marcus (6692) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAR 14, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours nearly black with a clinging tan head and a mild chocolate aroma. There is a fruity treacle flavor with a smoky dry bitter finish. Lots of flavor.
Powertrip (999) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 12, 2012
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Single bottle purchased from an Olympia liquor in Calgary, AB on 03/12/2012. Colour: extremely dark brown with low brown head. Nose: tomato juice, burnt embers, fresh broccoli. Taste: medium sweet, light bitter, medium-light sour. Sugary cola-roasted malt dominant. Light sour blast on the finish. Too sweet.
bhensonb (11381) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 11, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber from Fresh & Easy in Vacaville, CA. Pours dark brown with a 3 finger foamy tanhead. Light aromas of malt and citrus/floral hop. Med+ body. Flavor is a little brown sugar/cola with some mostly floral hop. Seems well balanced - sweet and bitter simultaneously. But in the end I think the bitter wins handily. Considering the price was 2 bombers for $4.99 this is a pretty good deal.
bluejacket74 (1361) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - MAR 9, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 ounce bottle from Trader Joe’s, labeled as Boatswain H.L.V. Ale (Heavy Lift Vessel). Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours dark brown with some red tints. There’s also an inch tan head that sticks around for a while, with a small amount of lacing. Aroma is nice but light, the brew smells like roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate and some dark fruit. For the most part the taste is like the aroma, but there’s a small amount of hop bitterness noticeable. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it’s a bit slick and smooth with a good amount of carbonation. I think it’s a decent brew, and for just $1.99 a bomber I certainly can’t complain about it. Definitely worth a try at that price.
Cornfield (5521) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - MAR 8, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Like pretty much everyone else, I had this as Boatswain Heavy Lift Vessel, a $1.99 bomber from the local Trader Joe’s. Nice pour, a clear chestnut body with a tall and creamy tan head. No lace. The aroma was faint, light toasted malt, caramel, a suggestion of chocolate, and a wisp of alcohol. The flavor was much the same nd had the addition of a mineral water bitterness. Not too bad for Minhas.
JK (4586) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - MAR 6, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
a pretty good brown. sold as Boatswain Heavy Lift Vessel. dark amber color. dry malt aroma, but the flavor has lots of sweet malt, caramel, and brown sugar with a fair amount of dry hops. thick palate. this is one of the better browns on the market.
unclemattie (4248) - Georgia, USA - FEB 26, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Rhinelander Boatswain HLV Ale, Heavy Lift Vessel. 22oz bottle, Trader Joe’s, Roswell. Dark brown color, long legs, thin head. Aroma of dark malts, highly fermented, smells like a malta. Sweet malt flavor, dark malt syrup, perfume hops. Easy to drink, a nice strong dark lager. Well worth the money.
GT2 (8684) - San Diego County, California, USA - FEB 25, 2012
1.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 4/20
651mL thanks to Alex. Pours deep maroon looking black in the glass with a larger, tan head. Not bad retention wise. Suddy looking lace. Nose is sweet raisin, slight brown sugar, moderate old stickiness. Lots of oxidized red apple and old cidery character. Leave this out just for a minute or so and it gains tremendous acetaldehyde and old apple slices. Taste is ultra metallic with cloying old sweetness. Astringent bitterness in the background with old apple juice overlaid. Really, very impressive to make such a complexly terrible beer. Nice job.
Dragonfly1 (495) - Colorado, USA - FEB 25, 2012
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle, Trader Joe’s. Label is Boatswain Heavy Lift Vessel. Pours dark ruby red with a nutty sweet aroma. Taste is INCREDIBLY sweet. There are hints of chocolate, mocha, almonds, but holy cow is this sugary sweet. Dial down the sugar and this would be a winner given the other flavors, but can’t get past the cloying taste here. Like drinking a smoky sweet tea with a few extra packets of Equal thrown in. I need a nap...
tomhenderson (166) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - FEB 24, 2012
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 6/20
Bomber of Trader Joe’s labeled as Boatswain HLV. My scores are based on this being called a(n American) Brown. Pours a beautiful dark brown with ruby highlights, very clear, thin tan head persists. Aroma has lots of sweet dark fruits like prunes and raisins, with a moderate amount of alcohol wisps. Taste is similar and with dark crystal and roast malts. Thankfully there’s enough bittering hops to offset what would otherwise be cloyingly sweet malt, but otherwise hop presence takes a back seat to the malt show. Alcohol borders on being boozy and hot. Solidly medium body appropriate for style. This isn’t a bad beer, but for me, it’s time to look for something else if I had been expecting an American Brown.