luttonm (6274) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 28, 2012
22oz bottle from Trader Joe’s, as Boatswain Heavy Lift Vessel Ale. Dark rusty red with foamy tan head. Tart red malty nose. Overly, residual sweet body but not terrible. Soapy, chalky. buttery caramel. Weird beer. dnstone (3418) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - AUG 25, 2012
Poured an amber color with a strong, off-white pillowy head. Fairly malty and sweet with defined alcohol tones in the finish. Called Boatswain Heavy Lift Vessel Ale, bottle from Trader Joes. HughConway (831) - 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. dwyerpg (6187) - 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 I’m not a fan of). Pleasantly surprised. A full body but tasty enough gregwilsonstl (2504) - 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.
bnoel09 (587) - Elk Grove, California, USA - AUG 12, 2012
As Boatswain Heavy Lift Vessel Ale from Trader Joe’s. $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. 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. JFParnell (70) - Washington, USA - AUG 3, 2012
UPDATED: SEP 3, 2012 Bought as Boatswain’s Heavy Lift Vessel. Not a bad beer, but definitely not great either. For $2 a bomber, it is well worth the price. Just don’t buy the Boatswain’s Double IPA, it tastes like ass. BillKismet (4064) - 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. rader58 (908) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - JUL 27, 2012
22 oz bottle. sold as Boatswain HLV Ale at Trader Joe’s 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.