snoworsummer (5962) - 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. ronaldtheriot (1981) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - JUN 5, 2014
Boatswain H.L.V. Ale has a thick, spongy, cream-colored head, a dark brown, bubbly, opaque appearance, and a little bit of lacing left behind. The aroma is of sweet, syrupy, dark-roasted barley malt or brown bread crust, and the flavor is of that element, with strong, straight-forward bitterness and sugar. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy, and Boatswain H.L.V. Ale finishes rich, sweet, and semi-wet. Overall, this one is surprisingly good. I recommend it! RJT OscarFalls (52) - excelsior, Minnesota, USA - JUN 1, 2014
Good solid beer with slight roasted taste. I recommend drinking this after a car show while sitting on the porch for your dads birthday.
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This is an okay dark ale, though its strange to think of this as a brown ale. Heavier mouthfeel than I expected and the sweetness is more understated and metallic. Picked up at Trader Joes in DC in 2014. hotstuff (5233) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAY 15, 2014
Rated on 5-25-2012 (Bottle) The appearance is a medium sized frothy, semi-fizzy tan head with a short retention, transparent ruby brown body, fizzy carbonation, and a fair amount of lacing. The aroma is caramel malt, roasted, pine hops, sweet, and spicy. The flavor is sweet, pine hops, spicy, malt, and a hint of smoke. The mouthfeel is lively and this beer is light bodied. Overall, this beer has a nice hop flavor and is worth trying.
Strykzone (7586) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - MAR 15, 2014
Bomber. Dark brown with amber highlights and a nice long lasting tan head. A toasty, hop free aroma that is sweet and malty. There are lots of malts in here along with some herbal and grass notes. A zesty bitterness. This beer has a medicinal quality that is not really pleasant. But then that somehow melds into a green effect. Not a great beer. davidm (2081) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAR 14, 2014
Bottle from Trader Joe’s. A bit rough, aromas of coffee and roast. Taste is sweet and bitter. decaturstevo (6343) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - FEB 17, 2014
Brown pour with off white head and lace. Aroma is light chocolate and cough syrup. Flavor is sweet chocolate, and cough syrup and a sour like bitter. Thin bodied and watery. Fizzy. not so good but not terrible Banksiz (139) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 8, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2014 Boatswain HLV from Trader Joe’s. Malty nose, some vanilla. Medium sweet, no complexity. Full body, but a burnt, astringent finish spoils this beer. BEERSOLDIER (42) - Illinois, USA - JAN 30, 2014
Very dark brown ale, nearly black. Has a nice thick head that holds nicely with a strong lacing. Smells of chocolates, malty, semi-sweet and saltiness. Has a strong flavor but it’s not very good. It tastes bitter and dank. finish is heavy and musty. Not a beer I would recommend unless you want a strong beer for a cheap price ($6 a six pack), although I would rather drink their double IPA (same price) which is stronger and better tasting. Not the worst beer I’ve had by any means but not that great either.