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RATINGS: 227   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.97/5   IBU: 79   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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   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.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
JFParnell (68) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BillKismet (3919) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rader58 (882) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jgentgesdo (693) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
scottw86 (1169) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Steasy66 (1116) - Minnesota, USA - JUL 20, 2012
Ported from BA, purchased from TJs as Boatswain HLV A Nearly opaque brown, good head retention S Yeasty, estery, a bit fruity, root beer T sweet, somewhat bitter, somewhat bland, root beer M Good carbonation, a bit thin O This beer isnt bad, but its nothing special. It tastes and smells a lot like root-beer. Still for two bucks a bomber, its not bad at all. Serving type: bottle

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
naivepegasus (367) - USA - JUL 13, 2012
From Trader Joes under the alias "Boatswain H.L.V." Pours a black ruby with a bit less than a finger of beige head. Strong raisin notes to the nose. Taste has some burnt toast to the finish, starts off with a dark fruit sweetness. Overall, not what I expected, but not too bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Brigadier (3605) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - JUL 10, 2012
22 ounce bottle
Picked up at Trader Joes as "Boatswain HLV Ale" this was a low risk gamble at $2.99. For that reason only I picked it up. Otherwise if this were priced in line with many other bombers I likely would have skipped it in favor of a number of other beers. Buy it only for the tick.

Aroma / Appearance - The fluid pour isnt bad. As the brownish black base seeps into the glass it adds a dirty khaki head. Black cherries, malt, and whipped cream are strongest. The background is a passable roasted texture.

Flavor / Palate - Mildly warm, the first impression is not that great. Chocolate and cola lead to a latent bitterness that grows over time. For the price this wasnt terrible. Even so I think it will be a while before I grab another one of these budget beers. There are plenty of other things to choose that are better.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
maus10 (43) - Arkansas, USA - JUL 8, 2012
Sweet and malty with notes of molasses and coffee. There is a subtle hop finish. Overall a little thin and not very complex. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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