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Review: Samuel Adams Thirteenth Hour

Posted by Steve Greenlee  December 1, 2011 09:45 AM

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sam 13th hour 004.jpgSamuel 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.

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Gary Dzen writes about craft beer here and in the Globe when he's not covering the Celtics for Boston.com. He can be reached at gdzen@boston.com. Follow him on Twitter @GaryDzen.
 

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