Boatswain H.L.V. Ale (Heavy Lift Vessel) - Minhas Craft Brewery
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1.75/5 rDev -46.8%
I had high hopes upon looking at this beer. A bit of nice foam atop a dark, but not-too-thick body (once poured into a glass). It's hard to know what to expect from it, as it really gives no indication of what type of beer it is, other than being an ale. But I'd compare it most to a porter, a style that I'm not all that fond of in general. As for the flavor, I found it pretty undrinkable. Very malty and bittersweet. But if you like porters, don't hesitate to give it a try. It was at Trader Joe's at a reasonable price ($2.50 or so for a 650-ml bottle).
10-21-2012 08:12:31 | More by timjg14
2.08/5 rDev -36.8%
Appearance - Dark brown. Appears clear. Medium height tan head with some persistence.
Smell - Light dark roasted malts. Mild nutty chocolate.
Taste - Quite sweet and quite dark. Hot chocolate with a resiny finish. Lacks any depth of flavor - like flavored sugar water. Cloying.
Mouthfeel - Full and creamy.
Overall - I wouldn't have guessed it from the beer's other characteristics, but this beer has one of the worst flavors of any beer I've tasted.
04-15-2012 02:44:39 | More by scaliasux
2.3/5 rDev -30.1%
Appearance is dark brown with a small tan head that disappears rather quickly
Smells of roasted malts, and some other things I can't really put my finger on. Kind of a strange smell
Tastes Way too sweet for something claiming to have 80 IBU. I taste roasted malts, some faint hops, alcohol, and syrup. Yes, syrup.
Mouthfeel is sticky with medium body and carbonation
Overall for the $2 I paid it might be worth buying simply as a way of getting messed up if you're tired of cheap malt liquor. Otherwise, it's really not even worth $2 that could be put into some decent beer.
05-28-2012 19:12:16 | More by Danny1217
2.3/5 rDev -30.1%
Poured into a pint glass on 4/28/12
Dark brown, but distinctly brown nonetheless. Two finger head reduces to a thin skim. A few swaths of lace.
Smells of toasted bread, herbal hops, earth, toasted sugar and a hint of molasses. Soapy overtones. Taste of doughy, dark bread. Herbal hop bitterness, toasted sugar, burnt nuts and sunflower seeds. Fruity hints. Medium body with moderate, puffy carbonation. A tad coating on the finish. Earthy, bitter residuals.
Overall, this is ok and a decent enough value.
09-06-2012 05:49:26 | More by Ryan011235
2.44/5 rDev -25.8%
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.
03-10-2013 07:34:35 | More by ChugMan
2.5/5 rDev -24%
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
2.58/5 rDev -21.6%
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.
07-02-2013 05:54:11 | More by kojevergas
2.63/5 rDev -20.1%
22 ounce bottle - $2.29 at Trader Joe's in Roswell, Georgia.
Appearance: Pours a dark brown body, yielding hints of garnet against the light, underneath a tall, sudsy, beige head.
Smell: Roasty, chocolaty malts, though they're not at all effusive, nor is the scent particularly inviting. Slight dark fruitiness alongside a sting of wafting alcoholic fumes.
Taste: Roasted malt, some light, lackluster bittersweet chocolate. Lowly sweet. Scant fruitiness. Not too terribly much hop flavor, though the bitterness is there. A bit of a flat taste with a singe of alcohol from the first sip onward. Dry, malty, warm finish. Lingering nuttiness and spirits in the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.
Overall: I've appreciated the Trader Joe brews (Mission Street series and the yearly Vintage Ale) for being fairly decent and always getting a decent bang for your buck, but this one wasn't particularly enjoyable at all. It didn't satisfying in the malt or hop department, delivering instead a cutting alcohol presence.
01-25-2012 19:33:14 | More by ChainGangGuy
Boatswain H.L.V. Ale (Heavy Lift Vessel) from Minhas Craft Brewery
76 out of 100 based on 201 ratings.