nick76 (4302) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 25, 2012
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
The aroma is malty with caramel malt and pine hops. The appearance is brown with a medium head. The taste is like the aroma but astringent and bitter. The palate is smooth. Overall this is pretty good.
Palidor19 (3040) - Brandon, Florida, USA - MAR 25, 2012
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Strong taste, but as a mellow taste with a touch of nice burnt malt. the hops are not that strong. still it has a great amount of character. I can enjoy this one the big scale.
maxwelldeux (4099) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - MAR 23, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This beer sticks with you. Itís very dark with coffee overtones and has a very lasting aftertaste. A good brown ale. I got it under the name "Boatswain Heavy Lift Vessel."
tgncc (2998) - Bellmore, New York, USA - MAR 16, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Trader Joes, Merrick. Labeled Boatswain HLV Ale. Sweet, cocoa and brown sugar, nuts. Pours dark brown, cream colored head. The flavor is sweet, brown sugar, weird sort of spicy, like ginger, some cocoa. medium in body, slightly on the thick side, creamy mouthfeel. The finish is again sort of spicy, ginger-like (hops, maybe?) Really not bad. Hardly a standout in brown ales, but enjoyable enough. A little too sweet maybe.
BucannonXC5 (1021) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 15, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from a 22-oz. bomber into a pint glass. One finger of head. Light tan lacing with some see through black spots. Random tan film on the sides.
Smelled of dark chocolate malts with coffee and toffee. Heavy on the malts.
Tasted somewhat similar to the smell but could get the alcohol as well. Also tasted bourbon, dark chocolate and coffee. Malty.
Medium body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Long smooth finish.
I really, really liked this beer. My ratings are ridiculously high compared to the others from Underworld (Minhas), but I canít hate on it. One more really liked it for the road.
marcus (7230) - 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 (12044) - 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 (1485) - 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 Joeís, 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. Thereís 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 thereís a small amount of hop bitterness noticeable. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, itís a bit slick and smooth with a good amount of carbonation. I think itís a decent brew, and for just $1.99 a bomber I certainly canít complain about it. Definitely worth a try at that price.
Cornfield (5570) - 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 Joeís. 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.