Steel Wheels ESB | Blue Mountain Brewery

Steel Wheels ESBSteel Wheels ESB
BA SCORE
3.79/5
146 Ratings
Steel Wheels ESBSteel Wheels ESB
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Blue Mountain Brewery
Virginia, United States
bluemountainbrewery.com

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by argock on 09-05-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#17,642
Reviews:
33
Ratings:
146
pDev:
11.61%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
16
Trade:
0
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Photo of SonOfKyuss
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of 6thstreetbrewpub
3.76/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of VirginiaBeerMan
3.38/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of OldSwampy
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Color reddish copper, translucent, with a thin cream head. Nose pleasant edgy hops, hints of rock dust, over smooth malt aroma. Taste as promised by the smell: smooth, with slightly sweet, nutty malts interacting politely with the hops, all well integrated. Could be bigger, but is fine as is. Mouthfeel lean but firm with lightly creamy wrapper. All around, a nicely balanced and very enjoyable beer. I'll look forward to having another.

Can bottom stamped "BEST BY 5 / 7 / 16" poured into a glass.

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Photo of robebo44
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of chuckgietzen
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Herze
3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zuter
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tigg924
3.43/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear, dark brown, with 1/4 inch head. Taste is toasted bread, grain, toffee, and delicate oaking. Above average, toasty ESB. Glad I had this, but I do like other ESBs better

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Photo of julielynndubee
3.57/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BanditoJunkie
3.91/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of entenduintransit
3.66/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Drknight
3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a shaker pint, the beer is a deep, ruby-tinted caramel coloring with a foamy, low profile, dense, off-white head. Aromas of roasted caramel, toffee, sweet cream, hints of char, and a subtle hops bitterness. Very balanced and aromatic. Flavors are roasted and smooth forward, with notes of toffee, caramel, and subtle smoke, with cream highlights, and an undertone of hops bitterness. Very balanced and dynamic. The body is light and smooth, with good lacing on the glass, and an underlying dry edge. Roasted sweet, sugary caramel aftertaste, into a smooth, slow, slightly cloying finish. This is a great ESB.

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Photo of Bisco42
3.39/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Zaktcc
4.4/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. Canned prior to summer of '14 (date not listed on can - bought single)
A - Pours a dark cedar color which is fairly transparent. ! 1/2 finger head with good retention and some lacing.

S - Very pleasant aroma. A blend of sweetness and booze. Hints of coffee, caramel and even hints of bourbon or something are present. A great blend of aromas that is fairly complex to the nose.

T - Flavors line up right on par with the scents. Caramel malts are present, vague hints of coffee, vanilla preset as well. Like the scent, the taste is fairly complex but a great blend. Very enjoyable.

F - Medium bodied, with no notes of carbonation present. Very smooth with a crisp aftertaste.

O - Was not sure what to expect from this beer but I am highly impressed. I wonder if the aging had anything to do with the complexity of the aromas and flavors but an awesome beer overall.

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Photo of Sebas
4.02/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jfstilling
3.67/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ShepardCommander
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MarvinSnyder
3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can into a teku.

Appearance: Pours a murky dark red color. The head is three fingers high, and light khaki in shade. While its duration isn't the longest, it manages to leave behind a consistent amount of lacing on the glass. (3.5)

Smell: The Scottish yeast really brings out some nice malt definition alongside the esters - not only do subtle stone fruits come out, I also pick up plenty of caramel and brown sugar sweetness. Let it warm up, and some of the hops come through with a decent floral quality. Wow, Blue Mountain really nailed a good balance between hops, malts, and esters. Everything appears vividly yet harmoniously - one of the better ESBs I've come across, at least aromatically. (4)

Taste: It starts off with some caramel malts, before the esters appear in full force. The estery notes are typical for an ESB; slightly atypical is the pleasantly hoppy finish. Hell, I even get hints of vanilla. Some toast and more caramel gently pops up on the aftertaste. This is quite complex: not in the complicated "a billion notes smushed together" way, but in a cohesive and refined manner that shows off each aspect very well while staying in balance. Delicious! (4)

Mouthfeel: The palate features an initial stickiness from crystal malts, yet it finishes surprisingly dry and light. Plenty of fruit flavors (rather than the malts) linger on the palate nicely. Carbonation is restrained in all the right ways, doing enough to cleanse the taste buds without seeming overly lively. (4)

Overall: Yesterday, I had an ESB that was quite good - keep in mind this isn't my favorite style by any stretch. And this makes two good ESBs in a row. No wait, this is a GREAT ESB. This works so well because all three aspects (malts, hops, esters) are easy to pick out yet balanced to near perfection. It's also officially beaten Fuller's ESB as the best example of the style I've had. (4)

3.97/5: Oh crap, I'm becoming a fan of ESBs!

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Photo of SmellsofMahagony
4.42/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of redleg411
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Giggy
3.66/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GregStoner
3.67/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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Beer rating: 3.79 out of 5 with 146 ratings
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