Boatswain H.L.V. Ale

Boatswain H.L.V. (Heavy Lift Vessel) (American Strong) Ale is 7 ABV and 70 IBU.  Appearance is copper with a large head and malty fruit nose.  The flavor is malty sweet and boozy apple finishing bitter.  I had mediocre expectations given the price and other reviews do I’m glad my hopes weren’t very high.  The mouthfeel is a bit syrupy and it leaves the palate feeling sticky.  There is also an unfortunate metallic quality throughout.  7% may be low for an American Strong but that booze isn’t very well hidden at all.  I’m not very impressed but it was a good value.

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