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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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197 Ratings
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Ratings: 197
Reviews: 74
rAvg: 3.28
pDev: 16.46%
Wants: 0
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
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Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: smcolw on 12-17-2011)
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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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Fantalek

New York

4.5/5  rDev +37.2%

12-16-2012 03:39:07 | More by Fantalek
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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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skm

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +14.3%

12-14-2012 01:43:39 | More by skm
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gpawned

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +14.3%

12-13-2012 04:33:32 | More by gpawned
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WhitmansNiece

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +14.3%

12-08-2012 01:49:03 | More by WhitmansNiece
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3/5  rDev -8.5%

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12-02-2012 01:56:23 | More by
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buckyp

South Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

11-25-2012 03:23:24 | More by buckyp
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Aaron_Ramson

California

3.24/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This review is taking into account that this was a 1PT, 6 FZ OZ Bomber purchased at a Southern California Trader Joe's for $1.99, and for the brewski version of 2 buck Chuck, it was great. For the price, you simply cannot do better than Boatswain. This beer is an American Brown Ale, highly hopped at 80 IBUs, and moderately alcoholic at 7% ABV. The HLV had a dark earthy, warm color that is very common for an American Brown. Smell was malty, raisins and dates, faintly boozy and pleasant if underwhelming. The taste was molassas, raisins, caramel, toasted grains. Suprisingly multi-dimentional for a bargain beer. As I stated earlier it is hands down the best ABA you will find in this price catagory. A poor man's Moose Drool.
UPDATE: Not sure if my tastes have changed or if I am tasting a sub-par batch, but I am not enjoying this as much as I did when I first reviewed it. Tastes like bitter burnt coffee, no where near the smoothness of a moose drool. Still worth every penny of 1.99, but you'd be better of saving that money and applying it towards something more satisfying.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2012 02:43:09 | More by Aaron_Ramson
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mychalg9

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +14.3%

11-23-2012 01:49:41 | More by mychalg9
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fishguyac

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

11-21-2012 07:05:18 | More by fishguyac
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yuichituba

California

3.55/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I agree with the guy below (MoreThanWine). The overall rating seems to reflect subjective judgement and current expectation of big and/or hoppy beers in American craft beer. Although it is not a "great" beer, considering what it is, where it's sold, and the price ($2) it is in a sense underrated.

Color is fine, a clear dark amber. The aroma is simply caramelly & burnt sugar, like a very malty brown ale. It does have hints of an American strong ale tendency due to the malty aroma and 7% ABV (like a doppelbock).

The taste, for a malty dark ale (or as BA labels as an "American Strong Ale"), is balanced for what it is. Definitely has the caramel maltiness that fills the mouth and coats the tongue. It is not all sweet though, thanks to the roasty characters of the types of malts as well as the hops (80 IBU). Lingering sweetness from the malts

I almost want to do a YouTube review of this just to show people that it's not as bad as people make it out to be.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2012 04:06:34 | More by yuichituba
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Rekrule

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -8.5%

11-14-2012 01:57:36 | More by Rekrule
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leprechaunandfatman

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +14.3%

11-11-2012 20:03:17 | More by leprechaunandfatman
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MoreThanWine

Massachusetts

3.73/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I don't understand the hating on Boatswain, because though it's not the greatest beers it's also not the worst. Poured a 1.5" beige velvet head of pretty long life. The body is a dark burnt umber brown even when held to the light. It smells mildly of sweet roasted malt. The taste is a little bready, malty, and has a cocoa after taste. Medium weight body does betray the Heavy Lift Vessel moniker. Look, this doesn't have the impact of a truly intense microbrew but it's still enjoyable and it's a good value at Trader Joe's.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2012 12:53:20 | More by MoreThanWine
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rfbenavi80

Missouri

2.75/5  rDev -16.2%

11-10-2012 03:04:02 | More by rfbenavi80
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LiquidAmber

Washington

3.48/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2012 03:35:59 | More by LiquidAmber
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timjg14


1.75/5  rDev -46.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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).

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2012 08:12:31 | More by timjg14
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beerbrains

Nebraska

3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

10-17-2012 05:51:38 | More by beerbrains
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funkypriest


3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

10-16-2012 00:04:52 | More by funkypriest
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alesaram

Guam

4/5  rDev +22%

10-15-2012 22:38:17 | More by alesaram
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jaidenjb

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

10-13-2012 16:59:33 | More by jaidenjb
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Mosstrooper

California

4.75/5  rDev +44.8%

10-11-2012 01:02:24 | More by Mosstrooper
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maddog4never


4/5  rDev +22%

10-04-2012 00:30:38 | More by maddog4never
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EBurg052

California

3.75/5  rDev +14.3%

09-24-2012 00:56:06 | More by EBurg052
Boatswain H.L.V. Ale (Heavy Lift Vessel) from Minhas Craft Brewery
76 out of 100 based on 197 ratings.