Extra Special Oak (ESO) | Element Brewing Company

BA SCORE
85
very good
114 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:
114
Reviews:
38
Avg:
3.8
pDev:
14.47%
 
 
Wants:
11
Gots:
17
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 114 |  Reviews: 38
Photo of h4ger
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of gratefulbeerhead
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of sparx1100
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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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Photo of MonkeyPilates
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 2beerdogs
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Evilyak
4.04/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reddish brown with a finger of white head.

This thing is great. It's not perfect, but it hits all of the bases. Doughy with some spice. Sweet and sugary, with no bitterness at all. Clean, with that cinnamon gum aftertaste.

Oddly drinkable

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3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DIPAFAN
3.39/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

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

Photo of Uzarnayme
2.8/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Not as impressive as some of elements other offerings. Has a stale/flat taste to it.

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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 maximum12
3.05/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A long-time want showed up in MN & I saw the price tag & went “WTF?” But recently saw it marked down to $4.99, which is about what I was willing to pay for it. 750ML bottle wrapped in hobo newspaper split with my wife.

The pour is a dull orange/brown, a shade lighter than polished oak. Plenty of carbonation. The smell runs full tilt to toffee & wood: not subtle, but nice.

Extra Special Oak (ESO) is about as special as a $4M baseball player (i.e. not). The wood hits me upside the head like a right-handed Al Capone, drying, drying, drying. Lots of toffee in the middle along with burnt sugar, herbal toast, vague, it’s-OK-I-was-almost-done-with-you-anyway bitterness. The back end knocks down the appeal as it slinks into a weird, earthy, muddy aftertaste that sticks around like a bad C. J. Cherryh novel (sorry, redundant, or is that redumbdant?). Half a bomber is plenty.

I used to have quite an ESB tooth, but I’ve abstained for quite some time. This isn’t half bad, but that aftertaste, eh, it begs for a toothbrush. Just decent.

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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 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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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of Chuck_IPA_Mathus
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

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3.6/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of IanCH
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of nkelley77
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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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3/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of ELECTRONICAnonymous
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of ncaudle
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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Extra Special Oak (ESO) from Element Brewing Company
3.8 out of 5 based on 114 ratings.
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