Extra Special Oak (ESO) | Element Brewing Company

Extra Special Oak (ESO)Extra Special Oak (ESO)
BA SCORE
3.78/5
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
Ranking:
#19,119
Reviews:
38
Ratings:
115
pDev:
14.29%
Bros Score:
4.2
 
 
Wants:
11
Gots:
16
Trade:
0
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User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 115 |  Reviews: 38
Photo of barleywinefiend
2.3/5  rDev -39.2%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
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.

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Photo of DeJayPe
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of yourefragile
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of DrewBest
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of msondel
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of AdamElb
4.5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of Aisha
2.75/5  rDev -27.2%

Photo of ElijahRivera
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of mikeincharleston
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of PowderRay
4.5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of tneenan1
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of bluerabbit
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of brentk56
4.19/5  rDev +10.8%
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 taez555
3.15/5  rDev -16.7%
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.

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Photo of grumpygerman
3.25/5  rDev -14%

Photo of JTSingletary
3.46/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

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Photo of nquigley16
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Bob6518
5/5  rDev +32.3%

Photo of durkle
4.75/5  rDev +25.7%

Photo of sneaks2210
2.5/5  rDev -33.9%

Photo of CalebHiliadis
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of hopley
5/5  rDev +32.3%

Extra Special Oak (ESO) from Element Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 115 ratings
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