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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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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 jeffjeff1
3.67/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this in the Sam Adams variety pack.

Appearance- reddish color, very thin head that dissipated into nothing

Smell- malt, fruit

Taste- malt, vanilla, very nice, I was quite impressed with the flavor.

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- I thought this was really good. I really liked the vanilla flavor in it. It was very well balanced.

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Photo of cyclonece09
3.67/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Photo of Kromes
3.65/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of therica
3.65/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.65/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.65/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of ahq514
3.65/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of ummswimmin
3.65/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of brewandbbq
3.63/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of Doppelbockulus
3.62/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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Photo of whiplash3825
3.62/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.62/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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Photo of ujsplace
3.62/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.6/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of CuteZombieDoll
3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of scratch69
3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of TerrenceOBrien
3.57/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not one of Sam Adams' finer moments. While hardly terrible the Mighty Oak Ale was a bit disappointing.

The pleasant amber color is offset by the practically non-existent and quickly dissipating head. The smell is neutral, but not unpleasant. Has a slightly toasty and malty aroma. There are hints of oak and vanilla in the taste, but only he slightest amounts and the oak is somewhat artificial feeling -- almost as if oak extract had been used. The mouthfeel is crisp and dry, if a bit thin and almost soda like, though slightly less carbonated.

It's advisable that you drink this ale slightly chilled and NOT ice cold, which only serves to enhance some of its less desirable qualities and mask the already faint oak flavors.

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Photo of Kooz
3.56/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of chodinheaven
3.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear caramel amber beer with a small off-white head on top that dissapates quickly down to a thin sheet. Light amount of visible carbonation up from the bottom. The smell does have a nice oaky presence underneath a caramel and toffee nuttiness. A hint of vanilla as well.

Nothing very mighty to it as it doesn't pack too much of a punch flavor-wise. But as a light spring beer, its not bad. Light caramel notes play off a bit of oaky roastiness, giving the impression of oak aging. The roastiness is pleasant and easy going, but mild mannered to match the slight vanilla notes. Almost effervescent in the mouthfeel, and it leads into a dry finish. Not much to mention on the hops, but this is a malt heavy beer and thats ok. It works well as an easy drinker, one to sip on and not think to much about. Good little afternoon beer on the deck on a cool afternoon. I probably wouldn't buy a six pack of it though, but worth a try.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle served in a nonic pint. Enjoy before June notched on the label. Pours a brownish-amber hue with a translucent clarity and a loose, half inch, cream-colored head. Some thins strands of lacing coat the sides of the glass during the tasting. Nose is pleasant and malty with toffee and some buttery notes. Taste follows nose with the addition of a faint metallic quality. Butter comes off more as diacetyl. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with a pleasant, even carbonation and a slightly oily texture. Overall, not a bad beer. Nothing mind blowing but decent.

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Photo of beagle75
3.54/5  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.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.54/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked this beer up in a "brewmasters selection" variety box at the 1960 and Cutten Spec's. I have never tried a couple of the beers in this series, so I picked it up. Here is the first one:

Appearance: The beer pours a clear amber color with a small tan head of small bubbles that were pretty active and ended up fading back into the beer within about 30 seconds. There was a persistent small ring of foam where the beer meets the glass. There is no lacing left on the glass after drinking.

Aroma: I initially got a nice fresh floral hop aroma that was mixing with some sweet toasty malts that reminded me of an Oktoberfest, so there is quite a bit of Munich malt in this beer. The aroma is moving more toward cara-vienna malt as it is warming up some. The hops are mildly floral, but pretty reserved overall.

Taste: The flavor is much different than the aroma alluded to. The overall mouthfeel is dry and that hits you immediately, and the beer is way more attenuated than the sweetness in the aroma let on. There is hops present in the flavor, in that they give you a pretty good dose of flowers in the beginning of the taste, and end up bittering up the finish quite a bit. Overall the malt is the dominant force in the finish, but not by too much. The carbonation is adequate for what this beer is. It is slightly low, but the beer is pretty dry overall, so this is a good thing.

Opinion: This is an alright beer. I was a bit disappointed between the aroma and the flavor. I was expecting quite a bit more deliverance in the flavor, but it ended up being a well attenuated version of what I was expecting. Overall the beer is pretty light on the palate and pretty drinkable, but not one I would come back to unless it was like the only beer on tap at a pizza joint...then I would probably take it over iced tea or something non-beer like.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
3.54/5  rDev +2.9%
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

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Photo of Jason
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

LOOK: Dark copper hue, sufficient amount of head

SMELL: Caramel, faint oak, browned apples, mild alcohol esters, vanilla, grassy hop

TASTE: Big smoothness, creamy, pull of oakiness, caramel, vanilla, soft hop resin, light biscuit, ripe apples and pears, semi-dry finish

A great stab at the whole fresh barrel aged beer movement, this direction I'd love to see from more brewers. As for Mighty Oak, its a good start. The oak does come around and the beer is pretty drinkable, a bit more dry would work for me.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright clear red hue with a light tan khaki head forming thick and dwindling slow down the sides of my glass, the head is big bubbled with chunks of sporadic lacing left behind. Aroma has a nice caramel malt presence with a touch of oak/vanilla notes somewhat earthy blended notes but nothing as extreme in the oak character as most beergeeks are used to. Flavor is upfront with malt sweetness with a touch of toasted oak notes with a big fruity cherry note coming through and ending with a more caramelized malt presence. Drinking extremely effortlessly or I'm just really thirsty for a beer after work nothing extreme about the oak presence here. Just a nicely constructed red ale with a hint of something more complex than your typical red. Carbonation is sturdy really flows well, not cloyiing in anyway unless you're really sensitive to a maltier beer. Overall I would drink this again as part of a sampler but I couldn't honestly want to reach for just this in a sixer of it's own.

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