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Samuel Adams Mighty Oak Ale - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Reviews: 175
Hads: 499
Avg: 3.44
pDev: 25.58%
Wants: 13
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Jason on 11-18-2011

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Photo of bobhall78
5/5  rDev +45.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Nice dark amber color with no foam.

S - Almost odor less with a slight malt smell.

T - Cool, crisp, no bitterness, a nice clean taste.

M - Exceptionally smooth and cool with no bite.

O - A good everyday beer to drink if you into ales, one of my favorite Sam Adams.

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Photo of JoLight
4.84/5  rDev +40.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance - Copper color, and an off-white head, which leaves some lacing.

Aroma - Sweet, and a peculiar"double-bubble" bubblegum aroma. A little malt.

Taste - A little toasted malt, sweetness, and a creamy middle, finishing with a earthy hop bite.

Finish - Semi-dry, crisp, refreshing.

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Photo of CaptJackHarkness
4.38/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Twelve ounce bottle freshness dated to July 2012.

Pours a deep copper with foamy beige head. head lasts a fair amount of time, spotty lacing. Aroma is grassy, vanilla; not woody or whiskey barrel. Taste is creamy, vanilla, sweetish.Mouthfeel is light and a bit tangy. Quite enjoyable!

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Photo of FlatRabbitRed
4.33/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I read some of the reviews on this and frankly I have no clue where some of these people are comming from. A person rated this beer as a three point something and said "it is like Rogue Dead Guy Ale or a Sam Adams Longshot winning Derfs Secret Alt". First off those beers are both five point beers, and second of all, these beers are nothing alike!

Full body, malty with a slight oak caracter.

If you are looking for an oak aged beer, you will probably think you dont taste any oak at all.

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Photo of SouljaSaia17
4.22/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Was very surprised to find this beer in a single since Samuel Adams doesnt brew it anymore. This was my favorite beer from their spring variety pack and was the winner of the brew contest that was held.

A: This beer pours a nice medium, amber color with a thin, creamy white head that leaves some good lacing.

S: Distinct notes from the oak bring out this aroma that is followed by caramel and vanilla.

T: Very intense sweetness that is brought about by a strong oak flavor. The body consists of Vanilla, caramel and some malt. Nice dry finish that has a yeast type feel.

M: Very earthy mouth, but not of the Saison or pale ale kind. Has a very unique and distinct flavor. Carbonation is very present which helps bring out the notes from the oak.

O: I love this beer, even more so out of a glass. Oak themed beers have a complex brewing process that has generous amounts of vanilla and caramel. Very nice blend of ingredients. Im pretty sure this is the last of this beer I will every have the pleasure of drinking, so im savoring the flavor.

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Photo of Lemke10
4.1/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I got this as part of Sam Adam's Spring 12pk Brewer's Collection for $13.39 at Woodman's in Janesville, WI in Winter 2011.

Pours a clear, reddish, amber color with a slight white frothy head. Scent is mostly that of dry malts. There is a unique taste here. Has obvious malt taste but with roasted tones. There are hints of vanilla and the oak really comes out in the dry finish. Another decent brew from Sam Adams, but why oh why does this only come in a 12pk variety pack?

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Photo of chefhatt
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this beer into a pint glass. This beer has a nice reddish body with partially no head to it. The aroma is nice and malty. The taste is right up front with some oak and vanilla flavors. Then the little bit of sweetness on the back of the tongue is a nice touch. Great mouth feel and overall a really good, drinkable beer.

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Photo of ricchezza
3.98/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very clear chestnut-red with little to no head on it.

Smells malty sweet, typical of a red ale. This beer has a tanginess that immediately attacks the sides of my tongue. A trace taste of vanilla leaves a silky feeling on the palate. Definitely malt forward with no noticeable hop presence. As suggested by the title, the wood plays a big factor in the taste with positive results.

A very well crafted beer. Another winner from the Boston Beer Co.

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Photo of steveh
3.97/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My last in the Brewmasters' Choice 12 pack. I tried this one previously and was surprised -- not only by how much I liked it, but by some other comments throughout the site. Here's my take.

A -- Clear, deep copper bronze with a creamy, light tan head that thins quickly, but leaves nice lacing.

S -- Peppery esters, biscuit malt and mellow oak with vanilla hints.

T -- Same peppery hit at first then blending into a smooth vanilla and light oak character. Finishes with a good balance of biscuit malt and mellow vanilla character. There's a vaguest of bitterness in the aftertaste that reminds you hops are in the mix.

M -- Mouthfeel is velvet smooth with a light-medium body and dry finish.

O -- Overall this is a very smooth drinker. Not sure where to categorize it, but it's sort of brown ale-like with less roasted malt and a touch of vanilla. I've seen some posters talk about heavy and off-putting oak character, but this is far more mellow than many oak-aged beers out there.

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Photo of bashiba
3.96/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a crystal clear dark red with a nice long lasting creamy head.

The smell is light and malty with a touch of oak.

The flavor is a nice deep caramel malt with a touch of sweetness and some nice oak flavors, very light bit of earthy hops.

The mouthfeel is where the oak qualities really shine, giving it a nice dry finish.

Very drinkable yet interesting amber.

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Photo of TTAmod
3.96/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into pint.

A: Clear amber with thick, frothy khaki head. Good retention and lacing.

S: Smells of vanilla, caramel and a tinge of hops.

T: Rich vanilla and caramel up front. Finishes like a Boston Lager with a bit of hops and a tinge of vanilla and cream. Very light oak notes throughout. I really like the aftertaste....it's yummy :D

M: Thicker side of medium. Nice, creamy, and frothy. Appropriate for the taste and style.

O: Seems more winter-y than spring, but quite nice nonetheless. Not as oak-y as the name of the beer would have you think, but there's a slight overtone of oak throughout. I really like this beer...more than I thought I was going to....

Been really impressed with this mixed pack...probably my favorite mixed pack that BBC has released.

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Photo of MattyG85
3.95/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of dalehili
3.93/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of tjsmith910
3.93/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best damn beer i have tasted from the sam adams family of beers. refreshing, colorful, nice 1 finger off white head. wanted more of this beer than the 12 pack brew masters special offered. very sharp taste . equally as sharp after taste. not to bitter not to smoked tasting. quite perfectly infused in my opinion.

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Photo of gtermi
3.91/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer pours a very nice dark copper, with a thin white head that quickly fades.

S: There isnt too much here. I get a bit of caramel, some malt and a bit of sweetness, but after that, there really isnt much else in this beer.

T: There is a very nice, sweet, caramel malt flavor to this beer. It lingers on and it just gets better.

M: This beer has a good amount of crispness. It also leaves a sugary feeling in your mouth and makes me want a glass of water. Not bad, but not great.

O: I think this is a pretty solid beer by BBC. There are a few flaws to this beer, but the taste is amazing to me. A great Red Ale is hard to find and this for sure is one of the better ones on the market.

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Photo of Shaw
3.91/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the Brewers' Choice 12-pack.

Pours a beautiful bright red with a foamy tan head. Very nice.

Mild oak aroma with some nice hops and malt aromas.

I get the vanilla and caramel flavors the brewers mention, though I wouldn't have thought it was from the oak like they say. It's good, with a nice malt sweetness and a hint of hop bite.

Very smooth and creamy body.

Overall this is a fine ale that's worth seeking out.

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Photo of shand
3.9/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

It's quite a looker, with a stunning red-amber color capped with a sizeable head. Smells fairly similar to Boston Lager with a touch of oak. The taste is solid, it's a nice amber ale with a solid malty presence and some nice vanilla flavors. Just a touch of oak comes in on the finish. The mouthfeel and drinkability are both solid. I could see this being disappointing if you're expecting the oak, but it's a good tasting beer either way.

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Photo of jwc215
3.9/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Freshness date of June notched on the label:

Pours light orange amber with a thin wisp of a head that lasts. Some lacing sticks.

The smell is of oak/vanilla with a "red" maltiness - hops are faint.

The taste is of sweet caramel, "red" malt, with vanilla/oak and a touch of toast in the finish.

The feel is velvety, malty smooth.

This is a candy-like, though not overly sweet, malty brew with a nice touch of oak! Well-done! An enjoyable malty brew!

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Photo of Duhast500
3.9/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.9/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12-oz. bottle into a pint glass at my house on Aug. 4, 2012 (picked it up for $1.59 at BevMo in La Mesa, Calif., on Aug. 2, 2012). 1-2 fingers of head that dissipated very quickly. Mahogany auburn color. Just a bit of lacing on the top and a small amount on the sides. No retention.

Smelled oaky bourbon or wine, vanilla, caramel and toffee malts. Reminded me of the Longshot Derf’s Secret Alt or the Rogue Dead Guy Ale.

Tasted better than the smell. Got oaky vanilla leading the way with a touch of bourbon. Very malty with caramel and toffee leading the way. Dark fruits, maybe plum. So smooth.

Medium body. Thinner texture. Below average carbonation. Long lasting smooth finish.

This beer got better for me as it went along. The mouthfeel was the best part. So smooth.

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Photo of Suds
3.88/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a mixed 12 pack, this beer is a brownish, burnt amber color. Slim head, with good carbonation, and great clarity. The aroma could be more intense, but it is very enticing nonetheless. Nutty, earthy malt character...restrained hops. There is a touch of oak in the smell, but it comes out more in the taste. Slight fruitiness, but otherwise very clean. Just a bit of sweetness in the taste, with generous malt flavors. Full in body. Nice. I could have a few of these.

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Photo of beergoot
3.88/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A slightly floral note hits the nose after pouring this reddish copper-colored brew. The taste is malt, vanilla, with a bright, light bitterness. Perhaps a tad bit too much carbonation to the mouthfeel, but this was a relatively warm beer when I poured it (probably high 50 degree range), so I can't downgrade this aspect in good conscience. The finish is crisp and dry with some nice malt sweetness in the aftertaste.

After sipping this and checking Boston Brewing's profile of this beer, it would seem like my taste-take is very close to their intent. A good malt lovers' beer...

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Photo of Treyliff
3.87/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- dark copper in color with a foamy white head, little lacing.

S- woody, mossy, some sweet malts. Getting a very musky outdoor like smell. Very interesting.

T- musky, oaky, a bit of bubble gum, red apples, finishes slightly sour and astringent.

M- medium body, medium-low carbonation.

O- a very different and interesting take on a red ale. It starts sweet, then moves into the oak taste which brings out a bit of the sourness. Overall different and something I'd like to see more of.

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Photo of tzieser
3.87/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass

a: clear copper color with a one finger white head that settled into a thin lacing.

s: plenty of toasted malt on the nose with a faint hint of vanilla.

t: lots of toasted malt flavor. little to no hop character, with subtle notes of caramel and cotton candy. there really is very little oak flavor to speak of, but it's there and keeps the malts well balanced. i love a good malty ale and this hit the spot.

m: wish the mouthfeel wasn't quite as watery as it was.

a delicious brown ale (that's what this beer feels like to me) that i was actually looking forward to the most in the pack. while it doesn't deserve the name "Mighty Oak Ale", i think it's a good beer all on it's own. i hope Sam Adams does more oaked ales. an Oaked Octoberfest would be sublime.

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Photo of Arborescence
3.85/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Ruby red. Pours a medium head, but it recedes very quickly.

Aroma: Malty, but with some fresh hops too.

Taste: Very nice and malty, rich but easy drinking. Quite sweet too. Hops are not very evident, but there's a hint in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, round and smooth.

Overall: A good red ale, but a tad too sweet for my taste though.

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Samuel Adams Mighty Oak Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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