Extra Special Oak (ESO) | Element Brewing Company

very good
115 Ratings
Extra Special Oak (ESO)Extra Special Oak (ESO)

Brewed by:
Element Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States

Style: English Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.75%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Jwale73 on 05-10-2010

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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.

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look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.5

Could be just a bad batch but it us spoiled

Lots of rubber and the bottle was a gusher which indicates infection

The oak is there but what ever the infection is, it's extremely over powering

This is my first element beer and I'll count this as strike one. Wish this was in 12 oz bottles 750 mils is a bit tough to swallow espically when the person your splitting it with sees your facial reaction first.

I have heard some great things about element. This is not one

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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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