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RATINGS: 179   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.99   IBU: 79   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Derek881 (945) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - OCT 18, 2012
Poured from a large bottle into a pint glass to drink. The beer had a dark amber-copper color with a medium off-white foamy head that had low retention and cling, but good lacing. It featured a dark fruit and floral aroma with compliments of earthy and grainy hops, and touches of raisins and molasses. Its taste was lightly sweet and fruity with pleasant touches of dark fruit and raisin, and only a slight bitterness. Its body was somewhat what and a bit creamy, but a little bit on the thin side with lower carbonation. Definitely a quality beer, but a bit short of high levels.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Strykzone (4478) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - MAR 15, 2014
Bomber. Dark brown with amber highlights and a nice long lasting tan head. A toasty, hop free aroma that is sweet and malty. There are lots of malts in here along with some herbal and grass notes. A zesty bitterness. This beer has a medicinal quality that is not really pleasant. But then that somehow melds into a green effect. Not a great beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
davidm (1926) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAR 14, 2014
Bottle from Trader Joe’s. A bit rough, aromas of coffee and roast. Taste is sweet and bitter.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
decaturstevo (4665) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - FEB 17, 2014
Brown pour with off white head and lace. Aroma is light chocolate and cough syrup. Flavor is sweet chocolate, and cough syrup and a sour like bitter. Thin bodied and watery. Fizzy. not so good but not terrible

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Banksiz (17) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 8, 2014
Boatswain HLV from Trader Joe’s. Malty nose, some vanilla. Medium sweet, no complexity. Full body, but a burnt, astringent finish spoils this beer.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
BEERSOLDIER (42) - Illinois, USA - JAN 30, 2014
Very dark brown ale, nearly black. Has a nice thick head that holds nicely with a strong lacing. Smells of chocolates, malty, semi-sweet and saltiness. Has a strong flavor but it’s not very good. It tastes bitter and dank. finish is heavy and musty. Not a beer I would recommend unless you want a strong beer for a cheap price ($6 a six pack), although I would rather drink their double IPA (same price) which is stronger and better tasting. Not the worst beer I’ve had by any means but not that great either.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bitbucket (2159) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - JAN 22, 2014
Bomber - labeled as Boatswain H.L.V. (Heavy Lift Vessel) at Trader Joe’s. A buck ninety-nine for 22 ounces? Youwza. But what the hell is a "Heavy Lift Vessel"?

If I had to guess a style I would say Imperial Red. But whatever.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beerbaaron (928) - Wisconsin, USA - JAN 5, 2014
Bottle. Proper temp and glass. Pours mahogany, an impressive clear, ruby brownish. Medium to large creamy beige head fairly lasting. Aroma is minimal, dry; biscuity, a touch roasty, light fruity maybe a little herbal. Lighter medium body. Flavor is unusual I guess. Fairly strong bitterness. Dry earthy hoppy. Some sugary quality. Could use some refinement but much better than expected based on what I’ve seen here.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MarinEvelyn (467) - Wisconsin, USA - JAN 5, 2014
Sweet, biscut/buttery/crispy, light fruit aroma. A little roasty. Taste is much hoppier, fairly hoppy ending. Sweet, malty, but fairly bitter.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
boozedude (1619) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - JAN 4, 2014
Bomber from Trader Joe’s sold as Boatswain HLV - Pours clear brown with BIG off white head. Aroma and taste is caramel malt with some fruit, just ok, nothing special

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Vballnbeer (158) - Gorham, Maine, USA - DEC 13, 2013
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.


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