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 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 cheers2u2
3.5/5  rDev +2%

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 mfigueroa713
3/5  rDev -12.5%

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3.5/5  rDev +2%

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 LBCaterson
4/5  rDev +16.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +2%

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3/5  rDev -12.5%

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 DoctorDog
3.5/5  rDev +2%

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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Photo of ricchezza
3.98/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very clear chestnut-red with little to no head on it.

Smells malty sweet, typical of a red ale. This beer has a tanginess that immediately attacks the sides of my tongue. A trace taste of vanilla leaves a silky feeling on the palate. Definitely malt forward with no noticeable hop presence. As suggested by the title, the wood plays a big factor in the taste with positive results.

A very well crafted beer. Another winner from the Boston Beer Co.

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

Pours a ruddy amber color. An off white head stands about 1/2 inch tall then settles to a wide ring around my glass with some islands of foam. Smell is of bread, caramel, a little bit of grassy or earthy hops. Taste is smooth, sweet, caramel, vanilla. Mouthfeel is medium, light carbonation. This is a well made beer, it isn't going to turn a lot of heads, but it has solid composition.

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Photo of Zaphog
2.5/5  rDev -27.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +2%

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3.5/5  rDev +2%

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

Light fizzy 1/2 finger head fades at a med pace, no real lacing, clear reddish orange pale malt colored.

Nose malty, light bready and caramel malts, maple, slight musty ester, toasty oak, toasty reddish malts, hint of earthy hops.

Taste juicy malts, toasty reddish malts with hint of caramel, toffee, red candy apple candy, light toasty oak with a hint of vanilla, light eaters as well with a light earthy herbal like hop with a hint of bitterness, light syrupy sweetness. Finish of sweet and a bit sticky, more light oak, bit more reddish malt, syrup, and caramel candy.

Mouth is med bodied, lower but decent carb, a bit sticky and syrupy as well.

Overall not bad, decent malts, a but too sweet and syrupy, nice toasty malts and hint of oak, bit more hops would have helped, as well as dry finish.

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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


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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3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Goldfishman
4/5  rDev +16.6%

Samuel Adams Mighty Oak Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.43 out of 5 based on 501 ratings.
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