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

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79
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176 Reviews
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Samuel Adams Mighty Oak AleSamuel Adams Mighty Oak Ale
BEER INFO

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:
No notes at this time.

Added by Jason on 11-18-2011

BEER STATS
Reviews:
176
Ratings:
501
Avg:
3.43
pDev:
25.36%
 
 
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Photo of sailorastro
3.83/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Overall: This is one of the first brews from Boston Beer Co. that can make a person say, "It's about time." Pick this up while it's available.

Appearance: Oak-red color shuffles the body of this brew. One-finger head that leaves a lace that sinks quicker than the Titanic. Good carbonation.

Smell: Sweet, like a cola. Notes of cherry and liquorish fall into line, like a Cherry Coke made for adults; no one under the age of 21 are allowed on this ride.

Taste: This is "Cherry Wheat" stepped up a notch--combined with flavors of molasses, clove, and the evergreen reminder of hops, the taste is off balanced enough to remain an organized mess. Sour notes follow through at the end.

Mouthfeel: Slightly heavy and overly carbonated. Sour-tart finish at the end asks to be washed down with another drink.

Sampled from a Samuel Adams Boston Lager pint glass.

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Photo of scratch69
3.58/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I poured a bottle into a Samuel Adams glass.

Appearance- Amber color with a fingers worth of tan head that disappears quickly. Slight amount of lacing.

Smell- Faint malty aroma with hints of vanilla and berry.

Taste- Sweet malty flavor dominates with a hint of vanilla and caramel. I don't detect any oak flavor whatsoever.

Mouthfeel- On the light side of medium bodied and slightly creamy. Nice amount of carbonation.

Overall- I was expecting a more hearty ale. This is not a bad beer though. Add a little oak flavor and this beer would be great.

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

Pours a bright clear red hue with a light tan khaki head forming thick and dwindling slow down the sides of my glass, the head is big bubbled with chunks of sporadic lacing left behind. Aroma has a nice caramel malt presence with a touch of oak/vanilla notes somewhat earthy blended notes but nothing as extreme in the oak character as most beergeeks are used to. Flavor is upfront with malt sweetness with a touch of toasted oak notes with a big fruity cherry note coming through and ending with a more caramelized malt presence. Drinking extremely effortlessly or I'm just really thirsty for a beer after work nothing extreme about the oak presence here. Just a nicely constructed red ale with a hint of something more complex than your typical red. Carbonation is sturdy really flows well, not cloyiing in anyway unless you're really sensitive to a maltier beer. Overall I would drink this again as part of a sampler but I couldn't honestly want to reach for just this in a sixer of it's own.

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

Poured out of a bottle into a pils glass. Served cool.

Deep amber red color and an off white creamy head.

Smell of vanilla and sugar cookies. Slight coffee.

Smooth vanilla and cookies flavor. Light tannin and hop to take a little of the sweetness off.

Mouthfeel is slippery. Medium carbonation.

Okay. Don't really get the oak in it other than the vanilla. SA doesn't really say how they get the "oak" in it. Oak barrels, chips, essence?

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Photo of Gehrig
3.33/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up as a way to sample a few new beers, with Mighty Oak being the first to have tasted and reviewed.

A clear copper-mahogany body is topped by a thin patch of light tan head that does not last very long. Decent lacing atones somewhat for the fleeting head duration.

Nice but muted scents comprise the nose, with me literally placing my nose within the DAB mug to retrieve some smell. Bits of berry are interspersed with vanilla bean and caramel malts. Far to subtle, though.

Nice flavors, with vanilla and caramel most prominent. There is no real presence of oak that I can tell whatsoever, making me scratch my head about why it is titled as it is. I thought this might be some form of oak-aged beer, which it assuredly is not. However, it is a nice, smooth, flavorful ale veering toward the sweet side.

Smooth and somewhat creamy mouthfeel that is a bit thin.

Overall, this is a nice, easy-going beer that drinkers expecting a beefier, heartier aged ale might find disappointing. Yet it is a decent steady, enjoyable with good flavor that, limited though it is, could go from decent to good with some work. I'd strongly recommend much more malt--oh, and some oak, please.

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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 tjsdomer2
3.2/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance: Great carbonation with a nice thin layer of foam on top. A fairly light red amber.

Smell: Good roasted and nutty toffee. Very candy-like. Hints of vanilla as well.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Pretty average in the flavor category. Roasted nuts that's a bit too burned. Some nice vanilla flavors here though, but they get watered down a bit.

Drinkability: Pretty average overall.

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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 Star80
3.72/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a fairly bright reddish copper color with a tan head. The smell is sweet, some toasty malts and vague spicey hops. As this beer has warmed a bit it has improved. At first I was getting some odd solvent smells but as it has warmed I am getting those nice oak notes I would find in my beloved Jim Beam Black, some definite vanilla and caramel notes in there. The taste is unfortunately not quite as complex and I found it a bit thin bodied even for a Sam Adams brew. The taste is a lot of sweet toasty malts, and some spicey hops finish. It finishes pretty dry. Mouthfeel is fine but overall this beer is just not as rich and satisfying as it could be. A good experiment for a variety pack but nothing I would ever buy by itself.

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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 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 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 Lemke10
4.1/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I got this as part of Sam Adam's Spring 12pk Brewer's Collection for $13.39 at Woodman's in Janesville, WI in Winter 2011.

Pours a clear, reddish, amber color with a slight white frothy head. Scent is mostly that of dry malts. There is a unique taste here. Has obvious malt taste but with roasted tones. There are hints of vanilla and the oak really comes out in the dry finish. Another decent brew from Sam Adams, but why oh why does this only come in a 12pk variety pack?

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Photo of TTAmod
3.96/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into pint.

A: Clear amber with thick, frothy khaki head. Good retention and lacing.

S: Smells of vanilla, caramel and a tinge of hops.

T: Rich vanilla and caramel up front. Finishes like a Boston Lager with a bit of hops and a tinge of vanilla and cream. Very light oak notes throughout. I really like the aftertaste....it's yummy :D

M: Thicker side of medium. Nice, creamy, and frothy. Appropriate for the taste and style.

O: Seems more winter-y than spring, but quite nice nonetheless. Not as oak-y as the name of the beer would have you think, but there's a slight overtone of oak throughout. I really like this beer...more than I thought I was going to....

Been really impressed with this mixed pack...probably my favorite mixed pack that BBC has released.

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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 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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Samuel Adams Mighty Oak Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
79 out of 100 based on 176 ratings.
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