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Extra Special Oak (ESO) - Element Brewing Company

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

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BA SCORE
85
very good

79 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 79
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 14.78%


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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ppoitras

Massachusetts

3.2/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap @ Armsby Abbey.

A: A fluffy 1 finger head fades at a medium pace over the crystal clear toasty amber orange color.

N: Different than I expected from the appearance, some malts, dark malts and even a little roasted barley, touch of smoke, a slight tangy aroma, little oak and wood, strange musty earthy spicy hop character.

T: Smooth, creamy, lots of malt flavors, toasty malts, dark malts, some creamy chocolate milk and malt even, a little malted milk ball flavor, a little whisky flavor that comes out more as it warms, a little hop bitterness too. Lots of wood esthers with oak, some musty flavors too. A hint of smoke.

M: Semi thick, smooth and creamy, lower but decent carbonation.

F: Mostly dry with a touch of lingering sweetness, some minerality, slight bitterness, creamy flavors are there too as it's just starting to get the nitro feel. A little chocolate again, with a lot more wood esthers, oak and whisky late on the finish, coming on stronger as it warms. There's also a little weird bitterness that won't go away either.

Serving type: on-tap

07-14-2010 20:29:00 | More by jlindros
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is one beer that's hard to get into. The cork girdle is tightly wound; it takes awhile to remove. The cork is very secure in the bottle. I'm expecting a huge pop, but there is only a solid "poof" when the cork is removed.

Copper-amber color beer and clear. Good starting head which leaves lots of intertwined lace. It settles smoothly leaving a knoll of a dome froth.

Smell: First thought is earthy like fresh tilled soil. Second thought is moderately toasted malts. Third thought is metallic, particularly iron.

Quite British in the taste--lots of round malt flavor up front. There's an element of light brown sugar on the tongue. Good caramelized malt (crystal?) which lends itself to a rich body. I'm used to "oak" as coming across as buttery. I think the oak element (no pun intended) is understated. The carbonation is understated. Good (but subdued) hop finish. The aftertaste is short.

Indistinguishable from the classic English ESB, except for possibly a higher alcohol level. That's nearly imperceptible but I wonder.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2010 21:54:08 | More by smcolw
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u2carew

Massachusetts

3.05/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

WOW, like nothing I've ever had before! Oak aromas without any hops in the nose. Creamy texture with a oak like never before finish. I can't tell is is a wine, port, whiskey, barrel? Some vanilla, spice, tannin. Has a alcohol wallop that you will not see coming. I had 2 of these at the bar and I was done. There is no booze or heat like you would expect from such a potent beer. Very well done.

Serving type: on-tap

05-24-2010 01:01:22 | More by ComputerBeer
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Description from the website:

This innovative ale, burnished chestnut in color, contains the malt characteristics of an ESB without the typical bitterness. Lighter carbonation highlights the oak-aged flavor and its enduring tones of toasted vanilla and spice.

Thanks to Thirstybird for breaking this one out. Poured with the appearance of sweet tea - no head, just a skim and a frothy band around the shoulders of the glass. Nose was somewhat subdued - light, fruity esters and a little malt. Taste consistent with nose - a little oak with some buttery diacetyl and a slightly grainy character in the mix. Mouthfeel is light-medium, with a smooth, even carbonation. An easy drinking brew. Not sure how style consistent it is, but definitely solid, interesting and consistent with the brewer's description.

Serving type: growler

05-10-2010 23:59:46 | More by Jwale73
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Extra Special Oak (ESO) from Element Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 79 ratings.