I love the pending change of the seasons, as it invariably means new seasonal beers. Enter Samuel Adams Mighty Oak Ale.
I have to admit, I really wanted to love this beer. In the end though, we parted as friends with the hope to get together in a couple weeks. Not exactly the fireworks I had expected.
Everything started off great, too. The beer poured a beautiful ruby red color and was topped with a small head. The nose hinted of vanilla. My first taste was more vanilla, malt and an oaky woody finish which really stuck to my lips. The beer had a rather thin mouthfeel and also an interesting sourish cherry note, which I couldn't completely place.
The last note to myself was "not bad, but not great". I would like to revisit Mighty Oak again in the future. Preferably in a couple weeks because, you know, he promised.
NB: Samuel Adams provided Mighty Oak Ale for me to review. Also, for all of you arborists out there, I am well aware the tree above is a Maple, and not an Oak. I've cleaned enough of its leaves out of my gutter to know.