McGarnigle (573) - 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.
AgentAle (919) - Alberta, CANADA - MAR 1, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is dark fruits, roasted malts, caramel and light earthiness. Taste is rich sweet malts, plum, raisin and slight funk. Finishes with light tanin and yeastiness. Appearance is a clear dark amber with a thin pearl head that retains fairly poorly.
BrewDad (5090) - Olympia, Washington, USA - JAN 2, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Brown in color, clear with a thin head. Nice easy drinking beer. Average at best.
Cousin_Larry (465) - - DEC 28, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma is strictly brown sugar. Flavor is malty brown sugar. No real head or lacing. Meh.
JMerritt (1863) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - DEC 2, 2014
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottled, labeled as Boatswain H.L.V. Heavy Lift Vessel. Dark orangey amber with a medium sized, large bubbled off-white head. Bready aroma with some sweet caramel, toffee and sourdough yeast. Tangy, straw and hay flavor with stone slightly toasty wheat. A muddled, doughy mess.
scottcowley (24) - - OCT 26, 2014
1.6 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
You get want you pay for. Not all breweries know what there doing This is not a good beer. Pours dark brown this is the only thing nice about this beer. It has a wierd metalic flavor, and thats the ony taste I can get from this beer. Don’t waste your money on this one. Very dissapointing.
medaglia (10) - - OCT 25, 2014
0.5 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
Save your time and money. The beer is horrible. It’s cheap for a reason. No quality. ALL THE BEER is watery dish-water. Sure, one can buy this from Trader Joe’s for a low price, but really, what you get is nothing on par to quality. I’d rather put the extra money towards a pint or six pack of something more proven and worthwhile. This beer is made cheap for a reason and its to sell out. The owners, both non brew-masters by the way, just some trust fund rich kids, are slinging this dishwater to steal your money. I mean go on the website, it shows the guy walking out of his Escalade SUV and the interviews with him and the sister "co-owner" show the trust fund babies they are...both siblings are narcissistic and ridiculous. I would give this a zero rating if I could. I mean this is just poser beer. its horrible, sucks, skunk, bad, cheap, watery, smelly, no taste, crap.
Ernesto987 (4311) - Arizona, 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 (6336) - 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 (206) - - 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 (229) - 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.