Vballnbeer (158) - Gorham, Maine, USA - DEC 13, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Purchased for $2.49 at Trader Joe’s 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 TJ’s behind the stout and IPA.
Ernesto987 (3768) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 6, 2014
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
big thanks to Danny! thanks man, sweet and thin caramel brown ale. Sweet and sticky. Not much else going on, pretty lame.
slowrunner77 (5975) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 25, 2014
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
"bottled as Boatswain HLV (Heavy Lift Vessel). Don’t know why. Kind of a non-descript strong brown ale. Decent malt/hop balance, and if it stopped right there, it would be ok, but there is a pronounced offness to the aroma and flavor, slightly sour and vegetal, that just doesn’t let it all come together."
a_sully (152) - - SEP 14, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown body with a tan head.aroma of roared malt and dark chocolate. Taste matches aroma with a bitterness from the dark chocolate.
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BierMeHoos (119) - Maryland, USA - SEP 10, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
650 ml bottle from Trader Joe's, from Rhinelander brewery in Monroe WI. Boatswain beer made from small batches. Aromas and flavors of sweet roasted malts balanced with moderate bitterness coming from a high level of hops.
Lagerboy (1257) - British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 10, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bomber. Clear deep dark brown copper, firm lasting tan foam, Rich sweet caramel malt smell. Taste is sweet caramel malt, Nestle Quik powder, some spice, earth, treacle and dark fruitiness. Softer carbonation, medium bodied, moderately hopped. Gets vinous as it warms, syrupy finish. S’okay. NFL (Not For Lagerboys)
krittenhouse (18) - Shelby, USA - AUG 23, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark, great foamy head, served room temperature. Boozy in smell,smooth mouth feel, good flavor. I'd like to have this cold.
Darwenus (558) - Virginia, USA - AUG 20, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I had this bottled as Boatswain HLV from Trader Joe’s. It pours dark brown with an average head and lace, and the aroma is spicy malt, applebutter, allspice. The flavor is decent. Not great, but decent. It’s slightly boozy like an American strong ale, with a strong, oaky finish. The beers at Trader Joe’s are typically the best in their price range. This is as good as any twenty-two ounce beer you’ll find anywhere for less than $3.
beertholomeus (824) - California, USA - AUG 15, 2014
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours dark brown with a tan head. Toffee, caramel, malt and biscuit aroma and flavors. Slightly oxidized. Medium body and carbonation with a malt and toffee finish.
JDBaker11058 (1313) - Maryland, USA - AUG 9, 2014
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Appearance: dark mahogany, with garnet highlights; short, creamy tan head quickly vanishing to a bare wash of bubbles. Aroma: muddled notes of wet cardboard, molasses, soggy brown bread, nutmeg, light clove. Taste: molasses, pumpernickel bread, cardboard, light smoke, hint of umami. Finish: sweet, muddled malts and a hint of booze. Notes: Terrible. Muddled and overwrought.
Ibrew2or3 (6990) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - AUG 5, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle pours with a clear rosy red to amber body that supports a tan head. The aroma offers up a mix of cherries, prunes, brown sugar, molasses and honey covered hazel nuts. The taste however is nearly the same as I get brown sugar coated prunes and cherries blended with molasses and thin sweet nuttiness. Interesting.