Slipstream (2403) - USA - FEB 24, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: OCT 9, 2014 Thanks to Glyn, who picked this up in his travels. The bottle I had was labeled Boatswain Heavy Lifter - some MIlwaukee brewery I haven’t heard of before. I also had this under the name Trader Joe’s/Rhinelander Boatswain Ale The aroma starts off yeasty, but gets better. Big, foamy head on a dark pour. The flavor is chocolate malt and pumpernickel, with a dash of yeast, and there are hops in the finish. It was worth the budget price at Trader Joe’s.
hayduke (4484) - Eureka, California, USA - FEB 23, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Purchased in Silver Spring Maryland this poured a muddy dark brown with a big tan head and moderate lacing. Nose of roasted malts and cirrus and floral hops. Medium body. Flavor of sweet hops and some floral hops. Bitter finish. Decent..
dmschefke (576) - Macomb, Michigan, USA - FEB 19, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours an amber orange with thick off-white head, decent lacing. Aroma of herbal and citrus hops, strong toasted malt backbone, slight nutty character, caramel, and very slight bread. Flavor matches well and you can definitely count me in the pleasantly surprised category. For less than $2, this would be hard to beat.
IrishBoy (4078) - Bakersfield, California, USA - FEB 17, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber from Trader Joe’s Bakersfield labeled Boatswain Heavy Lift Vessel Ale. Nose is pecans, caramel, biscuit, and sweetness. Clear brown with a big, lightly lacing beige head. Flavor is lightly sweet, nutty, and a hint of bitter, smoke, and licorice. Pretty decent brown ale especially considering the buck ninety nine pricepoint!
obguthr (5417) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - FEB 16, 2013
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Grainy toejam nose. Clear brown, thin tan head. Coffee on the front end with pecan notes throughout. Finishes with tree bark. A bit fizzy. Decent beer, excellent price.
chilangoglobal (105) - Mexico City, MEXICO - FEB 14, 2013
2.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Not too much to say, its a good taste but nothing really special. Try with dry food such pasta
mzaar (2636) - Varberg, SWEDEN - FEB 11, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Flaska. Mörk brun öl med beigt skum. I både doft och smak hittas mörk choklad, vanilj, nötighet, kaffe samt torkad frukt. Avrundas med en värmande alkohol.
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 9, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear mahogany with a creamy brown head. Aroma of toffee, malt, nuts and a bit of breadiness. Taste is sweet and sticky with toffee, nuts and a touch of maple. Very sweet with a mild burn.
thornecb (5365) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 2, 2013
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours deep mahogany into a shaker. Off-white head with good retention recedes leaving spot lacing. Dark medicinal and caramel aromas. Soft with bitter herbs and caramel front to back. Lasting bitter medicine finish.
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 23, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours near black with reddish hues and a thin wispy tan head. Notes of chocolate, resinous, piney, raisin, spice. Full bodied, moderately sweet with soft carbonation. Better than expected.