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 mscudder
2.96/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz from a variety pack. Fresh by July 2012.

A - Light red with a fair head that extinguished quickly, little lacing.

S - I get little from this one with a few notes lightly expressing themselves. Vanilla and oak are making a brief appearance.

T - Malt sweetness with the pinch of bitterness expected in a red ale. Very pronounced vanilla in this one. Far from overwhelming, but pleasant none the less.

M - A well controlled carbonation helps this beer out a good deal. However after the initial kick the beer hits a creamy phase and then begins to dry out. Mediocre.

O - This is a good start for Sam. Adams but as with much of their brews, I would never purchase a 6-pack of this brew alone.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.52/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle from verity pack. Pours red with a short lived, off-white head. Grassy hops in the aroma followed by caramel malt. The body is medium and crisp. Caramel malt is balanced on the palate by earthy hops with some woody, fruity and sugary notes. Long, earthy finish. Nice, easy drinking Amber.

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

My bottle poured a clear, ruby red with an off-white head. In short, this tastes like an adjunct-free Yuengling. That is to say, it's a smoother red ale with nothing but pale and caramel barley character. If you're used to mass-produced red lagers, this is a treat. But I find it kind of simple for a craft beer. There's no real hops character, but the malt is clean and clear.

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

Tasted On: 02-27-2012
Freshness: Best by July 2012
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle
Glassware: Sam Adams perfect pint
Purchased: 12-pack from Kroger

Bought this in the Brewer's Choice variety pack.

A: Color is dark copper, bright with clear visibility. The head is medium size and off-white in color, featuring good lacing and low retention.

S: Slightly sweet caramel malts and a low amount of vanilla, but not a lot of aroma overall.

T: Spicy and malty, with oak/woody flavors. Bitterness is low.

M: A thin body with high carbonation. The finish is dry and spicy with a bit of astringency.

O: A good and easy drinking beer, but is otherwise unremarkable.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.55/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle served in a nonic pint. Enjoy before June notched on the label. Pours a brownish-amber hue with a translucent clarity and a loose, half inch, cream-colored head. Some thins strands of lacing coat the sides of the glass during the tasting. Nose is pleasant and malty with toffee and some buttery notes. Taste follows nose with the addition of a faint metallic quality. Butter comes off more as diacetyl. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with a pleasant, even carbonation and a slightly oily texture. Overall, not a bad beer. Nothing mind blowing but decent.

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Photo of shand
3.9/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

It's quite a looker, with a stunning red-amber color capped with a sizeable head. Smells fairly similar to Boston Lager with a touch of oak. The taste is solid, it's a nice amber ale with a solid malty presence and some nice vanilla flavors. Just a touch of oak comes in on the finish. The mouthfeel and drinkability are both solid. I could see this being disappointing if you're expecting the oak, but it's a good tasting beer either way.

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.45/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Single bottle from my Sam Adams sampler mix pack. Poured into a nonic. The tree on the label looks like it would be marvelous to sit under on a June day. The fact that it's February and -10 is not helping.

Nice copper amber colour, with a sturdy half-inch of off-white head. Lacing sheets, decent retention.

Nose is quite bready. Caramel, sweet malt, a touch of oak I suppose (though I wouldn't have identified it as such without the label).

The beer is a fairly standard red ale with just a touch of oak to cut in to the sweetness. Lighter bodied, easy carbonation.

Not my favorite of the pack, but the oak makes this one more pleasant to sip than a classic red ale would have.

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Photo of wafers
3.4/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint glass

A: Pours a somewhat rusty, maroon color...mostly clear, translucent...small amount of head that disappears rapidly
S: Crisp smell, kind of bready aroma
T: Definite bready/oaky tasting as described on the label, rather light and crisp...sense some caramel sweetness towards the end of the sip
M: Light, almost watery, easy to drink
O: This is a new one from Sam Adams that tastes pretty good but is not overally interesting otherwise...would not mind drinking again if I came upon it in the future

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Photo of rangerred
2.59/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear medium brown with a two finger head. Head fades rather quickly, though, leaving some nice lacing.

Aroma is quite malty with toffee being predominant. There are also some earthy hops but really no oak at all.

The flavor begins fairly malty with toffee once again and maybe only the slightest hint of wood. There is a slight alcohol note which I thought was odd with this being only 5.7%. There is also an astringent, almost solvent like quality that is not good. Mouthfeel is pretty slick and creamy.

Overall this is not one of Sam Adams’ best efforts. Not really any oak to speak of and too many off flavors.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.16/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The beer pours a hazy brownish color with a small off-white head. The aroma is full of toffee and toasted malt, with a little bit of oak and some lighter fruit notes mixed in. The flavor is more the same, with a small amount of oak, which is almost completely masked by the toffee and caramel malt notes. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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

The appearance of this beer is great. It has a nice red hue that you can see through.

The beer smells like oak first and then vanilla. The scent is strong, border line pungent. Pungent may carry a negative connotation in this context just because I think the combination of oak and vanilla is not necessarily appetizing.

I had to rate the taste the same as the smell; at a 3.5. The two are absolutely dependent upon each other. I taste the oak and vanilla but wish the vanilla was sweeter to counter the strong oak flavor.

The mouthfeel is fine. It is not gritty or heavy. It is right down the middle and refreshing.

Overall the beer is above average but not something I could drink all night. The brew is well made and meant for someone who enjoys a strong oak and vanilla flavor. That someone is not me, which is why I gave it only a slightly above average rating. If you enjoy those two flavors, then give this beer a try.

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Photo of barnzy78
2.91/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, pours bright copper with a gorgeous, fluffy, off-white head, that holds good retention and leaves sticky lacing all over the glass. Aromas are sweet and oaky with vanilla, caramel - creme brulee perhaps. Tastes are sweet caramel and toffee up-front with notes of brown sugar, oak, and a overly strong dose of vanilla - it's a sweet, malty mess with vanilla to boot. Finishes with a slight herbal hop bite, with more sweet vanilla sticking on the palate. Mouth-feel is syrupy, medium-to-full bodied, and smooth. Overall, I think this really could have been better. The oak aging took over everything and we're left with a vanilla ale that is rather off-putting. The appearance was the best thing about this one & it seemed to be all downhill from there.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
2.81/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Jurassic Park frozen mosquito amber color with an thin eggshell head. A few wisps of lace left by a fairly hardy skim retention. Sweet tree pic on the bottle.

Smells like oak, bread crust and lots of sweet crystal malts.

Very, very sweet. Sweet and mildly crusty caramel and vanilla. Even with Sam Adams dulled down flavor profile it's still ridiculously imbalanced. Some IBUs would have helped tipped the sweet vs. bitter scale more towards middle ground.

Still one of the worst house ale yeasts in beer. Oaky? Yes. Mighty? No.

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Photo of KajII
3.3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

[Best served in a Shaker glass]

The pour was a sparkling clear golden copper with an average sized (1-2 finger) off white creamy head that reduced to a thin film and a small ring creating some fair spotty lacing.

The aroma was very mild of a light toasted malt, a mild herbal hop and a sweaty yeast with notes of caramel, vanilla, a mild fruit presence and a hint of oak.

The taste was extremely malty with a strong note of caramel from start to finish with a pronounced vanilla and oak presence at the end. The flavor lasted an average amount of time after the swallow with the nice malty creamy taste left to linger.

Mouthfeel was some where between light and medium in body with a creamy texture and a lively carbonation.

Overall a very pleasurable brew to drink, reminds me a lot of a really good Cream Ale...

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Photo of daliandragon
2.93/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I'm a little skeptical of this one as this is a hard style to really make a splash in and they're not releasing it on its own but hiding it in their latest mixed twelve pack. Clear copper body with wet white head. Vanilla and caramel tinge the nose, which sweetens as it warms.

The taste is a little all over the place. Real sweet caramel up front and then the late oak finish but kind of a watery mush in between. Texture is smooth but spineless. This isn't terrible, I just can't see going out of my way for it. Some buffed up hops would probably improve this but that would change the style. Maybe it's self fulfilling prophecy but I feel like my instincts were right on with this one...

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Photo of ahq514
3.65/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into NB globe glass.

Pours a clear amber color with a light, white head. Appears to have a moderate amount of carbonation. Some streaks of lacing.

Aroma typical of an amber. Sweet caramel malt dominates the nose. Very subtle floral hop aroma. A light, dry oakiness comes through in the end.

Very similar to the aroma. Sweet malt, caramel, and vanilla up front with an almost non-existent oak character. Not much in the way of hops either. Has that sam adams character that is clean and accentuates malt character, as I'm pretty sure they use a house yeast for most of their beers.

Just lighter than medium body and moderate carbonation. Good drinkability.

A decent amber ale, but no real oak character to speak of. I really loved oaked beers, but was pretty disappointed with this one. Glad I didn't invest in the whole spring mixed pack.

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Photo of blakelive784
2.42/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12 fl oz brown glass bottle served in a pilsner glass, reviewed live:

A - Pours a transparent copper color with a thin 1.5 finger, off white head. Retention is okay at best. Meh.

S - Caramel and crystal malt, toast, and light sweet fruit (particularly cherries). Smells sweet and possibly imbalanced, and I get absolutely no oak.

T - I still get no "distinct oak notes" as per the label. Total disappointment. It's your run of the mill red, much akin to their Irish red. Bland malts are sloppily handled. Just... not good.

M - Thick and smooth. '

D - Just a total failure on this one. I'll pass in the future.

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Photo of jeffjeff1
3.67/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this in the Sam Adams variety pack.

Appearance- reddish color, very thin head that dissipated into nothing

Smell- malt, fruit

Taste- malt, vanilla, very nice, I was quite impressed with the flavor.

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- I thought this was really good. I really liked the vanilla flavor in it. It was very well balanced.

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

Glass - Pint

A - Coppery colored brew with low-moderate C02 bubbles. It produced a 2-finger head that sorta fizzled away just after pouring. No lacing left on my glass.

S - Earthy and and herbal hop characteristics upfront with a nutty, caramel, toffee malt thing going on.

T - I get a very nice balance of leafy and citrus hop notes upfront, with a smooth caramel and brown sugar malt profile. It finishes with a touch of hop spiciness, extremely low bitterness, and a faint cocoa powder note that really works well with the flavor profile.

M - High crispness with a smooth feel and a medium body.

O - I think this Red Ale is pretty standard in that nothing is wowing about it, and it's a good example of the style. I think the flavors are very balanced, and I really liked that hint of cocoa that I picked up in the taste. So overall it's a very drinkable brew that I'd definitely drink again, but I won't go out of my way to buy it.

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Photo of JosiahS
3.09/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

glass: pint

clear amber/brown color with a 1 finger semi-creamy head. Lacing is nice. Aroma is rather mild. A little brown sugar, grapes and light bread.

Taste is very mild and subdued. A little butterscotch, grape, and a soft bread. A bit astringent on the finish. Mouthfeel is a soft medium, typical of many of SA beers, medium carbonation.

Nothing groundbreaking here, just a simple, plain, well-balanced red ale.

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Photo of whiplash3825
3.62/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper with a nice 3-finger head.

Caramel and vanilla in the nose along with a little pine from the hops.

Malt and vanilla are the first tastes I get, and then some hoppiness, with a moderately dry finish. I'm not getting anything apparent from the oak.

It's an okay beer, but nothing I'd seek out. For the most part it tastes like your run of the mill amber/red ale.

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Photo of FickleBeast
3.71/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic glass.

Pours a clear reddish color with a finger and a half of viscous, sticky foam. Head looks great, nice lacing as well. Aroma is vanilla, cream, crystal malt.

First sip is surprisingly sweet, with a distinct vanilla flavor, but finishes on the dry side. Some crystal malt sweetness as well, but I pick up the vanilla more than anything. Interesting - not quite what I expected. Not bad though. The drier finish is actually pretty nice and cuts the vanilla flavor off abruptly.

Decent beer. Not something I'd buy a 6 pack of, but a nice addition to the mixed 12 pack.

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Photo of zeff80
3.4/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Poured out a copper color with ruby highlights. It had a one-finger tan head of bubbly foam. It left some sudsy lace on the glass.

S - It smelled malty with a touch of vanilla.

T - Bready malt with some caramel and vanilla. Not much oak flavors.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A light to medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This doesn't really taste like there was any oak in this one. Okay, but not what the bottle advertises.

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Photo of J23hc
3.83/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear dark amber tone, smells of spices and cherry, taste is very cinnamon spicy with some rubbing alcohol aftertaste. A bit watery thin, on the malty side but enough of a balance with the spiciness to not make it too sweet, a tad bland not all the way there but close

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Photo of gordavidson
3.23/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a nice toasted red liquid with a bit of orange around the edges. The liquid is extraordinarily clear with an off-white head sitting atop.

S- Light fruit, white bread, and a very apparent Sam Adams-ness. There is also a bit of oak in there as well, but I probably wouldn't have picked up on it if it wasn't called Mighty Oak Ale.

T- Fruity and bready with some more apparent oak than I picked up in the nose. Sweet and tasty.

M- Light a bubbly with a light lingering bitterness and oakiness.

O- I can appreciate the effort to put a new spin on the style, but it doesn't do a lot for me. Not bad by any means, just not something I would seek out.

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