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RATINGS: 204   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.13/5   IBU: 19   EST. CALORIES: 171   ABV: 5.7%
Samuel Adams Mighty Oak Ale is the winner of our 2011 Beer Lover’s Choice® campaign. This brew combines the malty sweetness of an ale with the complexity of oak aging for an overall well-balanced beer. The aroma has a subtle earthiness from the UK hops, while distinct notes of oak come through in the flavor of this amber brew. The vanilla and caramel oak character is balanced by the sweetness and subtle roastiness of our blend of malts for a smooth dry finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Dmoneydeluxe (2) - denison, Texas, USA - SEP 5, 2012 does not count
Nice Medium mouthfeel tastes caramel vanilla touch of earthiness balanced very nice easy to drink well made beer ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 16, 2012
Bottle and served in Imperial Pint glass: Pours a reddish amber hue with a nice foamy head and left good lace upon glassware. The aroma has notes of caramel, toffee, vanilla bean, wheat bread, slight grassy hop and light woody esters. The taste is smooth malty richness backed up by a light handed oak character. Very faint noble hop bitterness found at the very end. Quite simplistic beer with not much complexity. The mouth feel is soft and smooth with a slight tannic finish. It is okay, you could do worse.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BucannonXC5 (1436) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 5, 2012
Poured from a 12-oz. bottle into a pint glass at my house on Aug. 4, 2012 (picked it up for $1.59 at BevMo in La Mesa, Calif., on Aug. 2, 2012). 1-2 fingers of head that dissipated very quickly. Mahogany auburn color. Just a bit of lacing on the top and a small amount on the sides. No retention. Smelled oaky bourbon or wine, vanilla, caramel and toffee malts. Reminded me of the Longshot Derf’s Secret Alt or the Rogue Dead Guy Ale. Tasted better than the smell. Got oaky vanilla leading the way with a touch of bourbon. Very malty with caramel and toffee leading the way. Dark fruits, maybe plum. So smooth. Medium body. Thinner texture. Below average carbonation. Long lasting smooth finish. This beer got better for me as it went along. The mouthfeel was the best part. So smooth.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Kobal (64) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - AUG 3, 2012
Pours a nice red/auburn color with a semi-thick head. Nose leaves a bit to be desired, oak is notable, but little else is present. Mouthfeel is somewhat creamy and dries out toward the end. First sip is big malty oak, a little sweet for my taste. Reminiscent in some ways of a pumpkin ale. I tasted touches of vanilla and allspice, but malty oak still dominates the palate. Nothing offensive but nothing inspiring, either. Not a beer I’d go out of my way for.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
bconch (368) - - JUL 31, 2012
Taken from old notes. Taste of vanilla, caramel and hops. Mild oak on finish. Got better as it warmed.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ilovedarkbeer (2715) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JUL 29, 2012
Pours a copper color with almost no head. Notes of copper, caramel pop corn, sweat, and vanilla. Weak

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DogfishFred (36) - - JUL 21, 2012
Poured from a bottle as one of what seems like a thousand specialty beers from Sam Adams.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jkwalking05 (4600) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JUL 17, 2012
Amber in color with a small beige head. Aroma is of raisin, heavy caramel, and malt. Taste is of nougat, caramel, raisin bread, and oak. As it warms, notes of cinnamon amd light pepper begin to show. Sweet, but dry.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUL 6, 2012
THOUGHTS: Seemed a little to malty right from the first sip, but then the dry oak stepped in to balance things a little. But it still could have used a little more hops to balance things better. Not a ton of wood flavor, but it almost felt like you were sucking on a chunk of wood. A little cloying by the end. Seemed a little dumbed down, but it would probably make a decent transitional beer for macro drinkers. TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a clear, medium, reddish amber with an average to large, creamy, off-white head that kept a decent sheet and left fair lacing. The aroma was rather weak, but had moderate caramel; apple; hints of wood; cola; vanilla; and kool-aid. The initial flavor was moderate to heavily sweet, lightly acidic and slightly bitter; while the finish was moderately sweet and light to moderately acidic with an average duration. There was sweet malt, caramel, cola, slight roast, ever so slight hint of coffee, a little wood, slight vanilla, a little apple and cherry, and kool-aid. The medium body was a little oily and then dry with lightly tingly carbonation and a dry and lightly astringent finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
TheGent (656) - , Massachusetts, USA - JUN 26, 2012
Color is amber like good old normal sam adams. Aroma is caramel and vanilla oak with bread dough. Taste is light wood and sweetness and slight bourbon finish. A medium body with medium carbonation. Good to see a wood aged beer that is mild.

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