bnoel09 (488) - 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.
beaz1591 (238) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - AUG 9, 2012
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Faint taste of chocolate with an overpowering alcohol taste. This is a really cheap beer that I would avoid.
JFParnell (55) - Washington, USA - AUG 3, 2012
2.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: SEP 3, 2012 Bought as Boatswain’s Heavy Lift Vessel. Not a bad beer, but definitely not great either. For $2 a bomber, it is well worth the price. Just don’t buy the Boatswain’s Double IPA, it tastes like ass.
BillKismet (3520) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 31, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 31, 2013 Deep brown, red-tinged brew with a creamy, lusty, brulee head. A bit of dankness clanks off the glass. Musty old hops with some nut-brown malt squishing out around the edges--aroma improves with aeration and gains a sweet-barrel aged quality. Medium-bodied, perhaps a bit thinner than the appearance would project, but lasting flavor. Brown malt, some maple syrup, caramel and some weigh on the palate. Re-rate 10-31-13. My impression this time was a bit more favorable. The body was medium, and the flavor has nice malt depth for a brown ale. This version seems aged perfectly. Powerful, but well balanced and flavorful.
rader58 (823) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - JUL 27, 2012
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz bottle. sold as Boatswain HLV Ale at Trader Joe’s for $1.99. Pours a clear dark brown. Aroma of roasted grain, caramel, plum, peat, dust. Flavor is toasty, raisin, plum, wine with a touch of pine. Not too bad. Especially for the price.
jgentgesdo (682) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - JUL 24, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours reddish brown with a thin light tan head. Nose is rather faint malt, some smokiness, raisin, chalk, chocolate. Rather sweet flavor segues into a late mild bitterness. Watery mouthfeel. Is OK.
scottw86 (1150) - Maryland, USA - JUL 21, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a very dark reddish brown color with a medium-sized off-white head. Some earthy notes in the aroma with caramel and grains. Some dark fruit. Taste is a little boozy even for 7%. Lots of fruity notes with dates and plums. Some caramel and roasted notes too. Overall I think it is pretty tasty, I’m surprised by the low ratings here.
Steasy66 (1086) - Minnesota, USA - JUL 20, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Ported from BA, purchased from TJ’s as Boatswain HLV
A Nearly opaque brown, good head retention
S Yeasty, estery, a bit fruity, root beer
T sweet, somewhat bitter, somewhat bland, root beer
M Good carbonation, a bit thin
O This beer isn’t bad, but its nothing special. It tastes and smells a lot like root-beer. Still for two bucks a bomber, its not bad at all.
Serving type: bottle
naivepegasus (355) - USA - JUL 13, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From Trader Joe’s under the alias "Boatswain H.L.V." Pours a black ruby with a bit less than a finger of beige head. Strong raisin notes to the nose. Taste has some burnt toast to the finish, starts off with a dark fruit sweetness. Overall, not what I expected, but not too bad.
Brigadier (3260) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - JUL 10, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
22 ounce bottle
Picked up at Trader Joe’s as "Boatswain HLV Ale" this was a low risk gamble at $2.99. For that reason only I picked it up. Otherwise if this were priced in line with many other bombers I likely would have skipped it in favor of a number of other beers. Buy it only for the tick.
Aroma / Appearance - The fluid pour isn’t bad. As the brownish black base seeps into the glass it adds a dirty khaki head. Black cherries, malt, and whipped cream are strongest. The background is a passable roasted texture.
Flavor / Palate - Mildly warm, the first impression is not that great. Chocolate and cola lead to a latent bitterness that grows over time. For the price this wasn’t terrible. Even so I think it will be a while before I grab another one of these budget beers. There are plenty of other things to choose that are better.