BigBeer45 (1552) - Michigan, USA - JAN 20, 2013
Bottle from Champanes,
this ale had a brown pour with a trace of haze into the glass, the pour made a one to two finger faint off-white / light tan head that receded to an island of a cover and ring, it left spots and large fingers of lacing on the glass, the bottle had a thin ring of sediment on the bottom of the bottle,
this brown ale had aromas of toasted malt, nut, chocolate, faint caramel, malt and brown sugar sweetness, the aromas were not that big on the nose,
it had flavors of toasted malt, caramel, chocolate, a brown sugar like sweetness, some prune like dark fruit, a little mint from the hops(?),
the finish had toasted malt, sweetness and some hop bitterness, the sweetness was pretty strong,
the mouth feel was medium maybe a touch more, it was a little sticky on the lips and there was soft to average carbonation,
the nose on this beer was not that big, the flavor was bigger, the sweetness was pretty prominent and kept this beer from getting a better rating, a bigger nose and less sweetness would help this drink. Scrapersnbeer (1532) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 13, 2013
Musty oat aroma, murky brownish color. Taste is a booze laden, bitter sting, as it should be given the claimed 80 BUs. Has some of the nutty brown ale background, but it is too light and too strong for that style.Body is a drag, though I wouldn’t say that heavy. Not the worst Minhas brew, and only costs 2.25 for a bomber. Cybercat (5960) - Georgia, USA - JAN 4, 2013
Had as Boatswain H.L.V. (Heavy Lift Vessel) Ale. Aroma has hardly any strength or notes, scarcely smells like beer at all. Pours a dark, barely translucent sepia with a thick, if not persistent, light buff head. Flavor is malty, a little hoppy, rather bitter - and a nasty bitter, not a nice hoppy bitter. Smooth texture has OK fizz but not much body. Barely palatable, not one to which I will return. Patrickctenchi (6661) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - JAN 3, 2013
Pours deep brown with a thick tan head.
Aroma of nuts, caramel.
Taste is creamy malt, a backdrop of wooden, bitter hops....old chocolate milt.
Dull and watery.
What’s with this brewer ?!?........sad. thedm (6275) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 1, 2013
This bottled brew from a bottle shop poured a head of foamy large sized light brown colored bubbles that were mostly lasting and left behind a softly carbonated transparent dark cola brown colored body and a thick foamy lacing. The mild aroma was brown malt. The mouth feel was weakly tingly at the start mediumly tingly at the finish with a biting hoppy aftertaste. The flavor contained notes of brown malt and hops. A decent one that I would consider drinking again.
Nekronos (4174) - Xalapa, MEXICO - DEC 28, 2012
Interesting but defenitely not for the price I got it. Nice bew and fine featires. Good aroma and strong shape. novels (424) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 21, 2012
Mediocre but totally drinkable brown ale. Had this in a bomber bottle via Trader Joe’s Boatswain label. Had some interesting aroma going on, mostly boozy, though. Nice caramel malt color, and a cool Boatswain label. Mystical Jack label is kind of creepy. cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - DEC 18, 2012
22 oz. bottle from Trader Joe’s and sold as Boatswain HLV - Pours a clear brown color with a half finger thick light tan head. Very little lacing. Aroma and flavor is caramel malt. Medium body. Boring but drinkable. simonblaine (576) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 17, 2012
I had the version going under the pseudonym Bad Hare Strong Ale. HInts of metallic caramel, not my favorite from this brewery. Drinkable, but barely. ccex (1344) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 14, 2012
Cheap 22 oz. bottle pours a dark brown with some ruby highlights. Has as lasting beige head and some lacing. Aroma is full of toffee, caramel, raisins, and corn syrup. Taste is sweet with a metallic and alcoholic finish. Body is medium with average carbonation and a sticky mouthfeel. Not a good beer or craft beer, and bordering on bad. It’s certainly not a "traditional ale" as the label says, but not as horrible as some of the otther Minhas/Rhinelander cheap bombers in this style. I’m now expect something horrible for any beer made in Monroe or LaCrosse, Wisconsin these days, after trying so many recently.