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RATINGS: 203   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.97   IBU: 79   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beerbaaron (1337) - Arizona, USA - JAN 5, 2014
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.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MarinEvelyn (585) - Wisconsin, USA - JAN 5, 2014
Sweet, biscut/buttery/crispy, light fruit aroma. A little roasty. Taste is much hoppier, fairly hoppy ending. Sweet, malty, but fairly bitter.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
boozedude (1980) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - JAN 4, 2014
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

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 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.

2.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
DialSquare (2908) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 10, 2013
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.

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. 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.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jtclockwork (8911) - , 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 (4474) - 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 (196) - - 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 (5697) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 1, 2013
Tallahassee, Fl - Trader Joeís - 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 bakerís unsweetened chocolate, a touch of olive oil. Mouthfeel is thick enough. Something just not really right about this one.


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