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RATINGS: 378   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53   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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tia (849) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - APR 21, 2012
Bottle @ SF. Very dark with dissipating head. Smells sour and cidery. Fairly sour flavor. Light and crisp.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Butters (3684) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - APR 21, 2012
Sampled at Slutfest 3. Dark brown pour with ring of tan head. Sweet and belgian candi sugar, anise, but not in a good way. dark fruits. alcohol. definitely smells better than it tastes.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
AR (1000) - Georgia, USA - APR 20, 2012
Strong aroma when the cork is popped. This is a full-bodied beer that has a smooth, grape flavor. There are noticible spices and a sticky fruitiness to the beer. Somewhat complex blend of flavors.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 18, 2012
The pour is a very deep, garnet brown color with a moderately full, light tan, fizzy head which is nearly all diminishing and leaves no lace. The nose is odd, fruity, and rich; rich chocolate and toffee, faint earthy coffee notes, plums, faint pepper, and an odd brett-esque funky note? Flavor is similar with rich dark chocolate, plums still, dry raisins, light vanilla oak, and a spiced cake note. The palate is lively, a bit flabby, medium to full, thin, and slick. The finish is still fruity with raisin and plum, dry chocolate, and spicy oak notes lingering. I do admire a beer in this style that does not rely too much on the darker notes which tend to dry the beer out, and I always enjoy oak-aged beers that add complexity to the beer as opposed to dominance. However, the beer was just not put together all that well. The appearance and palate were barely adequate and the flavors did not all work together, more competing against each other. SA always seems to take good ideas in a beer and just ruin it, this is no different.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcwattsrugger (11004) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - APR 15, 2012
750ml bottle-pours black with a tight tan head. Aroma is wood, dark fruit-dark cherry, medium/dark malt-some chocolate, spice. Taste is roasty dark malt/oat-chocolate, wood, 2nd spice hops, yeast, some dark fruit. Full body, plenty of carbonation. As it warms, licorice comes in on the aroma and taste.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
efecher (70) - Long Valley, New Jersey, USA - APR 11, 2012
Very good stout. Better than Guinness by far. Pours almost opaque black, with a nice head. I detected some oak in here, probably from the aging. Overall, very good stout.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 6, 2012
Bottle. Pours black with a tan head. Aroma of Belgian yeast, chocolate, cinnamon. All of it combines really well, solid beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blipp (5679) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - MAR 29, 2012
Bottle. Pours near black with a beige head. Fruity and spicy yeasty aroma, with dark chocolate, cinnamon, and oak. The oak lends a hint of tartness in the flavor, which goes well with the fruity and candy sugar notes. Chocolate, dark fruits, and lightly roasted malts as well. Comes together fairly well, though I would imagine some people will find this a touch messy. I liked it.

Just finished smoking a Sancho Panza cigar with this, which really highlighted the cherry fruity notes, but dampened the overall sweetness.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheJestersBeer (1932) - SWEDEN - MAR 18, 2012
750ml bottle. Pours almost pitch black with a brown head. Complex aroma, roasted malt, wood, vanilla, chocolate, coffee, cinnamon, dark cherries, blackcurrant, tobacco. Off-dry, full bodied, medium bitterness, balanced CO2. Complex taste, packed with flavor, and a nice sour note from the wood ageing, chocolate, coffee, tobacco, vanilla, cherries, ashes. (2012-03-17)

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
chicowv (453) - Canaan Valley, West Virginia, USA - MAR 18, 2012
750mL Bottle: Pours dark black with bubbly, tan head. Aroma of chocolate, slight spice, coffee. Taste is slightly spicy (nutmeg and cinnamon?) slightly oaked, slightly chocolate. Smooth, nothng is overbearing, but nothing makes it really stand out either.


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