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Blue Mountain Steel Wheels ESB

Serve in English pint


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RATINGS: 75   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37/5   SEASONAL: Summer   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
The music of The Steel Wheels and the beer from Blue Mountain are both original and handcrafted, with inspired Americana flavors from the heart of Virginia. Our collaboration E.S.B. draws from the past with British crystal malts and Scottish yeast, but uses American hops to put our own stamp on the creation. Like this beer, The Steel Wheels draw you in from the first sip...not because their music is loud or in your face, but because itís surprising and original, and because its inspirations - a story, a character, a memory - have been brewed with just the right ingredients. Take time to drink slowly and listen truly. Wherever you are, get ready to sing along, to harmonize. Maybe even get up and dance.

Hear The Steel Wheels at www.thesteelwheels.com, or meet them soon at a show to hear the music as they love to share it: live, kickiní and real.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OnTheTrail (271) - Virginia, USA - APR 5, 2016
Pours clear coppery brown, medium tan head. Aroma is caramel, bready, hint of hops. Taste is nice biscuity malt, caramel, almost honey. Pleasant mouthfeel. A little more (dark) fruity but also more sour, as it warms.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (10522) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 7, 2015
Can... Pours clear and burnt-orange with a small, wispy, cream-colored head. The aroma is toasty, malty and fruity Ė caramel and black cherries with a splash of sweet, fruity, crusted port. Full-bodied with tickling carbonation. Tastes a lot like a Scotch ale Ė lightly roasty and vinous with nuances of caramel and English biscuit. Extraordinarily well-balanced. Finishes nourishing and lightly bitter some minerals. Iíll go against the grain here. Love this crushable brew. Can courtesy of ygtbsm94!

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
altonbrownd (5095) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - AUG 17, 2015
Can from Chevy Chase supermarket. Dark brown, roasty body with low head. Nose is sweet, malty, roast of brown sugar. Taste is similar of malts, caramel, brown sugar, and toffee. Sugary finish. Okay.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
SSSteve (4006) - - JUL 31, 2015
can. hazy red with a small beige head. i didnít want to rate this because its completely oxidized and probably just been on the shelf too long, however, several other rated experienced the same so here we go... caramel nose, no hops left. flavor is one dimensional butter caramel notes with maybe a faint hint of citrusy american hops that once were. QC this product and move it faster. i will re-rate if i ever come across it again.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
yngwie (16227) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 25, 2015
Can. A more or less clear one, dark amber in color and with a small, beige head. The aroma is rather sourish caramel malty, with dried fruits and some rye bready hints. Quite malty, almost wort like flavor too, with raisins, some plums, bread and caramel. Itís smooth on the palate, medium bodied and semi-sweet. Lasting finish. Not my favorite in any way. Not that itís really bad in any way, I just donít like the way itís brewed. Sort of like a session-quad, which doesnít work out very nice. 150625

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
Meilby (10487) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 25, 2015
Can 355ml @ Hotel room, The International Cozy Inn, New York, NY
Pours slightly hazy brown with a off-white head. Aroma has notes of malt, caramel, bread, wort and grains. Taste is medium sweet and light bitter with a long caramel, bread and grainy finish. Body is light to medium, texture is thin to oily, carbonation is soft.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
tsd08460 (612) - Marshall, Virginia, USA - JUN 23, 2015
Aroma: roasty, caramel, smoke Appearance: clear amber, tan head Taste: smoke, medium sweetness, medium bitterness, Palate: medium body, creamy texture, soft carbonation, long finish, Tasty.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
EKGoldings (626) - Radford, Virginia, USA - DEC 13, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2014 On tap at the brewery. I really wanted to like this more, I am a sucker for British ales. The nose was malty and toffee, with some hops balancing but definitely in the background. Not to style due to high alcohol, but not a bad beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HighlanderOne (1150) - Bergen County, New Jersey, USA - NOV 29, 2014
Poured from can. Aroma of malt, ocean and soap. Good lookin mahogany with tan head. I taste caramel, nut, brown sugar, yeast and hop notes in back. Very drinkable. I expected more hop presence for this style, but itís a good example of an English pub ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dliberto (216) - Hampstead, Maryland, USA - NOV 19, 2014
Poured from a 12oz can into a pint glass. Pours a dark copper/brown with a foamy off white head. Aroma consists of caramel, dark fruits, bread, and tobacco. Taste is much the same. As it warms it gets even better. Medium bodied with light carbonation and a sticky mouth feel. Has a decent amount of lacing.

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