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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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210 Ratings
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Ratings: 210
Reviews: 76
rAvg: 3.28
pDev: 16.16%
Wants: 0
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: smcolw on 12-17-2011)
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Photo of LA_Hue24
3.95/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Trader Joe's offers this beer for $2 and some change that already makes it a great bargain. Nice head good retention good roasty malt taste with hints of chocolate and 7% ABV for $2 perfect for when Im broke and want a quality beer. If the price was ever raised to twice that amount, I would probably still buy it

LA_Hue24, Nov 27, 2013
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2/5  rDev -39%

largadeer, Nov 26, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -16.2%

Allurex, Nov 13, 2013
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1.75/5  rDev -46.6%

mctizzz, Nov 11, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -23.8%

notchucknorris, Nov 05, 2013
Photo of tommy5
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

tommy5, Oct 31, 2013
Photo of aflies
3/5  rDev -8.5%

aflies, Oct 22, 2013
Photo of duceswild
2.75/5  rDev -16.2%

duceswild, Oct 19, 2013
Photo of Mavigo
3.46/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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

O: Overall, it was only two bucks, which is well worth the price, its not outstanding or anything, but if the price is right, the price is right.

Mavigo, Sep 26, 2013
Photo of Bockrules
3.29/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Bockrules, Sep 18, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Sir_Goatman, Sep 16, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

pisomojado8, Sep 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev +22%

Beerbuddy21, Sep 13, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

RyneEverett, Sep 10, 2013
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3/5  rDev -8.5%

Wattie, Sep 08, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

ButtomsUp, Aug 16, 2013
Photo of Offa
3.61/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I hadn't expected much, but this is a pretty good beer, enjoyable if simple.

Deep brown, medium-big tan head slowly shrinks to foamy ring, no lace.

Aroma is caramelised barley, pine bark, musty raisins.

Taste is metallic dried fruit and toasted barley up front, and sweet, with slightly drier spicy finish. Feel is solid and full, not watery, not oily. It is simple but very enjoyable.

Offa, Aug 13, 2013
Photo of David_C
2.25/5  rDev -31.4%

David_C, Aug 11, 2013
Photo of ckollias
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed this bottle out of a pub style beer glass.

A: Pours a brown hue with a decent sized white head that slowly dissipates into a wispy lacy leaving a nice sized trail.

S: Malty alcoholic aroma with a nutty background.

T: Similar to the smell there is a malty alcoholic flavor that is predominately sweet and finishes slightly dry.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Decent brew – good flavors and aromas with enough alcohol to make it interesting.

ckollias, Aug 10, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -16.2%

Jabberwocky, Aug 10, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -23.8%

DmanGTR, Jul 20, 2013
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3/5  rDev -8.5%

Lucnifter, Jul 19, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

Ljoreilly, Jul 14, 2013
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3/5  rDev -8.5%

Lanstrum, Jul 13, 2013
Photo of kojevergas
2.58/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

650 ml brown glass bottle with simple straightforward label art and a standard unbranded pry-off cap acquired at a Trader Joe's; I don't remember the exact cost but I'm sure it was value. 7% ABV confirmed. OG: 17.35. 80 IBUs. "Brewed & Bottled by: Rhinelander Brewing Co. LLC. Monroe WI 53566." Do we have this categorized under the wrong brewery? It's not listed on this page either: http://minhasbrewery.com/our-brews

Nowhere on the label is it identified as an American Strong Ale, so I'm not reviewing it as such. It does identify as an ale.

Served cold, straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated. Reviewed live. Expectations are low given its current low ratings.

A: Pours a two finger head of khaki colour. Supple. Soft smooth complexion. Nice creaminess. Pretty good (~5+ minute) retention for the highish ABV. Light uneven lacing as the head recedes.

Body colour is a an extremely dark brown, bordering on black. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Opaque.

Overall, it's pretty mundane looking. Not unique or special. No overt flaws are noticeable.

Sm: Brown malts, caramalt, biscuit malt. Notable floral hop character. Some nuts. Hints of neutral fruits. Average sweetness. Some apple. Some toffee. Hints of cream. No yeast or alcohol comes through. A generally appealing aroma, though it's not particularly evocactive. Still not sure what style they're going for here; maybe it's an aggressively hopped brown ale?

A mild strength aroma with a definite English character.

T: Hm. Caramalts, brown malts, vienna malts. Way too sweet on the back end, with near-cloying fruit syrup, light vanilla, and cream. Maybe white chocolate too. Some light floral hop character. No real yeasty character. Alcohol does come through. Lightly bready.

Poorly balanced and badly built. Lacks complexity and subtlety. I'm not really enjoying it.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Creamy. Slick. Decent carbonation. Okay thickness. Poor presence on the palate. Sticky. Doesn't suit the flavour profile all that well; it certainly isn't custom-tailored to it. Gets too dry and coarse right on the finish, tanking drinkability.

Dr: Plain, boring, and unremarkable. It could be priced far worse. I won't be getting it again. You could do worse for a value beer. It'll get you drunk. A forgettable brew that isn't worth your time. Trader Joe's has far better brews in this or a better price range. Not recommended. I wouldn't want more than one; it's not very drinkable. In fact, I'm wishing this was a smaller bottle.


kojevergas, Jul 02, 2013
Boatswain H.L.V. Ale (Heavy Lift Vessel) from Minhas Craft Brewery
76 out of 100 based on 210 ratings.