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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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of BigBarley
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%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +27.3%

Photo of jjanega08
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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A= Pours a deep brown color not quite a black "stout" color in my opinion with a finger of head on it that rises and is active with it's falling but it falls much slower than it would appear. Great lacing on the glass.

S= The nose is very spicy. A nice dark fruity punky aroma to it that is pretty unexpected. There is a sort of dark cherry dark plum kind of aroma.

T= The taste is much less "tart" smelling but there is stil a big sort of funky cherry flavor. There is a decent amount of roast to it and a bit of a woody character. There isn't much chocolate or coffee in the taste or the nose. The barrel is light in flavor but the funk is definitally there.

M= A bright highly carbonated beer.

O= This is a unique beer. I went into it thinking imperial stout with a belgian twist but that's far from what it actually is. This is a funky belgian dark. Not bad but this is a decent beer and worth checking out.

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3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown, dark ruby color with a tan head that fades pretty quickly and doesn't really leave any noticeable lacing. Nose hits very heavy with a cornucopia of fruity and earthy esters, the heaviest and most apparent being apples and grapes. Very, very sweet and malty aroma. The taste comes up and follows right along with the nose - fruity and actually slightly tart on the tongue, full of apple skins, grapes, and raisins. Sweet toffee and slight caramel shine through near the tail end of the beer. It finishes with a slight oak/woodgrain flavor and a touch of alcohol warmth. Bitterness is low and I really didn't notice any kind of florals or hops in this one at all. Medium-thick body, slightly sticky, low carbonation.

Pretty impressive outing from Sam Adams. This beer may look intimidating, but it was actually quite sweet on the tongue and the alcohol was hidden aside from the typical warming sensation it provided.

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3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Corked and caged bomber poured into a Duvel tulip. Deep, dark, body that is mostly black with no light getting through. Larger than expected tan head, nearly three fingers, that has good retention and leaves a bit of creamy lacing down the glass.

The aroma is very much as expected from a BSDA: fruity esters with dark fruit dominating. Some light, sweet maltiness comes through as well, and some notes that are reminiscent of a nice cabernet.

The flavor is, again, what I expected from a BSDA with strong raisin and grape flavors accompanied by a bit of roasted malt. A very light note of hops and some light yeast notes that are complex - both sour and sweet at times. Got to love Belgian yeast.

Since the bottle noted it was a "stout," I was expecting a thicker texture and this one is on the thin side overall. But, this is definitely a complex and tasty brew that I would gladly recommend.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brown pour but black in the glass. Small tan head, no lace. Sour cherries, Belgian yeast, hint of coffee grounds, and faint roast in the aroma. Just a bit of oak comes off as it warms. The flavor has sweet, tart cherries and yeast, with a bit of toasty malts.Alcohol and the slightest bit of oak on the finish. Medium body at best, with light carbonation

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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of Quackershnoc
4.32/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: really dark, deep purple color, barely any light getting through this guy; khaki colored head that thins out but still sticks around awhile
Aroma: banana and other fruit notes; coffee; chocolate; malt; a hint of spice
Taste: wow, this is big and complex; it starts with some malty sweetness; moves into some banana but the other fruit notes are huge, almost a wine kind of taste, grapes/raisins and other dark fruits; it gets a bit spicy in there too, very nice; finishes dry, maybe a little alcohol warmth, with fruit aftertaste; this is really good
Mouthfeel: it's creamy...maybe velvety?; it is not very carbonated, but I think that works out really well
Overall Impression: this is a very good beer; it's smooth, big, and drinkable; I have never even heard of anything like this...a spicy stout is just crazy, but in a good way; there are layers of flavor throughout and they get a bit more pronounced as it warms up; may favorite part is the balance of the malty and spicy's a spicy stout! that's just nuts!

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4.04/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served into a tulip glass.

A - Pours a thin, deep purple. Almost black, but not quite. Kind of like a really deep Cabernet red. Very little head, and even less lacing... although what head is generated does have a surprising retention to it.

S - Lots of rich fruit flavors, as well as a bit of roasty malt and oak. Not much alcohol present on the nose, despite the 9% ABV here.

T - Woah, it's like there's a party in my mouth and everyone's invited. There's a lot going on in this big complex beer, and it works for the most part. Belgian-yeast fruit esters, deep roasted caramel malts, sweet fruit, peppery spice, and a bit of imperial stout-esque chocolate. Very little hop bitterness. It could have used a bit more barrel aging to tame the Belgian yeast fruit.

M - A little overcarbonated for my tastes. A little dry on the finish. Solid, but unspectacular and with some flaws.

O - This was an ambitious beer that hit most of the right notes. I'd definitely drink it again if I get the opportunity, but it's not something that I'm going to be seeking out.

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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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)
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