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

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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 brewmudgeon
2.31/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

SA mighty oak

a 3.5 red color with a 1.5 finger off white head that leaves scant lace.

s 2.5 not much in the aroma department, a little sweetness, a little roast

t 2.0 there's a little sweetness and a little roast, and precious little else. and the finish leaves a fairly unpleasant linger of bland roast and slight astringence.

m 3.0 light to medium, kinda watery, somewhat spritzy carb

o 2.0 hoped this would be better (obviously). sometimes, the tiny explorer inside me just can't resist a variety pack. but sometimes, with SA, it just seems like i'm getting 2 good beers for the price of 12.

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Photo of devinoconnor
3.43/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light brown color with a generous two fingers of foamy head. Smell is oaky and nutty, with a strong vanilla aroma.

Taste is malty and smooth, with a hint of cherry and vanilla heavy. Well balanced and rather refreshing. A subtle version of the strawberry wheat almost...

Nice, easy drinking beer that has a nice complex character.

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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 CaptJackHarkness
4.38/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Twelve ounce bottle freshness dated to July 2012.

Pours a deep copper with foamy beige head. head lasts a fair amount of time, spotty lacing. Aroma is grassy, vanilla; not woody or whiskey barrel. Taste is creamy, vanilla, sweetish.Mouthfeel is light and a bit tangy. Quite enjoyable!

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

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

LOOK: Dark copper hue, sufficient amount of head

SMELL: Caramel, faint oak, browned apples, mild alcohol esters, vanilla, grassy hop

TASTE: Big smoothness, creamy, pull of oakiness, caramel, vanilla, soft hop resin, light biscuit, ripe apples and pears, semi-dry finish

A great stab at the whole fresh barrel aged beer movement, this direction I'd love to see from more brewers. As for Mighty Oak, its a good start. The oak does come around and the beer is pretty drinkable, a bit more dry would work for me.

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

Pours a clear reddish amber color with a half inch beige head that quickly disappears.

Vanilla, oak, and toasted malt lead the aroma, with caramel sweetness and a subtle pine essence.

Flavor is citrusy initially, lemon, then subtle toasted malt, a hint of vanilla, and an oaky, lightly bitter finish.

Body is medium with a moderate amount of carbonation.

Kind of an odd beer. Would've expected a hoppier aroma and a bit more malt presence in the flavor.

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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 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 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 cjgator3
2.54/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle

A- Pours a dark brownish amber color with an off-white head.

S- The aroma is very faint. There is some caramel and maybe a hint of vanilla. Not impressed with the aroma.

T- The taste is malty up front with some caramel sweetness and a touch of oak in the finish.

M- The mouthfeel is between light and medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, this one didn't do anything for me, it was just kind of bland.  I wouldn't purchase it again.

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

12 oz from the new SA spring brewers choice spring mix pack at the Teeter, drink by June 2012.

A- Pours a clear reddish orange (mahogany). Little to no head, lacing hangs a bit on the side of the glass.

S - Malts, slight vanilla, grain

T- More of the same, vanilla and a hint of caramel, some Dr Pepper taste comes through as well. Catching a hint of spice, possibly nutmeg?

M - Mouthfeel is good, could use a touch more carbonation to balance the slick sweetness.

O - A solid offering. The vanilla oak sweetness is not overbearing or cloying, and the finish is fairly clean (a touch of back of the tongue bitterness). Some additional hop balance and carbonation would bring this beer up a notch.

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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 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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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 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 Stinkypuss
3.73/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Samuel Adams Mighty Oak Ale

Pours a light amber color, creamy off white foam forms and eventually disappears. Strong caramel in the aroma, with hints of vanilla. In the taste, caramel and Munich malts stand out, oak flavor lends some dryness and noticeable tannins. Light vanilla, nutty and brown sugar flavors. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a prolonged drying finish showing the barrel /wood chip influence. Overall, an approachable Oak aged brown ale, gets better with each sip.

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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 Celtics76
3.03/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought the Brewer's Choice 12-pack and had high hopes for this one. Poured into a Sam Adams pint glass. Nice copper color with very little head that dissipates quickly. Mild lacing is present.

As for smell, very run of the mill red ale scent to it. Taste is along those lines - similar to the Irish Red, which is also part of the 12-pack. I haven't had that one in a while, so I could be wrong but that's the first thing I thought of when I tried this. Very malty flavor with vanilla/caramel notes.

This is very average. It's fine as part of a bargain 12-pack (only $12.99) but I would not seek this one out. Looking forward to trying the Whitewater IPA next - Go Pats.

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

A fairly non descript ale that showcases a surprisingly amount of malt complexity and low-lying hop character for a sweeter ale with oak-like tendencies.

Mightly oak pours with a garnet or deep amber color and with bright clarity. A medium froathy head settles on the beer and retains fairly, although not special. Low on lace, the beer's most appealing aesthetics is with the brilliant tawny garnet hue.

Aromas of caramel and malt are the focal points to the nose. Deep caramel, light woody vanilla and a nutty scent round out the aromas. Low on hops and mild on fruitiness, the beer relies heavily on the malt and wood aromatics.

Flavors are equally as simplified- lightly burnt caramel flavors boarder on toffee while the oak offers more caramel, vanilla, and a nutty/woody taste that addes to the complex sweetness. Mildly herbal and soft with non-descript fruitiness of English-like ales offer little to complement the heavy malt influence. Clean, just sweet.

Medium bodied, but the lack of balance gives a heavier impression because of the malt-heavy feel. Drying slightly at mid palate, the beer continues to develop a shy hop bitterness and light tanic bite either from grain or from wood aging. Slight warmth in alcohol keeps the beer drinkable in the end.

Another fine, but less than stellar ale from the Boston Beer Company. When needing a beer for that "malt-fix" this is a good go-to choice. The wood character is terse and is easily overlooked. While the lack of balance keeps the beer one-dimensional, I do appreciate the focus on malt and complementary wood notes. Simply a timid beer overall.

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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 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 MrHurmateeowish
3.35/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle from this year's spring mix-pack. Pours a dark amber crystal-clear body with a thin film of khaki colored head. Vanilla and wood comprise the aroma. Wood, vanilla, caramel, and nut comprise the flavor. Medium in both body and carbonation. Not bad - decent. Tastes good, but nothing to write home about.

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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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