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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Photo of budgood1
3.42/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
3.49/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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 yergermeister
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of adamette
2.03/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Review from notes taken 12 23 12. Poured from the 12 oz. bottle that was given to me by my brother Pete. Thanks for the opportunity! Poured into a clean, clear pint glass.

A Translucent dark yellow body under and all too brief head. 2.5

S Disappointingly for me, little to no "oak" detected in the smell. I have had oak aged beers before and they have intrigued me. Perhaps I was led by the title of the beer to expect some sense of oak in the smell/flavor and that was my fault but none-the-less I find myself disappointed. In fact, the smell was of a distant barley malt and it was not easy to detect that. 2.0

T Unfortunately again, the taste carried right from the smell in a forgettable, thin tasting amber. There was barley malt and the slightest hops that I could taste. This would probably be a good session beer if it was not so boring to the point of distraction. 2.0

M To thin for me. I need something with more depth any more. 2.0

D/O Drinkability again would have been high but it is too boring. Overall this is not a good beer. 2.0

Notes: My impression went from "Oh, cool, something called 'Mighty Oak'" to "Damn, this beer is really boring and I don't think that I will ever look for it again."

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Photo of Zachtheporter
3/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of lucasj82
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Kunstman
3.5/5  rDev +2%

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 TimoP
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of shand
3.9/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

It's quite a looker, with a stunning red-amber color capped with a sizeable head. Smells fairly similar to Boston Lager with a touch of oak. The taste is solid, it's a nice amber ale with a solid malty presence and some nice vanilla flavors. Just a touch of oak comes in on the finish. The mouthfeel and drinkability are both solid. I could see this being disappointing if you're expecting the oak, but it's a good tasting beer either way.

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Photo of nebula1999
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of HarmonMW
3/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of chefhatt
4/5  rDev +16.6%
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.

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Photo of Lantern
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of savagepm
4/5  rDev +16.6%

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 falloutsnow
3.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From: Binny's, Schaumburg, IL
Date: Best by June 2012 (stored in a fridge since purchase)
Glass: Standard US pint glass

Mighty Oak ale comes across as a fairly solid, malt-forward amber ale, with ample focus on caramelized sugars, toasted malts, and noticeable oak. The style itself is often not considered particularly exciting, and it's nice to see a brewery trying something novel (oak aging) to see what it brings to the senses. A pleasant, malty beer that would be satisfying in the early spring or later fall months.

Pours a beige, 1cm tall head of small bubbles, which features average retention, fading to a thin ring of bubbles around the glass and a small island of foam in the center, atop the body. Lacing is fairly minimal, a few minor spots and lines scattered along the interior of the glass. The body is a dark amber-brown color, light bringing out brighter orange, yellow, and brown tones around the perimeter. Carbonation is visible through the slightly hazy body, as it is somewhat numerous and vigorous.

Aroma of caramel malt sweetness, brown sugar, slightly toasted malts lending a faint nuttiness, and some minor berry and oak character. In all, more reminiscent of a fairly solid bock than an amber ale, rather enjoyable if you're into malts.

The beer focuses on malts, with major flavors being caramelized sugar sweetness, toasted bread and nuts, slight bitterness from hops, and a modest oak character. As with the aroma, quite bock-like, and pleasant if you appreciate malty beers. Opens with mild notes of oak and stronger caramel malt sweetness, leading to a mid-palate of more toffee and caramel, slight toasted bread and nuts, wood/oak, and some dry leaf-like flavor. Back of palate finds continued caramel and toffee-like flavors/sweetness with a more noticeable toasted bread/nut flavor, dry leaves, and very faint bitterness (from hops?). Aftertaste of sweet caramel and toasted malts, oak, dry leaves, and faint berry-like esters.

Beer is medium-bodied with medium-low intensity carbonation. The mouthfeel is never fizzy, though carbonation can be lightly felt as it slightly foams the beer upon palate contact. The result is a semi-foamy, semi-smooth mouthfeel that generally balances the weight and flavors well. Closes fairly dry, with ample stickiness left lingering on the palate.

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Photo of Hoptometrist
3.11/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

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Photo of grahamboudreaux
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of Kyrojack
2/5  rDev -41.7%

Photo of Duhast500
3.9/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a dimpled mug.

The color is a deep orange/gold with a finger of foamy brownish head and some thick lacing left on the glass.

The smell is oaky with some sweet malt flavor that is right behind that nice woody aroma that is right in the nose first. There is a spicy bit of aroma as well and it has a slight caramel flavor.

The taste is big butterscotch and is almost like candy as it comes down. There is some nice sweet honey flavor as well that seems to lay down on the tongue and helps the oak flavor slide down and makes this taste just delicious.

This beer has such a smooth feel that is goes down easy even thought there is a bit of a punch that was not expected. A real jem from Boston Beer.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.54/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked this beer up in a "brewmasters selection" variety box at the 1960 and Cutten Spec's. I have never tried a couple of the beers in this series, so I picked it up. Here is the first one:

Appearance: The beer pours a clear amber color with a small tan head of small bubbles that were pretty active and ended up fading back into the beer within about 30 seconds. There was a persistent small ring of foam where the beer meets the glass. There is no lacing left on the glass after drinking.

Aroma: I initially got a nice fresh floral hop aroma that was mixing with some sweet toasty malts that reminded me of an Oktoberfest, so there is quite a bit of Munich malt in this beer. The aroma is moving more toward cara-vienna malt as it is warming up some. The hops are mildly floral, but pretty reserved overall.

Taste: The flavor is much different than the aroma alluded to. The overall mouthfeel is dry and that hits you immediately, and the beer is way more attenuated than the sweetness in the aroma let on. There is hops present in the flavor, in that they give you a pretty good dose of flowers in the beginning of the taste, and end up bittering up the finish quite a bit. Overall the malt is the dominant force in the finish, but not by too much. The carbonation is adequate for what this beer is. It is slightly low, but the beer is pretty dry overall, so this is a good thing.

Opinion: This is an alright beer. I was a bit disappointed between the aroma and the flavor. I was expecting quite a bit more deliverance in the flavor, but it ended up being a well attenuated version of what I was expecting. Overall the beer is pretty light on the palate and pretty drinkable, but not one I would come back to unless it was like the only beer on tap at a pizza joint...then I would probably take it over iced tea or something non-beer like.

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Photo of beagle75
3.54/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Very clear, medium amber color with one finger of diminishing parchment-tinted foam head. Light lacing remains on the glass.

S: Fermented mixed fruit is strong in the smell, with some refined caramel in support.

T: Begins off-dry, with crystal malt and carbonic acidity equally matched. A more polished version of that same malt emerges in the middle as acidity fades, this time in combination with cherry-like yeast esters. The presence of oak is understated throughout, but perhaps most contributory during the second act where a woody dryness settles on the palate. Flavors become diluted into the finish, with minimal bitterness present. Mild vanilla, perhaps also derived from wood, lingers alongside more yeast esters that take on cooked apple and dried pear qualities late.

M: Thin viscosity, watery and smooth on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This fruity ale has an old-fashioned English charm about it, suggesting that the brewer had a stock ale or old ale of lesser strength in mind. While not perfect, it really only stumbles significantly when compared to high-end barrel-aged beers. If Sierra Nevada's Old Cantankerous ale had been like this, then it would have been a much better beer.

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Photo of Raime
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had but apparently never reviewed

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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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