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BA SCORE
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: 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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Reviews: 215 | Hads: 667
Photo of Sammy
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
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. (262 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 BEERchitect
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

With the moderate dry-roast character of schwarzbiers and a balance of citrusy hops, this cascadian ale takes the foot off the pedal when it comes to hop intensity and malt sweetness.

Pouring a dark brown color and with slight transluscence, the beer builds a medium tan head that reduces to a sheet before holding firm for the duration of the session. With low lacing, the beer is appealing enough to the eye but without any real standout character.

Sharp but subdued aromas of char, toast, and roast give the impression of deeply toasted breads and less of coffee or chocolate (although very light aromas seem of thin nutty coffees and cocoa powder). Low lying sweetness allows for the roast and hops to gain prominence. Citrusy and resiny hop notes contribute grapefruit and pine in the nose.

Low sweetness allows the taste to go from early malted barley to roast and hops in a hurry; ushering in a mid palate of heavy toast, grassy-piney hops and a closure of grapefruit bitterness and acidity. With no fruity and slight graininess, the beer has a simplistic flavor profile that leaves the drinker wanting a bit more depth, power, and variety.

Creamy early from the carbonation and initial malt influence. But the beer waivers quickly as the malty textures prove fleeting and the beer's roast, hoppy bite, and light grainy astringency to allow for a thin and somewhat harsh finish.

Though Stone's Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale seems to be the opidome of this style, I'm happy to see an example that's not overwhelmingly aggressive or intense. But the slight lack of malt support and lack of quality finishing hops leaves the beer increasingly lacking further into the finish we go. (1,689 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.15/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured out as a deep brown color with a light tan colored head on top. The lacing is decent as well as the retention. The smell of the beer is hoppy and also gives off some molasses-like aromas. The taste of the beer is kind of bland... there isn't a big hop punch and I think the dark malts mute the "IPA" essence that this should have. The mouthfeel is good, it's lighter than expected, not much depth here. Overall this beer is average for the style I feel. (470 characters)

Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, label notched July 2011.

Black indeed with a caramel mahogany glint around the edges when held to the light. Lasting tan foam, spotty lace sinking down in a majestic slow descent. The skim remains unbroken after repeated sips.

Mellow coffee and cocoa aroma, some woody pine also.

Similar flavors, mild bitterness, coffee and cocoa, roasted malts, a mellow hoppiness. Enough balance here to keep things interesting, some depth from the earthy roast malt and residual hoppy bitterness. Nothing crazy, just well put together. Going to revisit Heavy Seas after this one... (590 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

black pour with a big head of tan lacing that rose up and over the top of the glass quite quickly, settling down into a smooth layer of lacing that covered the entire sides of the glass.

near perfect balance of rich roasted malts, smoked notes, dark earthy, and piney hops. warming only brings the hops to the front even more and allows them to steal the show. quick hitting and bitter as the first sip hits your palate it was amazing how smooth and easy this one went down. nice long finish initially was wrapped in hoppy dryness and twang but melted into molasses and rich caramel malts that left a light sweet flavor (620 characters)

Photo of oberon
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
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. (443 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.06/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle - $1.89 at Olde Crabapple Bottle Shoppe in Alpharetta, Georgia. Best Before: May 2011.

Appearance: Pours a black body with a frothy, splotch-inducing, light khaki-colored head.

Smell: Charry, burnt grains akin to black patent malt on the initial sniff. Faint bitterish chocolate hint tucked well in back. Pithy-scented, oily citrus fruits and pine needles from the hops.

Taste: Roasted grains, with touches of dark chocolate and harsh coffee. Faintly sweet. Scorched, lightly acrid grains throughout. Pithy grapefruit, bitter orange wedges, and resinous pine with a medium degree of bitterness. Drying, bitter, and roasty on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Falls just shy of being medium-bodied. Medium-light carbonation.

Drinkability: A simple case of charry malts overshadowing the hops keeps this from being anything more than a run-of-the-mill BIPA. (865 characters)

Photo of oline73
2.96/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On-tap at The Judge's Bench in Ellicott City.

Appearance: Pours almost black, some light sneaks through at the edges giving off a red tint. There is a two finger dark tan head, which dissipates quickly leaving just a small layer.

Smell: Burnt and roasty with a hint of herbal hops, kind of odd.

Taste: Herbal hops dominate throughout. To a lesser extent there is some roast and at the finish there is a mild almost cardboard like taste. I don't think there is enough roast to combat the hops. No alcohol to be found.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. This beer is slick and oily on the tongue.

Drinkability: I'm not too sure about this one. The hops dominate too much for my taste, there needs to be more roast to balance things out. I don't think I'd have this one again. (767 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
3.24/5  rDev -15%
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. (1,548 characters)

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

On-tap 2/6/2011 at Doherty's East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep black color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains roasted dark malts, a good amount of hops, some chocolate and some fruit.

T: The taste is nicely balanced and starts out with mildly sweet flavors of chocolate and citrus. The hops presence is strong but not over-powering and there's a hearty roasted malt character. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a decent beer to drink for a long time. (763 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light fizzy head, no lacing, semi clear rosy dark brown almost black color.

Nose had some nice hops, bit earthy, some citrus, and a bit floral, some darker malts, toasty and very light roasty dark malts.

Taste starts with a nice fresh hop flavor, candy tasting hops, but earthy and some citrus, grassy and floral, then some malts, light roasty and a but toasty darker malts, caramel, a bit bitter but not heavily, and just a touch of chewy earthy, spicy hops towards the finish, also a but drier on the finish, light hops and malts as it finishes mostly clean, and bitterness dies fairly quickly.

Mouth is med bodied, slightly creamy, with decent carb.

Overall a tasty beer, nice hop additions, decent malts, maybe could have been a bit heavier but otherwise good, and heavier is subjective, no briny taste either which often shows up in black ipas. (853 characters)

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on cask at Max's in Baltimore. Have only tried cask beers a few times before, but this was definitely a great beer. Nice jet black color, roasted malt and hoppy aroma. Medium bodied, great mouthfeel, great balance between roasted malts and hoppiness with the smoothness of the cask giving it the perfect touch. Awesome beer, but still not as good as the Siren Noir on cask which was like a liquid Hershey's bar. Totally glad I got try this on cask and I would definitely pick up a sixer of it in the store. (515 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very dark and opaque with a nice beige head. Not much aroma. Pleasantly carbonated. A little dank hoppiness lurking, but otherwise a malty mouthful. Light bodied and sprightly nonetheless.

Fairly rich with a malty sweetness that is pleasing under the hops. Not actually that bitter, so it's more of a balanced ale than a hop-driven experience. The mellow malt renews itself at every sip. Some hints of burnt sugar, and a touch of dark caramel.

Overall, this one of the better Black Ales I've had. I wouldn't call it a Black IPA as styled on the label. Nor does it stray into the charred stout territory. Whatever it is, it's tops for drinkability. 12 oz bottle from Food and Friends in Philadelphia. (702 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a decent black ipa. A bit too tangy at times. But it pulls some nice hoppy tones on the body I'd expect for the style. Consistent flavor delivery. This is a pretty nice beer. Probably one of the better from this brewery, straight off of memory. (252 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
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. (1,099 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Modest head but lasts as a single layer throughout. Leaves some spots. Dark brown color with some light that makes it through.

Smells like a hoppy porter--good darker malts with just enough black patent to keep it dry. Nice floral hop nose.

The taste is closer to a hoppy stout--it's a little more dry than the smell. The dark malts give the brew most of the bitterness. Good hop finish. The swallow is chocolatey. The body is as expected. (441 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 mdaschaf
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
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. (600 characters)

Photo of tdm168
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
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. (653 characters)

Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
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 (537 characters)

Photo of billab914
3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Terrapin shaped glass. It poured dark brown, almost black in color with a foamy tan head filling two inches of the glass. The head faded to a thin covering and left a little lacing as I drank it.

The aroma has a pretty good amount of coffee and chocolate coming through from the dark malts. I also get the hoppy, juicy, citrus coming through that is reminiscent of Loose Cannon. It's relatively balanced between the hoppy and roasty flavors actually. Personally, i would have rather had more of the Loose Cannon hoppiness and less of the coffee, roasty flavors but that's just my preference so far of this new style.

The taste is smoother then I anticipated. The roasty and bitter flavors are milder in the taste compared to the nose. I get some sweeter chocolate up front and more of a dark, bitter-sweet chocolate with some coffee in the finish. Throughout the flavor I get the juicy, citrusy, hops which again show the similarities in relation to Loose Cannon. It has a moderate, dry, bitterness in the finish with both the hops and roasty flavors contributing to it.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability was good, I actually enjoyed it more then I expected I would. Typically I find that too much roasty flavors clash with the hops for me. Judging by the aroma I thought that this was going to fall into this category as well, but I was pretty happy with the way they integrated in the taste. It was definitely smoother then I anticipated and was a pretty good beer overall. A pretty nice twist on Loose Cannon for the winter months. (1,610 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
3.31/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. Good till May 2012.

A real nice forming coffee and light cocoa brown head is made, a little styrofoamy and not too compact, but slowly settles. Body is a real solid true black with maybe some red faint hints on the edges, some see through quality up through the head just barely.

Nose is strange. Not off putting, but at first a sense of carbonated milk, but after some time that disappears rather quickly leaving not much of a scent at all.

Plate seems to have lactose milk stout bent to it. Finish has some good char and richness but also that classic sugary milk stout feel. Hop angle is very buried here between an almost cola like sweet taste, and milk stout finish.

Overall, not doing it for me for this style, malt angle and sweetness doesn't jive and the hop angle is totaly non existent. (848 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Heavy Seas Black Cannon

Pours dark brown, almost black in color. Off white head. Aroma of citrusy hops, roasted malt, smoke, and a mild fruityness. In the taste, roasted malts with coffee, chocolate and faint anise. Lots of bright hop flavor, grapefruit, pine and rind. Bitterness from the roasted malt and hop is pretty well balanced with some sugary sweetness and some alcohol. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and well carbonated. Overall, this is a good Black IPA or American Black Ale or Cascadian Dark Ale, or whatever you want to call it. (548 characters)

Photo of weeare138
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appears a dense, dark, nearing black with a fluffy tan cap that slowly fades into a film, and collar. Scattered bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of citrus, flowers. cut pine, cocoa nibs, mild roast, peaches, caramel, and honey.
Taste is of the aromas. Wonderful color without the anticipated roastiness that one would expect to find in a dark beer. Well balanced flavors despite the extremes of hops plus dark malt. Not an easy feat to pull off.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, mildly bitter but rounded from the caramel/cocoa notes. I would love to watch them brew this beer just for educational purposes. Sweet, mildly bitter, and ultra smooth. I could easily go through a case in a weekend during a heat spell. Probably a great beer to refresh after the lawnmower duties, or on the golf course too. Interesting, intriguing, and insightful. Well done Ernesto, Hugh, and crew! (891 characters)

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