BroSpud (1526) - , Massachusetts, USA - MAY 29, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
22oz bottle labeled as Boatswain H.L.V. Pours dark reddish brown with a tan head. Butter taste giving way to metallic but somehow still drinkable. It would be easy to say this is terrible but it actually isn’t and, given the low price at TJs it serves a purpose.
honest_silu (53) - Jeddah, SAUDI ARABIA - MAY 14, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
One time der friend and netcafe owner, Ali brew a spl batch of beer from much grain and hop he have in secret garden area. He spend much time and effort in making this gr8 beer. This remind me of that. Sweet flavours and slight bitter at finish.
jgb9348 (4294) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - MAY 12, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep dark brown coloured body with a thick, three centimetre tall tan head and tints of ruby. Aroma of nuts, sweet raisins, plums and figs, some malt and a bit of nice earthy hops. Medium-bodied; Assertive nutty and malty flavour with a lot of sweetness from caramel, caster sugar and some lighter fruits, all with a good earthy finish. Aftertaste is quite complex with good sugars and maltiness and a surprising tart quality and a bit of a rustic floral flavour too. Overall, a surprisingly good and complex beer for cheap at Trader Joe’s and one definitely worth trying for the price and variance. I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Trader Joe’s in Alexandria (Old Town), Virginia on 05-October-2012 for US$1.99 sampled at home in Washington on 16-November-2012.
edgallow (1455) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - APR 26, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
22oz bottle pours brown with a tan head. Aroma of malts, fruit and caramel . Taste is the sweet malts and dried fruit .
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starewich (139) - - APR 23, 2013
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Okay at first but soon becomes way too sour. I tried valiantly but ended up pouring out a little less than half of the bomber. Odd; the first time I had this was at a tasting and it was my favorite of dozens.
jb (1951) - Rochester, New York, USA - APR 21, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle Ron shared. Pretty decent but nothing I remember much about. Body and depth were there.
Ron (2200) - Rochester, New York, USA - APR 15, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bomber from Trader Joe’s Rochester. Pours a clear dark mahogany color with a large foamy tan head. Good head retention. Aroma of caramel malts, faint nuts, some mild herbal hops. The taste is caramel malts and a nutty finish. Medium bodied. Better than that Scotch ale I just had.
tympanic (156) - New York, New York, USA - APR 12, 2013
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I’m surprised that this beer has such a low overall rating. I’m enjoying it, and it was $2.29 at Trader Joe’s (Sold as Boatswain H.L.V.) on Broadway at 72nd St.
I taste butter. Do you?
Thisis12ptfont (711) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - APR 10, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma of carbonated vanilla bean. Blackish brown with a thin foam. Flavors of strongly sweet vanilla, candied caramel, strong sugar and biscuit. Overall, slightly messy flavor and way too sweet, It almost tastes like liquid sugar/cotton candy. Very unbalanced.
Caytinator (776) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 8, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bomber bought under the name "Boatswain Heavy Lift Vessel Ale" from Trader Joe’s. Translucent, mahogany-brown color. Laces well, small head. Pleasant aroma, medium-light, malty, dark fruits. "Brown" taste, hoppy, strong, and alcoholic. Reminds me of belgian strong ale, with a hoppy kick. I’d definitely buy it again.