tympanic (168) - 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 (866) - 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 (966) - 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 (1800) - 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 (2069) - 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 (1210) - 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.
GSH1976 (213) - Delaware, USA - MAR 16, 2013
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pours a hazy dark brown with lots of light brown head. Aroma is sweet and consists of caramel malt, toffee, brown sugar, nuts and a bit of breadiness. Taste is very sweet and unique but not in a good way. It is as if many sweet items were jammed together with chemicals and this is the result. I don’t like it and found myself struggling to finish my first glass so I poured the remaining half of the bomber down the drain. It tastes a little better than Nyquil but that is about the only thing. This is the first and last beer I will have from this brewery.
DCLawyer (1554) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - MAR 16, 2013
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bomber->shaker. Dark brown with tan head. Caramel malt, nuts. Bland.
dalfaro86 (305) - Mexico City, MEXICO - MAR 13, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a cloudy dark brown brew with a tiny beige head with regular retention, aroma is moderate sweet and moderate to low bitter with notes of caramel, vanilla and nuts and floral hops, médium bodied, flavor is moderate sweet and moderate to heavy bitter with notes of caramel, vanilla, nuts and floral hops, bitter finish. Unbalanced, metalic.
Slipstream (2076) - USA - FEB 24, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: OCT 9, 2014 Thanks to Glyn, who picked this up in his travels. The bottle I had was labeled Boatswain Heavy Lifter - some MIlwaukee brewery I haven’t heard of before. I also had this under the name Trader Joe’s/Rhinelander Boatswain Ale The aroma starts off yeasty, but gets better. Big, foamy head on a dark pour. The flavor is chocolate malt and pumpernickel, with a dash of yeast, and there are hops in the finish. It was worth the budget price at Trader Joe’s.