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

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Samuel Adams Mighty Oak AleSamuel Adams Mighty Oak Ale

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

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Jason on 11-18-2011

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Photo of leokbelo
3.83/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

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Photo of JoLight
4.84/5  rDev +41.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance - Copper color, and an off-white head, which leaves some lacing.

Aroma - Sweet, and a peculiar"double-bubble" bubblegum aroma. A little malt.

Taste - A little toasted malt, sweetness, and a creamy middle, finishing with a earthy hop bite.

Finish - Semi-dry, crisp, refreshing.

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Photo of SouljaSaia17
4.22/5  rDev +23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Was very surprised to find this beer in a single since Samuel Adams doesnt brew it anymore. This was my favorite beer from their spring variety pack and was the winner of the brew contest that was held.

A: This beer pours a nice medium, amber color with a thin, creamy white head that leaves some good lacing.

S: Distinct notes from the oak bring out this aroma that is followed by caramel and vanilla.

T: Very intense sweetness that is brought about by a strong oak flavor. The body consists of Vanilla, caramel and some malt. Nice dry finish that has a yeast type feel.

M: Very earthy mouth, but not of the Saison or pale ale kind. Has a very unique and distinct flavor. Carbonation is very present which helps bring out the notes from the oak.

O: I love this beer, even more so out of a glass. Oak themed beers have a complex brewing process that has generous amounts of vanilla and caramel. Very nice blend of ingredients. Im pretty sure this is the last of this beer I will every have the pleasure of drinking, so im savoring the flavor.

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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 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 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 Wamesit
3.2/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a deep red. Small white head that gives way to no lacing.

S - Sweet malts. Caramel.

T - Oaky rich malts. Caramel notes. Some bready elements. Hint of vanilla leads into a slightest touch of hops in the finish.

M - Medium. Syrupy.

O - I am not a fan of Reds but this is less sweet than most, with a mildly smoky allusion.

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Photo of NHGrafx
3.48/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amber color, decent head which didn't last very long, minimal lacing.

Smell is a bit sweet with lots of malt. I didn't notice much oak aroma, it was sort of faded into the background.

Taste had some sweetness with a touch of vanilla in the background. Lots of malt in the flavor as well. I didn't notice much oakiness in the flavor either, it seemed very muted. There was a minimal amount of bitterness too.

Mouthfeel was smooth but seemed a bit thin. It goes down really easy too. Overall not too bad.

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Photo of whiplash3825
3.62/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper with a nice 3-finger head.

Caramel and vanilla in the nose along with a little pine from the hops.

Malt and vanilla are the first tastes I get, and then some hoppiness, with a moderately dry finish. I'm not getting anything apparent from the oak.

It's an okay beer, but nothing I'd seek out. For the most part it tastes like your run of the mill amber/red ale.

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Photo of jmarklan
3.42/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber. Nice head dies fairly quickly and leaves no lacing.

Smells of vanilla, slight caramel and fruit.

Vanilla upfront, fruit in the middle (cherries), very slight grain in the end.

Feels pretty thin, kind of watery.

Overall: Interesting. Not spectacular, but a decent beer that's worth a shot.

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Photo of TerrenceOBrien
3.57/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not one of Sam Adams' finer moments. While hardly terrible the Mighty Oak Ale was a bit disappointing.

The pleasant amber color is offset by the practically non-existent and quickly dissipating head. The smell is neutral, but not unpleasant. Has a slightly toasty and malty aroma. There are hints of oak and vanilla in the taste, but only he slightest amounts and the oak is somewhat artificial feeling -- almost as if oak extract had been used. The mouthfeel is crisp and dry, if a bit thin and almost soda like, though slightly less carbonated.

It's advisable that you drink this ale slightly chilled and NOT ice cold, which only serves to enhance some of its less desirable qualities and mask the already faint oak flavors.

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Photo of PhantasIPA
3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The appearance of this beer is great. It has a nice red hue that you can see through.

The beer smells like oak first and then vanilla. The scent is strong, border line pungent. Pungent may carry a negative connotation in this context just because I think the combination of oak and vanilla is not necessarily appetizing.

I had to rate the taste the same as the smell; at a 3.5. The two are absolutely dependent upon each other. I taste the oak and vanilla but wish the vanilla was sweeter to counter the strong oak flavor.

The mouthfeel is fine. It is not gritty or heavy. It is right down the middle and refreshing.

Overall the beer is above average but not something I could drink all night. The brew is well made and meant for someone who enjoys a strong oak and vanilla flavor. That someone is not me, which is why I gave it only a slightly above average rating. If you enjoy those two flavors, then give this beer a try.

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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 J23hc
3.83/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear dark amber tone, smells of spices and cherry, taste is very cinnamon spicy with some rubbing alcohol aftertaste. A bit watery thin, on the malty side but enough of a balance with the spiciness to not make it too sweet, a tad bland not all the way there but close

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Photo of ricchezza
3.98/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very clear chestnut-red with little to no head on it.

Smells malty sweet, typical of a red ale. This beer has a tanginess that immediately attacks the sides of my tongue. A trace taste of vanilla leaves a silky feeling on the palate. Definitely malt forward with no noticeable hop presence. As suggested by the title, the wood plays a big factor in the taste with positive results.

A very well crafted beer. Another winner from the Boston Beer Co.

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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 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 FlatRabbitRed
4.33/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I read some of the reviews on this and frankly I have no clue where some of these people are comming from. A person rated this beer as a three point something and said "it is like Rogue Dead Guy Ale or a Sam Adams Longshot winning Derfs Secret Alt". First off those beers are both five point beers, and second of all, these beers are nothing alike!

Full body, malty with a slight oak caracter.

If you are looking for an oak aged beer, you will probably think you dont taste any oak at all.

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Photo of CuteZombieDoll
3.58/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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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 anth0ny
3.23/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a clear pour with a medium brown amber color. Little to no head.

I'm not getting much in the nose. Very faint aroma of malt sweetness.

The taste very mild. I'm getting a very light molasses sweetness with some bready malt in the middle, a touch of oak on the way out. It's got a good flavor, but too subtle. I wouldn't call it 'mighty'. Very light and drinkable. It's got a creamy feel, light/moderate carbonation.

Overall it's a pretty inoffensive beer on all levels.

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Photo of bobhall78
5/5  rDev +45.8%
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.

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Photo of Kobal
2.58/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a nice red/auburn color with a semi-thick head. Nose leaves a bit to be desired, oak is notable, but little else is present. Mouthfeel is somewhat creamy and dries out toward the end. First sip is big malty oak, a little sweet for my taste. Reminiscent in some ways of a pumpkin ale. I tasted touches of vanilla and allspice, but malty oak still dominates the palate. Nothing offensive but nothing inspiring, either. Not a beer I’d go out of my way for.

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Photo of dalehili
3.93/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Found this in a Sam Adams brewmasters sampler 12 pack at Target, of all places. Hard to pass up as the sampler included three new varieties I hadn't yet tried. Poured into pint glass, with a perfect dark amber. Not much head, but decent lacing on the side of the glass. Mouthfeel was the low point for me, as there was no substance, just watery. Flavor was quite the opposite, though. Strong oak flavor, highlighted with a perfect blend of caramel and vanilla. This might be the driest finish of any beer I can recall. Decent beer that I would purchase on its own, away from the sampler. I want to prefer other breweries to Sam Adams, because I feel they are almost too mainstream. However, I can't deny that Jim Koch and crew put out some quality beverages. I'd rate it overall as an 89.

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Photo of spatown
2.92/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'm not a fan of ambers and this reminded me of one except for the slightly oak'd taste. Nothing special with this beer. Quality is typical of a Samuel Adams beer. Good packaging and labeling. I'd would have preferred a stronger oak taste. Worth a try but I'd limit it to a six pack.

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