patrick767 (3725) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - JUN 24, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle - Pours dark amber-brown with a small tan head. Thereís some clear hops presence in the aroma along with caramel malt. Thereís a good, sweet flavor up front with well balanced hops and lingering bitterness. Itís actually pretty good, a good one from the Rhinelander bunch, some of which are quite mediocre.
presario (4893) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 22, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Like a sweet hoppy mild so maybe not like a mild at all. Bold calling a beer Traditional in Alberta. Hard to believe the IBUs are at 80. If they could dry it out it might be a cool beer.
BVery (7881) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - JUN 17, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at the St. Paul Summer Beer Fest. Rich amber pour with a creamy head. Fig/raisin, a little syrupy - not a bad offering.
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - JUN 13, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle. Rating #63. Cloudy dark brown pour with a nice tan head that left a little lace. Strong malty aroma, caramel and some raisin with just a hint if soapiness. More soap up front with the flavor, that faded into more sweet caramel with a hoppyness following that. Not terrible, especially for a $1.99. (2402)
r464 (2034) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 6, 2012
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Malty, toasty. Flavor is somewhat off, perhaps with a burnt touch that seems a bit nasty. Hints of earth (dirty) and grass with a touch of hops in the finish, but overwhelmed by the downsides.
rayOfBeer (672) - El Cerrito, California, USA - JUN 1, 2012
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle: HLV alias, pours mahagony brown with medium sized off-white head. Aroma is malty with some chocolate and a little skunkiness. Flavor is a dusty bitter cocoa powder with some metallic notes and a lightly sweet bread. Palate is mostly powdery dry with just a light sweetness. This beer is ok for the price but a little off with the metallic bits and the bitter balance could do with a little more sweetness, especially initially.
burg326 (4514) - Florida, USA - MAY 30, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 ounnce bottle pours a brown color, aroma of caramel, nuts, light cutrus, and some sweet malt. Flavors same as aroma, average brown ale, would drink again.
Nuffield (3802) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAY 27, 2012
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
This was disappointing. Now, it was only $1.99/bomber, so what can you expect, but I do expect that Trader Joeís isnít going to align itself with something that canít pass for a quality product. The biggest problem here is a really obvious metallic finish that ruined it. The maltiness is murky at the front, too. Better off going with the three buck chuck. Bottle.
SFtaster (59) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 25, 2012
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from 22oz bottle into chilled tall glass. New addition to the Trader Joeís line of craft beers. They also offer an IPA and a double IPA.
Boatswain HLV (Heavy Lifting Vessel) is a good, no-frills example of the style. Upfront malt, carmel, and raisin flavors. Surprisingly hoppy for a brown ale. Packs a good punch at 7% ABV. Great value at $1.99 for a bomber sized bottle.
Chudwick (2416) - 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 itís served too warm (18 degrees Celsius). This reminds more of a hoppy amber ale than a brown ale. I donít 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 thereís that going for it.