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RATINGS: 501   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.

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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ron (3893) - Rochester, New York, USA - AUG 26, 2012
Bottle as pictured. Pours a black color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity roasted malty chocolate and dark fruit aroma. Fruity roasted malty slightly vinous chocolate and dark fruit flavor. Has a roasted malty chocolate finish. Great beer to celebrate my 53rd B-day with.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rougeau13 (2927) - Richmond, Texas, USA - AUG 26, 2012
Black with a small khaki head that laces nicely. Aroma kind of weak, but roasty, with sour yeast flavor and some wood. Taste is sweet, roasted, and woody, and very lightly bitter. Medium bodied and a little sticky.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - AUG 25, 2012
Cool-ass 750mL bottle poured into a tulip. Not pouring in the sediment. A: Pours a very dark burgundy color with vibrant carbonation for where I can see through the body. The head is a two finger heavy cream color with very thick bubbles. Eventually, it settles down to one finger high, and the texture becomes a little creamier. S: Theres a nicely subtle sour note of tart cherries on the aroma that I find appetizing, playing shockingly well with the chocolate, darker malts, and lighter fruit esters. If it were stronger, it would be outright amazing, but it nonetheless smells great. T: To start, theres a light sour component, which also pops back up right before the finish. The transition between this lactic sourness and the chocolate midtaste is pulled off well, not coming across as an infected stout, instead reminding the palate almost of milk chocolate at times. Every once in a while, a big strike of funk will explode on the aftertaste, bringing notes of wet hay and horse blanket. Rather than overwhelming the palate with 3,411 different notes, this beer picks just a handful of flavor profiles (tart cherries, chocolate, cinnamon, dark fruits, and funk), and cohesively shuffles them around in a three act manner. In laymans terms, its complex enough to keep the palate guessing. Not a steamroller of flavor, but it doesnt need to be. M: This is where the oak barrel comes through, providing a lot finishing tannic dryness. The body itself is rather coarse, prickly, and slightly syrupy; due to the heavier texture, drinkability isnt particularly high. On the plus side, its not particularly flabby or bloated feeling in terms of carbonation. O: A classic "all 4s" kind of beer. Its great, but with a few tweaks here and there, it would become incredible. I couldnt have a lot of this (I pretty much had about 10 oz and corked the rest up), but its a nice after dinner conversation piece. Great to see Sam Adams coming out of its comfort zone with a beer like this.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
kathouse (1860) - LAS VEGAS, Nevada, USA - AUG 25, 2012
Beer is black but can see red all the way thru. Head is a khaki foam that thins out but clings to the edges. Oak and cola aromas with some spiciness. Good carbonation levels and mouthfeel. Yeasty spice predominates followed by dried dark fruits. Pairs well with chocolates. Palate is light with more of the fruitiness. Good complexity.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Daytonbeer (730) - Ohio, USA - AUG 24, 2012
Pours black with a red hue. Brown foam with some lacing. Aroma of dark fruit, cocoa, and spice. Taste is plum, soy sauce, cough syrup, alcohol, yeast and chocolate. Not bad.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
scottw86 (1175) - Maryland, USA - AUG 23, 2012
Poured a very dark brown with a touch of red. Aroma has some Belgian yeast with chocolate and some alcohol. Some plums and raisins with a little brown sugar. Taste is a little thick and syrupy with chocolate, caramel, and some fruits. Finish has some alcohol with a touch of wood and plums. Overall its a little boozy tasting, and the balance of the flavors is ok. Not bad.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SphinxTX (2875) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - AUG 21, 2012
750 ml bottle. Pours black with a somewhat fizzy tan head. Aroma of dark roasted grain, some coffee, hints of chocolate, fruit esters and a touch of funk. Flavor is actually much the same with a light tartness and very light sweetness with hints of alcohol and spices. Mouthfeel is medium body with fizzy carbonation, on the slight watery side. Overall, I really enjoyed this brew!

3
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
libertine (433) - rochester hills, Michigan, USA - AUG 20, 2012
pours black with a large tan head.very little lacing on my glass.when the beer was first poured the aroma was a little sour.that aroma decreased as the head went down.definitly picking up the spice,chocolate,licorice and the oak is very faint as well with the coffee.flavor is chocolate,coffee,slight oak and licorice.medium body with heavy carbonation.oily fizzy mouthfeel with a bitter astringent finish.alchohol is well hidden but is warming in the finish.overall this beer is unique but not well balanced.the astrigency of this beer seems to take center stage throughout drinking it.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
maxwelldeux (4374) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - AUG 20, 2012
Pours a very dark brown with a moderate head. Interesting notes of sweetness and malts to the nose. In the taste, I get the sweetness from the Belgian style with some slight undertones of chocolate. The oak aging is pervasive throughout the smell and taste, without being overpowering.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
AdamChandler (4911) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 19, 2012
Picked up this bottle earlier this year. Its still on the shelf at my co-op so guess Ill drink it to see if I want to get another. Enjoyed in a wine goblet.

A - Black in the glass with some brown edges. 2 finger tan head that fades quickly. Decent lacing.

S - Smells like a slightly soured oatmeal stout. Has this flanders red sort of sour scent and hints of oak and lacto. I dont get any chocolate or coffee on the nose.

T - Taste is a different story. I get some cocoa and mocha taste. Creaminess with some roasted nutty malts. Tehre is some coffee but not much. Finish is very much like a belgian dubbel with hints of bread.

M - 80% carbonation on the mouth swish. Medium body and slight tangy finish.

O - The scent made me think this beer was sour. The taste is not. Its a stout but not a great one.



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