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Heavy Seas Black Cannon - Heavy Seas Beer

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85
very good

649 Ratings
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Ratings: 649
Reviews: 214
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 13.49%
Wants: 16
Gots: 34 | FT: 0
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Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  7.25% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: JayQue on 01-23-2011)
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Reviews by C20Percent:
Photo of C20Percent
3.28/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

*Drank before the "Best By..." date - poured into the bottle*

Full Disclosure: First Black IPA I've reviewed.

A: Pours a dark , dark brown with a healthy, bubbly head of light tan foam on top. Looks clean. Some bubbles on the side of the glass. Lacing is below average. Nothing stands out here -- but it's good.

S: Parts of me are digging the aroma, which I think is a nice complexity. First impression is stout/porter all the way. It's got the roasty smell. Coffee notes hit the nose. But, you give it a swirl and you get the hoppy smell. The only thing holding it back from amazing is the hoppy part doesn't necessarily stand out as anything special, nor does the stout smell.

T: The roasted malt, coffee-caramel is the fist flavor that hits the palette. The taste doesn't sting the tongue like you get in a full-loaded IPA. It more or less just sits there. Plus, I'm waiting for the hoppy kick that I get from other Black IPAs, but it's just not there. Also, a fairly dull finish. Need a bit more here.

M: Ugh -- I want to give the feel an average rating, but the flatness is preventing me from doing so. The carbonation is fairly solid, and the beer does coat the mouth with some roastiness. The beer isn't chewy. And, I'm drinking this at a point where the beer is supposed to be fresh, but it's falling flat for me.

O: I think this is your average Black IPA. In the past these beers have stood out because of the hoppy finish, but not really getting that here. The only thing that pushes this beer above average is I think the alcohol is very well managed. The 7.5% indicates there should be some booziness, but there's none -- so Bravo there.

C20Percent, Apr 27, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass a dark cola color with a creamy tannish colored head,it lasted well with a nice ring to it.Fruit and spicy/piney hops really stand out most,there is a hint of chocolate malt as well.A full creamy feel its almost lush,very nice.A well rounded mix of resiny hop,dark bread,and chocolate going on in the palate,the hops hit pretty hard but level out.A real nice ABA,better than most I have had to date,well done.

oberon, Feb 23, 2011
Photo of ExtraStout
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- pours dark transparent black with medium head leaving moderate lacing

S- hoppy and sweet.

T- first sips a nicely blanaced hop taste with malt. lingering bitterness

M- medium carbonation, lighter pretty thin feel.

D- pretty good stuff. i love black ipas to begin with so i could drink it all day. not a personal favorite of mine but would definately buy again.

ExtraStout, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of npala86
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

npala86, Aug 08, 2013
Photo of bellce0
4/5  rDev +5.8%

bellce0, Mar 02, 2012
Photo of Doomcifer
2.75/5  rDev -27.2%

Doomcifer, Aug 01, 2014
Photo of Guden
4.78/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Pours an inky jet black with no light coming through at all. A dense but short tan head sits on top and fades quickly.

S- Wow! Up front is a blend of woody hops and vinous fruit and alcohol followed by a wave of heavily toasted bread, toffee, spices (coriander, cinnamon and anise), dark chocolate and over it all is a sweet baked honey ham caramel. If there was a touch more hops it would be perfect, but as is it smells amazing.

T- Wow again. The flavor has hints of the dark fruit, spice, toffee and chocolate of the nose but the piney and citrusy notes of American hops and the light roast of charcoal fill the middle before a battle between the caramel and moderate bitterness washes out the end.

M- A bit thick and creamy for an IPA but it still works with how much is going on here.

D- This beer goes down dangerously well for its 7.25% abv. The balance is a bit more towards the malty side than one might expect from an "IPA" but it definitely works. One of the best beers I've ever had from a great brewery.

Guden, Apr 10, 2012
Photo of Billolick
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler filled at Yorktown (NY) beverage.

Pours near black, under a solid mocha head, that lasts nicely and leaves better then decent fine lacing.

Milk chocolate in the nose with a hint of sweet fruit.

Chocolate infused black ale, I'm not really picking up a huge hop blast here, that would yell "IPA". I get some more citric fruit, plenty of chocolate malts, moderate hoppy bitterness in the rear.

Medium bodied and on the creamier side. Nice and smooth.

Enjoyable, flavorful and nicely crafted, but a bit on the underwhelming side

Billolick, Apr 10, 2012
Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.64/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

JohnnyBarman, Feb 14, 2013
Photo of Cavanaghty
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Cavanaghty, Jun 11, 2012
Photo of dankjohn
4/5  rDev +5.8%

dankjohn, Aug 17, 2013
Photo of Milkysunshine
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Milkysunshine, Mar 01, 2013
Photo of bpfrush
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

bpfrush, Mar 15, 2014
Photo of PretzelsNBeer
4/5  rDev +5.8%

PretzelsNBeer, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of Mantooth
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Mantooth, Apr 25, 2013
Photo of alexkeil
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a black IPA, or is it a hoppy porter? This one utilizes a little more dark malt than other black IPAs I've had, and hits you with the roasty character earlier in the taste. It pours a surprisely dark color with a tan frothy head that lasted a good amount of time. The aroma is heavy on american hops: citrus, mostly grapefruit, and hints of pine. The mouthfeel is medium to full with medium carbonation. The flavor is hops up front with bitter, roasty malt in the middle and in the finish. Its a nice marriage of hops and dark malt while the beer sits in your mouth but the after taste is all dark malt with bitter coffee coming through. This is a tough style to approach because it is so new so there is nothing to compare it to. I've had a few other examples which were IPAs first with hints of dark malt. This beer pumps up the dark malts and that sets it apart.

alexkeil, May 20, 2011
Photo of far333
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ruddy dark brown with ruby highlights and a half inch of dimpled foa that leaves broad sheets of lace up the sides of the glass.

Inviting aroma of tangerine hops and subtle lightly roasted malt. Rich flavor of dark malts and citrusy hops upfront. Subtle notes of smoke and leather, good balance with hops. Finishes slightly tannic. Tasty beer, but not overly complex.

far333, Feb 25, 2011
Photo of danpam1024
3/5  rDev -20.6%

danpam1024, Feb 24, 2013
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Everybody is doing the Black IPA, why isn't this listed as a Cascadian Black Ale or a Black IPA? Decent pricing as always with Heavy Seas brews, this one pours beautifully with pitch black dark roasted malts and a thicket of khaki tan head forming large bubbled head clinging sporadically to the sides of my chalice. Aroma has a strong herbal tea/citri component from the hop department that works well amongst the dark roasted barley just hints of dark chocolate and mild coffee amongst the back drop of dark roasts. Flavor isn't as hoppy as the nose would entail, definitely hop flavors citrus/herbal/hints of pine with dark black roasted malt character going on. Finishes with a touch of cocoa and creamed coffee. Mouthfeel is medium bodied carbonation is sturdy throughout letting the flavors collide and blend effortlessly. Some of the best versions so far have been the most affordable versions, including this one and the Otter Creek BIPA...hop burps are welcome very nice presence and feel there's reasonable six packs down the street I better go grab one before they sell out of this stuff.

WVbeergeek, Feb 12, 2011
Photo of Jadobbs
4.5/5  rDev +19%

Jadobbs, Jul 21, 2013
Photo of JMS1512
4/5  rDev +5.8%

JMS1512, Apr 05, 2013
Photo of Brenden
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's about as pitch-black as I've ever seen, inky and thick with no light coming through. A light brown head begins at nearly 2 fingers in height and recedes to a heavy foam that remains and drops clingy patches of lacing on the glass.
A balanced aroma offers nearly as much roast as hoppiness. A hint of cocoa nibs natural to the malts blends with citrus, and there's a ghostly twang of something leafy as well as a very gentle earthy element.
There's an unexpected sweetness to this beer, though it's of a citrusy nature and not distracting or misplaced. The toast and gentle char comes through with pine, citrus and a bit of leaf. It's balanced and it's flavorful, and an interesting take. I think it's the right profile and possibly needs a little more depth to reach the next level.
The feel is nice, a medium body with plenty of crispness to it remains semi-dry all the way.

Brenden, May 21, 2012
Photo of CloudStrife
3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

CloudStrife, Feb 20, 2013
Photo of rdilauro
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful dark pour with a little creamy white head. I could pick out the hop aroma as soon as it hit our wine glasses.
The first sip was crisp, dry with a very well balanced amount of hops and malt. I was a bit surprised at the first taste when I picked up some coffee or espresso flavor.
What I loved was that from the start, the first sip was full and that it ended the same way.
Very enjoyable.

rdilauro, Feb 26, 2011
Photo of gtown_operator
1/5  rDev -73.5%

gtown_operator, May 08, 2012
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Heavy Seas Black Cannon from Heavy Seas Beer
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