ericdevin (988) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - APR 20, 2013
Bottle at Columbia event. This category definitely has some stiff competition, nut that being said, this is really a pretty decent beer. Pours very dark with a slight tan head. Aroma is big, lots of yeast/funk but also some stone fruit. Thick, malty body and finish very sweet, not much of the warming. Kinz (3786) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - APR 16, 2013
The least successful of the barrel room ones we sampled. Aroma was chocolate and slight barnyard. Flavor matched. The Brett and the roasted malts went to war with each other to the detriment of both. Too bad, thought the underlying stout was quite nice before the Brett went to work. Slipstream (2704) - USA - APR 13, 2013
I like trying Sam Adams’ 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 (778) - Nompton, Oklahoma, USA - APR 11, 2013
It’s 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 that’s got something to do with it ?? Soft carbonation and full flavored. If this was a blind tasting I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t think his was a stout, but it’s still delicious. I’ve had 3 beers in this collection and I have to say, I am a fan of the concept and it’s great to see how each builds upon the mother brew. brewcrew2002 (90) - 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, couldn’t finish. Had zero body and tasted like raisin soda. Not even a hint of malts, hops or coffee. bleeng (1691) - 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 (566) - 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 don’t 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 I’ve had. The taste is similar to the nose with a little fruity and a lot of effervescence.