Boatswain H.L.V. Ale (Heavy Lift Vessel) - Minhas Craft Brewery
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3.23/5 rDev -1.8%
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
3.1/5 rDev -5.8%
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.
07-31-2012 03:53:40 | More by BEERchitect
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
3.1/5 rDev -5.8%
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.
08-09-2012 06:06:03 | More by mactrail
3.63/5 rDev +10.3%
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.
12-17-2011 00:11:30 | More by smcolw
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
3.43/5 rDev +4.3%
(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.
04-30-2013 16:14:30 | More by rhoadsrage
3.48/5 rDev +5.8%
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
3.78/5 rDev +14.9%
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
3.1/5 rDev -5.8%
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.
07-26-2012 18:10:37 | More by beertunes
3.33/5 rDev +1.2%
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.
08-14-2012 01:27:45 | More by GarthDanielson
3.3/5 rDev +0.3%
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.
12-15-2012 02:29:00 | More by johnnnniee
3.48/5 rDev +5.8%
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.
11-06-2012 03:35:59 | More by LiquidAmber
3.4/5 rDev +3.3%
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.
03-10-2012 00:49:54 | More by bluejacket74
3/5 rDev -8.8%
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.
03-08-2012 15:52:43 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
Boatswain H.L.V. Ale (Heavy Lift Vessel) from Minhas Craft Brewery
76 out of 100 based on 201 ratings.