Heavy Seas Black Cannon - Heavy Seas Beer
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4.83/5 rDev +27.8%
$10.99 for a 6'er at Jacks. No ingredients per the bottle or website, just an allusion to the fact that this is their loose cannon IPA recipe with black malt. 7.25% ABV.
Pours to a clear black, not ink-jet black, but more like a very dark porter, forming a modest light yellow head with very good retention and nice solid sheets of lace. No sediment in the bottle. The aroma is wonderful, full of leafy green skunky hops (guessing Amarillo) with a subtle note of chocolate and coffee. I could smell this all day. The mouthfeel is clean and crisp, svelte, with a medium body. The taste opens with the aforementioned skunky hops, apples, a touch of sugar cookie like sweetness, bittersweet dark chocolate, very distant coffee, chalk, and burnt grains. Bitterness is mild, and makes it wonderfully easy to drink. No off-flavors or aromas. Very well made.
A wonderful brew. Well worth the price of admission. I would buy it again, and recommend it. Almost, but not quite as good as Founder Black Rye-PA, which is VERY similar. Delicious!
02-24-2011 02:12:10 | More by Mitchster
4.78/5 rDev +26.5%
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.
04-10-2012 02:58:33 | More by Guden
4.65/5 rDev +23%
Deep brown color, some visibility creamy one finger off white head. Awesome nose of rich roasted malt, chocolate, caramel, coffee and classic American hops. Really blends into something I've never smelled before of being earthy, fruity, yet tamed I'm loving of.
Fuller side of medium bodied, great carbonation with an awesome malt character that holds everything together. Taste is much like the nose with great complexity yet amazing drinkability. Jesus Christ this beer is good. Subtle notes of candy and licorice. Simply put this beer has amazingly blended flavors. Quite a surprise in a world of mediocre black ales. This thing really shines. I love it.
05-07-2012 03:23:04 | More by jtierney89
4.65/5 rDev +23%
Pours dark black, thick head that stays a while with nice lacing. Hop forward with a malty finish, very balanced and smooth. I thouroughly enjoyed this beer and would love to try it on cask. I had bought a mixed 12 pack and this was the mystery beer thrown in, a real treat.
05-13-2011 00:53:53 | More by dhartogs
4.54/5 rDev +20.1%
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%.
04-15-2013 18:41:50 | More by PhantasIPA
4.5/5 rDev +19%
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.
02-12-2011 17:00:45 | More by WVbeergeek
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