PW's Year of Beer: Samuel Adams Thirteenth Hour Stout

By Eric San Juan
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We love beer. That's why we're devoting an entire year to discovering (and drinking) cold ones from near and far. Know of a beer worth shouting out? Send us a note at tips@philadelphiaweekly.com.

Mention Samuel Adams to people and the last thing they’ll think of is an oak-aged, Belgian-style imperial stout—and yet here we are, staring at a glass of Thirteenth Hour Stout. Part of their Barrel Room Collection, this is a complex, nuanced beer that may surprise people. Stout aromas give way to figs, yeast, dark fruits and a hint of red wine. The taste reveals cherries atop smooth chocolate, mild coffee, and spices, finished with a faint bit of tartness at the end. Thirteenth Hour drinks soft and creamy, full and luscious. Not a lot of sharp roast or bitterness here; the “Belgian” part dominates more than the “imperial stout” part does. This is the kind of beer you sip as a capper to a great meal. Try it for yourself at Varga Bar.
 

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