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

Samuel Adams Thirteenth Hour Stout (Barrel Room Collection)Samuel Adams Thirteenth Hour Stout (Barrel Room Collection)
1,067 Ratings
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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Ratings: 1,067 |  Reviews: 287
Photo of dfhhead25
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tumbler.

Randomly got to try some of this stuff this afternoon. I'm not gonna argue. It pours a very dark black-brown topped by a finger of cream-tan foam. The nose comprises cocoa powder, cinnamon, brown sugar, nutmeg, clove, very light roasted malts, and light oak. The taste brings in more of the same, though the roast is rather muted, and some vanilla and a touch of oak-based sourness come through as well. The body is a svelte medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a silky smooth feel. Overall, a solid brew, though the "stout" billing doesn't really seem to hold true. Still, it is quite good, a nice oak-aged bit of Belgian-y goodness.

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

Photo of johnnnniee
4.01/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a solid dark brown color with a decent khaki head that shows moderate retention and lace. The aroma has a distinct lactic tartness to it that seems to overpower everything else in the nose. Faint hints of chalk and yellow mustard come out. The label says Belgian stout with notes of spice, coffee, chocolate, and oak I wish I could find some of those in the nose! Taste is a bit different than the aroma lead me to believe although it is a bit tart and funky. Deep caramel and brown sugary malt mixed with toffee and hints of chocolate start us out on quite a journey. Midway through we turn lactic with fruity tart and sour notes filling the palette. We finish with a bit of warming alcohol, hints of roasted grains that even show a bit of an ashy edge and a bit of caramel. Medium to thick body with a moderate level of carbonation and a thick sweet tart chalky mouthfeel. Uhm wow this is not the beer I thought I bought, but I'm getting that a lot lately from Boston beer. The nose is extremely lackluster, but the flavor is a huge explosion of ever changing flavors that wake up even the most sedate taste buds. I may have to pick up a few more of these for further evaluation.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of krome
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of BEER88
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of stakem
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
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 tdm168
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - black with a huge brown, dense, frothy head that has tremendous head

S - sweet, sugar, licorice, bubblegum, some faint yeast

T - dark fruit, yeast, raisins, faint chocolate, a hint of oak

M - medium to full bodied, a bit overcarbonated

This is a very complex beer. I'm not sure I can even capture all of the complexities. The malt is smooth and balanced. The yeast adds some complementary fruity notes. The oak was harder for me to detect. Overall, though, it's complex, delicious, and definitely worth a try.

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Photo of InspectorBob
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of 22Blue
3.91/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rab53
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of imperialking
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of SadMachine
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of a77cj7
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.91/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The pour is a dark brown color yielding the same colored body with a thin not even a half finger white foamy head. Lacing is sporadic and kinda all over the place. The smell has some plum, yet with some nice spice (thinkin’ some cloves and allspice). Chocolate and a light raisin sort of aroma enters in nicely at the end. The taste has a nice Belgian sweetness without any strong yeastiness of most Belgians, slight spicy yet somewhat chocolatey aftertaste, sticky sweet finish. The palate has about a medium, actually for a 9% brew this has a slight sessionable element to it. Carbonation isn’t harsh nor smooth, nor is there anything that makes it standout in the mouthfeel, but I will say I do feel the ABV startin’ to creep up on me. Overall, pretty nice imperial stout that I could come back to.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
2.92/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

On tap at Blu Wolf Bistro in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a fairly dark, but not entirely black, with a small head, and no lacing.

Smells like tart cherry, strong Belgian yeast, alcohol, and some roasted malt.

I feel this is just way too yeasty for a stout, for me- didn't work. There's some tart cherry and chocolate, which is good, but it's got an unpleasant sour and yeasty finish that I just don't dig very much.

This is medium bodied, a little bit creamy, with a slightly too high level of carbonation.

This one is apparently just not for me.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a goblet, the beer is a dark ruby-brown, almost to the point of black, with some auburn highlights around the edges, and a thin ring of biege-tan head. Pretty steady flow of carbonation throughout, also. The beer's nose is funky, with a slight boozey character, and some heavy earthy tones. The flavors are strong and complex, with a dark cocoa nib bittersweet backbone, some lighter old world fruit sweetness, including dates and fig, and an oaky, boozey tone. There are some coffee characteristics deep in the beer, and some sour highlights, as well. The aftertaste is a tarte and sweet dark fruit blend more than anything else, with a linger of cocoa. The finish is slick, with a slight linger. Light bodied for the power of all the flavors, but a very interesting blend of flavors.

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Photo of smartassboiler
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of t2grogan
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of jwc215
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into tulip glass, as recommended:

Pours opaque black with a thick light brown head that has great retention until a few sips in. It doesn't leave much lacing, but leaves a wine or brandy-like film that has a deep reddish hue.

The smell is sweet and spicy with earthy and herbal tones. It has some peat smoke with a well-blended touch of coffee and chocolate. It has a "Belgian"character meshed with a traditional strong stout.

The taste is of peat smoke with sweet, sour and spice. The base is of vanilla/oak with coffee and chocolate. The sour character is strong, almost too strong, but tamed enough to let bittersweet notes in to give it complexity and balance. Chocolate, coffee and herbal spiciness come through. Alcohol, while noticeable, is dangerously well-covered. The finish is reasonably long.

It is full-bodied with a silky/creamy feel that is not thick.

This is a complex stout with quite a bit of character. The sour aspect is prominent. The oak/vanilla adds a positive dimension to the stout character. This is a nice "sipping" brew that is reasonably priced, well-made and certainly worth drinking!

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Photo of Tone
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a black color. 1/3 inch head of a tan color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of oak, spices, alcohol, sweet malt, roasted malt, slight grapes, and a hint of hop. Fits the style of a Belgian Strong Dark Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, spices, slight alcohol, slight roasted malt, slight oak, hint of grape, and slight hops. Overall, good appearance, aroma, complexity, body, and blend.

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Photo of Lare453
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of liamt07
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Maudite snifter. Pours a very dark ruddy brown, appearing black in the glass. Healthy three finger light brown head with great retention and massive lacing. Aroma dominated by light fruit, particularly cherries and Belgian yeast and spicing. Light element of toasted malt; kind of the opposite I'd expect from a stout (as per the lable), but appropriate for the style listed here on BA. Pleasant, but surprising. Flavor is also confusing, starting with sweet light fruit juice, developing into slightly sour cherry, finishing with pleasant light and dark fruit with slight Belgian yeast and spicing. I'm not picking up much wild yeast funk nor much if any toasted malt. Not detecting the chocolate nor oak, maybe a hint of each. I'm uncertain how to review this; if by the lable, it is a somewhat of a miss. A stout with no toasted or dark malt flavor does not seem in style. Since it is pleasant to drink, I'm going to score it under the BA style of Belgian strong dark ale. Flavor is overall light, but nicely balanced and an interesting flavor progression. Body is medium with a bit of creaminess; nice mouth feel. A reasonable domestic take on a BSDA. Alcohol is well covered by the flavor. I recommend this ale, but don't grab one expecting a traditional (or even Belgian style) stout. The BA strong Belgian ale style is spot on. I like this and will probably buy it again.

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Samuel Adams Thirteenth Hour Stout (Barrel Room Collection) from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.73 out of 5 with 1,067 ratings
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