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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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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A fairly non descript ale that showcases a surprisingly amount of malt complexity and low-lying hop character for a sweeter ale with oak-like tendencies.

Mightly oak pours with a garnet or deep amber color and with bright clarity. A medium froathy head settles on the beer and retains fairly, although not special. Low on lace, the beer's most appealing aesthetics is with the brilliant tawny garnet hue.

Aromas of caramel and malt are the focal points to the nose. Deep caramel, light woody vanilla and a nutty scent round out the aromas. Low on hops and mild on fruitiness, the beer relies heavily on the malt and wood aromatics.

Flavors are equally as simplified- lightly burnt caramel flavors boarder on toffee while the oak offers more caramel, vanilla, and a nutty/woody taste that addes to the complex sweetness. Mildly herbal and soft with non-descript fruitiness of English-like ales offer little to complement the heavy malt influence. Clean, just sweet.

Medium bodied, but the lack of balance gives a heavier impression because of the malt-heavy feel. Drying slightly at mid palate, the beer continues to develop a shy hop bitterness and light tanic bite either from grain or from wood aging. Slight warmth in alcohol keeps the beer drinkable in the end.

Another fine, but less than stellar ale from the Boston Beer Company. When needing a beer for that "malt-fix" this is a good go-to choice. The wood character is terse and is easily overlooked. While the lack of balance keeps the beer one-dimensional, I do appreciate the focus on malt and complementary wood notes. Simply a timid beer overall.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2012 04:23:49 | More by BEERchitect
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.73/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours out a clear, amber-hued body with a brief, sudsy, off-white head.

Smell: Bread, very gently toasted at the far edges with a low, ineffusive hint of caramel, small oak note, and a bit of sweet cherry.

Taste: Bready pale malts with sweetish touches of caramel and brown sugar. Slight cherry, berry-like fruitiness. Mild vanilla tone from the oak. English hops give a little bit of spiciness though not much bitterness. Sweetish, toasty finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Feels a bit like their Irish Red with a modest oak character. But that's just me!

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2012 23:26:56 | More by ChainGangGuy
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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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Mora2000

Texas

3.15/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The beer pours a hazy brownish color with a small off-white head. The aroma is full of toffee and toasted malt, with a little bit of oak and some lighter fruit notes mixed in. The flavor is more the same, with a small amount of oak, which is almost completely masked by the toffee and caramel malt notes. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2012 03:18:04 | More by Mora2000
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zeff80

Missouri

3.4/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Poured out a copper color with ruby highlights. It had a one-finger tan head of bubbly foam. It left some sudsy lace on the glass.

S - It smelled malty with a touch of vanilla.

T - Bready malt with some caramel and vanilla. Not much oak flavors.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A light to medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This doesn't really taste like there was any oak in this one. Okay, but not what the bottle advertises.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2012 01:32:29 | More by zeff80
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light fizzy 1/2 finger head fades at a med pace, no real lacing, clear reddish orange pale malt colored.

Nose malty, light bready and caramel malts, maple, slight musty ester, toasty oak, toasty reddish malts, hint of earthy hops.

Taste juicy malts, toasty reddish malts with hint of caramel, toffee, red candy apple candy, light toasty oak with a hint of vanilla, light eaters as well with a light earthy herbal like hop with a hint of bitterness, light syrupy sweetness. Finish of sweet and a bit sticky, more light oak, bit more reddish malt, syrup, and caramel candy.

Mouth is med bodied, lower but decent carb, a bit sticky and syrupy as well.

Overall not bad, decent malts, a but too sweet and syrupy, nice toasty malts and hint of oak, bit more hops would have helped, as well as dry finish.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2012 12:57:19 | More by jlindros
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.93/5  rDev +13.9%
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!

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2012 21:20:05 | More by jwc215
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 06:21:15 | More by WVbeergeek
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Gavage

New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a reddish orange color with a 1/2" head.

Smell: light caramel and definite woody tones come through in the aroma.

Taste: caramel, ripe fruit, soft vanilla, oak and wood tones, and a mild bitterness create an enjoyable red ale.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp to start, smoother and a bit dry late.

Overall: easy to drink this beer. The woody tones are mild but definitely builds the character of this beer. Enjoyable but it will not blow you away - its a good session beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2012 02:30:49 | More by Gavage
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.3/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My bottle poured a clear, ruby red with an off-white head. In short, this tastes like an adjunct-free Yuengling. That is to say, it's a smoother red ale with nothing but pale and caramel barley character. If you're used to mass-produced red lagers, this is a treat. But I find it kind of simple for a craft beer. There's no real hops character, but the malt is clean and clear.

Serving type: bottle

02-29-2012 00:55:57 | More by tempest
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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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Jason

Massachusetts

3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2012 04:01:52 | More by Jason
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Zorro

California

3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deeply amber colored ale the color of old bronze. I could see how this could be called red, it is nearing brown in color. Small white head.

Smell is sweet and malty and a very strong oak wood scent. Reasonably strong caramel and vanilla scents.

Starts out like it smells. Sweet with lots of toffee and vanilla flavor up front. Tasty and the oak doesn't hide at all. Not really bitter at all, this is like a Scottish Ale without the smoke.

Mouthfeel is thick, lots of residual sugars.

Overall this was nice but a little to sweet for me. Needs a drier malt flavor or a more complete fermentation.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2012 00:19:15 | More by Zorro
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.35/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2012 22:34:01 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Samuel Adams Mighty Oak Ale

Pours a light amber color, creamy off white foam forms and eventually disappears. Strong caramel in the aroma, with hints of vanilla. In the taste, caramel and Munich malts stand out, oak flavor lends some dryness and noticeable tannins. Light vanilla, nutty and brown sugar flavors. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a prolonged drying finish showing the barrel /wood chip influence. Overall, an approachable Oak aged brown ale, gets better with each sip.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2012 04:45:31 | More by Stinkypuss
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2012 16:37:04 | More by Slatetank
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Brad007

Vermont

3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Here's an interesting beer that nearly jumped out at me from the mix pack.

Pours a clear, mild amber color with a thin head into my glass. Looks like a standard red ale.

Sweet with just a hint of oak in the nose. Otherwise, seems like a standard red ale.

The aroma carries over to what is otherwise a bland version of a red ale with a bit of oak character.

Mouthfeel is kind of bland to be honest. Sweet as well.

Eh, I was expecting more.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2012 00:38:11 | More by Brad007
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.4/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Color is a nice amber body with about a 1/2 inch of opaque colored head. Smell is very sweet mostly caramel and toffee but I am getting some oak and vanilla. Taste makes me want to pick up another but not pay too much since it's sweet, easy to drink, and light on hops or overall oak flavor. Mouthfeel is medium but easy. Overall I would get it again if under 10 bucks or found a case for typical 30 dollar Sam Adams price.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2012 07:48:06 | More by DrDemento456
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ZAP

Minnesota

3.8/5  rDev +10.1%
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....

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2012 05:23:05 | More by ZAP
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flagmantho

Washington

3.25/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: nice amber-brown hue with total clarity and a moderate effervescence. Head poured a thick finger of frothy tan foam. I like the look.

Smell: sweet caramel malt aroma; bordering on too-sweet. I like it well enough, but it is rather one-note.

Taste: flavor is just as sweet as the aroma, if not sweeter, with the same caramel character. Hop character is a bit vegetal and bitterness is medium to high for the style. This beer isn't terrible, but the flavors just don't seem to gel very well.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a big carbonation and nice creaminess. I'd say this beer's high point.

Overall: this beer isn't objectively bad, it's simply really not to my taste. Overly sweet caramel segues into dryish bitterness without segueing through tasty. Eh.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2012 03:11:32 | More by flagmantho
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

3.55/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2012 23:44:06 | More by Jwale73
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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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tdm168

North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber with a quarter inch of loose foamy head that has good retention. The nose has caramel and vanilla aromas. The flavor is heavy caramel up front with vanilla and oak in the finish. There is a strong hop bitterness in the finish as well. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth with a decent amount of carbonation.

This is a decent beer but the caramel and vanilla are a little intense and sweet. It's one of the better beers in the mix pack however.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2012 20:41:11 | More by tdm168
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Gmann

New York

3.18/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a crystal clear copper color with a short dense off white head that settled into a sparse cap.

The aroma is quite malty sweet. Notes of toffee and caramel dominate the profile. There is a candied raisin scent as well as a good shot of vanilla. Not much wood notes from the oak.

The taste is of an amber base with some lemony tea flavors. Again big toffee, caramel, and vanilla sweetness. Vanilla almost tastes artifical, cloying. A bit of a grassy hop.

Moderate body with tingly carbonation. Sweet on the palate but does dry towards the finish.

Really no personality to this beer. A bit too sweet and no noticable oak flavor.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2012 22:40:10 | More by Gmann
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JoeyBeerBelly

New York

3.48/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle served in a glass beer mug.

L - clear amber color with a beige head that thinned leaving a few spots of lacing.

S - sweet caramel malt with a hint of oak.

T - a little more of the oak comes through in the taste which is sweet and malty.

F - medium bodied with a smooth feel.

O - a good example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2012 18:21:55 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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Samuel Adams Mighty Oak Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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