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

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175 Reviews
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Reviews: 175
Hads: 497
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 13.12%
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 Hojaminbag
3.23/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Mighty Oak has a clear brown body with a finger of head that has OK retention and leaves a spot or two of lacing on my glass.

The aroma of Might Oak has some nutty and caramel malt character, a dash of hops and some oak to it.

Mighty Oak tastes like a decent red ale (or brownish red) aged on oak staves for a while, which I'm guessing is basically what it is supposed to be. Brown malt leads things off, with both nutty and caramel flavors. A little bit of toasted malt is in there as well. Just a touch of noble hops lend some bitterness as well as earthy and grass flavors. The oak is woody and a bit spicy, and probably a little weaker in flavor than the malts. The flavor profile overall is not especially potent, in fact, but it is enjoyable enough.

Not a bad mouthfeel, but a little thin feeling. Maybe I have just been conditioned to expect big mouthfeel to go along with wood flavors though.

Mighty Oak isn't a bad beer at all, and although the the malt and wood profiles are both noticeable, neither is especially powerful. I like this beer because it is the type of thing I ran into at a party and was able to enjoy, and hopefully it will introduce casual beer drinkers to wood-aged beers. Also, it's nice to taste barrel-characteristics and hops in the same beer, which is rare. Even rarer, however, is that Mighty Oak doesn't need to be boozy to pull this off. (1,377 characters)

Photo of RonfromJersey
3.35/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Crystal clear copper body, reddish highlights, topped by a slim off-white head that quickly dropped to an oil slick.

Aroma of caramel and vanilla. Big sweetness. Something different.

Taste begins with huge dollop of caramel oozing down the tongue. Bits of toast. Earthy noble hops ride on top to the swallow. Not getting the vanilla I had in the nose.

Very prickly mouthfeel, particularly at the swallow. Tingles in the afterglow.

Not a beer I'd have on a regular basis, but an interesting one off. (503 characters)

Photo of beergoot
3.88/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A slightly floral note hits the nose after pouring this reddish copper-colored brew. The taste is malt, vanilla, with a bright, light bitterness. Perhaps a tad bit too much carbonation to the mouthfeel, but this was a relatively warm beer when I poured it (probably high 50 degree range), so I can't downgrade this aspect in good conscience. The finish is crisp and dry with some nice malt sweetness in the aftertaste.

After sipping this and checking Boston Brewing's profile of this beer, it would seem like my taste-take is very close to their intent. A good malt lovers' beer... (582 characters)

Photo of ummswimmin
3.65/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked up this bottle at a Wegman's about five months ago with no awareness of anything about this beer.

I poured this beer into a snifter based on the description of the oak aging. I got quite a bit of foam from the bottle. As the foam dropped down, then there was a decent amount of lacing on the glass. The coloring is spot-on. This is definitely a "red."

The smell provides a decent amount of malt and amber presence. I don't get the oak, which was surprising.

The taste is a malt bomb. I get a ton of it. There is a little oakiness in the background, but not much.

This was an interesting experience. I'm glad that Boston Beer is experimenting, but this isn't really hitting it for me. (698 characters)

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.65/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a reddish orange with a good foamy creamy colored head. Some retention, no lace.

Caramel, vanilla, some wood, fruity notes, a little perfume floral note.

Caramel and toasted malt up front, some fruit, leading to moderate bitterness and loss of sugar in the finish. You get the woody note in the flavor.

Medium body, standard SA carbonation.

Overall, I think I'd tire of this after a couple. I like the take on the style, and the layers of flavors. A decent fruity ale with some nice accents. (502 characters)

Photo of BEERMILER12
3.77/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours an amber/copper color with almost no head that quickly disappears

S: Notes of cherry, vanilla, oak, and caramel along with a distinct maltiness

T: Follows the nose, with mostly oak, vanilla, caramel, cherry and some additional sweetness

M: Surprisingly light bodied with moderate carbonation. I would definitely like to see more body

O: A nice red ale that is aged very nicely in oak. You still get that red ale base that is only complimented by the oak. Not too grainy, like a lot of red ales that I seem to dislike (529 characters)

Photo of CampusCrew
2.93/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pros: loys of vanilla flavor from the oak obviously. Really nice red dapple color to the body and a decent head. Cons: if the oak was left out this would have been a light red ale. Like killians quality. Its all oak favor and no body. Overall flavor is weak. Very disappointing. Could barley finish. (299 characters)

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.23/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Coppery amber in color, clear, one finger head with decent lacing.

Slightly oaky in smell, malty, also with a slightly metallic note.

Taste is pleasantly malty, with notes of vanilla and oak, little hops.

Body is somewhat thin but amply carbonated.

Overall it's not that impressive, not as good as some of their other beers in the sampler pack. (348 characters)

Photo of david131
3.23/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a nice toasted red liquid with a bit of orange around the edges. The liquid is extraordinarily clear with an off-white head sitting atop.

S- Light fruit, white bread, and a very apparent Sam Adams-ness. There is also a bit of oak in there as well, but I probably wouldn't have picked up on it if it wasn't called Mighty Oak Ale.

T- Fruity and bready with some more apparent oak than I picked up in the nose. Sweet and tasty.

M- Light a bubbly with a light lingering bitterness and oakiness.

O- I can appreciate the effort to put a new spin on the style, but it doesn't do a lot for me. Not bad by any means, just not something I would seek out. (657 characters)

Photo of Treyliff
3.87/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- dark copper in color with a foamy white head, little lacing.

S- woody, mossy, some sweet malts. Getting a very musky outdoor like smell. Very interesting.

T- musky, oaky, a bit of bubble gum, red apples, finishes slightly sour and astringent.

M- medium body, medium-low carbonation.

O- a very different and interesting take on a red ale. It starts sweet, then moves into the oak taste which brings out a bit of the sourness. Overall different and something I'd like to see more of. (491 characters)

Photo of bashiba
3.96/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a crystal clear dark red with a nice long lasting creamy head.

The smell is light and malty with a touch of oak.

The flavor is a nice deep caramel malt with a touch of sweetness and some nice oak flavors, very light bit of earthy hops.

The mouthfeel is where the oak qualities really shine, giving it a nice dry finish.

Very drinkable yet interesting amber. (368 characters)

Photo of brewandbbq
3.63/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle.

Pours clear copper with an amber hue and a half inch head of tight beige. A few whisps on the surface for the duration with errant dots of lacing.

Aromatics are a blend of caramel and buttery earth. A hint of oak perhaps, only if you were looking for it. Beyond that the beer has an aroma which is found in many Sam Adams beers which I guess I would describe as a bit spicy.

Medium bodied with lightish carbonation. A bit syrupy.

Sweet malt, caramel, and a trace of drying oak start the palate. A mild bitterness and a hint of toffee follows through.

Finishes with lingering caramel and very mild oaky tannins.

This beer is quite timid in relation to it's moniker. The oak is so subdued that it's bareley there and beyond that it tastes like a pedestrian amber. I think they played it a bit too safe on this one, but good for them for taking a stab at a nationally marketed oaked-ale. (903 characters)

Photo of SpdKilz
3.48/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hello!

Appearance – Pours into a tulip with an amber/reddish hue. About a half finger of slight off white head is achieved with a gentle pour.

Smell – Heavy malt, chocolate, vanilla, cream.

Taste – Very sweet. Lots of caramel and toffee mixed with a bit of “fake” vanilla. Bready, a hint of oak, and more sweetness.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, moderate carbonation.

Overall – Not very good. Cloying in the sweetness department. (445 characters)

Photo of wvsabbath
3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Redish brown, minor 1/4 inch creamy head, decent lacing.

Smell - Malts, cherries, caramel, some dark fruits like rasin and plum, a little added spices.

Taste - Huge vanilla/soda-like flavor. Cherry and plum flavor also. Weres the oak? this is almost like drinking a cherry pepsi or some flat faygo. Malts are sweet, caramely and bold. Not much hop flavor.

Mouthfeel - Pretty smooth and sweet but not overly done. Plenty of vannila hits the tounge alogn with cherry and malts. Palette gets remaining malts. Aftertaste is watery and weak.

Overall - Weres the oak? I think its hidden under the vanilla and cherry. I hoped this was going to be a great beer since im such a oak fan, but man, no type of oak at all comes out. Its ok, but nothing special here, could care less to drink again really. (834 characters)

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.9/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12-oz. bottle into a pint glass at my house on Aug. 4, 2012 (picked it up for $1.59 at BevMo in La Mesa, Calif., on Aug. 2, 2012). 1-2 fingers of head that dissipated very quickly. Mahogany auburn color. Just a bit of lacing on the top and a small amount on the sides. No retention.

Smelled oaky bourbon or wine, vanilla, caramel and toffee malts. Reminded me of the Longshot Derf’s Secret Alt or the Rogue Dead Guy Ale.

Tasted better than the smell. Got oaky vanilla leading the way with a touch of bourbon. Very malty with caramel and toffee leading the way. Dark fruits, maybe plum. So smooth.

Medium body. Thinner texture. Below average carbonation. Long lasting smooth finish.

This beer got better for me as it went along. The mouthfeel was the best part. So smooth. (792 characters)

Photo of budgood1
3.42/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours out a slightly hazed deep amber colour with a minimal head and slight lace. candy like aroma...sweet maltiness accentuated by some vanilla and oak. upon tasting, the slightly sweet and up front vanilla and oak tinged maltiness hits the tongue and is swept aside by the dry finish. restrained hop bitterness allows the dry finish to assert itself as a key component in the overall profile. it's all balanced and subtley flavoured. medium bodied with a semi-crisp mouthfeel with a certain dry finish that is appropriate for this ale. drinkability is nice. just interesting enough to cause a raised eyebrow, but easy going in a way to quench a thirst.

overall a bit on the simple side, but i'm sure that's what SA was aiming for. pleasant enough. (750 characters)

Photo of secondtooth
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Attractive and clean/clear amber complexion, with an average head. Light, but frilly lacework.

Nose is malty. I get an earthy, almost Scottish peatiness in the aroma, somehow.

Taste is mild up front, with a malty sweetness on the palate following. The oak flavor is subtle, very subtle. Overall, not bad at all, but not one I'd pursue further, either. (353 characters)

Photo of bsp77
2.7/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into pint-like glass.

Appearance: Rich amber without much head and no lacing. Looks flat a couple minutes after pouring.

Smell: Cherry, caramel and vanilla. Very mild.

Taste: Tastes like a too sweet amber ale with a hint of vanilla. Virtually no hops.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium light body, very little dryness on the finish.

Overall: Maybe someone else can make a low abv oaked ale, because this is not really any better than a macro such as Michelob Amber Bock. Actually, I would rather have Amber Bock. (552 characters)

Photo of Phelps
3.36/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle into a perfect pint glass.

A beautiful rust-colored hue, perfectly clear and topped with one finger of tan foam. The head’s dense as a pillow and, replenished by the bubbles flowing upward, shows no signs of decreasing anytime soon. Gorgeous webs of lace decorate the glass as I drink.

For a supposed oak-aged ale, I don’t get much of the wood in the nose. Lots of your average amber ale fruitiness: caramel, fuji apple. Maybe a touch of vanilla in the back.

A little more wood appears in the flavor, and the big fruits have died down a bit. Toasted crackers are big, along with some biscuit and apple. Oak imparts a very subtle vanilla woodiness that, though weak, works very well and enhances the amber ale. The finish is clean and crisp.

The body is soft as a pillow and a bit under medium-light. It’s like swirling a cloud in the mouth. Carbonation massages the tongue very lightly, and alcohol is unnoticeable.

We’ve been somewhat conditioned to expect intense flavors from a bottle with “oak-aged” on its side — but it doesn’t always have to be that way. Oak can also work to enhance the other flavors within the beer without getting in the way, and it does so here. Mighty oak would be a little better if the base brew was more complex, but it’s a drinkable brew regardless. (1,312 characters)

Photo of adamette
2.03/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Review from notes taken 12 23 12. Poured from the 12 oz. bottle that was given to me by my brother Pete. Thanks for the opportunity! Poured into a clean, clear pint glass.

A Translucent dark yellow body under and all too brief head. 2.5

S Disappointingly for me, little to no "oak" detected in the smell. I have had oak aged beers before and they have intrigued me. Perhaps I was led by the title of the beer to expect some sense of oak in the smell/flavor and that was my fault but none-the-less I find myself disappointed. In fact, the smell was of a distant barley malt and it was not easy to detect that. 2.0

T Unfortunately again, the taste carried right from the smell in a forgettable, thin tasting amber. There was barley malt and the slightest hops that I could taste. This would probably be a good session beer if it was not so boring to the point of distraction. 2.0

M To thin for me. I need something with more depth any more. 2.0

D/O Drinkability again would have been high but it is too boring. Overall this is not a good beer. 2.0

Notes: My impression went from "Oh, cool, something called 'Mighty Oak'" to "Damn, this beer is really boring and I don't think that I will ever look for it again." (1,216 characters)

Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.09/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a clear amber color, not much head nor lacing.

Smell has an odd oaky aroma mix with fruit and a sweet malt backing, something is just really odd or off, possibly the vanilla which I don't think works too well and makes the hop aroma smell stale.

Taste is a mix of sweet malt and fruity flavors, picking up a blend of oak and vanilla, carbonation gives it a nice crisp feeling and is refreshing, still, the combination of everything just doesn't seem to work together, some aspects playing tug of war with no one winning in the end. (539 characters)

Photo of rangerred
2.59/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear medium brown with a two finger head. Head fades rather quickly, though, leaving some nice lacing.

Aroma is quite malty with toffee being predominant. There are also some earthy hops but really no oak at all.

The flavor begins fairly malty with toffee once again and maybe only the slightest hint of wood. There is a slight alcohol note which I thought was odd with this being only 5.7%. There is also an astringent, almost solvent like quality that is not good. Mouthfeel is pretty slick and creamy.

Overall this is not one of Sam Adams’ best efforts. Not really any oak to speak of and too many off flavors. (663 characters)

Photo of shand
3.9/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

It's quite a looker, with a stunning red-amber color capped with a sizeable head. Smells fairly similar to Boston Lager with a touch of oak. The taste is solid, it's a nice amber ale with a solid malty presence and some nice vanilla flavors. Just a touch of oak comes in on the finish. The mouthfeel and drinkability are both solid. I could see this being disappointing if you're expecting the oak, but it's a good tasting beer either way. (497 characters)

Photo of TheSixthRing
1.91/5  rDev -44.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Appearance - Pours a deep, dark amber with a tinge of red. Almost no head to speak of.

Smell - This is an ale? Smells like a "Big 3" lager, with maybe a hint of caramel. This isn't boding well.

Taste - Generic beer taste. Subtle hints of caramel, but mostly it just tastes cheap. Finishes like it came out of an AB can... a lot of alkalinity with this one.

Mouthfeel - Light, and almost no carbonation to speak of... I've awoken to half empty beers with more carbonation than this.

Overall - Severely disappointed. This may be the worst beer I've ever had from Sam Adams. If you put me up in a blind taste test between this and Budweiser American Ale, it'd be blind luck if I got it right. (693 characters)

Photo of daliandragon
2.93/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I'm a little skeptical of this one as this is a hard style to really make a splash in and they're not releasing it on its own but hiding it in their latest mixed twelve pack. Clear copper body with wet white head. Vanilla and caramel tinge the nose, which sweetens as it warms.

The taste is a little all over the place. Real sweet caramel up front and then the late oak finish but kind of a watery mush in between. Texture is smooth but spineless. This isn't terrible, I just can't see going out of my way for it. Some buffed up hops would probably improve this but that would change the style. Maybe it's self fulfilling prophecy but I feel like my instincts were right on with this one... (692 characters)

Samuel Adams Mighty Oak Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
79 out of 100 based on 175 ratings.