beertholomeus (1813) - 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. JDBaker11058 (2218) - 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.
Ibrew2or3 (8614) - 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. Braudog (6717) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - JUL 22, 2014
Bottle, under the Trader Joe Boatswain HLV label. Murky river water brown, with little head, there’s little up-front appeal. The first whiff doesn’t 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) sloshgator (741) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUL 21, 2014
Drank as Rhinelander Boatswain Heavy Lift Vessel Ale from Rhinelander Brewing Co from a bomber. Boatswain HLV is not too bad given the price at Trader Joe’s. Low aroma coming from a dark brown pour probably because of the flat head. Taste is sweet and malty with slight scotch notes and a little alcohol warming. Its as if it was stored in a liquor barrel. Mouthfeel is flat. Boatswain HLV is not too bad but the lack of carbonation probably holds back some of the better qualities that might come out.
Oakes (17685) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 20, 2014
Medium brown. Some spicy hop, sweet honeyish notes, an odd aroma but I actually like it. Sweet and a bit fudgey, with a thin body and a little bit of hop spiciness.
arventresca (567) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUL 14, 2014
22oz from trader Joe’s. Brown pour with white head. Malty smell taste and after taste. I thought this was fine Bulk_Carrier (6065) - Vermont, USA - JUL 13, 2014
Reviewed from notes.
This was poured into a snifter because I thought it was a strong ale.
The appearance was a ruddy burnt orange to brown color with a slight transparency about it. There’s some light lacing after the head dissipated.
The smell was weird as there’s some burnt grainy malts going inside of some burnt caramel breadiness with a lot of booze coming in.
The taste was basically the same as the smell.
On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with not much of a sessionable quality about it. The carbonation seemed to be okay as a brown ale or a strong ale.
Overall, brown ale or strong ale, well the boozy part is there. Honestly, I wasn’t really digging the smell and the taste. I probably wouldn’t seek this out again. VincentDamon (503) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 28, 2014
Bière achetée à Los Angeles. Couleur brune, mousse généreuse. Nez de sucre brun et de noisettes au chocolat noir. En bouche, c’Est malté et goûteux. C’est équilibré et rafraichissant : les notes sucrées qui rappelle les noisettes sont bien. Cheers! snoworsummer (5697) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 15, 2014
HLV from Trader Joe’s. Pours hazy dark tawny brown with a bubbly, frothy beige head. Tastes lightly butter, light hops, nutty, roasted grains and cocoa, light sweetness, toast. Light body and low carbonation. Smells like sweet roasted grains, hops, light alcohol.