Cybercat (4272) - Georgia, USA - JAN 4, 2013
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Had as Boatswain H.L.V. (Heavy Lift Vessel) Ale. Aroma has hardly any strength or notes, scarcely smells like beer at all. Pours a dark, barely translucent sepia with a thick, if not persistent, light buff head. Flavor is malty, a little hoppy, rather bitter - and a nasty bitter, not a nice hoppy bitter. Smooth texture has OK fizz but not much body. Barely palatable, not one to which I will return.
Patrickctenchi (5210) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - JAN 3, 2013
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pours deep brown with a thick tan head.
Aroma of nuts, caramel.
Taste is creamy malt, a backdrop of wooden, bitter hops....old chocolate milt.
Dull and watery.
What’s with this brewer ?!?........sad.
thedm (5215) - Fort Wayne, USA - JAN 1, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This bottled brew from a bottle shop poured a head of foamy large sized light brown colored bubbles that were mostly lasting and left behind a softly carbonated transparent dark cola brown colored body and a thick foamy lacing. The mild aroma was brown malt. The mouth feel was weakly tingly at the start mediumly tingly at the finish with a biting hoppy aftertaste. The flavor contained notes of brown malt and hops. A decent one that I would consider drinking again.
Nekronos (3849) - Xalapa, MEXICO - DEC 28, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Interesting but defenitely not for the price I got it. Nice bew and fine featires. Good aroma and strong shape.
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 (469) - 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 (1121) - 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 (3152) - 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 (5072) - 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.