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Samuel Adams Oak Aged Porter - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Samuel Adams Oak Aged Porter
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85
very good

32 Ratings
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Ratings: 32
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 15.61%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  ABV ?

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: alleykatking on 04-22-2011)
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Photo of Mora2000
2.93/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap at the Holy Grail Pub.

The beer pours a dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma is about what you expect from a porter. I get notes of chocolate and roasted malt with not too much else coming through. The flavor is not as good as the aroma. I get some cocoa and roasted malt notes but there is also a sour cream/sour milk note that doesn't go with the rest of flavors. Thin to medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Definitely a disappointment.

Mora2000, Aug 04, 2011
Photo of Milkysunshine
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Milkysunshine, Nov 14, 2012
Photo of jmbraxton
4/5  rDev +5.8%

jmbraxton, Apr 03, 2012
Photo of tempest
3.43/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Found this on tap at the Batdorf in Annville, PA. While I thought the beer had a good balance of cocoa malts and vanilla oak character, the whole beer felt muted. A 7% (according to the menu) porter should be far more robust, while this had a lighter taste to it.

tempest, Aug 13, 2011
Photo of Ralphs66
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Ralphs66, May 28, 2012
Photo of alleykatking
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from tap at Fiddler's. Had this once before at the Blue Chip Beer Fest. Glad to try it again.

A- Pours a cola brown color with amber hues to it when held to the light. Two finger tan head shows fantastic retention. Thicker spotty lacing on the sides of the glass when I drink this one down.

S- Light alcohol with chocolate malts on the front of the nose. Middle of the aroma has the chocolate malts die a little to reveal a more dominate caramel malt. Light oak in the ending with the alcohol coming back blending with a chocolate malt.

T- Chocolate malts dominate the front with hints of caramel malts backing it up. The caramel malts shine more so toward the middle of the beer with a nice hint of alcohol coming through as well. Hints of what seems to be faded hops come in next before being washed away by a chocolate malt. Hints of oak right on the ending of the beer with a warming alcohol flavor.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is light I thought for the beer. Chocolate and caramel malt left on the palate. Aftertaste has light chocolate malts with oak and alcohol coming through. Flavors were balanced well for the beer. No off flavors were present at all. Medium-heavy alcohol drying on the palate from the oak coming through.

O- A nice beer overall from Sam Adams. This one I sipped on for about an hour. The alcohol does come through a bit much at times but I couldn't tell what the ABV was. I liked how the oak creep through in the ending but never became the stand out flavor.

alleykatking, Apr 22, 2011
Photo of Goldndomer
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Goldndomer, Feb 10, 2014
Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.7/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a snifter. Beige head, moderate retention on a pretty much black body, clear lacing. Aroma includes notes of coffee, vanilla, nilla wafers, roasted malt. Taste includes coffee and a cookie like sweetness, some chocolate and vanilla. Nice mouthfeel, very, very tasty and very easy to drink. I must say I'm blown away by how tasty this beer is.

KickbacksSteve, Jan 15, 2013
Photo of Hophead717
2.65/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Enjoyed a 5 ounce taste on tap.

A: A dark brown, which shines ruby red when held up to the light. There's a 1 finger foamy head that sticks around for a bit, with decent lacing.

S: A very sweet chocolate scent with very forward oak notes.

T: Here's where the beer began to disappoint. A little chocolate flavor, but stronger oak notes. The oak was somewhat sour and didn't work very well with the porter...at all.

M: Highly carbonated, but also really thin. Too thin in my opinion.

O: Disappointing, but not terrible. Not good, either. I definitely would not order again and probably would not recommend.

Hophead717, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of JohnK17
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

JohnK17, Apr 24, 2013
Photo of AnitaBrewski
4/5  rDev +5.8%

AnitaBrewski, Jan 24, 2013
Photo of YourOnlyMan
4/5  rDev +5.8%

YourOnlyMan, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of liverdamage
5/5  rDev +32.3%

liverdamage, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of nh2032
4/5  rDev +5.8%

nh2032, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
3.35/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Blue Palms

A: The beer pours a mahogany color with a finger of khaki colored head.

S: Definitely has some oak and vanilla notes to it. Light charred oak aromas as well as plenty of roast. There is quite a bit of sweet toffee and some mild fruitiness. A weird ash-like note on the back end.

T: Medium levels of sweetness, mostly in the form of toffee. The oak flavor is quite strong, but there is a bit of acidity to the beer and a weird flavor I cannot quite describe, perhaps spoiled chocolate?

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O: Not a bad aroma on this, but the flavor was a bit off. Wouldn't have this one again.

womencantsail, Aug 18, 2011
Photo of nmann08
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

nmann08, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of cornpone
2.5/5  rDev -33.9%

cornpone, Jan 12, 2013
Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

DrunkinYogi, Feb 13, 2014
Photo of Stinkypuss
2.8/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Samuel Adams Oak Aged Porter

LOOK: Deep brown in color, mostly clear. Small short livid slight off white head forms.

SMELL: Roasted malt mainly, with a real small vanilla/oak note.

TASTE: Roasted malts upfront, and like the nose, a small note of oak. Earthy, oaky, mild vanilla and a small sour tang. Slightly oxidized in the barrel, and the listed ABV was 5.2% .

FEEL: Light to medium bodied, low carbonation but still OK.

OVERALL: An interesting choice for an oaked ale, I would have loved to see something a bit stronger hit the barrel. Still, this was interesting.

Stinkypuss, Apr 29, 2012
Photo of beergod1
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

4 oz. Sample at the Cleveland Beer Fest on 5/14/11. Pours a clear brown/black with a thin beige head, left a ring around my "Plastic" cup. Malty/Oak smell with hints of chocolate, roast and Coffee. Malty flavor with just a bit of chocolate and a slight Oak, not enough barrel character. Medium body. This was a tasty beer, but seemed to be ....not finished?

beergod1, May 27, 2011
Photo of braican
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

braican, Sep 26, 2012
Photo of TheDinger
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from growler into pint glass. Nice brown/amber pour with a small 1 finger head and poor retention. Smell is a bit of chocolate, vanilla and oak/charcoal/wood. Taste was surprising as it was a good blend of malts and a nice subtle hop finish. Didn't get the over the top oak, but it did have a burnt note to it which was a little distracting. Some dark fruits and chocolate/vanilla as well, much like the nose. Feels was a bit thin for a porter, was wanting a bit more thickness. Carbonation was average. Overall- An interesting take on the Porter. Fairly complex and a good effort from SA. Liked the blend of flavors, but was wanting more of the oak/wood character. Would drink it again but not shaking the trees for it-

TheDinger, Jun 07, 2012
Photo of uberkane
4.7/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had on-tap at Shepherd and the Knucklehead in Haeldon, NJ.

I was pleasantly surprised by this beer. I like most Sam Adams but this one I loved.

A - This beer looked great. It was big, black, and deep with a beautiful fluffy white head that laced like hell all the way down. Not much light got through.

S - This was the only part of the beer that wasn't great. The smell was muted. What I got was a little vanilla and a little molasses.

T - Very yummy. Light chocolaty with a good bit of vanilla. The vanilla was by no means over-powering, but was nicely balanced with the chocolate and roastiness. Not much bitterness.

M - This is where this beer shined. It was super smooth and velvety. The beer went down so easily. Ultra drinkable and I could almost see it as a session beer. Yum.

Overall a great beer. Hope they make more!

uberkane, Jun 25, 2011
Photo of jpd7374
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

jpd7374, May 19, 2012
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Samuel Adams Oak Aged Porter from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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