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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.


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

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
HellesBunny666 (147) - Virginia, USA - MAR 23, 2014
Malty. Caramel. Herbal. Smooth and silky, really well balanced. Light caramel notes, light body, lingering traces of bitterness, in a good way. Super easy to drink, better than I remember from the bottle version.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
superspak (2452) - Michigan, USA - AUG 13, 2013
750 ml bottle into pint glass, best before 6/2014 stamped on the cork. Pours lightly cloudy reddish copper color with a 2-3 finger dense and fluffy light khaki head with incredible retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts the whole glass. Dense soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a lot of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of caramel, pear, raisin, apple, toast, biscuit, brown sugar, floral, grass, light pine, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt and fruity ester notes; with good strength. Taste of caramel, brown sugar, toast, biscuit, pear, apple, pepper, floral, pine, grass, and yeast earthiness. Light pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, brown sugar, toast, biscuit, light fruits, floral, pepper, light pine, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance of malt, hop, and fruity ester flavors; with good robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a moderately creamy and crisp mouthfeel that is very nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent ESB style. All around great balance and complexity of malt, yeast, and hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
malrubius (1646) - 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.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
efdejesus (93) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - OCT 7, 2012
22oz poured into a coffee mug (the best I could Iím out of town). Looked to be dark brown. Aromas of sweet malt. Little hops compared to other ESBs Iíve had. Nice caramel sweetness. Good heavy mouthfeel. Almost seemed like a nice amber ale. Very drinkable. Alcohol warming but not overpowering.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Emeister84 (867) - 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.

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.

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

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheBeerGod (5176) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - SEP 2, 2012
Bottle - 750mL corked and caged. Pretty copper pour with a short tan head. Hoppy and fruity with strong spicy hops, caramel, toffee, dark fruit, light citrus and chewy malt. Taste is big spicy and earthy hops, light floral notes, caramel, sweet malt, dark fruit, some citrus, toffee and light tea notes.Body is medium with a strong, dense, bubbly carbonation. Finishes with more caramel, spicy hops, toffee earthy hops, citrus notes, floral hops, tea and chewy malt.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JBoan (176) - Arizona, USA - SEP 15, 2013
Can. Pours deep reddish amber with a thin eggshell head. Smell is sweet roasted malt, caramel, some hops, bread, and light citrus and faint smoke. Taste is sweet roasted malts, caramel, bread, and light citrus. Medium bodied with mild carbonation. Good smooth drinking beer.


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