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RATINGS: 226   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.98/5   IBU: 79   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
starewich (170) - - APR 23, 2013
Okay at first but soon becomes way too sour. I tried valiantly but ended up pouring out a little less than half of the bomber. Odd; the first time I had this was at a tasting and it was my favorite of dozens.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jb (2968) - Rochester, New York, USA - APR 21, 2013
Bottle Ron shared. Pretty decent but nothing I remember much about. Body and depth were there.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ron (3621) - Rochester, New York, USA - APR 15, 2013
Bomber from Trader Joe’s Rochester. Pours a clear dark mahogany color with a large foamy tan head. Good head retention. Aroma of caramel malts, faint nuts, some mild herbal hops. The taste is caramel malts and a nutty finish. Medium bodied. Better than that Scotch ale I just had.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tympanic (168) - New York, New York, USA - APR 12, 2013
I’m surprised that this beer has such a low overall rating. I’m enjoying it, and it was $2.29 at Trader Joe’s (Sold as Boatswain H.L.V.) on Broadway at 72nd St. I taste butter. Do you?

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Thisis12ptfont (1116) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - APR 10, 2013
Aroma of carbonated vanilla bean. Blackish brown with a thin foam. Flavors of strongly sweet vanilla, candied caramel, strong sugar and biscuit. Overall, slightly messy flavor and way too sweet, It almost tastes like liquid sugar/cotton candy. Very unbalanced.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Caytinator (1005) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 8, 2013
22oz bomber bought under the name "Boatswain Heavy Lift Vessel Ale" from Trader Joe’s. Translucent, mahogany-brown color. Laces well, small head. Pleasant aroma, medium-light, malty, dark fruits. "Brown" taste, hoppy, strong, and alcoholic. Reminds me of belgian strong ale, with a hoppy kick. I’d definitely buy it again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
fluffy (2396) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - APR 4, 2013
purchased under the moniker Boatswain Heavy Lift Vessel Ale, from Trader Joe’s, i think. pours dark ruby brown with a thin sticky head. aroma is nutty with a faint whisky leather scent. flavor is roasted nuts, a bit of butterscotch, brown sugar, reminds a bit of a dark belgian actually. finish is somewhat oily. pretty good honestly.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MadRobin (2831) - Silver Spring, Alabama, USA - MAR 31, 2013
Poured from 22 oz. bottle. Opaque, very dark brown with small khaki head and very good lacing. Aroma of roasted malt, dark fruit, raisins, dates, vanilla, grain, caramel and a hint of earthy hops. Taste of toasted sweet dark malt, dark fruits, alcohol, nuts, vanilla, toffee, grain, caramel and peat. A lot going on here. Despite the significant smokey and dark flavors, the overall effect is bright and fruity, not dark and brooding. Medium/light body and low carbonation. The lighter body seems to fit well with the dark yet bright flavors. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Onslow (1410) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - MAR 29, 2013
Pour from a 22oz bomber. Clear dark brown brew with small tan head. Aroma of sweet malt, dark fruit, molasses. Taste is sweet malt with a bit of roasted malt and dark fruit. Full bodied with a somewhat sweet and cloying finish. Solid brew.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
GSH1976 (307) - Delaware, USA - MAR 16, 2013
Pours a hazy dark brown with lots of light brown head. Aroma is sweet and consists of caramel malt, toffee, brown sugar, nuts and a bit of breadiness. Taste is very sweet and unique but not in a good way. It is as if many sweet items were jammed together with chemicals and this is the result. I don’t like it and found myself struggling to finish my first glass so I poured the remaining half of the bomber down the drain. It tastes a little better than Nyquil but that is about the only thing. This is the first and last beer I will have from this brewery.

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