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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.

(Beer added by: Jason on 11-18-2011)
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jlindros

Massachusetts

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

Light fizzy 1/2 finger head fades at a med pace, no real lacing, clear reddish orange pale malt colored.

Nose malty, light bready and caramel malts, maple, slight musty ester, toasty oak, toasty reddish malts, hint of earthy hops.

Taste juicy malts, toasty reddish malts with hint of caramel, toffee, red candy apple candy, light toasty oak with a hint of vanilla, light eaters as well with a light earthy herbal like hop with a hint of bitterness, light syrupy sweetness. Finish of sweet and a bit sticky, more light oak, bit more reddish malt, syrup, and caramel candy.

Mouth is med bodied, lower but decent carb, a bit sticky and syrupy as well.

Overall not bad, decent malts, a but too sweet and syrupy, nice toasty malts and hint of oak, bit more hops would have helped, as well as dry finish.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2012 12:57:19 | More by jlindros
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SpdKilz

Illinois

3.48/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2012 03:36:35 | More by SpdKilz
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Gmann

New York

3.18/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2012 22:40:10 | More by Gmann
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Suds

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2012 19:16:35 | More by Suds
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Hokies

Rhode Island

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

12oz bottle poured into a Sam Perfect Pint. Pours a golden to amber colour with a nice off white head and a thin lace.

The aroma is mostly comprised of caramel malts with a light hint of vanilla. Where's the oak?

A light oakiness in the taste and some more vanilla but the sweet caramel malts dominate.

A pretty good beer for a style I don't often drink.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2012 23:27:01 | More by Hokies
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AlCaponeJunior

Texas

3.25/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2012 18:26:04 | More by AlCaponeJunior
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Arithmeticus

Maryland

3.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured chilled in ale glass

A: clear, copper-penny orange; lofty head
S: smells a bit yeasty and fusty
T: ooh yummy; I get it now; the fustiness in the smell was the bottle conditioning; hearty, complex red with a twist of Belgianizing; a bit of vanilla; but now that I'm getting more into it, the novelty of the taste is starting to weigh a bit; rather woody for my taste

Interesting, and worth a try

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2012 00:00:28 | More by Arithmeticus
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

3.13/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2012 17:56:39 | More by VelvetExtract
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ely2000k

California

3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this beer a couple weeks ago in the Sam Adam's sampler pack and decided to get another sampler pack and give all of them a try again. To be honest, I think this beer grows on you, and is actually pretty good overall. The look is what you would expect from a red ale. Amber brownish in color, and pretty clean looking. The main thing I get from the nose is faint vanilla, and possibly some light oak aging, and perhaps the smell of light, fresh bread. Taste to me is pretty good. The beer is sweet, but not overly so. Lots of malt, with a lingering vanilla taste, that follows to an oaky type taste. The oak taste in this beer does not taste like old oak barrels or anything like that, it's more like fresh cut wood, that's the best way I can describe it. Mouthfeel is smooth and carbonation is good. Liked this beer much more the second time trying it.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2012 06:54:37 | More by ely2000k
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StoutHunter

Michigan

3.15/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I got a bottle of Samuel Adams Mighty Oak Ale in their brewers choice twelve pack. This is the one that interested me the most out of the three new beers in this pack, I'm interested to see how it turns out, so lets see how it goes. The best buy date had a notch for June 2012. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks good on this beer, with a nice picture of a big old oak tree. It poured a nice looking amber color that looked copper when held to the light and had three fingers worth of fluffy off white head that died down to a thin layer that stayed till the end and left a little lacing. This beer looks good.

S- The first thing that I pick up is a good amount of lightly toasted malts that had a medium sweetness and imparted some grainy and bready aromas. Next comes the oak which is pretty light and imparts a light oak and vanilla aroma. I didn't get any hops in the aroma but I did get a slight caramel aroma towards the end. The aroma is ok but it could have more oak.

T- The taste starts out with a good amount of toasted and caramel malts that have a high amount of medium sweetness and imparts a grainy and sweet caramel like flavor. After that comes the oak which is pretty light and only imparts a mild amount of oak and vanilla flavors, there was also a creamy flavor in the middle that reminded me of a Genny Cream. The finish was sweet with a low amount of bitterness and a grainy aftertaste. The flavor was nothing special and with only a light amount of oak and no hops makes the flavor seem bland.

M- Smooth, creamy, medium bodied, and it had a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was nice and it worked well with this beer.

Overall I thought that this was a pretty average beer and as far as Amber and Red Ales go this one wasn't that memorable, the flavors just seemed to be bland and with a name like Mighty Oak I expected a distinctive oak presence like what was claimed on the bottle, but there was hardly any to be found. What I liked most about this beer was the appearance and mouthfeel, they were both pretty good. What I liked least about this beer was the blandness of the aroma and taste and the lack of oak flavor in this beer, it just didn't meet my expectations. This beer did have some good drinkability, the smoothness and lighter flavors made this beer go down quickly but it just didn't have enough flavor to hold my attention. I would recommend this as a starter beer for someone wanting to get into oaked beers but if you have a some experience with oaked ales you may find this beer underwhelming like I did. Samuel Adams can make some solid beers but this one fell short when it came to the aroma and flavor and with a name like Mighty Oak I expected a pretty big Oak presence and that is not what I got, better luck next time Samuel Adams.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2012 04:04:27 | More by StoutHunter
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russpowell

Oklahoma

2.98/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pouts amber/orange with 2+ fingers of cream colored head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Butterscotch & oakyness, a bit of vanilla

T: Butterscotch oaky dryness, pears & dry bready notes up front. Vanilla & serious dryness mix with some sweet apple juice & oak chip notes. Finishes dry & sweet & with a touch of sweet & acidic apple

Medium bodied, skewing sweet, firm carbonation

I don't really care for this, the flavor mix & overall presentation are just very bland with cloying sweetness really bringing this down. Not one I would buy again. The flavors seem fake to me

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2012 03:56:46 | More by russpowell
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Celt44

New York

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

Appearance - The Mighty Oak poured a translucent amber but with more of a orange hue than red. Nice foamy head and lacing that is thin but lasts throughout.

Aroma - Cherries and Malt. Doesn't pop but is pleasant.

Taste - Fruity and sweet. Slight oaky-ness. Slight hints or caramel. Crisp and clean finish.

Mouthfeel - Very smooth - almost too thin for a beer with such a big name.

Overall a very good, drinkable beer. Reminds me of Bass Ale. Sessionable. The Oak character is much less prominent than what I'd expect.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2012 02:05:52 | More by Celt44
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BigPlay1824

New York

3.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a pint glass

A: pours a crystal clear amber color with ample carbonation bubbles and a two finger head that is frothy and is light tan, lingers for a bit and leaves a nice amount of lacing
S: has a nice crisp scent that is reminiscent of the obvious wood notes and has a nice sweetness underlying
T: actually a very pleasant taste, begins with nice woody notes then kicks in with nice caramel malts and a nice sweetness that linger on through the very end
M: medium to slightly aggressive carbonation, clean across the middle yet leaves the mouth noticeably dry
O: another impressive offering from Boston beer in this, what i believe to be their best mix pack yet

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2012 01:13:08 | More by BigPlay1824
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beergoot

Colorado

3.9/5  rDev +13%
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...

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2012 23:44:01 | More by beergoot
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SawDog505

New Hampshire

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

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass. Pours a bright amber with a half inch of white head, with minimal lace. Smell is very malty, carmel, vanilla, and a some breadyness. Taste is that, with vanilla being dominant, with a some clove in the finish. Body is average, not much life, easy drinking, and not dry. This is a nice beer, reminds me of what Octoberfest would taste like, of it was aged on oak chips.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2012 19:30:45 | More by SawDog505
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bobhits

Kentucky

2.95/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A short lived very quick white head forms and leaves, thankfully the amber body is rather stunning looking under it.

Rich caramel aromas are mixed with vanilla and oak.

This is a malt forward, forget all else amber. The oak cleans it up some, given it a bit of a dry finish, but the finish is mostly clean due to a lac of intense flavors compared to other beers that attempt to take on oak flavors. A lot of vanilla and oak mixed with caramel, I'm not sure what more could have been expected there.

Very drinkable body and feel, though this flavors lend themselves to a bit more body and a bit more of a sipper. Clearly Sam Adams had a different view on this style and cheers to diversity.

A tasty brew, I can't see myself going back to this one, but a real change of pace for these guys.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2012 15:46:39 | More by bobhits
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bashiba

Iowa

3.98/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2012 02:54:03 | More by bashiba
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tCan

North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My candid advice to you is to drink this one at or near room temperature. It really brings out the flavor and makes it a bit more creamy as an ale should be. Other reviews have it pegged. It's not a stout by any means -dont be fooled by the name- but as a light ale, it does pretty reasonably at room temperature. Cold, the flavor is quite masked.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2012 02:01:20 | More by tCan
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Kromes

Georgia

3.65/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A clear deep copper color with a thin line of off white bubbles on top.

S: Sweet toasted malt, vanilla and sweet cream

T: Very sweet and malty. The malt is a tad toasted with a touch of vanilla and oak.

M: Light and lower carbonation to keep this a very drinkable beer.

O: This is a very flavorful beer. Maybe a little too sweet to make it a session beer. However, it is very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2012 22:35:52 | More by Kromes
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jsanford

Georgia

3.85/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2012 18:00:12 | More by jsanford
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TheSixthRing

California

1.9/5  rDev -44.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2012 06:40:50 | More by TheSixthRing
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Doppelbockulus

Florida

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

Pours a ruby amber color, so many things are ruby colored these days. But it is still good looking.

Very fragrant beer, not so much oak, but a lot of grain and some floral aromas.

Good flavor. There are some characteristics of a red ale mixed with a softer, tart malt character.

Creamy and tingly.

This beer tastes like someone blended a red ale with Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2012 04:08:52 | More by Doppelbockulus
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Brad007

Vermont

3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2012 00:38:11 | More by Brad007
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tdm168

North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber with a quarter inch of loose foamy head that has good retention. The nose has caramel and vanilla aromas. The flavor is heavy caramel up front with vanilla and oak in the finish. There is a strong hop bitterness in the finish as well. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth with a decent amount of carbonation.

This is a decent beer but the caramel and vanilla are a little intense and sweet. It's one of the better beers in the mix pack however.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2012 20:41:11 | More by tdm168
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steveh

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My last in the Brewmasters' Choice 12 pack. I tried this one previously and was surprised -- not only by how much I liked it, but by some other comments throughout the site. Here's my take.

A -- Clear, deep copper bronze with a creamy, light tan head that thins quickly, but leaves nice lacing.

S -- Peppery esters, biscuit malt and mellow oak with vanilla hints.

T -- Same peppery hit at first then blending into a smooth vanilla and light oak character. Finishes with a good balance of biscuit malt and mellow vanilla character. There's a vaguest of bitterness in the aftertaste that reminds you hops are in the mix.

M -- Mouthfeel is velvet smooth with a light-medium body and dry finish.

O -- Overall this is a very smooth drinker. Not sure where to categorize it, but it's sort of brown ale-like with less roasted malt and a touch of vanilla. I've seen some posters talk about heavy and off-putting oak character, but this is far more mellow than many oak-aged beers out there.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2012 13:07:32 | More by steveh
Samuel Adams Mighty Oak Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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