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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 10, 2012
A - Pours a fairly clear amber-red with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving bedhind some light lace. S - Aroma is a mix of toasted and caramelized malts with some vanilla, oak, and a touch of dark fruit. T - Starts off with a mix of sweet caramelized malts with some light vanilla, and a touch of noble hop. Through the middle, some oak comes through with a touch of dark fruit. The finish is a mix of toasted caramelzied malts with some vanilla, oak, and earthy flavors. M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet and oaky finish. D - Very drinkable. Pretty good amber ale with the oak flavor adding some complexity. A bit off balanced though.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DarkSong (335) - Dacula, Georgia, USA - JUN 5, 2012
12 oz bottle. Pours a dark reddish amber with a large off-white quickly vanishing head. It has a doughy aroma with maybe a little oak. I taste caramel, vanilla, resin, oak, bread & cereal. There are a lot of tastes in this beer but they blend well, with none of the individual tastes standing out too much. I’d drink this one again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
LKT1983 (112) - Benton, Kentucky, USA - MAY 30, 2012
This is a great ale. Nice rich color, dark copper like; aroma is deep, the oak is very pleasant and the finish is good. Def. a top choice if you can find it when it’s available.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
clong83 (285) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 30, 2012
Caramel on the nose, malty caramel definitely in the flavor. Decently full beer. Don’t taste the oak, but it is a bit dry. A bit one dimensionl, somewhat lacking in depth. Still, a pretty solid beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
guerinfbfan (110) - Elmwood Park, Illinois, USA - MAY 25, 2012
Pours a cloudy amber with a white head. Aroma is a nice combo of wood and vanilla. Flavor is really dominated by vanilla, but also has hints of oak and maple. Very nice offering. Much better than I expected from Sam Adams.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sloshgator (599) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAY 23, 2012
Pours as nice copper color with a decent head that dissipates quickly. Initial flavor is sweet with a nice oaky flavor following. Aroma is sweet but not much else. Palate is clean and slightly fizzy. Like many Sam Adams beers, this is a good everyday session beer or something to enjoy with a meal. Might Oak Ale is interesting but not overly special.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DiarmaidBHK (3861) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 22, 2012
Bottblw from Wegman’s leesburg. Pours brown with a thin khaki head. Slight int of oak on the nose which quickly fades into a maltiness. Taste is fairly sweet and one note. Finishes clean. Did this stuff age in oak or just graze the surface?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Sammer (1096) - Plano, Texas, USA - MAY 18, 2012
Taste is wood, hay, malt, hops and tree bark. Hell, this one is all over the map, kinda like a beer dreamed up in a junk yard. Still, not so bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AirForceHops (5028) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 13, 2012
Draft @ Portsmouth Gas Light Co. Nose of Caramel malt and wood. Very much identical to the brewers deScription. Malty caramel, sweet bread with the oak noticeable throughout the sip. Hops do show up however I never would have known they are “British” Carbonation gives you a lively mouthfeel. Body being on lighter side of medium. Creamy texture. Nothing you have to go out of your way for but still nice overall.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
radio_nowhere (1258) - Maryland, USA - MAY 9, 2012
Found this left over from SA’s spring pack. Pours a clear amber, small white head. Aroma of caramel sweetness mostly, some vanilla and oak. On tasting the vanilla and oak stand out more. A little on the sweet side but not bad, would drink again.

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