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

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Reviews: 175
Hads: 495
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 7.87%
Wants: 13
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
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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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Reviews: 175 | Hads: 495
Photo of steveh
3.97/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My last in the Brewmasters' Choice 12 pack. I tried this one previously and was surprised -- not only by how much I liked it, but by some other comments throughout the site. Here's my take.

A -- Clear, deep copper bronze with a creamy, light tan head that thins quickly, but leaves nice lacing.

S -- Peppery esters, biscuit malt and mellow oak with vanilla hints.

T -- Same peppery hit at first then blending into a smooth vanilla and light oak character. Finishes with a good balance of biscuit malt and mellow vanilla character. There's a vaguest of bitterness in the aftertaste that reminds you hops are in the mix.

M -- Mouthfeel is velvet smooth with a light-medium body and dry finish.

O -- Overall this is a very smooth drinker. Not sure where to categorize it, but it's sort of brown ale-like with less roasted malt and a touch of vanilla. I've seen some posters talk about heavy and off-putting oak character, but this is far more mellow than many oak-aged beers out there. (987 characters)

Photo of tzieser
3.87/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass

a: clear copper color with a one finger white head that settled into a thin lacing.

s: plenty of toasted malt on the nose with a faint hint of vanilla.

t: lots of toasted malt flavor. little to no hop character, with subtle notes of caramel and cotton candy. there really is very little oak flavor to speak of, but it's there and keeps the malts well balanced. i love a good malty ale and this hit the spot.

m: wish the mouthfeel wasn't quite as watery as it was.

a delicious brown ale (that's what this beer feels like to me) that i was actually looking forward to the most in the pack. while it doesn't deserve the name "Mighty Oak Ale", i think it's a good beer all on it's own. i hope Sam Adams does more oaked ales. an Oaked Octoberfest would be sublime. (809 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.65/5  rDev +6.4%
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. (982 characters)

Photo of jwc215
3.9/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Freshness date of June notched on the label:

Pours light orange amber with a thin wisp of a head that lasts. Some lacing sticks.

The smell is of oak/vanilla with a "red" maltiness - hops are faint.

The taste is of sweet caramel, "red" malt, with vanilla/oak and a touch of toast in the finish.

The feel is velvety, malty smooth.

This is a candy-like, though not overly sweet, malty brew with a nice touch of oak! Well-done! An enjoyable malty brew! (453 characters)

Photo of TerrenceOBrien
3.57/5  rDev +4.1%
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. (729 characters)

Photo of aasher
3.7/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a light bodied bright amber in color with a one finger bright white head. The nose is pretty sweet and malty. You get a lot of caramel malt and candied malt in the nose. It doesn't have any oak to it though, but I don't think this claims to be aged, just to have an oak finish. Not too shabby though. The flavor too, of sweeter candied and caramel malts. I don't get any oak or woodiness in the after taste. The sugar is somewhat creamy. It has nice flavor for the style, just on the sweet side of things. It drinks a little light in body and has slight residual sugar. Overall this beer is very approachable and not too bad. It's a little sweet for the style but it makes it a little more drinkable. The "oak" aspect is a little deceiving but it's a solid beer. (778 characters)

Photo of chickenflea
3.48/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Oviedo, Fl - Publix Supermarket - 12 oz bottle. I think PorterPounder accurately described this brew. Here are his words "Sparkling dark copper pour, nice soft, slightly off-white head that leaves a wee bit of lacing. Aroma is slight, with some very brief vanilla notes, a hint of peppery spiciness. Flavor is chewy with some nuttiness, a hint of caramel. some wisps of vanilla and just a brief hint of bitter citrus in the finish. thick, velvety smooth mouthfeel." Part of their Brewer’s Choice Variety 12-Pack. (514 characters)

Photo of haywire77
3.39/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a beautiful shade of honey orange/amber brown with a small paper white head that disappears so fast, you wonder if it was a beer you poured or a cognac.

The smell is sickly sweet caramel malts and bready character abound. Kind of plain Jane, but somehow appealing none the less.

The taste is good. Sweet oak and caramel with a touch of dark fruit. I do taste vanilla and spices much akin to a Christmas offering.

Mouthfeel is thin and dry. Crisp clean finish with no oily residue left behind whatsoever.

Overall this beer was a treat to drink due to it's easy quaffability (making up words now). I could easily drink many of these in one sitting and at this price point. Nothing really stands out as exceptional, but it is definitely better than average. (766 characters)

Photo of gtermi
3.91/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer pours a very nice dark copper, with a thin white head that quickly fades.

S: There isnt too much here. I get a bit of caramel, some malt and a bit of sweetness, but after that, there really isnt much else in this beer.

T: There is a very nice, sweet, caramel malt flavor to this beer. It lingers on and it just gets better.

M: This beer has a good amount of crispness. It also leaves a sugary feeling in your mouth and makes me want a glass of water. Not bad, but not great.

O: I think this is a pretty solid beer by BBC. There are a few flaws to this beer, but the taste is amazing to me. A great Red Ale is hard to find and this for sure is one of the better ones on the market. (697 characters)

Photo of sailorastro
3.83/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Overall: This is one of the first brews from Boston Beer Co. that can make a person say, "It's about time." Pick this up while it's available.

Appearance: Oak-red color shuffles the body of this brew. One-finger head that leaves a lace that sinks quicker than the Titanic. Good carbonation.

Smell: Sweet, like a cola. Notes of cherry and liquorish fall into line, like a Cherry Coke made for adults; no one under the age of 21 are allowed on this ride.

Taste: This is "Cherry Wheat" stepped up a notch--combined with flavors of molasses, clove, and the evergreen reminder of hops, the taste is off balanced enough to remain an organized mess. Sour notes follow through at the end.

Mouthfeel: Slightly heavy and overly carbonated. Sour-tart finish at the end asks to be washed down with another drink.

Sampled from a Samuel Adams Boston Lager pint glass. (859 characters)

Photo of scratch69
3.58/5  rDev +4.4%
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. (552 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
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. (995 characters)

Photo of jneiswender
3.03/5  rDev -11.7%
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? (441 characters)

Photo of Gehrig
3.33/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up as a way to sample a few new beers, with Mighty Oak being the first to have tasted and reviewed.

A clear copper-mahogany body is topped by a thin patch of light tan head that does not last very long. Decent lacing atones somewhat for the fleeting head duration.

Nice but muted scents comprise the nose, with me literally placing my nose within the DAB mug to retrieve some smell. Bits of berry are interspersed with vanilla bean and caramel malts. Far to subtle, though.

Nice flavors, with vanilla and caramel most prominent. There is no real presence of oak that I can tell whatsoever, making me scratch my head about why it is titled as it is. I thought this might be some form of oak-aged beer, which it assuredly is not. However, it is a nice, smooth, flavorful ale veering toward the sweet side.

Smooth and somewhat creamy mouthfeel that is a bit thin.

Overall, this is a nice, easy-going beer that drinkers expecting a beefier, heartier aged ale might find disappointing. Yet it is a decent steady, enjoyable with good flavor that, limited though it is, could go from decent to good with some work. I'd strongly recommend much more malt--oh, and some oak, please. (1,191 characters)

Photo of beagle75
3.54/5  rDev +3.2%
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. (1,269 characters)

Photo of tjsdomer2
3.2/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance: Great carbonation with a nice thin layer of foam on top. A fairly light red amber.

Smell: Good roasted and nutty toffee. Very candy-like. Hints of vanilla as well.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Pretty average in the flavor category. Roasted nuts that's a bit too burned. Some nice vanilla flavors here though, but they get watered down a bit.

Drinkability: Pretty average overall. (382 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.33/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pretty red color with great clarity and a thin 1/4" ring of white head. The aroma wasn't mighty. It was fair. There was a small amount of oak, nothing mighty. No hops.

Taste, ok, still a small amount of oak, and that's about it, a bland red ale with oak chips I guess. They started with a good premise. Bruery's Loakal Red is a red ale aged on oak. But what makes that beer great is that there is a great amount of Centennial hops in it. There's like, maybe 18 ibu in this beer. And the oak, is barely there. And any nuances of vanilla, citrus and whatnot is nonexistant here.

So, it is better than your averagee bland red ale, simply because of the nice small addition of oak in the flavor department. Next time, hop this guy up, add some vanilla, do something more, I think this is a good start, but far from complete. (831 characters)

Photo of Star80
3.72/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a fairly bright reddish copper color with a tan head. The smell is sweet, some toasty malts and vague spicey hops. As this beer has warmed a bit it has improved. At first I was getting some odd solvent smells but as it has warmed I am getting those nice oak notes I would find in my beloved Jim Beam Black, some definite vanilla and caramel notes in there. The taste is unfortunately not quite as complex and I found it a bit thin bodied even for a Sam Adams brew. The taste is a lot of sweet toasty malts, and some spicey hops finish. It finishes pretty dry. Mouthfeel is fine but overall this beer is just not as rich and satisfying as it could be. A good experiment for a variety pack but nothing I would ever buy by itself. (737 characters)

Photo of ZAP
3.76/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oak is not very evident despite being called "The Mighty Oak Ale"

Still, the "Might Zap" feels this is a tasty beverage....not oozing in flavor or aroma but enjoyable.

The flavor is of sticky sweet malts with vanilla notes, a light berry dimension and a touch of hazelnuts.

The nose is unremarkable but not bad...sticky sweet malts...a hint of vanilla.

Body is medium light....carbonation is good...good clarity for an ale.

Overall this is worth trying and a decent enough effort but a bit of a letdown for something called "The Mighty Oak Ale"....just expected more woody notes....I would definitely buy this though if it came in 12 packs for 13,14 bucks.... (665 characters)

Photo of flexabull
3.45/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright and clear amber color with a small white head.

Aromas are sweet and caramel like, with some vanilla, and a bit of dust.

Taste is sweet up front, caramel, creamy, with hints of vanilla, and some nuttiness. Finish is dry, and kind of fleeting, with some light oak and spiciness.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin, with decent carbonation.

Overall, this is a decent, but kind of a boring beer. If they were going for oak flavors, they are hard to find, instead the beer just comes off as malty sweet. (506 characters)

Photo of wvsabbath
3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Redish brown, minor 1/4 inch creamy head, decent lacing.

Smell - Malts, cherries, caramel, some dark fruits like rasin and plum, a little added spices.

Taste - Huge vanilla/soda-like flavor. Cherry and plum flavor also. Weres the oak? this is almost like drinking a cherry pepsi or some flat faygo. Malts are sweet, caramely and bold. Not much hop flavor.

Mouthfeel - Pretty smooth and sweet but not overly done. Plenty of vannila hits the tounge alogn with cherry and malts. Palette gets remaining malts. Aftertaste is watery and weak.

Overall - Weres the oak? I think its hidden under the vanilla and cherry. I hoped this was going to be a great beer since im such a oak fan, but man, no type of oak at all comes out. Its ok, but nothing special here, could care less to drink again really. (834 characters)

Photo of Lemke10
4.1/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I got this as part of Sam Adam's Spring 12pk Brewer's Collection for $13.39 at Woodman's in Janesville, WI in Winter 2011.

Pours a clear, reddish, amber color with a slight white frothy head. Scent is mostly that of dry malts. There is a unique taste here. Has obvious malt taste but with roasted tones. There are hints of vanilla and the oak really comes out in the dry finish. Another decent brew from Sam Adams, but why oh why does this only come in a 12pk variety pack? (475 characters)

Photo of TTAmod
3.96/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into pint.

A: Clear amber with thick, frothy khaki head. Good retention and lacing.

S: Smells of vanilla, caramel and a tinge of hops.

T: Rich vanilla and caramel up front. Finishes like a Boston Lager with a bit of hops and a tinge of vanilla and cream. Very light oak notes throughout. I really like the aftertaste....it's yummy :D

M: Thicker side of medium. Nice, creamy, and frothy. Appropriate for the taste and style.

O: Seems more winter-y than spring, but quite nice nonetheless. Not as oak-y as the name of the beer would have you think, but there's a slight overtone of oak throughout. I really like this beer...more than I thought I was going to....

Been really impressed with this mixed pack...probably my favorite mixed pack that BBC has released. (788 characters)

Photo of jsh420
2.65/5  rDev -22.7%
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 (460 characters)

Photo of dalehili
3.93/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Found this in a Sam Adams brewmasters sampler 12 pack at Target, of all places. Hard to pass up as the sampler included three new varieties I hadn't yet tried. Poured into pint glass, with a perfect dark amber. Not much head, but decent lacing on the side of the glass. Mouthfeel was the low point for me, as there was no substance, just watery. Flavor was quite the opposite, though. Strong oak flavor, highlighted with a perfect blend of caramel and vanilla. This might be the driest finish of any beer I can recall. Decent beer that I would purchase on its own, away from the sampler. I want to prefer other breweries to Sam Adams, because I feel they are almost too mainstream. However, I can't deny that Jim Koch and crew put out some quality beverages. I'd rate it overall as an 89. (788 characters)

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