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RATINGS: 224   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 11/20
ccex (1176) - 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 (3476) - 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 (5400) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mike_77 (4930) - Breda, NETHERLANDS - NOV 28, 2012
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
jmagnus87 (2912) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - NOV 27, 2012
This was one of my later beers at the Minhas tour tasting. All my notes really say is super sweet with rasins and caramel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Drake (11469) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - NOV 21, 2012
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
thegreenrooster (3852) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 21, 2012
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
haddon90 (1603) - Costa Mesa, California, USA - NOV 18, 2012
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Travlr (19903) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 10, 2012
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
scooter520 (185) - - OCT 21, 2012
Trader Joes Boatswain HLV bottle. Big malts with nice slight bitter hoppiness. Almost barrel aged quality to it. Kind of surprised. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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