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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
Brewed by:
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 J23hc
3.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear dark amber tone, smells of spices and cherry, taste is very cinnamon spicy with some rubbing alcohol aftertaste. A bit watery thin, on the malty side but enough of a balance with the spiciness to not make it too sweet, a tad bland not all the way there but close

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Photo of leokbelo
3.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish/amber into a pint glass, with an inch head that dissipates fairly quick.
Lots of malt on the nose, sweet and some oak bourbon scent also.
Sweet on the tongue, caramel, some honey comes to mind. Hop bitterness is very low, and the low ABV combined with the medium carbonation makes this a very easy drinking beer.
Overall a nice Amber, nothing complex though.
A good session beer.

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Photo of lwillitz
3.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12-oz bottle into mug

A - crystal-clear copper body under a big cream-colored head; loads of carbonation bubbles

S - malty with oak and vanilla; smells like an old oak barrel; hint of alcohol

T - caramel malt, oak, hint of cherry and vanilla; smoke; little noticeable hop presence

M - oily medium body; somewhat astringent; medium carbonation

O - Mighty Oak is a decent red. The oak flavor compliments the style very well.

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Photo of sailorastro
3.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Overall: This is one of the first brews from Boston Beer Co. that can make a person say, "It's about time." Pick this up while it's available.

Appearance: Oak-red color shuffles the body of this brew. One-finger head that leaves a lace that sinks quicker than the Titanic. Good carbonation.

Smell: Sweet, like a cola. Notes of cherry and liquorish fall into line, like a Cherry Coke made for adults; no one under the age of 21 are allowed on this ride.

Taste: This is "Cherry Wheat" stepped up a notch--combined with flavors of molasses, clove, and the evergreen reminder of hops, the taste is off balanced enough to remain an organized mess. Sour notes follow through at the end.

Mouthfeel: Slightly heavy and overly carbonated. Sour-tart finish at the end asks to be washed down with another drink.

Sampled from a Samuel Adams Boston Lager pint glass.

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Photo of jsanford
3.82/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

Pours a clear reddish-amber with a dense off-white head that settles to a thick haze. Malty aromas of biscuit malt and caramel dominate with some piney hops and a touch of oak. Taste is similar to the nose, very malty, with plenty of caramel, biscuit, and buttered toast with a noticeable "woody" finish that imparts delicate vanilla and oak flavors. Mouthfeel is smooth with a medium-thin body and good carbonation. Overall a very approachable, drinkable brew!

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Photo of tdm168
3.8/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of scootny
3.8/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A coppery amber with a decent off white head. Bits of lacing here and there and good retention. Mild carbonation visible. Smell is full of sweet malt with vanilla and cherries in the back. Oak wafts in and out. Love the big, smooth, amber ale malt taste with a longish wooden dryness. Bitterness is English tea leaf hoppiness with oak and cherry-vanilla notes. A mild sourness faintly lingering as the mild biscuity malt blooms. Crisp carbonation and medium light weight make for excellent drinkability. A creative twist on a standard that is not gimmicky or tricked out. This makes me think about what was available in the days of wooden casks. This may be a resurrection of the flavors of old. I wish this one was on the shelves year round. Nicely done Jim!

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Photo of BigPlay1824
3.78/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a pint glass

A: pours a crystal clear amber color with ample carbonation bubbles and a two finger head that is frothy and is light tan, lingers for a bit and leaves a nice amount of lacing
S: has a nice crisp scent that is reminiscent of the obvious wood notes and has a nice sweetness underlying
T: actually a very pleasant taste, begins with nice woody notes then kicks in with nice caramel malts and a nice sweetness that linger on through the very end
M: medium to slightly aggressive carbonation, clean across the middle yet leaves the mouth noticeably dry
O: another impressive offering from Boston beer in this, what i believe to be their best mix pack yet

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Photo of rlee1390
3.77/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Clear amber, not much carbonation, one finger head

S-Caramel, toffee, malt and some nuttiness

T-Caramel, toffee, not much bitterness, nuts, some spice and then some vanilla and oak as it warms

M-Light to medium bodied, smooth

O-Another decent beer from the mix pack. Too bad Alpine Spring is the seasonal when Whitewater and Might Oak are better.

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Photo of gkunkle
3.77/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a ruddy amber color. An off white head stands about 1/2 inch tall then settles to a wide ring around my glass with some islands of foam. Smell is of bread, caramel, a little bit of grassy or earthy hops. Taste is smooth, sweet, caramel, vanilla. Mouthfeel is medium, light carbonation. This is a well made beer, it isn't going to turn a lot of heads, but it has solid composition.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.77/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours an amber/copper color with almost no head that quickly disappears

S: Notes of cherry, vanilla, oak, and caramel along with a distinct maltiness

T: Follows the nose, with mostly oak, vanilla, caramel, cherry and some additional sweetness

M: Surprisingly light bodied with moderate carbonation. I would definitely like to see more body

O: A nice red ale that is aged very nicely in oak. You still get that red ale base that is only complimented by the oak. Not too grainy, like a lot of red ales that I seem to dislike

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Photo of tCan
3.76/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My candid advice to you is to drink this one at or near room temperature. It really brings out the flavor and makes it a bit more creamy as an ale should be. Other reviews have it pegged. It's not a stout by any means -dont be fooled by the name- but as a light ale, it does pretty reasonably at room temperature. Cold, the flavor is quite masked.

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Photo of ZAP
3.76/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oak is not very evident despite being called "The Mighty Oak Ale"

Still, the "Might Zap" feels this is a tasty beverage....not oozing in flavor or aroma but enjoyable.

The flavor is of sticky sweet malts with vanilla notes, a light berry dimension and a touch of hazelnuts.

The nose is unremarkable but not bad...sticky sweet malts...a hint of vanilla.

Body is medium light....carbonation is good...good clarity for an ale.

Overall this is worth trying and a decent enough effort but a bit of a letdown for something called "The Mighty Oak Ale"....just expected more woody notes....I would definitely buy this though if it came in 12 packs for 13,14 bucks....

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.73/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Samuel Adams Mighty Oak Ale

Pours a light amber color, creamy off white foam forms and eventually disappears. Strong caramel in the aroma, with hints of vanilla. In the taste, caramel and Munich malts stand out, oak flavor lends some dryness and noticeable tannins. Light vanilla, nutty and brown sugar flavors. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a prolonged drying finish showing the barrel /wood chip influence. Overall, an approachable Oak aged brown ale, gets better with each sip.

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Photo of Brad007
3.73/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Here's an interesting beer that nearly jumped out at me from the mix pack.

Pours a clear, mild amber color with a thin head into my glass. Looks like a standard red ale.

Sweet with just a hint of oak in the nose. Otherwise, seems like a standard red ale.

The aroma carries over to what is otherwise a bland version of a red ale with a bit of oak character.

Mouthfeel is kind of bland to be honest. Sweet as well.

Eh, I was expecting more.

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Photo of ely2000k
3.72/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this beer a couple weeks ago in the Sam Adam's sampler pack and decided to get another sampler pack and give all of them a try again. To be honest, I think this beer grows on you, and is actually pretty good overall. The look is what you would expect from a red ale. Amber brownish in color, and pretty clean looking. The main thing I get from the nose is faint vanilla, and possibly some light oak aging, and perhaps the smell of light, fresh bread. Taste to me is pretty good. The beer is sweet, but not overly so. Lots of malt, with a lingering vanilla taste, that follows to an oaky type taste. The oak taste in this beer does not taste like old oak barrels or anything like that, it's more like fresh cut wood, that's the best way I can describe it. Mouthfeel is smooth and carbonation is good. Liked this beer much more the second time trying it.

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Photo of Star80
3.72/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

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Photo of FickleBeast
3.71/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic glass.

Pours a clear reddish color with a finger and a half of viscous, sticky foam. Head looks great, nice lacing as well. Aroma is vanilla, cream, crystal malt.

First sip is surprisingly sweet, with a distinct vanilla flavor, but finishes on the dry side. Some crystal malt sweetness as well, but I pick up the vanilla more than anything. Interesting - not quite what I expected. Not bad though. The drier finish is actually pretty nice and cuts the vanilla flavor off abruptly.

Decent beer. Not something I'd buy a 6 pack of, but a nice addition to the mixed 12 pack.

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Photo of Zorro
3.7/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

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Photo of aasher
3.7/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

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Photo of ngeunit1
3.7/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.7/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours out a clear, amber-hued body with a brief, sudsy, off-white head.

Smell: Bread, very gently toasted at the far edges with a low, ineffusive hint of caramel, small oak note, and a bit of sweet cherry.

Taste: Bready pale malts with sweetish touches of caramel and brown sugar. Slight cherry, berry-like fruitiness. Mild vanilla tone from the oak. English hops give a little bit of spiciness though not much bitterness. Sweetish, toasty finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Feels a bit like their Irish Red with a modest oak character. But that's just me!

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Photo of Gavage
3.68/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of donteatpoop
3.68/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautiful amber color with a nice off-white cap of foam at the top.

The smell is typical of amber ales, with a vague but present oaken scent.

The oak comes through more in the flavor, but primarily this is just a solid red ale with something extra. This was my favorite beer from the sampler pack I bought.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.68/5  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.

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Samuel Adams Mighty Oak Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
79 out of 100 based on 175 ratings.