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RATINGS: 200   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.99   IBU: 79   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Vballnbeer (158) - Gorham, Maine, USA - DEC 13, 2013
Purchased for $2.49 at Trader Joe’s under the Boatswain label, the H.L.V. Ale is the strongest of their beers. It has a dark copper color, a dirty looking head, and a sweet, malty aroma. The flavor is a heavy, alcohol, medicine taste with a little bitterness. I would place this third on the list of the three beers available at TJ’s behind the stout and IPA.

2.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
DialSquare (2756) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 10, 2013
Bomber from Trader Joe’s labeled Boatswain HLV. Deep brown pour with light tan head. Aroma is brown sugar, nutty, caramel. Tastes are same with dried fruit and a perfume vibe. Strange tinny/metallic bitterness. Not crazy sweet which turns me off many browns, but not very good overall.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Alextricity (509) - Michigan, USA - DEC 8, 2013
Labelled as "Heavy List Vessel [HLV]"... I was offered this for free. Offered this out of a bomber. Not sure of the price... no bottling date on the bottle either. Alrighty then. Poured into a shaker pint. Appearance: The highlight. I was told this was an IPA, but I figured that was wrong just by looking at it. This is a dark brown beer with a nice beige head on it. Lacing is really nice. Looks to have great clarity. The highlight of HLV, no doubt. Smell: Ugh. A mess, to be honest. Malts, stale (best way I can describe it) hops, and... soy sauce? Not God awful, but not exactly pleasant. Strange, to say the least. Taste/feel: Safe bet that this beer is insanely old, I think. I’m not sure of the date (like I said), but I don’t think I was drinking the same thing as others here... then again, maybe I was? I doubt it though. There’s virtually no balance. It has a weird, strong metallic sort of bitterness, with malts trying to balance it out -- but it doesn’t work. It’s a weird mesh of bitter and sweet, and it’s just not working right. The flavor itself isn’t very good either -- tragically unbalanced with a pretty strong presence of alcohol. I know that this is a "Strong Ale", but the alcohol is ridiculously prevalent here. The feel is medium... relatively thin. Not very carbonated. A third time -- I’m pretty confident this beer is well past its prime, though I’ll never know. Based on this experience, I wouldn’t want to try HLV again, but it’s probably not normally this unpleasant. I can see why I was offered to try some.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jtclockwork (8571) - , New Jersey, USA - NOV 29, 2013
Bottle. Pours dark brown with tan head. Nose and taste of maple sugar, birch sap, brown sugar, sweet tea, resin, sticky dark caramel and earth. Medium body.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
solidfunk (4135) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - NOV 22, 2013
Too much caramel here. Bit of a sugar bomb. Pours dark cloudy brown, with decent head and lacing. Soft carbonation, booze more than evident. Some oak vestiges but not a lot of things that come together well here. Unbalanced. Bottle.

2.7
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Eberndt (185) - - NOV 14, 2013
22oz bottle from trader joes. Dark in color with a very persistent head and a creamy mouth fill.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
PorterPounder (5588) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 1, 2013
Tallahassee, Fl - Trader Joe’s - 22 oz bomber - labeled as Boatswain H.L.V. (Heavy Lift Vessel) Ale. Pours a deep dark cola-like brown a thin but persistent eggshell white head. Aroma has some licorice accents, a touch of chocolate. Flavor has some odd sourness to it, a touch of bittersweet baker’s unsweetened chocolate, a touch of olive oil. Mouthfeel is thick enough. Something just not really right about this one.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Blairgus (2638) - California, USA - OCT 29, 2013
29 oct 3013, bottle. Brown. Nose is big bready malt, toasty as well. Med body and moderately fizzy. Toasty malt, more than mildly metallic. Not very good in that account. Has bitter finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
jaimenavarrog (74) - MEXICO - OCT 15, 2013
Oscura, espuma dorada fina se cuelga del vaso, aroma dulce, le falta lúpulo para aroma y más amargor, cuerpo medio, ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Aurelius (4228) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - OCT 15, 2013
22 oz bomber, disguised ast Boatwain HLV Ale. Fluffy-beady tan head on a clear, ruby-black pour. Average label. Slightly tangy chemical and diacetyl aroma. Tastes the same as it smells, except with a little toast. I was enthused because this was $2.49 for a bomber - makes for a low success target, the bottle is almost worth that for homebrewing - but I still came away disappointed. Trader Joe’s, Tallahassee.


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