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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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221 Ratings
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Ratings: 221
Reviews: 81
rAvg: 3.26
pDev: 16.26%
Wants: 1
Gots: 21 | 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 BucannonXC5
3.58/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Type: 22-oz. bomber
Glass: Stone Ruination IPA pint glass
From: Trader Joe’s in La Mesa (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $1.99
Purchased: April 4, 2013
Consumed: April 12, 2013
Misc.: N/A

Poured an almost pitch black color with 1-2 fingers of khaki tan head. Sporadic and spider web lacing on the sides of the glass. Pretty good retention on the way down as well.

Smelled dark malts right from the get-go. Got plum and other faint dark fruits, roasty caramel nuts and chocolate.

Tasted those same dark malts for the most part. Got bitter dark fruits and roasted nuts up front. Some chocolate, toffee and light coffee as well. Some smokiness as well.

Full-to-medium body. Sticky texture. Average-to-lively (above average) retention. Longer, smooth finish.

Very surprised that I enjoyed this as much as I did. Sorry Boatswain.

Photo of WDJersey
3/5  rDev -8%

Photo of bcm75
3/5  rDev -8%

Photo of Spikester
3.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours dark brown with one finger of tan head. Modest amount of lacing.
Smell is raisins, molasses, some candied fruit.
Taste is sweet and dark. Lots of molasses, brown sugar, some fruit, chocolate, and bitterness from the hops.
Mouthfeel is full almost syrupy. Carbonation was just enough. Finish is sweet and bitter. Kind of like eating some dark chocolate.
Overall an excellent beer for the price. Just not my usual style.

Photo of jondeelee
3.36/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of ChugMan
2.49/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of hreb
2.87/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of Flightoficarus
3.15/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Never seen this brewery before, but decided to give this one a shot due to the very cheap price. Let's see how $1.99 fares!

A - Pours a deep, almost porter like dark brown, with a minimal tan/off-white head, that leaves moderate lacing.

S - Smell is of faint caramel, roasted malts, and a slight metallic scent. Not much of a strong scent for a stronger beer, strangely.

T - Taste is of sweet, bready roasted malts and caramel, nuts, and a slight hop balance in the finish. The overall flavors are good, but the malt heavily dominates over the hops, if a bit too much so (cloying sweetness).

M - Full bodied, with mild carbonation, and a slick, smooth feel overall.

O - Overall, I wasn't expecting a game changer for $1.99, but for the money, it's not bad. If you're looking for a super malty beer, this one may be worth a shot.

Photo of rhino54
2.75/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of Noelito76
2.25/5  rDev -31%

Photo of Chadhowie
4.16/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I've been trying all of the Boatswain beers that Trader Joes carries. So far so good. The HLV Ale was very nice, though a little syrupy. The flavor was good though and the bitterness was at a nice level. For $2, this beer is well worth the money and a nice find.

Photo of samturner
3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of SolaceBrewing
2.84/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

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

Photo of murraymj
4.25/5  rDev +30.4%

Photo of drt72
4.25/5  rDev +30.4%

Photo of Zanico
2.25/5  rDev -31%

Photo of ambruns1979
3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of SFC21
3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of kleibs
4.75/5  rDev +45.7%

Photo of TheMarkE
3.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Not bad. An American strong ale brewed by Rhinelander for Trader Joe’s, it’s a great value at only $1.99 for a 650 ml bottle. Dark malts, plenty of hops, and a 7% ABV, what more do you need? Don’t expect something that tastes like it came from Dogfish Head or Lagunitas and you won’t be disappointed.

Photo of Lukass
3/5  rDev -8%

Photo of LXIXME
3.48/5  rDev +6.7%
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 TWM
3.49/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'll start with the obvious- this is biased by the fact that I like dark ales, love beers with caramel notes and love a beer that is priced reasonably.

22oz bottle; poured smoothly and formed a large head that persisted. The head lasted so long that frankly I couldn't really smell anything; almost like a lid on the beer keeping the aroma trapped in. Color dark brown, reddish tone with the light behind it. Taste hit my favorite notes- richness, just enough sweetness to balance the bitterness. Not very hoppy; could have stood a little more but not much. Definitely avoided the trap so many strong ales fall into of overwhelming the malts and flavors of the yeast by hopping the daylights out of the brew.

Taste and mouthfeel were good and consistent as the beer warmed from 50 or so up to room temp. Only thing I would focus on as a negative is that I would prefer a few more volatiles that carry the flavor through my nose and would have made the taste a little more complex.

Not sure the issues other folks had with the head- perhaps the brewer has a bit much variation in the batches?

Overall a great value for the quality. Not the best beer of this type, but I'm happy and will come back to it at some point. Just poured the rest of the 22oz bottle into my glass, and looking forwards to it!

Photo of cliff1066
3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of BeerKangaroo
3.68/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

Boatswain H.L.V. Ale (Heavy Lift Vessel) from Minhas Craft Brewery
75 out of 100 based on 221 ratings.