BillKismet (3321) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 31, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 31, 2013 Deep brown, red-tinged brew with a creamy, lusty, brulee head. A bit of dankness clanks off the glass. Musty old hops with some nut-brown malt squishing out around the edges--aroma improves with aeration and gains a sweet-barrel aged quality. Medium-bodied, perhaps a bit thinner than the appearance would project, but lasting flavor. Brown malt, some maple syrup, caramel and some weigh on the palate. Re-rate 10-31-13. My impression this time was a bit more favorable. The body was medium, and the flavor has nice malt depth for a brown ale. This version seems aged perfectly. Powerful, but well balanced and flavorful.
rader58 (773) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - JUL 27, 2012
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz bottle. sold as Boatswain HLV Ale at Trader Joe’s for $1.99. Pours a clear dark brown. Aroma of roasted grain, caramel, plum, peat, dust. Flavor is toasty, raisin, plum, wine with a touch of pine. Not too bad. Especially for the price.
jgentgesdo (665) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - JUL 24, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours reddish brown with a thin light tan head. Nose is rather faint malt, some smokiness, raisin, chalk, chocolate. Rather sweet flavor segues into a late mild bitterness. Watery mouthfeel. Is OK.
scottw86 (1089) - Maryland, USA - JUL 21, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a very dark reddish brown color with a medium-sized off-white head. Some earthy notes in the aroma with caramel and grains. Some dark fruit. Taste is a little boozy even for 7%. Lots of fruity notes with dates and plums. Some caramel and roasted notes too. Overall I think it is pretty tasty, I’m surprised by the low ratings here.
Steasy66 (837) - Minnesota, USA - JUL 20, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Ported from BA, purchased from TJ’s as Boatswain HLV
A Nearly opaque brown, good head retention
S Yeasty, estery, a bit fruity, root beer
T sweet, somewhat bitter, somewhat bland, root beer
M Good carbonation, a bit thin
O This beer isn’t bad, but its nothing special. It tastes and smells a lot like root-beer. Still for two bucks a bomber, its not bad at all.
Serving type: bottle
naivepegasus (334) - USA - JUL 13, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From Trader Joe’s under the alias "Boatswain H.L.V." Pours a black ruby with a bit less than a finger of beige head. Strong raisin notes to the nose. Taste has some burnt toast to the finish, starts off with a dark fruit sweetness. Overall, not what I expected, but not too bad.
Brigadier (2875) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - JUL 10, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
22 ounce bottle
Picked up at Trader Joe’s as "Boatswain HLV Ale" this was a low risk gamble at $2.99. For that reason only I picked it up. Otherwise if this were priced in line with many other bombers I likely would have skipped it in favor of a number of other beers. Buy it only for the tick.
Aroma / Appearance - The fluid pour isn’t bad. As the brownish black base seeps into the glass it adds a dirty khaki head. Black cherries, malt, and whipped cream are strongest. The background is a passable roasted texture.
Flavor / Palate - Mildly warm, the first impression is not that great. Chocolate and cola lead to a latent bitterness that grows over time. For the price this wasn’t terrible. Even so I think it will be a while before I grab another one of these budget beers. There are plenty of other things to choose that are better.
maus10 (40) - Arkansas, USA - JUL 8, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sweet and malty with notes of molasses and coffee. There is a subtle hop finish. Overall a little thin and not very complex.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
raphael (865) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 8, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
wood chips, powdered sugar, caramel & coffee I smell. clear dark brown with solid khaki head. a pwedery feel in the mouth. the hop flavor hitnts to the metallic but with the solid dark sweet background—caramel, wheat toast, plywood, peaches—‘tisn’t bad. warming. finish leaves the mouth dry.
don"t know why the reviews are as low. it’s a hoppier than usual beer. maybe folks feel they don’t have to be as respectful cause it came cheap ($1.99 for a 22) @ trader joe’s/
bb (6715) - Alamo, California, USA - JUL 2, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Boatswain Heavy Life Vessel. Dark mahogony beer with a tan head. Toffee and grain aroma with light hops. caramel and toffee flavor with light cocoa and backing hops. Medium bodied. Caramel and toffee linger with light cocoa and light pine.