that balance the nose with little evidence of hops. Mild wood notes carry a hearty oak note that blends in well with caramel malts and fruit and come to life as the beer warms.

Dry fruit taste is coupled with peppery spice that carries the balance of the beer from start to finish. This symbiotic relationship plays out on a substrate of syrups and candy coated malty taste. Developments of cola, coffee, light cocoa nibs, and dates rise at mid palate and carry over to a simply sweet and candied finish.

Sweet textures fill the mouth with a film of sugar that never dissolves. The tack of sugar invites early creaminess that fades quickly, leaving an extended middle palate of residual malt sweetness and cola-like coat. Finishing spicy, malty-dry, and lightly acidic; the beer refuses to conclude quietly.

The Thirteenth Hour is a fairly typical Belgian-style strong dark ale that's made by a U.S. brewery with U.S. ingredients and techniques. These usually result in a sticky sweet taste with simple fruit and simple spice with little of the rustic intangibles that make authentic versions so great. A higher wood aged presence would have given a much needed complexity to make me forget about the one-dimensional sweet taste.

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Black body with maroon hues when held up to the light. Fizzy tan head.

Aroma: Dark malts and some yeast presence.

Taste: Some light chocolate flavor with a good dark malt character. Some plum and other dark fruit flavors that you usually get with this style. The 9% ABV is masked pretty well. Smooth finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light in body with slightly above average carbonation. Almost creamy at times. Good drinkability.

Final Thoughts: A good beer from a hit and miss brewery. Would I drink it again? I wouldn't turn it down but I wouldn't seek it out. I will be looking for other bombers in this series from Samuel Adams.

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4.12/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a deep deep brown, almost pitch black, except for the highlights that are revealed in the light. Very deep brown. Almost impossible to see any light except through the edges. Head came to about a finger of a tan-brown froam that recedes over time to a thick ring of foam.

S - Dark, sweet coffee, very faint vanilla, with a nice, sharp, barrel-aged aroma of something like wood and spices, very thick smell, light black fruit presence, lots of raisin underneath, hint of cinammon, more vanilla, more wood. A great beer for smelling, very full of subtleties and variety.

T - Smoked malt, burnt plum notes, very mild hints of chocolate and vanilla battle it out, very charred wooden taste, spices come through on the swallow, left with a nice yeasty, dark flavor. Nothing like a stout or dark ale I've had before, lots of things happening here that I can't describe. Wild yeasty flavor, biscuit tastes, black, sweet burnt caramel. There's just so much going on here, it's a great experience sifting through all these flavors.

M - Pretty thick, but not unbelievably so. The carbonation is pretty active for the style, and creamy. All around thick but smooth.

O - An interesting beer to say the least. Samuel Adams hit-and-miss tendencies made me less than exuberant about putting down 12 dollars for a bottle, but I like to think I made a good choice. Very tasteful, very well-made, very rich. This beer is intense and warming. Great winter time early morning taster (but only if you've got the day to yourself, lots of alcohol here)

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

Samuel Adams Thirteenth Hour Stout (Barrel Room Collection) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 61.2% out of 100 with 1,067 ratings
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