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Heavy Seas Black Cannon - Heavy Seas Beer

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85
very good

667 Ratings
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87
very good

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Ratings: 667
Reviews: 217
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 13.23%
Wants: 17
Gots: 48 | 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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Ratings: 667 | Reviews: 217
Reviews by Maxwell:
Photo of Maxwell
3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a reddened brown black with a thick creamy almost maple syrup colored head and a thick and runny lacing.

Smell: Malty sweet up front with a slight bitter tinge in the back of the smell. The smell is definitely soft for an IPA, though it’s black characteristics suggest a stronger malt flavoring.

Taste: Smoked malts hit you pretty fast. Wonderfully smokey with a fizzing bitter back end to the taste that is partially the smoked malts but mostly the hoppy bite expected in an IPA. It is definitely more malty than hop based, but that definitely works with this beer.

Mouthfeel: Thick and crisp on the tongue with a bubbly carbonation. This beer is clean and watery, but weighs heavier on the back of the tongue.

Overall: This is an excellent beer with wonderful smoked flavoring. While the smoked malts seem to be covering up the hops bitter bite, but it still ends with a nice IPA bite. I’d call it more of a smoked ale than an IPA but is fantastic in its uniqueness and full flavored taste. Great beer.

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.

Photo of ExtraStout
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.86/5  rDev +2.1%
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

Photo of Guden
4.74/5  rDev +25.4%
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.

Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
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

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.66/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Photo of alexkeil
4.02/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Photo of far333
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of rdilauro
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark brown with a one finger, mocha colored head, good retention and some spotty, but sticky lacing.

S: A very nice combination of citrus hops, mostly grapefruit and some roasted malts.

T: Starts of with a nice citrus flavor, again grapefruit, and a little bit of orange. Then there is a transition to some roasted malt, chocolate, and a little bit of coffee.

M: Very smooth, slightly bitter finish, but it does not linger. medium bodied, low carbonation, but seems to fit.

O: A pretty nice black ale, a nice balance of hops and darker, roasted malts combined with a nice mouthfeel.

Photo of Sammy
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Rattle 'N' Hum. I like black IPAs, this one had an above average mouthfeel, and some orange taste in addition to the cascadian hop that lends itself a grapefruit edge.A little chocolate and roast. A good bitterness.Black colour with some lace dots.

Photo of tdm168
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep black with a quarter of an inch of soft, glossy, brownish head that has decent retention. The nose has a big, intense floral, mildly citrusy hop aroma as well as some faint, underlying chocolaty notes. The flavor is richly malty with a strong chocolaty presence. The hop character is bitter, a bit floral and herbal, but primarily citrusy. The flavor is a contradiction that works; chocolate, faintly roasty, and citrus fruit. The mouthfeel is smooth, crisp, and medium bodied, though a little thin at times.

This isn't a bad beer. The flavor is good but so odd on the palate that it's hard to have more than one. It was worth trying once.

Photo of TheSupremeAJ
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle best before May 2012- I should've looked at the date before I picked this up from the Collegeville, PA Wegmans.

A- Coca-cola color with a thin creamy head.
S- Moderate hops and tangy malt- reminds me of a hoppy porter
T- Kind of clashes- not real smooth or well-blended. This is really cool in comparison to others from the Cannon series, but by itself it is nothing special.
M- Thin and coarse- funky aftertaste
O- Nothing I would go out of my way for, but in a flight with some other cannons it would make a cool tasting.

Photo of secondtooth
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep black, with lots of tan bubbles. Nice and delicate lace.

Aroma is nicely citrus-oriented, with some roasty chocolate-accented malts. Unusual and promising.

Taste is well balanced, like a regular Loose Cannon IPA, with the addition of the roasted malts around the edges. A pleasant combination, and a worthy treat.

Photo of McNealc31
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Smells like fruit and pine, like you would expect from an IPA, and it's definitely black. I'm noticing some familiar stout characteristics with a dry, smokey mouth feel. Some chocolate and nutiness. It is a bit lighter than most stouts, and while there are some hops in the finish, it isn't a huge, in your face IPA. Really well balanced, and there isn't even a hint of the 7.3% ABV.

This might disappoint hop heads expecting a super bitter IPA, but I think it's a great blend of two differing styles.

Photo of prototypic
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black Cannon pours a dark chocolate fudge color. It's not quite opaque. Penetrating light reveals burgundy highlights throughout. A light tan head sits on tap. It's about a finger and a half deep, and is somewhat slow to recede. Lacing was sticky and quite thick.

The nose is a tad weak, but is pretty good overall. Hops come through loud and clear. They're citric and feature nice grapefruit and pineapple notes. The dark malts are noted, but are more subtle than expected. There's a little chocolate and a roasted note or two. Alcohol is blended well and isn't noticeable. More strength would really help.

The flavor is good. Hops strike first. They're citric and have a nice flavor overall. Grapefruit and pineapple are nice and tasty. There is a nice bitter kick, but it seems to be blunted a little by the malts. Darks malts seem to take over the flavor profile about midway through. There are some roasted and chocolate flavors that are nice. There's a burnt quality to it that's interesting. It's almost like an intense espresso flavor. I could see it turning off the coffee averse. Alcohol is blended well and doesn't come through strong. Finishes with a burst of espresso and light citrus notes.

Black Cannon has body that's on the lighter side of medium. It's not bad, but feels a tad thin. Carbonation is mid-range and works pretty well. A little more body would improve it. Drinkability is above average. I like the flavor, but the burnt/espresso taste is rather intense and grows tiresome by the end of a 12 ounce.

Clipper City Brewing Co. is one of those hit and miss breweries for me. Black Cannon is in the former category. Overall, I think it's pretty good beer. It definitely has an intense coffee or espresso flavor from the dark malt presence. As a coffee fan, I'm okay with it, but I can easily see where some wouldn't be. It probably wouldn't hurt to tone that down a little and maybe beef up the body a little. It's not bad though. Not at all.

Photo of ajaxivan
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I havent had many Black IPA's so i decided to shake it up a bit and grabbed some of this.

A: Nice dark black color, small brown head dissappeared quickly

S: Chocolate, mollases, coffee, the hops are in there as well, you just need to look closer

T: Roasted coffee dominate, nice balance between the malts and hops. Tastes like a hoppy porter.

M: Medium, goes down very smooth

D: Not knowing what to expect with this style from this brewer i was pretty pleased. Very drinkable at a nice price point. I bought a case of this among other beer and my guests really enjoyed this as much as i did. At the 7.2% abv. its a beer you could drink for a while and not tire of.

Photo of silver0rlead
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown, with a frothy cola colored head that retains well. The aroma is very green, with big and juicy citrus hops upfront, along with some dark chocolate and coffee notes, a bit of tobacco, some molasses, dark fruits, burnt bread and alcohol...a bit raw but very complex and inviting. The flavor starts off with citrusy and piney hops, along with some chocolate and coffee, molasses and burnt bread, dark fruits, chalk and a bit of alcohol. The mouthfeel is moderate and drinkability is very good for the style. Really tasty example of a black IPA, somewhat balanced and pretty complex...a real winner.

Photo of Kegatron
3.24/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours black, with a couple fingers of creamy light mocha head. This retains with a tight and creamy ½ finger, which whips up a foamy cascade that slowly recedes down the sides of the glass and leaves back thick swathes of clingy lace. The soft creamy richness of the head very much looks a nitro pour here. Impressive. The aroma has a fresh leafy and citric feel to it, with a fair amount of spice as well. Unfortunately not a whole lot of the malt is coming through here, with maybe just some light sweetness and roast sitting along the sides and back of this. Hops definitely sit at the forefront of this though, especially those peppery spice notes.

The taste is green citrus throughout, with a moderate bitterness and like the nose, pretty darn spicy. Chalky feeling chocolate malt and a coffee roastiness surround the hops but this overall isn’t coming off as flavorful as it feels like it wants to be. The finish is dry and pity with some lingering spice. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a VERY smooth and creamy feel that packs a bit of crispness into it as well. The overall silky presence and easy drinking nature of this almost has this feeling like it is on nitro (just like that rich look from the pour).

A robust look and easy drinking body were about the highlights here for me, as this came off as overly leafy and spicy feeling and just not as overall flavorful as I was expecting it to be. There is enough potential here to maybe try a bottle yourself though and make up your own mind.

Photo of OddNotion
3.2/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Part of the Heavy Seas mix 12 pack.
Poured into my Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

Appearance: Black body with red ruby hues when held up to the light. No real head to speak of but I did pour it gently.

Smell: Roasty with the complementary hops. Earthy.

Taste: Black IPA? Not so sure, maybe a robust porter. A lot more smokey and roasted flavors than other black IPAs. Yes, very hoppy but also very... very roasty.

Mouthfeel: Thicker for the style and a lot of carbonation.

Overall: I would call this more of a porter than a Black IPA I guess that the lines are drawn somewhere and can see this either way. I guess I am not a fan of the style.

Photo of Vonerichs
3.87/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Black body with a head that was limited to the edges. However, it was able to leave some lacing.

The smell is a piney hop with roasted malts. I even picked up a little licorice.

Good flavor of resinous pine, roasted malt, chocolate, and licorice.

It falls a little short on the mouthfeel because it had little carbonation and was thin.

Overall, a good beer from the smell and taste perspective. If they could round it out with a better mouthfeel this could be better.

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Heavy Seas Black Cannon from Heavy Seas Beer
85 out of 100 based on 667 ratings.