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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

91 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 91
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 14.81%
Wants: 11
Gots: 9 | 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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raydogfresh

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

11-17-2013 21:02:55 | More by raydogfresh
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barleywinefiend

Washington

2.29/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Colorado

3.99/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a fun little beer here, very flavorful for an esb, lots of vanilla, lighter malts, and a toasted caramel sweetness towards the finish that is really nice. its oaky in a different way, this isn't in wine or bourbon, its new oak that still has a lot of its pop to it, sappy and full of flavor that's earthy and sweet, not tainted like some other alcoholic beverage. the wood goes great with the vanilla sweet malts and the effervescent carbonation makes it drink a lot lighter than it is. sweet flavor but does not stay sweet, the wood and English malt take over in a drying way. a light amber colored liquid that stays light even as it warms. a beautifully crafted beer rather fairly priced for what it is, about 10 bucks for a big bottle. get it if you can.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2013 22:45:28 | More by StonedTrippin
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DeJayPe

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

09-24-2013 16:47:11 | More by DeJayPe
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jwps214

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

09-21-2013 21:46:47 | More by jwps214
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

09-07-2013 23:51:31 | More by yourefragile
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DrewBest

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +5.8%

07-28-2013 21:57:16 | More by msondel
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AdamElb

New York

4.5/5  rDev +19%

07-08-2013 02:25:01 | More by AdamElb
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Aisha

Massachusetts

2.75/5  rDev -27.2%

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

New York

4/5  rDev +5.8%

06-03-2013 17:11:50 | More by ElijahRivera
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mikeincharleston

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

05-23-2013 01:50:43 | More by mikeincharleston
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PowderRay

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +19%

05-17-2013 18:54:40 | More by PowderRay
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tneenan1

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

04-27-2013 23:33:23 | More by tneenan1
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bluerabbit

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

04-26-2013 23:38:24 | More by bluerabbit
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a cloudy apricot nectar color with a foamy head that leaves some impressive splashes of lacing behind

Smell: Malt and oak forward, with shortbread, earthy hops and vanilla/oak

Taste: Sweeter malt flavors, up front, with shortbread and toffee followed by a slightly lemony/earthy hop in the middle; the barrel builds after the swallow, bringing oak, vanilla and marshmallow to sweeten up the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Pretty good stuff for a sweeter style ale; like the balance and complexity

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2013 22:24:05 | More by brentk56
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taez555

Massachusetts

3.13/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

Alabama

3.25/5  rDev -14%

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

Florida

3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2013 03:46:48 | More by JTSingletary
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nquigley16

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

12-26-2012 01:23:59 | More by nquigley16
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innuendobrewskiman63

New York

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

12-10-2012 11:43:53 | More by innuendobrewskiman63
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Bob6518

United Kingdom (England)

5/5  rDev +32.3%

11-30-2012 15:57:24 | More by Bob6518
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durkle


4.75/5  rDev +25.7%

11-17-2012 21:52:54 | More by durkle
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sneaks2210

New York

2.5/5  rDev -33.9%

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

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

11-10-2012 05:47:45 | More by CalebHiliadis
Extra Special Oak (ESO) from Element Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 91 ratings.