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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 TheTrevor
3.16/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown pour with a big tan head that isn't going anywhere anytime soon. The smell is fainter than I expected. A bit of breadiness and maybe a tiny bit of fruit. The taste starts off with some candy malt that gives way to dark fruit with a hit of vanilla in the aftertaste. Not a whole lot in the way of balance here, this tastes more like a desert than a beer. Mouthfeel is nice and thick, but the alcohol really starts to punch through as it warms up. This is like some sort of alcoholic fruit tart. Not really what I expected, but not unpleasant.

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Photo of mothman
3.16/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark ruby brown. Tan fizzy head and lots of it.

This beer tastes more like a sour than a stout. A lot of sour/tart cherries. Roasted malts and chocolate. Belgian yeast flavors. Some oak and toffee.

Lighter bodied with a high amount of carbonation. Doesn't feel like 9%.

I thought this beer was fairly average. Just not really digging how sour it was. I probably won't drink this again.

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Photo of ksimons
3.18/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-very dark brown with some ruby highlights with a fingers worth of light tan head that leaves a ring around the glass. Nice looking

S-rich malts, dark fruits, light vanilla and chocolate

T-taste is similar to the smell, dark fruits predominates, some malt, some spice, and a bit of tangy yeast. No coffee or roasted malt in this one. Kind of boring actually.

M-light to medium body, medium carbonation, thin

Overall I am disappointed, I was hoping with the name Stout this would be a richer drink but there is no roast, no coffee, no real body to speak of. Much more like a BSDA but is even lacking in that category. Will not be having again.

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Photo of cswhitehorse
3.2/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

The 13th Hour Stout was a mixture between a sour, stout and maybe a BSDA. It poured a dark brown color with 4 finger foam head with tiny carbonation bubbles. The head dissipated quickly and settled into a tiny 1 mm head. The smell was brown sugar, anise and sour green apples. The mouthfeel was thin and left a semi sour mark on the palate. Overall an interesting beer but seemed to be a little off.

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Photo of BingCrosby7
3.21/5  rDev -14.9%
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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Photo of russpowell
3.23/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Opens with a resounding pop! Pours mahogany with 3+ fingers of fluffy tan head. Good lacing & head retention

S: Dark fruit, faint fusel booze notes

T: Figs, raisins, dryness & a touch of woody hops up front, along with a bit of booze. Some cherry notes mix in with oakyness as this warms. Finishes boozey, dry & jammy

MF: Fairly chewy, low carbonation

An okay crack at the style at best, will probably do better some age on it. It is a little too dry & oaky to me, a little too hot still

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Photo of nassaubeercop
3.23/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- Shiny onyx black with two fingers of golden
brown head which settles down quickly leaving a
thin golden brown head and a little lacing.

S- Bourbon (oak barrel), vanilla, coffee, Belgian
yeast and spice, a little fruity.

T- Yeasty with Belgian spice. Malt and hops well balanced,
somewhat subtle.

M- Light carbonation, slick and a little watery. A little bitter malt and fruit on the finish.

O- A nice beer but it's not a stout as advertised, it is
a Belgian strong dark ale reminiscent of Gulden Draak.
Not bad but not the style I was expecting. If I can get another
bottle, I'll put some age on it and taste again.

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Photo of warriorsoul
3.26/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Grabbed a bottle a few months back at Wegman's. Reasonably priced at $10.99 or so.
Pours like a coca cola, dark brown with some fizzy head with no spotty lacing.
Aroma is decent. Dark figs, brown sugar, sweet malt, and sadly, grapes.
Taste is where this one goes down hill for me personally. It's not a bad beer at all, but chocolate....? Nope. Coffee? Negatory. Oak? Not finding it.
Description is very misleading.
Fairly high carbonation, but not distracting....just a bit higher than I would have appreciated.
Finishes fairly clean.
Not a bad beer, but falls short based on my expectations after reading the label.

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Photo of q33jeff
3.26/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

25.4 oz. Bottle to goblet.

LOOK: Cola black/Brown. Small off white head. Smallish bubbles, sticking to side.
AROMA: weak, some Brown sugar, bread and wangy yeast, but all are subdued.
TASTE: dark fruit, pomegranate, wine.
FEEL: above avg carbonation. Thinnish body.

Not bad. I don't get the flavors advertised on the bottle.....spice,coffee, chocolate, oak......maybe there is a touch of pepper (spice), but that is it.

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Photo of beer2day
3.27/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark brown pour with 2-fingers of light brown head. Good retention. Not much lace.

Lots of Belgian in the nose. Bananas and apples. Light cherries. Lots of fruit. Lighter chocolate and coffee underneath.

Stronger fruit flavors. More cherries, plums, lighter apple with banana in the finish. Grows a little tart in the finish as well. While there's a lot going on here, doesn't really come together for me and stays unbalanced.

Fizzy feel that stays a bit thin.

Overall, hoping for a lot more at this price point.

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Photo of Beermanmiles
3.28/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

This is an overpriced beer I do not recommend. While it may be aged in barrels, the beer does not have a creamy mouth feel. To me, the main goal of barrel aging is to take on a creamy mouth feel and a whisky (depending on the barrel) after taste. When a beer ages it typically loses its carbonation and gains a syrupy texture. This beer does not have that. It also tastes like the brewers went carried away with stout notes. It tastes like they overloaded it with flavors that do not mix well. I love stouts and I think this beer is difficult to get down. It has an uneasy fizzy mouth feel combined with an ammoniated coffee flavor.

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Photo of ATPete
3.3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, corked and caged

Let me start by saying that Sam Adams has done a great job in designing these bottles, lets hope the beer inside is as good as the presentation.

13th Hour pours a deep brown color, almost black, but allowing light to penetrate ever so slightly. A decent nose of coffee, plum and roasted chocolate malts. The sour twang is pretty damn foul when this beer is cold, as it warms, the funk becomes less offensive and does a good job in adding subtle complexities to this Belgian stout. With that said, this beer never screamed STOUT except for the nose. It was ok, not something I would buy for myself. I gave a great mark to the "Overall" score because of the custom bottle, great packaging.

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Photo of drumminbrewer
3.3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wow - so these Sam 750's are around the Midwest now huh? I had the New World Triple at the brewery...thoroughly enjoyed it (probably the best thing I've ever had from BBC), let's see what this guy is all about. Poured into my Duvel glass...

Black pour, a slight crimson ring at the top of the glass. Stout? Or dark barleywine? Head is thick, but not "creamy", and dissipates after about 30 seconds leaving behind a minimal amount of lacing on the glass & a small bit of froth a the top.

Nose - Figs & some vanilla. Present, but not overwhelming. As it warms I smell some apricots too...

First sip is...hmmm...meh. The 9.0 ABV is hidden well - must be the malt, but to be honest I was expecting quite a bit more flavor, especially considering the nose. Mostly vanilla, wish I could say more, but it's rather one dimensional.

Body is medium to medium heavy...profile of dragons's milk from New Holland. Present, but not "chewy" big as this beer is it could be dangerous - quite easy to take down.

Underwhelming finish. I'm left with Vanilla on my cheeks.

Jim - you're a pioneer, and I respect the hell out of BBC...but the New World was light years ahead of this in terms of your "reserve" stuff. I don't know how many Belgian style stouts are aged in oak barrels this doesn't seem to fit the category very well. No problems, and for $9.99 a bottle it's solid, but you're competing in a flooded market of thick barrel aged beers with this one, and to be frank I think it comes up a bit short.

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Photo of Zorro
3.33/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear dark brown colored beer with a small brown colored head. This is a change from the light-proofed stouts that are so popular today.

Smell is fruity like a Foreign Export Stout. Fruit with chocolate and coffee. Catching some pepper from the alcohol fumes. Over all it isn't a strongly scented beer.

Starts out fruity and light in the mouth much more like wine than beer. Lightly sweet with the spicy taste of a Belgian yeast used. Chocolate, coffee and coriander tasted. Only problem is that the flavors are a bit on the light side. Tastes something like a Belgian Blond Ale with some patent malt added.

Mouthfeel is light.

Overall a disappointment Not saying it tastes bad, just saying I expected more flavor..

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.33/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

750ml bottle - $9.99 at Bullock's Wine & Spirits in Marietta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown, near black body with an initially tall, foamy beige head. Essentially no lacing.

Smell: Dark fruitiness (raisin, black cherry, plum), darkish not-so-bitter chocolate hints, a little basic coffee roastiness. Spicy touches of pepper, muted clove. Subtle oak hints. A bit more yeast noted in the nose than in the flavor (the sweetness is to blame there).

Taste: Roasted maltiness, also some toasty, coffee-accented notes as well as some dark chocolate. Slight dark rum vibe as the approaching dark fruitiness sets in and a distinct sweet & sour quality takes hold. Further raisin and pepper. Stays rather fruity and still considerably sweet on the back half obscured some light qualities of oak, yeast. Sweet (candyish nearly), fruity finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-plus carbonation. Slight slick, tongue-coating action.

Overall: Displays a staunch fruitiness with a bit more sweetness than desired, I'd prefer a touch less sweetness and still a hair more carbonation.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.34/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Dark black in color with no penetration to light. Over an inch thick tightly knit beige head. Notes of molasses and dark candy sugar reveal themselves in the nose. I taste far Belgian candy sugar and sweet dark malt. The mouth is heavily carbonated and creamy.

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Photo of superdedooperboy
3.35/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750-ml corked-and-caged brown glass bottle poured into a tulip glass. Served at cellar temperature, approximately 45-50 degrees F.

Pours with a billowing head of light cocoa foam that fizzles away fairly quickly, settling down to a half-finger cap that seems to stick around indefinitely. Fat, patchy lacing hangs on the walls of the glass as it empties. The body is black as night until held to the light, whereupon a few streaks of garnet gleam through the abyss.

The nose is an interesting melange of raspberry, clove, anise, a hint of vanilla; there's more to it, but things are difficult to pin down. It would be nice to know what type of oak was used to age this, as the aroma seems to suggest some sourness that may be attributable to wild yeast, bacteria, or perhaps wine character -- all of which could have been imparted by the oak used.

Surprisingly light in body, though this is only because I have come in expecting the character of a 9% ABV stout; this truly does seem to land more in the zone of a Belgian Strong Dark Ale, and so the good people at Boston Beer should consider a change in description. As stated, light-bodied, with a mild carbonation; up front, tart cherry and raspberry seem to take hold, with a bit of semi-sweet chocolate hiding underneath, somewhat reminiscent of a raspberry ganache-filled truffle. While some notes of lightly roasted coffee and subtle hints of pepper and allspice bounce along the middle, the tart character envelops it all and carries everything through into the finish. Roasted coffee, dark chocolate and a hint of tart cherry linger afterward.

Overall, this is a difficult brew to place. It is difficult to define stylistically, but beyond that it's difficult to say whether or not it's pleasant to drink or a chore -- it seems to fit in some strange middle ground of all these things, and therefore cannot be judged highly or lowly. It isn't a bad beer, for certain, but rather more of a questionable one. At $8.99, a bottle won't break the bank, and will make an interesting beer to share with a friend (it does, in fact, become more of a chore if drinking an entire bottle alone), but coming from a company with coffers much larger than many smaller breweries with similar offerings at equal or lesser cost, it could use a little price drop.

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Photo of StaveHooks
3.35/5  rDev -11.1%
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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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.36/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Light brown pour that sits black in my glass. Fingerswidth tan head yields fair retention. Nifty shaped bottle.

13th hour, like most SA beers, smells good but weak. I pick out charred barrel, vanilla and cigar wrapper. Tastes like watery Chambord with lightly roasted edges.

Bottle says, "Boston Beer Co., Boston MA &...Hammondsport NY." WTF? I know Sam is far from a hometown brew but at least lie to me.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.39/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750mL corked and caged bottle poured into a snifter. Thanks for sharing Chris!

(A)- Pours a near pitch black color. Some nice tan froth and lace.

(S)- Big/huge cherry and plum/raisin fruits. Some banana-like yeasts and biscuit notes. Even some creamy oats on the tail-end. Different, but good.

(T)- Heavy on the spices up front. More of those dark fruits from the smell. Yeasty, with a sweet/slick finish.

(M)- A nice mellow carbonation level. A decent balance, though definitely heavy on the spice and sweetness levels. Gets a bit thick as it warms up.

(D)- Not bad, definitely fits the style in some ways, but overall, a spicy, heavy, stout-like combination.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.39/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Love these bottles from SA.

Pours a dark ruby, cola body. A very nice looking beer capped with a rich off-white head. Nice lacing.

Aroma is a touch weak. Some leather and plum. Cocoa and roasted grains. Some booze.

Flavors come and go. Red plum. Blackberries. A light cocoa and leather strap. Some candied Jolly Rancher in the back. Flavors are light, and I'm glad this one is listed as a BSDA instead of a quad, which is what the label suggests. It's strong, and has some good flavors, it just seems the carbonation lifts away the taste.

Finishes a bit hollow for me. But isn't bad by any means

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Photo of Gmann
3.4/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep brown color with ruby edges, a smallish off-white head that settles into a very light ring.

The aroma is fairly faint. I pick up some light raisin and subtle metallic notes. Perhaps some Belgian spice from the yeast. Disappointing for a Belgian style. Don't really pick up any stout notes.

The taste is of a light raisin and cola. Some light oaky notes. Some chalky coffee flavor and dark chocolate. Nothing really pops. It has more of a dubbel type flavor with subtle chocolate and coffee notes to go along with a light plum and clovey belgian yeast.

The feel is light with very fizzy carbonation. The active carbonation may mask some of the flavor. Nice balance between sweet and roasty bitterness. Drinks light and fairly refreshing.

A decent Belgian style brew. Could use more flavor from the chocolate and coffee and less carbonation. I like that it keeps itself in check.

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Photo of Mikus
3.41/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a big-ass bottle (oddly shaped, bomber-sized) into my snifter glass. Deep, opaque brown with tinges of deep red around the base when held to the light. 1/2 finger of tan head which quickly faded. Aromas of oak and molasses. The flavors were very reminiscent of a trippel with hints of molasses, banana, some dark fruit (raisins?), some alcohol (expected at 9%). This had a rich mouthfeel, but again, not what I was expecting for a stout. Overall, this drank like a trippel, albeit a dark appearing trippel... not quite sure what SA's definition of a 'Belgian' stout is, but be aware that this did not drink like a stout. However, it was a pretty nicely balanced beer overall, which improved as the glass warmed.

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Photo of ferrari29
3.42/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beer poured from bottle into a Snifter shaped glass

A - Dark colored beer pours with a espresso brown colored head; one finger in size and held well; not much lacing formed around the glass; body has a slightly reddish hue around the edges; beer has a very liquid body

S - Spicy nose; touch of coffee roasted malt; hint of oak and whiskey; dry scents of allspice or grains of paradise

T - Licorice is followed up with a nice spice blast of nutmeg and allspice; slight flavor of coffee over the middle of the tongue; dry oak flavor

M - Thin body; slightly bubbly; heavy spice bite

D - Good beer overall; would compliment a nice cheese

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Photo of BigPlay1824
3.43/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed in a goblet

A: Pours a deep black with slight red notes that is completely thick, pours with a thin layer of very fine head that is mocha in color that dissipates almost immediately, leaves virtually no lacing on the glass
S: im sensing chocolate and cherries with a very slight amount of Belgian character
T: yup definitely can sense the Belgian character of wheat and funk, very odd taste, definitively has a sweet note of cherries, not what i was expecting from what they call a stout, very slight chocolate and smoked malt character, just not as much depth as i had expected
M: very thin on the palate, medium carbonation tingle, leaves a silky feeling on the palate that is very pleasant
O: a good brew, called a stout but categorized as a Belgian strong ale, fits the strong ale moniker better i think and is overall very smooth and nice to drink

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