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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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BA SCORE
79
okay

484 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 484
Reviews: 174
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 15.07%
Wants: 12
Gots: 11 | 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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Tundruth

New Hampshire

1.5/5  rDev -56.5%

03-01-2012 23:52:48 | More by Tundruth
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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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WhitmansNiece

Massachusetts

2/5  rDev -42%

01-27-2012 23:33:03 | More by WhitmansNiece
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vfgccp

New York

2/5  rDev -42%

03-30-2012 04:32:08 | More by vfgccp
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DaveD56


2/5  rDev -42%

03-30-2012 00:40:19 | More by DaveD56
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jlenik

New Jersey

2/5  rDev -42%

09-11-2012 00:56:54 | More by jlenik
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THECPJ

Delaware

2/5  rDev -42%

01-21-2014 01:48:37 | More by THECPJ
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Kyrojack

Indiana

2/5  rDev -42%

10-18-2012 14:25:22 | More by Kyrojack
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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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Damian74Shensky

South Carolina

2.25/5  rDev -34.8%

12-07-2012 15:54:08 | More by Damian74Shensky
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Beerislivingproof

Iowa

2.25/5  rDev -34.8%

04-30-2012 22:44:33 | More by Beerislivingproof
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tedho21

Pennsylvania

2.25/5  rDev -34.8%

04-01-2012 19:01:40 | More by tedho21
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beertardis

Rhode Island

2.25/5  rDev -34.8%

03-18-2013 12:26:58 | More by beertardis
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jfcaa193

Connecticut

2.25/5  rDev -34.8%

05-26-2012 21:41:15 | More by jfcaa193
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MathNut

Missouri

2.25/5  rDev -34.8%

07-16-2012 12:55:55 | More by MathNut
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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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Zaphog

Michigan

2.5/5  rDev -27.5%

02-01-2012 01:59:36 | More by Zaphog
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MouldyCrow

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -27.5%

10-13-2012 21:41:47 | More by MouldyCrow
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lackenhauser

Maryland

2.5/5  rDev -27.5%

02-12-2012 20:38:34 | More by lackenhauser
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splendidsplinter

Massachusetts

2.5/5  rDev -27.5%

02-11-2012 19:17:50 | More by splendidsplinter
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xnapshot

Mexico

2.5/5  rDev -27.5%

02-19-2012 00:51:21 | More by xnapshot
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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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Samuel Adams Mighty Oak Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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