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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:
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Added by Jason on 11-18-2011

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

12-oz bottle into mug

A - crystal-clear copper body under a big cream-colored head; loads of carbonation bubbles

S - malty with oak and vanilla; smells like an old oak barrel; hint of alcohol

T - caramel malt, oak, hint of cherry and vanilla; smoke; little noticeable hop presence

M - oily medium body; somewhat astringent; medium carbonation

O - Mighty Oak is a decent red. The oak flavor compliments the style very well.

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

A- Brownish red and clear with a pretty decent head

S- Sweet and malty overall, with a tinge of oak.

T- Very sweet and fruity, with no real bitterness or hop character that stands out. There is the mind flavor of oak which is quite pleasant and keeps the beer from being cloyingly sweet.

M- Full and slightly heavy. Not terribly highly carbonated.

O- A good ale, definitely worth having, but lacks some of the complexity of other oak ales. I suspect that it hasn't been aged very long, but I'm not an expert so I can't be certain. Still, overall well done and well balanced.

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Photo of DirtyPenny
3.11/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12-oz bottle into my stupendous Medieval Manor pilsner glass, because I am a rebel and... wait, that's acceptable? Alright.

A: Generally clear reddish amber with infinitesimal haze and 1 finger of beige head. Lacing came in the form of little acorns across the sides of the glass.

S: Eh. Musty wood pulp or cardboard right out of the fridge. Floral/herbal notes run in at the last second and apologize.

T: Sweet floral characteristics saturate the foreground. I have to admit that I wasn't quite sure what to make of this one so I read a few reviews. I'm seeing people mention cherry and vanilla? Didn't seem to have any of that to my tongue. Earthy herbal tones in the middle lead down to a stem of biscuity bread malts. Well balanced between the hops and malt.

M: Smooth and silently prickly. Like a caterpillar fell off a branch into your glass, brushed against your tongue on the way down and was gone.

O: Wait, did a caterpillar really fall in my beer? Presumably no. Not something that you'll slosh out into a red cup and play beer pong with, this is interesting but nothing special.

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

A= light chestnut color, modest white head, some rimming.

S= prune or raisin, nice malts, some oak, vanilla, slight liquor.

T= moderately thick malts, vanilla, adequate balanced hops, slight liquor.

M= slight syrup on the tongue, smoky oak; an interesting cherry taste in the belch.

O= interesting offering; not quite in the elite craft status but an interesting and creative Samuel Adams level offering nonetheless.

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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 scootny
3.8/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A coppery amber with a decent off white head. Bits of lacing here and there and good retention. Mild carbonation visible. Smell is full of sweet malt with vanilla and cherries in the back. Oak wafts in and out. Love the big, smooth, amber ale malt taste with a longish wooden dryness. Bitterness is English tea leaf hoppiness with oak and cherry-vanilla notes. A mild sourness faintly lingering as the mild biscuity malt blooms. Crisp carbonation and medium light weight make for excellent drinkability. A creative twist on a standard that is not gimmicky or tricked out. This makes me think about what was available in the days of wooden casks. This may be a resurrection of the flavors of old. I wish this one was on the shelves year round. Nicely done Jim!

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Photo of donteatpoop
3.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautiful amber color with a nice off-white cap of foam at the top.

The smell is typical of amber ales, with a vague but present oaken scent.

The oak comes through more in the flavor, but primarily this is just a solid red ale with something extra. This was my favorite beer from the sampler pack I bought.

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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 AtrumAnimus
3.22/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Here is another Sam Adams I had high hopes for as I love the flavor imparted on beers, wines and other beverages by aging in oak. Anytime I see a beer referencing Oak Aging I have to try it.

That said I am a bit disappointed in this one.

Bet let's start this out right:

The beer pours a with a very pleasant dark tan color that is topped with a rich creamy head that settles slowly and leaves almost no lacing at all on the glass. However, as you drink and tilt the glass back and forth there is perfectly good lacing.

The nose is sweet malt with little to no hops that I could detect; The first disappointment.

The beer tastes is slightly above average with the oak flavors being extremely subtle leaving me to believe they are using chips instead of barrels. I was hoping for more. The flavor is dominated by malt that is less than dry but not fruity. There is an extremely subtle hint of savory flavoring that is peasant and the finish is very mild hops that leave almost no bitterness in the after taste. The beer is certainly drinkable but will not be on my list to repurchase as there are others that are much better for the money.

The mouthfeel is watery and the carbonation is below par and less than I like to have; the second disappointment.

Overall a drinkable beer but definitely not on my rebuy list.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
3.33/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a deep amber with a small tan colored head. Good lacing and retention.

S- Very rich in mildly sweet malt notes. Hints of caramel and bready scents. Fairly complex.

T- Mostly malt the entire way through. Some peat flavor notes but a bready flavor is prominent throughout. Little to no hop character.

M- Very easy to drink, but somewhat chewy. Weigh is heavy enough to support all of the malt.

Overall, I'm not very impressed with this one. This is just an ok red ale among many.

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

Appearance holds a reddish amber that supports a thin dissipating head leaving fair lace. Smell is light on the nose with the caramel malt, oak and fruitiness from the hops. Taste of the malt, vanilla, with a good balance of hops leaving a lightly bitter dry oak finish. Mouthfeel is light on the medium side with good carbonation. Pretty much a simple amber leaving not much to mull over.

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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 Slatetank
3.62/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to my brother tenderbranson69 for sharing this - poured chilled into a tumbler.

The color is copper, clear with thick cream cap and tight bead with spotty lace on the glass. the smell of slight fruit with a creamy yeast odor and slight malty caramel note with gentle vanilla note in the aroma. The feel is mostly sweet with moderate carbonation and mild tannic tinge from the oak with semi-dry finish.

The taste is slightly caramel with mild amaretto-like almond taste with a slight nuttiness and light cherry accent with the tannin and mild toasty malt follows. The yeasty flavor combines with the aforementioned flavors with a bready note and light oaky vanilla in the background as it finishes. Overall a good amber, a good amber w/ mild oak influence in the flavor. This is a middle of the road but I am sure the oak made this better than just the base alone, drinkability is on the low side for the style.

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

From the Brewers' Choice 12-pack.

Pours a beautiful bright red with a foamy tan head. Very nice.

Mild oak aroma with some nice hops and malt aromas.

I get the vanilla and caramel flavors the brewers mention, though I wouldn't have thought it was from the oak like they say. It's good, with a nice malt sweetness and a hint of hop bite.

Very smooth and creamy body.

Overall this is a fine ale that's worth seeking out.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.49/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The Mightly Oak ale from Sammy A is a nice offering but not spectacular. It is ruby red with foamy white head that is lacing nicely. The smell is typical of most ambers....neat and malty. There is a slight woody/oak twang to the amber. The mouthfeel is medium body with big carbonation. Overall it is decent.

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Photo of bobhall78
5/5  rDev +45.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Nice dark amber color with no foam.

S - Almost odor less with a slight malt smell.

T - Cool, crisp, no bitterness, a nice clean taste.

M - Exceptionally smooth and cool with no bite.

O - A good everyday beer to drink if you into ales, one of my favorite Sam Adams.

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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 jmarklan
3.42/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber. Nice head dies fairly quickly and leaves no lacing.

Smells of vanilla, slight caramel and fruit.

Vanilla upfront, fruit in the middle (cherries), very slight grain in the end.

Feels pretty thin, kind of watery.

Overall: Interesting. Not spectacular, but a decent beer that's worth a shot.

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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 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 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 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 oriolesfan4
2.71/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I find it odd this beer doesn't have the usual Sam Adams logo on the label and instead the name of the beer.. interesting. Pours an amber/red, smallish white head to it. Faint caramel aroma. Decent mouthfeel, thin bodied, some caramel malts, quite watery. Really don't taste any 'oak' in this one, clean finish. This one was a big 'meh' for me, way too thin and watery and the taste just isn't there. Guess they all can't be winners... drinkable but not much else.

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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 cyclonece09
3.67/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours a darkish red color with a small whitehead that dissipates, but leaves nice lacing. Smells of sweet roasted malts and slight hoppy aroma. Tastes of dark roasted malts with not much complexity. Is light to medium bodied, carbonated properly, with a good finish. Overall, a slightly above average red ale.

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