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

Samuel Adams Mighty Oak AleSamuel Adams Mighty Oak Ale

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BA SCORE
79
okay

474 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 474
Reviews: 174
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 15.07%


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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TheSixthRing

California

1.9/5  rDev -44.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Appearance - Pours a deep, dark amber with a tinge of red. Almost no head to speak of.

Smell - This is an ale? Smells like a "Big 3" lager, with maybe a hint of caramel. This isn't boding well.

Taste - Generic beer taste. Subtle hints of caramel, but mostly it just tastes cheap. Finishes like it came out of an AB can... a lot of alkalinity with this one.

Mouthfeel - Light, and almost no carbonation to speak of... I've awoken to half empty beers with more carbonation than this.

Overall - Severely disappointed. This may be the worst beer I've ever had from Sam Adams. If you put me up in a blind taste test between this and Budweiser American Ale, it'd be blind luck if I got it right.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2012 06:40:50 | More by TheSixthRing
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adamette

Ohio

2.03/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Review from notes taken 12 23 12. Poured from the 12 oz. bottle that was given to me by my brother Pete. Thanks for the opportunity! Poured into a clean, clear pint glass.

A Translucent dark yellow body under and all too brief head. 2.5

S Disappointingly for me, little to no "oak" detected in the smell. I have had oak aged beers before and they have intrigued me. Perhaps I was led by the title of the beer to expect some sense of oak in the smell/flavor and that was my fault but none-the-less I find myself disappointed. In fact, the smell was of a distant barley malt and it was not easy to detect that. 2.0

T Unfortunately again, the taste carried right from the smell in a forgettable, thin tasting amber. There was barley malt and the slightest hops that I could taste. This would probably be a good session beer if it was not so boring to the point of distraction. 2.0

M To thin for me. I need something with more depth any more. 2.0

D/O Drinkability again would have been high but it is too boring. Overall this is not a good beer. 2.0

Notes: My impression went from "Oh, cool, something called 'Mighty Oak'" to "Damn, this beer is really boring and I don't think that I will ever look for it again."

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2012 03:11:50 | More by adamette
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brewmudgeon

Wisconsin

2.28/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

SA mighty oak

a 3.5 red color with a 1.5 finger off white head that leaves scant lace.

s 2.5 not much in the aroma department, a little sweetness, a little roast

t 2.0 there's a little sweetness and a little roast, and precious little else. and the finish leaves a fairly unpleasant linger of bland roast and slight astringence.

m 3.0 light to medium, kinda watery, somewhat spritzy carb

o 2.0 hoped this would be better (obviously). sometimes, the tiny explorer inside me just can't resist a variety pack. but sometimes, with SA, it just seems like i'm getting 2 good beers for the price of 12.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2012 01:04:43 | More by brewmudgeon
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Murrhey

Montana

2.35/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Reviewed live.

A- Half a finger off-white head. Fairly short retention. Light, clear amber color.

S- Grassy and straw smell. Light malts with some floral hops. Not very attractive.

T- Malty sweetness with some oak flavors. Kind of simple.

M- Light bodied, bubbly but no real substance.

O- Meh. Not terrible, but definitely not a great example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2012 09:18:37 | More by Murrhey
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blakelive784

Colorado

2.43/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12 fl oz brown glass bottle served in a pilsner glass, reviewed live:

A - Pours a transparent copper color with a thin 1.5 finger, off white head. Retention is okay at best. Meh.

S - Caramel and crystal malt, toast, and light sweet fruit (particularly cherries). Smells sweet and possibly imbalanced, and I get absolutely no oak.

T - I still get no "distinct oak notes" as per the label. Total disappointment. It's your run of the mill red, much akin to their Irish red. Bland malts are sloppily handled. Just... not good.

M - Thick and smooth. '

D - Just a total failure on this one. I'll pass in the future.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2012 00:19:58 | More by blakelive784
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cjgator3

Florida

2.55/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle

A- Pours a dark brownish amber color with an off-white head.

S- The aroma is very faint. There is some caramel and maybe a hint of vanilla. Not impressed with the aroma.

T- The taste is malty up front with some caramel sweetness and a touch of oak in the finish.

M- The mouthfeel is between light and medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, this one didn't do anything for me, it was just kind of bland.  I wouldn't purchase it again.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2012 03:07:01 | More by cjgator3
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rangerred

Tennessee

2.55/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear medium brown with a two finger head. Head fades rather quickly, though, leaving some nice lacing.

Aroma is quite malty with toffee being predominant. There are also some earthy hops but really no oak at all.

The flavor begins fairly malty with toffee once again and maybe only the slightest hint of wood. There is a slight alcohol note which I thought was odd with this being only 5.7%. There is also an astringent, almost solvent like quality that is not good. Mouthfeel is pretty slick and creamy.

Overall this is not one of Sam Adams’ best efforts. Not really any oak to speak of and too many off flavors.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2012 21:04:58 | More by rangerred
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jsh420

Illinois

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
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depechemode1983

Texas

2.58/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours out a deep reddish copper color. The had is off-white, almost tan. Retention is decent. Getting some lacing as well.

S - A little bland. Picking up a light caramel swetness, slightly bitter hops and metal.

T - A little better and a lot like the nose. Still getting the caramel sweetness up front with a balancing mono tone citrus bitterness. The metallic note switches up for a medicinal finish.

M - Just an average mouthfeel. Nothing offensive.

O - I didn't care for this one. Seems a bit off. No recommended. There are better Reds to be had.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2012 20:04:13 | More by depechemode1983
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Kobal

Kentucky

2.58/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a nice red/auburn color with a semi-thick head. Nose leaves a bit to be desired, oak is notable, but little else is present. Mouthfeel is somewhat creamy and dries out toward the end. First sip is big malty oak, a little sweet for my taste. Reminiscent in some ways of a pumpkin ale. I tasted touches of vanilla and allspice, but malty oak still dominates the palate. Nothing offensive but nothing inspiring, either. Not a beer I’d go out of my way for.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2013 22:31:20 | More by Kobal
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russwbeck

Virginia

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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kojevergas

Texas

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.

C-

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2012 23:47:53 | More by kojevergas
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marlinsfan4

Maryland

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 marlinsfan4
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bsp77

Minnesota

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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donkeyrunner

Massachusetts

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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barnzy78

Illinois

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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CampusCrew

Florida

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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spatown

Arkansas

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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daliandragon

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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bobhits

Kentucky

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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russpowell

Oklahoma

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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TheCondor

Missouri

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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Brent

Kentucky

3/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Did not strike me at all as an American amber or red - more of an English pale ale. Caramel malt character is predominant, with some rustic husky notes. Hopping is mild and nondescript. Slightly woody at the finish, but that may just be the power of suggestion.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2012 15:54:39 | More by Brent
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Yoda22

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Pours a clear copper with about 1 finger of head that quickly dissipates; little lacing.

S- Woody and malty smell - pretty good! A bit sweet smelling and no hops but appropriate for the style.

T- Leaves something to be desired...just kind of a weak/dull woody/malty combo that finishes dry.

M- Medium body and solid carbonation.

O- It has it's highs and lows, the oak character is good but doesn't stand out enough. Finishes too dry and the taste just doesn't wow me.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2012 23:39:58 | More by Yoda22
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jneiswender

Massachusetts

3.03/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured out of a bottle into a pils glass. Served cool.

Deep amber red color and an off white creamy head.

Smell of vanilla and sugar cookies. Slight coffee.

Smooth vanilla and cookies flavor. Light tannin and hop to take a little of the sweetness off.

Mouthfeel is slippery. Medium carbonation.

Okay. Don't really get the oak in it other than the vanilla. SA doesn't really say how they get the "oak" in it. Oak barrels, chips, essence?

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 20:26:16 | More by jneiswender
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Samuel Adams Mighty Oak Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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