Samuel Adams Mighty Oak Ale - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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Reviews by Hojaminbag:
3.23/5 rDev -6.4%
Mighty Oak has a clear brown body with a finger of head that has OK retention and leaves a spot or two of lacing on my glass.
The aroma of Might Oak has some nutty and caramel malt character, a dash of hops and some oak to it.
Mighty Oak tastes like a decent red ale (or brownish red) aged on oak staves for a while, which I'm guessing is basically what it is supposed to be. Brown malt leads things off, with both nutty and caramel flavors. A little bit of toasted malt is in there as well. Just a touch of noble hops lend some bitterness as well as earthy and grass flavors. The oak is woody and a bit spicy, and probably a little weaker in flavor than the malts. The flavor profile overall is not especially potent, in fact, but it is enjoyable enough.
Not a bad mouthfeel, but a little thin feeling. Maybe I have just been conditioned to expect big mouthfeel to go along with wood flavors though.
Mighty Oak isn't a bad beer at all, and although the the malt and wood profiles are both noticeable, neither is especially powerful. I like this beer because it is the type of thing I ran into at a party and was able to enjoy, and hopefully it will introduce casual beer drinkers to wood-aged beers. Also, it's nice to taste barrel-characteristics and hops in the same beer, which is rare. Even rarer, however, is that Mighty Oak doesn't need to be boozy to pull this off.
02-10-2012 22:20:00 | More by Hojaminbag
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3.53/5 rDev +2.3%
12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.
LOOK: Dark copper hue, sufficient amount of head
SMELL: Caramel, faint oak, browned apples, mild alcohol esters, vanilla, grassy hop
TASTE: Big smoothness, creamy, pull of oakiness, caramel, vanilla, soft hop resin, light biscuit, ripe apples and pears, semi-dry finish
A great stab at the whole fresh barrel aged beer movement, this direction I'd love to see from more brewers. As for Mighty Oak, its a good start. The oak does come around and the beer is pretty drinkable, a bit more dry would work for me.
02-10-2012 04:01:52 | More by Jason
3.15/5 rDev -8.7%
The beer pours a hazy brownish color with a small off-white head. The aroma is full of toffee and toasted malt, with a little bit of oak and some lighter fruit notes mixed in. The flavor is more the same, with a small amount of oak, which is almost completely masked by the toffee and caramel malt notes. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
02-21-2012 03:18:04 | More by Mora2000
3.45/5 rDev 0%
Single bottle from my Sam Adams sampler mix pack. Poured into a nonic. The tree on the label looks like it would be marvelous to sit under on a June day. The fact that it's February and -10 is not helping.
Nice copper amber colour, with a sturdy half-inch of off-white head. Lacing sheets, decent retention.
Nose is quite bready. Caramel, sweet malt, a touch of oak I suppose (though I wouldn't have identified it as such without the label).
The beer is a fairly standard red ale with just a touch of oak to cut in to the sweetness. Lighter bodied, easy carbonation.
Not my favorite of the pack, but the oak makes this one more pleasant to sip than a classic red ale would have.
02-26-2012 18:22:35 | More by JohnnyBarman
2.68/5 rDev -22.3%
Serving glass: Poured from bottle into pint-like glass.
Appearance: Rich amber without much head and no lacing. Looks flat a couple minutes after pouring.
Smell: Cherry, caramel and vanilla. Very mild.
Taste: Tastes like a too sweet amber ale with a hint of vanilla. Virtually no hops.
Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium light body, very little dryness on the finish.
Overall: Maybe someone else can make a low abv oaked ale, because this is not really any better than a macro such as Michelob Amber Bock. Actually, I would rather have Amber Bock.
04-06-2012 21:20:53 | More by bsp77
2.88/5 rDev -16.5%
I'm not a fan of ambers and this reminded me of one except for the slightly oak'd taste. Nothing special with this beer. Quality is typical of a Samuel Adams beer. Good packaging and labeling. I'd would have preferred a stronger oak taste. Worth a try but I'd limit it to a six pack.
02-05-2012 04:10:52 | More by spatown
3.95/5 rDev +14.5%
Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.
Appearance: Pours a deep and clear amber orange with lots of rising bubbles. Solid three fingers of off white head with very good retention. Lots of lace sticking to the glass.
Smell: Deep aroma of sweet caramel malts with notes of toffee and brown sugar. Oak and vanilla are fairly subtle but there. Also some light hints of dark fruit and some earthy hops in the background. Kind of smells like an oaked bock.
Taste: Sweet bready malts with lots of caramel and toffee. A little sugar and hints of dark fruit. Subtle hints of oak and vanilla towards the middle with a light hint of wood lingering into the aftertaste. Finishes with some hints of earthy hops. A good malty taste.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Creamy, slightly syrupy, and very smooth.
Overall: A nice tasting beer. Good use of malts although the oak could of been a little stronger.
03-21-2012 05:17:44 | More by MattyG85
3.35/5 rDev -2.9%
Pours a pretty red color with great clarity and a thin 1/4" ring of white head. The aroma wasn't mighty. It was fair. There was a small amount of oak, nothing mighty. No hops.
Taste, ok, still a small amount of oak, and that's about it, a bland red ale with oak chips I guess. They started with a good premise. Bruery's Loakal Red is a red ale aged on oak. But what makes that beer great is that there is a great amount of Centennial hops in it. There's like, maybe 18 ibu in this beer. And the oak, is barely there. And any nuances of vanilla, citrus and whatnot is nonexistant here.
So, it is better than your averagee bland red ale, simply because of the nice small addition of oak in the flavor department. Next time, hop this guy up, add some vanilla, do something more, I think this is a good start, but far from complete.
01-12-2012 22:34:01 | More by Beerandraiderfan
3.53/5 rDev +2.3%
Pours a bright clear red hue with a light tan khaki head forming thick and dwindling slow down the sides of my glass, the head is big bubbled with chunks of sporadic lacing left behind. Aroma has a nice caramel malt presence with a touch of oak/vanilla notes somewhat earthy blended notes but nothing as extreme in the oak character as most beergeeks are used to. Flavor is upfront with malt sweetness with a touch of toasted oak notes with a big fruity cherry note coming through and ending with a more caramelized malt presence. Drinking extremely effortlessly or I'm just really thirsty for a beer after work nothing extreme about the oak presence here. Just a nicely constructed red ale with a hint of something more complex than your typical red. Carbonation is sturdy really flows well, not cloyiing in anyway unless you're really sensitive to a maltier beer. Overall I would drink this again as part of a sampler but I couldn't honestly want to reach for just this in a sixer of it's own.
01-15-2012 06:21:15 | More by WVbeergeek
1.9/5 rDev -44.9%
Appearance - Pours a deep, dark amber with a tinge of red. Almost no head to speak of.
Smell - This is an ale? Smells like a "Big 3" lager, with maybe a hint of caramel. This isn't boding well.
Taste - Generic beer taste. Subtle hints of caramel, but mostly it just tastes cheap. Finishes like it came out of an AB can... a lot of alkalinity with this one.
Mouthfeel - Light, and almost no carbonation to speak of... I've awoken to half empty beers with more carbonation than this.
Overall - Severely disappointed. This may be the worst beer I've ever had from Sam Adams. If you put me up in a blind taste test between this and Budweiser American Ale, it'd be blind luck if I got it right.
01-20-2012 06:40:50 | More by TheSixthRing
3.93/5 rDev +13.9%
Found this in a Sam Adams brewmasters sampler 12 pack at Target, of all places. Hard to pass up as the sampler included three new varieties I hadn't yet tried. Poured into pint glass, with a perfect dark amber. Not much head, but decent lacing on the side of the glass. Mouthfeel was the low point for me, as there was no substance, just watery. Flavor was quite the opposite, though. Strong oak flavor, highlighted with a perfect blend of caramel and vanilla. This might be the driest finish of any beer I can recall. Decent beer that I would purchase on its own, away from the sampler. I want to prefer other breweries to Sam Adams, because I feel they are almost too mainstream. However, I can't deny that Jim Koch and crew put out some quality beverages. I'd rate it overall as an 89.
12-25-2011 04:53:09 | More by dalehili
3.78/5 rDev +9.6%
Pours a dark amber with a quarter inch of loose foamy head that has good retention. The nose has caramel and vanilla aromas. The flavor is heavy caramel up front with vanilla and oak in the finish. There is a strong hop bitterness in the finish as well. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth with a decent amount of carbonation.
This is a decent beer but the caramel and vanilla are a little intense and sweet. It's one of the better beers in the mix pack however.
01-19-2012 20:41:11 | More by tdm168
3.5/5 rDev +1.4%
Attractive and clean/clear amber complexion, with an average head. Light, but frilly lacework.
Nose is malty. I get an earthy, almost Scottish peatiness in the aroma, somehow.
Taste is mild up front, with a malty sweetness on the palate following. The oak flavor is subtle, very subtle. Overall, not bad at all, but not one I'd pursue further, either.
02-12-2012 08:49:29 | More by secondtooth
Samuel Adams Mighty Oak Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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