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Extra Special Oak (ESO) - Element Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

99 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 99
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 14.59%
Wants: 11
Gots: 11 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Trashcat, Nov 07, 2014
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diehlio, Sep 01, 2014
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IanCH, Sep 01, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

nkelley77, Aug 20, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Poured a reddish copper color with a 1 finger head in a Pretty Things glass. A wide mouth glass is recommended by the brewery for this beer.

Fruit, barnyard, and esters from the aroma which becomes more pronounced with warming.

The mouth feel is very carbonated.

The taste is distinctive. As in other beers in the style, there is fruit and esters finished with a sharp hoppy bitterness. Although the brewery refers to it as an ESB, it's more like an English Strong ale ( Beer Advocate)or closer to an Old Ale.

The beer is bottle conditioned and unpasteurized. It's the first beer I have tasted from the brewery. A singular brew- best warmer-( start at 50°F) which brings out the aroma/taste/palate in the beer.
I am looking forward to tasting more of their beers.

brureview, Aug 19, 2014
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Fettpopps, Aug 09, 2014
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ELECTRONICAnonymous, Jul 28, 2014
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ncaudle, Jul 02, 2014
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PTEdelman, Jun 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice, white head that borders between creamy and bubbly. The beer itself is a dark copper that borders on brown and is clear. The beer has very strong oak notes when it's cold but the vanilla beans really come through and work well with the oak, which gives a bit a of a nice spicy note to it. The malts come out but not as strongly and give an interesting sweetness to the bouquet. The taste is similar to the smell notes but that the oak is much stronger than the vanilla bean and the malts are fairly sweet. The notes combine to give off a roasted coconut taste, which is pretty good. The mouthfeel is very soft and smooth with biting carbonation. Overall, a very good and unique beer; one that I will definitely pick up.

HattedClassic, Jun 21, 2014
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Extra Special Oak (ESO) from Element Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 99 ratings.