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

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

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Ratings: 229
Reviews: 82
rAvg: 3.27
pDev: 15.9%
Wants: 1
Gots: 23 | FT: 0
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Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: smcolw on 12-17-2011

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Photo of Sammy
3.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.6/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pours an almost opaque super dark orange-brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, citrus fruit, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with toast, brown sugar, candied citrus zest, and intense metallic flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of earth bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and sticky mouthfeel. Overall, this is a poor beer with a surprisingly nice aroma, but the metallic flavors I am getting are really odd and pretty much ruin the drinkability for me.

Serving type: bottle.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.13/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

With the defiance of any style perameter in mind, this umbiguous ale shares traits of porters, olde ales, brown ales, and Scottish ales and does so without preference. It makes the think that this is how European (likely English) ales would have tasted prior to the industrial revolution.

With its dark brown color and near opaqueness, the beer looks much like porter- not viscous as stout but with a firmer visual texture than brown ale. A creamy head billows to the rim before proceeding to a patient slide toward a liquified sheet that coats the beer's surface evenly with islands of lace that stick to the glass.

The nose breams with rich aromas of burnt caramel, almost-toffee, and the scent of spent coffee grounds. Toast and lightly charred woods give a dry impression just as the alcohols release a semi-fusal and estery display of cherry, plumb, and black currant.

Medium-sweet flavors come in the form of over-cooked molasses, powdered sugar, malted milk, and light aspartame. Yet, the dry taste of toast, wood, coffee, and cocoa overshadows the sweetness and takes firm command of the beer. Fleeting sweetness allows for a woody and charred taste to grow in the long linger of earth and rich flavor.

Richly textured, the residual sweetness of malt and saccharine-like tact latches onto the mouth for an indefinite development toward any would-be dryness or closure. Slightly astringent with the aid of roasted grain husk that provides a mild ashy bite to accompany hop bitterness. Alcohol warmth hides behind the unsettled sweetness for a malty-dry finish.

Root beer, cola, and artificial sweeteners come to mind as the truer malt flavors and hop bitterness sway. The residual flavors quiver and refuse to go away or develop into firmer beer flavor. Despite the beer's fundamental problems, it remains fairly rewarding in its balance and boldness.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.64/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of mactrail
3.11/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Really a ruby red in color, somewhat obscured in the dark amber. Nice head and good retention.

Taste is a lot like a big Red Ale, though more malty. Some fairly severe bitterness comes on stage. Fairly sweet, with a sugary taste. Some sort of fruit cocktail flavor going on, heavy on the peaches. Sort of of an Old Ale taste.

The sweet and bitter combination is not one of my favorites, though it pairs well with toasted cheese and jalapeno potato chips. How cheap this is makes you want to question the price structure of the entire craft beer industry. However, I would recommend one of these and two 40 oz of Crazy Stallion for a nice mixed drink.

Photo of kojevergas
2.58/5  rDev -21.1%
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-

Photo of LXIXME
3.48/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Photo of smcolw
3.6/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

There is no beer style listed on the label. Based on the taste and appearance, I'm going with American Brown Ale, although it has elements of an "ale"d Bock from the sweetness or an Imperial styled Black IPA from the strong hop and subtle alcohol presence.

It pours dark brown where bright light passes through. Modest beige head, but it lasts. There's modest temporary lace on the glass.

There's a definitive homebrew smell (yeasty). There's flowery hop and semi-sweet chocolate notes.

The flavor is bland up front, partly from the thin body, mostly from simple malt flavors. The swallow is altogether different: Lots of peppery hop, some strong vanilla notes and a definitive kick of alcohol. The aftertaste is long lasting. Overall, this is an interesting offering.

Photo of chinchill
3.75/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.43/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Photo of johnnnniee
3.33/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.29/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a tumbler pint, the beer is a chestnut-brown coloring, both dark and vibrant, with a thin, filmy, tan head that clings all over the glass. Aromas are very subtle, with a toasted malt backbone and some old world fruit highlights. Flavors are a complete malt bomb, with fruit characteristics of date, raisin, plum, and fig all richly blended together. Earthy highlights add to the tangible fullness of the palate. The aftertaste is roasted and darkly sweet, with a sugary highlight. Rich, lingering, slightly cloyng finish. Strong in flavor and in feel.

Photo of beertunes
3.1/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Another brew in the hated 22oz format. My bottle said made by Rhinelander, while listed here as Minhas. Poured into 10oz goblet. Poured a dark red-brown color with over a half-inch of khaki head that OK retention, it quickly fell to just a ring that held up well, and light lacing.

The aroma was mostly sweet malts, with a bit of yeast tang as well. The flavors weren't particularly notable either, a malty sweetness dominated the front and there was just a bit of a hop kick at the back.

The body was medium, not really "Heavy", and had a bit of a sticky finish. While the drinkability was decent, I wouldn't have more than one 22 at a sitting. Overall, a decent beer for what it is, a cheap, strong bottle at Trader Joe's.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.47/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a dark earthy brown amber with a half finger light tan head that dissipates to a patchy layer and slippery lacing. Aroma of very light toasted malt, nuts and a spicy component similar to cinnamon . Flavor subdued brown sugar, sweet bready malt finishing sweet with light hops and a hint of chocolate. Aroma and flavors are attenuated, but pleasant. Medium bodied. Somewhat like a very light, sweet porter. The elements are all here, but it needs a little more flavor and integration. No too bad for the price, has a distinct malt syrup flavor that is uncommon in most beers.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.38/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle from Trader Joe's. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours dark brown with some red tints. There's also an inch tan head that sticks around for a while, with a small amount of lacing. Aroma is nice but light, the brew smells like roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate and some dark fruit. For the most part the taste is like the aroma, but there's a small amount of hop bitterness noticeable. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a bit slick and smooth with a good amount of carbonation. I think it's a decent brew, and for just $1.99 a bomber I certainly can't complain about it. Definitely worth a try at that price.

Photo of Brenden
3.06/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I don't know where this came from, but here it is...

It's a very dark brown but some light comes in and a bit of red-orange lingers in the body. The head is a sizeable creamy tan one that shows pretty good retention and some good volume on the fairly sticky lace.
There's a caramel / toffee sweetness but also roast. There's lots of dark fruits, some almost nutty character, dried bread crust, and some fusel alcohol. The flavor is much the same but with some artificial creamy sweetness, a little bit of burnt woods, overcooked brown sugar, and a sort of earthiness.
The feel is this beer's worst aspect. It's not clean, though it starts fairly smooth. It gains a roughness and astringency. It ends with lots of graininess, and it can't quite seem to figure out whether it's sweet or dry.

Photo of barczar
3.33/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark brown with ruby highlights and a solid one inch tan head that leaves spotty lacing.

Sweet, lightly roasted malt, grain, booze, caramel and a bit of nuttiness comprise the aroma, with esters of dark fruit...cherries, figs, and plums adding complexity. There's an off note that's somewhat tangy.

Flavor begins nicely, a bit sweet, malty, but an acrid, tangy flavor takes over. Chocolate, toasted bread, and nutty flavors surface late in the sip, which ends slightly roasty and bitter. Alcohol surfaces in the background. There are hints if dark fruit, but the tangy flavor dominates.

Body is fairly thick, with moderate to low carbonation, finishing with a slight alcohol warmth.

Not nearly as bad as their dipa, this at least approaches the style. There's just an off flavor.

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle served in a New Castle scooner glass.

L - brown with a beige head that thinned to a light layer leaving streaks of lacing.

S - roasted malt and hints of coffee.

T - fairly malt forward with notes of chocolate and coffee, there is some slight bitterness on the finish and the alcohol is somewhat noticable.

F - medium bodied with good carbonation.

O - an average beer worth a try for the price.

Photo of wedge
2.91/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear dark chestnut under a slender off-white head. Smells kind of homebrew-ish...flowers, creaminess, dark fruit, raisin bread, and a little oxidation. Malty, semi-sweet, moderate chocolate and coffee roast, light black malt char, and molasses. Medium-thin-ish mouthfeel. Not awful, but I won't be getting this again.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.06/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Boatswain H.L.V. Ale has a thick, spongy, cream-colored head, a dark brown, bubbly, opaque appearance, and a little bit of lacing left behind. The aroma is of sweet, syrupy, dark-roasted barley malt or brown bread crust, and the flavor is of that element, with strong, straight-forward bitterness and sugar. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy, and Boatswain H.L.V. Ale finishes rich, sweet, and semi-wet. Overall, this one is surprisingly good. I recommend it! RJT

Photo of Danny1217
2.33/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of Offa
3.6/5  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.

Photo of morebeergood
3.65/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bomber at the TJ in Brookline for under $3. Poured into a stemmed glass. Dark brown color, with a nice sized bubbly head. Some lacing, but not much. Had a nice aroma of raisins and brown sugar, and reminded me a lot of smells familiar with a nice Belgian dubbel. Taste better than expected for the price. It was malty and surprisingly hoppy, as the bottle brags about the elevated IBUs (80) on the label. The mouthfeel was the only fault here. It was a bit on the boozy side, plus there was a bitterness that lingered in the middle of my tongue. But, the finished was light and smooth. You can really buy some crap beers out there for $3, but for this price, the HLV was a pretty decent beer.

Photo of HalfFull
2.49/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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..

Photo of Ryan011235
2.33/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Boatswain H.L.V. Ale (Heavy Lift Vessel) from Minhas Craft Brewery
75 out of 100 based on 229 ratings.