Boatswain H.L.V. Ale (Heavy Lift Vessel) - Minhas Craft Brewery
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Reviews by BeerManDan:
2.75/5 rDev -16.2%
The color when poured into a pint glass was of a medium dark brown with a reddish hue and very little tan foam, with no lace on the side of the glass. The smell of roasted malts and hops were evident in the aroma. The taste was of roasted malts, bitter hops and a hint of candied fruit. Overall, the bitterness killed any outstanding flavors and left me with a acidic feeling on the palate.
07-14-2012 03:35:31 | More by BeerManDan
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2.84/5 rDev -13.4%
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
01-22-2013 21:35:03 | More by SolaceBrewing
3.35/5 rDev +2.1%
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.
03-12-2013 17:24:35 | More by jondeelee
3.78/5 rDev +15.2%
22oz bottle served in a Samuel Smith becker. No beer style indicated on the label other than "ale", but the IBU (80) and O.G. (17.35) are provided, as well as the accurate description of "dark brown".
Even with a vigorous pour, only a 1 finger sudsy head was raised, and this settled to a top coat rather soon. pours dark brown where bright light passes through. Modest beige head, but it lasts. There's modest temporary lace on the glass.
Smell: mildly boozy; medium/dark malts; hints of dark bread, vanilla and vague spices.
The flavor is nicely rich, although it takes a moment to develop. Plenty of dark malt flavors, with s bit of spicy hops, hints of smoke, dark fruits, vanilla and expresso. Long lasting, malty aftertaste.
M: overly thin body; very good carbonation. Both creamy and mildly (barely) harsh.
Overall: a respectable and interesting ASA with some nice resemblance to a Belgian Strong Ale. Excellent for price point. Improved a bit with warming.
09-23-2012 22:19:51 | More by chinchill
3.43/5 rDev +4.6%
(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.
04-30-2013 16:14:30 | More by rhoadsrage
3.48/5 rDev +6.1%
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.
12-28-2012 22:52:16 | More by LXIXME
3.18/5 rDev -3%
Appearance - Pours a dark, rusty amber brown with a 2 finger head, excellent retention, and results in a lace that's thick and sticky.
Smell - Not a whole lot in the way of smell; somewhat earthy, with hints of copper.
Taste - Follows up with the smell. Very little flavor. What is there is metallic, with a dull copper character and a sharp bitterness that peaks well into the aftertaste. If there's any caramel character, it's very subtle, and only when the beer is near room temperature does the slightest hint peak through.
Mouthfeel - Despite the lack of flavor, the mouthfeel is solid. Medium bodied and moderately carbonated. Fairly silky and smooth going down.
Overall - I really don't know what to say about this beer. It's drinkable, in the least. There's nothing much in terms of flavor to look forward to, so it's probably not going on my 'buy again' list.
08-26-2012 00:23:05 | More by TheSixthRing
3.23/5 rDev -1.5%
Trader Joe's. Comes across like a black ale, with some hops and much sugar. Just not that drinkable. Passable taste, syrupy. Big dark head. Slightly underaverage mouthfeel. A little apple and booze in the finish. Let's try it for cooking. Good price.
09-09-2012 03:14:14 | More by Sammy
2.83/5 rDev -13.7%
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.
03-08-2013 05:08:06 | More by hreb
2.5/5 rDev -23.8%
New breed from Trader Joe's Minhas Line and poured into a large wine glass. A bit of a mystery from the label and still so after checking a few reviews. Pours a clear brown with crimson highlights. Half inch of tan foam offers moderate retention.
Nose of light hops with roasted malts and some light chocolate. A bit of alcohol is evident and some cinnamon spice. Quite thin and aimless overall however, rather reaching.
Flavor is thin as well. Some caramel and light chocolate up front and a bit of alcohol and light fruitiness on the finish. Finish is malty yet chalky and offers a rather brief finish of dark chocolate powder.
Warming enhances the experience here to some degree but the finish remains too brief to keep things interesting. A bit of a harsh wanderer with no real direction or redeeming asset..
05-29-2012 04:30:51 | More by HalfFull
3.6/5 rDev +9.8%
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.
06-14-2013 03:40:41 | More by scootny
Boatswain H.L.V. Ale (Heavy Lift Vessel) from Minhas Craft Brewery
76 out of 100 based on 202 ratings.