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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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Ratings: 201
Reviews: 74
rAvg: 3.29
pDev: 16.41%
Wants: 0
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
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Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: smcolw on 12-17-2011)
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Photo of HerrWahr

New York

3.3/5  rDev +0.3%

root beer, a bit chocolate, but one-dimensional. Lingers in the mouth with the sweet chocolate taste. Pleasant and soft, but nothing special. At Trader Joe's there are other, better beers to buy.. but you won't feel that you've over paid if you buy this one.

03-28-2012 00:26:08 | More by HerrWahr
Photo of dtreindl


3/5  rDev -8.8%

03-11-2012 21:18:01 | More by dtreindl
Photo of bluejacket74


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
Photo of erlenmeyer


3/5  rDev -8.8%

03-08-2012 23:57:17 | More by erlenmeyer
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly

New York

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
Photo of Steasy66


3.48/5  rDev +5.8%

A Nearly opaque brown, good head retention
S Yeasty, estery, a bit fruity, root beer
T sweet, somewhat bitter, somewhat bland, root beer
M Good carbonation, a bit thin
O This beer isn't bad, but its nothing special. It tastes and smells a lot like root-beer. Still for two bucks a bomber, its not bad at all.

03-06-2012 05:24:08 | More by Steasy66
Photo of gobseulmuhri

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev +18.5%

another TJ's purchase. excellent buy for $2.29 for a tumbler btl @ the local TJ's in Princeton.

pours a dark caramel brown with an off-white half inch head with adequate yet somewhat limited retention

on the nose, it's dominantly toasted malty and dark chocolatey.

as i sip, the nose carries into the palate, with toasted malt, coffee, chocolate and toffee. not sweet, but you can sense the brown sugariness. there IS a bit of a grassiness in the finish, but it's not unpleasant. not the greatest, but most definitely serviceable for many occasions.

it's moderately carbonated with a medium-thin mouthfeel (typical of TJ's booze) - a smooth, drinkable brew overall. another + is that @ 7% abv, there isnt much of a kick.

a great everyday stocker at TJ's. and what a deal @ the price. if your TJ's carries this, i suggest you stock up if you like brown ales.

03-06-2012 02:18:38 | More by gobseulmuhri
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New Jersey

3/5  rDev -8.8%

03-04-2012 23:51:49 | More by jmcgahran1
Photo of coylefoto


3.08/5  rDev -6.4%

i bought this beer for two dollars at trader joe's. a guy i talk to who works there pointed it out to me. at first glance i saw the price. 1.99. after looking at it, the deal was sealed. after opening it, i had no regrets. it looks like something i would drink at a bar all night on special. the crazy thing is that it smells and tastes pretty good. definitely something i could drink any time. the feel follows in those tracks. a little think, but still something 'on special' esque when all is said and done, it seems like they were trying to make a good beer that everyone could get. i'm sure it has to do with the cost of making it, but even at that, it's a million times better than getting a cobra 40oz. so take that at face value and enjoy this 1.99 something other than malt liquor for what is, because it's worth it.

02-22-2012 05:02:38 | More by coylefoto
Photo of GossageBrewery


3/5  rDev -8.8%

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a pint glass. Poured a dark brown color, produced a tan head. Retention was average and it left a nice amount of lacing on the glass. The aroma of this American Brown ALe consisted of roasted malt, chocolate malt, and coffee. The taste of this American Brown, medium in body, the flavor of roasted malt, dark chocolate, and a slight hint of bitter hop flavor. Dry finish. Overall, it is a very mediocre example of an American Brown- It will do i a pinch but I would not seek it out again.

02-19-2012 01:58:07 | More by GossageBrewery
Photo of marcobrau


2.5/5  rDev -24%

02-18-2012 07:04:41 | More by marcobrau
Photo of brureview


3.75/5  rDev +14%

I bought this beer at Trader Joes in Brookline, MA. I thought- what the heck, it's cheap at about $2.50 for a 22 ounce bottle.

I was pleasantly surprised. This beer is big bang for the buck!

Poured in a tulip, the color was a very dark coffee-chocolate.

The smell is very mild with no strong flavor hints , and the mouthfeel is tasty, spicy, with a bit of hops.

The finish is quite good- tangy and fruity apple.

Overall, an excellent deal. Will buy again.

02-12-2012 17:35:29 | More by brureview
Photo of rbthuffman


3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

02-09-2012 04:11:32 | More by rbthuffman
Photo of CWhite


4.25/5  rDev +29.2%

02-07-2012 18:12:32 | More by CWhite
Photo of brewcore

South Carolina

2.85/5  rDev -13.4%

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

A: Pours a dark nearly opaque brown. Reddish tints come through if held up to the light. Aggressive pour yields a two finger, soapy light tan head that dissipates quickly. Good lacing.

S: Dark roasted malts, slightly chocolate. Dark bitter fruits.

T: Dark roasted malts somewhat burnt. Again there is a bit of chocolate in there but it is very subdued. Slight odd sourness. Lingering bitter finish.

M: Very thin for a beer I expected to be heavy (I guess I fell for the name). Moderate to high carbonation.

O: I bought this beer for the price so I did not expect much and I found what I expected. Not terrible but not great. Great price but probably won't visit again.

01-30-2012 01:04:09 | More by brewcore
Photo of morebeergood


3.68/5  rDev +11.9%

Picked up a bomber at the TJ in Brookline for under $3. Poured into a stemmed glass. Dark brown color, with a nice sized bubbly head. Some lacing, but not much. Had a nice aroma of raisins and brown sugar, and reminded me a lot of smells familiar with a nice Belgian dubbel. Taste better than expected for the price. It was malty and surprisingly hoppy, as the bottle brags about the elevated IBUs (80) on the label. The mouthfeel was the only fault here. It was a bit on the boozy side, plus there was a bitterness that lingered in the middle of my tongue. But, the finished was light and smooth. You can really buy some crap beers out there for $3, but for this price, the HLV was a pretty decent beer.

01-28-2012 05:47:52 | More by morebeergood
Photo of ChainGangGuy


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
Photo of samie85


3.15/5  rDev -4.3%

A-Pours a very dark, translucent brown with a finger and a half of thick head.

S-Smells of chocolate and roasted malts with fragrant orange and pine notes.

T-Mostly fruity hops with some roasted malt but finishes with hot alcohol notes.

M-Very slick with low carbonation and a hot alcohol finish in the mouth and throat.

D-Very nice beer with the exception of the alcohol heat which kind of ruins the beer for me; its a cheap vodka kind of note that really is unfortunate as this is an otherwise solid beer.

01-21-2012 03:39:08 | More by samie85
Photo of mikeg67

New Jersey

3.8/5  rDev +15.5%

Bottle from Trader Joe’s. Pours brown with a beige, thick head. Aroma is of toasted, bready malt, dark fruit and grassy hops. Full, oily, crisp body. Taste is of toasted malt, brown sugar, roasted grain, dark fruit and earthy hops. Finish is long and bitter. Nice brew.

01-20-2012 14:39:30 | More by mikeg67
Photo of beerenjoyer1


4.08/5  rDev +24%

I purchased this beer at Trader Joe's.

A - Nice and dark brown with hints of red when held up to sun light. The foam is creamy and 1/2" thick. The beer has "legs" left on the glass as the level in the glass go down.

S - I can smell the hops immediately with side tone of malts.

T - Taste is of hops and malts but smooth with a slight bitter aftertaste.

M - A nice combination of fullness but still being light during every drink with some carbonation.

O - I like this beer. It is not a OMG! type brew but it is still good and I would buy it again. One would think that with the name Heavy Lift Vessel that it would be a thick beer but that really is not the case. If it were heavier tasting it would most likely be stronger in alcohol, but I think it is very nice as it is.

01-19-2012 18:56:53 | More by beerenjoyer1
Photo of CP20


4/5  rDev +21.6%

01-15-2012 23:09:18 | More by CP20
Photo of rinhaak


3.6/5  rDev +9.4%

Bottle purchased at Trader Joes in Cambridge, MA for $2+.

There's no denying the value of this beer. It's a well crafted beer, very unique from other brown ales I've had, and tremendously inexpensive. Good enough that I certainly want to try some of their other beers for the same price, but not so good that I'd want to pay much more.

There is no style listed on the bottle, though they do list the OG and FG.

Pours a dark brown color that is translucent when held up to the light. A small head floats on top but doesn't last long.

The nose is interesting with some good roasted malt aromas, a little bit of chocolate, hints of plum. There is a slightly acrid taste in the mouth that caught me off guard - almost like overripe, slightly moldy fruit. Or a pastry that's just past its prime. Lots of roasted malt flavor with a good hop presence to balance it out. A long chocolate cookie finish.

An interesting beer worth trying for the price.

01-15-2012 19:55:12 | More by rinhaak
Photo of dustinness22


4/5  rDev +21.6%

Poors dark amber with a billowing beige head that sticks around. This is a very pretty ale.Malty front with a crisp hop finish. Well balanced throughout. Higher alcohol isn't overbearing. Purchased for $1.99 from the Trader Joe's I work at. Many more will follow this guy.

12-31-2011 04:11:45 | More by dustinness22
Photo of Eriktheipaman


3/5  rDev -8.8%

12-28-2011 23:07:46 | More by Eriktheipaman
Photo of jlmorgan4


4.13/5  rDev +25.5%

Purchased at Trader Joe's in Brookline for $2.29 for a bomber--serious bargain, but cheap enough to raise some concern. (Also picked up an IPA from the same brewer.)

Pours beautifully into a oversized pilsner: translucent dark body with red sparks when held up to the light: craggy khaki head that sticks around a long time, resolving into a quarter-inch cap with nice, intermittent lacing.

Aromas are roasty and hoppy--very inviting. Flavor is likewise--like a porter with bitter dark chocolate and a long, hoppy finish. Nice feel in the mouth--low-key effervescence, full body, but not overly thick. Very happy beer for a relaxed Jew on Christmas Day.

12-25-2011 22:15:22 | More by jlmorgan4
Boatswain H.L.V. Ale (Heavy Lift Vessel) from Minhas Craft Brewery
76 out of 100 based on 201 ratings.