Tastebuds808 (16) - - MAY 30, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I didn't like some of the other beers from this brand. You can read those reviews. Basically I tasted alot of rice flavors that really turned me off.
I did however really liked this beer. Medium bitterness. Slight chocolate. Kinda in between a amber and darker color.
I thought this beer was really good for the price and will get this again.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
sloshgator (405) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUL 21, 2014
3.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Drank as Rhinelander Boatswain Heavy Lift Vessel Ale from Rhinelander Brewing Co from a bomber. Boatswain HLV is not too bad given the price at Trader Joe’s. Low aroma coming from a dark brown pour probably because of the flat head. Taste is sweet and malty with slight scotch notes and a little alcohol warming. Its as if it was stored in a liquor barrel. Mouthfeel is flat. Boatswain HLV is not too bad but the lack of carbonation probably holds back some of the better qualities that might come out.
Oakes (12234) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 20, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Medium brown. Some spicy hop, sweet honeyish notes, an odd aroma but I actually like it. Sweet and a bit fudgey, with a thin body and a little bit of hop spiciness.
arventresca (562) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUL 14, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz from trader Joe’s. Brown pour with white head. Malty smell taste and after taste. I thought this was fine
hockeybeerguy (1597) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - JUL 13, 2014
1.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 4/20
Reviewed from notes.
This was poured into a snifter because I thought it was a strong ale.
The appearance was a ruddy burnt orange to brown color with a slight transparency about it. There’s some light lacing after the head dissipated.
The smell was weird as there’s some burnt grainy malts going inside of some burnt caramel breadiness with a lot of booze coming in.
The taste was basically the same as the smell.
On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with not much of a sessionable quality about it. The carbonation seemed to be okay as a brown ale or a strong ale.
Overall, brown ale or strong ale, well the boozy part is there. Honestly, I wasn’t really digging the smell and the taste. I probably wouldn’t seek this out again.
VincentDamon (308) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 28, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bière achetée à Los Angeles. Couleur brune, mousse généreuse. Nez de sucre brun et de noisettes au chocolat noir. En bouche, c’Est malté et goûteux. C’est équilibré et rafraichissant : les notes sucrées qui rappelle les noisettes sont bien. Cheers!
snoworsummer (1925) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 15, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
HLV from Trader Joe’s. Pours hazy dark tawny brown with a bubbly, frothy beige head. Tastes lightly butter, light hops, nutty, roasted grains and cocoa, light sweetness, toast. Light body and low carbonation. Smells like sweet roasted grains, hops, light alcohol.
ronaldtheriot (1190) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - JUN 5, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Boatswain H.L.V. Ale has a thick, spongy, cream-colored head, a dark brown, bubbly, opaque appearance, and a little bit of lacing left behind. The aroma is of sweet, syrupy, dark-roasted barley malt or brown bread crust, and the flavor is of that element, with strong, straight-forward bitterness and sugar. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy, and Boatswain H.L.V. Ale finishes rich, sweet, and semi-wet. Overall, this one is surprisingly good. I recommend it! RJT
OscarFalls (37) - excelsior, Minnesota, USA - JUN 1, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Good solid beer with slight roasted taste. I recommend drinking this after a car show while sitting on the porch for your dads birthday.
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ads135 (2814) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - MAY 30, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
This is an okay dark ale, though its strange to think of this as a brown ale. Heavier mouthfeel than I expected and the sweetness is more understated and metallic. Picked up at Trader Joes in DC in 2014.
hotstuff (4058) - Indiana, USA - MAY 15, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Rated on 5-25-2012 (Bottle) The appearance is a medium sized frothy, semi-fizzy tan head with a short retention, transparent ruby brown body, fizzy carbonation, and a fair amount of lacing. The aroma is caramel malt, roasted, pine hops, sweet, and spicy. The flavor is sweet, pine hops, spicy, malt, and a hint of smoke. The mouthfeel is lively and this beer is light bodied. Overall, this beer has a nice hop flavor and is worth trying.