bb (7488) - Alamo, California, USA - JUL 2, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Boatswain Heavy Life Vessel. Dark mahogony beer with a tan head. Toffee and grain aroma with light hops. caramel and toffee flavor with light cocoa and backing hops. Medium bodied. Caramel and toffee linger with light cocoa and light pine.
patrick767 (3727) - 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. There’s some clear hops presence in the aroma along with caramel malt. There’s a good, sweet flavor up front with well balanced hops and lingering bitterness. It’s actually pretty good, a good one from the Rhinelander bunch, some of which are quite mediocre.
presario (4901) - 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 (7952) - 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 (2038) - 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 (673) - 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 (4650) - 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 (3835) - 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 Joe’s isn’t going to align itself with something that can’t 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 Joe’s 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.