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RATINGS: 64   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37   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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4.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
polarisbeerguy (19) - Lake Orion, Michigan, USA - APR 10, 2013
Poured from a 750ml champagne corked bottle the aroma is subtle nice bitter longevity but not overpowering hints of apples on the front appearance is dark mahogany one of my favorites from blue mountain


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrinkinWell (271) - - 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 (2311) - 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 (2260) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
gripweed57 (728) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - SEP 20, 2014
12 ounce can. Copper color with a big foamy beige head. Caramel malt nose. A hint of brown sugar, as well. Sweet toasted malt flavor is smooth and nutty. More brown sugar and spicy hops. Some dried fruit in mid taste. Alcohol is well hidden. Finish is cloying and sticky malt.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dagimp (725) - Philly, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 18, 2014
From a can into a pilsner glass. Served at a wedding. Good choice. Nice and fresh. Too much alcohol for a normal esb but let's just call it an American esb. Few inches of white head dissipating into near nothing. Sweet bready aroma with some spice. Mouthfeel is heavy and carbonated. Neither too much so. Burin wouldn't want to make this a session beer. Taste is real nice. Total malts. Dark dank and sticky. As said before, a little too heavy for the style. But loads of flavor. Real good stuff! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bubbleflubber (1832) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - AUG 12, 2014
Pours a deep mahogany with a foamy head that fully diminishes. The nose has some sourdough, caramel and light esters. Flavors are of caramel, melon, stone fruit, biscuit, toasted malt and a finish of nice balanced metallic, tannin-peppery bitters. The finish is absolutely divine, honestly, and paired with the lively mouth, smooth palate, well-balanced round body and easy drinkability, itís substantive and complex, yet super quaffable. Best brew by the brewery Iíve had so far, and well worth it. Great ESB!

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
jkwood04 (4033) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 22, 2014
12oz can. Looks amber/golden. Aroma of pale and light caramel malts, bread and toast, and some light hops. Flavor the same. Average to lighter texture. Not the best beer.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
obguthr (3915) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - JUL 19, 2014
Can: Tea and bread crust nose. Dark copper, thick yellow head, good lacing. Bread crust flavor finishing with a wisp of smoke. Medium body, soft carbonation. Nicely done. Iíve had this before but never remembered to rate it. It gets better every time Iíve tried it.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
EithCubes (5003) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 18, 2014
Can into a pint glass. Nose sweet caramel and toffee, earthy with red fruit and light spice. Pours clear amber-copper with a fizzy tan head. Taste lightly sweet, lightly bitter (sweetness wins out but the balance doesnít seem too far tilted), good malt in a thin and watery body, toffee with prune and raisin character in the middle and red fruits and berries, touch of spice from the yeast and good use of crystal malts without overdoing it. Honestly, a really pleasant American interpretation without forcing the Americanisms (extra bitter, super citrusy hops, boozy, etc.), just sweet and malty and repeatable (also works as a contemplative sipper!). Iíd love to go back and pick up a six-pack.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
DialSquare (2755) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 2, 2014
12oz can from Pace High Carryout. Amber pour with an off-white head that leaves a slight ring. Aroma is caramel and earthy. Tastes are caramel, apple, citrus, biscuity, tea, toasted malt, yeasty. Quite like the taste, but the palate left me hanging a bit - low carbonation, slick, little watery. Overall good though.


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