Samuel Adams Barrel Room Collection’s Thirteenth Hour Stout
So now we were intrigued. If a delicate summer beer was so bomb, how about this dark Belgian stout?
“The 13th hour is the witching hour,” the bottle warned us, “and a time when strange brews can occur.”
Well, it was hot out, but thanks to a ping pong table and bar in the office, it was approaching the hour when a couple of us were still throwing back some research, and we thought, what the hell? Summer can’t be all light beer all the time, so we popped the bottle.
When this bad boy hit the glass, the first thing we noticed was the darkness. Serious darkness, with just bare hints of brown on the outside edges when held up to a light, and a fast-fading, dark brown head.
The beer has smells like chocolate and coffee — a wonderful malty sort of thing. But on the palate, it had a surprising sour-citrus taste in the back. Thirteenth Hour also had a lighter mouth feel than expected, and the whole deal wraps up with an unsweetened chocolate note. Surprising, really; delicious, definitely; and the apparent culmination of delicately balancing the stout and an oak-aged Belgian ale.
The folks at Sam Adams recommend some grilled, blackened tuna with this beast. And though that didn’t sound half bad to us, we didn’t have any tuna, so we paired it with tobacco and a big sloppy burger. And that was just fine. (RELATED: Cigar Hunter: A cheap Brazilian that doesn’t involve your girlfriend)
Also retailing for $9.99 in 750 ml, this beer isn’t messing around at 9 percent ABV.
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