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Samuel Adams Thirteenth Hour Stout (Barrel Room Collection)Samuel Adams Thirteenth Hour Stout (Barrel Room Collection)

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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.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
3.87/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I often write reviews that are less than flattering about Samuel Adams beers. However, I must admit that I really enjoyed this one. I don't believe that it is entirely true to the style, but it is still a good drink.

Poured into a goblet, the stout was a healthy back color with a slight quickly fading head. The aroma was a very potent sweet chocolate scent that certainly will draw the interest of many drinkers. In the initial taste, the very sweet chocolate flavor was combined with an equally potent fruit flavor. On the way down, a warming alcohol taste finished the experience. At the same time, the stout stayed sweet in the aftertaste. The stout was a little thinner that I would ahve liked. A thicker stout would have lingered in the mouth longer. By far, this is one of my favorites from Samuel Adams.

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Photo of utfiero
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Color - deep, near black plum. Full head.

Aroma- complicated aroma including mild floral notes, spices, raisin, and hint of roastiness.

Taste- Initial thoughts with a new bottle in January 2014: Starts very sweet with prune notes, hints of spice in the mid-body, finishing calmer with a nice lingering aftertaste (perhaps a hint of the barrel aging comes through here). A bit like a fruitcake in a bottle with a hint of sourness throughout. Quirky but we like it. Drink at the recommended temperature- 50 degrees.

After aging 6 months (not cellar, rather aged at room temp)- Sweetness diminished somewhat, starting rich and roasty with coffee and fruity hints of pear and raisin, very faint hints of spice including white pepper in the middle, finishing roasted and mildly smokey with a lingering tart fruity aftertaste that is probably a combo of Belgian yeast and fruity hops.

Rating reflects the improvement with aging.

Poured from a corked 750 ml bottle into a Liefmans Goudenband glass (my preferred all purpose beer tasting glass). Purchased at Costco as part of a three bottle combo pack early January 2014.

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Photo of JamesMN
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
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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Photo of Knapp85
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed a bottle of this at the brewery a few months ago. This poured out as a nice deep brownish black color with a brown colored head on top. The smell of the beer has some hints of chocolate, coffee and roasted malts. I wasn't able to get much of the barrel aging from the nose on this one though. The taste of the beer is slightly sweet, with a little bit of bitterness from the dark malts, there are some creamy flavors in there and some dry roasted malts also. Again there isn't much from the barrel ageing filling in on the taste either. The mouthfeel of this beer is medium bodied with a smooth silkiness to it. Overall I think this beer is really quite good, I would probably buy it again over the others in the series if I end up at the brewery again.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Dark brown with some amber highlights. Foamy tan head that does not leave much lacing on the glass.

S- Belgian yeast and spices come through right away, with a hint dried fruit. Only getting faint hints of roasted malt, chocolate and oak.

T- Some fruity sweetness up front, followed by the Belgian spices and finishes with the roasted chocolate malt. Oak compliments throughout and adds a smoothness to the finish.

M- Medium bodied with medium carbonation throughout. Finish is smooth and leaves a pleasant aftertaste.

O- This is a pretty good offering, but nothing really blows me away. Definitely fits more into the Belgian dark ale category than a stout.

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Photo of Pencible
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: This poured an opaque black with thick tan head.
S: It smelled like grassy hops and spicy Belgian yeast, with some dry dark chocolate and roasted coffee.
T: It tasted like dry dark chocolate and roasted coffee, with some pumpernickel and spicy Belgian yeast. It had a clean earthy bittersweet aftertaste.
M: It was watery with lots of fine natural carbonation. Fairly thin body.
D: This was a nice BSDA, but not much stout character and basically no barrel. The scent and taste were still nice, and the body was decent. The finish was smooth with well hidden alcohol, so it was pretty easy to drink. Might age well. Fresh is good not great.

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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 Gushue3
3.89/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


A- almost flat black bit can see through in small areas. No head when i got it from the pourer.

S- a little tart scent upfront and behind that is chocolate malt and lemon zest. Lots of aromatics in this

T- medium to light tartness carries throughout. Dark malt and fruits like raisins along with a small alcohol hint. Very odd but refreshing combination of flavors.

M - medium to heavier feel with similar carbonation. Carbonation explodes as it hits the tongue to make it really creamy.

O- nice stout with some tartness. I guess i was spoiled with dark horse sour plead the fifth being my first sour stout.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.89/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Undated bottle at 42 degrees into a 0.25 L hand washed and dried tulip, allowed to warm to 50 degrees
$ 9.99/25.4 oz bottle ($ 0.39/oz) at Consumer’s Beverage, Lancaster, NY
Aroma of dark fruit, weak, fades away before end of glass
Head large (Eight cm, aggressive pour), light brown, frothy, diminishing to irregular four mm frothy ring and partial layer
Lacing poor – few small islands of tiny bubbles
Body dark brown, opaque
Flavor – an odd combination of weak chocolate and dates with a hint of vanillin; no malt, no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, watery/creamy, lively carbonation

Appearance 4.25, Aroma 4, Flavor 3.75, Palate 3.75, Overall 4

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Photo of depechemode1983
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours black. The head is tan and has decent retention. Lacing is minimal.

S - Sweet burnt sugar, sour raisins, dark chocolate and a touch of alcohol.

T - Chocolate, figs, and an undertone of coffee. The finish is a bit warm.

M - The mouth feel is very creamy. The palate is pleased with this silky blanket of awesomeness. Carbonation could stand to be just a bit stronger then it be perfect.

O - Awesome beer from Sam Adams. I really dig the mouth fee. Its extremely smooth. The taste and smell is a little mono tone but pleasant and solid all and all. I can see myself purchasing this again. If you haven't tried it got for it. The money could be spent on worse beer..

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Photo of Kendo
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Nice bottle ($9.99 at Westmere Beverage for the 750 ml) - though I noticed the long, thin neck seemed to impede the flow of the pour a little. Knowing Sam Adams (thinking about their specialty glass), they've considered that and perhaps that was purposeful. In fact, maybe it was, as the beer - poured into a Duvel tulip - creates a big head (2-3 fingers' worth) of foamy tan. Settles slowly. Body is dark brown on the pour, but appears black in the glass. A good start. It leaves behind some legs of lace after each sip.

S: Nose is very much subdued, at least as I start out with the beer on the cold side still. Some roasted barley malt and a bit of yeasty fruitiness.

T: First impression is more about the feel than the taste - I note a good Belgian-style fizziness that lightens it on the palate. As for the taste. . . like the nose, there's also not a lot going on. What's there is pleasant, however. Some fruitiness - plums, I get. Candied sugar. A hint of vanilla. Also some cacao, though it's fain. A wee bit black licorice, perhaps? Alcohol is well-masked for a beer of 9% ABV. . . .

M: As I said, it's lighter than expected - call it the lighter-side-of-medium in heft. Nice fizziness; the carbonation is soft, not sharp.

O: A good beer - so long as you don't try and place it within a specific category. Not very stout-like, but too sweet for a BSDA or Quad. I lowered the score here to reflect the fact that it didn't really fit either the description on the bottle or the category label. I was looking forward to a roasty stout tonight, and this was far from it.

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Photo of BeerNutz324
3.91/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

24oz split with the brohas and poured into an oversized wine glass

Ap- pours a deep dark brownish black color with a great tan/beige head that lingers pretty well.

Ar- has that typical belgian smell with some chocolate, dark fruit and coffee notes

T- smooth and tasty. The dark fruit and the belgian yeast hit first and then the coffee and chocolate notes finish the taste.

M- medium bodied and quite bubbly for a stout, but I guess that is the belgian side coming through

O- A really good beer. Didn't know what to expect crossing a belgian and a stout but this beer is delicious.

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Photo of Hibernator
3.91/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thirteenth Hour Stout
750 ML caged cork brown bottle
Served in a 20 oz tulip glass

Pours a dark mahogany with a khaki colored head on top. Thick trails of sticky lace decorate the glassware.

An interesting nose with whiffs of fermented fruit and funky yeast.

A chewy malt backbone with flavors of dark fruits, like cherries or plums. There is also a chocolate quality as well, think Cella's Milk Chocolate Covered Cherries in liquid form with a subtle funky yeast twang.

This beer is very smooth with a remarkable carbonation level. I certainly taste the distinctive belgian yeast with hints of cloves and possible banana notes. The 9% ABV is really well hidden as this beer is surprisingly easy to drink, I was expecting more of a sipper type brew.

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Photo of The_1084
3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark transparent color with ruby/amber hues; has a decent head that sticks around throughout the duration of the beer; nice lacing.

S: Strong aroma of dark fruit with a hint of coffee.

T: Follows the smell; powerful taste of dark fruit with a very mild aftertaste of bitter coffee becoming present roughly 20-30 seconds after swallowing; small resemblance to a sweet wine.

M: Easy drinkability for a 9.0% ABV; full-bodied with light-medium carbonation.

O: I was hoping for stronger stout characteristics, but overall this was a good beer.

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Photo of Kbogac
3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark reddish brown with a thick mocha head. Slowly dissipates to a rich with minor lacing. Smell is fruity with some caramel and chocolate. The taste is sour dark fruit and molasses. There is a nice coffee/chocolate in the middle. Medium mouthfeel with good carbonation.

Overall an interesting beer. Great flavosr. Worth a try.

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Photo of Cavanaghty
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a Sam Adams glass.

Appearance: Very dark, almost no light could be seen through the glass. Brown foamy head with spotty lacing on the glass.

Smell: Smell of roasted/taosted malts, carmels, coffee, chocolate, and maybe some fruit as well, alcohol is present.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Thick, medium to full bodied. Taste has malts up front that give way to carmel, coffe, chocolate, and fruity flavors, leaves a bittersweet taste behind.

Overall: Not a huge fan of stouts personally, but I will give credit were due, it is a very well crafted beer, I did enjoy the whole bottle, but probably won't buy again, just cause as I said before, these darker heavier stouts and ales are not my style.

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Photo of stakem
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml corked and caged bottle poured into a tulip. The brew appears dark brown in color with cola clarity around edges. A tan cap fades leaving spotty lace on the glass.

The aroma includes notes of cocoa and fruit. Some mildly vinous aspects with vanilla and caramel from the barrel aging as it breathes.

The taste has some vinous to raisony/plum notes before chocolate and more raisin. A little yeasty with caramel and oak/vanilla from the barrel creates a smoothness and suggestion of sweetness.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. Interesting with some good character but nothing id get exited about drinking again.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.94/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In bottle at Summit's Wayside Tavern in Snellville, Georgia. $15.

(Appearance) pours a cream tan tone with billowy froth head. Color is a very dark brown, almost black, solid and thick in appearance, with deep dark copper light tones. Head retains well, is very thick and creamy in appearance and quite clingy, leaving behind lots of lacing on the glass. Excellent appearance. 5

(Smell) Dark fruits, such as grape and plum, sour cranberries, mild wood chips, Soy, Belgian spices and booze make up the beginning of this aroma. Coffee and chocolate are far more subdued, but come through as the beer warms more. This beer is significantly more bitter with a bold tartness over roasted sweet aroma. Interesting and unique but not ideally balanced. Potency is also lower than expected. 3.5

(Taste) Begins as a spicy tart cranberry and chocolate delicacy with sour grape and plum midsection teamed with belgian yeast and spice. Mild coffee and booze finish. The spices and tart fruits come through the most in the flavor, while the chocolate and coffee tones are minor compliments to the overall product. Medium oak-laced booze lingers through the entire concoction. Pretty awesome. 4

(Mouthfeel) mild carbonation, midway between crisp and smooth, good for the tart fruits and Belgian spices, not too good for the stout tones in the beer, however. It does find a good medium ground that does its best to accommodate both halves of this beer and in that regard its a good texture to have. Slightly slick. Medium alcohol presence. Medium/heavy body. Great. 4

(Overall) A pretty good experience and one I don't regret going through. There's plenty of great flavors to be found in this beer. Worth it if you can find it. 4

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Photo of tectactoe
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
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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Photo of Mumps
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

My most recent tasting of the Barrel Room Collection.

Poured into a pilsner style glass ( I still need to replace my goblet type).

Color was a dark red, almost black. Exhibited a nice half inch off white head, lasting through the first few sips. Moderate lacing.

Smelled remotely of raisins and some spice, with a malty sweetness backing it.

Tastes almost like smells, some chocolate tones, with light spice and raisins.

Mouthfeel was a little lacking unfortunately. Somewhat thin, and the carbonation was a little to high for me. Not unpleasant, but a little disappointing.

Overall I'd give it a solid 4, and well worth buying again.

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Photo of Kranders
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big fan of the barrel aged series from Sam Adams in general. This one poured a nice deep rich black. It had some great oakyness in the nose that really popped through in the taste. I was a little surprised how oak-forward the beer was, and how slightly one dimensional the taste was. It finished a whole lot thinner than you'd expect. Not necessarily in a bad way, just an observation. Still, overall enjoyed it quite a bit.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep mahogany, almost black with a tiny head that fizzes away to bubbles quickly

S: Very fruity from the yeast, spicy, slightly sour from the KMF, slight coffee and dark chocolate once it warms up a little. If I was blindfolded and smelled this, I wouldn't have had a clue it was a dark beer. Impressive

T: Same as the smell, but the roast, coffee, chocolate, and other stouty notes are all more pronounced than in the smell. Somehow, all of this is very well blended and doesn't get muddled. First is the sour, dark fruit, yeast, spice, and some darker roasts followed quickly by the coffee, dark chocolate, and some peppery alcohol. The bitterness that follows is most likely from the coffee and doesn't last very long

M: Medium bodied with moderate-high carbonation. The higher carbonation washes away any lingering flavors very quickly

O: Well, I honestly have no clue what this should be categorized as. Instead, I'm just going to rate this on enjoyment in drinking it, which was quite a bit. Certainly unlike any beer I've had before, and quite enjoyable trying to figure out what it is I'm actually tasting. Just don't get fooled into thinking it's either a stout or BSDA or whatever else you might want to call it. Just enjoy it

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Photo of bonkers
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured from a bomber into a SA perfect pint, dark black pour with a rock solid white head. The aroma has some chocolate notes, some fruity esters. The taste has some oak, chocolate, fruity esters, lingering finish. The body is thin for the styly, carbonation is good. I liked it, interesting brew.

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Photo of CaptDavyJones
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a really dark brown color with a little light penetration along the sides. Head was almost non existent.
Aroma is slightly on the sweeter side with dark fruits, malt, molasses, some licorice in the nose.
Taste is similar to the aroma, sweet upfront with flavors of dark fruits coming through and a sharp tartness towards the finish.
Alcohol is masked pretty well, making it quite easy to drink.
Not sure if this should be called a stout, but this a very interesting take on a belgian. I'm glad that I got to have this, but it's not a brew I can't live without. Definitely worth a try though.

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