johnnnniee (4312) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 14, 2012
Pours a solid dark brown with ruby highlights when held to light and a huge tan head that persists forever. Smells of toffee and brown sugar with an earthy mineral edge to provide some balance. Light caramel and a hint of chocolate round out the nose. The flavor is a bit sweet with a heavy toffee and caramel up front. There’s a weird back and forth between malt and earthy mineral and metallic flavors that sustains for most of the flavor curve. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet mineral water mouthfeel. Not a bad beer, and it grew on me a bit after it warmed up. I probably wouldn’t try it again, but thanks for the opportunity Dave. ben4321 (6506) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 2, 2012
Location: 22 oz bottle from State Line, 12/2/12, Rating # 600 of 2012
mike_77 (6668) - Breda, NETHERLANDS - NOV 28, 2012
Aroma: The nose has some caramel malts, herbal hop notes, and a little bit of pine
Appearance: This one pours a brownish color with a slight red hue and some beige head
Flavor: It tastes a little sweet up-front with a mid-palate herbal presence, and a late sticky sweetness
Palate: The body is medium, it has an overly sticky feel, with a soft carbonation, and an odd finish
Overall, this one just feels a touch off. I didn’t strongly dislike it or anything, it is clearly not a drain pour, but I just found it too sweet and too sticky to be truly enjoyable.
As Trader Joes Boatswain HLV - Very dark brown. Aroma is sweet and has some dried fruit and brown sugar. Flavour has malty, syrupy sweetness, some raisin and a bitter aftertaste. Feels very rich and silky. jmagnus87 (2912) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - NOV 27, 2012
This was one of my later beers at the Minhas tour tasting. All my notes really say is super sweet with rasins and caramel. Drake (13737) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 21, 2012
Bomber from Trader Joe’s Glen Allen. Pours a clear dark mahogany color with a large foamy tan head. Good head retention. Aroma of caramel malts, faint nuts, some mild herbal hops. The taste is caramel malts, strong green apple and a nutty finish. Medium bodied. Not terribly good.
thegreenrooster (4402) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 21, 2012
Pour is a cola brown with a large brown head. Aroma is a ok brown, almost chocolate malt. Flavor is a weaker malt base with a heavy mouthfeel. Kinda get some sourness and alcohol at the end. $1.99 at TJ’s. Not great but better than the Boatswain IPA. haddon90 (1634) - Newport Beach, California, USA - NOV 18, 2012
Bottle. Pours a dark brown color with a thin tan head. Thick malty aroma with some grassy notes. Nice, malty taste. Aside from that, it does not offer much else. Travlr (24784) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - NOV 10, 2012
Bottle as Trader Joe’s HLV. Clear amber color, medium white head. Aroma of caramel and subtle gun metal. Taste is caramel and an edge of chocolate. scooter520 (185) - - OCT 21, 2012
Trader Joes Boatswain HLV bottle. Big malts with nice slight bitter hoppiness. Almost barrel aged quality to it. Kind of surprised.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone McGarnigle (651) - Rochester, New York, USA - OCT 19, 2012
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.