Samuel Adams Thirteenth Hour

Beer:  Thirteenth Hour
Brewery: Samuel Adams
Style: Belgian-Style Stout
ABV: 9.0%

Serving Style: Bottle
Glassware: Wine glass
Primary Consumer: Ally

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OVERALL RATING:

Sight: Dark cola color.  1/2-inch tan head that quickly recedes to nothing.  Tiny carbonation bubbles that linger around the edges of the glass.

Scent: Very mild aroma.  Sour fruit notes, with perhaps some chocolate and oak in there.

Flavor:  Spice, particularly pepper, and chocolate.  The sourness and oak also come through, as well as a distinct alcohol taste.

Feel:  Medium, crisp mouthfeel.  Moderate-to-high carbonation.

The Thirteenth Hour Belgian-Style Stout is part of Samuel Adams’s special “Barrel Room Collection” and is blended with Sam’s Kosmic Mother Funk, an ale that’s been aged in oak for up to a year.  This, in combination with malts, chocolate, and coffee flavorings, makes for an interesting brew.  There is an emphasis on the spice in the flavor profile, as well as a sourness from the Kosmic Mother Funk, and the crispness of the mouthfeel is strong, perhaps overwhelmingly so.  But, as the beer rests, it mellows and lends itself to a unique but balanced drinking experience.

Concluding remarks: Not a bad offering from a brewery that’s known for just cooking up the standards.  Worth a try if you’re a Belgian fan.

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