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

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Samuel Adams Mighty Oak AleSamuel Adams Mighty Oak Ale

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486 Ratings

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Ratings: 486
Reviews: 174
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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jason on 11-18-2011)
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Photo of cbutova


3.28/5  rDev -4.9%

A- Dark amber ale poured into a tulip with a one-finger off-white head. Not much cap retention as it fizzes out to a small ring and thin cloud. Not much lace at all.

S- Not a ton going on for me. Definite yeast bread and caramel malt as well as some fruit. Maybe a pinch of oak and spicy hops as well.

T- Mostly malty with notes of deep caramel and some toast/roast hints. There is a hint of oak/wood but it is definitely not mighty. Some hints of spicy hops and fruit.

MF- Seems like Sam Adams has a very consistent mouthfeel. Moderately creamy and thick feel with foamy but smooth carbonation. Finishes slightly bitter.

Pretty much just a decent amber ale. The "mighty" oak doesn't make a mighty difference to me, it is there but not a game-changer.

02-15-2012 02:29:53 | More by cbutova
Photo of srandycarter


3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

A - Nice deep, clear amber. Large off white head, leaves to disk. Lots of cling.

S - Banana, sweet malt. Maybe a touch of vanilla. Wood itself very subdued.

T - Thin flavor. Malt definitely dominates. Banana and wood is much more prevalent than in smell.

M - Carb ok, lower than maybe could be. Creamy, not enough bite at end for me.

D - Enjoyed trying it. First of a seasonal pack, so I will be reviewing them all.

03-09-2012 03:00:45 | More by srandycarter
Photo of flexabull


3.45/5  rDev 0%

Pours a bright and clear amber color with a small white head.

Aromas are sweet and caramel like, with some vanilla, and a bit of dust.

Taste is sweet up front, caramel, creamy, with hints of vanilla, and some nuttiness. Finish is dry, and kind of fleeting, with some light oak and spiciness.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin, with decent carbonation.

Overall, this is a decent, but kind of a boring beer. If they were going for oak flavors, they are hard to find, instead the beer just comes off as malty sweet.

01-09-2012 04:21:05 | More by flexabull
Photo of ngeunit1


3.68/5  rDev +6.7%

A - Pours a fairly clear amber-red with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving bedhind some light lace.

S - Aroma is a mix of toasted and caramelized malts with some vanilla, oak, and a touch of dark fruit.

T - Starts off with a mix of sweet caramelized malts with some light vanilla, and a touch of noble hop. Through the middle, some oak comes through with a touch of dark fruit. The finish is a mix of toasted caramelzied malts with some vanilla, oak, and earthy flavors.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet and oaky finish.

D - Very drinkable. Pretty good amber ale with the oak flavor adding some complexity. A bit off balanced though.

06-11-2012 06:46:42 | More by ngeunit1
Photo of thegerm87


3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

03-11-2012 21:49:33 | More by thegerm87
Photo of gtermi


3.98/5  rDev +15.4%

A: The beer pours a very nice dark copper, with a thin white head that quickly fades.

S: There isnt too much here. I get a bit of caramel, some malt and a bit of sweetness, but after that, there really isnt much else in this beer.

T: There is a very nice, sweet, caramel malt flavor to this beer. It lingers on and it just gets better.

M: This beer has a good amount of crispness. It also leaves a sugary feeling in your mouth and makes me want a glass of water. Not bad, but not great.

O: I think this is a pretty solid beer by BBC. There are a few flaws to this beer, but the taste is amazing to me. A great Red Ale is hard to find and this for sure is one of the better ones on the market.

01-17-2012 06:27:55 | More by gtermi
Photo of Chaney

District of Columbia

3.03/5  rDev -12.2%

Best by June 2012.

Poured into a FFF shaped glass.

A: Poured a crystal clear amber color, with 1/2 finger head that stayed afloat as I siphoned the liquid below it. It looked about right for this style.

S: More on the malt than hop side, with very much a "mallow creme" candy sugar profile on the nose.

T: A bit thin, and a bit stomach acid-like. There really wasn't much flavor here, and the flavor that I got really amounted to malt and intense sugar.

M: True, this didn't leave a lingering sugar coat on the palate, but overall, there really wasn't much here to get excited about feel-wise. Measly carbonated....

O: I was looking more forward to this one than any of the others in the mix pack, and I guess I was letdown in epic fashion.

02-04-2012 21:43:00 | More by Chaney
Photo of jsanford


3.85/5  rDev +11.6%

12oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

Pours a clear reddish-amber with a dense off-white head that settles to a thick haze. Malty aromas of biscuit malt and caramel dominate with some piney hops and a touch of oak. Taste is similar to the nose, very malty, with plenty of caramel, biscuit, and buttered toast with a noticeable "woody" finish that imparts delicate vanilla and oak flavors. Mouthfeel is smooth with a medium-thin body and good carbonation. Overall a very approachable, drinkable brew!

01-20-2012 18:00:12 | More by jsanford
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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

06-27-2014 18:48:46 | More by thatoneguymike
Photo of Hojaminbag


3.23/5  rDev -6.4%

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.

02-10-2012 22:20:00 | More by Hojaminbag
Photo of brez8791


3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

02-05-2012 21:09:04 | More by brez8791
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3/5  rDev -13%

08-31-2013 16:59:20 | More by RedneckBeerz
Photo of donkeyrunner


2.78/5  rDev -19.4%

Jurassic Park frozen mosquito amber color with an thin eggshell head. A few wisps of lace left by a fairly hardy skim retention. Sweet tree pic on the bottle.

Smells like oak, bread crust and lots of sweet crystal malts.

Very, very sweet. Sweet and mildly crusty caramel and vanilla. Even with Sam Adams dulled down flavor profile it's still ridiculously imbalanced. Some IBUs would have helped tipped the sweet vs. bitter scale more towards middle ground.

Still one of the worst house ale yeasts in beer. Oaky? Yes. Mighty? No.

02-20-2012 23:53:01 | More by donkeyrunner
Photo of wedge

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Deep reddened copper color with a small, soapy head. Nice sheets of lacing. Aside from the typical Sam Adams yeast character, the aroma features mild spicy, woody notes, soft fruits, and a bit of vanilla. Malty, sweet flavor...a fair amount of fresh grain, oak, and toffee. Simple and clean. Nothing to get excited about; if it were available in six-packs, I don't think I would ever pick one up. Not bad...just nothing special.

02-05-2012 20:54:22 | More by wedge
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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

01-12-2012 02:03:05 | More by jheezee
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4/5  rDev +15.9%

03-12-2012 22:21:34 | More by duff247
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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

12-29-2012 01:51:22 | More by cliff1066
Photo of RonfromJersey

New Jersey

3.3/5  rDev -4.3%

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.

03-27-2012 20:02:44 | More by RonfromJersey
Photo of kaelingirl


3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

03-16-2012 20:22:58 | More by kaelingirl
Photo of OtherShoe2


3.63/5  rDev +5.2%

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.

03-23-2012 22:26:17 | More by OtherShoe2
Photo of rlee1390


3.8/5  rDev +10.1%

A-Clear amber, not much carbonation, one finger head

S-Caramel, toffee, malt and some nuttiness

T-Caramel, toffee, not much bitterness, nuts, some spice and then some vanilla and oak as it warms

M-Light to medium bodied, smooth

O-Another decent beer from the mix pack. Too bad Alpine Spring is the seasonal when Whitewater and Might Oak are better.

04-04-2012 16:04:08 | More by rlee1390
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2.5/5  rDev -27.5%

02-12-2012 20:38:34 | More by lackenhauser
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New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

05-10-2012 02:35:59 | More by Chugs13
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4/5  rDev +15.9%

09-25-2012 05:52:15 | More by hollywood_15063
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3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

01-20-2013 18:41:05 | More by BeerLover99
Samuel Adams Mighty Oak Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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