BVery (10608) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - JUN 17, 2012
Bottle at the St. Paul Summer Beer Fest. Rich amber pour with a creamy head. Fig/raisin, a little syrupy - not a bad offering. Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - JUN 13, 2012
22oz bottle. Rating #63. Cloudy dark brown pour with a nice tan head that left a little lace. Strong malty aroma, caramel and some raisin with just a hint if soapiness. More soap up front with the flavor, that faded into more sweet caramel with a hoppyness following that. Not terrible, especially for a $1.99. (2402) r464 (2361) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 6, 2012
Malty, toasty. Flavor is somewhat off, perhaps with a burnt touch that seems a bit nasty. Hints of earth (dirty) and grass with a touch of hops in the finish, but overwhelmed by the downsides. rayOfBeer (674) - El Cerrito, California, USA - JUN 1, 2012
Bottle: HLV alias, pours mahagony brown with medium sized off-white head. Aroma is malty with some chocolate and a little skunkiness. Flavor is a dusty bitter cocoa powder with some metallic notes and a lightly sweet bread. Palate is mostly powdery dry with just a light sweetness. This beer is ok for the price but a little off with the metallic bits and the bitter balance could do with a little more sweetness, especially initially. burg326 (5488) - Florida, USA - MAY 30, 2012
22 ounnce bottle pours a brown color, aroma of caramel, nuts, light cutrus, and some sweet malt. Flavors same as aroma, average brown ale, would drink again.
Nuffield (4180) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAY 27, 2012
This was disappointing. Now, it was only $1.99/bomber, so what can you expect, but I do expect that Trader Joe’s isn’t going to align itself with something that can’t pass for a quality product. The biggest problem here is a really obvious metallic finish that ruined it. The maltiness is murky at the front, too. Better off going with the three buck chuck. Bottle. SFtaster (66) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 25, 2012
Poured from 22oz bottle into chilled tall glass. New addition to the Trader Joe’s line of craft beers. They also offer an IPA and a double IPA.
Boatswain HLV (Heavy Lifting Vessel) is a good, no-frills example of the style. Upfront malt, carmel, and raisin flavors. Surprisingly hoppy for a brown ale. Packs a good punch at 7% ABV. Great value at $1.99 for a bomber sized bottle. Chudwick (3237) - Taylor Mill, Kentucky, USA - MAY 9, 2012
650ml bottle (AKA Boatswain HLV) - pours deep ruby with plenty of beige head. Nose is caramel and candy sugar. Flavor adds chocolate and a slightly acidic and unfamiliar ingredient (perhaps rotten prunes) but it has a hoppy quality. Dry lips. This beer gets hoppier by the sip and more acidic/sour. Perhaps it’s served too warm (18 degrees Celsius). This reminds more of a hoppy amber ale than a brown ale. I don’t know if I got a bad batch, if this bottle is served too warm, if this beer is just less than decent or a combination of two/three of my conditions. It leaves me smiling, so there’s that going for it. unclemike (3143) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - MAY 2, 2012
A very good looking brown ale. Mild malty aromas. Flavor is sweet and nutty but with good balance. Deduct for slight metallic tinge. Heavy body after a few sips. Long finish with coffee-plum notes. Not bad. -Especially for $2.49 a bottle! jcr (2719) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - APR 29, 2012
Bottle. Deep brown body with a frothy beige head, diminishing. Malty aroma with notes of caramel, toasted grain, molasses with a hint of citrus. The flavor is moderately sweet and lightly bitter. It finishes moderately sweet and moderately bitter. Medium body, sticky texture and moderate to lively carbonation. Some metallic tastes in the finish. Reminds me of a rich British ale, but that disintegrates in the finish. Aroma is better than flavor.