Samuel Adams Mighty Oak Ale - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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3.75/5 rDev +8.7%
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.
01-20-2012 00:38:11 | More by Brad007
3.25/5 rDev -5.8%
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.
03-01-2012 03:11:32 | More by flagmantho
3.5/5 rDev +1.4%
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.
04-09-2012 23:40:36 | More by WoodBrew
3.4/5 rDev -1.4%
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.
03-04-2012 07:48:06 | More by DrDemento456
3.8/5 rDev +10.1%
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....
01-09-2012 05:23:05 | More by ZAP
2.83/5 rDev -18%
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.
02-21-2012 00:21:42 | More by barnzy78
2.55/5 rDev -26.1%
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.
02-07-2012 03:07:01 | More by cjgator3
3.55/5 rDev +2.9%
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.
02-27-2012 23:44:06 | More by Jwale73
3.68/5 rDev +6.7%
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.
01-18-2012 01:50:12 | More by aasher
3.18/5 rDev -7.8%
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.
01-29-2012 22:40:10 | More by Gmann
3/5 rDev -13%
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.
03-08-2012 15:54:39 | More by Brent
British Columbia (Canada)
3.03/5 rDev -12.2%
Came in the Spring Mixed Pack. This to me is a English style beer in its hops and its malt profile. Not a bad beer but the vanilla notes didn't really add to the mix and I found the beer a little one dimensional. I expected more from the description of the beer.
03-16-2012 03:08:43 | More by canucklehead
3.13/5 rDev -9.3%
A-Pours a copper color. Completely transparent. Head is minimal. Does manage to leave light lacing rings around the glass.
S-Light, sweet maltiness. A bit fruity. Wood/oak is very mild. It is detectable, but barely. The aroma is light but definitely attractive.
T-The flavor is incredibly light. Subtle notes of cinnamon, sweet bread, and caramel. Oak is very mild. The flavor is overall too light. This brew is watery. Finishes a bit spicy.
M-Body is light and watery. Carbonation is barbed. Decently crisp.
O/D-A mellow drink. I would rather have a beer like this (mild) than a gross over-exaggeration with the oak. A simple drink. I guess its worth a try.
01-27-2012 17:56:39 | More by VelvetExtract
3.48/5 rDev +0.9%
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.
03-25-2012 18:21:55 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
3.63/5 rDev +5.2%
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.
01-19-2012 02:09:14 | More by Darkmagus82
3.9/5 rDev +13%
From a mixed 12 pack, this beer is a brownish, burnt amber color. Slim head, with good carbonation, and great clarity. The aroma could be more intense, but it is very enticing nonetheless. Nutty, earthy malt character...restrained hops. There is a touch of oak in the smell, but it comes out more in the taste. Slight fruitiness, but otherwise very clean. Just a bit of sweetness in the taste, with generous malt flavors. Full in body. Nice. I could have a few of these.
01-29-2012 19:16:35 | More by Suds
Samuel Adams Mighty Oak Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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