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Extra Special Oak (ESO) - Element Brewing Company

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Extra Special Oak (ESO)Extra Special Oak (ESO)

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BA SCORE
85
very good

96 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 96
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 14.85%
Wants: 11
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Element Brewing Company visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
English Strong Ale |  7.75% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jwale73 on 05-10-2010)
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RADRACING

Connecticut

1.48/5  rDev -60.7%

Could be just a bad batch but it us spoiled

Lots of rubber and the bottle was a gusher which indicates infection

The oak is there but what ever the infection is, it's extremely over powering

This is my first element beer and I'll count this as strike one. Wish this was in 12 oz bottles 750 mils is a bit tough to swallow espically when the person your splitting it with sees your facial reaction first.

I have heard some great things about element. This is not one

01-08-2014 02:59:33 | More by RADRACING
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discharmingly

Massachusetts

2/5  rDev -46.9%

05-05-2014 14:01:31 | More by discharmingly
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barleywinefiend

Washington

2.29/5  rDev -39.3%

A: Poured a copperish color with a lot of fizzy bubbles which quickly disappeard leaving no lacing.

S: Off. I smelled a little bit of rubber and some butter with a little oak, vanilla and toffee

T: Initial astringent alcohol with some rubber like notes, vegal at times, sordove green and young. The only saving grace for this beer was the booze and vanilla and toffee

M: Harsh. Medium bodied. Stinging sticky boze, felt thin and overcarbonated for this style. Rubber and funky notes.

O: Should have never been bottled. I detect some spoilage here.

10-19-2013 17:21:31 | More by barleywinefiend
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sneaks2210

New York

2.5/5  rDev -33.7%

11-15-2012 03:03:32 | More by sneaks2210
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Aisha

Massachusetts

2.75/5  rDev -27.1%

06-05-2013 20:35:56 | More by Aisha
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noyellowfizzbeer

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -20.4%

04-19-2014 00:19:54 | More by noyellowfizzbeer
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -20.4%

03-04-2012 18:11:53 | More by JAHMUR
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Fettpopps

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -20.4%

08-08-2014 23:59:23 | More by Fettpopps
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u2carew

Massachusetts

3.05/5  rDev -19.1%

On tap at Cambridge Common. Consumed 5/23/10.
A) Poured with a finger thick head. Settles with thin, creamy, and sticky lacing. Some haze. Copper on color.
S) Subtle caramel malt. Some mellow hops lingering the mix but not pronounced.
T) Up front- astringent alcohol a bit more defined due to the warm cask temperature. Oak cask has rubbed off on this one, definitely some woody characteristics. Hints of whiskey. In the finish light malt sweetness.
M) Smooth. Mellow creaminess. Medium body but a little thin. Alcohol effervescence.
D) For me just an average brew. The body is a bit thin. Overall doesn't taste much like a beer - more like whiskey with beer consistency sans the alcohol kick.

05-24-2010 23:49:59 | More by u2carew
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taez555

Massachusetts

3.13/5  rDev -17%

Oak in your face. Its a solid beer, nice caramel backboned strong ale, but as it warms it is just completely dominated by oak. I love barrell aged beers, but all I taste is barrell. Needs to either kick up the ABV, or tone down the barrell. It simply smells and tastes like a platform for oak.

03-16-2013 17:12:17 | More by taez555
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

3.2/5  rDev -15.1%

750ml bottle purchased at Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA. Cool informative paper wrap, corked and caged.

Poured into a DFH tulip, formed a 1/2" off-white head over the clear copper brew. Head recedes gradually, with slow-falling lace. Aroma is sweet with an off-seeming vegetal tinge.

Taste starts with clean malt character, then find the off part of the nose again in the middle, then closes with a floral bitterness. Dry bitterness clings to the tongue. Mouthfeel is very soft over the tongue, but drinkability is limited for me by the flavor and aroma. Not quite liking this one as much as their other offerings which I have enjoyed.

09-06-2010 02:08:05 | More by ppoitras
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Shaggy9356

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

05-05-2012 03:26:09 | More by Shaggy9356
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braican

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

02-22-2014 01:45:03 | More by braican
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grumpygerman

Alabama

3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

02-07-2013 01:09:37 | More by grumpygerman
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Casterbridge

Connecticut

3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

07-07-2012 13:09:35 | More by Casterbridge
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EmmetD

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

04-05-2014 16:05:11 | More by EmmetD
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sulldaddy

Connecticut

3.3/5  rDev -12.5%

Poured from a cellar temp bottle into a large snifter. The beer pours a clear copper to chestnut color with frothy and loud eggshell white head of about 1 cm. Several small streams of bubbles rise to the surface. The head fades gradually with tight lattice and some large craters as it recedes to an edge layer and wispy islands.
Aroma is mild with some caramel malt and toffe, and maybe some red grape, but also very faint phenolic bandaid. This scent is very faint and not enough to ruin the nose, but I do get it, maybe Im just sensitive to that specific scent.
First sip reveals very fine yet tingly to almost prickly carbonation. Those little bubbles pack a punch!
Flavor is also mild, but malt driven with caramel and some dark fruit, red grapes I think. I also get a bit of brown sugar and general sweetness. The finish reveals just a bit of earthy hop note that actually lingers quite a bit and is actually a little bitter on the finish.
Overall the beer is very drinkable but not overly memorable. No flaws but Im not wow'd either. Worth a shot if you like english strong ales, just not as complex as I hoped when I bought the bottle.

04-07-2012 04:37:34 | More by sulldaddy
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scottfrie

California

3.43/5  rDev -9%

750ml bottle into Delirium Tremens snifter. Thanks, wyllder. Bottled Feb. 18 2011.

A: Pours a dark caramel with a very active and fizzy (but very thick and frothy) off-white head that quickly bubbled away into a very very faint collar leaving almost no lace.
S: I get notes of English yeast, biscuits, lemony citrus hops, bread crust and a hint of caramel. Oak rounds out the entire nose.
T: Follows the nose with flavors of oak, yeast, lemon zest, and bread crust, but I also get some flavors of candied fruit. The finish is thick and a bit syrupy, and the alcohol is hidden well.
M: Fizzy carbonation, frothy tingly mouthfeel, and a slick medium-full body. A bit over-carbonated.
O: Not a bad brew but maybe not something I’d seek out again. Flavors weren’t anything outstanding and the carbonation was a bit much.

04-05-2012 03:23:47 | More by scottfrie
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glid02

Georgia

3.48/5  rDev -7.7%

Bottle purchased from Wine & Cheese Cask in Somerville, MA.

Pours a very hazy dark amber color with a tan head that leaves decent lacing.

Smells of moderately sweet caramel malts with large amounts of harsh oak and lighter amounts of leafy and slightly floral hops. Also present are slight amounts of boozy medium fruits.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Sweet yet slightly grainy caramel malts up front are joined by hints of toasted malts and large amounts of oak. Midway through the malts fade a bit and booze-soaked medium and dark fruits with leafy hops come into play, carrying through with the oak to a moderately bitter ending. Mouthfeel is good, with smooth carbonation.

Overall the oak was really heavy and made the beer not enjoyable for me. I’d like to try the base beer for comparison as it seems like an interesting beverage, but the oak dashed any hopes of that.

08-15-2011 23:36:32 | More by glid02
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JTSingletary

Florida

3.48/5  rDev -7.7%

Appearance: Clear, deep amber color. Fizzy carbonation that forms a narrow ring around the edge of the glass.

Aroma: Very mild aroma of oak and vanilla with hints of roasted malt. Toffee and caramel as the beer warmed. Somewhat phenolic.

Taste: Right away the taste is very solvent-like, but after that dissipates the malt and dark fruit character takes over. The aftertaste is floral and spicy (peppery).

Mouthfeel: Heavily carbonated with large fizzy bubbles (even though packaging described the beer as having "lighter carbonation"). Medium body.

Overall: Overall, the phenolic character is too over-powering for me. However, after the initial taste of solventy-plastic is gone there is a nice floral sweetness left behind. The second taste sensation makes me want more though, and I did enjoy the whole glass.

01-05-2013 03:46:48 | More by JTSingletary
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DrewBest

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

09-01-2013 21:46:24 | More by DrewBest
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rworkman

Alabama

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

05-22-2014 14:55:07 | More by rworkman
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tabhill

New York

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

01-08-2014 02:06:04 | More by tabhill
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nkelley77

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

08-19-2014 23:26:00 | More by nkelley77
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bcgeiman

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

04-25-2014 03:11:56 | More by bcgeiman
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Extra Special Oak (ESO) from Element Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 96 ratings.