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RATINGS: 221   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.98/5   IBU: 79   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Cybercat (4272) - Georgia, USA - JAN 4, 2013
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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Patrickctenchi (5210) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - JAN 3, 2013
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thedm (5215) - Fort Wayne, USA - JAN 1, 2013
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nekronos (3849) - Xalapa, MEXICO - DEC 28, 2012
Interesting but defenitely not for the price I got it. Nice bew and fine featires. Good aroma and strong shape.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
novels (424) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 21, 2012
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - DEC 18, 2012
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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
simonblaine (469) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 17, 2012
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ccex (1121) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 14, 2012
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
johnnnniee (3152) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 14, 2012
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
ben4321 (5072) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 2, 2012
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 Impression: 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.

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