RATINGS: 233   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.97/5   IBU: 79   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrnkMcDermott (3130) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JAN 25, 2012
22 oz. bottle for $1.99 at Trader Joe’s, named Rhinelander Boatswain Heavy Lift Vessel Ale. The lure is just too great: a $2 beer at 7% abv that’s not a malt liquor. Blackish-brown pour. I used a straighter-sided St. Pauli Girl dimpled mug, so it kicked up a lot of tan foam. Smell tends more toward a chocolate malt porter, and it’s pretty appealing. Now I do suggest there’s a bit of corn here, but it doesn’t add that solventy malt liquor taste. First thing I get is a bit of English hop spice. Taste is actually dry at first, then warms up and sweetens. Slightly grainy background makes this interesting. But too strong to be calling itself a brown ale.

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.

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.

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.

wlajwl (7005) - 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.

Carlisle (786) - 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

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.

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.

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.

Ungstrup (38216) - 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.

kevinsenn (2263) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 5, 2016
Bottle from Trader Joe’s. Caramalt and metallic aroma. Nice brown roasty caramel taste, but a little watered down.

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