Slipstream (2608) - USA - APR 13, 2013
I like trying Sam Adamsí special releases - there is usually something interesting going on. 13th Hour has the flavor of supermarket brand coffee, bakers chocolate, some yeasty pumpernickel, a dash of vinegar or lemon. Big, dark, foamy pour. Full, yeasty, lightly sweet aroma. The attractively shaped bottle they have been using may be unique to Sam Adams, at least in the beer world. This has that artisanal Jolly Pumpkin vibe.
swanmann (764) - Nompton, Oklahoma, USA - APR 11, 2013
Itís dark chocolate brown with plum tones and a modest amount of tan head which settles fairly quickly. Aromas or caramel, booze, some dark pit fruit, like cherry or plum. Tastes sort of like a tripel but with a little roasty bitterness and some burnt dark sugar and notes of syrupy fruit. I guess the oak is lost on me, but I sat on this for a few months so maybe thatís got something to do with it ?? Soft carbonation and full flavored. If this was a blind tasting Iím pretty sure I wouldnít think his was a stout, but itís still delicious. Iíve had 3 beers in this collection and I have to say, I am a fan of the concept and itís great to see how each builds upon the mother brew. brewcrew2002 (89) - USA - APR 8, 2013
Pours a nice dark color almost coffee like. Big light brown head that seems a bit frothy Nikiel (879) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 31, 2013
Absolutely terrible, couldnít finish. Had zero body and tasted like raisin soda. Not even a hint of malts, hops or coffee. bleeng (1681) - Seattle still not near Beersel., Washington, USA - MAR 27, 2013
Bottle. Dark black with a light tan head. Light malty nose. Huge alcohol and soy taste. Too sweet.
beerdad (397) - Kansas, USA - MAR 25, 2013
bottled. pours dark black with red tones.a dark tan head. aromas of cherry, raisin and oak. lightly sweet with a decent amount of sourness. full bodied. lively. decent amount of carbonation. lasting finish of sour cherry and alcohol burn. badhack (554) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 17, 2013
Pours dark with a lot of fine bubbles similar to the other barrel rooms beers but not as intense or effervescent. Tastes like a stout with chocolate, dark malts, coffee and a sweetness. Also some spice but I donít recall any oak. But unlike a stout it has that essence of Belgian. Most of the acid that was in the other barrel room beers is missing or muted. Krej (224) - USA - MAR 15, 2013
This is a crazy one. It pours and drinks like coke. It smells very caramelly and brown sugary. One of the best noses Iíve had. The taste is similar to the nose with a little fruity and a lot of effervescence. malkyore (377) - - MAR 15, 2013
This is very very belgian! As far as imperial stouts go this is similar in flavor but thatís about it. Pours a very effervescent black. White head that fades fast. Aroma is belgian. Fruity with a lot of brown sugar and grape. Flavor is malty and sweet with a lot of sugarcane and a hint of coffee. Itís extremely carbonated which I was not expecting because the bottle says imperial stout... This is a great beer. A little more belgian than stout I think, but great nonetheless. mikedR (1561) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - MAR 15, 2013
Interesting hybrid. I would call this a stout-inspired quad. The Belgian notes are all there: carbonation, fruit, and spiciness. A bit of bourbon from the aging. Added to this is some hints of stout notes, chocolate, coffee, roastiness, and so on. Mouthfeel is Belgian all the way, not thick or heavy like you'd expect in a comparable ABV stout. As a quad, it's pretty good, but I wouldn't go into this expecting a stout, regardless of what the label says.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone