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RATINGS: 234   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.97/5   IBU: 79   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
McGarnigle (654) - Rochester, New York, USA - OCT 19, 2012
Trader Joe’s H.L.V bought at the new store in Pittsford, NY. Great bargain...or is it? It certainly looks good and leaves fine lacing, and it is not flavorless. But I don’t think it all comes together. Too much bitterness: a combination of roastiness and high IBUs. Not enough malt underneath. Maybe could have used a better base malt.


1.7
rumproasts (5575) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 18, 2017
can from Trader Joes. Brown with one finger head. Caramel, metal, raisin, and plenty of booze. Harsh, but very cheap.

3.1
bigericsports (89) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUN 11, 2017
Boatswain Heavy Lifting Vessel, bought at Trader Joe’s. Poured into a pint glass cola brown with a beige head. Aroma is caramel, dark fruits and roasted malts. Not a bad beer, the price is reasonable. Would drink this again.

2.6
tnkw01 (1788) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 5, 2017
Can. Boatswain Heavy Lifting Vessel version of this beer. Light brown with a two finger head. Aroma and taste is way too boozy.

3.4
markas101 (2487) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - APR 29, 2017
Can from Trader Joes. Dark amber. Stone fruit aroma. Some caramel. Sweet. Bright pine hops. Long resin finish.

3.5
wlajwl (7011) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - APR 19, 2017
Aroma is malts, fruit and relatively mild Minhas funk. The flavor is malts, fruit/berries, slightly grainy texture and a mix of tart/sour and slight Minhas funk in the finish.

2.6
Carlisle (787) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 28, 2017
Bottle (Rhinelander Brewing Company). Pours hazy brown with tan head. Bread crust aroma with toffee notes. Bread crust with some sour plum notes followed by more sour dried fruit--primarily raisins--in the finish. A bit unusual. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

1.8
UDBeernut (2883) - Saint Johns, Florida, USA - FEB 21, 2017
sold and canned as Trader Joe’s Botswain Heavy Lift Vessel. Out of the can, has a strong metallic nose. Taste has some malt and bitterness with the same twangy metal. medium body with some HOT booze. aweful.

2.4
ozzy70 (1264) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - FEB 18, 2017
11.16 oz. bottle from Fareway grocery store. Poured hazy brown, small foamy off white head. Aroma was malt, bread. Taste was moderate sweet, light caramel malt, light overall flavor.

2.6
rdixon77 (2944) - Georgia, USA - DEC 31, 2016
Had traders joes version at a party. Kind of generic cardboardy brown. It was drinkable, but just barely.

3.3
Ungstrup (38248) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - SEP 8, 2016
Bottled. A brown beer with a lazing beige head. The aroma has notes of malt, caramel, and bread. The flavor is sweet with notes of malt, caramel, and bread, leading to a bitter finish.


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