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

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175 Reviews
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Reviews: 175
Hads: 495
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 7.87%
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 BEERchitect
3.45/5  rDev +0.6%
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. (1,614 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.4/5  rDev -0.9%
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. (437 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.7/5  rDev +7.9%
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! (600 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.5/5  rDev +2%
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. (802 characters)

Photo of oriolesfan4
2.71/5  rDev -21%
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. (464 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
3.62/5  rDev +5.5%
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. (922 characters)

Photo of Jason
3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
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. (553 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.04/5  rDev -11.4%
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 (579 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 kojevergas
2.68/5  rDev -21.9%
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- (756 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 Mora2000
3.16/5  rDev -7.9%
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. (345 characters)

Photo of Gavage
3.68/5  rDev +7.3%
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. (504 characters)

Photo of tdm168
3.8/5  rDev +10.8%
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. (469 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.73/5  rDev +8.7%
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. (483 characters)

Photo of tempest
3.33/5  rDev -2.9%
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. (377 characters)

Photo of Zorro
3.7/5  rDev +7.9%
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. (598 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
3.49/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The Mightly Oak ale from Sammy A is a nice offering but not spectacular. It is ruby red with foamy white head that is lacing nicely. The smell is typical of most ambers....neat and malty. There is a slight woody/oak twang to the amber. The mouthfeel is medium body with big carbonation. Overall it is decent. (308 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 flagmantho
3.28/5  rDev -4.4%
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. (814 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 cjgator3
2.54/5  rDev -25.9%
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. (473 characters)

Photo of Brad007
3.73/5  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. (445 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
3.38/5  rDev -1.5%
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. (423 characters)

Photo of barnzy78
2.91/5  rDev -15.2%
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. (765 characters)

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