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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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of gordavidson
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.

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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.

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Photo of cbutova
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of jimmah120
3.26/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle best by July.

Pours a clear amber with a 2-3cm khaki head. It smells of toasty grains complimented with sweet honey. The taste is bready caramel oak at first, followed by sweet roasted savory tones, with a hint of nutty vanilla present throughout. This is a very sweet beer. Mouthfeel is very average considering how malty this is.

This is a good red ale, better than the regular SA red. A malt bomb for sure, but not as deep or enjoyable as you might hope.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.28/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of KajII
3.3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

[Best served in a Shaker glass]

The pour was a sparkling clear golden copper with an average sized (1-2 finger) off white creamy head that reduced to a thin film and a small ring creating some fair spotty lacing.

The aroma was very mild of a light toasted malt, a mild herbal hop and a sweaty yeast with notes of caramel, vanilla, a mild fruit presence and a hint of oak.

The taste was extremely malty with a strong note of caramel from start to finish with a pronounced vanilla and oak presence at the end. The flavor lasted an average amount of time after the swallow with the nice malty creamy taste left to linger.

Mouthfeel was some where between light and medium in body with a creamy texture and a lively carbonation.

Overall a very pleasurable brew to drink, reminds me a lot of a really good Cream Ale...

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Photo of yesyouam
3.3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Samuel Adams Mighty Oak Ale is a very clear amber ale with a thin white head that fades to a blotch and leaves decent lacing. It has a faint aroma of sweet caramel, vanilla and oak. It's medium bodied and starchy with a dry, scratchy finish. It tastes pretty sweet with loads of oak. There's a strong note of dark cherry, vanilla and caramel. There's some herbal bitterness in the finish. It's not what I'd call a refreshing beer, but it has a reasonably complex taste. I personally would prefer something like this to be balanced out with more hops, but that's not the focus of this one. It all revolves around the oak.

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Photo of tvljr
3.31/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Medium reddish hue a slight dirty lace on the glass after a couple of quaffs.

Sweet and a little overpowering on the first drink. Settles in as you get used to the malt with a hint of vanilla.

One of the drier beers I've had in quite a while.

Came with two in the Brewer's Choice 12 pack. That's probably enough for me. Don't think I'd need to get six.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.31/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass.

Appearance: This is your darker amber beer, very transparent though, with a 1/4" white head.

Smell: Super light smell of hops. Nothing spectacular or new here.

Taste: Caramel, light bitterness. This is a notch sweet, not your soda sweet but your beer sweet.

Mouth: Medium to heavy, not bad at all and it's smoothness is what keeps this beer ticking.

Overall: Not a bad brew, this is your "everyday" type of ale so don't expect nothing out of the ordinary. I grabbed in a variety pack and wasn't disappointed. Salud!

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Photo of iBeer16
3.32/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed in an oversized wine glass

A: pours a clear light amber color with about a one finger white head that dissipates quickly and leaves some lacing.

S: most noticeably sweet Carmel malts.

T: sweet caramel malts, also has a nice cherry flavor finish.

M: pretty carbonated, nice body, leaves mouth nice and watery.

Overall, another solid product from Sam Adams brewers choice pack, very impressed makes up for winter fails. Has pretty good flavor, I like the finishing cherry flavor.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.33/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pretty red color with great clarity and a thin 1/4" ring of white head. The aroma wasn't mighty. It was fair. There was a small amount of oak, nothing mighty. No hops.

Taste, ok, still a small amount of oak, and that's about it, a bland red ale with oak chips I guess. They started with a good premise. Bruery's Loakal Red is a red ale aged on oak. But what makes that beer great is that there is a great amount of Centennial hops in it. There's like, maybe 18 ibu in this beer. And the oak, is barely there. And any nuances of vanilla, citrus and whatnot is nonexistant here.

So, it is better than your averagee bland red ale, simply because of the nice small addition of oak in the flavor department. Next time, hop this guy up, add some vanilla, do something more, I think this is a good start, but far from complete.

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Photo of tempest
3.33/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My bottle poured a clear, ruby red with an off-white head. In short, this tastes like an adjunct-free Yuengling. That is to say, it's a smoother red ale with nothing but pale and caramel barley character. If you're used to mass-produced red lagers, this is a treat. But I find it kind of simple for a craft beer. There's no real hops character, but the malt is clean and clear.

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Photo of Hokies
3.33/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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Photo of Gehrig
3.33/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up as a way to sample a few new beers, with Mighty Oak being the first to have tasted and reviewed.

A clear copper-mahogany body is topped by a thin patch of light tan head that does not last very long. Decent lacing atones somewhat for the fleeting head duration.

Nice but muted scents comprise the nose, with me literally placing my nose within the DAB mug to retrieve some smell. Bits of berry are interspersed with vanilla bean and caramel malts. Far to subtle, though.

Nice flavors, with vanilla and caramel most prominent. There is no real presence of oak that I can tell whatsoever, making me scratch my head about why it is titled as it is. I thought this might be some form of oak-aged beer, which it assuredly is not. However, it is a nice, smooth, flavorful ale veering toward the sweet side.

Smooth and somewhat creamy mouthfeel that is a bit thin.

Overall, this is a nice, easy-going beer that drinkers expecting a beefier, heartier aged ale might find disappointing. Yet it is a decent steady, enjoyable with good flavor that, limited though it is, could go from decent to good with some work. I'd strongly recommend much more malt--oh, and some oak, please.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
3.33/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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

12oz bottle from this year's spring mix-pack. Pours a dark amber crystal-clear body with a thin film of khaki colored head. Vanilla and wood comprise the aroma. Wood, vanilla, caramel, and nut comprise the flavor. Medium in both body and carbonation. Not bad - decent. Tastes good, but nothing to write home about.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of wspscott
3.38/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle in Sam Adams glass
best by June 2012

A: A dark, but clear red color with a very thin white head that doesn't leave much lace.
S: Caramel sweetness and not much else
T: Not as sweet as I expected from the nose, the oak definitely helps keep things in line. The oak is interesting here, it doesn't dominate, but it is very apparent. I think the underlying beer could use a little more malt character, it comes across as one dimensional.
M: I think this would come across as watery if not for the oak. The woodiness seems to add a little body although it is not overwhelming. Is it the tongue-coatingness of the tannins? Don't really know.
O: The oak is the most interesting thing here, the underlying beer seems to be on the simple side. I appreciate that this is just oak and not bourbon soaked oak, but it needs something else. Glad I tried it, but I won't go looking for it. Hopefully, the recipe can be tweaked and we can see Mighty Oak version 2 in the future from either Sam Adams or another brewery. More oaked beers please.

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Photo of AllenJasper
3.38/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

TheDayIsMine's review is spot on, I was reading it as i poured my beer and took the first sip... but, I will still give it a shot, trying to forget everything he/she said.

A: a light coppery red with one finger of off-white head, acceptable retention, no lacing.

S: I have a horrible sense of smell, but i pick up apples and malts... also smells a bit like alcohol.

T: light maltiness, and the apple flavor is rather prevalent, as well as a banana taste... I don't see where the 'Mighty Oak' is.

M: crisp, but not very offensive.

O: a pretty good beer, one of the best from the seasonal pack I've got... this makes the Sam Adams 'Red Ale' taste like Budweiser.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.38/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of haywire77
3.39/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a beautiful shade of honey orange/amber brown with a small paper white head that disappears so fast, you wonder if it was a beer you poured or a cognac.

The smell is sickly sweet caramel malts and bready character abound. Kind of plain Jane, but somehow appealing none the less.

The taste is good. Sweet oak and caramel with a touch of dark fruit. I do taste vanilla and spices much akin to a Christmas offering.

Mouthfeel is thin and dry. Crisp clean finish with no oily residue left behind whatsoever.

Overall this beer was a treat to drink due to it's easy quaffability (making up words now). I could easily drink many of these in one sitting and at this price point. Nothing really stands out as exceptional, but it is definitely better than average.

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Photo of zeff80
3.4/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Poured out a copper color with ruby highlights. It had a one-finger tan head of bubbly foam. It left some sudsy lace on the glass.

S - It smelled malty with a touch of vanilla.

T - Bready malt with some caramel and vanilla. Not much oak flavors.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A light to medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This doesn't really taste like there was any oak in this one. Okay, but not what the bottle advertises.

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Photo of wafers
3.4/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint glass

A: Pours a somewhat rusty, maroon color...mostly clear, translucent...small amount of head that disappears rapidly
S: Crisp smell, kind of bready aroma
T: Definite bready/oaky tasting as described on the label, rather light and crisp...sense some caramel sweetness towards the end of the sip
M: Light, almost watery, easy to drink
O: This is a new one from Sam Adams that tastes pretty good but is not overally interesting otherwise...would not mind drinking again if I came upon it in the future

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Photo of Pintofbrown
3.41/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I chopped down a Mighty Oak with a nonic pint.

Appearance- Easy two-fingers width of ecru foam that falls rather lazily. The cap stays smooth and creamy, with very little lacing left behind.

The body is a solid amber (go figure) with plenty of copper highlights spread around the glass.

Smell- This nose is pretty soft, although what can be caught is definitely of malty persuasion. I sense some crystal malts, a slight grass hop tang, and yes, even some vanilla! I was wondering if that would show up. I do not get hints of oak though.

Taste- The description on the beer is pretty much spot on with what happens on the palate, although a bit watered down and not as forward as I would have liked to dissect all the things happening in this one.

The front of the drink certainly has some sweeter malt action, a little more crystal. There is even some signature Sam Adams hop action here.

These flavors end up giving way to some breadier and heavier malts, although I would not call them roasted so much. And indeed, the finish has a distinct oaky, nuttiness with some vanilla.

Mouth feel- It errs towards thin, and has a bubbly feel on the tongue. This lets the slight hop character show more, but dilutes what is happening with the heavy malts.

Mighty Oak is sort of dry, but the finish hangs on for a while. Which is a good thing, the finish is probably the best part of this brew.

Overall- Yeah, I would have this again. However, the mouth feel is a little unbecoming for the malty beer that Mighty Oak is trying to be. I also would have liked to experience the oak and vanilla a litte more than what ended up being offered on the palate.

The finish was nice: the oaky and nutty subtlety gave this beer a nice ending. And made it easier to go back in for another drink.

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Samuel Adams Mighty Oak Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.43 out of 5 based on 501 ratings.
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