novels (424) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 21, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Mediocre but totally drinkable brown ale. Had this in a bomber bottle via Trader Joe’s Boatswain label. Had some interesting aroma going on, mostly boozy, though. Nice caramel malt color, and a cool Boatswain label. Mystical Jack label is kind of creepy.
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - DEC 18, 2012
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz. bottle from Trader Joe’s and sold as Boatswain HLV - Pours a clear brown color with a half finger thick light tan head. Very little lacing. Aroma and flavor is caramel malt. Medium body. Boring but drinkable.
simonblaine (383) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 17, 2012
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
I had the version going under the pseudonym Bad Hare Strong Ale. HInts of metallic caramel, not my favorite from this brewery. Drinkable, but barely.
ccex (1016) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 14, 2012
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Cheap 22 oz. bottle pours a dark brown with some ruby highlights. Has as lasting beige head and some lacing. Aroma is full of toffee, caramel, raisins, and corn syrup. Taste is sweet with a metallic and alcoholic finish. Body is medium with average carbonation and a sticky mouthfeel. Not a good beer or craft beer, and bordering on bad. It’s certainly not a "traditional ale" as the label says, but not as horrible as some of the otther Minhas/Rhinelander cheap bombers in this style. I’m now expect something horrible for any beer made in Monroe or LaCrosse, Wisconsin these days, after trying so many recently.
johnnnniee (2696) - 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 (4451) - 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 (3700) - 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 (2823) - 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 (9999) - 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 (3423) - 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.