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RATINGS: 393   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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DasBierChef (1083) - Hudson, Wisconsin, USA - APR 29, 2012
Going into this I didn’t know it was a belgian style stout, so I was a bit thrown off! But it was still a tasty beer and very enjoyable.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Strykzone (4836) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - APR 28, 2012
Sampled on dld. Red brown with a tan ring. Sweet malt, fruity, spicy nose. Nice. A fruitvforward flavor. Rich malt. A bit medicinal. Tasty. Licorice late.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BVery (5986) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - APR 28, 2012
Bottle at the Casanova Beer Cave festival. Very dark pour with a foamy head. Dark fruit, roasty, and sweet. Really nice brew!

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
crazyvin (1911) - New York, USA - APR 26, 2012
A nice medium brown body with a tan head that had minimal retention and no lace. A elevated carbonation level and kind of loose looking. Aroma had a good mix of leather notes, dried fruits, mild coffee and a nice cherry coke quality. Flavor had a nice roasted quality to it, dark fruit notes came through nicely. Nice esters and hints of warming alcohol in the finish. No real notes from the spices. Just didn’t get it. Chocolate malts were present but mild.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Drake (8030) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - APR 24, 2012
Bottles shared at Slutfest 3, Richmond, VA, 4/21/12. Pours a clear dark ruby color with a thin creamy tan head. Decent head retention. Aroma of dark toffeeish malts, banana, cherries, slight herbal notes. The taste is tart roasted malts, toffee, spice, banana and a bitter finish. Medium bodied.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tia (860) - 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 (3736) - 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 (11076) - 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.


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