patrick767 (4063) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - MAY 2, 2012
bottle - Pours clear amber with a small off-white head. The aroma is mainly caramel malt. It tastes very sweet with caramel, a touch of vanilla, and maybe some subtle oak. There’s slight bitterness in the finish. This brew is mostly a sweet one though. Medium bodied. Okay. travita (5006) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 29, 2012
Fizzy quick dissipating beige head. Burgundy colored and clear. Smell is caramel, sweet, very fruity, apples, and warm fermentation. The taste is overly sweet, fruity, apples, a little oak.
nittanytide (287) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 28, 2012
Poured copper in color with a thin, flat head. Aroma is faint biscuit and toast. Taste is wood and bread with a subtle sweetness on the tip of the tongue. joeyplush (648) - Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 25, 2012
Big fan of oak aged beers and I think this is a good version from Sam Adams. Found this one in armed’s fridge on the first night of our annual golf trip. Dark mahogany color with a solid mocha colored head. Very malty taste with lots of caramel and vanilla. The oak flavor lingers on the palate - very solid enjoyable beer. umich03jm (3513) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - APR 24, 2012
Reddish-brown in color, nice head. Caramel malt aroma but its pretty faint. A little wood too. Taste is lots of caramel malt like a scotch ale. Some hints of wood too. I was expected more. Ok beer.
blklab2007 (2120) - Connecticut, USA - APR 23, 2012
Bottle in a mixed 12 pack. I am looking forward to the mighty oak! Pour has a light red amber color and a thin covering of off white head. Aroma has sweet malt, dusty hops, vanilla, and as I stretch the imagination a bit there it is the oak goodness. Mouth feel is light but not without body and the carbonation average. Flavor is where the barrel kicks in! Nice malty richness, plenty of sweetness, caramel, earthy hops, and there truly is some light vanilla with oak. Not really a mighty oak but it was enjoyable and I appreciate them playing with oak on this type of scale. jmagnus87 (2912) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - APR 22, 2012
12oz bottle poured into a shaker. Pours a clear copper with about a finger of off-white head. Aroma of bready malt with a little vanilla and dark fruit. Not sure if I can smell the oak in there or not. Taste is light bitter and very lightly sweet. Bready caramel malt with a little vanilla and dark fruit. I think I just get the hint of oak in the very end of the finish. Medium-full bodied with a somewhat thick texture. Lively carbonation and a decently long finish. Overall, not bad. I got this one for free so I can’t complain too much, but it is nothing I would seek out. fluffy (2472) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - APR 20, 2012
wow. its been a long time since sam adams has come out with something that has impressed me. this one was above and beyond. toasty caramel aroma, slight brown sugar and dark breadiness with some butterscotch notes. very cream finish. really nice. bbrock81 (317) - Le Mars, Iowa, USA - APR 13, 2012
12 oz. bottle. Pours a dark red-brown with a small tan head that disappears quickly. Aroma is fairly muted, very sweet, generically malty, just a hint of hops. Flavor is only slightly more apparent, again quite sweet, a little watery tasting, the oak comes through a bit with some dryness. Some mustiness from the hops does show up towards the finish, which also has a hint of the oak again. All in all a very average beer, with very little of the oak showing. The palate is a bit watery, but very nice with the light carbonation. desurfer (1302) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - APR 12, 2012
Decent malty ale, couldn’t taste the oak-aged bit. Not something I’d go out of my way to drink again.