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Samuel Adams Mighty Oak AleSamuel Adams Mighty Oak Ale
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Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States | website

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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3.43
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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 barnzy78
2.91/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, pours bright copper with a gorgeous, fluffy, off-white head, that holds good retention and leaves sticky lacing all over the glass. Aromas are sweet and oaky with vanilla, caramel - creme brulee perhaps. Tastes are sweet caramel and toffee up-front with notes of brown sugar, oak, and a overly strong dose of vanilla - it's a sweet, malty mess with vanilla to boot. Finishes with a slight herbal hop bite, with more sweet vanilla sticking on the palate. Mouth-feel is syrupy, medium-to-full bodied, and smooth. Overall, I think this really could have been better. The oak aging took over everything and we're left with a vanilla ale that is rather off-putting. The appearance was the best thing about this one & it seemed to be all downhill from there.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.55/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle served in a nonic pint. Enjoy before June notched on the label. Pours a brownish-amber hue with a translucent clarity and a loose, half inch, cream-colored head. Some thins strands of lacing coat the sides of the glass during the tasting. Nose is pleasant and malty with toffee and some buttery notes. Taste follows nose with the addition of a faint metallic quality. Butter comes off more as diacetyl. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with a pleasant, even carbonation and a slightly oily texture. Overall, not a bad beer. Nothing mind blowing but decent.

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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 Darkmagus82
3.65/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance – A beautiful golden-red color forming a billowy tan head. It hold for ~ 1min before fading to a thin wispy foam with a very light bit of lacing on the glass.

Smell – Oak and sweet malts first are present. Some vanilla and the slightest bit of caramel come through at the end, rounding out to be a very pleasant odor.

Taste – The slight caramel sweetness is present up front, but then is hit with some oak flavor and a bit more maltiness. The oaky maltiness takes hold and lasts until the end of the flavor experience where an ever so slight bit of vanilla sweetness works it way in and lingers on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – Smooth and a little lighter on the carbonation make for a easy drinking brew. Nothing exceptional in the body, but quite pleasant and easy drinking.

Overall – A nice brew with some interesting qualities. Get the oakiness without the overbearing alcohol flavors of many oaky beers. Not too shabby.

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Photo of ZAP
3.76/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oak is not very evident despite being called "The Mighty Oak Ale"

Still, the "Might Zap" feels this is a tasty beverage....not oozing in flavor or aroma but enjoyable.

The flavor is of sticky sweet malts with vanilla notes, a light berry dimension and a touch of hazelnuts.

The nose is unremarkable but not bad...sticky sweet malts...a hint of vanilla.

Body is medium light....carbonation is good...good clarity for an ale.

Overall this is worth trying and a decent enough effort but a bit of a letdown for something called "The Mighty Oak Ale"....just expected more woody notes....I would definitely buy this though if it came in 12 packs for 13,14 bucks....

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.21/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Attractive red hues, professional grade clarity with half inch of head. Average retention. Inconsistent lacing. Aroma did not deliver on the mighty oak imagery.

Taste was the same way, very minimal oak presence, under utilized hopping schedule I think. Comes off as virgin oak, doesn't have anything else going for it. A version of this with more oak, more hops would be a better version. Decent base to start with.

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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 rlee1390
3.77/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Clear amber, not much carbonation, one finger head

S-Caramel, toffee, malt and some nuttiness

T-Caramel, toffee, not much bitterness, nuts, some spice and then some vanilla and oak as it warms

M-Light to medium bodied, smooth

O-Another decent beer from the mix pack. Too bad Alpine Spring is the seasonal when Whitewater and Might Oak are better.

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Photo of gtermi
3.91/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer pours a very nice dark copper, with a thin white head that quickly fades.

S: There isnt too much here. I get a bit of caramel, some malt and a bit of sweetness, but after that, there really isnt much else in this beer.

T: There is a very nice, sweet, caramel malt flavor to this beer. It lingers on and it just gets better.

M: This beer has a good amount of crispness. It also leaves a sugary feeling in your mouth and makes me want a glass of water. Not bad, but not great.

O: I think this is a pretty solid beer by BBC. There are a few flaws to this beer, but the taste is amazing to me. A great Red Ale is hard to find and this for sure is one of the better ones on the market.

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Photo of jzlyo
3.47/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The aroma is fruit (raspberry) and bread. The appearance is medium amber and very clear. The taste is raspberries and bread, with a malty finish. The fruit and bread flavors helped make this an above average amber ale, easy to drink and will try this again.

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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 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 KTCamm
3.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Pours medium dark reddish amber, good foaming, some residual. Sweet malty caramel smell. Strong vanilla smell, woody sweet taste with a smooth gradual finish. The beer trusts the oak to hold the sweetness in check rather than any hop. Finish has a lot of vanilla. Nice blend, good taste, perhaps a bit too sweet - can get cloying.

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Photo of MattyG85
3.95/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

Appearance: Pours a deep and clear amber orange with lots of rising bubbles. Solid three fingers of off white head with very good retention. Lots of lace sticking to the glass.

Smell: Deep aroma of sweet caramel malts with notes of toffee and brown sugar. Oak and vanilla are fairly subtle but there. Also some light hints of dark fruit and some earthy hops in the background. Kind of smells like an oaked bock.

Taste: Sweet bready malts with lots of caramel and toffee. A little sugar and hints of dark fruit. Subtle hints of oak and vanilla towards the middle with a light hint of wood lingering into the aftertaste. Finishes with some hints of earthy hops. A good malty taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Creamy, slightly syrupy, and very smooth.

Overall: A nice tasting beer. Good use of malts although the oak could of been a little stronger.

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Photo of jsh420
2.65/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

notched JUN 2012

pours bright clear amber with a small of white foam left no lacing

smells of pale caramel malt tiny bit of citrus

taste is a so so amber - the vanilla in the beer is very fake did they dump in extract in this??? i do not pick up any oak which is in the name of the beer - mighty oak?? i think not

mouthfeel is a medium body low carb - adds nothing to this beer

overall - this is the SA i am used to - very underwhelming sub par craft beer

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

Deep reddened copper color with a small, soapy head. Nice sheets of lacing. Aside from the typical Sam Adams yeast character, the aroma features mild spicy, woody notes, soft fruits, and a bit of vanilla. Malty, sweet flavor...a fair amount of fresh grain, oak, and toffee. Simple and clean. Nothing to get excited about; if it were available in six-packs, I don't think I would ever pick one up. Not bad...just nothing special.

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Photo of canucklehead
3.03/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Came in the Spring Mixed Pack. This to me is a English style beer in its hops and its malt profile. Not a bad beer but the vanilla notes didn't really add to the mix and I found the beer a little one dimensional. I expected more from the description of the beer.

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Photo of Brent
3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Did not strike me at all as an American amber or red - more of an English pale ale. Caramel malt character is predominant, with some rustic husky notes. Hopping is mild and nondescript. Slightly woody at the finish, but that may just be the power of suggestion.

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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 JoeyBeerBelly
3.47/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle served in a glass beer mug.

L - clear amber color with a beige head that thinned leaving a few spots of lacing.

S - sweet caramel malt with a hint of oak.

T - a little more of the oak comes through in the taste which is sweet and malty.

F - medium bodied with a smooth feel.

O - a good example of the style.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.87/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- dark copper in color with a foamy white head, little lacing.

S- woody, mossy, some sweet malts. Getting a very musky outdoor like smell. Very interesting.

T- musky, oaky, a bit of bubble gum, red apples, finishes slightly sour and astringent.

M- medium body, medium-low carbonation.

O- a very different and interesting take on a red ale. It starts sweet, then moves into the oak taste which brings out a bit of the sourness. Overall different and something I'd like to see more of.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.77/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours an amber/copper color with almost no head that quickly disappears

S: Notes of cherry, vanilla, oak, and caramel along with a distinct maltiness

T: Follows the nose, with mostly oak, vanilla, caramel, cherry and some additional sweetness

M: Surprisingly light bodied with moderate carbonation. I would definitely like to see more body

O: A nice red ale that is aged very nicely in oak. You still get that red ale base that is only complimented by the oak. Not too grainy, like a lot of red ales that I seem to dislike

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Photo of srandycarter
3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Nice deep, clear amber. Large off white head, leaves to disk. Lots of cling.

S - Banana, sweet malt. Maybe a touch of vanilla. Wood itself very subdued.

T - Thin flavor. Malt definitely dominates. Banana and wood is much more prevalent than in smell.

M - Carb ok, lower than maybe could be. Creamy, not enough bite at end for me.

D - Enjoyed trying it. First of a seasonal pack, so I will be reviewing them all.

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Photo of ummswimmin
3.65/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked up this bottle at a Wegman's about five months ago with no awareness of anything about this beer.

I poured this beer into a snifter based on the description of the oak aging. I got quite a bit of foam from the bottle. As the foam dropped down, then there was a decent amount of lacing on the glass. The coloring is spot-on. This is definitely a "red."

The smell provides a decent amount of malt and amber presence. I don't get the oak, which was surprising.

The taste is a malt bomb. I get a ton of it. There is a little oakiness in the background, but not much.

This was an interesting experience. I'm glad that Boston Beer is experimenting, but this isn't really hitting it for me.

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