Boatswain H.L.V. Ale (Heavy Lift Vessel) - Minhas Craft Brewery
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3.29/5 rDev 0%
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.
09-18-2013 06:44:03 | More by Bockrules
3.61/5 rDev +9.7%
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.
08-13-2013 07:03:00 | More by Offa
3.5/5 rDev +6.4%
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.
08-10-2013 01:39:09 | More by ckollias
2.58/5 rDev -21.6%
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.
07-02-2013 05:54:11 | More by kojevergas
3.6/5 rDev +9.4%
A 22 oz bomber. Clear garnet brown with a very nice head. Good lacing. It may be an American strong ale but it has a decidedly English aroma. Toffee, brown bread, and yeast fruitiness. A hint of alcohol and coffee. Taste follows the nose. Like an English strong ale but hoppier. Still earthy but bigger. Lots of toasty malt with caramel and light fruitiness. Dry finish with lingering notes of gain grains and earth. Feel is soft and supple with a surprising lightness.. A solid tasty beer. At just over two bucks for a bottle it is an outstanding value.
06-14-2013 03:40:41 | More by scootny
2.79/5 rDev -15.2%
Poured from a standard pressure-cap bomber into a conic pint glass in high elevation Kalispell, Mont. Reviewed live.
A- One finger khaki-colored head with rapid erosion. Walnut-color with little light poking through. Alright looking.
S- Chocolate, slightly boozy, fairly tasty.
T- Grainy, some chocolate malts. Not a lot here.
M- Medium bodied and dry.
O- Mehhh. Nothing stands out. Very plain brew.
06-02-2013 04:33:51 | More by Murrhey
Boatswain H.L.V. Ale (Heavy Lift Vessel) from Minhas Craft Brewery
76 out of 100 based on 201 ratings.