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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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76
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212 Ratings
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Ratings: 212
Reviews: 76
rAvg: 3.27
pDev: 16.21%
Wants: 1
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Minhas Craft Brewery visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: smcolw on 12-17-2011)
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4/5  rDev +22.3%

Photo of Caskaway
3/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of OleJohnnieAle
3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of openupandsay
3.65/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Label did not allude to what was in the bottle, but for $1.99 at Trader Joe's, it was a safe gamble. In a pint glass, people around me probably assumed I was drinking a cola based on the appearance and very mild aroma. Compared to other brown ales (a style I'm usually a fan of), I'd rate this as one of favorites, which was a nice surprise. Rich, dark, toasty, hoppier than average, but very, very, very drinkable. Smooth like Legend's Brown but with more body and more hops. I need to go buy more.

Photo of BuzzLitebier
3.7/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

When I poured it, it was cola-black, and I would've bet my life that it was a porter. Of course you can't tell based on the label, and I hadn't consulted BA beforehand. Anyway, I was wrong! The hops comes through on this, and even though it's classified as a brown ale, I would've said that it reminds me more of a black IPA with a hint of smoked/cooked something on the end. The carbination was good and it had a nice head. I didn't have very high expectations with this beer, but it was on sale for $1.99, and I was pleasantly surprised. Would I buy it again? Maybe....

Photo of dugly2ugly
3.5/5  rDev +7%

Photo of scaliasux
2.08/5  rDev -36.4%
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.

Photo of mmmaaattt
3.5/5  rDev +7%

Photo of TheSarge
3.83/5  rDev +17.1%
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!

Photo of BobZ
3.35/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Photo of bkgodfrey
3/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of HerrWahr
3.3/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

Photo of dtreindl
3/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of bluejacket74
3.4/5  rDev +4%
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.

Photo of erlenmeyer
3/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

Photo of Steasy66
3.48/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Photo of gobseulmuhri
3.9/5  rDev +19.3%
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.

Photo of jmcgahran1
3/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of coylefoto
3.08/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Photo of GossageBrewery
3/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

Photo of marcobrau
2.5/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of brureview
3.75/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

Photo of rbthuffman
3.5/5  rDev +7%

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4.25/5  rDev +30%

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