McGarnigle (497) - Rochester, New York, USA - OCT 19, 2012
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Trader Joe’s H.L.V bought at the new store in Pittsford, NY. Great bargain...or is it? It certainly looks good and leaves fine lacing, and it is not flavorless. But I don’t think it all comes together. Too much bitterness: a combination of roastiness and high IBUs. Not enough malt underneath. Maybe could have used a better base malt.
adnielsen (6553) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 11, 2013
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle in KC picked up at Trader Joes. Pours a clear, dark reddish brown appearance with a nice brown head. Mineral, cracker, lightly nutty, caramel aroma. A bit tangy, light chocolate, slightly nutty, bready, caramel flavor. Pretty bland and not a whole lot going on.
OKplus (560) - Oklahoma, USA - JUN 11, 2013
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz. served into a snifter glass.
A - Pours a super dark brown with ruby highlights. A firm 2" tan head ministers beautiful arbitrary lacing.
S - Cocoa powder, wet grain, caramel malt, copper penny, grassy, bready yeast, brewed tea, hints of malt extract.
T - Molasses, iron, English tea tannins stick to the cheeks, roasted malts, cocoa, burnt caramel/toffee malts layer against the tannins. There’s faint hints of herbal hops in the background. Finishes fairly dry with a coating of tannins.
M - Medium lush body, with moderate carbonation, thins out when warm.
This fits an English Strong Ale rather than the American version.
Strong tea tannins pair with cocoa and a rich toasted caramel backbone with an herbal bitterness. This works well for an English Style.
Serving type: bottle
crossovert (4775) - Wisconsin, USA - JUN 5, 2013
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bubblegum aroma. Flavor is malt, come nuttiness, sweet, pretty crappy brew.
BeerandBlues2 (7468) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JUN 4, 2013
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle @ home. Pours clear brown with a small, fizzy off-white head, short retention with no lacing. Aroma is caramel, nutty, and cookie malt with dates and faint earthy hops. Flavor is sweet malt, light hops and bitterness, dark fruits and a sweet finish. Medium body and carbonation.
Tastebuds808 (15) - - 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.
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BroSpud (1383) - , Massachusetts, USA - MAY 29, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
22oz bottle labeled as Boatswain H.L.V. Pours dark reddish brown with a tan head. Butter taste giving way to metallic but somehow still drinkable. It would be easy to say this is terrible but it actually isn’t and, given the low price at TJs it serves a purpose.
honest_silu (42) - Jeddah, SAUDI ARABIA - MAY 14, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
One time der friend and netcafe owner, Ali brew a spl batch of beer from much grain and hop he have in secret garden area. He spend much time and effort in making this gr8 beer. This remind me of that. Sweet flavours and slight bitter at finish.
jgb9348 (4028) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - MAY 12, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep dark brown coloured body with a thick, three centimetre tall tan head and tints of ruby. Aroma of nuts, sweet raisins, plums and figs, some malt and a bit of nice earthy hops. Medium-bodied; Assertive nutty and malty flavour with a lot of sweetness from caramel, caster sugar and some lighter fruits, all with a good earthy finish. Aftertaste is quite complex with good sugars and maltiness and a surprising tart quality and a bit of a rustic floral flavour too. Overall, a surprisingly good and complex beer for cheap at Trader Joe’s and one definitely worth trying for the price and variance. I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Trader Joe’s in Alexandria (Old Town), Virginia on 05-October-2012 for US$1.99 sampled at home in Washington on 16-November-2012.
edgallow (1163) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - APR 26, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
22oz bottle pours brown with a tan head. Aroma of malts, fruit and caramel . Taste is the sweet malts and dried fruit .
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starewich (119) - - APR 23, 2013
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Okay at first but soon becomes way too sour. I tried valiantly but ended up pouring out a little less than half of the bomber. Odd; the first time I had this was at a tasting and it was my favorite of dozens.