Extra Special Oak (ESO) | Element Brewing Company

BA SCORE
85
very good
115 Ratings
Extra Special Oak (ESO)Extra Special Oak (ESO)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Element Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
elementbeer.com

Style: English Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.75%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Jwale73 on 05-10-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
115
Reviews:
38
Avg:
3.8
pDev:
14.21%
 
 
Wants:
11
Gots:
16
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 115 |  Reviews: 38
Photo of ComputerBeer
5/5  rDev +31.6%
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.

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5/5  rDev +31.6%

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5/5  rDev +31.6%

Photo of jimboothdesigns
4.75/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

An amazing English Ale. Quite the pop when the cork came out. Took a minute to find where it landed. Pours a beautiful copper color. Nice long lasting frothy head and good level of carbonation. The smell is smokey and spicy. Some vanilla sweetness as well. Taste is just as amazing as the smell but without the spice. Nice medium creamy feel from start to finish. Fantastic beer, one of my favorites this year.

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4.75/5  rDev +25%

Photo of pat61
4.69/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Vanilla, spice, and a faint sherry note first engage the nose, and then light hop aromas, malt and slight caramel with a hint of fruit become more apparent. It pours brilliant copper amber under a fluffy 1” off white foam cap. The palate really highlights the oak in a masterful way with vanilla, a slight mustiness that suggests a bourbon with considerably less alcohol. Behind this lurks a nutty, graham cracker, fruity ESB flavors. Above average carbonation also masks the ESB qualities a little bit as does a creamy texture. The body is just above medium. Almost like a jazz riff on an ESB.

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Photo of PowderRay
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of Greywulfken
4.34/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: poured into a nonic pint, deep amber brown ale body with a nice finger of foamy head

S: dry malts and hops; some oakiness and woodsy flavors; mild hard liquor aromas

T: pale malt flavors with a hearty rich bready character; some deep wood flavors added complexity and distinction to the beer; sweetness of vanilla

M: the body and feel of a sweeter beer; buttery on the finish, not quite butterscotchy - it stays dry and then evaporates into a near-clean finish

O: a highly driknable brew, that I would gladly buy again.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
4.27/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes.

In the glass, this one had a clear, deep yellow hue with a thin layer of head on top. Not bad at all.

Aroma was oak tannins, vanilla, and apples. Other fruits were also present, but so subtle I could not discern between them. Almost tropical.

Taste was sweet, vinous, and slightly fruity. Light bitterness played around prominent oak flavors. Well balanced.

Mouthfeel was very good. Surprisingly dry for a beer with this complexity.

Overall this is a very good, well put together brew. Element brews cost a bit more than some, but they are definitely worth it.

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Photo of Ommy
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Extra Special Oak pours honey colored with a large foamy head. The bubbles are fairly large and lingers for a decent while.

On the nose the oak gives it a very musky and foresty smell. I feel there is a hint of fruits, like lemons or something similar.

The taste is a lot more muted than I expected, but it is definitely delicious. The oak gives the beer a nice character that you don't find often. This feels like a great beer to dine with, maybe with roasted chicken or pork.

Sometimes I don't bother with writing about the mouthfeel, but this is a huge part of the beer. The carbonation instantly stings your tongue when you drink this. I like variety so I'm saying this is a positive.

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Photo of ELECTRONICAnonymous
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of brureview
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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.

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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #46 (Nov 2010):

Not too shy to show off its presentation of epic lacing and pale amber sheen. Oak, fruit, yeast tone, doughy biscuit and lemony hops are a great showing for an aroma. Heavy, silky smoothness. The malt and oak character intertwine so much and so deeply that they play off each other ... and compliment each other. Subtle hopping evens out the fruitiness that bounces around. Leafy. A drier side shows more toward the finish with oaky overtones and a lingering fruitiness. Yeah, the alcohol warms, but it's very delicate. A brush of greatness they have created on this canvas.

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Photo of brentk56
4.19/5  rDev +10.3%
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

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Photo of Ian_B
4.19/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GregBarleycorn13
4.16/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

First off, had to pop the cork with a loud pop. Poured a deep copper with lots off carbonation. I had to pour slowly so not to have too much foam. As it was there was a good two inches, which made the beer look even better. The smell was of a normal ESB. The taste came thru alot better. Smooth. Even after finishing the big 750ml bottle, I stiil wanted more. DeCicco's had this one reduced to $2.99. This was my second Element and hitting 2 for 2. Gots to find more.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into two pint glasses. Special thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist. Extra special thanks to jayli for this from our recent trade!

Bottled DEC 15 2010

A: Pours a cloudy dark amber with two full fingers of creamy off white head on top. Retention was fleeting with the cap quickly dying off and leaving a thin skim and collar. Some droopy ropes of lace were left behind.

S: Aromas of rich toasty malt, light smoke, new oak, and spicy citrus hops. After it warmed a bit, I noticed an interesting aroma of vanilla bean and/or maple.

T: As above with a greater emphasis on the oak and smoke flavors. Some elements of spice creep in as probably a counterpart of the oak ageing.

M: Wonderful silky smooth mouthfeel that somehow leads into a finish of spicy spices and hops. A dry oakiness takes over at the very end and does a fine job of cleansing the tongue.

O: Very impressive. I don't usually gravitate towards ESB's/ESA's but the oak ageing (and this brewerys' track record with me) made me really glad that Jax sent this along!

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Photo of runeatdrink
4.14/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of nhindian
4.11/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle wrapped in paper and finished with a cork and cage, poured into a Southern Tier Imperial goblet. Bottle generously provided by apollokim, thanks Kim!

A - Pours a beautiful burnished copper color, with a lighter orange in the highlights and deeper mahogany in the middle. After opening it threatened to gush, but only reached the opening of the bottle before retreating. The head is huge and very active; easily 3-fingers worth and shapeshifts between thick foam and a cavernous, rocky terrain. The body is pretty clear, which makes it easy to see the rush of carbonation flooding this beer. Head retention is great, and the lacing is more so thick clumps of leftover head rather lacing. Great looking beer.

S - Upon first smell, I am getting a noticeable English influence here in the malts and the oak really accentuates its oakiness. I'm also getting a lot of spice and earthy tones. Overall a mild, but pleasant smell.

T - Whereas the nose is more mild, the taste definitely boasts a lot of flavor. The malts are thick and flavorful, adding more depth than sweetness, that leads wonderfully into the barrel flavors. Speaking of, this beer brings more oak to the flavor than almost any other beer I've had before, it is almost chewing on an oak trunk and eating oak sawdust shavings. It's an interesting and certainly unique flavor, and is strangely addicting. Not much hops going on here, and the finish is moderately long with a ton of residual oak flavor.

M - Mouthfeel is light-bodied with moderate carbonation. Finish isn't as long as I would've liked given the different flavor, and it just kind of disappears from the palate.

D - Drinkability is high. Incredibly easy to put this down and the flavors keep enticing me back for more. The alcohol is non-existent and overall, just a finely crafted beer.

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Photo of Dope
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle probably 2 years old.

A: Pours a reddish-amber with a big fizzy white head. Fades slowly, leaving no lacing at all. Common element of this brewery (see what I did there?). Oddly enough the second pour produced a solid wall of lacing. I'm not sure what to think about that but I did upgrade it to a 4.

S: Smells similar to an ESB. Toasted malt. Vanilla and oak. Swear I even get maple syrup.

T: Oaky for sure but not overpowering. Toasted malt and lots of bread. Some mild vanilla in the middle and through the finish along with some maple. Nice clean finish with just a touch of oak and vanilla that lingers.

M: Medium bodied and smooth.

O: Pretty much exactly as described. Tastes and smells like an ESB that's been oak aged but without the bitterness. Nice, clean crisp and balanced flavors. Relative simplicity keeps it from scoring higher but it's definitely a beer I enjoyed. Super malty and the drinkability is very high.

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Extra Special Oak (ESO) from Element Brewing Company
3.8 out of 5 based on 115 ratings.
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