mike_77 (3784) - 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 (2888) - 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 (3453) - 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 (1561) - Costa Mesa, California, 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 (15061) - 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 (576) - 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.
Derek881 (1040) - Prague, CZECH REPUBLIC - OCT 18, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured from a large bottle into a pint glass to drink. The beer had a dark amber-copper color with a medium off-white foamy head that had low retention and cling, but good lacing. It featured a dark fruit and floral aroma with compliments of earthy and grainy hops, and touches of raisins and molasses. Its taste was lightly sweet and fruity with pleasant touches of dark fruit and raisin, and only a slight bitterness. Its body was somewhat what and a bit creamy, but a little bit on the thin side with lower carbonation. Definitely a quality beer, but a bit short of high levels.
badlizard (5535) - Berkeley, California, USA - OCT 7, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle labeled HLV. Clear medium brown with a creamy off white head. Soda pop biscuit and light chocolate aroma. Bright citrusy medium to full bodied velvety palate. Tastes of caramel soda and chocolate with a cocoa powder taste to the finish and a light nuttiness. Not bad.