Aurelius (4781) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - OCT 15, 2013
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
22 oz bomber, disguised ast Boatwain HLV Ale. Fluffy-beady tan head on a clear, ruby-black pour. Average label. Slightly tangy chemical and diacetyl aroma. Tastes the same as it smells, except with a little toast. I was enthused because this was $2.49 for a bomber - makes for a low success target, the bottle is almost worth that for homebrewing - but I still came away disappointed. Trader Joe’s, Tallahassee.
DrinkinWell (389) - - OCT 4, 2013
2.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: OCT 9, 2013 Another bad beer from Trader Joe?s. Weak head, pours black. Hints of chocolate, very little hops. Gets worse the longer you drink it.
scarletfire65 (1193) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 20, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber from Trader Joe’s as Boatswain Heavy Lift Vessel. Mahogany brown with an average off white head. Aroma of raisins, sherry, root beer. Sweet and malty, caramel, a faint herbal note. Finishes somewhat dry, and just a bit watery. Listed as a Brown Ale, but more like an Old Ale.
BOSSbrewer (2706) - Arkansas, USA - SEP 10, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a caramel brown. Very malty and somewhat sweet. A drinkable beer. Beer than the poor ratings.
Beergeek23322 (2602) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - AUG 19, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
November 2012. From bottle. labeled as Boatswain HLV. Amber color with a white head. Caramel, malt and fruit aromas. Thin and light in flavors. Watery finish with a bit of malt and hops.
Meilby (9999) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 8, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle 650ml as "Boatswain H.L.V. Ale " @ Hotel Room, Bay Park Hotel, Monterey, CA
Pours clear brown with a beige head. Aroma has notes of malt, caramel, and nuts. Taste is medium sweet and light to medium bitter with a caramel and hint of coffee finish. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.
Geokkjer (6866) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 8, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours brown with an off white head. Aroma of malt, some nutty notes, some roast and caramel. Flavor is sweet and malty with some roasted notes and some fruitiness. Medium body, average carbonation.
yngwie (15764) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 8, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle, 22oz. As Boatswain HLV Ale. It pours a clear, brown body under a big, off-white head. The aroma has a touch of coffee grit, with roasted malts and some chocolate. Dry, medium-bodied and very soft on the carbonation. Chocolate, roasted malts, some hoppy bitterness and coffee grit in the flavor. Long, bland, roasted finish. Might need some food, certainly didn’t impress on its own. 130808
Fredis23 (515) - Hickory Hills, Illinois, USA - JUL 28, 2013
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
Dark Brown, Medium Bubbly Head That Does Not Last, Decent Lacing. No distinctive aroma whatsoever. Sweet, chocolate, malt, hop bitter finish with slight alcohol Zing. Although this is one of my favorite styles, this is average at best. Rather dull and forgettable. The only good thing going for it is that hoppy finish. Booze shines too much for the style. Meh.
rmussman (1702) - California, USA - JUL 22, 2013
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Sampled from Trader Joes. A fair brew. Nothing special and no need to return, but it was fairly priced and had a decent hop palate.