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RATINGS: 483   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   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.


bnoel09's rating

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bnoel09 (571) - 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.


2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
drpimento (2970) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 1, 2016
We think that this is a bad bottle as it has a sour edge to it. Pretty far from an imperial stout. Disappointed.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GC1379 (15) - - MAY 24, 2016
Not a big fan of the barrel series as a rule. This is the one exception. Pours dark burgundy with a nice fluffy head. Nice Belgian-style taste with chocolate notes and a good barrel flavor. Coffee flavor is less pronounced than advertised.

1.3
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 2/20
SuitcaseHead (1) - - MAY 23, 2016 does not count
I was excited to try this - an oak-barrel aged, dark stout with coffee, chocolate and more. Served it chilled but not cold, so the best flavor and aroma would stand out. What I met at the nose, then sipped, was sour, yeasty and unappealing. The excessive carbonation and yeast masked any other flavors. I kept quiet,as the three other tasters sipped theirs. Offered to add a splash to their glasses. All refused. We poured out the rest.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
zgaier (1882) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - MAY 11, 2016
Bomber. Pours a dark brown with a tan head and aroma of strong oak and spices. Taste is of oak and spices as well, with dark fruits, raisins, chocolate, and coffee notes into the finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jjgmd (1949) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - MAY 11, 2016
Pours a rich black pour with a huge Java colored head. Nose is malt, chocolate and oak . Taste is full of oak with some tartness and alcohol, and a nice confluence of spices . Ends on the oaky alcohol notes with a tart finish. Nice . Quaff Score 8 / 10

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
delnoche (502) - Alamogordo, New Mexico, USA - MAY 9, 2016
1pt 9.4fl oz bottle poured into an English pint. Deep ruby with a thick tan head. Strong alcohol aroma fills the air on the pour. Upon further inspection, oak barrel, caramel, figs, and vanilla make themselves known. The flavor consists mainly of coffee, oak, and big alcohol. This is definitely a sipper. Reminds me more of a bourbon than a beer. Though an interesting brew, the strong alcohol presence prevents me from really enjoying it.

3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
rollsrace (79) - - MAY 7, 2016
It says stout, but seems more like a porter. The first swig is awesome with hints of bourbon, but then it becomes sour after a few sips. Got it for $11 a pint. Tasted on 3/10/2014

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Torrefacto (1358) - Madrid, SPAIN - MAY 4, 2016
Negro con reflejos caoba y espuma beis ligera. Aromas de chocolate, acidez de fruto rojo equilibrado. Cuerpo medio-alto con sabor achocolatado, acidez redonda, afrutada y fresca y final entre seco de brett y ligeramente tostado.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
oldrtybastrd (4914) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 24, 2016
Lives up to its name...pours a dark almost pitch black with big brown fluffy head. Aromas of coffee, chocolate, and some smoke. Flavors of astringent chocolate, coffee, and tobacco.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Stuedmaster (345) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 6, 2016
This beer seems to be too many places at once and canít make up itís mind on what it is. 750 ml bottle, nice barrel shaped bottle. I have been really happy with the Sam Adams barrel series in the past but this is different. Aroma of bubblegum, caramel, bread, hay, spices,very strange for a stout. Has a candied, fruity flavor, not much roast or toast, strong alcohol presence, slight smoke, phenol character. There is a coffee and chocolate character but itís lost in the shuffle. More like a dark Belgian strong ale that is confused.


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