DrnkMcDermott (2790) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JAN 25, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz. bottle for $1.99 at Trader Joe’s, named Rhinelander Boatswain Heavy Lift Vessel Ale. The lure is just too great: a $2 beer at 7% abv that’s not a malt liquor. Blackish-brown pour. I used a straighter-sided St. Pauli Girl dimpled mug, so it kicked up a lot of tan foam. Smell tends more toward a chocolate malt porter, and it’s pretty appealing. Now I do suggest there’s a bit of corn here, but it doesn’t add that solventy malt liquor taste. First thing I get is a bit of English hop spice. Taste is actually dry at first, then warms up and sweetens. Slightly grainy background makes this interesting. But too strong to be calling itself a brown ale.
Darwenus (547) - 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 (754) - 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 (1242) - 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 (6835) - 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.
Braudog (5627) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - JUL 22, 2014
1.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Bottle, under the Trader Joe Boatswain HLV label. Murky river water brown, with little head, there’s little up-front appeal. The first whiff doesn’t help either ... this eventually drinks like a mushy, overly sugared caramel malt beer. The body is far too thin, and all told this is simply off balance. (#5582, 7/22/2014)
sloshgator (413) - 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 (12352) - 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 (564) - 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 (1859) - 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 (315) - 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!