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RATINGS: 231   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.97/5   IBU: 79   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
HughConway (830) - Washington, USA - AUG 23, 2012
$2 bomber of "heavy lift vessel" at trader joes. pours brown, some chocolate, ok ish. Not great, better than the other offerings.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
dwyerpg (5946) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - AUG 15, 2012
UPDATED: SEP 21, 2014 Smells fine. Really actually looks pretty good. I found this to be a decent beer. Some bitterness and grain, as well as a hint of sweetness and not any nuttiness really at all (which Im not a fan of). Pleasantly surprised. A full body but tasty enough

2.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
gregwilsonstl (2380) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 14, 2012
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2013 Dark brown. Medium tan head. Kind of bitter for a brown. Sweet. Interesting. Strange balance.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
bnoel09 (586) - Elk Grove, California, USA - AUG 12, 2012
As Boatswain Heavy Lift Vessel Ale from Trader Joes. $2 bomber poured into an English Pint glass. Dark brown color with ruby highlights and a fluffy tan head. Aroma is mostly pale malt with the faintest hint of chocolate and floral hops. Flavor is also pale malt with some nuttiness and a noticeable metallic note as well. Medium bodied with a mildy bitter finish. Overall a fairly forgettable brown ale, even at $2 for a 22oz bottle.

1.8
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
beaz1591 (238) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - AUG 9, 2012
Faint taste of chocolate with an overpowering alcohol taste. This is a really cheap beer that I would avoid.

2.6
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
JFParnell (69) - Washington, USA - AUG 3, 2012
UPDATED: SEP 3, 2012 Bought as Boatswains Heavy Lift Vessel. Not a bad beer, but definitely not great either. For $2 a bomber, it is well worth the price. Just dont buy the Boatswains Double IPA, it tastes like ass.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BillKismet (3989) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 31, 2012
UPDATED: OCT 31, 2013 Deep brown, red-tinged brew with a creamy, lusty, brulee head. A bit of dankness clanks off the glass. Musty old hops with some nut-brown malt squishing out around the edges--aroma improves with aeration and gains a sweet-barrel aged quality. Medium-bodied, perhaps a bit thinner than the appearance would project, but lasting flavor. Brown malt, some maple syrup, caramel and some weigh on the palate. Re-rate 10-31-13. My impression this time was a bit more favorable. The body was medium, and the flavor has nice malt depth for a brown ale. This version seems aged perfectly. Powerful, but well balanced and flavorful.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rader58 (893) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - JUL 27, 2012
22 oz bottle. sold as Boatswain HLV Ale at Trader Joes for $1.99. Pours a clear dark brown. Aroma of roasted grain, caramel, plum, peat, dust. Flavor is toasty, raisin, plum, wine with a touch of pine. Not too bad. Especially for the price.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jgentgesdo (694) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - JUL 24, 2012
Pours reddish brown with a thin light tan head. Nose is rather faint malt, some smokiness, raisin, chalk, chocolate. Rather sweet flavor segues into a late mild bitterness. Watery mouthfeel. Is OK.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
scottw86 (1175) - Maryland, USA - JUL 21, 2012
Poured a very dark reddish brown color with a medium-sized off-white head. Some earthy notes in the aroma with caramel and grains. Some dark fruit. Taste is a little boozy even for 7%. Lots of fruity notes with dates and plums. Some caramel and roasted notes too. Overall I think it is pretty tasty, Im surprised by the low ratings here.


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