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

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Samuel Adams Mighty Oak AleSamuel Adams Mighty Oak Ale

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477 Ratings

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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.

(Beer added by: Jason on 11-18-2011)
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New York

3/5  rDev -13%

07-16-2012 20:19:07 | More by taigor
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2.98/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pouts amber/orange with 2+ fingers of cream colored head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Butterscotch & oakyness, a bit of vanilla

T: Butterscotch oaky dryness, pears & dry bready notes up front. Vanilla & serious dryness mix with some sweet apple juice & oak chip notes. Finishes dry & sweet & with a touch of sweet & acidic apple

Medium bodied, skewing sweet, firm carbonation

I don't really care for this, the flavor mix & overall presentation are just very bland with cloying sweetness really bringing this down. Not one I would buy again. The flavors seem fake to me

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2012 03:56:46 | More by russpowell
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2.98/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Picked up in a Sam Adam’s brewer’s variety pack. Poured from bottle into a mug.

Appearance – Pours a nice copper color into the mug, perfectly transparent, with about a one finger head with mediocre retention and no sign of lacing. The transparency of this beer is what is most remarkable to me. If only the Federal budget had this much transparency, we might actually expect a straight answer out of a politician…but whatever.

Smell – Some fruits, vanilla, maltiness, standard fare for an amber ale. No real sign of oak or wood in general, although it is purportedly an oak aged ale.

Taste – Very biscuity and malty, a little hint of caramel and vanilla at the finish. Nothing really to knock your socks off or anything. Basically a standard amber ale with a hint of vanilla.

Mouthfeel – Light, almost too light, medium carbonation, almost too watery.

Overall – This brew wasn’t really my thing. It’s basically an amber ale with a little vanilla. I was a little disappointed in the ol’ Boston Beer Company on this one. Nothing really stood out as impressive or noteworthy at all. Forgettable.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2012 01:41:37 | More by TheCondor
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2.95/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A short lived very quick white head forms and leaves, thankfully the amber body is rather stunning looking under it.

Rich caramel aromas are mixed with vanilla and oak.

This is a malt forward, forget all else amber. The oak cleans it up some, given it a bit of a dry finish, but the finish is mostly clean due to a lac of intense flavors compared to other beers that attempt to take on oak flavors. A lot of vanilla and oak mixed with caramel, I'm not sure what more could have been expected there.

Very drinkable body and feel, though this flavors lend themselves to a bit more body and a bit more of a sipper. Clearly Sam Adams had a different view on this style and cheers to diversity.

A tasty brew, I can't see myself going back to this one, but a real change of pace for these guys.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2012 15:46:39 | More by bobhits
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North Carolina

2.93/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I'm a little skeptical of this one as this is a hard style to really make a splash in and they're not releasing it on its own but hiding it in their latest mixed twelve pack. Clear copper body with wet white head. Vanilla and caramel tinge the nose, which sweetens as it warms.

The taste is a little all over the place. Real sweet caramel up front and then the late oak finish but kind of a watery mush in between. Texture is smooth but spineless. This isn't terrible, I just can't see going out of my way for it. Some buffed up hops would probably improve this but that would change the style. Maybe it's self fulfilling prophecy but I feel like my instincts were right on with this one...

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2012 02:36:50 | More by daliandragon
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2.88/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2012 04:10:52 | More by spatown
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2.88/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pros: loys of vanilla flavor from the oak obviously. Really nice red dapple color to the body and a decent head. Cons: if the oak was left out this would have been a light red ale. Like killians quality. Its all oak favor and no body. Overall flavor is weak. Very disappointing. Could barley finish.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2012 03:54:52 | More by CampusCrew
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2.83/5  rDev -18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, pours bright copper with a gorgeous, fluffy, off-white head, that holds good retention and leaves sticky lacing all over the glass. Aromas are sweet and oaky with vanilla, caramel - creme brulee perhaps. Tastes are sweet caramel and toffee up-front with notes of brown sugar, oak, and a overly strong dose of vanilla - it's a sweet, malty mess with vanilla to boot. Finishes with a slight herbal hop bite, with more sweet vanilla sticking on the palate. Mouth-feel is syrupy, medium-to-full bodied, and smooth. Overall, I think this really could have been better. The oak aging took over everything and we're left with a vanilla ale that is rather off-putting. The appearance was the best thing about this one & it seemed to be all downhill from there.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2012 00:21:42 | More by barnzy78
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2.78/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Jurassic Park frozen mosquito amber color with an thin eggshell head. A few wisps of lace left by a fairly hardy skim retention. Sweet tree pic on the bottle.

Smells like oak, bread crust and lots of sweet crystal malts.

Very, very sweet. Sweet and mildly crusty caramel and vanilla. Even with Sam Adams dulled down flavor profile it's still ridiculously imbalanced. Some IBUs would have helped tipped the sweet vs. bitter scale more towards middle ground.

Still one of the worst house ale yeasts in beer. Oaky? Yes. Mighty? No.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2012 23:53:01 | More by donkeyrunner
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New Jersey

2.75/5  rDev -20.3%

06-30-2012 07:44:57 | More by notjaredlouche
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New Hampshire

2.75/5  rDev -20.3%

11-10-2012 14:01:24 | More by ScaryEd
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2.75/5  rDev -20.3%

04-15-2012 21:19:37 | More by abrodsky
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2.75/5  rDev -20.3%

03-10-2012 01:13:18 | More by jnjander
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2.75/5  rDev -20.3%

06-19-2012 01:54:30 | More by lmz3000
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2.75/5  rDev -20.3%

10-16-2013 00:46:59 | More by Kruja5
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2.75/5  rDev -20.3%

04-29-2013 17:33:57 | More by FliryVorru
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2.75/5  rDev -20.3%

08-07-2012 17:16:18 | More by SlaughteredWolf
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2.75/5  rDev -20.3%

12-13-2012 17:09:59 | More by dunix
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2.75/5  rDev -20.3%

04-03-2013 21:09:05 | More by ndaniel
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West Virginia

2.75/5  rDev -20.3%

11-28-2013 03:11:39 | More by hoffa0922
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2.68/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2012 21:20:53 | More by bsp77
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2.68/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I find it odd this beer doesn't have the usual Sam Adams logo on the label and instead the name of the beer.. interesting. Pours an amber/red, smallish white head to it. Faint caramel aroma. Decent mouthfeel, thin bodied, some caramel malts, quite watery. Really don't taste any 'oak' in this one, clean finish. This one was a big 'meh' for me, way too thin and watery and the taste just isn't there. Guess they all can't be winners... drinkable but not much else.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2012 02:48:03 | More by oriolesfan4
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2.65/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap acquired as part of a seasonal variety box. Reviewed from notes taken while drinking it in Palo Alto, California.

A: Pours a four finger head of fair cream and thickness, and good retention. Colour is a nontransparent auburn.

Sm: Light toasted malt. Caramel. Amber hops. Some vanilla. Malty but inviting. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Light roast. Slight vanilla. No real oak comes through. Amber hops. Complex enough, but a bit too malty for the style. It's decent.

Mf: Smooth and wet. A bit heavy on the palate. Complements the flavours to a moderate extent.

Dr: Feels off. Never really right. Enjoyable, but far from exemplary for the style. I wouldn't get it again. Decently priced.


Serving type: bottle

05-19-2012 23:47:53 | More by kojevergas
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2.6/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Clear red pour with a few fingers of head initially, but none left over after just a few seconds. No lacing, but a ton of bubbles race from the etching on the bottom of my Perfect Pint glass.

S: Caramel malts absolutely dominate the aroma. Very sweet overall. Not really getting any oak here.

T: The taste is more of the same. Very sweet, caramel malts. So sugary it almost tastes like a candy. It leaves that strange aftertaste I get with most ambers and do not like.

MF: Light body, with a slight creaminess, and a bit over-carbonated. Crisp and very drinkable.

O: Just a meh beer. Wouldn't try this one again.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2012 02:03:39 | More by russwbeck
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2.58/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

notched JUN 2012

pours bright clear amber with a small of white foam left no lacing

smells of pale caramel malt tiny bit of citrus

taste is a so so amber - the vanilla in the beer is very fake did they dump in extract in this??? i do not pick up any oak which is in the name of the beer - mighty oak?? i think not

mouthfeel is a medium body low carb - adds nothing to this beer

overall - this is the SA i am used to - very underwhelming sub par craft beer

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2011 05:46:52 | More by jsh420
Samuel Adams Mighty Oak Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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