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Heavy Seas Black Cannon - Heavy Seas Beer

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86
very good

215 Reviews
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87
very good

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Reviews: 215
Hads: 667
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 6.3%
Wants: 17
Gots: 52 | FT: 0
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Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  7.25% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: JayQue on 01-23-2011

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.86/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #74 (Mar 2013):

Initial thought is that this beer feels like the benchmark for the style. While some will argue the style is still being defined, it seems most of the great ones resonate toward the traits Black Cannon wields. It does not try to devastate the palate or confuse it by incorporating other style traits; it stays the course.

STYLE: American Black Ale
ABV: 7.25%
AVAILABILITY: Seasonal

LOOK: Deep brown, excellent lacing

SMELL: Faint roasted grain, mild chocolate, hop resin, orange zest, piney, toasted bread crust, parsley

TASTE: Smooth, almost silky, creamy, fullish body, dark chocolate, faint burnt sugar, hop bitterness, herbal, vague citrus, hint of alcohol, dank, semidry hoppy finish (736 characters)

Photo of cyclonece09
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Beer poured from a 12 oz bottle into a mug. Pours pitch black with a light brown head that disappears quickly. Smells of coffee and some hops, but weak. Tastes of some flowery hops and coffee, nice combination. Beer is light bodied, nicely carbonated, good finish. Overall, an above average beer. (296 characters)

Photo of Bills453
3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a chalice glass.

Appearance - Mine eyes be deceiving me! This looks like a porter/stout. If you were to tell me this was an IPA I would giggle at you profusely. I will be the first to admit that I do not have a lot of experience with Black IPAs, but this looks good. Very dark in color, tannish head.

Smell - a very earth smell, a mix of hops, grass, and a bit of a floral sweetness right at the beginning of the sniff.

Taste - a beautiful blend of hoppy bitterness and malty roastiness. I really enjoy this beer as so many IPAs focus on crushing your palate with hops at this point in time, this does not do that.

Mouthfeel - bueno

Overall - a really nice beer from Heavy Seas. I would drink it again, and probably recommend it as a try for friends. (781 characters)

Photo of tbeckett
2.69/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.25

Pint at Alewife in Baltimore. From notes.

A - Black pour with two fingers of brown head. Wicked lace all around and a finger of retention. Good lookin' pint.

S - Roast, mild. Virtually nothing there.

T - Earthy hops, roast, vanilla, dark fruit. Mild overall. Not a ton of hop character.

M - Decent carbonation, medium to full body, good carbonation.

O/D - Meh. Plain overall. I wouldn't revisit this. Seemed really tame and not too drinkable b/c it was fairly boring. A fairly uninteresting beer. (502 characters)

Photo of delta490
4.04/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours black, true to its name. No light gets through. There's a short lasting head that lasts a bit around the circumference and leaves some lacing. The aroma is rich and intriguing, with both a strong citrus hops aroma and big dark roast malts. The taste matches quite closely. The feel is a little thinner, leaning towards the Schwartz-bier side of the house. All in all, though, this is a great black IPA. (408 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 6/2014. Pours pitch black color with a 1 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, peach, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, toast, light char, floral, grass, light pine, and floral/roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of hop and roasted malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, peach, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, toast, light char, floral, grass, light pine, and floral/roasted earthiness. Fair amount of floral/roast bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, peach, cocoa, roast, coffee, toast, light char, floral, grass, and floral/roast earthiness. Very nice complexity of bright hop and roasted malt flavors; with a great hop/malt balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and lightly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent black IPA. All around great balance and complexity of hop and roasted malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering. (1,365 characters)

Photo of coasterfreak75
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Black, foamy tan head that never died, nice lacing that held on throughout the drink.

Smell: Heavy peppery hop smell with a slight hint of fruit at the rear of the nose.

Taste: Not at all what I expect from an IPA. Smooth and almost sweet at the front with a quick hit of bitter hops and a slight but not lingering hop aftertaste. Mixed in the middle is a fig/fruit sweetness that comes as quickly as it leaves.

Mouthfeel: Very light for an IPA.

Overall: Quite good for a dark IPA. I'm glad I found this on cask. I'm thinking the cask toned it down. Overall a good drink. (587 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Appearing black from afar, dark reddish hues are noticeable near the bottom of the glass when it is brought near a light source. A very slight amount of carbonation is visible. It poured with a thin light tan colored head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface, a narrow color around the edge and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of dark roasted malts are present in the nose along with notes of citrus and pine resin hops.
T: Flavors of dark and roasted malts stand out in the overall taste along with some hints of burnt malts. There is a light to moderate amount of bitterness and this lingers through the finish. No traces of alcohol are perceptible.
M: It feels nearly medium-bodied and somewhat crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is rather easy to drink—neither the roasted flavors nor the bitterness are overpowering in any ways. (947 characters)

Photo of dgherm
3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle expiration date 7/13. Pours into a glass, dark black no light getting through. Dark tan frothy head that sticks around a while. Strong hop presence upfront with hints of chocolate on the back end. Some nice lacing left on the glass. An enjoyable brew for sure. (272 characters)

Photo of screamking
3.31/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle poured into pint glass.

Apperance-It pours very dark brown with a thick 1 1/2 finger dark khaki head. Little bit of lacing making its way down the glass. 3.75

Aroma-light coffe, small amount of chocolate, hints of citrus. These are blended together pretty well, just seems rather light. 3.25

Taste-You get a little bit of milk chocolate at the front of your tongue. Then some hop bitterness toward the middle and end. After taste leaves a bland stale feeling in my mouth. 3.25

Feel-decent feel, not to thin or thick, right in the middle. ABV is small enough to drink a few. 3.5

Overall-I've heard this one is hit or miss and I could see liking this more on a another day, but today it's just not to my liking. All of the flavors are rather light. If it had more if a hop feel I think I would like it a bit more. Even so, its not a total waste of time and I would love to revisit it in the future. 3.25 (919 characters)

Photo of TheBrewo
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

We crack the top on our grumbler, pouring a brew of the deepest mahogany browns with soft ruby hues around the edges into our Founders snifters. It holds a massive three and a half finger head of tight, brown-grayish bubbles, showing great retention. Thick and sheety patterned lacing is left all around the glasses. No haze or sediment is noted, and carbonation appears to be active. The nose is zesty, with grapefruity and herbal hops, Flintstone vitamin fruitiness, light woody mossiness, dried apricots, chalk, dried kelp, pale malt crispness, brown malt metallics and faint roastiness, and curiously soured, puckering yeastiness. With warmth comes a deepening of the malts, with sweeter caramels, lactics, and a soured yeastiness that borders on Bretty bite. Our first impression is that this is a nicely flavored black ale, with strong, resilient hops, pleasantly dark malts, and a curiously puckered and soured component through the end. As we sip, the taste opens with floral, herbal, and brightly citric hops, clean black malts, foamy plastics, lemon zestiness, faint soapy pucker, mango and papaya fruit juiciness, light bubblegums, chalk, and pale malty base. Moving to the peak is a blend of sweeter strawberry, pineapple, apricot, and coconut fruitiness, with bittered char of black and coffee malts, general roastiness, moss, and mineral. Lemon rind bitterness pulls us to a soured and puckered ending wash, with metallic and lemony yeastiness, ginger root, pineapple rind, thick chalks, muddy minerals, piney sap, fusel chemicals, pale and wheat crust maltiness, fusel booze, honeysuckle, and beautifully nectary hops. The aftertaste breathes of green banana skins, mineral, tinny and irony metallics, chalk, dust and musk, crispy pale malts, bubblegum esters, pale malt toastiness, straw, and grassy, citric rind, and nectary hop varietals. The body is medium, and the carbonation is soft and medium. Each sip gives nice slurp and smack, with decent cream and froth, and pleasant finishing pucker. The mouth is cooled and coated, with chalky astringency of roast down the tongue and hard palate. The abv is appropriate, and drinkability is quite high.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was its nose and flavoring. These were both surprisingly robust, zesty, hoppy, and well-balanced, helping to keep things fresh and drinkable. The nose especially held a bright zestiness that really reminded us of Lagunitas Sucks, in the sense that it was fruity, hoppy, and cleanly blended. The grain bill is obviously much darker, but this only contributed to the intrigue and depth of the taste. The feel was creamy and smooth, with soft finish. This brew exhibits the premiere blending of styles into the American Black Ale, and is our favorite to date from the brewery, and perhaps even a rival to the illustrious Sublimely Self-Righteous. (2,858 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours an almost pitch black color with a small cream colored head. The head has a low level of retention fading to leave very light lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell - The aroma is of a roasted malt smell mixed with some caramel sweetness. Along with these smells are notes of licorice and a moderately strong aroma of molasses. Being an IPA, it is no surprise, that along with these smells are some nice notes of a pine and earthy hops, which when mixed with the rest, as well as a roasted coffee malt aroma, give a nice roasty but semi-sweet and moderately hoppy smell.

Taste – The taste begins with a roasted malt taste mixed with a small amount of a citrus hop taste. There is a lighter sweetness present upfront that fades as the taste moves on and then returns again at the end. While the nose depicted a much sweeter profile, the taste was not all that sweet, yet was on the drier and roastier side until the very end where it sweetened up to a lighter to medium amount. The grapefruit hop that was present upfront is soon joined and surpassed in strength by a pine hop flavor. Toward the end an earthy flavor and a decently strong coffee flavor comes to the tongue. With some sweeter flavors of a caramel and light molasses flavor coming to the tongue as well, in the end, a lighter hop flavor mixed with a decent roasted coffee and semi-sweet taste is left to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – For a 7.25 % abv brew, the body of the beer is on the slightly thinner side with a carbonation level that is on the lower side as well. The lower carbonation was rather nice for the roasted flavors of the brew as well as the lighter hop flavors as it accentuated both. The thinner body however was not so good and took away from all those nice flavors.

Overall – A tasty and drinkable brew overall, although it was not really all that hoppy tasting as a IBA would be expected to be. It drinks nice and is rather enjoyable, but don’t expect a hop powerhouse here. (2,045 characters)

Photo of PhantasIPA
4.55/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The appearance of this beer is, well, black! Looks like a porter but tastes like a stout and IPA made malty love and this came out. Poured it from a bottle into a glass and got a small head (1/8 of an inch) and the lacing is average as well.

The smell is really unique; it smells like pine from the hops, coffee and toffee for the malt. Pungent yet smooth...somehow!

Taste is very good as well. First beer I have ever had that tasted quite like this. Hoppy and dark is a hard flavor to create but they did it. The coffee and malt really balance the pine notes of the hops, as opposed to a normal IPA where the citrus notes accent the pine flavored hops.

Mouthfeel is very smooth since is is such a heavy beer. The density and sweetness make it drink like a Guinness but sting a little like a classic IPA. Carbonation is not a factor at all.

Overall this beer is very unique. A dark and sweet and smooth IPA...pretty cool. Worth a try if you want a unique taste that is well balanced and not too strong at 7.25%. (1,015 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
4.09/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle with a expiration date clipped on the label for July 2013. Sampled on April 14, 2013.

The pour is very dark to near black with a mocha head that settles but leaves lacing in the wake.

The body is medium but smooth.

The taste has many of the dark lager characteristics I expect including dark malts and moderate bitterness. Actually fairly easy to drink. (384 characters)

Photo of BeerDawgs
3.86/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A 12 oz bottle dated fresh before May '13

A - Pitch black, with some nice lacing on the glass. A cloudy white hue left on the top of the beer

S - Dark malty notes, burnt beans, and chocolate.

T - Rich dark malty notes, chocolate, but sweet undertones. Nice hop aftertaste.

M - High carbonation, oily and slick

O - A good beer, but I think the Avery New World Porter is more tasty for this style. (401 characters)

Photo of hackmann
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: black body with a one finger tan head that leaves some lacing on the glass.

Aroma: not big, but I am picking up a hint of pine, a touch of floral, a touch roasted grains, a little coffee note

Flavors: toasted flavors, roasted grains, pine in the mix, a little semi-sweet chocolate,

Mouthfeel: a little wool like on the texture, roasted notes linger,

To the Point: a nice Black IPA; worthy to try (413 characters)

Photo of Flounder57
3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle was poured into a nonic pint glass.

Appearance: It poured a small mocha head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a pitch black color with no clarity or vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Spotty lacing as the beer was drank.

Smell: roasted coffee, chocolate, citrus, pine, burnt molasses, and smoke.

Taste: Same as above with some mild hoppy bitterness in the end.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium to full bodied, medium carbonation, some tingly bitterness, and an enjoyable dark beer.

Overall: Pretty solid ABA here. I have enjoyed this before and look forward to more in the future. (606 characters)

Photo of CloudStrife
3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. May 13 notched on the label.

A: Pours a very dark brown appearing black in the glass with a 2 finger dense light khaki head on top. Head takes its time as it slowly dissipates, leaving splotches of lace on the side.

S: Good blend going on here. First thing that I notice is a rich roasted malt that gives a somewhat chocolate note. The obvious pleasant hops in the background. Dark fruits appear more as it warms up.

T: Upon first sip I get roasted malts that are taken over by a good earthy hop. Real interesting balance, then the finish is even more blurred with a blend of more roasted malts and hop bitterness.

M: Medium body with a decent amount of carbonation. The roasted malts provide a creamy mouthfeel. Hops arent too sticky but do add a nectar like quality.

Overall its a good addition to the heavy seas lineup a nice add on to the Loose Cannon. More complex but it retains the drinkability. (942 characters)

Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.09/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a deep, deep brown, almost black color. Small to medium, chocolate brown head. Good retention and good lacing. Tinges of brown and red around the edge of the body in the light.

S- Big, prominent hops profile hits the nose hard. Mostly floral scents with high complexity. Underlying dark malts and a hint of chocolate malt sweetness.

T- Starts with a bang of hops bitterness that quickly transitions into dark malts. In the middle of the drink, chocolate malts become dominant. The blend of slightly sweet chocolate and a moderate hop profile lead to a flavor that is closest to chewing tobacco, with a moderate bite, but some sweetness. Ends with the bite of dark malts and hops.

M- Highly carbonated, but somewhat thick at the same time. Dark malt flavors provide an illusion of thick, creaminess. Slick across the palate with no detectable alcohol.

Overall, a solid, but different black IPA. The chewing tobacco flavor is unique. I like this one, and when I'm in the mood for a black IPA, this is an affordable option. (1,033 characters)

Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A shining black with a short fizzy head; little lacing or retention.

S: Pine, earthy grass (like a fresh-cut lawn), and a gingery potpourri scent emanate from this hoppy body. Fair amount of chocolate and biscuit dough in there, as well.

T: A blend of toasted bread, pecan, cocoa, and cola - mostly dark sugars. Earthy hops with tastes of grassy pine give a pretty bitter display, though they remain balanced the whole time. Only slightly roasted on the ends, with a mildly dry, grainy aftertaste.

M: A hefty beer, but with enough carbonation to keep it drinkable. Thicker than most IPAs.

O: A big black ale that I wouldn't mind having another bottle of - simple as that. This is not an overly complex beer, but it is one I definitely enjoyed. (750 characters)

Photo of angrybabboon
3.42/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 2/14/13

Appearance: Dark brown with some clarity around the edges - small, light tan head - fades quickly to a small cap, small ring, but leaves some decent streaks of lacing regardless

Smell: Roasty, unexpectedly charred, with some nice citrusy hops - heavily roasted malts, with burnt toast and burnt coffee - dry, chocolate malts and some dark chocolate - some grapefruit and dry pine needles

Taste: Burnt and roasty, with some hops - remarkably burnt, with some serious char - burnt coffee, burnt chocolate, chocolate malts in abundance - some dark, dark chocolate - a touch of sweetness, could actually use a bit more to balance the burnt - oily citrus rinds, pine - bitter, but almost entirely due to the burnt bitterness

Mouthfeel: Medium body, on the low side of carbonation, very dry and rough, roasty finish

Overall: Burnt like a flammable cannonball (sounds legit)

This tastes more like a stout than Heavy Seas' imperial stout (Peg Leg). It's very, very burnt. So burnt, in fact, that the hoppiness is overshadowed. This is not a terrible thing, but I think this could use some balance. In its present state, this is good, but not fantastic. (1,167 characters)

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.66/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Single bottle from Premier Gourmet in Buffalo, alongside a few other Heavy Seas offerings. May 2013 BBD.

Poured into a nonic. Dark chestnut back, a small head that survives for quite a while and leaves behind some streaks of lace.

Nose is some particularly potent citrus hops, smoke, brown bread and molasses. Smells great.

Initially, this brew proved to taste a great deal like an overly-bitter, thin stout, which I wasn't a fan of. All I was getting was bitter hops and bitter smokey roasted bread, if that makes any sense. After about 10 minutes of warming, however, I got a few other goodies that helped give the brew a bit more balance, including some chocolate and malty sweetness; however, this was at the expense of the hop bite. Not sure where to categorize this, but I enjoyed it for what it was.

Not as strong an offering as the Loose Cannon, but still an interesting brew, particularly for the nose. (917 characters)

Photo of Anker13
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2/10/13 Heavy Seas | Black Cannon | 12oz Bottle

Appearance- deep brown almost black, creamy tan head, no light getting through

Aroma- Hoppiness is upfront, the citrus notes were unexpected, slight earthiness, very little malt character, grapefruity

Mouthfeel- moderate CO2, thin, a little astringency

Taste- Lacking in malt character, roasty/dark notes are barely perceivable on the finish. I don’t really know how to describe this beer… Primarily an earthy hop beer?

Residual- Lingering earthy hoppiness, slight drying

Overall- Doesn’t leave much an impression for me. Was hoping for a maltier beer. (612 characters)

Photo of Titans77
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled in February. Very fresh...

A - Nothing out of the ordinary here. Pitch black like a stout or a porter. Tan head that vanished quickly. Some lacing and no alcohol legs.

S - Citrus hops with roasted malt background. Nothing too spectacular.

T - Big citrus and grapefruit hops followed by the roasted malt with coffee background. It blends perfectly and does the style justice.

M - It reminds me of drinking a hopped porter. Very smooth and medium bodied with a semi-dry finish.

O - One of my favorite local beers. It deserves higher praise. (551 characters)

Photo of mscudder
3.24/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served into a pint.

A - Pours an anticipated opaque black hue with a good sized tan head. Fair retention with some lacing left behind.

S - Dark roasted malts and some citrus hops. Both mild and could be much more robust.

T - Light roasted malts with some hops to follow. Feels as if the tastes are competing a bit, cancelling each other out to some extent. Both flavors can be detected, although I strongly prefer the Loose Cannon.

M - Slightly chewy big-light body. Wish it were more full, for the fair carbonation leaves something to be had.

O - Drinkable and something that falls short of the Loose Cannon in almost every category. Lacking the complexity and boldness I enjoy in this style. (698 characters)

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Heavy Seas Black Cannon from Heavy Seas Beer
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