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RATINGS: 229   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.97/5   IBU: 79   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
slowrunner77 (11047) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 25, 2014
"bottled as Boatswain HLV (Heavy Lift Vessel). Dont know why. Kind of a non-descript strong brown ale. Decent malt/hop balance, and if it stopped right there, it would be ok, but there is a pronounced offness to the aroma and flavor, slightly sour and vegetal, that just doesnt let it all come together."

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
a_sully (457) - - SEP 14, 2014
Dark brown body with a tan head.aroma of roared malt and dark chocolate. Taste matches aroma with a bitterness from the dark chocolate. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BierMeHoos (587) - Maryland, USA - SEP 10, 2014
650 ml bottle from Trader Joe's, from Rhinelander brewery in Monroe WI. Boatswain beer made from small batches. Aromas and flavors of sweet roasted malts balanced with moderate bitterness coming from a high level of hops.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Lagerboy (2082) - British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 10, 2014
Bomber. Clear deep dark brown copper, firm lasting tan foam, Rich sweet caramel malt smell. Taste is sweet caramel malt, Nestle Quik powder, some spice, earth, treacle and dark fruitiness. Softer carbonation, medium bodied, moderately hopped. Gets vinous as it warms, syrupy finish. Sokay. NFL (Not For Lagerboys)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
krittenhouse (23) - Shelby, USA - AUG 23, 2014
Dark, great foamy head, served room temperature. Boozy in smell,smooth mouth feel, good flavor. I'd like to have this cold.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Darwenus (1009) - Virginia, USA - AUG 20, 2014
I had this bottled as Boatswain HLV from Trader Joes. It pours dark brown with an average head and lace, and the aroma is spicy malt, applebutter, allspice. The flavor is decent. Not great, but decent. Its slightly boozy like an American strong ale, with a strong, oaky finish. The beers at Trader Joes are typically the best in their price range. This is as good as any twenty-two ounce beer youll find anywhere for less than $3.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
beertholomeus (1784) - California, USA - AUG 15, 2014
Pours dark brown with a tan head. Toffee, caramel, malt and biscuit aroma and flavors. Slightly oxidized. Medium body and carbonation with a malt and toffee finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
JDBaker11058 (2024) - Maryland, USA - AUG 9, 2014
Appearance: dark mahogany, with garnet highlights; short, creamy tan head quickly vanishing to a bare wash of bubbles. Aroma: muddled notes of wet cardboard, molasses, soggy brown bread, nutmeg, light clove. Taste: molasses, pumpernickel bread, cardboard, light smoke, hint of umami. Finish: sweet, muddled malts and a hint of booze. Notes: Terrible. Muddled and overwrought.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ibrew2or3 (8405) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - AUG 5, 2014
22oz bottle pours with a clear rosy red to amber body that supports a tan head. The aroma offers up a mix of cherries, prunes, brown sugar, molasses and honey covered hazel nuts. The taste however is nearly the same as I get brown sugar coated prunes and cherries blended with molasses and thin sweet nuttiness. Interesting.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Braudog (6518) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - JUL 22, 2014
Bottle, under the Trader Joe Boatswain HLV label. Murky river water brown, with little head, theres little up-front appeal. The first whiff doesnt help either ... this eventually drinks like a mushy, overly sugared caramel malt beer. The body is far too thin, and all told this is simply off balance. (#5582, 7/22/2014)

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