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RATINGS: 71   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39   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.


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4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Emeister84 (1536) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 31, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2013 Aromas of grape candy, oranges, and some caramel. Clear, reddish-amber, with a moderately retaining, white head. Lightly sweet, nutty flavors balanced by floral, hop bitterness. Medium bodied with average carbonation, and a fruity, bitter finish.


2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
yngwie (15190) - 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

2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
Meilby (9444) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
tsd08460 (186) - 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.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
EKGoldings (616) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HighlanderOne (1063) - 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.

3.6
   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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jgb9348 (5064) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - NOV 9, 2014
Deep rich brown coloured body with hints of violet and ruby and a thick, three centimetre tall tan head. Aroma of alcohol, malt, toffee and nuts - pungent. Medium-bodied; Strong rich malt body with some alcohol and earthy notes coupled with a nice bit of sugars and some light complexity near the end. Aftertaste shows some assertive maltiness with a little hop flavour and a lot of sweetness from caramel and toffee - nice. Overall, a nice and relatively pungent ESB with more a dark and deep flavour than most from this style. I sampled this twelve ounce can purchased from Whole Foods in Arlington (Clarendon), Virginia on 01-November-2014 for US$1,99 sampled in my hotel room here in New York, New York on 07-November-2014.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrinkinWell (365) - - OCT 19, 2014
Pours a reddish brown. Hints of caramel, brown sugar. Malts, cinnamon, bit of clove. An interesting ESB.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Maverick34 (2556) - New York, USA - SEP 28, 2014
Canned. Brownish pour white head. Malts and heavy caramel. Decent esb not much else here

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BREWMUSKCLES (2364) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 24, 2014
aroma fades fast but brew is a real winner with peat and hop and fruit punch and vibrant small carbonation that stings a bit and leaves that malt for a reminder. satisfying yet you want another. vibrant caramel ivy warming finish that lingers pleasantly. could be even better with a tweak or two. impressive esb.


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