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Boatswain H.L.V. Ale (Heavy Lift Vessel) - Minhas Craft Brewery

Boatswain H.L.V. Ale (Heavy Lift Vessel)Boatswain H.L.V. Ale (Heavy Lift Vessel)

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179 Ratings
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Ratings: 179
Reviews: 72
rAvg: 3.28
pDev: 16.77%


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Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: smcolw on 12-17-2011)
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jimmah120

Minnesota

3.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

650ml bottle with no date. $2 CHEAP

Dark brown/amber, mocha cap with some sticky lace on the glass. It has the traditional Minhas big beer scent (burnt band-aids and rubbing alcohol) with some caramel and english hops. big buttery sweetness, bitter english (floral, slight pine) hops, an alcohol infused finish. Malts are generic; sweet, dark, mixing with the hops into an oak bitterness. getting those dry leaves, man...

budget strong ale

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2014 02:54:08 | More by jimmah120
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burntoutphilosopher

Indiana

3.83/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

650 Ml Bottle for 2$ !

Appearance:
This beer is dark, as it should be. Roasted malts dominate and virtually no light gets through.

Smell:
Smoke.

Taste:
I can’t believe how good this was for it’s price point. It’s not omegang, or Unibrou, but for 2$ a bottle you get a beer that is really great.
A malt heavy sweet beer with a great bitter aftertaste. Balanced, and runs a perfect range of flavors. I really wish I’d bought more than four.
lightly carbonated. maybe too lightly.

Mouthfeel:
Thick and lingering. Maybe a little too lingering. Has the aftertaste of your average stout

Overall:
Very impressed. At the price point it’s fair to compare it to amber bock or some other generic canned beer. Far Cheaper by ounce than new belgiums 1554.
And what you get is… a well-balanced beer, on Lees, with complex tastes, long finish, deep, smokey, and just the right amount of bitter to not taste sweet. I wanted to guzzle it, but it also tasted great in small sips. I could enjoy many of these.
At 2$ for a 650Ml bottle, you can’t find any beer on lees at this price, and this one holds its own.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2014 22:28:53 | More by burntoutphilosopher
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Alextricity

Michigan

2.81/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Offered this out of a bomber. Not sure of the price... no bottling date on the bottle either. Alrighty then. Poured into a shaker pint.

Appearance: The highlight. I was told this was an IPA, but I figured that was wrong just by looking at it. This is a dark brown beer with a nice beige head on it. Lacing is really nice. Looks to have great clarity. The highlight of HLV, no doubt.

Smell: Ugh. A mess, to be honest. Malts, stale (best way I can describe it) hops, and... soy sauce? Not God awful, but not exactly pleasant. Strange, to say the least.

Taste/feel: Safe bet that this beer is insanely old, I think. I'm not sure of the date (like I said), but I don't think I was drinking the same thing as others here... then again, maybe I was? I doubt it though. There's virtually no balance. It has a weird, strong metallic sort of bitterness, with malts trying to balance it out -- but it doesn't work. It's a weird mesh of bitter and sweet, and it's just not working right. The flavor itself isn't very good either -- tragically unbalanced with a pretty strong presence of alcohol. I know that this is a "Strong Ale", but the alcohol is ridiculously prevalent here. The feel is medium... relatively thin. Not very carbonated.

A third time -- I'm pretty confident this beer is well past its prime, though I'll never know. Based on this experience, I wouldn't want to try HLV again, but it's probably not normally this unpleasant.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2013 22:50:25 | More by Alextricity
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LA_Hue24

California

3.95/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Trader Joe's offers this beer for $2 and some change that already makes it a great bargain. Nice head good retention good roasty malt taste with hints of chocolate and 7% ABV for $2 perfect for when Im broke and want a quality beer. If the price was ever raised to twice that amount, I would probably still buy it

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2013 02:36:17 | More by LA_Hue24
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Mavigo

Michigan

3.46/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bought from Trader Joe's, served in a pint.

A: Pours a rich, dark mahogany, amber color, with a short beige head that dissapears fast leaving a few dots of lacing, not much.

S: Smells of wheat, grains, grass, malts, barley, hops, smell is faint, have to inhale deeply.

T: Tastes a bit bland, hints of wheat, grass, grains, malts initially, followed by some mild hops, but overall hard to pick up on flavors.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation, flavors lack

O: Overall, it was only two bucks, which is well worth the price, its not outstanding or anything, but if the price is right, the price is right.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2013 22:48:38 | More by Mavigo
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Bockrules

New Mexico

3.29/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured from the bomber into a pint glass

A - Pours a deep used motor oil black that turns dark amber when held to the light. Plenty of carbonation rises in streams to the rocky, three-finger, tan head. Head stays firmly in place all the way down the glass. Leaves a few small splotches of lacing near the top of the glass and a wall of lacing on the bottom third.

S - If I didn't know any better, I would swear this is some imperial version of miller high life upon opening the bottle and taking a whiff. A bit disappointing with sweet cereal adjuncts and light malt reaching the nose. Things open up a tad in the glass, and molasses notes come into play.

T - Luckily I can tell from first sip that the taste doesn't follow the nose. Big chocolate and molasses upfront. The body is robust with a fair amount of hop bitterness to tame the truckloads of lightly toasted chocolate and caramel malt. Molasses notes come through strong as the beer passes over the back of the tongue and leads to a molasses covered plum finish.

M - On the lighter side of Medium bodied with ample carbonation to give the beer a slight chewiness. Works fine with the flavors but I would prefer a bit more heft.

This is my first go with a strong ale and this particular version was somewhat reminiscent of a weaker stout with a black ale body. The flavors were a bit one dimensional, but passible. However the body was too thin and the smell wasn't much better than a macro. I expected more from this beer (perhaps simply because it comes in a bomber). I think I may have picked this up a Trader Joe's, anyhow I don't foresee myself getting this again unless it is under $2 a bottle. Life is too short to repeatedly buy costly mediocre beers.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2013 06:44:03 | More by Bockrules
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Offa

California

3.61/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I hadn't expected much, but this is a pretty good beer, enjoyable if simple.

Deep brown, medium-big tan head slowly shrinks to foamy ring, no lace.

Aroma is caramelised barley, pine bark, musty raisins.

Taste is metallic dried fruit and toasted barley up front, and sweet, with slightly drier spicy finish. Feel is solid and full, not watery, not oily. It is simple but very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2013 07:03:00 | More by Offa
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ckollias

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed this bottle out of a pub style beer glass.

A: Pours a brown hue with a decent sized white head that slowly dissipates into a wispy lacy leaving a nice sized trail.

S: Malty alcoholic aroma with a nutty background.

T: Similar to the smell there is a malty alcoholic flavor that is predominately sweet and finishes slightly dry.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Decent brew – good flavors and aromas with enough alcohol to make it interesting.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2013 01:39:09 | More by ckollias
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kojevergas

Texas

2.58/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

650 ml brown glass bottle with simple straightforward label art and a standard unbranded pry-off cap acquired at a Trader Joe's; I don't remember the exact cost but I'm sure it was value. 7% ABV confirmed. OG: 17.35. 80 IBUs. "Brewed & Bottled by: Rhinelander Brewing Co. LLC. Monroe WI 53566." Do we have this categorized under the wrong brewery? It's not listed on this page either: http://minhasbrewery.com/our-brews

Nowhere on the label is it identified as an American Strong Ale, so I'm not reviewing it as such. It does identify as an ale.

Served cold, straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated. Reviewed live. Expectations are low given its current low ratings.

A: Pours a two finger head of khaki colour. Supple. Soft smooth complexion. Nice creaminess. Pretty good (~5+ minute) retention for the highish ABV. Light uneven lacing as the head recedes.

Body colour is a an extremely dark brown, bordering on black. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Opaque.

Overall, it's pretty mundane looking. Not unique or special. No overt flaws are noticeable.

Sm: Brown malts, caramalt, biscuit malt. Notable floral hop character. Some nuts. Hints of neutral fruits. Average sweetness. Some apple. Some toffee. Hints of cream. No yeast or alcohol comes through. A generally appealing aroma, though it's not particularly evocactive. Still not sure what style they're going for here; maybe it's an aggressively hopped brown ale?

A mild strength aroma with a definite English character.

T: Hm. Caramalts, brown malts, vienna malts. Way too sweet on the back end, with near-cloying fruit syrup, light vanilla, and cream. Maybe white chocolate too. Some light floral hop character. No real yeasty character. Alcohol does come through. Lightly bready.

Poorly balanced and badly built. Lacks complexity and subtlety. I'm not really enjoying it.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Creamy. Slick. Decent carbonation. Okay thickness. Poor presence on the palate. Sticky. Doesn't suit the flavour profile all that well; it certainly isn't custom-tailored to it. Gets too dry and coarse right on the finish, tanking drinkability.

Dr: Plain, boring, and unremarkable. It could be priced far worse. I won't be getting it again. You could do worse for a value beer. It'll get you drunk. A forgettable brew that isn't worth your time. Trader Joe's has far better brews in this or a better price range. Not recommended. I wouldn't want more than one; it's not very drinkable. In fact, I'm wishing this was a smaller bottle.

C-

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2013 05:54:11 | More by kojevergas
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scootny

New York

3.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 22 oz bomber. Clear garnet brown with a very nice head. Good lacing. It may be an American strong ale but it has a decidedly English aroma. Toffee, brown bread, and yeast fruitiness. A hint of alcohol and coffee. Taste follows the nose. Like an English strong ale but hoppier. Still earthy but bigger. Lots of toasty malt with caramel and light fruitiness. Dry finish with lingering notes of gain grains and earth. Feel is soft and supple with a surprising lightness.. A solid tasty beer. At just over two bucks for a bottle it is an outstanding value.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2013 03:40:41 | More by scootny
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Murrhey

Montana

2.79/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a standard pressure-cap bomber into a conic pint glass in high elevation Kalispell, Mont. Reviewed live.

A- One finger khaki-colored head with rapid erosion. Walnut-color with little light poking through. Alright looking.

S- Chocolate, slightly boozy, fairly tasty.

T- Grainy, some chocolate malts. Not a lot here.

M- Medium bodied and dry.

O- Mehhh. Nothing stands out. Very plain brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2013 04:33:51 | More by Murrhey
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

3.43/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

(Served in the snifter)
A- This beer pours a deep dense opaque brown with a rocky light tan head that last a good bit and a gentle carbonation of tiny bubbles.

S- The soft dry woody hops note gives way to a black malt hint and some cream in the finish.

T- The pine resin hops leads to some dark caramel notes with a dry roasted malt hint mixed in. There is a soft sweetness in the finish that leads to a bitterness that lingers and becomes more pungent as the beer opens.

M- The medium mouthfeel has no alcohol heat and a tight little fizz.

O- There are some nice soft malt flavors but the bitterness overpowers it and makes it a bit tough to finish.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2013 16:14:30 | More by rhoadsrage
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BucannonXC5

California

3.56/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Type: 22-oz. bomber
Glass: Stone Ruination IPA pint glass
From: Trader Joe’s in La Mesa (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $1.99
Purchased: April 4, 2013
Consumed: April 12, 2013
Misc.: N/A

Poured an almost pitch black color with 1-2 fingers of khaki tan head. Sporadic and spider web lacing on the sides of the glass. Pretty good retention on the way down as well.

Smelled dark malts right from the get-go. Got plum and other faint dark fruits, roasty caramel nuts and chocolate.

Tasted those same dark malts for the most part. Got bitter dark fruits and roasted nuts up front. Some chocolate, toffee and light coffee as well. Some smokiness as well.

Full-to-medium body. Sticky texture. Average-to-lively (above average) retention. Longer, smooth finish.

Very surprised that I enjoyed this as much as I did. Sorry Boatswain.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2013 03:29:40 | More by BucannonXC5
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Spikester

Oregon

3.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours dark brown with one finger of tan head. Modest amount of lacing.
Smell is raisins, molasses, some candied fruit.
Taste is sweet and dark. Lots of molasses, brown sugar, some fruit, chocolate, and bitterness from the hops.
Mouthfeel is full almost syrupy. Carbonation was just enough. Finish is sweet and bitter. Kind of like eating some dark chocolate.
Overall an excellent beer for the price. Just not my usual style.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2013 02:20:52 | More by Spikester
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jondeelee

Massachusetts

3.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Heavy Lift Vessel opens to a malty, grainy nose that focuses mainly on grains, with a few sugars thrown in for balance. The grain notes feature toast crust, biscuit, Grape Nuts cereal, wet wheat, and bits of floury baguette. The sugars bring light touches of brown sugar, as well as a smattering of orange, apricot, and berry fruit esters, though the sugars are fairly light as a whole. Bits of vanilla and caramel add additional texture, as does a touch of toasted nut. The overall aroma is also fairly light, dissipating quickly, until what is left is largely a grain husk and table sugar remnant, leaving the beer smelling weak and somewhat watery.

On the tongue, the beer proves to have a bit more punch than the nose let on, the first flavors being a fairly nice mixture of grains and fruity sugars, the former adding toast crust, brown bread, wet wheat, bits of grass, and Grape Nuts cereal, and the latter bringing in some orange, apricot, and berry fruit esters. Hops add a bit of lemon and a smidgen of grapefruit, deepening the citrusy complexity. Small touches of vanilla and caramel, as well as toasted nut, add more texture. In subsequent sips much of the nuance is lost, and the hops seem to take over, bringing a larger grapefruit rind presence that gives the beer a bitter overtone that clashes with the sweet berries. The aftertaste features a stronger bitter hop presence, as well as a continuation of the bread and sugar notes, though these fade rather quickly, until what is left on the tongue is mainly grapefruit rind. Mouthfeel is medium-light, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, for the price ($2.50 a 1 pt 6 oz bottle at Trader Joe’s), this is not a bad beer, and the 7% ABV does add a nice layer of complexity and flavor. However, the beer is somewhat weak and watery, and largely overpowered by grapefruit rind, so that the entire experience is overly bitter, masking the nice sugars underneath.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2013 17:24:35 | More by jondeelee
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ChugMan

Washington

2.44/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - Dark, bloody red, nice. Low head reduces to patchy froth which left some fine lacing.
S - Molasses, cough syrup. Overabundance of toasted malt. Dark cherry.
T - Fairly heavy fruit flavors: Cherry, orange. Metal.
M - Flavors are muddled and ultimately ruined with a strange cough syrupy quality. Pervasive metallic sensation dominates as well
O - Starts off pretty good, but rapidly wears out its welcome. Perhaps a decent stepping stone to better beer, but difficult to recommend.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2013 07:34:35 | More by ChugMan
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hreb

Washington

2.83/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

22oz bottle served in pint glass. Beer pours dark brown with a hint of red, and a medium head, lighter brown in color. Aroma is big and malty, but slightly estery.

First sip shows a big malt bill, with caramely notes and a little bit of roast. Unfortunately it goes on to reveal serious flaws. Slightly spicy (not necessarily bad), but also cloying sweetness (bad) on top of rotting fruit (worse). Unlike the other Boatswain beers I've tried recently, there's definitely some flavor in here, unfortunately it's not very good, even if it gives the impression the guys at Rhinelander tried...though not too hard. Well, maybe considering the price. Oh well, I've learned not to be disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2013 05:08:06 | More by hreb
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Flightoficarus

Washington

3.16/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Never seen this brewery before, but decided to give this one a shot due to the very cheap price. Let's see how $1.99 fares!

A - Pours a deep, almost porter like dark brown, with a minimal tan/off-white head, that leaves moderate lacing.

S - Smell is of faint caramel, roasted malts, and a slight metallic scent. Not much of a strong scent for a stronger beer, strangely.

T - Taste is of sweet, bready roasted malts and caramel, nuts, and a slight hop balance in the finish. The overall flavors are good, but the malt heavily dominates over the hops, if a bit too much so (cloying sweetness).

M - Full bodied, with mild carbonation, and a slick, smooth feel overall.

O - Overall, I wasn't expecting a game changer for $1.99, but for the money, it's not bad. If you're looking for a super malty beer, this one may be worth a shot.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2013 16:12:40 | More by Flightoficarus
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Chadhowie

California

4.14/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I've been trying all of the Boatswain beers that Trader Joes carries. So far so good. The HLV Ale was very nice, though a little syrupy. The flavor was good though and the bitterness was at a nice level. For $2, this beer is well worth the money and a nice find.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2013 18:09:39 | More by Chadhowie
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SolaceBrewing

California

2.84/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

22 oz bottle from Trader Joe's

Appearance - dark red/brown; head disappears in about a minute; clear

Aroma - slightly malty; no detectable hop aroma

Flavor - sweet, light toasted malt, and light-medium hop bitterness; slight alcohol burn in the finish; little to no hop flavor

Mouthfeel - good carbonation level; balanced and smooth on the tongue

Overall - about what I would expect for a $2 beer; a decent strong brown ale; nothing noteworthy but nothing horrible; after drinking a bottle of this, the lasting bitterness and alochol bite in absence of anything else means I wouldn't buy it again

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2013 21:35:03 | More by SolaceBrewing
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TheMarkE

California

3.36/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Not bad. An American strong ale brewed by Rhinelander for Trader Joe’s, it’s a great value at only $1.99 for a 650 ml bottle. Dark malts, plenty of hops, and a 7% ABV, what more do you need? Don’t expect something that tastes like it came from Dogfish Head or Lagunitas and you won’t be disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2013 00:32:55 | More by TheMarkE
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LXIXME

New Mexico

3.48/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A medium or slightly larger light brown to tan head dies into a big lacing above a clear dark reddish to off brown colored beer.

Light alcohol seems to undermine dark roasted malts, light darker spices, maybe raisins or dates, and an earthy grain aroma.

Watery dark fruits seem to overpower the lighter dark roasted grains coming through in the taste of this H.L.V.

A slightly wet aftertaste with a light dry wine taste lingering on with this mediumish bodied 7% alcohol beer.

A few different tastes coming through with this beer, at the price per 22 ounce bottle of this stuff its a very worthy try, although I don't think I'll make this my regular drink.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2012 22:52:16 | More by LXIXME
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TWM

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'll start with the obvious- this is biased by the fact that I like dark ales, love beers with caramel notes and love a beer that is priced reasonably.

22oz bottle; poured smoothly and formed a large head that persisted. The head lasted so long that frankly I couldn't really smell anything; almost like a lid on the beer keeping the aroma trapped in. Color dark brown, reddish tone with the light behind it. Taste hit my favorite notes- richness, just enough sweetness to balance the bitterness. Not very hoppy; could have stood a little more but not much. Definitely avoided the trap so many strong ales fall into of overwhelming the malts and flavors of the yeast by hopping the daylights out of the brew.

Taste and mouthfeel were good and consistent as the beer warmed from 50 or so up to room temp. Only thing I would focus on as a negative is that I would prefer a few more volatiles that carry the flavor through my nose and would have made the taste a little more complex.

Not sure the issues other folks had with the head- perhaps the brewer has a bit much variation in the batches?

Overall a great value for the quality. Not the best beer of this type, but I'm happy and will come back to it at some point. Just poured the rest of the 22oz bottle into my glass, and looking forwards to it!

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2012 21:43:04 | More by TWM
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BeerKangaroo

Alaska

3.69/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Into a pint glass:

A: dark brown colored body with a one finger foamy white starting off level and becoming a slightly porous looking head. Not much lacing appears. The body is too dark for any carbonation to be seen rising.

S: dark malts up front with some light nutty breadiness along with some vanilla coming in as the beer warms.

T: nutty and malty along with some nice smokiness coming through in a slightly sweet way.

M: medium with a nice creamy smoothness. There is nothing harsh on the tongue. I would say the drinkability is a bit lower than most ASA's, but still close to par.

O: this is good for its style and good for me.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2012 00:01:09 | More by BeerKangaroo
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.3/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a solid dark brown with ruby highlights when held to light and a huge tan head that persists forever. Smells of toffee and brown sugar with an earthy mineral edge to provide some balance. Light caramel and a hint of chocolate round out the nose. The flavor is a bit sweet with a heavy toffee and caramel up front. There's a weird back and forth between malt and earthy mineral and metallic flavors that sustains for most of the flavor curve. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet mineral water mouthfeel. Not a bad beer, and it grew on me a bit after it warmed up. I probably wouldn't try it again, but thanks for the opportunity Dave.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2012 02:29:00 | More by johnnnniee
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Boatswain H.L.V. Ale (Heavy Lift Vessel) from Minhas Craft Brewery
76 out of 100 based on 179 ratings.