DrnkMcDermott (2898) - 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.
dekester1 (339) - Neenah, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 20, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a dark deep red with a moderate head and lacing. Aroma was of sweet malts with a slight fruitiness. Taste was primarily of sweet malts - caramel, bread, with a light hop finish. Palate was good. Overall, this was pleasant surprise. Very rich and drinkable.
weihenweizen (2156) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - JUN 11, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Refrigerated brown bomber. Hazy brown with small beige head. Aroma is light nuts, medium body, low carbonation, and little lacing. Taste is toasty malt and some nuts.
BlackHaddock (4863) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAY 28, 2015
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bomber: labelled as ’Boatswain H.L.V. Ale. Opened on 28th May 2015, my fourth beer of a mini tasting session I am having with myself while here in Southern California. Only bought the beer because I thought it was a new brewery to me: turns out it is not a new brewery, just a ’Trader Joe’ make believe name. Anyway this live rate is about to start: beer poured into a La Chouffe badged stemmed tulip (twice). Nice looking beer, clean and clear body: chestnut red, with a full and lasting off-white crown. Malty and woody nose, sweet malty taste, raisins and a spoon full of sugar per sip . A little too sweet, even for my sweet tooth: needs to calm down and have some hop influence somewhere. Bordering on sickly. Struggled to finish the whole bottle: hand full of M&M’s helped.
geologyguy (942) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - MAY 26, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
malty dark smell, taste is mostly malt with a slightly hoppy finish, nothing of note though
notalush (5328) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 20, 2015
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bomber from Trader Joe’s - pretty lame-ass strong brown, a little like an English strong - strong caramelized maltiness, more like charred/burnt - leafy bitterness, syrupy sweetness - some dark bread and dried fruit - a bit of a medicinal finish - pretty lame.
smith4498 (3234) - Miami, Florida, USA - MAY 19, 2015
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Trader Joe’s labeled Boatswain H.L.V. ale. Pours hazy medium brown color with tan head. Toasted malt and caramel aromas with some nuttiness. Caramel and toffee flavors with toasted malt, dough, and nuts with lots of sweetness. Medium body with moderate carbonation.
Beersmithbacon (111) - San Luis Rey, California, USA - MAY 14, 2015
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Lean brown but ok better that Newcastle and cheaper. Some light brown malts great color. Lean mouthfeel. Good carbonation.
trapped (1306) - New York, TURKEY - MAY 9, 2015
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle labeled as Boatswain HLV. Clear dark amber with creamy large off-white head, light caramel aroma with a hint of vanilla, low carbonation, somewhat stale caramel taste, abrupt finish. Quite a heneric brew.
Syzzer (606) - Oregon, USA - APR 12, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Labeled Boatswain hlv. Poured from 22 oz bomber. Excellent head, tumble weed color- beer is solid cola brown. Slight bitter with excellent prune malts. 9.07 bd, 7.5 kevmar, 9.1 dad
AgentAle (1046) - 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.