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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
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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 KMitch
2.5/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Had this beer some time ago entering it here just to catalog it. Oak flavor was way too strong and just plain tasted wierd to me. Have tried many Sam Adams beers but finding one I like is rare.

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Photo of Duhast500
3.9/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a dimpled mug.

The color is a deep orange/gold with a finger of foamy brownish head and some thick lacing left on the glass.

The smell is oaky with some sweet malt flavor that is right behind that nice woody aroma that is right in the nose first. There is a spicy bit of aroma as well and it has a slight caramel flavor.

The taste is big butterscotch and is almost like candy as it comes down. There is some nice sweet honey flavor as well that seems to lay down on the tongue and helps the oak flavor slide down and makes this taste just delicious.

This beer has such a smooth feel that is goes down easy even thought there is a bit of a punch that was not expected. A real jem from Boston Beer.

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Photo of Kobal
2.58/5  rDev -25%
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.

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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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Photo of FlatRabbitRed
4.33/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I read some of the reviews on this and frankly I have no clue where some of these people are comming from. A person rated this beer as a three point something and said "it is like Rogue Dead Guy Ale or a Sam Adams Longshot winning Derfs Secret Alt". First off those beers are both five point beers, and second of all, these beers are nothing alike!

Full body, malty with a slight oak caracter.

If you are looking for an oak aged beer, you will probably think you dont taste any oak at all.

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Photo of adamette
2.03/5  rDev -41%
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."

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Photo of SouljaSaia17
4.22/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Was very surprised to find this beer in a single since Samuel Adams doesnt brew it anymore. This was my favorite beer from their spring variety pack and was the winner of the brew contest that was held.

A: This beer pours a nice medium, amber color with a thin, creamy white head that leaves some good lacing.

S: Distinct notes from the oak bring out this aroma that is followed by caramel and vanilla.

T: Very intense sweetness that is brought about by a strong oak flavor. The body consists of Vanilla, caramel and some malt. Nice dry finish that has a yeast type feel.

M: Very earthy mouth, but not of the Saison or pale ale kind. Has a very unique and distinct flavor. Carbonation is very present which helps bring out the notes from the oak.

O: I love this beer, even more so out of a glass. Oak themed beers have a complex brewing process that has generous amounts of vanilla and caramel. Very nice blend of ingredients. Im pretty sure this is the last of this beer I will every have the pleasure of drinking, so im savoring the flavor.

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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 BucannonXC5
3.9/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12-oz. bottle into a pint glass at my house on Aug. 4, 2012 (picked it up for $1.59 at BevMo in La Mesa, Calif., on Aug. 2, 2012). 1-2 fingers of head that dissipated very quickly. Mahogany auburn color. Just a bit of lacing on the top and a small amount on the sides. No retention.

Smelled oaky bourbon or wine, vanilla, caramel and toffee malts. Reminded me of the Longshot Derf’s Secret Alt or the Rogue Dead Guy Ale.

Tasted better than the smell. Got oaky vanilla leading the way with a touch of bourbon. Very malty with caramel and toffee leading the way. Dark fruits, maybe plum. So smooth.

Medium body. Thinner texture. Below average carbonation. Long lasting smooth finish.

This beer got better for me as it went along. The mouthfeel was the best part. So smooth.

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Photo of JoLight
4.84/5  rDev +40.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance - Copper color, and an off-white head, which leaves some lacing.

Aroma - Sweet, and a peculiar"double-bubble" bubblegum aroma. A little malt.

Taste - A little toasted malt, sweetness, and a creamy middle, finishing with a earthy hop bite.

Finish - Semi-dry, crisp, refreshing.

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Photo of kjyost
3.11/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle part of Sam Adams taster pack. BB notched July / 2012. Poured fridge cold into a wine glass.

Pours a clear amber body with nice head that laces lightly and lasts longer than expected. Caramel and sweetness in the nose with a hint of earthy hop lingering behind it. The body is very similar with light notes of the advertised oak aging, though this comes across as fresh raw oak. The oak works with the caramel notes in the beer, though the beer comes off a little watery for such an otherwise thick seeming beer. Finish is dry and otherwise clean. The beer almost seems as though they took Boston Lager and threw an untoasted oak spiral into the keg for a week...

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.12/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Part of the Samuel Adams Spring Brewmaster's Collection Varietal Pack. According to the label: "Distinct notes of oak come through in the flavor of this smooth amber ale. The vanilla and caramel character from the oak is balanced by the malty sweetness and roasted notes from our blend of four malts for a long, dry finish. Cheers!" Date notched on the bottle is Mid-June 2012.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a Samuel Adams' Sensory Glass. Served at 47º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a crisp fizzy/frothy caramel-cream head with a slightly below average retention, settling down to a thin surface cover shortly thereafter. Lacing is thin and spotty. Body color is a deep copper-amber, very mildly hazy with dramatically lighter colors and clearer complexions in thinner areas. Carbonation is abundant and active. Overall a bit thin in the appearance, head presentation and body tone could probably improve a bit. 3

(Smell) A dominant vanilla bean flavor over a tart caramel husk malt bill forms the majority of this aroma. Oak characteristics are mild but certainly noticeable, lending well to the vanilla. Hop presence is very limited but bitterness is easy to smell. Aroma is overall nice although a choosy few may find the vanilla too sweet, dominating and even a bit cloying in the role it lands to the aroma. 3.5

(Taste) Up front, a caramel malt bill with a much lesser vanilla emphasis than in the smell. The husky caramel and hop bitterness certainly makes the overall flavor a bit more bitter and dry than one would expect, perhaps a bit too much so. The dry, faint vanilla finish is where the oak comes through the most, alluding to a sharp, rustic, woody, and dry finish. The flavor may not be fantastic for an oaked ale, but there's certainly no shortage of flavor here. I was a bit disappointed in the tartness and a lack of sweetness to balance the flavor out. 3

(Mouthfeel) Mouthfeel is consistently slick throughout with just a touch of air, although it doesn't hit the mark in any focused texture, it merely waffles in limbo. Alcohol presence is low/medium. Body is medium. The texture isn't very well focused, which doesn't aid the drinkability of flavor of this beer well. 3

(Overall) I figured that this could potentially be a difficult beer to swallow, as some oaked ales can be. While the oak itself wasn't the disappointing part of the beer, a lack of presentation, focused texture and unbalanced tart, bitter flavor certainly makes this a much more difficult beer to drink than it should be. There are certainly some necessary tweaks to be made to this beer and I would inform consumers to be wary when considering this beer. I'm not expecting it to return to the lineup anytime soon. 3

Boston Beer Company's
Samuel Adams Mighty Oak Ale

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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 Treyliff
3.87/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- dark copper in color with a foamy white head, little lacing.

S- woody, mossy, some sweet malts. Getting a very musky outdoor like smell. Very interesting.

T- musky, oaky, a bit of bubble gum, red apples, finishes slightly sour and astringent.

M- medium body, medium-low carbonation.

O- a very different and interesting take on a red ale. It starts sweet, then moves into the oak taste which brings out a bit of the sourness. Overall different and something I'd like to see more of.

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Photo of tjsmith910
3.93/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best damn beer i have tasted from the sam adams family of beers. refreshing, colorful, nice 1 finger off white head. wanted more of this beer than the 12 pack brew masters special offered. very sharp taste . equally as sharp after taste. not to bitter not to smoked tasting. quite perfectly infused in my opinion.

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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 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 kojevergas
2.68/5  rDev -22.1%
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.


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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 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 DirtyPenny
3.11/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12-oz bottle into my stupendous Medieval Manor pilsner glass, because I am a rebel and... wait, that's acceptable? Alright.

A: Generally clear reddish amber with infinitesimal haze and 1 finger of beige head. Lacing came in the form of little acorns across the sides of the glass.

S: Eh. Musty wood pulp or cardboard right out of the fridge. Floral/herbal notes run in at the last second and apologize.

T: Sweet floral characteristics saturate the foreground. I have to admit that I wasn't quite sure what to make of this one so I read a few reviews. I'm seeing people mention cherry and vanilla? Didn't seem to have any of that to my tongue. Earthy herbal tones in the middle lead down to a stem of biscuity bread malts. Well balanced between the hops and malt.

M: Smooth and silently prickly. Like a caterpillar fell off a branch into your glass, brushed against your tongue on the way down and was gone.

O: Wait, did a caterpillar really fall in my beer? Presumably no. Not something that you'll slosh out into a red cup and play beer pong with, this is interesting but nothing special.

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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 chefhatt
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this beer into a pint glass. This beer has a nice reddish body with partially no head to it. The aroma is nice and malty. The taste is right up front with some oak and vanilla flavors. Then the little bit of sweetness on the back of the tongue is a nice touch. Great mouth feel and overall a really good, drinkable beer.

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