Samuel Adams refers to the new installment in its Barrel Room Collection as a Belgian stout, but Thirteenth Hour has more in common with Belgian strong dark ales. Thirteenth Hour, which gets its name from its 13 ingredients, pours black with a short head that quickly dissipates. Notes of cherries overpower the malt profile, and then the Belgian yeast and licorice notes come through. Aged in oak barrels, this well-carbonated beer (9 percent ABV) is sweet up front and bitter on the swallow, with chocolate notes everywhere. Just don't expect a typical stout. It's not thick and rich like that. It's more in line with Belgian strong darks. And it's delicious.