Chudwick (2145) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - MAY 9, 2012
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
650ml bottle (AKA Boatswain HLV) - pours deep ruby with plenty of beige head. Nose is caramel and candy sugar. Flavor adds chocolate and a slightly acidic and unfamiliar ingredient (perhaps rotten prunes) but it has a hoppy quality. Dry lips. This beer gets hoppier by the sip and more acidic/sour. Perhaps it’s served too warm (18 degrees Celsius). This reminds more of a hoppy amber ale than a brown ale. I don’t know if I got a bad batch, if this bottle is served too warm, if this beer is just less than decent or a combination of two/three of my conditions. It leaves me smiling, so there’s that going for it.
unclemike (2222) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - MAY 2, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A very good looking brown ale. Mild malty aromas. Flavor is sweet and nutty but with good balance. Deduct for slight metallic tinge. Heavy body after a few sips. Long finish with coffee-plum notes. Not bad. -Especially for $2.49 a bottle!
jcr (2208) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - APR 29, 2012
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Deep brown body with a frothy beige head, diminishing. Malty aroma with notes of caramel, toasted grain, molasses with a hint of citrus. The flavor is moderately sweet and lightly bitter. It finishes moderately sweet and moderately bitter. Medium body, sticky texture and moderate to lively carbonation. Some metallic tastes in the finish. Reminds me of a rich British ale, but that disintegrates in the finish. Aroma is better than flavor.
rubbishystuff (1844) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 29, 2012
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Had this as TJ Boatswain Heavy Lift Vessel. Not bad for the cheap price but it was a strange unbalanced beer IMHO. The sweetness (watery but also very sweet) and bitterness (all hop bitterness no hop flavor.aroma) hit and such different times in a sip. Hints at more complexity but waters out at the end. But at 1.99 for a bomber. . . .Serving: Bottle
Slegar (26) - Green bay, Wisconsin, USA - APR 26, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very good. Raisiny and nice body. Will get many more of these. Cannot beat the bang for the buck
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
theyshookhands (243) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - APR 26, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a very dark brown (not quite black) with a fair light cocoa head and a little lace. Aroma is of sweet malts, some hops. Nice carbonated flavor, dominated by sweet malts, some hop flavor, a little sweet molasses.
kassner (1351) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 25, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cola color and nice head from the bottle as Boatswain HLV Ale. Very typical scottish ale, with a bit more alcohol play, caramel and port and fairly smooth at finish.
twindadplus2 (591) - Wisconsin, USA - APR 23, 2012
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from Woodman’s. Pours a dark, reddish brown with a thin film of a tan head. Aroma is molasses and dark grains. Taste is very sweet up front with a bit of roasted malt and light bitterness at the end. Fades to a sweet, nutty finish with minimal carbonation adding to a syrupy feel on the palate. Not bad for the price I suppose but just doesn’t quite come together the way you expect it too.
Panzuriel (1308) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - APR 20, 2012
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bought at Trader Joe’s under the name Boatswain Heavy Lift Vessel. Pours a medium red brown liquid with a nice thick head of mocha small bubbles. Nose is a little cola with a hint of molasses sweetness. Taste is sweet malt with just a hint of roasting. Body is thinish and not very spectacular. Finishes cleanly with just a lingering amount of good bitters and toffee. For what it is, it’s a very nice beer. High alcohol content a plus.
gramity (1307) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - APR 20, 2012
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
drinking bad hare ale
sniffing, sipping, swallowing
trying not to puke