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

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501 Ratings
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Samuel Adams Mighty Oak AleSamuel Adams Mighty Oak Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States
samueladams.com

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Jason on 11-18-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
501
Reviews:
176
Avg:
3.43
pDev:
15.16%
 
 
Wants:
13
Gots:
14
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 501 |  Reviews: 176
Photo of Gmann
3.2/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

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Photo of Suds
3.88/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

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Photo of magoover
5/5  rDev +45.8%

Photo of jk3
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Bockerdoppel91
3.5/5  rDev +2%

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 hardigree2831
5/5  rDev +45.8%

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.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
3.54/5  rDev +3.2%
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

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Photo of WhitmansNiece
2/5  rDev -41.7%

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.13/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

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Photo of jbertsch
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of ely2000k
3.72/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.16/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

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Photo of russpowell
3.04/5  rDev -11.4%
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

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Photo of jekane04
4.5/5  rDev +31.2%

Photo of RBlaszak
3/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of BeerNut78
4.5/5  rDev +31.2%

Photo of Celt44
3.45/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

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Photo of BigPlay1824
3.78/5  rDev +10.2%
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

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Photo of ShucksBruh
5/5  rDev +45.8%

Photo of Wally1912
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of ale207
3.5/5  rDev +2%

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...

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Photo of SawDog505
3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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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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