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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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223 Ratings
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Ratings: 223
Reviews: 81
rAvg: 3.26
pDev: 16.26%
Wants: 1
Gots: 23 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: smcolw on 12-17-2011

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look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Offered this out of a bomber. Not sure of the price... no bottling date on the bottle either. Alrighty then. Poured into a shaker pint.

Appearance: The highlight. I was told this was an IPA, but I figured that was wrong just by looking at it. This is a dark brown beer with a nice beige head on it. Lacing is really nice. Looks to have great clarity. The highlight of HLV, no doubt.

Smell: Ugh. A mess, to be honest. Malts, stale (best way I can describe it) hops, and... soy sauce? Not God awful, but not exactly pleasant. Strange, to say the least.

Taste/feel: Safe bet that this beer is insanely old, I think. I'm not sure of the date (like I said), but I don't think I was drinking the same thing as others here... then again, maybe I was? I doubt it though. There's virtually no balance. It has a weird, strong metallic sort of bitterness, with malts trying to balance it out -- but it doesn't work. It's a weird mesh of bitter and sweet, and it's just not working right. The flavor itself isn't very good either -- tragically unbalanced with a pretty strong presence of alcohol. I know that this is a "Strong Ale", but the alcohol is ridiculously prevalent here. The feel is medium... relatively thin. Not very carbonated.

A third time -- I'm pretty confident this beer is well past its prime, though I'll never know. Based on this experience, I wouldn't want to try HLV again, but it's probably not normally this unpleasant.

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Bought from Trader Joe's, served in a pint.

A: Pours a rich, dark mahogany, amber color, with a short beige head that dissapears fast leaving a few dots of lacing, not much.

S: Smells of wheat, grains, grass, malts, barley, hops, smell is faint, have to inhale deeply.

T: Tastes a bit bland, hints of wheat, grass, grains, malts initially, followed by some mild hops, but overall hard to pick up on flavors.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation, flavors lack

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look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured from the bomber into a pint glass

A - Pours a deep used motor oil black that turns dark amber when held to the light. Plenty of carbonation rises in streams to the rocky, three-finger, tan head. Head stays firmly in place all the way down the glass. Leaves a few small splotches of lacing near the top of the glass and a wall of lacing on the bottom third.

S - If I didn't know any better, I would swear this is some imperial version of miller high life upon opening the bottle and taking a whiff. A bit disappointing with sweet cereal adjuncts and light malt reaching the nose. Things open up a tad in the glass, and molasses notes come into play.

T - Luckily I can tell from first sip that the taste doesn't follow the nose. Big chocolate and molasses upfront. The body is robust with a fair amount of hop bitterness to tame the truckloads of lightly toasted chocolate and caramel malt. Molasses notes come through strong as the beer passes over the back of the tongue and leads to a molasses covered plum finish.

M - On the lighter side of Medium bodied with ample carbonation to give the beer a slight chewiness. Works fine with the flavors but I would prefer a bit more heft.

This is my first go with a strong ale and this particular version was somewhat reminiscent of a weaker stout with a black ale body. The flavors were a bit one dimensional, but passible. However the body was too thin and the smell wasn't much better than a macro. I expected more from this beer (perhaps simply because it comes in a bomber). I think I may have picked this up a Trader Joe's, anyhow I don't foresee myself getting this again unless it is under $2 a bottle. Life is too short to repeatedly buy costly mediocre beers.

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Boatswain H.L.V. Ale (Heavy Lift Vessel) from Minhas Craft Brewery
75 out of 100 based on 223 ratings.