decaturstevo (5342) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - FEB 17, 2014
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Brown pour with off white head and lace. Aroma is light chocolate and cough syrup. Flavor is sweet chocolate, and cough syrup and a sour like bitter. Thin bodied and watery. Fizzy. not so good but not terrible
Banksiz (49) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 8, 2014
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2014 Boatswain HLV from Trader Joeís. Malty nose, some vanilla. Medium sweet, no complexity. Full body, but a burnt, astringent finish spoils this beer.
BEERSOLDIER (42) - Illinois, USA - JAN 30, 2014
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Very dark brown ale, nearly black. Has a nice thick head that holds nicely with a strong lacing. Smells of chocolates, malty, semi-sweet and saltiness. Has a strong flavor but itís not very good. It tastes bitter and dank. finish is heavy and musty. Not a beer I would recommend unless you want a strong beer for a cheap price ($6 a six pack), although I would rather drink their double IPA (same price) which is stronger and better tasting. Not the worst beer Iíve had by any means but not that great either.
bitbucket (2160) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - JAN 22, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bomber - labeled as Boatswain H.L.V. (Heavy Lift Vessel) at Trader Joeís. A buck ninety-nine for 22 ounces? Youwza. But what the hell is a "Heavy Lift Vessel"?
If I had to guess a style I would say Imperial Red. But whatever.
beerbaaron (1524) - Arizona, USA - JAN 5, 2014
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Proper temp and glass. Pours mahogany, an impressive clear, ruby brownish. Medium to large creamy beige head fairly lasting. Aroma is minimal, dry; biscuity, a touch roasty, light fruity maybe a little herbal. Lighter medium body. Flavor is unusual I guess. Fairly strong bitterness. Dry earthy hoppy. Some sugary quality. Could use some refinement but much better than expected based on what Iíve seen here.
MarinEvelyn (640) - Wisconsin, USA - JAN 5, 2014
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sweet, biscut/buttery/crispy, light fruit aroma. A little roasty.
Taste is much hoppier, fairly hoppy ending. Sweet, malty, but fairly bitter.
boozedude (2164) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - JAN 4, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber from Trader Joeís sold as Boatswain HLV - Pours clear brown with BIG off white head. Aroma and taste is caramel malt with some fruit, just ok, nothing special
Vballnbeer (158) - Gorham, Maine, USA - DEC 13, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Purchased for $2.49 at Trader Joeís 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 TJís behind the stout and IPA.
DialSquare (3163) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 10, 2013
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bomber from Trader Joeís 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.
Alextricity (509) - Michigan, USA - DEC 8, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
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. Iím not sure of the date (like I said), but I donít think I was drinking the same thing as others here... then again, maybe I was? I doubt it though. Thereís virtually no balance. It has a weird, strong metallic sort of bitterness, with malts trying to balance it out -- but it doesnít work. Itís a weird mesh of bitter and sweet, and itís just not working right. The flavor itself isnít 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 -- Iím pretty confident this beer is well past its prime, though Iíll never know. Based on this experience, I wouldnít want to try HLV again, but itís probably not normally this unpleasant. I can see why I was offered to try some.