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

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BA SCORE
79
okay

477 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 477
Reviews: 174
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 15.07%
Wants: 12
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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falloutsnow

Illinois

3.69/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From: Binny's, Schaumburg, IL
Date: Best by June 2012 (stored in a fridge since purchase)
Glass: Standard US pint glass

Mighty Oak ale comes across as a fairly solid, malt-forward amber ale, with ample focus on caramelized sugars, toasted malts, and noticeable oak. The style itself is often not considered particularly exciting, and it's nice to see a brewery trying something novel (oak aging) to see what it brings to the senses. A pleasant, malty beer that would be satisfying in the early spring or later fall months.

Pours a beige, 1cm tall head of small bubbles, which features average retention, fading to a thin ring of bubbles around the glass and a small island of foam in the center, atop the body. Lacing is fairly minimal, a few minor spots and lines scattered along the interior of the glass. The body is a dark amber-brown color, light bringing out brighter orange, yellow, and brown tones around the perimeter. Carbonation is visible through the slightly hazy body, as it is somewhat numerous and vigorous.

Aroma of caramel malt sweetness, brown sugar, slightly toasted malts lending a faint nuttiness, and some minor berry and oak character. In all, more reminiscent of a fairly solid bock than an amber ale, rather enjoyable if you're into malts.

The beer focuses on malts, with major flavors being caramelized sugar sweetness, toasted bread and nuts, slight bitterness from hops, and a modest oak character. As with the aroma, quite bock-like, and pleasant if you appreciate malty beers. Opens with mild notes of oak and stronger caramel malt sweetness, leading to a mid-palate of more toffee and caramel, slight toasted bread and nuts, wood/oak, and some dry leaf-like flavor. Back of palate finds continued caramel and toffee-like flavors/sweetness with a more noticeable toasted bread/nut flavor, dry leaves, and very faint bitterness (from hops?). Aftertaste of sweet caramel and toasted malts, oak, dry leaves, and faint berry-like esters.

Beer is medium-bodied with medium-low intensity carbonation. The mouthfeel is never fizzy, though carbonation can be lightly felt as it slightly foams the beer upon palate contact. The result is a semi-foamy, semi-smooth mouthfeel that generally balances the weight and flavors well. Closes fairly dry, with ample stickiness left lingering on the palate.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2013 18:31:49 | More by falloutsnow
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Zorro

California

3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deeply amber colored ale the color of old bronze. I could see how this could be called red, it is nearing brown in color. Small white head.

Smell is sweet and malty and a very strong oak wood scent. Reasonably strong caramel and vanilla scents.

Starts out like it smells. Sweet with lots of toffee and vanilla flavor up front. Tasty and the oak doesn't hide at all. Not really bitter at all, this is like a Scottish Ale without the smoke.

Mouthfeel is thick, lots of residual sugars.

Overall this was nice but a little to sweet for me. Needs a drier malt flavor or a more complete fermentation.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2012 00:19:15 | More by Zorro
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aasher

Indiana

3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a light bodied bright amber in color with a one finger bright white head. The nose is pretty sweet and malty. You get a lot of caramel malt and candied malt in the nose. It doesn't have any oak to it though, but I don't think this claims to be aged, just to have an oak finish. Not too shabby though. The flavor too, of sweeter candied and caramel malts. I don't get any oak or woodiness in the after taste. The sugar is somewhat creamy. It has nice flavor for the style, just on the sweet side of things. It drinks a little light in body and has slight residual sugar. Overall this beer is very approachable and not too bad. It's a little sweet for the style but it makes it a little more drinkable. The "oak" aspect is a little deceiving but it's a solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2012 01:50:12 | More by aasher
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Gavage

New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a reddish orange color with a 1/2" head.

Smell: light caramel and definite woody tones come through in the aroma.

Taste: caramel, ripe fruit, soft vanilla, oak and wood tones, and a mild bitterness create an enjoyable red ale.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp to start, smoother and a bit dry late.

Overall: easy to drink this beer. The woody tones are mild but definitely builds the character of this beer. Enjoyable but it will not blow you away - its a good session beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2012 02:30:49 | More by Gavage
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ngeunit1

California

3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a fairly clear amber-red with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving bedhind some light lace.

S - Aroma is a mix of toasted and caramelized malts with some vanilla, oak, and a touch of dark fruit.

T - Starts off with a mix of sweet caramelized malts with some light vanilla, and a touch of noble hop. Through the middle, some oak comes through with a touch of dark fruit. The finish is a mix of toasted caramelzied malts with some vanilla, oak, and earthy flavors.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet and oaky finish.

D - Very drinkable. Pretty good amber ale with the oak flavor adding some complexity. A bit off balanced though.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2012 06:46:42 | More by ngeunit1
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Star80

Illinois

3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a fairly bright reddish copper color with a tan head. The smell is sweet, some toasty malts and vague spicey hops. As this beer has warmed a bit it has improved. At first I was getting some odd solvent smells but as it has warmed I am getting those nice oak notes I would find in my beloved Jim Beam Black, some definite vanilla and caramel notes in there. The taste is unfortunately not quite as complex and I found it a bit thin bodied even for a Sam Adams brew. The taste is a lot of sweet toasty malts, and some spicey hops finish. It finishes pretty dry. Mouthfeel is fine but overall this beer is just not as rich and satisfying as it could be. A good experiment for a variety pack but nothing I would ever buy by itself.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2012 04:19:23 | More by Star80
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Kromes

Georgia

3.65/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A clear deep copper color with a thin line of off white bubbles on top.

S: Sweet toasted malt, vanilla and sweet cream

T: Very sweet and malty. The malt is a tad toasted with a touch of vanilla and oak.

M: Light and lower carbonation to keep this a very drinkable beer.

O: This is a very flavorful beer. Maybe a little too sweet to make it a session beer. However, it is very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2012 22:35:52 | More by Kromes
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cyclonece09

Maryland

3.65/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours a darkish red color with a small whitehead that dissipates, but leaves nice lacing. Smells of sweet roasted malts and slight hoppy aroma. Tastes of dark roasted malts with not much complexity. Is light to medium bodied, carbonated properly, with a good finish. Overall, a slightly above average red ale.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2012 00:35:06 | More by cyclonece09
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therica

Maryland

3.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A= light chestnut color, modest white head, some rimming.

S= prune or raisin, nice malts, some oak, vanilla, slight liquor.

T= moderately thick malts, vanilla, adequate balanced hops, slight liquor.

M= slight syrup on the tongue, smoky oak; an interesting cherry taste in the belch.

O= interesting offering; not quite in the elite craft status but an interesting and creative Samuel Adams level offering nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2012 03:47:52 | More by therica
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OtherShoe2

Massachusetts

3.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a reddish orange with a good foamy creamy colored head. Some retention, no lace.

Caramel, vanilla, some wood, fruity notes, a little perfume floral note.

Caramel and toasted malt up front, some fruit, leading to moderate bitterness and loss of sugar in the finish. You get the woody note in the flavor.

Medium body, standard SA carbonation.

Overall, I think I'd tire of this after a couple. I like the take on the style, and the layers of flavors. A decent fruity ale with some nice accents.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2012 22:26:17 | More by OtherShoe2
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brewandbbq

New Hampshire

3.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle.

Pours clear copper with an amber hue and a half inch head of tight beige. A few whisps on the surface for the duration with errant dots of lacing.

Aromatics are a blend of caramel and buttery earth. A hint of oak perhaps, only if you were looking for it. Beyond that the beer has an aroma which is found in many Sam Adams beers which I guess I would describe as a bit spicy.

Medium bodied with lightish carbonation. A bit syrupy.

Sweet malt, caramel, and a trace of drying oak start the palate. A mild bitterness and a hint of toffee follows through.

Finishes with lingering caramel and very mild oaky tannins.

This beer is quite timid in relation to it's moniker. The oak is so subdued that it's bareley there and beyond that it tastes like a pedestrian amber. I think they played it a bit too safe on this one, but good for them for taking a stab at a nationally marketed oaked-ale.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2012 21:45:14 | More by brewandbbq
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

3.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance – A beautiful golden-red color forming a billowy tan head. It hold for ~ 1min before fading to a thin wispy foam with a very light bit of lacing on the glass.

Smell – Oak and sweet malts first are present. Some vanilla and the slightest bit of caramel come through at the end, rounding out to be a very pleasant odor.

Taste – The slight caramel sweetness is present up front, but then is hit with some oak flavor and a bit more maltiness. The oaky maltiness takes hold and lasts until the end of the flavor experience where an ever so slight bit of vanilla sweetness works it way in and lingers on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – Smooth and a little lighter on the carbonation make for a easy drinking brew. Nothing exceptional in the body, but quite pleasant and easy drinking.

Overall – A nice brew with some interesting qualities. Get the oakiness without the overbearing alcohol flavors of many oaky beers. Not too shabby.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2012 02:09:14 | More by Darkmagus82
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ahq514

Illinois

3.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into NB globe glass.

Pours a clear amber color with a light, white head. Appears to have a moderate amount of carbonation. Some streaks of lacing.

Aroma typical of an amber. Sweet caramel malt dominates the nose. Very subtle floral hop aroma. A light, dry oakiness comes through in the end.

Very similar to the aroma. Sweet malt, caramel, and vanilla up front with an almost non-existent oak character. Not much in the way of hops either. Has that sam adams character that is clean and accentuates malt character, as I'm pretty sure they use a house yeast for most of their beers.

Just lighter than medium body and moderate carbonation. Good drinkability.

A decent amber ale, but no real oak character to speak of. I really loved oaked beers, but was pretty disappointed with this one. Glad I didn't invest in the whole spring mixed pack.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2012 01:56:22 | More by ahq514
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ummswimmin

New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked up this bottle at a Wegman's about five months ago with no awareness of anything about this beer.

I poured this beer into a snifter based on the description of the oak aging. I got quite a bit of foam from the bottle. As the foam dropped down, then there was a decent amount of lacing on the glass. The coloring is spot-on. This is definitely a "red."

The smell provides a decent amount of malt and amber presence. I don't get the oak, which was surprising.

The taste is a malt bomb. I get a ton of it. There is a little oakiness in the background, but not much.

This was an interesting experience. I'm glad that Boston Beer is experimenting, but this isn't really hitting it for me.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2012 00:56:49 | More by ummswimmin
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Doppelbockulus

Florida

3.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a ruby amber color, so many things are ruby colored these days. But it is still good looking.

Very fragrant beer, not so much oak, but a lot of grain and some floral aromas.

Good flavor. There are some characteristics of a red ale mixed with a softer, tart malt character.

Creamy and tingly.

This beer tastes like someone blended a red ale with Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2012 04:08:52 | More by Doppelbockulus
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whiplash3825

Georgia

3.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper with a nice 3-finger head.

Caramel and vanilla in the nose along with a little pine from the hops.

Malt and vanilla are the first tastes I get, and then some hoppiness, with a moderately dry finish. I'm not getting anything apparent from the oak.

It's an okay beer, but nothing I'd seek out. For the most part it tastes like your run of the mill amber/red ale.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2012 21:23:45 | More by whiplash3825
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to my brother tenderbranson69 for sharing this - poured chilled into a tumbler.

The color is copper, clear with thick cream cap and tight bead with spotty lace on the glass. the smell of slight fruit with a creamy yeast odor and slight malty caramel note with gentle vanilla note in the aroma. The feel is mostly sweet with moderate carbonation and mild tannic tinge from the oak with semi-dry finish.

The taste is slightly caramel with mild amaretto-like almond taste with a slight nuttiness and light cherry accent with the tannin and mild toasty malt follows. The yeasty flavor combines with the aforementioned flavors with a bready note and light oaky vanilla in the background as it finishes. Overall a good amber, a good amber w/ mild oak influence in the flavor. This is a middle of the road but I am sure the oak made this better than just the base alone, drinkability is on the low side for the style.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2012 16:37:04 | More by Slatetank
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ujsplace

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a mug.

Pours a clear amber colored brew that boasts a generous yellow-white head - about two fingers thick.

Smells of sweet caramel malts, vanilla and a faint earthy hop.

Tastes mildly woody with vanilla and caramel notes there is also some delicate herbal hops as well as some toasted bread. Finishes dry.

Smooth and creamy mouthfeel.

This would be much nicer if there were a little more "Mighty" in the bottle. This brew just misses a bit. If the woodiness from the oak were a bit more pronounced it would have made for a much nicer brew. As it stands, this is a good, but not great brew. Samuel Adams generally comes through and this is no exception, but there is nothing terribly remarkable here.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2012 23:32:27 | More by ujsplace
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Arithmeticus

Maryland

3.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured chilled in ale glass

A: clear, copper-penny orange; lofty head
S: smells a bit yeasty and fusty
T: ooh yummy; I get it now; the fustiness in the smell was the bottle conditioning; hearty, complex red with a twist of Belgianizing; a bit of vanilla; but now that I'm getting more into it, the novelty of the taste is starting to weigh a bit; rather woody for my taste

Interesting, and worth a try

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2012 00:00:28 | More by Arithmeticus
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KTCamm

New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Pours medium dark reddish amber, good foaming, some residual. Sweet malty caramel smell. Strong vanilla smell, woody sweet taste with a smooth gradual finish. The beer trusts the oak to hold the sweetness in check rather than any hop. Finish has a lot of vanilla. Nice blend, good taste, perhaps a bit too sweet - can get cloying.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2012 00:40:37 | More by KTCamm
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sommersb

Tennessee

3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tasted On: 02-27-2012
Freshness: Best by July 2012
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle
Glassware: Sam Adams perfect pint
Purchased: 12-pack from Kroger

Bought this in the Brewer's Choice variety pack.

A: Color is dark copper, bright with clear visibility. The head is medium size and off-white in color, featuring good lacing and low retention.

S: Slightly sweet caramel malts and a low amount of vanilla, but not a lot of aroma overall.

T: Spicy and malty, with oak/woody flavors. Bitterness is low.

M: A thin body with high carbonation. The finish is dry and spicy with a bit of astringency.

O: A good and easy drinking beer, but is otherwise unremarkable.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2012 05:11:33 | More by sommersb
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CuteZombieDoll

New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Brownish red and clear with a pretty decent head

S- Sweet and malty overall, with a tinge of oak.

T- Very sweet and fruity, with no real bitterness or hop character that stands out. There is the mind flavor of oak which is quite pleasant and keeps the beer from being cloyingly sweet.

M- Full and slightly heavy. Not terribly highly carbonated.

O- A good ale, definitely worth having, but lacks some of the complexity of other oak ales. I suspect that it hasn't been aged very long, but I'm not an expert so I can't be certain. Still, overall well done and well balanced.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2012 03:51:18 | More by CuteZombieDoll
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Kooz

New York

3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For some reason, this beer didn't have any curb appeal for me. As I drink it, I find it grows on me. What a pleasant surprise!

Poured into a standard pint glass to a deep amber color with a half inch foamy head. It's very nice looking.

I get hints of caramel in the nose, along with a bit of maltiness.

Very slightly sweet but nice. It's a strong flavor and tends toward syrupy, but it's good.

Mouthfeel is very good. No bite, some pleasant tingle, and a nice foaminess to it. Well built full-bodied beer.

Overall, it's another nice offering from Sam.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2012 01:03:45 | More by Kooz
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scratch69

Missouri

3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I poured a bottle into a Samuel Adams glass.

Appearance- Amber color with a fingers worth of tan head that disappears quickly. Slight amount of lacing.

Smell- Faint malty aroma with hints of vanilla and berry.

Taste- Sweet malty flavor dominates with a hint of vanilla and caramel. I don't detect any oak flavor whatsoever.

Mouthfeel- On the light side of medium bodied and slightly creamy. Nice amount of carbonation.

Overall- I was expecting a more hearty ale. This is not a bad beer though. Add a little oak flavor and this beer would be great.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2012 00:19:05 | More by scratch69
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beagle75

Iowa

3.55/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Very clear, medium amber color with one finger of diminishing parchment-tinted foam head. Light lacing remains on the glass.

S: Fermented mixed fruit is strong in the smell, with some refined caramel in support.

T: Begins off-dry, with crystal malt and carbonic acidity equally matched. A more polished version of that same malt emerges in the middle as acidity fades, this time in combination with cherry-like yeast esters. The presence of oak is understated throughout, but perhaps most contributory during the second act where a woody dryness settles on the palate. Flavors become diluted into the finish, with minimal bitterness present. Mild vanilla, perhaps also derived from wood, lingers alongside more yeast esters that take on cooked apple and dried pear qualities late.

M: Thin viscosity, watery and smooth on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This fruity ale has an old-fashioned English charm about it, suggesting that the brewer had a stock ale or old ale of lesser strength in mind. While not perfect, it really only stumbles significantly when compared to high-end barrel-aged beers. If Sierra Nevada's Old Cantankerous ale had been like this, then it would have been a much better beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 02:48:58 | More by beagle75
Samuel Adams Mighty Oak Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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