User134089 (1644) - - MAR 15, 2012
Poured from a 22-oz. bomber into a pint glass. One finger of head. Light tan lacing with some see through black spots. Random tan film on the sides.
Smelled of dark chocolate malts with coffee and toffee. Heavy on the malts.
Tasted somewhat similar to the smell but could get the alcohol as well. Also tasted bourbon, dark chocolate and coffee. Malty.
Medium body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Long smooth finish.
I really, really liked this beer. My ratings are ridiculously high compared to the others from Underworld (Minhas), but I can’t hate on it. One more really liked it for the road. Appreciator (26) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - APR 2, 2012
Pours a clear, very dark brown, almost black. Large dark tan head from an aggressive pour. Head is mostly remaining with large bubbles. Inviting aroma of a fairly high intensity. Smells sweet, but bitter with chocolate and caramel aromas. An intense flavour, with a lot of things going on. Salty sweet on the front of the tongue, full bodied with a long aftertaste. Round and creamy texture. with sweet, sour, salty, bitter, toasted, hoppy tastes ( a whole lot going on). A complex, rich quality.
Very Appreciated. davidm (2080) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAR 14, 2014
Bottle from Trader Joe’s. A bit rough, aromas of coffee and roast. Taste is sweet and bitter. ronaldtheriot (1919) - 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 Syzzer (647) - Oregon, USA - APR 12, 2015
Labeled Boatswain hlv. Poured from 22 oz bomber. Excellent head, tumble weed color- beer is solid cola brown. Slight bitter with excellent prune malts. 9.07 bd, 7.5 kevmar, 9.1 dad
Ratman197 (14680) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - OCT 1, 2012
Bomber poured a clear reddish brown with a small lasting tan head. Aromas of toffee, toasted malt, earthiness, light dark fruit and a hint of smoke. Palate was medium bodied and crisp with a dry finish. Flavors of toffee, toasted malt, earthiness, light dark fruit and a hint of smoke with a crisp dry lingering toffee finish. mike67 (1195) - , New Jersey, USA - JAN 20, 2012
Bottle from Trader Joe’s. Pours brown with a beige, thick head. Aroma is of toasted, bready malt, dark fruit and grassy hops. Full, oily, crisp body. Taste is of toasted malt, brown sugar, roasted grain, dark fruit and earthy hops. Finish is long and bitter. Nice brew. maus10 (43) - Arkansas, USA - JUL 8, 2012
Sweet and malty with notes of molasses and coffee. There is a subtle hop finish. Overall a little thin and not very complex.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 23, 2013
Pours near black with reddish hues and a thin wispy tan head. Notes of chocolate, resinous, piney, raisin, spice. Full bodied, moderately sweet with soft carbonation. Better than expected. Caytinator (1005) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 8, 2013
22oz bomber bought under the name "Boatswain Heavy Lift Vessel Ale" from Trader Joe’s. Translucent, mahogany-brown color. Laces well, small head. Pleasant aroma, medium-light, malty, dark fruits. "Brown" taste, hoppy, strong, and alcoholic. Reminds me of belgian strong ale, with a hoppy kick. I’d definitely buy it again.