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RATINGS: 436   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.


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3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
frank0830 (69) - South Bend, Indiana, USA - OCT 22, 2012
Served in a snifter, this poured with a very thick beautiful head and a dark cola like consistency. The head take a bit to settle and once it does, the stout begins to shine but just isnít there yet. The oak comes through as does coffee and a bit of dark cherries and rasin. The caramel wants to peak through as does the roasty chocolate that should be found in every stout but lacks. I am a little disappointed in this but plan to buy another and revisit next fall. It needs some time and I believe Mr. Koch intended that when he put a cork in it.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DCLawyer (1755) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - APR 17, 2015
750ml->snifter. Deep brown with huge tan head (exactly like a Coke). A: dark fruit, cocoa, sour citrus notes, spice; tons of stuff going on here, with a definite Belgian effect. T: dark fruit, cocoa, coffee, bright citrus, sour milk (as others have noted). Pretty messy overall. Fairly lively palate. More interesting than good.

2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 3/20
Renntag (7) - - APR 11, 2015 does not count
Nice fruity aroma. Not much coffee. I was expecting more coffee stout like body and mouthfeel. The finish is dry and bitter. Not being a fan of bitter, this one was a disappointment.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bill Becker (486) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - APR 5, 2015
Itís a very dark brown colour with an inch of tannish foam and good lacing. The smell brings me lots of oak and vanilla backed up by dark fruits and chocolate of the sweet kind. The taste starts off very sweet, just on the edge of being overly so when the other elements kick in. The woody notes from the oak, vanilla, chocolate, some caramel malt, spice, and a light level of tartness. Medium body with medium carbonation. Very tasty brew that does have the alcohol a bit heavy handed but slow sipping works fine.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
IrishBoy (3922) - Bakersfield, California, USA - MAR 29, 2015
750 ml bottle a Christmas present from my daughterís family. Nose is red winy oak, fruity, and hints of dark chocolate. Clear dark brown with a big heavy lacing beige head. Flavor is wood, fruity, and lightly sweet.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
njager246 (477) - grand rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 19, 2015
Aroma is malt and fruits, taste has some hints of chocolate and spice, fairly tart, cannot find any oak.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mfhennig (101) - McHenry County, Illinois, USA - MAR 15, 2015
3rd beer from the Barrel Room Collection. Pours a nice reddish brown, nice beige head. Aroma is fruity, cherries, fig and a bit flowery. Some sourness in the flavor despite the fruity aroma. This is listed as an Imperial Stout here, not so sure, maybe a Belgium Style Stout. Itís thin, has lively carbonation and a nice long finish. I liked this beer, itís an easy sipper and fits well in the Barrel Room Collection. Itís just not my type of Stout.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
demannu (121) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 7, 2015
I enjoyed the complexity of this beer very much. Love the spiced earthiness which I feel tied everything together. Had the sweet stout elements with a sour touch. Overall enjoyable but not something i would drink regularly.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
superspak (3146) - Michigan, USA - FEB 13, 2015
750 ml bottle into tulip glass, 2012 vintage bottling. Pours clear nearly opaque dark brown/black color with a 2 finger dense khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big raisin, plum, cherry, fig, chocolate, cocoa, toast, dark bread, molasses, light coffee, pepper, oak, herbal, light funk, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity yeast, dark/roasted malt, and light-moderate oak barrel notes; with good strength. Taste of big raisin, plum, cherry, fig, chocolate, cocoa, toast, dark bread, molasses, light coffee, pepper, oak, herbal, light funk, and yeast earthiness. Light fruity tartness/yeast spice on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, plum, cherry, fig, chocolate, cocoa, toast, dark bread, molasses, pepper, oak, herbal, light funk, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity and robustness of dark/roasted malt, fruity yeast, and light-moderate oak barrel flavors; with a great malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, fairly creamy/bready, and slightly acidic mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice Belgian strong dark ale. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity yeast, dark/roasted malt, and light-moderate oak barrel flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerbaaron (1546) - Arizona, USA - FEB 12, 2015
Beautiful reddish brown/mahogany. Small wispy tan head. Medium body. Pretty carbonated. Plenty of fruitiness along with the chocolate coffee and oak which are definitely lesser. Hint of sour. The definite defining character is the Belgian/yeast/fruitiness. Not a lot of roasty or dark malty.

2.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
lownote (206) - USA - FEB 5, 2015
Aroma is very boozy and spicy. Pours from bottle with a massive head. Slightly off white and black. Taste is sweet with a Belgian spice finish. Not much roasted flavor. def too sweet. No hops. Sparkling carb and kind of thin.


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