DrnkMcDermott (3003) - 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.
Ungstrup (34350) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - SEP 8, 2016
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled. A brown beer with a lazing beige head. The aroma has notes of malt, caramel, and bread. The flavor is sweet with notes of malt, caramel, and bread, leading to a bitter finish.
kevinsenn (1994) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 5, 2016
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Trader Joe’s. Caramalt and metallic aroma. Nice brown roasty caramel taste, but a little watered down.
SoberDave (182) - Escondido, California, USA - MAR 5, 2016
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Under the label Boatswain HLV Ale. nice foamy white head. Bitter with a nice hoppy flavour. Somewhat typical ale. nothing special.
bpreo (2529) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - JAN 12, 2016
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Also known as Boatswain Heavy Lift Vessel. Good taste, good alcohol content.
thetmaxx (901) - West Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 3, 2015
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Labeled as boatswain heavy lift vessel. Lighter in color than I thought. Thin head, no lacing. Aroma is floral, grassy, I suspect English hops, it has a Nobel nose and flavor. Kinda plane, but as is the style I suppose. It’s actually not unpleasant.
sawbuck (633) - Round Lake, Illinois, USA - NOV 21, 2015
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Aroma of brown sugar, raisins, bread. Deep brown color with a huge tan head. Sweet up front. Sweet fruits, some caramel. Muddy on the finish with a slight bitterness and alcohol burn. Off aftertaste on finish as well. Meh.
GenDV138 (5988) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - OCT 22, 2015
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
22 oz bottle poured into a nonic pint glass. Bought from Trader Joe’s, labeled as Boatswain H.L.V. Ale Heavy Lift Vessel. Hazy amber brown with close to two fingers of beige head. Aromas of caramel, malt, some figs, light toasty notes. Tastes of dark fruit, caramel, sweet syrup. Medium-light body with a dry finish. Cloying sweetness.
cheap (5309) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 10, 2015
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
From Trader Joe’s Nashua, a $2.79 bomber, what a deal! Labeled as Boatswain HLV. Thicker looking dark cloudy ice tea color. Somewhat viscous on the palate as well, medicinal in taste. It shows it’s 7% up front. Some barely sizzling co2 in there saves it. Boosts my overall score by a few points because of the price, otherwise a thicker high alky malty thang that is difficult until you down a 10 oz; then rest goes pretty easy after you numb up the synapses a little. .
Clarkdvm (456) - Florida, USA - AUG 29, 2015
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
UPDATED: AUG 5, 2016 Bottle from trader Joe?s. Says made by Rhinelander. Clove aroma. Sweet caramel flavor. Had second time, awful this time. Odd
stevoj (3933) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 5, 2015
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle from Trader Joes (HLV Ale). Huge foamy head, medium brown body. Aroma is too sweet, candy, cough syrup. Taste is just a tad bit better, sweet and cloying, soda sweet. Body weight OK, mouth feel alright, terrible finish