Samuel Adams Mighty Oak Ale - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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3.45/5 rDev 0%
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.
02-03-2012 04:23:49 | More by BEERchitect
3.73/5 rDev +8.1%
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!
03-22-2012 23:26:56 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.4/5 rDev -1.4%
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.
02-17-2012 01:32:29 | More by zeff80
3.53/5 rDev +2.3%
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.
02-10-2012 04:01:52 | More by Jason
3.53/5 rDev +2.3%
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.
01-15-2012 06:21:15 | More by WVbeergeek
2.98/5 rDev -13.6%
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
01-26-2012 03:56:46 | More by russpowell
3.6/5 rDev +4.3%
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.
04-12-2012 16:37:04 | More by Slatetank
3.5/5 rDev +1.4%
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.
01-31-2012 12:57:19 | More by jlindros
3.15/5 rDev -8.7%
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.
02-21-2012 03:18:04 | More by Mora2000
3.93/5 rDev +13.9%
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!
01-18-2012 21:20:05 | More by jwc215
3.68/5 rDev +6.7%
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.
03-03-2012 02:30:49 | More by Gavage
2.65/5 rDev -23.2%
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.
05-19-2012 23:47:53 | More by kojevergas
2.68/5 rDev -22.3%
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.
03-26-2012 02:48:03 | More by oriolesfan4
3.3/5 rDev -4.3%
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.
02-29-2012 00:55:57 | More by tempest
3.68/5 rDev +6.7%
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.
03-05-2012 00:19:15 | More by Zorro
3.73/5 rDev +8.1%
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.
02-04-2012 04:45:31 | More by Stinkypuss
3.78/5 rDev +9.6%
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.
01-19-2012 20:41:11 | More by tdm168
3.35/5 rDev -2.9%
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.
01-12-2012 22:34:01 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Samuel Adams Mighty Oak Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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