Monday, October 1, 2012

Beereview: Sam Adam's Thirteenth Hour

For one who's never been a huge fan of Samuel Adam's, I've sure been writing a lot about it lately. I guess that happens when you visit a brewery. While I was there I managed to pick up some bottles of their "Barrel Room Collection," which is a unique collection of Belgian style beers that are only sold in their breweries. Some time ago I tried the "New World" which is a Belgian Tripel. New world was a great beer, good body, and on the easy side (relative to tripels) to drink. Not too long ago I tried the "American Kriek," which is aged over some fancy cherries. I'm not one for fruit and beer, and in turn, I thought the beer was awful. I wish I would have known that ahead of time, and I would've given it to someone to drink and I'd keep the bottle. The wife and I couldn't handle it though, and it was... this is even hard for me to say... dumped.

Today I have the "Thirteenth Hour," a dark stout, Belgian style. This beer will complete my trifecta of Barrel Room Collection beers on my shelf. The beer pours black, but not as thick as I would have expected. It looks more like a porter right now than it does a stout. The head is thick, but not creamy like a stout would be. The aroma is great, with some Belgian wine notes, and some roasty coffee aromas. The beer itself is complex. The first sip comes across with the strong Belgian beer taste, as would a St. Bernardus or a Delirium Noctorum (my spellchecker hates this post). It's sweet, bordering on a flavor not unlike a barleywine. Finally, last and not least, are the coffee and roasted notes mentioned on the bottle.

Not a bad beer. I can't say it's one of my favorites, but they really captured the essence of what they were trying to accomplish, creating a Belgian style stout. I think it's more of a Belgian style porter myself. Regardless I'll definitely be finishing this bottle, probably slowly sipping in front of the tube playin' Borderlands 2 the rest of the afternoon.

R2-DBREW is finally nearing completion. I finished the keg fit-out yesterday, and I'm going to proceed starting the control box. I'm still debating whether to go ahead and add the plate chiller now or later, and I have to figure out how I want to do that. Status today? 70%.

Let me know what you think about this beer! Or what kind of chiller you think is best! We love to hear from you. Thanks for reading!


  1. Sounds delicious - what do you think of the packaging?

    1. I think the packaging is kinda neat. At least it looks nice on my bottle collection shelf!