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:
1,066
Reviews:
287
Avg:
3.77
pDev:
15.38%
 
 
Wants:
45
Gots:
226
For Trade:
4
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Ratings: 1,066 |  Reviews: 287
Photo of jeff1973
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an odd-shaped 750ml bottle into a Bruery tulip. Guessing it was bottled 9/2012, so about 13 mos old. Bought at Hi Times in Costa Mesa CA for $9.30 on 10/5/12.

A - Dark brown, rootbeer color with ruby tinges on the edges. Tan head leaves good lacing.

S - Dried cherry and fig. Hint of baker's cocoa. Dark bread.

T - Big dried cherries and blueberries, also figs. A little hint of cocoa on the back end (chocolate covered dried cherries). A hint of licorice. Has the classic BSDA flavor combos. Had this fresh and remember it being a little hot. After a year it has really mellowed. No noticeable alcohol burn.

M - Classic BSDA. Medium-full mouthfeel with lively carbonation and slick feel on the tongue afterwards. A little creaminess, also. Very enjoyable.

O - Really good beer. I don't know why this doesn't get more love. I remember it being a little hot when I had it fresh and I think I also thought it was just "pretty good" and not "great". I will definitely pick up another to cellar, especially with the nice price tag.

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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 bubseymour
4.38/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an exceptional Belgian big beer. Grossly underrated.

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Photo of hilgart1
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Zazzi82
3.52/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of khargro2
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of thegerm87
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Kevinpitts
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of KTCamm
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. 4/17

Pours dark brown, almost black, with thick creamy inch head that sits atop like whipped cream. Woodsy nose with raisins. Slight bourbon nose too. Whisky oak taste, boozy, but thin for a stout. Coffee, maple, plums, all kinds of flavors intertwined. Hearty carbonation. Borders on barleywine. Robust.

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Photo of buzzy
3.08/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of braican
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of arizcards
3.56/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a caged and cork 750 ml bottle from TW Arrowhead in late July for $9.99. No visible bottling date.

Beer poured dark brown with a very nice off white head that has some serious hang time.

Nose is sour cherries.

Taste is sour cherries with some chocolate. Some phenols come into play mid stream. Finish is sweet and sour.

Feel is medium bodied and not overly smooth.

Overall definitely some issues with this beer. Not horrid by any stretch but i wonder if age has anything to do with what take are off flavors.

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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 Pearlstreetbrewingco
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

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 skaboom420
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of st9647v3
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of FLBeerGuy
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.62/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter.

3.5 A: Black or nearly so color. Two and a half fingers of frothy beige head. Retention is initially poor with the last half finger sticking around a good while. A short ring of lacing is left.

4.0 S: Starts out with something like a ginger bread cookie - Christmas spices, brown sugar, caramel, sugar, and a bread/dough mix. Roast is next followed by sugar plums, dates, currants, and dark karo syrup. Booze is very well hidden. It's definitely closer to a BSDA than a stout. It's pretty much an American BSDA. Pretty good whatever it is.

3.5 T: Like the nose, but a little less depth of flavor. Spices, caramel, brown sugar, and bread. Dark sweet fruits - raisin, candied plums, currants, and sticky dates. Again booze is well hidden. Not bad.

3.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation with a light spritziness. Reasonably creamy. Good here.

3.5 D: Overall good effort. It was a little pricey though, so I doubt I'd buy it again. No faults and solid all around.

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Photo of gford217
3.15/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Funky 750ml bottle, cork and caged.

Pour is much lighter than I was expecting from a stout (I know the classification on BA is BSDA) - a clear dark brown out of the bottle that settles in short of black in the glass with a light beige head.

Aroma is certainly on the fruity side of things for a stout, with the Belgian yeast yielding lots of fruity esters. However, there is a some light spices and hints of dark roasted malts.

The taste is even sweeter than the aroma with tons of Belgian yeast, raisins and candi sugar. The stout character is extremely tough to pick out as there is little roastiness, coffee or chocolate that I can sense. There is a bit of spices in the finish.

The mouthfeel is light and fizzy even for a BSDA which makes it even less representative if you consider this a stout.

As I'm sure you can guess, this certainly wouldn't grade out as a very good imperial stout (or any kind of stout for that matter). It's much more representative of a BSDA though it's not a great version in my opinion. Meh.

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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 RonaldTheriot
4.61/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Samuel Adams Thirteenth Hour has a very thick, spongy, tan head, and a fiercely bubbly, dark brown, almost black, appearance, with good lacing left behind. The aroma is of mild coffee and chocolate, black licorice, dried light fruit, golden raisen, mild oak, and dark-roasted malt. Taste is of those elements, with an odd canned spaghetti sauce or tomato sauce acidity. Bittterness is almost not detected. Some candy sugar and spiced holiday bread or cake is picked up. Mouthfeel is medium, and Samuel Adams Thirteenth Hour finishes spritzy and not so much like a stout at all.

RJT

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Satchboogie
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Molson2000
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Samuel Adams Thirteenth Hour Stout (Barrel Room Collection) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.77 out of 5 based on 1,066 ratings.
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