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

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3.77
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Photo of mrasskicktastic
4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A big mocha head over a brown brew.

S - Tart, like under ripe blueberries, faint sulphur, a bit of chocolate, alcohol and dates. Pretty nice overall.

T - A bit of underripe fruit, chocolate, alcohol. Aftertaste is a very tart flavor with faint chocolate and coffee undertones. It is actually pretty simple, but also very nice.

M - Smooth, thin, refreshing.

D - Sam Adams does well on this one. It is an exciting beer with clean, exceptional flavors. Worth seeking out, worth drinking, maybe even worth drinking a second time (if I can recall what I paid for the fifth).

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Photo of rrski198
4.28/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Slightly off white head. Dissipated fairly quickly. Deep black color with some dark reds around the edges of the glass when held up to a bright light. Appearance is of a thin stout.

S: So this is where I got the slap in the face. I was expecting the traditional funky, spicy Belgian yeast scent and maybe some dark roasted malts. Right up front is the traditional bacteria "sour" scent. Brett, Lacto, Pedio. Not sure what was apart of the "Kosmic Mother Funk" yeast mix, but I was pleasantly surprised. It totally dominates the nose for me.

T: Sweet and Sour right up front with toasted caramel and chocolate notes on the back end. Dark roasted fruit flavors linger in a great way for quite some time. The flavor profile is of a flanders red, with a touch of darker roasted malt.

M: Full carbonation. It coats the mouth and leaves an alcohol spice on the palate. Sweetness lingers and coats the mouth.

O: So super surprised here. I was expecting something like, "dark truth" from boulevard. What I got was a surprising mix of a Belgian strong and a Flanders red. I was absolutely surprised and quite pleasantly. This is a great beer if you dig the "sour" flavor profiles, if not, stay away. For me, this is a no brainer. I already bought 5 bottles. Hopefully one will make it till next year.

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Photo of gcamparone
4.27/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a snifter glass. Thanks Sara and Andrew for getting this for my birthday!

Pours a deep brown, cherry-chocolate colored body with a pretty gushing, active light brown head that reduces fairly slowly to leave a ring of retention and some spotty lacing.

Aromas are very interesting and open up a lot once it warms up. Dark fruits, plum, sharp tart cherry, booze, chocolate, toffee, sherry, red wine, funk, literally a different aroma every time I smell it!

Taste is equally as complex.. stout-like characteristics of dark fruits and chocolate but a pretty tart cherry juice, vanilla, caramel, red wine, toffee, funk, banana, estery yeast, finished by roasty malt and coffee. Damn, that's complex. Medium body medium low carbonation.

I enjoyed this beer just due to it's sheer complexity. So many flavors and aromas here. Great beer to sip and analyze.

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Photo of DavidST
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 MLS bottle into a tulip glass, no bottled date. This pours a dark brown, almost back color with a massive head. The smells are very strongly of Belgian yeast esters, coco, alcohol, and sweet malts. The feel is medium. The taste is a little different full of malty Belgian strong ale malts, but with weird roasted malts.

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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 Briken
2.73/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Black with a tan, frothy head and great retention. Light oak, yeast and a metallic aroma. Strong Belgian sugar and yeast with oak, sweet chocolate, and earthy stone fruit notes. Earthy finish and linger. Semi-dry, thin, and neutral feel with a light fuzz.

Subtle and interesting flavor but metallic notes persist and linger. Ultimately, an okay but rather boring beer with no outstanding qualities and a few problems that would be okay to share small pours with a few people. Otherwise, I wouldn't bother.

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Photo of scratch69
3.74/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I poured a bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance- Very dark brown color with ruby highlights and two fingers of a lingering tan head. Moderate amount of lacing.

Smell- Strong raisin aroma with some notes of chocolate and oak.

Taste- Sweet dark fruit flavor with a light funky twang. Occasionally getting a light hint of chocolate and coffee.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with a high level of carbonation.

Overall- This is not what I expected. It is more like a sour ale than a stout, but it is still very interesting and enjoyable.

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Photo of Hopfenpeter
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass the beer is clear, very dark brown, with hints of red. The dark tan bubbly head builds two and a half inches high and sticks arround for a little while. Little lacing on the glass.
The smell is of dark fruit, some coffe in the background.
The front is a very strong combo of dark fruit. Plum, Black Cherry and raisin are dominent, almost a bit overpowering. Some chocolate and coffee hints in the background. The finish provides trhe taste of a typical belgian dark ale.
Very nice brew!

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Photo of FanofHefe
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
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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Photo of tzieser
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a corked & caged bottle into a st. bernardus goblet.

a: jet black in color with a whispy white head that quickly fades into a thin lacing around the sides of the goblet. maybe i served this a bit too cold, but i expected a bit more out of this appearance wise.

s: noticeably sour aroma with roasted malt and some hints of coffee.

t: very intersecting. the tartness caught be a bit off guard, even though i knew it was coming. i'm still enjoying it though. roasted malts, oak and very faint chocolate and coffee flavors are there. i'm surprised this works as well as it does with so many flavors going on. well done.

m: slightly thin mouthfeel.

this might be one of those like it or hate it kind of beers. i could understand how one might think that there is too much going on here flavor wise, but i disagree. i like the combination of tartness and roasted barley. recommended.

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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 dbl_delta
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Undated bottle into pint glass. Pours a dark, cloudy cola color with a light tan head. Initial impression is molasses, quickly followed by roasted malts, oak, a little chocolate, and dark fruits. Pretty smooth; medium carbonation (a bit too much for my taste in a stout). Alcohol is well hidden. Finish is also smooth, with a lingering taste of dark fruits on the back of the tongue.
I'm not a fan of Belgian beers, so this one started out with one strike agaonst it. The strong fruit presence was overdone. Sorry, but this one doesn't impress me.

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Photo of JizackFH
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - This beer pours a really dark brown color. It has a nice 3-finger tan head on it. The head has pretty good retention, and it leaves some scattered lace behind on the glass.

S - The nose has a lot of fruit aromas going on, as well as belgian yeast. There are also some scents of roasted malt, candied sugar, and oak. No alcohol smell which I find surprising.

T - The taste starts off with some roasted malt flavor and some fruitiness. There are notes of cherry, apple, raisin, and fig. There is a definite belgian yeast flavor. I am also getting some flavors of chocolate, oak, and a touch of vanilla. The finish is a bit dry and leaves some lingering yeasty ester, chocolate, and roasted malt flavor behind on the palate.

M - This has a medium body and good carbonation. It goes down easy and has a really smooth nice feel to it. There is some sweetness as well as some roasted bitterness. The finish dries up a bit. Overall, it has a nice creamy feel.

O - This has good drinkability. I could easily have a few glasses of this one. Although, this is called a stout on the label, I would;t recommend going into this beer thinking of it as such. It is more of a belgian dark or quad. Overall, I think this is a really nice beer, and it has some nice chocolate and fruit flavors that work well with the belgian yeast. I recommend checking this one out. I enjoyed it.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Not as dark or opaque as most stouts, but certainly in the ballpark. Has a pronounced red tinge near the surface and a good amount of carbonation is visible when held against the light. A sizeable head form even on a gentle pour- promising. Pretty sticky lacing, too. The bottle shape is unique, and artwork is clean, even if it isn't eye-catching.

S: Roasted malt is where the typical stout aromas end. I'm also getting some sassafrass root, sweet cola, and I almost want to say ginger.

T: Pretty spicy, although it's offset by the cola. It has that dark malt backbone, but it's subtle. Not very dark, no coffee, chocolate, or oak like the label promised. I like it, but not what I was expecting at all.

M: It's almost like soda- pretty thin, lots of carbonation, although it is smaller and doesn't bite your tongue as much.

O: I guess it does say Belgian in style, but this still is a little off from the stout classification. Spice and herbal roots play the major roles here, not dark malt or its oak aging. If you look past that it's a good beer, but I was hoping for a thicker beer with darker flavors.

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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 jondeelee
3.57/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thirteenth Hour opens with a dark, spicy, fruity, complex aroma, featuring Belgian-like bananas and cloves, chocolate, vanilla, fig, Candi sugar, berries, and raisin wine. The combination makes this one of the more unique aromas in the beer world, and in fact makes this smell almost, but not entirely, quite unlike beer. Instead, it comes across more like a fine aged bottle of sherry or cognac, sat next to a steaming cup of spiced berry tea and a wedge of chocolate. The effect is intriguing, if not intoxicating, but is definitely finely nuanced and evidence of a well-crafted brew.

On the tongue, the beer opens with a Flemish-like bout of sourness, quickly joined by a blast of citrus-bright lemon-lime hops. Some vanillas and touches of oak lie beneath, as well as a continuation of the banana and clove flavors from the nose. Small chocolate and fig juice notes drift lazily about, and the whole flavor profile is overhung by a vodka-like alcohol whang. Late in the mouthful the hops add extra levels of lemon and citrus, and the aftertaste is dominated both by these and by a fresh wheat stalk grain flavor, and lasts for a long time. Mouthfeel is a strangely watery medium-light to medium, and carbonation is medium to medium-high.

Overall, the beer is oddly non-stout-like for a stout, having few strong coffee, ash, tobacco, or chocolate/black malt notes. Instead, it comes across as a slightly spiced and lightly soured Belgian, into which just a touch of coffee and chocolate malt had been added. Perhaps if this had been labelled as such, it would have been less strange on the tongue--but the stout label threw me off greatly, as did the watery mouthfeel.

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

At NOTF

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 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 horshack7
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: It's rather dark with a thin beige head on top.

Aroma: Dark fruits, molasses, toffee, touches of chocolate and coffee notes as well. Minor hints of plum, licorice root, caramlized plantains.

Taste: A toffee like mouthfeel. Malt forward, solid amounts of dark coffee, coaco, plums, black licorice and some toffee and light nots of clove and banana.

Notes: Hearty and drinkable. Cheers.

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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 Khazadum
4.17/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Lovely toasted almond head above a pitch black body. There is no off coloring at the edges or hues to deceive the inky nature of this. Creamy top with only the tiniest of bubbles cascading up the side. Tons of carbonation, but that is to be expected. Definitely how I wanted this beer to look.

S- A very light lactic acid sweetness right at the front. Its like a cherry kriek nature that surprises and confounds me. That Kosmic Mother Funk brings about a delightful aroma that I never would have thought to appreciate in a stout. Very light vanilla, and nothing else to enjoy.

T- First impressions are a dry peppery nature right off the bat. Like an aged tripel, following that up is a gentle lactic sourness. Middle hints are cherrys, and roasted grains. Beautiful coffee that comes with repeated sips. A fantastic almost perfect coffee nature. Better than folgers, better than starbucks... the ideal roast without any complementing harshness of bitter. The dry peppery nature up front provides the perfect contrast to this roasted nature. Finish is predominantly the lingering nature of coffee, dark cranberry, and baker's chocolate.

M- Crisp, biting at times, low body, watery. For a stout it really didn't hang onto its body for long when blended with Mother Funk. Did retain a minor layer of creaminess.

Really interesting beer. The complexities and surprises weren't gimmicky or short lived. Things kept coming back to cause the experience to fly by all too fast. A 750 mL bottle? No problems.

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Samuel Adams Thirteenth Hour Stout (Barrel Room Collection) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.77 out of 5 based on 1,056 ratings.
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