thegreenrooster (3570) - 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 (1562) - 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 (16434) - 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 (585) - 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 (1132) - Riga, LATVIA - 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.
cbfobes (2731) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - OCT 6, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured from bomber I picked up for $2, not a bad price but I have a feeling why it’s this cheap, pours a dark brownish red with an off white head and lacing, aroma is sweet with a hint of dark fruit and caramel, the flavor has some dark fruit and plum on the front end with a sweetness of caramel and malt, not good by any means but tastes better than I was expecting.
Darkover (1528) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 2, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown with an tan head. Aroma is very sweet, with raisin and licorice. Taste is very sweet and a little bitter. Cloying finish.
Ratman197 (11380) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - OCT 1, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber poured a clear reddish brown with a small lasting tan head. Aromas of toffee, toasted malt, earthiness, light dark fruit and a hint of smoke. Palate was medium bodied and crisp with a dry finish. Flavors of toffee, toasted malt, earthiness, light dark fruit and a hint of smoke with a crisp dry lingering toffee finish.