durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 23, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle, labeled as Boatswain Heavy Lifter at Trader Joe’s. Weird beer, like an amber/brown mix--both in color and style. A bit hoppy, but pretty cloyingly malty sweet. Not very well carbonated. Not exciting at all.
GranvilleTim (1759) - Granville, Illinois, USA - SEP 20, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Mohogany pour with a tan head. Aroma is sweet malt. Taste is a little metallic, roasted malt, sweet , and a little nutty.
Sammy (9268) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 8, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Comes across like a black ale, with some hops. Just not that drinkable. Passable taste. Big dark head. Slightly underaverage mouthfeel.
Reid (2033) - Salem, Oregon, USA - SEP 2, 2012
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
22 oz bottle from Trader Joes ,Salem ( under the alias of Boatswain HLV ale). just $1.99
Actually a very attractive looking ale..dark brown body with a gorgeous thick,creamy light tan head.
Aroma not so attractive..dusty ,apple,slightly floral..not expected
Taste sweetish toffee like malts, on what can only be described as regular malt liquor fusels,,butter finish but of a chemical type like a ML.
Not too bad on the palate..a little cloying perhaps in the end.
Not good this is basically a Dark Malt Liquor..or maybe a Cascadian Malt Liquor ( joke)
luttonm (2906) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 28, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle from Trader Joe’s, as Boatswain Heavy Lift Vessel Ale. Dark rusty red with foamy tan head. Tart red malty nose. Overly, residual sweet body but not terrible. Soapy, chalky. buttery caramel. Weird beer.
dnstone (2344) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - AUG 25, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Poured an amber color with a strong, off-white pillowy head. Fairly malty and sweet with defined alcohol tones in the finish. Called Boatswain Heavy Lift Vessel Ale, bottle from Trader Joes.
HughConway (828) - Washington, USA - AUG 23, 2012
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
$2 bomber of "heavy lift vessel" at trader joes. pours brown, some chocolate, ok ish. Not great, better than the other offerings.
dwyerpg (4755) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - AUG 15, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: SEP 21, 2014 Smells fine. Really actually looks pretty good. I found this to be a decent beer. Some bitterness and grain, as well as a hint of sweetness and not any nuttiness really at all (which I’m not a fan of). Pleasantly surprised. A full body but tasty enough
gregwilsonstl (1255) - Missouri, USA - AUG 14, 2012
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2013 Dark brown. Medium tan head. Kind of bitter for a brown. Sweet. Interesting. Strange balance.
bnoel09 (455) - Elk Grove, California, USA - AUG 12, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
As Boatswain Heavy Lift Vessel Ale from Trader Joe’s. $2 bomber poured into an English Pint glass. Dark brown color with ruby highlights and a fluffy tan head. Aroma is mostly pale malt with the faintest hint of chocolate and floral hops. Flavor is also pale malt with some nuttiness and a noticeable metallic note as well. Medium bodied with a mildy bitter finish. Overall a fairly forgettable brown ale, even at $2 for a 22oz bottle.