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RATINGS: 503   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
keanex (1799) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - NOV 13, 2012
No bottling information.
Appearance: The body is pitch black with mahogany through the edges, the head is thick and fluffy on the pour but settles quickly to a tan coating and ring.
Aroma: Nowhere did the description mention any sourness, so I’m a bit taken back here. I’m picking up mostly a sour cherry, slightly medicinal aroma and hints of vinegar, nothing else. It smells good, but it’s not what I was expecting.
Taste: Again almost no stout notes, just a cherry medicinal slightly sour taste, maybe a hint of cocoa, and a slight funk on the finish. Where is the cocoa, coffee, oak, or spice in the description? I enjoy this to a degree, but I feel very misled.
Palate: Thick, slightly syrupy, with fizzy carbonation.
Overall: Like I said in the taste section this is incredibly misleading, nowhere does this indicate that this is going to be sour or heavy on the fruits. I was expecting something entirely different. This is okay, but I’m taking away points for Sam Adams not being more direct in it’s description.

HogTownHarry (6942) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUL 12, 2017
January 21, 2014 - with blankboy, jercraigs & mabel - 750ml bottle. Bright deep clear ruby with a smallish tan head. Smells like a Belgiun dark ale - caramel, sweet yeast/spice, fairly floral, definite alcohol - wait, this is an impy?? Taste follows, more roast and bitterness - still not all that stout-like, mercifully understated barrel character, but where’s the chocolate and coffee? Average body, decent carbonation, reasonably quick sweet finish - ehh.

oobawa (1425) - Tennessee, USA - JUL 5, 2017
Very close to a Raisinet stout, with a massive raisin-cherry sweetness underscored by heavy notes of chocolate and cola. Oak comes across very, very weak, with the esters providing most of the complexity. Starts sugary and stays that way, growing increasingly cloy as the pint warms. Finishes with a bready ribbon of yeast mixing with a mild woodsy bitterness.The pour is troublesome as well, coming out a thin, dark brown with a fizzy beige head and no lace. Nose is fruity Belgian esters on top of a single chocolate chip. Alcohol is hidden, but the fizzy texture puts me off. Man, Sam Adams just can’t get this barrel-aging thing right.

MetalNHopHead (1985) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - APR 15, 2017
Thirteenth Hour is a pretty distinct Imperial Stout from a brewery that isn’t know for making a lot of them. This brew has some intriguing Belgian leanings. It pours almost black with a malty, fruity, and subtly spicy nose. It has chocolate, cherry, plum, raisin, and currant flavors. It’s full-bodied and bittersweet. This brew is complex and unique.

emincems (100) - - APR 3, 2017
UPDATED: JUL 11, 2017 most underrated beer of all time! complex taste of belgian sour yeasts, chocolate, coffee, oak and roasted malts. clean and warming finish. strong body. perfect combination of american stout and belgian yeast.

HuskerTan (2203) - Ravenna, Nebraska, USA - FEB 27, 2017
Bottle/Fest. A- Sour cherry, black cherry, subtle oak, slightly sour. A- Dark brown color, dark liquid, tan head. T- Tart cherry, medium sourness. P- Medium body, average texture, average carbonation, sweet finish. O- Much more of a sour ale than a stout, let alone an imperial stout. Lots of black cherry and cola flavors and not so much coffee or chocolate. Nonetheless, it’s tasty.

SirLimpsalot (4245) - SWEDEN - FEB 4, 2017
@Basunen 17-2-4: Mycket diskret doft och smak. Lite lätt lakrits och en snäll ton av torkat frukt. Gott men inte bäst

BelgianBeerGal (4068) - Panama City, Florida, USA - DEC 31, 2016
Bottle from a mixed box of unknown origin and age. Overall this is busy beer. It is dominated by a sourness from the barrel treatment. You get a little malt from the base beer but not much. Good taste but definitely not a traditional stout.

Suttree (6392) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 19, 2016
Black, with a ring of foam. Smells like coffee, burnt toast, and some pit frit and red wine. I get some cinnamon or something like that as well. Taste is coffee and chocolate, of course, and some spices like maybe cinnamon again, then ginger, or cardamon? Notes of raisin and red wine pop up again. Also a weird peat-y note, although I don’t see anything about that in the description.

Finhead (1763) - OFallon, Illinois, USA - NOV 27, 2016
A dark brown pour with a tan head. The aroma has a wild mixture of black cherry, plum, vanilla, and oak. It has a medium body with lively carbonation. The taste is tart with an almost sour finish. This one may have been infected.

RobertDale (6487) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - NOV 14, 2016
Sample at Strong Ale Fest 2016. Comes black with a decent tan head. Aroma of malt, chocolate, and vanilla. Taste is roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla, coffee, and some dark fruit. Nice.

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