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RATINGS: 219   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.98   IBU: 79   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Strykzone (5809) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - MAR 15, 2014
Bomber. Dark brown with amber highlights and a nice long lasting tan head. A toasty, hop free aroma that is sweet and malty. There are lots of malts in here along with some herbal and grass notes. A zesty bitterness. This beer has a medicinal quality that is not really pleasant. But then that somehow melds into a green effect. Not a great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
davidm (1979) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAR 14, 2014
Bottle from Trader Joes. A bit rough, aromas of coffee and roast. Taste is sweet and bitter.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
decaturstevo (5517) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - FEB 17, 2014
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

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Banksiz (60) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 8, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2014 Boatswain HLV from Trader Joes. Malty nose, some vanilla. Medium sweet, no complexity. Full body, but a burnt, astringent finish spoils this beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
BEERSOLDIER (42) - Illinois, USA - JAN 30, 2014
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 its 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 Ive had by any means but not that great either.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bitbucket (2160) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - JAN 22, 2014
Bomber - labeled as Boatswain H.L.V. (Heavy Lift Vessel) at Trader Joes. 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beerbaaron (1749) - 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 Ive seen here.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MarinEvelyn (701) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
boozedude (2212) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - JAN 4, 2014
Bomber from Trader Joes 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

   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 Joes 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 TJs behind the stout and IPA.

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