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: 212
Reviews: 76
rAvg: 3.27
pDev: 16.21%
Wants: 1
Gots: 14 | 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 beerme626
3.28/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.33/5  rDev +1.8%
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 Cooper
2.75/5  rDev -15.9%

Photo of mactrail
3.1/5  rDev -5.2%
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 5thOhio
3.58/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of crob3888
3.5/5  rDev +7%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.1/5  rDev -5.2%
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 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 dmorgan310
4/5  rDev +22.3%

Photo of mhaugo
2.75/5  rDev -15.9%

Photo of hopup
3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of barczar
3.3/5  rDev +0.9%
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 shagal
3.5/5  rDev +7%

Photo of danipp
3.5/5  rDev +7%

Photo of MathNut
2/5  rDev -38.8%

Photo of BeerManDan
2.75/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The color when poured into a pint glass was of a medium dark brown with a reddish hue and very little tan foam, with no lace on the side of the glass. The smell of roasted malts and hops were evident in the aroma. The taste was of roasted malts, bitter hops and a hint of candied fruit. Overall, the bitterness killed any outstanding flavors and left me with a acidic feeling on the palate.

Photo of RWACKO
3/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of whatthehull
3.5/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


A - Deep dark brown opaque, two finger darkish tan head and some sugar lacing

S - So much sugar, lots of earth, nice hop notes (highly floral and some dark fruit), bready yeast note, a little bit of a pilsner note and some fresh cut wood

T - Nutty, huge sweet/roasted malt, some dark chocolate, sugar, wheat bread, molasses, earthy hops, wet wood, maybe prunes or plums and lots of flowers

M - Medium bodied, decent balance, medium minus acidity, nice complexity and long sweet/roasted finish

D/O - Easy to drink, refreshing and a good amount of flavor. It is a little odd. Almost an esb/draught/stout/strong ale. Not bad by any means. Worth a go for sure. love the huge sweetness but not at all over the top

Final thoughts - $2 a pop and a nice 7% with great flavor. Well worth it for sure

Photo of Chopman50
3/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of Beermazter310
3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

very dark brown, dark amber when held to light. smell a little sweet with a a liitle hops And a little chocolalte. tastes sweet with only a little hops. mouthfeel has low to mild carbonation. overall just a little too sweet. too chocolatey for my taste and for an ale. No off tastes, for 2 bucks at trader joes it was worth a shot. didnt expect too much, but wont buy again.

Photo of Falcone
3/5  rDev -8.3%

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

From Traders Joes in a 650ml brown bottle

Pours an attractive amber color with a small off white/beige head that recedes quickly leaving an average amount of lacing. Smells of booze, overly ripe dark fruits and yeast comprise the nose. First sip is a tad disappointing but not surprising based on the aroma. There’s a spice notes, those dark ripe fruits present but nothing too interesting here. Carbonation is fine making the mouthfeel stand out in a beer where not much else does. Not a bad beer but there is so much better out there to enjoy.

Photo of HalfFull
2.5/5  rDev -23.5%
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 Danny1217
2.3/5  rDev -29.7%
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 Hanzo
3/5  rDev -8.3%

Boatswain H.L.V. Ale (Heavy Lift Vessel) from Minhas Craft Brewery
75 out of 100 based on 212 ratings.