Samuel Adams Mighty Oak Ale - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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Reviews by Phelps:
3.38/5 rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3
Bottle into a perfect pint glass.
A beautiful rust-colored hue, perfectly clear and topped with one finger of tan foam. The head’s dense as a pillow and, replenished by the bubbles flowing upward, shows no signs of decreasing anytime soon. Gorgeous webs of lace decorate the glass as I drink.
For a supposed oak-aged ale, I don’t get much of the wood in the nose. Lots of your average amber ale fruitiness: caramel, fuji apple. Maybe a touch of vanilla in the back.
A little more wood appears in the flavor, and the big fruits have died down a bit. Toasted crackers are big, along with some biscuit and apple. Oak imparts a very subtle vanilla woodiness that, though weak, works very well and enhances the amber ale. The finish is clean and crisp.
The body is soft as a pillow and a bit under medium-light. It’s like swirling a cloud in the mouth. Carbonation massages the tongue very lightly, and alcohol is unnoticeable.
We’ve been somewhat conditioned to expect intense flavors from a bottle with “oak-aged” on its side — but it doesn’t always have to be that way. Oak can also work to enhance the other flavors within the beer without getting in the way, and it does so here. Mighty oak would be a little better if the base brew was more complex, but it’s a drinkable brew regardless.
Serving type: bottle
03-13-2012 05:37:44 | More by Phelps
More User Reviews:
3.89/5 rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a dimpled mug.
The color is a deep orange/gold with a finger of foamy brownish head and some thick lacing left on the glass.
The smell is oaky with some sweet malt flavor that is right behind that nice woody aroma that is right in the nose first. There is a spicy bit of aroma as well and it has a slight caramel flavor.
The taste is big butterscotch and is almost like candy as it comes down. There is some nice sweet honey flavor as well that seems to lay down on the tongue and helps the oak flavor slide down and makes this taste just delicious.
This beer has such a smooth feel that is goes down easy even thought there is a bit of a punch that was not expected. A real jem from Boston Beer.
Serving type: bottle
03-24-2014 15:04:35 | More by Duhast500
Samuel Adams Mighty Oak Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
79 out of 100 based on 482 ratings.