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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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BA SCORE
76
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194 Ratings
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Ratings: 194
Reviews: 74
rAvg: 3.28
pDev: 16.77%
Wants: 0
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Minhas Craft Brewery visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: smcolw on 12-17-2011)
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Offa

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2013 07:03:00 | More by Offa
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David_C

Massachusetts

2.25/5  rDev -31.4%

08-11-2013 17:03:20 | More by David_C
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ckollias

Maryland

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2013 01:39:09 | More by ckollias
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Jabberwocky

California

2.75/5  rDev -16.2%

08-10-2013 00:50:16 | More by Jabberwocky
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DmanGTR

New York

2.5/5  rDev -23.8%

07-20-2013 18:26:34 | More by DmanGTR
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Lucnifter

California

3/5  rDev -8.5%

07-19-2013 00:10:28 | More by Lucnifter
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Ljoreilly

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

07-14-2013 01:25:25 | More by Ljoreilly
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Lanstrum

Ohio

3/5  rDev -8.5%

07-13-2013 22:11:29 | More by Lanstrum
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kojevergas

Texas

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.

C-

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2013 05:54:11 | More by kojevergas
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SnaxStL

Missouri

1.5/5  rDev -54.3%

06-30-2013 16:10:02 | More by SnaxStL
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HopGrazer

New York

3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

06-30-2013 01:56:23 | More by HopGrazer
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Wedcat

California

3/5  rDev -8.5%

06-26-2013 01:06:28 | More by Wedcat
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Ejayz

Iowa

3/5  rDev -8.5%

06-18-2013 03:09:26 | More by Ejayz
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scootny

New York

3.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2013 03:40:41 | More by scootny
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meehandennis

Maine

3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

06-08-2013 00:23:29 | More by meehandennis
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Murrhey

Montana

2.79/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2013 04:33:51 | More by Murrhey
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Drknight

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

05-29-2013 14:18:03 | More by Drknight
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Carpentiere

New Hampshire

3/5  rDev -8.5%

05-04-2013 17:51:49 | More by Carpentiere
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fastrodney

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

05-03-2013 19:00:00 | More by fastrodney
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

3.43/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

(Served in the snifter)
A- This beer pours a deep dense opaque brown with a rocky light tan head that last a good bit and a gentle carbonation of tiny bubbles.

S- The soft dry woody hops note gives way to a black malt hint and some cream in the finish.

T- The pine resin hops leads to some dark caramel notes with a dry roasted malt hint mixed in. There is a soft sweetness in the finish that leads to a bitterness that lingers and becomes more pungent as the beer opens.

M- The medium mouthfeel has no alcohol heat and a tight little fizz.

O- There are some nice soft malt flavors but the bitterness overpowers it and makes it a bit tough to finish.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2013 16:14:30 | More by rhoadsrage
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MilkManX

Arizona

4/5  rDev +22%

04-26-2013 20:35:53 | More by MilkManX
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TonyY

New York

3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

04-26-2013 09:34:48 | More by TonyY
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PsychicBubblegum

California

3/5  rDev -8.5%

04-14-2013 18:00:18 | More by PsychicBubblegum
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BucannonXC5

California

3.56/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Type: 22-oz. bomber
Glass: Stone Ruination IPA pint glass
From: Trader Joe’s in La Mesa (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $1.99
Purchased: April 4, 2013
Consumed: April 12, 2013
Misc.: N/A

Poured an almost pitch black color with 1-2 fingers of khaki tan head. Sporadic and spider web lacing on the sides of the glass. Pretty good retention on the way down as well.

Smelled dark malts right from the get-go. Got plum and other faint dark fruits, roasty caramel nuts and chocolate.

Tasted those same dark malts for the most part. Got bitter dark fruits and roasted nuts up front. Some chocolate, toffee and light coffee as well. Some smokiness as well.

Full-to-medium body. Sticky texture. Average-to-lively (above average) retention. Longer, smooth finish.

Very surprised that I enjoyed this as much as I did. Sorry Boatswain.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2013 03:29:40 | More by BucannonXC5
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WDJersey

Colorado

3/5  rDev -8.5%

04-07-2013 03:52:26 | More by WDJersey
Boatswain H.L.V. Ale (Heavy Lift Vessel) from Minhas Craft Brewery
76 out of 100 based on 194 ratings.