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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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Reviews: 77
Hads: 234
rAvg: 3.28
pDev: 14.33%
Wants: 1
Gots: 24 | 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 Beermazter310
3/5  rDev -8.5%
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. (374 characters)

Photo of ATLbeerDog
3.13/5  rDev -4.6%
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. (548 characters)

Photo of HalfFull
2.49/5  rDev -24.1%
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.. (816 characters)

Photo of Danny1217
2.33/5  rDev -29%
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. (578 characters)

Photo of openupandsay
3.58/5  rDev +9.1%
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. (499 characters)

Photo of BuzzLitebier
3.67/5  rDev +11.9%
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.... (571 characters)

Photo of scaliasux
2.16/5  rDev -34.1%
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. (454 characters)

Photo of TheSarge
3.82/5  rDev +16.5%
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! (570 characters)

Photo of BobZ
3.4/5  rDev +3.7%
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. (470 characters)

Photo of HerrWahr
3.26/5  rDev -0.6%
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. (258 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
3.38/5  rDev +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. (637 characters)

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3/5  rDev -8.5%
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. (410 characters)

Photo of Steasy66
3.46/5  rDev +5.5%
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. (308 characters)

Photo of gobseulmuhri
3.88/5  rDev +18.3%
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. (866 characters)

Photo of coylefoto
3.03/5  rDev -7.6%
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. (825 characters)

Photo of GossageBrewery
3/5  rDev -8.5%
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. (523 characters)

Photo of brureview
3.71/5  rDev +13.1%
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. (460 characters)

Photo of brewcore
2.88/5  rDev -12.2%
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. (720 characters)

Photo of morebeergood
3.65/5  rDev +11.3%
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. (704 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.64/5  rDev -19.5%
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. (1,040 characters)

Photo of samie85
3.2/5  rDev -2.4%
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. (511 characters)

Photo of mikeg67
3.78/5  rDev +15.2%
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. (271 characters)

Photo of beerenjoyer1
4.08/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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. (778 characters)

Photo of rinhaak
3.62/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (947 characters)

Photo of dustinness22
4/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (272 characters)

Boatswain H.L.V. Ale (Heavy Lift Vessel) from Minhas Craft Brewery
76 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.