SoberDave (182) - Escondido, California, USA - MAR 5, 2016
Under the label Boatswain HLV Ale. nice foamy white head. Bitter with a nice hoppy flavour. Somewhat typical ale. nothing special. bpreo (2840) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - JAN 12, 2016
Also known as Boatswain Heavy Lift Vessel. Good taste, good alcohol content. thetmaxx (917) - West Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 3, 2015
Labeled as boatswain heavy lift vessel. Lighter in color than I thought. Thin head, no lacing. Aroma is floral, grassy, I suspect English hops, it has a Nobel nose and flavor. Kinda plane, but as is the style I suppose. It’s actually not unpleasant. sawbuck (732) - Round Lake, Illinois, USA - NOV 21, 2015
Aroma of brown sugar, raisins, bread. Deep brown color with a huge tan head. Sweet up front. Sweet fruits, some caramel. Muddy on the finish with a slight bitterness and alcohol burn. Off aftertaste on finish as well. Meh. GenDV138 (7284) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - OCT 22, 2015
22 oz bottle poured into a nonic pint glass. Bought from Trader Joe’s, labeled as Boatswain H.L.V. Ale Heavy Lift Vessel. Hazy amber brown with close to two fingers of beige head. Aromas of caramel, malt, some figs, light toasty notes. Tastes of dark fruit, caramel, sweet syrup. Medium-light body with a dry finish. Cloying sweetness.
cheap (5859) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 10, 2015
From Trader Joe’s Nashua, a $2.79 bomber, what a deal! Labeled as Boatswain HLV. Thicker looking dark cloudy ice tea color. Somewhat viscous on the palate as well, medicinal in taste. It shows it’s 7% up front. Some barely sizzling co2 in there saves it. Boosts my overall score by a few points because of the price, otherwise a thicker high alky malty thang that is difficult until you down a 10 oz; then rest goes pretty easy after you numb up the synapses a little. . Clarkdvm (511) - Florida, USA - AUG 29, 2015
UPDATED: AUG 5, 2016 Bottle from trader Joe?s. Says made by Rhinelander. Clove aroma. Sweet caramel flavor. Had second time, awful this time. Odd stevoj (5040) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 5, 2015
Bottle from Trader Joes (HLV Ale). Huge foamy head, medium brown body. Aroma is too sweet, candy, cough syrup. Taste is just a tad bit better, sweet and cloying, soda sweet. Body weight OK, mouth feel alright, terrible finish Crit (3996) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 26, 2015
Deep amber,small beige head.Rather vague malt nose and palate with a faint hop finish. Not much here dekester1 (366) - Town of Maple Creek, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 20, 2015
Poured a dark deep red with a moderate head and lacing. Aroma was of sweet malts with a slight fruitiness. Taste was primarily of sweet malts - caramel, bread, with a light hop finish. Palate was good. Overall, this was pleasant surprise. Very rich and drinkable.