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

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BA SCORE
79
okay

493 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 493
Reviews: 175
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 15.07%
Wants: 12
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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 Duhast500
3.9/5  rDev +13%
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.

Photo of Nolen12
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of grahamboudreaux
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle from this year's spring mix-pack. Pours a dark amber crystal-clear body with a thin film of khaki colored head. Vanilla and wood comprise the aroma. Wood, vanilla, caramel, and nut comprise the flavor. Medium in both body and carbonation. Not bad - decent. Tastes good, but nothing to write home about.

Photo of russwbeck
2.63/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Clear red pour with a few fingers of head initially, but none left over after just a few seconds. No lacing, but a ton of bubbles race from the etching on the bottom of my Perfect Pint glass.

S: Caramel malts absolutely dominate the aroma. Very sweet overall. Not really getting any oak here.

T: The taste is more of the same. Very sweet, caramel malts. So sugary it almost tastes like a candy. It leaves that strange aftertaste I get with most ambers and do not like.

MF: Light body, with a slight creaminess, and a bit over-carbonated. Crisp and very drinkable.

O: Just a meh beer. Wouldn't try this one again.

Photo of coz
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of mikeg67
3.52/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle from verity pack. Pours red with a short lived, off-white head. Grassy hops in the aroma followed by caramel malt. The body is medium and crisp. Caramel malt is balanced on the palate by earthy hops with some woody, fruity and sugary notes. Long, earthy finish. Nice, easy drinking Amber.

Photo of Gehrig
3.33/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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

Single bottle from my Sam Adams sampler mix pack. Poured into a nonic. The tree on the label looks like it would be marvelous to sit under on a June day. The fact that it's February and -10 is not helping.

Nice copper amber colour, with a sturdy half-inch of off-white head. Lacing sheets, decent retention.

Nose is quite bready. Caramel, sweet malt, a touch of oak I suppose (though I wouldn't have identified it as such without the label).

The beer is a fairly standard red ale with just a touch of oak to cut in to the sweetness. Lighter bodied, easy carbonation.

Not my favorite of the pack, but the oak makes this one more pleasant to sip than a classic red ale would have.

Photo of lovindahops
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Shaw
3.91/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the Brewers' Choice 12-pack.

Pours a beautiful bright red with a foamy tan head. Very nice.

Mild oak aroma with some nice hops and malt aromas.

I get the vanilla and caramel flavors the brewers mention, though I wouldn't have thought it was from the oak like they say. It's good, with a nice malt sweetness and a hint of hop bite.

Very smooth and creamy body.

Overall this is a fine ale that's worth seeking out.

Photo of Elicoleman
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

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

[Best served in a Shaker glass]

The pour was a sparkling clear golden copper with an average sized (1-2 finger) off white creamy head that reduced to a thin film and a small ring creating some fair spotty lacing.

The aroma was very mild of a light toasted malt, a mild herbal hop and a sweaty yeast with notes of caramel, vanilla, a mild fruit presence and a hint of oak.

The taste was extremely malty with a strong note of caramel from start to finish with a pronounced vanilla and oak presence at the end. The flavor lasted an average amount of time after the swallow with the nice malty creamy taste left to linger.

Mouthfeel was some where between light and medium in body with a creamy texture and a lively carbonation.

Overall a very pleasurable brew to drink, reminds me a lot of a really good Cream Ale...

Photo of bnes09
3.08/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Transparent amber colored ale. Weak head with descent retention and spots of lacing.

Clean smell. Just faint bread grains and cherries.

Mellow malt backbone with mild smoky tones. Hint of cherry sweetness. Medicinal hop bitterness. Tart in the finish.

Medium bodied with crisp carbonation. Finish is on the dry side. Slick texture.

Just ok. Nothing about this beer really blew me away. Simple flavor and a little boring.

Photo of Lemke10
4.1/5  rDev +18.8%
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?

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4/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of JimGlonke
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

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2.25/5  rDev -34.8%

Photo of scootny
3.8/5  rDev +10.1%
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!

Photo of jimmah120
3.26/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle best by July.

Pours a clear amber with a 2-3cm khaki head. It smells of toasty grains complimented with sweet honey. The taste is bready caramel oak at first, followed by sweet roasted savory tones, with a hint of nutty vanilla present throughout. This is a very sweet beer. Mouthfeel is very average considering how malty this is.

This is a good red ale, better than the regular SA red. A malt bomb for sure, but not as deep or enjoyable as you might hope.

Photo of psmith161
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Hoptometrist
3.11/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served from the bottle into a pilsner glass

A- Poured a dark reddish/brown with frothy dark off-white head that leaves some droppy lace

S- Highly metallic aroma, some dark fruit, and caramel

T- Rich caramel maltiness, medicinal notes, metallic taste, hint of dark fruit

M- Smooth, medium body, moderate to low carbonation

O- A pretty average beer, not very complex. The bottle described the beer as having caramel, vanilla, and oak notes, but I could taste no oak or vanilla notes.

Photo of sommersb
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tasted On: 02-27-2012
Freshness: Best by July 2012
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle
Glassware: Sam Adams perfect pint
Purchased: 12-pack from Kroger

Bought this in the Brewer's Choice variety pack.

A: Color is dark copper, bright with clear visibility. The head is medium size and off-white in color, featuring good lacing and low retention.

S: Slightly sweet caramel malts and a low amount of vanilla, but not a lot of aroma overall.

T: Spicy and malty, with oak/woody flavors. Bitterness is low.

M: A thin body with high carbonation. The finish is dry and spicy with a bit of astringency.

O: A good and easy drinking beer, but is otherwise unremarkable.

Photo of Jadjunk
3.12/5  rDev -9.6%
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
3.1/5.00

Photo of Ralphs66
3/5  rDev -13%

Samuel Adams Mighty Oak Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
79 out of 100 based on 493 ratings.