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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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207 Ratings
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Ratings: 207
Reviews: 75
rAvg: 3.29
pDev: 16.11%
Wants: 0
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Minhas Craft Brewery visit their website
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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Photo of dugly2ugly
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

dugly2ugly, Apr 15, 2012
Photo of scaliasux
2.08/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Appearance - Dark brown. Appears clear. Medium height tan head with some persistence.

Smell - Light dark roasted malts. Mild nutty chocolate.

Taste - Quite sweet and quite dark. Hot chocolate with a resiny finish. Lacks any depth of flavor - like flavored sugar water. Cloying.

Mouthfeel - Full and creamy.

Overall - I wouldn't have guessed it from the beer's other characteristics, but this beer has one of the worst flavors of any beer I've tasted.

scaliasux, Apr 15, 2012
Photo of mmmaaattt
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

mmmaaattt, Apr 14, 2012
Photo of TheSarge
3.83/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this brew from Trader Joe's. Poured this one into a standard Gateway Grizzlies pint glass, and the brew makes about a finger thick tan foam, and the body is dark ruby red in color... Translucent.

The aroma is of cola, sweet maple, metallic and slightly lemony hops, black tea, and brown sugar.

Taste wise I get the characteristic cola flavor, but with a cooked veggie kind of flavor, and a mild metallic trait.

Feels full in body, well carbonated, and the ale has a slight warmth in the end.

Overall not a bad strong brown ale in my opinion. Worth the $3 I paid!

TheSarge, Apr 13, 2012
Photo of BobZ
3.35/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

220z Bottle poured into my Duvel Tulip.

Appearance: Dark brown in color. Builds a 1” head that recedes to a thin cap, decent lacing.

Smell: Roasted malt with some hints of chocolate, pretty pleasant overall.

Taste: The roasted malt and chocolate notes are there, maybe very light coffee. Nothing remarkably good or bad, fairly average.

Mouthfeel: Thin on the palate but relatively smooth.

Overall: Not a bad beer, overall a decent almost “porter-like” brew.

BobZ, Apr 12, 2012
Photo of bkgodfrey
3/5  rDev -8.8%

bkgodfrey, Apr 10, 2012
Photo of HerrWahr
3.3/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

HerrWahr, Mar 28, 2012
Photo of dtreindl
3/5  rDev -8.8%

dtreindl, Mar 11, 2012
Photo of bluejacket74
3.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

bluejacket74, Mar 10, 2012
Photo of erlenmeyer
3/5  rDev -8.8%

erlenmeyer, Mar 08, 2012
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

JoeyBeerBelly, Mar 08, 2012
Photo of Steasy66
3.48/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Steasy66, Mar 06, 2012
Photo of gobseulmuhri
3.9/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

gobseulmuhri, Mar 06, 2012
Photo of jmcgahran1
3/5  rDev -8.8%

jmcgahran1, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of coylefoto
3.08/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

coylefoto, Feb 22, 2012
Photo of GossageBrewery
3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

GossageBrewery, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of marcobrau
2.5/5  rDev -24%

marcobrau, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of brureview
3.75/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

brureview, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of rbthuffman
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

rbthuffman, Feb 09, 2012
Photo of CWhite
4.25/5  rDev +29.2%

CWhite, Feb 07, 2012
Photo of brewcore
2.85/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

brewcore, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of morebeergood
3.68/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

morebeergood, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.63/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

ChainGangGuy, Jan 25, 2012
Photo of samie85
3.15/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 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.

samie85, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of mikeg67
3.8/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

mikeg67, Jan 20, 2012
Boatswain H.L.V. Ale (Heavy Lift Vessel) from Minhas Craft Brewery
76 out of 100 based on 207 ratings.