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RATINGS: 58   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34   SEASONAL: Summer   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
TylerGreenDC (271) - - MAR 17, 2014
In a can (but have had it at the brewery aplenty, and is the same). Huge aroma of honey and licorice. Flavors of same, plus some acute -- and needed -- bittering that brings some balance. Sticky molasses on the finish, and maybe more than would be ideal... but who cares? A marvelous beer.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
radio_nowhere (754) - Maryland, USA - FEB 3, 2014
Can into pint glass, clear deep red amber color with light tan head. Aroma of caramel, toast and light citrusy/fruity hops. Taste adds some nuttiness and a note of citrus rind (lemon, orange). Medium body, low-average carbonation, creamy, soft, slick with slight bitter finish. Pretty citrusy ESB, good.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jackl (4379) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - FEB 1, 2014
Keg @ Blue Mountain. The pourís amber with a small head. Toasted bread and caramel on the nose. Red berry. Somewhat tangy flavors. Lightly yeasty. Toasted brown bread. Nicely dynamic, lively on the palate. Good stuff.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerdedDave (265) - - JAN 20, 2014
12 oz can; deep amber-red color; sweet caramel, brown sugar aroma; fruity, caramel, toasted malt flavor with notes of raisins and dark fruit; a bit sweet

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
drfabulous (3851) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - JAN 16, 2014
12 ounce can thanks to ygtbsm94. Best by March 2014. Fruity ESB. Malty and creamy. Some caramel. Decent.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
radagast83 (4445) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JAN 3, 2014
12oz can. Poured a clear, medium-yellow color with a white head. Aroma was notes of light malts, some biscuit, lemon. Flavor was about the same - light, sweet malts, some very mild citrus notes. Drinkable, probably best in the warmer months.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rrauth (1115) - North Carolina, USA - DEC 22, 2013
Can. Smells of candied bacon. A bit sweet and caramel malts. Brown and clear. Actually nice. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
duke33 (68) - Eldersburg, Maryland, USA - DEC 7, 2013
Nice reddish brown color with a thin white head. It's bitter on the tip of your tongue but gets smoother towards the back of the palate. Good malty flavor.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
malrubius (1653) - Willowick, Ohio, USA - DEC 3, 2013
Fresh (BB 4/2014) can from Save On. Deep garnet reddish brown with lasting flat head. Caramel and spicy bready aroma. Toasty bready caramel malts mild fruit dry earthy herbal lingering bitterness. Subdued and fine carbo. Medium body. Lovely soft mouthfeel. Excellent for the style, which I havenít had in a while, been so driven to IPAs. Extra points for demanding that I look at the date code on the bottom.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beergeek23322 (2182) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - NOV 17, 2013
11/16/2012. From bottle. pours dark amber with a white head. Malty aromas with caramel, fruit and spices. Caramel flavors with bitter hops.


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