migwell (365) - Massachusetts, USA - APR 8, 2017
On tap at the brewery. Had a few Element products previously and found them to be fairly ordinary brews for a big price tag. But the trip to the brewery was quite enjoyable, and a reasonably priced glass of ESO was fine. The brewers are now canning their stuff, which hopefully will bring their prices down, since I now think that they do know how to make good brews. Pours an orangey brown, aroma of caramel and oak, plenty of foam. Creamy texture and a complex and pleasant flavor, bit of vanilla, the oak, sweet malt and a nice dry finish. A quality ale. Additionally, this out of the way brewery is well worth a visit. The_Osprey (8010) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 8, 2016
September 2016 - Large paper wrapped bottle shared at Leighton’s. As ’Element Extra Special Oak’. Many thanks to LKS for this one. Amber orange, still and clear with a foamy off-white head. Aroma is airy, bready, apple, general bakery. Body is light, spritzy carbonation, frothy. Taste is thin malts, oaky, some vanilla, sodawater. Doesn’t really have the malt character to carry the oak. A bit thin, but it’s OK. (3.1) mR_fr0g (12128) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 21, 2016
Bottle shared at Leightons gaff , 19/09/2016. Many thanks to Leighton for this one. A dark orange coloured pour with a loose off white head. Aroma is semi sweet toasted malts, cola cubes, papery, old malts. Flavour is composed of aged papery malts, faint oak and vanilla, toast, nutty, papery. Palate is dry, airy carbonation, drying finish. Lingering roast and dried fruits. teorn88 (7682) - Rimini, ITALY - SEP 20, 2016
75cl bottle shared at Leighton’s garbage share. Many thanks to Leighton for this one. It pours a clean orange copper color with a minimal white head. Aroma is sweet oaky with notes of vanilla, wood, raisins. Taste is also sweet and oaky, lightly boozy with notes of raisins, vanilla and wood. Medium bodied with good carbonation. Overall, nice one Scopey (14778) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 19, 2016
Bottle thanks to LKS. It pours clear deep brown with a medium off-white head. The aroma is earthy, wood, toasted nut, leather, caramel sweetness, rivita and a touch of dried fruits. The taste is dry, wood, leather, toasted nut, caramel, toffee, big of alcohol heat, syrupy, honeyed fruits and toasted brown sugar with a dry, slightly astringenct finish. Medium + body and high, foamy carbonation. Pretty dry and woody. OK at best.
Leighton (21299) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 19, 2016
Bottle shared in London - sourced from CPK. Pours clear, deep gold with a creamy, off-white head. Quite woody in the nose, some varnish, ripe berries. Medium sweet flavour with strong woody character, dried berries, some toffee, bread. Medium to full bodied with average carbonation. Warming finish with some woody dryness, earth, more dried berries, a little ham, orange peel. Not bad. tfontana (976) - Fremont, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 22, 2016
Bottle pour into pint glass. Appearance is medium brown with finger-width beige head with decent retention and lacing. Aroma is strong oak. Taste is strong oak--hard to get anything else. Palate is light bodied with thin texture and average to lively carbonation with oaky finish. Overall, the oak dominates this to the exclusion of other aromas/flavors. Lubiere (13915) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 25, 2015
A hazed dark amber ale with a thick frothy lacing light mocha head. In aroma, sweet fruity caramel malt with light nutty notes, light grassy hops, treacle, very nice. In mouth, a nice sweet fruity caramel malt with smooth herbal hops, grapefruit pulp, light pine needles, nice and smooth. trapped (3150) - New York, TURKEY - JUN 23, 2015
Bottle. Pours slightly cloudy dark amber with large foamy beige head, woodsy aroma mixed with caramel, medium carbonation, mellow slightly salty caramel taste, longish bitter finish. Very smooth and drinkable. Enjoyit (3809) - Vadum, DENMARK - APR 11, 2015
Clear brown of color with a off white head. An aroma of caramel, spice, raisins, prunes. A flavor of caramel, wood, chocolate, spice, raisins and alkohol.