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RATINGS: 401   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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A dark Belgian-style stout with notes of spice, coffee, chocolate & oak The 13th Hour Is The Witching Hour and a time when strange brews can occur With 13 ingredients, we combine the roasted chocolate and coffee notes of a stout with the complex spicy character of a Belgian-style ale aged in oak for a dark, robust, and bewitching brew.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
matthewjk (924) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 9, 2012
Gambled some good money on Samuel Adams to see what they are up to with their Barrel Room Collection. Thirteenth hour is an interesting brew, but confusing on the palate as well. This ale has too much going in the flavor department--not sure what my taste buds are supposed to be paying attention to! Figs and fruit cake, with heavy yeasty overtones. Coffee, no / Chocolate, not really. Just doesnít add up to its billing. Glad I tried it, but not worth a premium price.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bnoel09 (438) - Elk Grove, California, USA - NOV 6, 2012
Poured into a snifter. Oily black appearance with some ruby highlights and a fizzy, quickly fading brown head. Aroma is alcohol and Belgian yeast with some dark fruit, chocolate, and a touch of oak and vanilla. Flavor is very similar with Belgian notes up front, dark fruit, some chocolate and coffee, and some vanilla/oak notes towards the finish. Mouthfeel is thinner and oily, but the alcohol makes this seem more full bodied. Although this beer may not be what is expected of the style, it does have some complex flavors and is an interesting brew.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerathon (1218) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 5, 2012
Deep dark brown with 1-finger tan head. Alcohol is evident in the nose and has a bit of a burn going down, which I liked. Not as thick in the mouth that Iíve come to expect from Imperial Stouts, but the flavor profile was decent. A very interesting spicee blend for a stout.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
marcus (6588) - Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 4, 2012
Bottle from City Beer. Pours dark brown with a modest tan head and a treacle aroma. There is a dark molasses and coffee flavor with a slightly sour finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
oRos (1126) - sacramento, California, USA - NOV 4, 2012
Bottle shared by Marcus. Color is dark brown almost black. Taste is coffee and isnít really heavy for a stout. One of the better Sam Adams.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
boxofrane (2144) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 3, 2012
Bottle from circle liquor. Pours black with no light coming through. There is active carbonation, limited head. The aroma reminds me of a tart ale nearly. There is some sour cherry, yeast, and mild chocolate. The taste has a bit of a sour twinge to it more than a real Belgian one. Iíd say itís tart up front with some chocolate sweetness on the finish. Iím not picking up much from the barrel. Decent palate.. but nothing exciting.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
joeneugs (3324) - Livermore, California, USA - NOV 3, 2012
Bottle. Nothing about this seems like a stout to me. It pours a very dark reddish color with a nice tan head. The aroma is very fruity with cherry, figs, dates, oak and some spicy Belgian yeast. The flavor is pretty much the same. Full bodied with nice almost tart cherries, figs, raisins and maybe just a hint of coffee and oak in the finish. Pretty tasty if not all that interesting.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dfinney23 (1731) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 1, 2012
Nothing specific out of the ordinary, yet still somehow an unusual blend of flavors. Chocolate, cinnamon, brown sugar, wood, funk...

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
patrick767 (3584) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - NOV 1, 2012
bottle at Ft Wayne tasting courtesy of thedm and hotstuff - Pours very dark amber-brown with a tan head. The aroma is of dark roast malt, dark fruit, and alcohol. Itís bubbly and sweet, overly sweet in my opinion, with chocolate and maybe a slight coffee flavor. The sweetness lingers in the medium to full bodied brew. I expected more out of this brew.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AirForceHops (3295) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 31, 2012
750 ml bottle about a year old. Used a snifter. Nose is burnt malt, mild sour oak and chocolate. The taste shows a good amount of Belgian yeast and sugar components. Some sweetness does come from the malts. The whole overall feel reminds me of a Belgian Double or dark ale. The barrel aging is only lightly noticeable. The body of the beer is medium with soft carbonation. This is a nice brew and crafted well. But after itís all said and done if Iím buying another of the Barrel Room Collection brews, I wouldnít choose this one again.


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