Boatswain H.L.V. Ale (Heavy Lift Vessel) - Minhas Craft Brewery
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3.78/5 rDev +15.2%
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
2.93/5 rDev -10.7%
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.
09-17-2012 00:57:13 | More by wedge
3.23/5 rDev -1.5%
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.
09-09-2012 03:14:14 | More by Sammy
2.3/5 rDev -29.9%
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
3.2/5 rDev -2.4%
The beer pours dark like motor oil and leaves a foamy head lingering on top. The smell is bready with some darker chocolaty notes. It is a smooth beer with a lot of malty sweetness. Unfortunately I don't think there are enough hops to balance it out. It is a decent beer, but not one I'll look for again.
09-06-2012 02:50:10 | More by jonB
3.18/5 rDev -3%
Appearance - Pours a dark, rusty amber brown with a 2 finger head, excellent retention, and results in a lace that's thick and sticky.
Smell - Not a whole lot in the way of smell; somewhat earthy, with hints of copper.
Taste - Follows up with the smell. Very little flavor. What is there is metallic, with a dull copper character and a sharp bitterness that peaks well into the aftertaste. If there's any caramel character, it's very subtle, and only when the beer is near room temperature does the slightest hint peak through.
Mouthfeel - Despite the lack of flavor, the mouthfeel is solid. Medium bodied and moderately carbonated. Fairly silky and smooth going down.
Overall - I really don't know what to say about this beer. It's drinkable, in the least. There's nothing much in terms of flavor to look forward to, so it's probably not going on my 'buy again' list.
08-26-2012 00:23:05 | More by TheSixthRing
3.28/5 rDev 0%
Bottle from Trader Joe's, poured into a snifter.
A: A nice black, with some brown tones. A solid two-finger head, and LOTS of carbonation. Too much actually. You can hear it if you put your ear anywhere close to the top of the glass. That brings it down a little, in my opinion.
S: Notes of sweetness, fruit, malt
T: Lots of sweet malts, with enough hop to keep this from being a really malty beer. A bit of raisiny fruits.
M: Very carbonated. Tingly, without being painful like soda.
O: A decent strong ale, but nothing to write home about.
08-22-2012 16:21:46 | More by beerme626
3.33/5 rDev +1.5%
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.
08-14-2012 01:27:45 | More by GarthDanielson
3.1/5 rDev -5.5%
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
3.58/5 rDev +9.1%
Got a bomber at Trader Joe's for $2.29. TJ's beers can be hit or miss but are usually better than the price.
Not much nose, slight malt and maybe ripe dark fruits like prunes. Pours a deep ruby with a creamy tan head that dissipates into a thin edge around the glass. Good lacing.
Mouthfeel is medium thickness with a good snap to the carbonation.
Taste is more like an RIS, Old Ale or Baltic Porter to me than a strong ale. Not complex but rich and deep with prunes & other dark fruits, malt, a little sweetness balanced by a hop bite at the end.
Trader Joe's beers get a bad rap for being cheap contract brews. While some definitely are, others like their Stockyard Oatmeal Stout are great beers for the price. I'd put this one in the latter category. Despite Boatswain being unable to correctly identify their products (see Boatswain IPA and DIPA) this is as good as some pricier brews of a similar dark & strong style---whatever it is. I plan to go back and get another one or two of these. I consider it a good beer for the price.
08-05-2012 22:45:15 | More by 5thOhio
3.1/5 rDev -5.5%
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
3.1/5 rDev -5.5%
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.
07-26-2012 18:10:37 | More by beertunes
Boatswain H.L.V. Ale (Heavy Lift Vessel) from Minhas Craft Brewery
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