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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of MattyG85
3.95/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep and clear amber orange with lots of rising bubbles. Solid three fingers of off white head with very good retention. Lots of lace sticking to the glass.

Smell: Deep aroma of sweet caramel malts with notes of toffee and brown sugar. Oak and vanilla are fairly subtle but there. Also some light hints of dark fruit and some earthy hops in the background. Kind of smells like an oaked bock.

Taste: Sweet bready malts with lots of caramel and toffee. A little sugar and hints of dark fruit. Subtle hints of oak and vanilla towards the middle with a light hint of wood lingering into the aftertaste. Finishes with some hints of earthy hops. A good malty taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Creamy, slightly syrupy, and very smooth.

Overall: A nice tasting beer. Good use of malts although the oak could of been a little stronger.

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Photo of wspscott
3.38/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle in Sam Adams glass
best by June 2012

A: A dark, but clear red color with a very thin white head that doesn't leave much lace.
S: Caramel sweetness and not much else
T: Not as sweet as I expected from the nose, the oak definitely helps keep things in line. The oak is interesting here, it doesn't dominate, but it is very apparent. I think the underlying beer could use a little more malt character, it comes across as one dimensional.
M: I think this would come across as watery if not for the oak. The woodiness seems to add a little body although it is not overwhelming. Is it the tongue-coatingness of the tannins? Don't really know.
O: The oak is the most interesting thing here, the underlying beer seems to be on the simple side. I appreciate that this is just oak and not bourbon soaked oak, but it needs something else. Glad I tried it, but I won't go looking for it. Hopefully, the recipe can be tweaked and we can see Mighty Oak version 2 in the future from either Sam Adams or another brewery. More oaked beers please.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.31/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass.

Appearance: This is your darker amber beer, very transparent though, with a 1/4" white head.

Smell: Super light smell of hops. Nothing spectacular or new here.

Taste: Caramel, light bitterness. This is a notch sweet, not your soda sweet but your beer sweet.

Mouth: Medium to heavy, not bad at all and it's smoothness is what keeps this beer ticking.

Overall: Not a bad brew, this is your "everyday" type of ale so don't expect nothing out of the ordinary. I grabbed in a variety pack and wasn't disappointed. Salud!

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Photo of Yoda22
3.05/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Pours a clear copper with about 1 finger of head that quickly dissipates; little lacing.

S- Woody and malty smell - pretty good! A bit sweet smelling and no hops but appropriate for the style.

T- Leaves something to be desired...just kind of a weak/dull woody/malty combo that finishes dry.

M- Medium body and solid carbonation.

O- It has it's highs and lows, the oak character is good but doesn't stand out enough. Finishes too dry and the taste just doesn't wow me.

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Photo of jimmah120
3.26/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle best by July.

Pours a clear amber with a 2-3cm khaki head. It smells of toasty grains complimented with sweet honey. The taste is bready caramel oak at first, followed by sweet roasted savory tones, with a hint of nutty vanilla present throughout. This is a very sweet beer. Mouthfeel is very average considering how malty this is.

This is a good red ale, better than the regular SA red. A malt bomb for sure, but not as deep or enjoyable as you might hope.

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

Came in the Spring Mixed Pack. This to me is a English style beer in its hops and its malt profile. Not a bad beer but the vanilla notes didn't really add to the mix and I found the beer a little one dimensional. I expected more from the description of the beer.

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Photo of TheCondor
2.98/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Picked up in a Sam Adam’s brewer’s variety pack. Poured from bottle into a mug.

Appearance – Pours a nice copper color into the mug, perfectly transparent, with about a one finger head with mediocre retention and no sign of lacing. The transparency of this beer is what is most remarkable to me. If only the Federal budget had this much transparency, we might actually expect a straight answer out of a politician…but whatever.

Smell – Some fruits, vanilla, maltiness, standard fare for an amber ale. No real sign of oak or wood in general, although it is purportedly an oak aged ale.

Taste – Very biscuity and malty, a little hint of caramel and vanilla at the finish. Nothing really to knock your socks off or anything. Basically a standard amber ale with a hint of vanilla.

Mouthfeel – Light, almost too light, medium carbonation, almost too watery.

Overall – This brew wasn’t really my thing. It’s basically an amber ale with a little vanilla. I was a little disappointed in the ol’ Boston Beer Company on this one. Nothing really stood out as impressive or noteworthy at all. Forgettable.

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Photo of Pintofbrown
3.41/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I chopped down a Mighty Oak with a nonic pint.

Appearance- Easy two-fingers width of ecru foam that falls rather lazily. The cap stays smooth and creamy, with very little lacing left behind.

The body is a solid amber (go figure) with plenty of copper highlights spread around the glass.

Smell- This nose is pretty soft, although what can be caught is definitely of malty persuasion. I sense some crystal malts, a slight grass hop tang, and yes, even some vanilla! I was wondering if that would show up. I do not get hints of oak though.

Taste- The description on the beer is pretty much spot on with what happens on the palate, although a bit watered down and not as forward as I would have liked to dissect all the things happening in this one.

The front of the drink certainly has some sweeter malt action, a little more crystal. There is even some signature Sam Adams hop action here.

These flavors end up giving way to some breadier and heavier malts, although I would not call them roasted so much. And indeed, the finish has a distinct oaky, nuttiness with some vanilla.

Mouth feel- It errs towards thin, and has a bubbly feel on the tongue. This lets the slight hop character show more, but dilutes what is happening with the heavy malts.

Mighty Oak is sort of dry, but the finish hangs on for a while. Which is a good thing, the finish is probably the best part of this brew.

Overall- Yeah, I would have this again. However, the mouth feel is a little unbecoming for the malty beer that Mighty Oak is trying to be. I also would have liked to experience the oak and vanilla a litte more than what ended up being offered on the palate.

The finish was nice: the oaky and nutty subtlety gave this beer a nice ending. And made it easier to go back in for another drink.

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Photo of Phelps
3.36/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle into a perfect pint glass.

A beautiful rust-colored hue, perfectly clear and topped with one finger of tan foam. The head’s dense as a pillow and, replenished by the bubbles flowing upward, shows no signs of decreasing anytime soon. Gorgeous webs of lace decorate the glass as I drink.

For a supposed oak-aged ale, I don’t get much of the wood in the nose. Lots of your average amber ale fruitiness: caramel, fuji apple. Maybe a touch of vanilla in the back.

A little more wood appears in the flavor, and the big fruits have died down a bit. Toasted crackers are big, along with some biscuit and apple. Oak imparts a very subtle vanilla woodiness that, though weak, works very well and enhances the amber ale. The finish is clean and crisp.

The body is soft as a pillow and a bit under medium-light. It’s like swirling a cloud in the mouth. Carbonation massages the tongue very lightly, and alcohol is unnoticeable.

We’ve been somewhat conditioned to expect intense flavors from a bottle with “oak-aged” on its side — but it doesn’t always have to be that way. Oak can also work to enhance the other flavors within the beer without getting in the way, and it does so here. Mighty oak would be a little better if the base brew was more complex, but it’s a drinkable brew regardless.

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Photo of depechemode1983
2.58/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours out a deep reddish copper color. The had is off-white, almost tan. Retention is decent. Getting some lacing as well.

S - A little bland. Picking up a light caramel swetness, slightly bitter hops and metal.

T - A little better and a lot like the nose. Still getting the caramel sweetness up front with a balancing mono tone citrus bitterness. The metallic note switches up for a medicinal finish.

M - Just an average mouthfeel. Nothing offensive.

O - I didn't care for this one. Seems a bit off. No recommended. There are better Reds to be had.

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Photo of Murrhey
2.33/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Reviewed live.

A- Half a finger off-white head. Fairly short retention. Light, clear amber color.

S- Grassy and straw smell. Light malts with some floral hops. Not very attractive.

T- Malty sweetness with some oak flavors. Kind of simple.

M- Light bodied, bubbly but no real substance.

O- Meh. Not terrible, but definitely not a great example of the style.

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Photo of AllenJasper
3.38/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

TheDayIsMine's review is spot on, I was reading it as i poured my beer and took the first sip... but, I will still give it a shot, trying to forget everything he/she said.

A: a light coppery red with one finger of off-white head, acceptable retention, no lacing.

S: I have a horrible sense of smell, but i pick up apples and malts... also smells a bit like alcohol.

T: light maltiness, and the apple flavor is rather prevalent, as well as a banana taste... I don't see where the 'Mighty Oak' is.

M: crisp, but not very offensive.

O: a pretty good beer, one of the best from the seasonal pack I've got... this makes the Sam Adams 'Red Ale' taste like Budweiser.

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Photo of srandycarter
3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Nice deep, clear amber. Large off white head, leaves to disk. Lots of cling.

S - Banana, sweet malt. Maybe a touch of vanilla. Wood itself very subdued.

T - Thin flavor. Malt definitely dominates. Banana and wood is much more prevalent than in smell.

M - Carb ok, lower than maybe could be. Creamy, not enough bite at end for me.

D - Enjoyed trying it. First of a seasonal pack, so I will be reviewing them all.

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Photo of Brent
3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Did not strike me at all as an American amber or red - more of an English pale ale. Caramel malt character is predominant, with some rustic husky notes. Hopping is mild and nondescript. Slightly woody at the finish, but that may just be the power of suggestion.

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Photo of russwbeck
2.63/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Clear red pour with a few fingers of head initially, but none left over after just a few seconds. No lacing, but a ton of bubbles race from the etching on the bottom of my Perfect Pint glass.

S: Caramel malts absolutely dominate the aroma. Very sweet overall. Not really getting any oak here.

T: The taste is more of the same. Very sweet, caramel malts. So sugary it almost tastes like a candy. It leaves that strange aftertaste I get with most ambers and do not like.

MF: Light body, with a slight creaminess, and a bit over-carbonated. Crisp and very drinkable.

O: Just a meh beer. Wouldn't try this one again.

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Photo of NHGrafx
3.48/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amber color, decent head which didn't last very long, minimal lacing.

Smell is a bit sweet with lots of malt. I didn't notice much oak aroma, it was sort of faded into the background.

Taste had some sweetness with a touch of vanilla in the background. Lots of malt in the flavor as well. I didn't notice much oakiness in the flavor either, it seemed very muted. There was a minimal amount of bitterness too.

Mouthfeel was smooth but seemed a bit thin. It goes down really easy too. Overall not too bad.

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Photo of Zorro
3.7/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deeply amber colored ale the color of old bronze. I could see how this could be called red, it is nearing brown in color. Small white head.

Smell is sweet and malty and a very strong oak wood scent. Reasonably strong caramel and vanilla scents.

Starts out like it smells. Sweet with lots of toffee and vanilla flavor up front. Tasty and the oak doesn't hide at all. Not really bitter at all, this is like a Scottish Ale without the smoke.

Mouthfeel is thick, lots of residual sugars.

Overall this was nice but a little to sweet for me. Needs a drier malt flavor or a more complete fermentation.

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Photo of jzlyo
3.47/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The aroma is fruit (raspberry) and bread. The appearance is medium amber and very clear. The taste is raspberries and bread, with a malty finish. The fruit and bread flavors helped make this an above average amber ale, easy to drink and will try this again.

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Photo of brewandbbq
3.63/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle.

Pours clear copper with an amber hue and a half inch head of tight beige. A few whisps on the surface for the duration with errant dots of lacing.

Aromatics are a blend of caramel and buttery earth. A hint of oak perhaps, only if you were looking for it. Beyond that the beer has an aroma which is found in many Sam Adams beers which I guess I would describe as a bit spicy.

Medium bodied with lightish carbonation. A bit syrupy.

Sweet malt, caramel, and a trace of drying oak start the palate. A mild bitterness and a hint of toffee follows through.

Finishes with lingering caramel and very mild oaky tannins.

This beer is quite timid in relation to it's moniker. The oak is so subdued that it's bareley there and beyond that it tastes like a pedestrian amber. I think they played it a bit too safe on this one, but good for them for taking a stab at a nationally marketed oaked-ale.

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

Review #605

A - This beer pours a nice dark copper color with good clarity. There is almost a finger of off-white head resting on top. The head has decent retention, and it leaves some specs of lace behind on the glass.

S - The nose has that signature Boston Beer Co. smell to it. There is a good amount of dark malty sweetness, as well as a mild oak aroma. I am also getting some fruitiness, and a touch of vanilla.

T - The taste starts off with a nice malty caramel flavor. There is some flavor of oak, slight vanilla, fruit, and a very mild hop bitterness. The finish leaves some lingering sweet malt, fruit, and some oak flavor lingering on the palate.

M - This has a medium body and good carbonation. It goes down easy and has a nice smooth feel to it. There is some initial sweetness, and there is a really mild bitterness from the darker malts and hops.

O - This has good drinkability. It is smooth and has a nice flavor to it. I would have no problem having a few of these in a sitting. Overall, I think this is a nice beer and a good example of a red ale. It isn't really anything exciting, but it is just a nice easily drinkable beer. I just wish there was a little more oak ale. I'd say this one is worth checking out. I'd drink it again.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.38/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Color is a nice amber body with about a 1/2 inch of opaque colored head. Smell is very sweet mostly caramel and toffee but I am getting some oak and vanilla. Taste makes me want to pick up another but not pay too much since it's sweet, easy to drink, and light on hops or overall oak flavor. Mouthfeel is medium but easy. Overall I would get it again if under 10 bucks or found a case for typical 30 dollar Sam Adams price.

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Photo of Rschis16
3.55/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear caramel amber beer with a small off-white head on top that dissapates quickly down to a thin sheet. Light amount of visible carbonation up from the bottom. The smell does have a nice oaky presence underneath a caramel and toffee nuttiness. A hint of vanilla as well.

Nothing very mighty to it as it doesn't pack too much of a punch flavor-wise. But as a light spring beer, its not bad. Light caramel notes play off a bit of oaky roastiness, giving the impression of oak aging. The roastiness is pleasant and easy going, but mild mannered to match the slight vanilla notes. Almost effervescent in the mouthfeel, and it leads into a dry finish. Not much to mention on the hops, but this is a malt heavy beer and thats ok. It works well as an easy drinker, one to sip on and not think to much about. Good little afternoon beer on the deck on a cool afternoon. I probably wouldn't buy a six pack of it though, but worth a try.

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

Appearance: pours a reddish orange color with a 1/2" head.

Smell: light caramel and definite woody tones come through in the aroma.

Taste: caramel, ripe fruit, soft vanilla, oak and wood tones, and a mild bitterness create an enjoyable red ale.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp to start, smoother and a bit dry late.

Overall: easy to drink this beer. The woody tones are mild but definitely builds the character of this beer. Enjoyable but it will not blow you away - its a good session beer.

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Photo of Kinsman
3.52/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice dark reddish hue with a creamy beige head on top that unfortunately dissipated all too quickly.

Malty sweet aroma with a nice helping of caramel and fruit. Faint hint of wood and vanilla.

Oak character becomes more apparent on the palate with a nice slightly sweet vanilla note. Lots of caramel sweetness from the malts.

Mouthfeel has a wonderfully creamy smooth texture. Really something to be enjoyed.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.28/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: nice amber-brown hue with total clarity and a moderate effervescence. Head poured a thick finger of frothy tan foam. I like the look.

Smell: sweet caramel malt aroma; bordering on too-sweet. I like it well enough, but it is rather one-note.

Taste: flavor is just as sweet as the aroma, if not sweeter, with the same caramel character. Hop character is a bit vegetal and bitterness is medium to high for the style. This beer isn't terrible, but the flavors just don't seem to gel very well.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a big carbonation and nice creaminess. I'd say this beer's high point.

Overall: this beer isn't objectively bad, it's simply really not to my taste. Overly sweet caramel segues into dryish bitterness without segueing through tasty. Eh.

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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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