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

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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
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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#42,042
Reviews:
176
Ratings:
501
pDev:
15.07%
Bros Score:
3.53
 
 
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Ratings: 501 |  Reviews: 176
Photo of cbeer88
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of bobhits
2.95/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A short lived very quick white head forms and leaves, thankfully the amber body is rather stunning looking under it.

Rich caramel aromas are mixed with vanilla and oak.

This is a malt forward, forget all else amber. The oak cleans it up some, given it a bit of a dry finish, but the finish is mostly clean due to a lac of intense flavors compared to other beers that attempt to take on oak flavors. A lot of vanilla and oak mixed with caramel, I'm not sure what more could have been expected there.

Very drinkable body and feel, though this flavors lend themselves to a bit more body and a bit more of a sipper. Clearly Sam Adams had a different view on this style and cheers to diversity.

A tasty brew, I can't see myself going back to this one, but a real change of pace for these guys.

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Photo of bashiba
3.96/5  rDev +14.8%
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 tCan
3.76/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My candid advice to you is to drink this one at or near room temperature. It really brings out the flavor and makes it a bit more creamy as an ale should be. Other reviews have it pegged. It's not a stout by any means -dont be fooled by the name- but as a light ale, it does pretty reasonably at room temperature. Cold, the flavor is quite masked.

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Photo of Kromes
3.65/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A clear deep copper color with a thin line of off white bubbles on top.

S: Sweet toasted malt, vanilla and sweet cream

T: Very sweet and malty. The malt is a tad toasted with a touch of vanilla and oak.

M: Light and lower carbonation to keep this a very drinkable beer.

O: This is a very flavorful beer. Maybe a little too sweet to make it a session beer. However, it is very drinkable.

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Photo of codon2004
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of jsanford
3.82/5  rDev +10.7%
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 TEAMHOLT
4.25/5  rDev +23.2%

Photo of TheSixthRing
1.91/5  rDev -44.6%
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 Doppelbockulus
3.62/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a ruby amber color, so many things are ruby colored these days. But it is still good looking.

Very fragrant beer, not so much oak, but a lot of grain and some floral aromas.

Good flavor. There are some characteristics of a red ale mixed with a softer, tart malt character.

Creamy and tingly.

This beer tastes like someone blended a red ale with Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel.

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Photo of Brad007
3.73/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Here's an interesting beer that nearly jumped out at me from the mix pack.

Pours a clear, mild amber color with a thin head into my glass. Looks like a standard red ale.

Sweet with just a hint of oak in the nose. Otherwise, seems like a standard red ale.

The aroma carries over to what is otherwise a bland version of a red ale with a bit of oak character.

Mouthfeel is kind of bland to be honest. Sweet as well.

Eh, I was expecting more.

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Photo of tdm168
3.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber with a quarter inch of loose foamy head that has good retention. The nose has caramel and vanilla aromas. The flavor is heavy caramel up front with vanilla and oak in the finish. There is a strong hop bitterness in the finish as well. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth with a decent amount of carbonation.

This is a decent beer but the caramel and vanilla are a little intense and sweet. It's one of the better beers in the mix pack however.

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Photo of steveh
3.97/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My last in the Brewmasters' Choice 12 pack. I tried this one previously and was surprised -- not only by how much I liked it, but by some other comments throughout the site. Here's my take.

A -- Clear, deep copper bronze with a creamy, light tan head that thins quickly, but leaves nice lacing.

S -- Peppery esters, biscuit malt and mellow oak with vanilla hints.

T -- Same peppery hit at first then blending into a smooth vanilla and light oak character. Finishes with a good balance of biscuit malt and mellow vanilla character. There's a vaguest of bitterness in the aftertaste that reminds you hops are in the mix.

M -- Mouthfeel is velvet smooth with a light-medium body and dry finish.

O -- Overall this is a very smooth drinker. Not sure where to categorize it, but it's sort of brown ale-like with less roasted malt and a touch of vanilla. I've seen some posters talk about heavy and off-putting oak character, but this is far more mellow than many oak-aged beers out there.

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Photo of tzieser
3.87/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass

a: clear copper color with a one finger white head that settled into a thin lacing.

s: plenty of toasted malt on the nose with a faint hint of vanilla.

t: lots of toasted malt flavor. little to no hop character, with subtle notes of caramel and cotton candy. there really is very little oak flavor to speak of, but it's there and keeps the malts well balanced. i love a good malty ale and this hit the spot.

m: wish the mouthfeel wasn't quite as watery as it was.

a delicious brown ale (that's what this beer feels like to me) that i was actually looking forward to the most in the pack. while it doesn't deserve the name "Mighty Oak Ale", i think it's a good beer all on it's own. i hope Sam Adams does more oaked ales. an Oaked Octoberfest would be sublime.

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Photo of iMilky
4/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.65/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance – A beautiful golden-red color forming a billowy tan head. It hold for ~ 1min before fading to a thin wispy foam with a very light bit of lacing on the glass.

Smell – Oak and sweet malts first are present. Some vanilla and the slightest bit of caramel come through at the end, rounding out to be a very pleasant odor.

Taste – The slight caramel sweetness is present up front, but then is hit with some oak flavor and a bit more maltiness. The oaky maltiness takes hold and lasts until the end of the flavor experience where an ever so slight bit of vanilla sweetness works it way in and lingers on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – Smooth and a little lighter on the carbonation make for a easy drinking brew. Nothing exceptional in the body, but quite pleasant and easy drinking.

Overall – A nice brew with some interesting qualities. Get the oakiness without the overbearing alcohol flavors of many oaky beers. Not too shabby.

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Photo of jwc215
3.9/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Freshness date of June notched on the label:

Pours light orange amber with a thin wisp of a head that lasts. Some lacing sticks.

The smell is of oak/vanilla with a "red" maltiness - hops are faint.

The taste is of sweet caramel, "red" malt, with vanilla/oak and a touch of toast in the finish.

The feel is velvety, malty smooth.

This is a candy-like, though not overly sweet, malty brew with a nice touch of oak! Well-done! An enjoyable malty brew!

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Photo of jaredtuk
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of TerrenceOBrien
3.57/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not one of Sam Adams' finer moments. While hardly terrible the Mighty Oak Ale was a bit disappointing.

The pleasant amber color is offset by the practically non-existent and quickly dissipating head. The smell is neutral, but not unpleasant. Has a slightly toasty and malty aroma. There are hints of oak and vanilla in the taste, but only he slightest amounts and the oak is somewhat artificial feeling -- almost as if oak extract had been used. The mouthfeel is crisp and dry, if a bit thin and almost soda like, though slightly less carbonated.

It's advisable that you drink this ale slightly chilled and NOT ice cold, which only serves to enhance some of its less desirable qualities and mask the already faint oak flavors.

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Photo of aasher
3.7/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a light bodied bright amber in color with a one finger bright white head. The nose is pretty sweet and malty. You get a lot of caramel malt and candied malt in the nose. It doesn't have any oak to it though, but I don't think this claims to be aged, just to have an oak finish. Not too shabby though. The flavor too, of sweeter candied and caramel malts. I don't get any oak or woodiness in the after taste. The sugar is somewhat creamy. It has nice flavor for the style, just on the sweet side of things. It drinks a little light in body and has slight residual sugar. Overall this beer is very approachable and not too bad. It's a little sweet for the style but it makes it a little more drinkable. The "oak" aspect is a little deceiving but it's a solid beer.

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Photo of chickenflea
3.48/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Oviedo, Fl - Publix Supermarket - 12 oz bottle. I think PorterPounder accurately described this brew. Here are his words "Sparkling dark copper pour, nice soft, slightly off-white head that leaves a wee bit of lacing. Aroma is slight, with some very brief vanilla notes, a hint of peppery spiciness. Flavor is chewy with some nuttiness, a hint of caramel. some wisps of vanilla and just a brief hint of bitter citrus in the finish. thick, velvety smooth mouthfeel." Part of their Brewer’s Choice Variety 12-Pack.

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Photo of haywire77
3.39/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a beautiful shade of honey orange/amber brown with a small paper white head that disappears so fast, you wonder if it was a beer you poured or a cognac.

The smell is sickly sweet caramel malts and bready character abound. Kind of plain Jane, but somehow appealing none the less.

The taste is good. Sweet oak and caramel with a touch of dark fruit. I do taste vanilla and spices much akin to a Christmas offering.

Mouthfeel is thin and dry. Crisp clean finish with no oily residue left behind whatsoever.

Overall this beer was a treat to drink due to it's easy quaffability (making up words now). I could easily drink many of these in one sitting and at this price point. Nothing really stands out as exceptional, but it is definitely better than average.

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Photo of Fakexican
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of gtermi
3.91/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer pours a very nice dark copper, with a thin white head that quickly fades.

S: There isnt too much here. I get a bit of caramel, some malt and a bit of sweetness, but after that, there really isnt much else in this beer.

T: There is a very nice, sweet, caramel malt flavor to this beer. It lingers on and it just gets better.

M: This beer has a good amount of crispness. It also leaves a sugary feeling in your mouth and makes me want a glass of water. Not bad, but not great.

O: I think this is a pretty solid beer by BBC. There are a few flaws to this beer, but the taste is amazing to me. A great Red Ale is hard to find and this for sure is one of the better ones on the market.

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Photo of sailorastro
3.83/5  rDev +11%
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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Samuel Adams Mighty Oak Ale from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.45 out of 5 with 501 ratings
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