johnnnniee (2459) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 14, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a solid dark brown with ruby highlights when held to light and a huge tan head that persists forever. Smells of toffee and brown sugar with an earthy mineral edge to provide some balance. Light caramel and a hint of chocolate round out the nose. The flavor is a bit sweet with a heavy toffee and caramel up front. There’s a weird back and forth between malt and earthy mineral and metallic flavors that sustains for most of the flavor curve. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet mineral water mouthfeel. Not a bad beer, and it grew on me a bit after it warmed up. I probably wouldn’t try it again, but thanks for the opportunity Dave.
ben4321 (4094) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 2, 2012
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Location: 22 oz bottle from State Line, 12/2/12, Rating # 600 of 2012
Aroma: The nose has some caramel malts, herbal hop notes, and a little bit of pine
Appearance: This one pours a brownish color with a slight red hue and some beige head
Flavor: It tastes a little sweet up-front with a mid-palate herbal presence, and a late sticky sweetness
Palate: The body is medium, it has an overly sticky feel, with a soft carbonation, and an odd finish
Overall, this one just feels a touch off. I didn’t strongly dislike it or anything, it is clearly not a drain pour, but I just found it too sweet and too sticky to be truly enjoyable.
mike_77 (3408) - Breda, NETHERLANDS - NOV 28, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
As Trader Joes Boatswain HLV - Very dark brown. Aroma is sweet and has some dried fruit and brown sugar. Flavour has malty, syrupy sweetness, some raisin and a bitter aftertaste. Feels very rich and silky.
jmagnus87 (2732) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - NOV 27, 2012
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
This was one of my later beers at the Minhas tour tasting. All my notes really say is super sweet with rasins and caramel.
Drake (8981) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - NOV 21, 2012
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bomber from Trader Joe’s Glen Allen. 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, strong green apple and a nutty finish. Medium bodied. Not terribly good.
thegreenrooster (3303) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 21, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pour is a cola brown with a large brown head. Aroma is a ok brown, almost chocolate malt. Flavor is a weaker malt base with a heavy mouthfeel. Kinda get some sourness and alcohol at the end. $1.99 at TJ’s. Not great but better than the Boatswain IPA.
haddon90 (1492) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 18, 2012
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Pours a dark brown color with a thin tan head. Thick malty aroma with some grassy notes. Nice, malty taste. Aside from that, it does not offer much else.
Travlr (13407) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 10, 2012
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle as Trader Joe’s HLV. Clear amber color, medium white head. Aroma of caramel and subtle gun metal. Taste is caramel and an edge of chocolate.
scooter520 (185) - - OCT 21, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Trader Joes Boatswain HLV bottle. Big malts with nice slight bitter hoppiness. Almost barrel aged quality to it. Kind of surprised.
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McGarnigle (565) - Rochester, New York, USA - OCT 19, 2012
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Trader Joe’s H.L.V bought at the new store in Pittsford, NY. Great bargain...or is it? It certainly looks good and leaves fine lacing, and it is not flavorless. But I don’t think it all comes together. Too much bitterness: a combination of roastiness and high IBUs. Not enough malt underneath. Maybe could have used a better base malt.