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

Samuel Adams Mighty Oak AleSamuel Adams Mighty Oak Ale

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BA SCORE
79
okay

474 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 474
Reviews: 174
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 15.07%


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.

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Jadjunk

Georgia

3.1/5  rDev -10.1%
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

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2012 18:28:25 | More by Jadjunk
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ummswimmin

New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2012 00:56:49 | More by ummswimmin
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Treyliff

West Virginia

3.88/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2012 04:25:27 | More by Treyliff
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tjsmith910

Florida

4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best damn beer i have tasted from the sam adams family of beers. refreshing, colorful, nice 1 finger off white head. wanted more of this beer than the 12 pack brew masters special offered. very sharp taste . equally as sharp after taste. not to bitter not to smoked tasting. quite perfectly infused in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2012 00:54:51 | More by tjsmith910
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ujsplace

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a mug.

Pours a clear amber colored brew that boasts a generous yellow-white head - about two fingers thick.

Smells of sweet caramel malts, vanilla and a faint earthy hop.

Tastes mildly woody with vanilla and caramel notes there is also some delicate herbal hops as well as some toasted bread. Finishes dry.

Smooth and creamy mouthfeel.

This would be much nicer if there were a little more "Mighty" in the bottle. This brew just misses a bit. If the woodiness from the oak were a bit more pronounced it would have made for a much nicer brew. As it stands, this is a good, but not great brew. Samuel Adams generally comes through and this is no exception, but there is nothing terribly remarkable here.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2012 23:32:27 | More by ujsplace
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ngeunit1

California

3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2012 06:46:42 | More by ngeunit1
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kojevergas

Texas

2.65/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

C-

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2012 23:47:53 | More by kojevergas
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leokbelo

Florida

3.85/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish/amber into a pint glass, with an inch head that dissipates fairly quick.
Lots of malt on the nose, sweet and some oak bourbon scent also.
Sweet on the tongue, caramel, some honey comes to mind. Hop bitterness is very low, and the low ABV combined with the medium carbonation makes this a very easy drinking beer.
Overall a nice Amber, nothing complex though.
A good session beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2012 21:54:53 | More by leokbelo
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lwillitz

Florida

3.85/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12-oz bottle into mug

A - crystal-clear copper body under a big cream-colored head; loads of carbonation bubbles

S - malty with oak and vanilla; smells like an old oak barrel; hint of alcohol

T - caramel malt, oak, hint of cherry and vanilla; smoke; little noticeable hop presence

M - oily medium body; somewhat astringent; medium carbonation

O - Mighty Oak is a decent red. The oak flavor compliments the style very well.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2012 14:34:58 | More by lwillitz
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CuteZombieDoll

New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Brownish red and clear with a pretty decent head

S- Sweet and malty overall, with a tinge of oak.

T- Very sweet and fruity, with no real bitterness or hop character that stands out. There is the mind flavor of oak which is quite pleasant and keeps the beer from being cloyingly sweet.

M- Full and slightly heavy. Not terribly highly carbonated.

O- A good ale, definitely worth having, but lacks some of the complexity of other oak ales. I suspect that it hasn't been aged very long, but I'm not an expert so I can't be certain. Still, overall well done and well balanced.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2012 03:51:18 | More by CuteZombieDoll
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DirtyPenny

Massachusetts

3.15/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12-oz bottle into my stupendous Medieval Manor pilsner glass, because I am a rebel and... wait, that's acceptable? Alright.

A: Generally clear reddish amber with infinitesimal haze and 1 finger of beige head. Lacing came in the form of little acorns across the sides of the glass.

S: Eh. Musty wood pulp or cardboard right out of the fridge. Floral/herbal notes run in at the last second and apologize.

T: Sweet floral characteristics saturate the foreground. I have to admit that I wasn't quite sure what to make of this one so I read a few reviews. I'm seeing people mention cherry and vanilla? Didn't seem to have any of that to my tongue. Earthy herbal tones in the middle lead down to a stem of biscuity bread malts. Well balanced between the hops and malt.

M: Smooth and silently prickly. Like a caterpillar fell off a branch into your glass, brushed against your tongue on the way down and was gone.

O: Wait, did a caterpillar really fall in my beer? Presumably no. Not something that you'll slosh out into a red cup and play beer pong with, this is interesting but nothing special.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2012 03:45:23 | More by DirtyPenny
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therica

Maryland

3.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A= light chestnut color, modest white head, some rimming.

S= prune or raisin, nice malts, some oak, vanilla, slight liquor.

T= moderately thick malts, vanilla, adequate balanced hops, slight liquor.

M= slight syrup on the tongue, smoky oak; an interesting cherry taste in the belch.

O= interesting offering; not quite in the elite craft status but an interesting and creative Samuel Adams level offering nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2012 03:47:52 | More by therica
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chefhatt

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this beer into a pint glass. This beer has a nice reddish body with partially no head to it. The aroma is nice and malty. The taste is right up front with some oak and vanilla flavors. Then the little bit of sweetness on the back of the tongue is a nice touch. Great mouth feel and overall a really good, drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2012 19:00:05 | More by chefhatt
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scootny

New York

3.83/5  rDev +11%
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!

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2012 05:59:56 | More by scootny
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donteatpoop

Ohio

3.7/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautiful amber color with a nice off-white cap of foam at the top.

The smell is typical of amber ales, with a vague but present oaken scent.

The oak comes through more in the flavor, but primarily this is just a solid red ale with something extra. This was my favorite beer from the sampler pack I bought.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2012 04:17:13 | More by donteatpoop
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KTCamm

New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Pours medium dark reddish amber, good foaming, some residual. Sweet malty caramel smell. Strong vanilla smell, woody sweet taste with a smooth gradual finish. The beer trusts the oak to hold the sweetness in check rather than any hop. Finish has a lot of vanilla. Nice blend, good taste, perhaps a bit too sweet - can get cloying.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2012 00:40:37 | More by KTCamm
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AtrumAnimus

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Here is another Sam Adams I had high hopes for as I love the flavor imparted on beers, wines and other beverages by aging in oak. Anytime I see a beer referencing Oak Aging I have to try it.

That said I am a bit disappointed in this one.

Bet let's start this out right:

The beer pours a with a very pleasant dark tan color that is topped with a rich creamy head that settles slowly and leaves almost no lacing at all on the glass. However, as you drink and tilt the glass back and forth there is perfectly good lacing.

The nose is sweet malt with little to no hops that I could detect; The first disappointment.

The beer tastes is slightly above average with the oak flavors being extremely subtle leaving me to believe they are using chips instead of barrels. I was hoping for more. The flavor is dominated by malt that is less than dry but not fruity. There is an extremely subtle hint of savory flavoring that is peasant and the finish is very mild hops that leave almost no bitterness in the after taste. The beer is certainly drinkable but will not be on my list to repurchase as there are others that are much better for the money.

The mouthfeel is watery and the carbonation is below par and less than I like to have; the second disappointment.

Overall a drinkable beer but definitely not on my rebuy list.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2012 22:19:47 | More by AtrumAnimus
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boilermakerbrew

Missouri

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

A- Pours a deep amber with a small tan colored head. Good lacing and retention.

S- Very rich in mildly sweet malt notes. Hints of caramel and bready scents. Fairly complex.

T- Mostly malt the entire way through. Some peat flavor notes but a bready flavor is prominent throughout. Little to no hop character.

M- Very easy to drink, but somewhat chewy. Weigh is heavy enough to support all of the malt.

Overall, I'm not very impressed with this one. This is just an ok red ale among many.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2012 21:52:30 | More by boilermakerbrew
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Bookseeb

Washington

3.03/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance holds a reddish amber that supports a thin dissipating head leaving fair lace. Smell is light on the nose with the caramel malt, oak and fruitiness from the hops. Taste of the malt, vanilla, with a good balance of hops leaving a lightly bitter dry oak finish. Mouthfeel is light on the medium side with good carbonation. Pretty much a simple amber leaving not much to mull over.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2012 01:42:22 | More by Bookseeb
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Hoptometrist

Oregon

3.1/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2012 12:12:34 | More by Hoptometrist
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2012 16:37:04 | More by Slatetank
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Shaw

Florida

3.93/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2012 02:46:30 | More by Shaw
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WoodBrew

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2012 23:40:36 | More by WoodBrew
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bobhall78


5/5  rDev +44.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Nice dark amber color with no foam.

S - Almost odor less with a slight malt smell.

T - Cool, crisp, no bitterness, a nice clean taste.

M - Exceptionally smooth and cool with no bite.

O - A good everyday beer to drink if you into ales, one of my favorite Sam Adams.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2012 21:58:54 | More by bobhall78
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budgood1

Minnesota

3.43/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2012 22:08:24 | More by budgood1
Samuel Adams Mighty Oak Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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