edgallow (1627) - 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 (2016) - 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 (2311) - 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 (163) - 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 (746) - 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 (792) - 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.
fluffy (1230) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - APR 4, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
purchased under the moniker Boatswain Heavy Lift Vessel Ale, from Trader Joe’s, i think. pours dark ruby brown with a thin sticky head. aroma is nutty with a faint whisky leather scent. flavor is roasted nuts, a bit of butterscotch, brown sugar, reminds a bit of a dark belgian actually. finish is somewhat oily. pretty good honestly.
MadRobin (1590) - Silver Spring, USA - MAR 31, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from 22 oz. bottle.
Opaque, very dark brown with small khaki head and very good lacing.
Aroma of roasted malt, dark fruit, raisins, dates, vanilla, grain, caramel and a hint of earthy hops.
Taste of toasted sweet dark malt, dark fruits, alcohol, nuts, vanilla, toffee, grain, caramel and peat. A lot going on here. Despite the significant smokey and dark flavors, the overall effect is bright and fruity, not dark and brooding.
Medium/light body and low carbonation. The lighter body seems to fit well with the dark yet bright flavors.
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Onslow (1075) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - MAR 29, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour from a 22oz bomber. Clear dark brown brew with small tan head. Aroma of sweet malt, dark fruit, molasses. Taste is sweet malt with a bit of roasted malt and dark fruit. Full bodied with a somewhat sweet and cloying finish. Solid brew.