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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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:
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Added by Jason on 11-18-2011

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501
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3.43
pDev:
15.16%
 
 
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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 donkeyrunner
2.81/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Jurassic Park frozen mosquito amber color with an thin eggshell head. A few wisps of lace left by a fairly hardy skim retention. Sweet tree pic on the bottle.

Smells like oak, bread crust and lots of sweet crystal malts.

Very, very sweet. Sweet and mildly crusty caramel and vanilla. Even with Sam Adams dulled down flavor profile it's still ridiculously imbalanced. Some IBUs would have helped tipped the sweet vs. bitter scale more towards middle ground.

Still one of the worst house ale yeasts in beer. Oaky? Yes. Mighty? No.

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Photo of flexabull
3.45/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright and clear amber color with a small white head.

Aromas are sweet and caramel like, with some vanilla, and a bit of dust.

Taste is sweet up front, caramel, creamy, with hints of vanilla, and some nuttiness. Finish is dry, and kind of fleeting, with some light oak and spiciness.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin, with decent carbonation.

Overall, this is a decent, but kind of a boring beer. If they were going for oak flavors, they are hard to find, instead the beer just comes off as malty sweet.

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Photo of ngeunit1
3.7/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a fairly clear amber-red with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving bedhind some light lace.

S - Aroma is a mix of toasted and caramelized malts with some vanilla, oak, and a touch of dark fruit.

T - Starts off with a mix of sweet caramelized malts with some light vanilla, and a touch of noble hop. Through the middle, some oak comes through with a touch of dark fruit. The finish is a mix of toasted caramelzied malts with some vanilla, oak, and earthy flavors.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet and oaky finish.

D - Very drinkable. Pretty good amber ale with the oak flavor adding some complexity. A bit off balanced though.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
1.91/5  rDev -44.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Appearance - Pours a deep, dark amber with a tinge of red. Almost no head to speak of.

Smell - This is an ale? Smells like a "Big 3" lager, with maybe a hint of caramel. This isn't boding well.

Taste - Generic beer taste. Subtle hints of caramel, but mostly it just tastes cheap. Finishes like it came out of an AB can... a lot of alkalinity with this one.

Mouthfeel - Light, and almost no carbonation to speak of... I've awoken to half empty beers with more carbonation than this.

Overall - Severely disappointed. This may be the worst beer I've ever had from Sam Adams. If you put me up in a blind taste test between this and Budweiser American Ale, it'd be blind luck if I got it right.

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

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Redish brown, minor 1/4 inch creamy head, decent lacing.

Smell - Malts, cherries, caramel, some dark fruits like rasin and plum, a little added spices.

Taste - Huge vanilla/soda-like flavor. Cherry and plum flavor also. Weres the oak? this is almost like drinking a cherry pepsi or some flat faygo. Malts are sweet, caramely and bold. Not much hop flavor.

Mouthfeel - Pretty smooth and sweet but not overly done. Plenty of vannila hits the tounge alogn with cherry and malts. Palette gets remaining malts. Aftertaste is watery and weak.

Overall - Weres the oak? I think its hidden under the vanilla and cherry. I hoped this was going to be a great beer since im such a oak fan, but man, no type of oak at all comes out. Its ok, but nothing special here, could care less to drink again really.

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Photo of Chaney
3.1/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Best by June 2012.

Poured into a FFF shaped glass.

A: Poured a crystal clear amber color, with 1/2 finger head that stayed afloat as I siphoned the liquid below it. It looked about right for this style.

S: More on the malt than hop side, with very much a "mallow creme" candy sugar profile on the nose.

T: A bit thin, and a bit stomach acid-like. There really wasn't much flavor here, and the flavor that I got really amounted to malt and intense sugar.

M: True, this didn't leave a lingering sugar coat on the palate, but overall, there really wasn't much here to get excited about feel-wise. Measly carbonated....

O: I was looking more forward to this one than any of the others in the mix pack, and I guess I was letdown in epic fashion.

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Photo of jsanford
3.82/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

Pours a clear reddish-amber with a dense off-white head that settles to a thick haze. Malty aromas of biscuit malt and caramel dominate with some piney hops and a touch of oak. Taste is similar to the nose, very malty, with plenty of caramel, biscuit, and buttered toast with a noticeable "woody" finish that imparts delicate vanilla and oak flavors. Mouthfeel is smooth with a medium-thin body and good carbonation. Overall a very approachable, drinkable brew!

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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 brewandbbq
3.63/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle.

Pours clear copper with an amber hue and a half inch head of tight beige. A few whisps on the surface for the duration with errant dots of lacing.

Aromatics are a blend of caramel and buttery earth. A hint of oak perhaps, only if you were looking for it. Beyond that the beer has an aroma which is found in many Sam Adams beers which I guess I would describe as a bit spicy.

Medium bodied with lightish carbonation. A bit syrupy.

Sweet malt, caramel, and a trace of drying oak start the palate. A mild bitterness and a hint of toffee follows through.

Finishes with lingering caramel and very mild oaky tannins.

This beer is quite timid in relation to it's moniker. The oak is so subdued that it's bareley there and beyond that it tastes like a pedestrian amber. I think they played it a bit too safe on this one, but good for them for taking a stab at a nationally marketed oaked-ale.

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Photo of bsp77
2.7/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into pint-like glass.

Appearance: Rich amber without much head and no lacing. Looks flat a couple minutes after pouring.

Smell: Cherry, caramel and vanilla. Very mild.

Taste: Tastes like a too sweet amber ale with a hint of vanilla. Virtually no hops.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium light body, very little dryness on the finish.

Overall: Maybe someone else can make a low abv oaked ale, because this is not really any better than a macro such as Michelob Amber Bock. Actually, I would rather have Amber Bock.

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Photo of bnes09
3.08/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Transparent amber colored ale. Weak head with descent retention and spots of lacing.

Clean smell. Just faint bread grains and cherries.

Mellow malt backbone with mild smoky tones. Hint of cherry sweetness. Medicinal hop bitterness. Tart in the finish.

Medium bodied with crisp carbonation. Finish is on the dry side. Slick texture.

Just ok. Nothing about this beer really blew me away. Simple flavor and a little boring.

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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 secondtooth
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Attractive and clean/clear amber complexion, with an average head. Light, but frilly lacework.

Nose is malty. I get an earthy, almost Scottish peatiness in the aroma, somehow.

Taste is mild up front, with a malty sweetness on the palate following. The oak flavor is subtle, very subtle. Overall, not bad at all, but not one I'd pursue further, either.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.65/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a reddish orange with a good foamy creamy colored head. Some retention, no lace.

Caramel, vanilla, some wood, fruity notes, a little perfume floral note.

Caramel and toasted malt up front, some fruit, leading to moderate bitterness and loss of sugar in the finish. You get the woody note in the flavor.

Medium body, standard SA carbonation.

Overall, I think I'd tire of this after a couple. I like the take on the style, and the layers of flavors. A decent fruity ale with some nice accents.

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Photo of rangerred
2.59/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear medium brown with a two finger head. Head fades rather quickly, though, leaving some nice lacing.

Aroma is quite malty with toffee being predominant. There are also some earthy hops but really no oak at all.

The flavor begins fairly malty with toffee once again and maybe only the slightest hint of wood. There is a slight alcohol note which I thought was odd with this being only 5.7%. There is also an astringent, almost solvent like quality that is not good. Mouthfeel is pretty slick and creamy.

Overall this is not one of Sam Adams’ best efforts. Not really any oak to speak of and too many off flavors.

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

Hello!

Appearance – Pours into a tulip with an amber/reddish hue. About a half finger of slight off white head is achieved with a gentle pour.

Smell – Heavy malt, chocolate, vanilla, cream.

Taste – Very sweet. Lots of caramel and toffee mixed with a bit of “fake” vanilla. Bready, a hint of oak, and more sweetness.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, moderate carbonation.

Overall – Not very good. Cloying in the sweetness department.

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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 CampusCrew
2.93/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pros: loys of vanilla flavor from the oak obviously. Really nice red dapple color to the body and a decent head. Cons: if the oak was left out this would have been a light red ale. Like killians quality. Its all oak favor and no body. Overall flavor is weak. Very disappointing. Could barley finish.

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Photo of daliandragon
2.93/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I'm a little skeptical of this one as this is a hard style to really make a splash in and they're not releasing it on its own but hiding it in their latest mixed twelve pack. Clear copper body with wet white head. Vanilla and caramel tinge the nose, which sweetens as it warms.

The taste is a little all over the place. Real sweet caramel up front and then the late oak finish but kind of a watery mush in between. Texture is smooth but spineless. This isn't terrible, I just can't see going out of my way for it. Some buffed up hops would probably improve this but that would change the style. Maybe it's self fulfilling prophecy but I feel like my instincts were right on with this one...

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Photo of bashiba
3.96/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a crystal clear dark red with a nice long lasting creamy head.

The smell is light and malty with a touch of oak.

The flavor is a nice deep caramel malt with a touch of sweetness and some nice oak flavors, very light bit of earthy hops.

The mouthfeel is where the oak qualities really shine, giving it a nice dry finish.

Very drinkable yet interesting amber.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.09/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a clear amber color, not much head nor lacing.

Smell has an odd oaky aroma mix with fruit and a sweet malt backing, something is just really odd or off, possibly the vanilla which I don't think works too well and makes the hop aroma smell stale.

Taste is a mix of sweet malt and fruity flavors, picking up a blend of oak and vanilla, carbonation gives it a nice crisp feeling and is refreshing, still, the combination of everything just doesn't seem to work together, some aspects playing tug of war with no one winning in the end.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.12/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Part of the Samuel Adams Spring Brewmaster's Collection Varietal Pack. According to the label: "Distinct notes of oak come through in the flavor of this smooth amber ale. The vanilla and caramel character from the oak is balanced by the malty sweetness and roasted notes from our blend of four malts for a long, dry finish. Cheers!" Date notched on the bottle is Mid-June 2012.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a Samuel Adams' Sensory Glass. Served at 47º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a crisp fizzy/frothy caramel-cream head with a slightly below average retention, settling down to a thin surface cover shortly thereafter. Lacing is thin and spotty. Body color is a deep copper-amber, very mildly hazy with dramatically lighter colors and clearer complexions in thinner areas. Carbonation is abundant and active. Overall a bit thin in the appearance, head presentation and body tone could probably improve a bit. 3

(Smell) A dominant vanilla bean flavor over a tart caramel husk malt bill forms the majority of this aroma. Oak characteristics are mild but certainly noticeable, lending well to the vanilla. Hop presence is very limited but bitterness is easy to smell. Aroma is overall nice although a choosy few may find the vanilla too sweet, dominating and even a bit cloying in the role it lands to the aroma. 3.5

(Taste) Up front, a caramel malt bill with a much lesser vanilla emphasis than in the smell. The husky caramel and hop bitterness certainly makes the overall flavor a bit more bitter and dry than one would expect, perhaps a bit too much so. The dry, faint vanilla finish is where the oak comes through the most, alluding to a sharp, rustic, woody, and dry finish. The flavor may not be fantastic for an oaked ale, but there's certainly no shortage of flavor here. I was a bit disappointed in the tartness and a lack of sweetness to balance the flavor out. 3

(Mouthfeel) Mouthfeel is consistently slick throughout with just a touch of air, although it doesn't hit the mark in any focused texture, it merely waffles in limbo. Alcohol presence is low/medium. Body is medium. The texture isn't very well focused, which doesn't aid the drinkability of flavor of this beer well. 3

(Overall) I figured that this could potentially be a difficult beer to swallow, as some oaked ales can be. While the oak itself wasn't the disappointing part of the beer, a lack of presentation, focused texture and unbalanced tart, bitter flavor certainly makes this a much more difficult beer to drink than it should be. There are certainly some necessary tweaks to be made to this beer and I would inform consumers to be wary when considering this beer. I'm not expecting it to return to the lineup anytime soon. 3

Boston Beer Company's
Samuel Adams Mighty Oak Ale
3.1/5.00

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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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