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Steel Reserve 211 Triple Export | Steel Brewing Company

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Steel Reserve 211 Triple ExportSteel Reserve 211 Triple Export

Brewed by:
Steel Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Malt Liquor

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by GCBrewingCo on 12-05-2005

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.36/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear golden body with a thin, fizzy off-white head.

Smell: A fainly sweet-smelling cereal aroma with a recognizable DMS character to it.

Taste: Sweet taste of grains, various adjuncts, and fusel alcohols. There's actually the lightest floral hop hints on the warming finish.

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied. Fizzy carbonation. Watery mouthfeel.

Drinkability: I'm fairly certainly this beer has no allusions of being another other than a malt liquor in a tall, black can, and, while there aren't many pleasing qualities to it, at least there isn't anything too displeasing about it, either.

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Photo of womencantsail
2.53/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Thank you to Jacob for sharing this whale of a malt liquor.

A: The pour is a crystal clear yellow color with a short lived but initially fluffy white head.

S: Oh yeah, sweet corn, rice, and apple juice all the way on this bad boy. A bit of a grain/malt aroma too, which was surprising.

T: Grain husks, corn, rice, and overly sweet apples. Some extra high fructose corn syrup for good measure, too. Maybe a bit of alcohol, too.

M: The mouthfeel is pretty much what you expect for a malt liquor: thin and fizzy.

D: Surprisingly, not as awful as I was anticipating (given Steel Reserve's infamous reputation). I'd still rather have some Stack or Haffenreffer Private Stock, son.

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Photo of dbrauneis
2.19/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

A: Pours a crystal clear medium yellow in color with moderate amounts of active carbonation streaming from the bottom of the glass and some faint golden yellow highlights. The beer has a finger tall fizzy white head that quickly reduces to a thin film covering the entire surface of the beer pretty evenly and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of grainy malts with some moderate corn adjuncts as well. There is something slightly metallic/medicinal in the smell of this beer as well...and it is not really pleasant.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of grainy malts with a light to moderate amount of corn adjuncts. Light hints of sweetness but in an almost artificial way (like with high fructose corn syrup). That is followed by the lightest hint of herbal hops and moderate flavors of alcohol + metal. Not a pleasant flavor and there is a light amount of lingering bitterness.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin/watery with some light amounts of alcohol warming in the finish.

O: While the Steel Reserve 211 (High Gravity) had some decent flavor to it, this version is just plain awful - the alcohol is not well hidden and is reminiscent of jet fuel and there is a strange metallic presence as well. I would not get this one again for any reason.

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Photo of woodychandler
1.28/5  rDev -48.6%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Woody's doing the CAN-CAN today, CAN anybody tell?

Woof, did I ever get a blast of fusel off of this one! Shazam! Holy Don't Light a Match, Batman! Okay, operators and fire extinguishers are now standing by; I am wrapped in a fire retardant blanket; and the beer is in a glass, shimmering at the top from evaporative fumes. I initially noted two fingers' worth of bone-white head, but in the scramble to keep the house from erupting in a paroxysm of flame, it settled into wisps. The nose was reminiscent of the time that my buddy, Fat Ron Thompson, said in his whiskey and cigarette-seared voice, "Yo, Wood, pass me the keys! I'm gonna go over to the fuel dump and gas up the deuce-and-a-half." Being as I had nothing else going and I had never been to the fuel dump, I rode along. Big mistake! Unless you just like the smell of fossil fuel in all of its wonderous forms, this would not be the place for a casual ride-along. My gorge rose upon smelling this beer. It was fit only for propelling motor vehicles. The color was pretty, though. It looked like a sample from the pump - only a few bubbles, a bright golden yellow ... gasoline! Mouthfeel was medium and the taste was less fusel than the nose, but not by a wide margin. I could taste a faint sugariness, but nothing like its counterpart. This was bad news, but from a whole 'nother direction. Finish left me gasping for air. Man, I felt my liver banging on my ribs, my heart was pounding, my hands were shaking ... Out-friggin'-standing! All I needed now was some crack and a whore or maybe just a crack whore to really remind me of what the high life for a low life was all about. Sheesh! Eek, I still have a half-a-CAN left and The CANQuest (TM) Code forbids me from conducting a Drain Pour! Oh, no.

From the CAN: "Slow brewed in limited batches, using only the finest malted barley & selected hops, we believe this to be among the very best beers in the world." Really?!? Do they also believe in the Tooth Fairy, Santa Claus, and the Easter Bunny? How about buying the Brooklyn Bridge from me, cheap? "Slow brewed for exceptionally smooth flavor". Zounds!

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Photo of tdm168
2.72/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A small amount was poured into a juice glass for appearance and aroma. The rest was consumed from the can.

A - copper gold with a large, dense, frothy, pure white head that has great retention

S - warm, metal, corn, grains

T - corn, grains, warm, alcohol, sweet, metal

M - medium bodied, warm, smooth, decently carbonated

I'm basing this purely on style. The appearance was quite nice but everything else was quite typical. It's cheap and it'll get you a buzz. Otherwise avoid.

Note: The can claims "We believe this to be among the very best beers in the world." That's disconcerting.

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Photo of tone77
2.83/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 24 oz. can. Has a light golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Lots of carbonation. Smell is big on corn, some other grains, maybe hay. Taste is corn, some alcohol and grains, a touch of malts. Feels light in the mouth and overall, while I wouldn't want a steady diet of it, considering the abv and price point, it's not the worst malt liquor out there.

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Photo of flagmantho
2.1/5  rDev -15.7%

Poured from 24oz can into a pint glass. This is the final of the Steel offerings I'm sampling today.

Appearance: medium gold with no haze and a moderate effervescence. Head is a thin layer of fizzy white foam which dissipated quickly. Looks exactly like regular 211.

Smell: sweet malt with a little bit of a plastic finish. It may just be my imagination, but it seems a very little bit maltier than regular 211.

Taste: sweet, but somehow with a bit of a toastier character. That plastic is in at the end, but less so I think than regular 211. The sweetness comes through a little bit more, though, it seems.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with lots of fizziness. Uninteresting.

Overall: I don't think I could place this either above or below standard 211. They're both pretty awful.

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Photo of puboflyons
2.58/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

From the 26 oz can. Sampled on June 28, 2015.

Yellow pour. Fizzy white head.

Toasted bread, butter, corn, grain, and mild booze.

Light to medium body.

Harsh metallic character buried in the vague sweetness of the taste. Clean enough finish. Still fairly obnoxious.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.35/5  rDev +34.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

can. 16oz. $1.35. label says brewed in milwaukee.

A: Light corn yellow with natural light backing while a darkish orange tone against regular lighting. Bready off white head about an inch thick is relatively short lasting decaying to a patchy covering. No lace.

S: Some corn at first, then progresses to a light buttered bread and caramel grains. Some green hops but no signs of the 8.1%abv. Overall strength was a bit stronger and sweeter then usual, much better then your usual malt liquor offerings.

T: Sweet caramelize grain flavor, very clean, with a light sense of greenery hops coming about after the swallow.Light alcohol warmth.

M: Syrupy mouthful, decent thickness, low level of carbonation on the tongue.

O: Overall crafted much better then your typical malt liquor, more speciality grain influence, sweet, very clean, no noticeable alcohol, and offers a surprising easy drinkability. I would drink this in a pinch over any BMC product and price per pound not a bad choice for those who like the style. This isn't your daddys malt liquor, and is not bad in the end. a bit sweet overall for multiples. rated to style.

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Photo of clayrock81
2.55/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had this in the black pounder can in GA and it is not that bad considering how cheap it is, and how high the alcohol content is. The black can catches the eye, hence the the 2.5. It has a aluminum smell w/ alcohol, but the taste is a tad smooth and doesn't have that swillish backlog most malt liquors do. I rated this a little higher than I should have, but compared to its peers its not bad. I couldn't have more than a couple of these at the same time w/o getting ill.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
2.3/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a so-so clear straw yellow with a fairly thick but not persistent white head. Aroma is crisp and malty, fairly strong but nothing to enter on your blog. Flavor is malty and crisp, slightly sour, slightly sweet. Texture is smooth, a little on the watery side, just a bit tingly. Not too shabby, but I doubt I'll be seeking this one out.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
1.83/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

24 fl oz. can. Bottom of the can says March 11, 2013 so I might be a couple days late, not that it will matter much. I can say with assurance that I wasn't a fan of the regular Steel Reserve 211 High Gravity, and am not expecting much more from this outing. No one seems to know what Triple Export means, but the label exclaims " we believe this to be among the very best beers in the world". I really only bought this as a joke for a friend and I, and to make change for a $20 bill.

Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Pours about two fingers of thin bubbly carbonated white head, audibly sizzling away. Clear sparkling adjunctive lager gold color. Even manages to retain the tiniest bit of thin lacing.

S - Smells of chemically treated corn kernels and malts. Carbonated yeasty champagne sort of tingle.

T - Still carbonated. Still bloating. Still tastes like corn, although it has a *different* corn type flavor, if that makes any sense at all. Still retains that thick artificial cherry syrup like sweetness that the regular Stell Reserve 211 High Gravity had, although not as intense and in your face. Definitely more corn / grain presence in this beer, I will give it that.

M - Thin. Watery. Artificial sweetness. Carbonated.

Overall, it's probably safe to say that I won't consider buying either Steel Reserve 211 High Gravity or Steel Reserve 211 Triple Export ever again. In the already over-crowded, retched realm of American malt liquor and American adjunct lagers, these two are among some of the worst I've had so far. However, this beer is not nearly as bad as it's companion brew, but there are still far better choices out there if you're looking for that quick buzz.

Steel Reserve 211 Triple Export ---2/5.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.21/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Steel Reserve 211 Triple Export has a thick, stark-white head and a clear, somewhat bubbly, golden appearance, with almost no lacing left behind. The aroma is funky, meaning sickly-sweet grain husk. The taste is rich and bold: sweet grain, minimal hop bitterness, corn, and sugar. The mouthfeel is medium to heavy, and Steel Reserve 211 Triple Export finishes crisp and mildly refreshing. It's gameyness limits its drinkability. This is interesting and even good. I say it is at least worth trying.


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Photo of Reidrover
3/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought in the 24 oz can for the grand price of $1.19 I poured this into a glass ( i know its a no-no for ML afficienados!) Its actually quite nice looking foir a Malt liquor..darker gold than the usual and witha small white head. Very malt, dough aroma..not bad..not nasty at all. Very smooth semi-sweet tasting beer..very malty, small alcoholic kick at the back of the mouth..warms the belly afterwards. Nice enough beer for the style. I actually like this

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
2.48/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The beer poured into the glass with some fine particulates, but otherwise clear golden straw with an off-white and moussy head which rose tall and fell nicely to lace the glass.

The aroma was fairly high in sulphur and DMS (cooked corn). The aroma was malty with a light caramel and just a waft of alcohol.

The flavor was malty with a flavor that contained a strong presence of corn. The corn flavor was coupled with a sweetness that was not cloying, but that was not well done.

The finish was lightly corny with some alcohol into the aftertaste. The body was medium, but the carbonation was fairly low leading to a slightly watery mouthfeel. Not a great beer, the standard SR211 8.1% in the silver can was much more tasty.

24 ounce black can. $1.09 at Peace Street Market.

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Photo of Pegasus
2.71/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: Faintly hazy golden body, crowned by a dense, persistent cloud-top head, which retains superbly. . Abundant patches of sticky lacing adorn the glass walls. The cabonation consists of profuse and minute slow-rising bubbles.

Aroma: Lots of cereal grains in the aroma, particularly corn, although verbiage on the can states "only the finest malted barley". Hot alcohols are present in the aroma as well. There are very faint herbal hops, as well.

Taste: Opens with metallic hops,and hot alcohol, which is also quite warming. Malted cereal grains are present as well, although there is little barley to be found, as far as I can tell. Bitter apple rind is fairly prominent as well. As the taste progresses, metallic hops manifest themselves. Finishes with a lingering note of hot alcohol and some herbal hops.

Mouth feel: Smooth, fairly full, pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: Not that bad, really, although, hilariously, the can copy notes "we believe this to be among the very best beers in the world". Sad to say, this is no Trappist Westvleteren 12, Founders Breakfast Stout, or Old Rasputin. That being said, its hard to complain at the price, and seems very appropriate for a late Autumn Texas evening with rain and a temperature of 32 F.

Presentation: Packaged in a twenty-four ounce aluminum can, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

Sourcing: Purchased in Austin, TX in November of 2013 for $2.19 plus tax for a twenty-four ounce can.

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Photo of ordybill
2.77/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a 24 OZ can into a pint glass ( red plastic solo cup would have been more appropriate) This beer is cheap and has a high alcohol content. Mecca for college kids and skid row bums. There is a little yellow coloration and smells like stale corn The taste is of lightly carbonate corn meal with an alcohol bite at the end. Buy a sixer of these jumbo cans and see if you can finish them and then look yourself in the eye in a mirror after the deed is done. If you drink to many of these I am sure this is the main reason for poor decisions and regret.

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Photo of armock
2.06/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - Poured a golden color with a white head that dissipates quickly

S - Is of bad corny malt and other bad scents

T - Not so good corny malt and over all bad

M - This beer has fairly light carbonation

D - This will be the last time I drink this malt beverage but if you want to get drunk quick for cheap this is for you

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.03/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dispensed from a $.99 black can into an imperial pint glass. Very little head formed and then left a film on the top of the beer. Great carbonation action going on. Looks extremely effervescent and crisp.

Aroma wasnt bad. Caramel malts, citrus hops, chardonnay, and cheap wine. Smells close to a batch of wine I made a year or so ago. That wine didnt taste very good. Lets hope this taste better.

Not bad tasting. Malty. Alcoholic. Pretty sweet. Right on the border of being cloying. I am pleasantly surprised by this. Some faults like rubber and corn rear their ugly heads.

Not bad. For one dollar, I think it is quite a bargain. After five or six good beers, this may taste better and would certainly put the buzzed over the top to drunkeness. I cant decide if it is a good buy or not. Yes, it is. Taste is okay but for the money, worth it. Its only $1. Seriously.


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Photo of Spikester
3.23/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours clear clod with two fingers of white head that lasts a very long time. A fair amount of foamy lacings.
Smell corny and grainy.
Tastes sweet and malty but much richer flavor than the regular version. This is a deluxe malt liquor. If they put some hops (that you could taste) in it it would be an O.K. Barleywine.
Mouthfeel is pretty full for the style. It may be disliked by regular consumers of this style. Carbonation is just right.
Overall the best looking and big flavored ML I have had thus far. Still, quite a few more to taste. We shall see. I might actually finish this one!
Update: 4/ 29/2014: Latest version loses 1 full point for appearance almost no head or lacings.
Second update: 9/4/2015: I did a side by side with regular SR211 and could not tell them apart. I expected the black can to be superior but it was not!

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Photo of SometimesIfart
1.55/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Soooooo on the way back from a longggggg day on the job I'm cruising on a janky exit from the highway needing a pack of smoke and decide to stop at the nearest convenience store I can find. Low and behold I stumble upon cases and cases of this and other bottom of the barrel Malt liquors for $1 a piece or $15 for a case of 24.

Curiosity may kill the cat, But tonight is not a night for fancy aristocratic swill to grace my palate, it's a night for GETTING DRUNK. So begins the conquest..

Oh lawddddd Satan in hell what have I gotten myself into with this one. Good ole Steel Reserve high gravity was the legendary peepee monster of the beer world consisting of tastes of fresh morning urine and a smack of sweaty gym socks in the finish. let's see how this incarnation stacks up.

Look - Dark dehydrated yellow with a 4 finger white head that runs away like your father did after you were born. Probably why you're drinking this. The lacing doesn't even stick around to pay child support.

Smell - Disappointment and depression. the corn is that of an Arkansas red neck getting ready to penetrate some fresh bacon on a night after everclear.

Taste - Oh yes. fresh toilet residue and probably what I would imagine unwashed balls to taste like after basking in the sun on a 110 degree Texas day in sweat pants.

Feel - Lawdy lawdy I swear I never jaywalk again. Alright enough of this humor, medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Overall - You get the jist.

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Photo of PatrickJR
2.57/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from a 24 oz can into nonic pint glass.

A - Clear, golden yellow. Suprisingly, a full three fingers of head form. Retention is fairly decent for the style and ABV and a patchy film remains. A bit of lace sticks as well.

S - Dry grain husk and a fusel alcohol aroma. A sort of sickening candy sweetness pulls through also.

T - Overall this is probably an average tasting malt liquor, but the alcohol is entirely too noticable. Typical malt liquor sweetness, very saccharin like. Grain husk tries to dry things out but huge alcohol astringency pulls through and makes things unpleasant. Finishes with a strange sweetness.

M - Almost medium bodied, almost cloying. Carbonation starts out strong but fades quickly as the beer sits, adding to the cloying factor.

D - A little less drinkable than some malt liquors because of the huge alcohol presence. Sweetness grows as the beer warms. It is ok if you wanna get wasted, but I'll either be choking the rest of this 24 oz down or pouring it down the drain.

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Photo of BucBasil
2.4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Another in my series of terrible beers. This one says that "we believe this to be one of the very best beers in the world." Having had some of the best beers in the world, I can't wait to see how this stacks up.

Poured from the tall can into a pilsner glass. Not much to look at. Golden with little head.

Smell: Not to much to be had. Corn sweetness and some grain over metal.

Taste: Very sickly sweet corn flavor with a bit of medicine going down. There is a slight yeasty tang to it. Has an old vegetables must to it as well that just barely covers up the huge alcohol punch at the end.

Overall: Not a very good way to get a buzz here. The ABV indeed is pretty killer, but choking it down to get there is not too pleasant. There are easier ways to accomplish this, even with cheap malt liquors. That being said, this is one of the cheapest I've seen, soooo there's that.

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Photo of superdedooperboy
2.09/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

My girlfriend wanted something to drink, so I got dressed and headed to the convenience store at nearly midnight to grab her a soda. I wanted a beer, and I had a Samuel Adams Holiday Porter sitting in the fridge at her house that I could've enjoyed. But then I spotted Steel Reserve 211 Triple Export in the cooler at the store, laughed and remembered the horrible things I'd heard about 211, and grabbed a 24 oz. can for $1.29. Quite a steal (pun intended).

Poured what the Steel Brewing Company believes "to be one of the finest beers in the world" into a mug.

Straw yellow in color with a slight, creamy white cap of foam. The head lingers briefly and leaves a few straps of lacing on the glass as it (uneasily) goes down.

Creamed corn, rotten vegetables, sweet molasses and booze attack the nose in a fit of unpleasantry.

Fairly thick on the tongue, coating the palate with notes of sweet malt, cereal, corn, a middling pinch of bitter hops, and a long, drawn-out fusel alcohol burn that carries through into a dry, dry finish. As the beer warms a little, the alcohol presence becomes overpowering, nearly rendering it undrinkable.

It's a good thing that this brew is high in alcohol content and comes in a big can that can be downed quickly for a good buzz, because it certainly isn't a sipper and letting it warm ever so slightly brings its horrid fusels to the foreground. Everything about this beer is laughable from a true appreciator of beer, as the company titles it "Triple Export," as if it has some high status as an export beer, moving on to describe the production process and the high quality of ingredients, and finishing their lauding with the statement already mentioned earlier. My girlfriend's cat, who will eat and drink pretty much anything, couldn't even stand this stuff. This is nothing but a beer to bomb, not some masterpiece of brewing ingenuity.

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Photo of Enola
1.53/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Oh man, what was I thinking? I have had regular 211 and it was average for the style but this is borderline undrinkable. The appearance is a fizzy yellow headless hell. The smell is a sweet-sour rotton corn smell. The taste is like rotting corn with a slight bourbon-like finish. The mouthfeel is one of the worst I have ever had. This stuff burns going down like moonshine. I will never drink one of these again. In fact, there is still half a can in my fridge if anyone is interested.

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Steel Reserve 211 Triple Export from Steel Brewing Company
2.49 out of 5 based on 82 ratings.
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