Beer: Thirteenth Hour
Brewery: Samuel Adams
Style: Belgian-Style Stout
Serving Style: Bottle
Glassware: Wine glass
Primary Consumer: Ally
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.