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Heavy Seas Black Cannon - Heavy Seas Beer

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BA SCORE
85
very good

593 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 593
Reviews: 212
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 13.72%


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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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rodlavers

Pennsylvania

3.28/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a Founders glass. The beer pours a deep, deep ruby, almost unnoticeably, but is mostly very dark brown, if not black. Hints of red, definitely. Nice and fluffy light tan head, maybe about two fingers; tons of retention. Smell is great. Mostly sweet caramel and malt, with some coffee in the background. Smells much better than it tastes -- coffee and hops, but not great. Somewhat bitter aftertaste, coffee lingers. I might prefer this more if it had more texture, but this is too thin and watery. Overall, I find this beer rather unique; I don't hate it, but I am glad I only have two bottles. Best description could be "very thin coffee stout with bitter hops...smells great"

cheers

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2012 05:01:53 | More by rodlavers
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Mojo

Alabama

4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a nice offering. It pours up an opaque black, nice medium tan head, good retention, and lots of lacing. Smell is hops, roasted malt, and coffee. Mouthfeel is nice and strong. Taste is maybe some fruit and malt on the front giving way to a assertive, powerful, and pleasing bitterness with a coffee, dark chocolate, hops flavor at the finish. Better enjoyed slowly than guzzled, this is a nice offering which I would drink again!!!

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2012 03:20:18 | More by Mojo
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ghengisflan

Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Appropriately enough, Black Cannon pours completely black with about half an inch of medium brown head. Holding it up to the light reveals a hint of red at the edges; it's still pitch black.

Aroma: Hops definitely dominate the aroma; they're maybe stronger in the smell than they are in the taste of the beer.

Taste: A great balance between dark, roasted malts and a good range of hop flavors. It's brighter and sweeter to start and darker and bitter to finish.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and rich but crisp. It's exactly what I would ask for in a beer that balances roasted malts and strong hop.

Overall: A great beer, one I like to savor slowly: one of my all-time favorites.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2012 02:05:16 | More by ghengisflan
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Ryan011235

Ohio

3.45/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap in a pint glass at King's Table on 5/6/12

Dark brown color; not much light gets through. The head is massive and took a long time to settle. One thumb of foam win the glass with an extra finger's worth domed over the top. The head thins, but holds consistently. A decent amount of clumpy lace catches eventually.

The aroma isn't too bad at all - piney green hops with zesty citric accents. The hops stand out some, but the malts have a good bit of dry roast, dark grains and a hint of cocoa.

Roast is the prominent flavor with pine hop bitterness blended in toward the middle and finish. maybe a ghost note of coffee or bitter chocolate. It's very dry throughout. All this dry roast works for me.

The body is well within medium territory. Carbonation starts off smooth with a slight agitation; regardless, full allotment of the bubbles. Resinous.

This isn't quite in line with what I like in CDAs, but it has some good qualities in terms of roastiness. I'd like more potent hops. Overall, it's not bad, but I'm not going to go looking for it.

Serving type: on-tap

09-06-2012 06:03:28 | More by Ryan011235
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2012 03:58:34 | More by RblWthACoz
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BeerCon5

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark amber color with maybe one finger of off-white foamy head.

The scent is of dark roasted malt, some notes of piney hops.

The taste is also of prominant roasted malt with moderately bitter citrus and piney hops.

Full body, very smooth and crisp, moderate carbonation.

This was a pretty decent beer, nothing outstanding but an overall solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2012 16:10:50 | More by BeerCon5
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IronLover

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black in color with brownish hues on the edges of the glass. Poured with a thin beige foam that slowly reduced to a soapy cap leaving sheets of wet lacings on the glass. Citrus hop and roasted malt aromas upfront with a hint of pine hops in the back. On the thicker side of medium bodied with a rich smooth feel. Dark roasted malt flavors up front competing with pine hop bitterness. Dark flavors intensify thru the middle introducing a more burnt malt characteristic. Hop flavors allow a flash of citrus hop characteristic toward the end. Finishes with roasted malt and coffee flavors with pine and citrus hop bitterness beneath. I would characterize this as a malt forward black IPA.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2012 23:02:40 | More by IronLover
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raznug

Ohio

4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: This beer pours as black as a stout in color which is hard to believe out of an IPA, it is topped with ¾” of tannish head that hangs around quite a while.
Smell: The blend of roasted malt and hops makes me think that this should be quite a delicious beer; both the aromas blend well together to make a tasty smelling brew.
Taste: The taste isn’t quite as well blended as the smell but it isn’t far off from being spot on for this style of beer. I would like the hops to be in the forefront of the flavor but to no avail the roasted notes dominate just a little too much for me to give it a perfect score.
Mouthfeel: The is mouthfeel of this beer is just like a IPA but it is hard on the eyes seeing a black beer and your palate is expecting a thick and oily feel to it and it is blasted with a medium bodied beer that flows quite nicely in and around the mouth. This is a great representation of this style of beer even though this tends to be the new and up coming style so many lack the flavor of the dark malts, but this is one that is better than most probably one of the best representations of the style I have drank.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2012 11:03:49 | More by raznug
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brewdlyhooked13

Ohio

4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - pours dark but shows reddish mahogany against a good light source. Light mocha cap is nice and thick. Good stick as well, sort of an ice cream float look on the surface.

Aroma - sharp piny notes, some roasty notes initially but they fade as this sets up to a resiny hop-owned aroma.

Taste - a brief dose of hops at first, then the roasted grain and hops make a real nice blended flavor at mid-palate. A grapefruit rind flavor on the finish, then roasted grains end the ride with a touch of citrusy sweetness. Good lengthy finish too.

Mouthfeel - decent smooth flow to the beer, crisp and fluffy in the mouth. Refreshing for such a flavorful brew.

Drinkability - an excellent brew. Dry hopping would put this over the top. Probably my favorite 'hybrid' style. Good tasty beer for anytime.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2012 03:59:38 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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NuclearRich

Connecticut

3.4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass after a long day of brewing a double batch of saison.

A: Pitch black. Oil with creme on top. The edge of the glass, when held up to light, has the slightest deep ruby tint. A medium/dark tan head sits on top of this abyss, remaining as a nice collar with just a tiny smattering of lacing.

S: Chocolate malt, but without any bitterness. Creamy chocolatey malt is all I smell. Delicious but surprising, I raised my eyebrows in delight, even though I expected a more hoppy aroma.

T: Roasty, a light chocolate bitterness, definitely much more malty than an IPA should be, but I'll give it a pass since the style (blackened) is still evolving and it certainly suits the color and smell. Ever so slightly medicinal.

M: Oily with a moderate carbonation. The worst part, as that really mild off taste is the part that lingers

O: Not terrible, but not a dark IPA that should be a go-to. The aroma is quite nice, but it just doesnt follow through.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2012 00:33:07 | More by NuclearRich
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Fleeflam

Mississippi

2.35/5  rDev -38%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Does not have an average IPA taste. More of a Porter to me. Goes down smooth with not a huge after taste, but definitely coats the tongue. It is a good beer but just not what I expected. I would drink two of these in one sitting and would buy it again. A must try for a beer fan.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2012 01:19:06 | More by Fleeflam
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flagmantho

Washington

3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: rich, dark amber-brown hue nearing black in its darkness. Ruby highlights pass through when held up to the light. Head is a thick finger of frothy, clingy tan foam. Quite good.

Smell: chocolatey malt aroma with a big helping of earthy, vegetal hops. The burnt edges of the roasted grains along with the rawness of the hops make the aroma a little bit rough; however, this can be expected a little bit for the style. Not bad, but it could be smoother.

Taste: nice chocolatey malt with a noticeable alcohol bite. There's a bit of fruity complexity here, along with the earthy hops. Hops get more vegetal toward the end, but that's to be expected. In all, smoother and more complex than the aroma.

Mouthfeel: medium to medium-thick body with an immense silkiness. Carbonation didn't seem particularly high but it is well-integrated or something, because the creaminess and smoothness of the texture here is simply outstanding. It comes as a great surprise, and I love it.

Overall: with the complexity of the flavor and remarkable texture, this is a beer I will definitely have again if given the opportunity.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2012 06:16:06 | More by flagmantho
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TheSupremeAJ

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2012 00:44:26 | More by TheSupremeAJ
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BMMillsy

Florida

2.09/5  rDev -44.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

I still can't understand how these heavy seas beers get ratings above 3. This one was awful. Pours black with small slightly off white head. Smells of stale burnt grain, dirt, muddled mess of roasted grains and sweetness. No hop presence that I can tell. The flavor follows with some roasted grain that is both watery and overly sweet at the same time. There is no trace of hop bite or balance here, and this really comes off as just a heavy muddled mess. Lowish carbonation. Have yet to find anything worth drinking from these guys.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2012 13:45:21 | More by BMMillsy
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Pencible

Virginia

3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a nearly opaque black garnet with some tan head.
S: It smelled like citrus and cocoa powder, with some roasted coffee and copper.
T: It tasted like citrus hops and chocolate malt, with some coffee and copper and grapefruit. It had a bitter aftertaste with some sweetness and alcohol.
M: It was slightly thick with some carbonation. Decent body.
D: This was a nice black IPA, but didn't have the most unique or delicious scent and taste. The body was mediocre, and the finish was a bit harsh. So it wasn't the easiest to drink. Enjoyable brew, but clearly lacked refinement and great appeal.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2012 19:10:09 | More by Pencible
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BeerLover99

Illinois

3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: black body, finger khaki head, fine lacing

S: caramel, pine, nutty, roasted malt

T: same as nose, with mild bitter finish

M: med body, smooth mouth

O: Very nice beer. I enjoy this brewery.
Would get again and recommend to others.
IPA meets a porter.

INTERESTING, WORTH TRYING!

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2012 17:13:18 | More by BeerLover99
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mactrail

California

4/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2012 05:10:22 | More by mactrail
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Brenden

Ohio

4/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2012 06:27:24 | More by Brenden
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mdcrouser

Missouri

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

Deep brown-black, with a finger's worth of creamy tan head over the top. Leaves heavy rings behind.

In relation to other Black IPAs, the nose is muted with only a hint of woodiness coming through - some cedar and greenery.

"Clean" was the first word that came to mind. The greenery of the hops comes through at the fore, followed by a lightly charred malt, with notes of oak and a bit of alcohol.

Creamy - almost like a cream stout. A bit of pepper in the carbonation.

Highly approachable, especially if new to Black IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2012 03:49:31 | More by mdcrouser
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jculler82

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with red brown edges with a nice tan head that dies rather quickly. Not much lacing.

Aroma is subdued. Some light caramel sweetness and tropical hops. Smells balanced if that makes sense, equally malty and hoppy.

Initially a lot like a milk stout in flavor with significant residual sweetness, followed by a nice roast flavor, with a firm bitter finish. Hop flavor is apparent, but is balanced nicely by the malt character.

Overall, this is a pretty nice beer, more American stout than black IPA. I'll drink more of this.

Serving type: on-tap

05-15-2012 17:55:47 | More by jculler82
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nimrod979

Maryland

3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Newer beer from the boys down the road at Heavy Seas. 12 oz bottle into a... guess what? Heavy Seas pint glass.

Appearance - Beer poured a deep deep brown with faint ruby highlights. Rather thin, half-finger beige head. Fades quickly into a ring, has a tiny bit of lacing.

Aroma - Some citrus and piney hop. Roasted malts are easily detectable but the aroma as a whole is rather weak.

Taste - Offers a bit of complexity. Roasted malts. Cocoa, toffee and caramel flavors seem to be the more dominate balance. There's a decent balance of sweet/bitter with the citrus and piney hops. Would have liked a little more hops to show through but It's still pretty good. Finishes off with some more bitter coffee and hop flavors.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full bodied. Moderate carbonation. Not the best balance of malts and hops. Definitely leans towards the malty side of things. But not a bad one to try. It's something a little different, if that's what you're looking for.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2012 22:40:38 | More by nimrod979
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jtierney89

New Jersey

4.65/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2012 03:23:04 | More by jtierney89
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barczar

Kentucky

3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep opaque brown with garnet highlights and a solid one finger tan head that lingers.

Aroma is dominated by sweet roast malt and chocolate, followed by bright grapefruit and slightly piney, earthy hop scent. Resin and a bit of dankness emerge. Floral hop aromas surface as it warms.

Flavor is fairly balanced initially, with roast malt competing with citrusy hop at an even keel. Chocolatey sweetness battles grapefruit and tangerine tang, eventually leading to a coffee-like, lightly bitter finish.

Body is moderately heavy, with a moderately high level of carbonation, and a slightly dry finish. Alcohol warmth is subtle, but present.

Overall, a fairly even balance of malt and hop, perhaps leaning more to the malty side. Good beer, but not a standout.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2012 06:49:23 | More by barczar
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rfgetz

New Jersey

3.4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with moderate cap of khaki froth, nice streaky lacing. Scent was nearly non existent with hints of orange blossom, lightly citrus and floral, light roast. Taste brings a little more hop character, orange, flowers and grass, dark malts faintly roasted and toasted. Dry on the palate, faintly chalky. In a style with many interpretations, this one is meek and mild.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2012 01:11:26 | More by rfgetz
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Jadjunk

Georgia

3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Being a fan of the delicious Heavy Seas' Loose Cannon, I had to try this new black IPA variant. This has recently begun popping up in stores around the area and is quite a fairly priced six pack. Date on the bottle is notched at April 2012.

Served at 48º in a Heavy Seas tulip pint glass.

(Appearance) Beer pours a thin half-finger depth deep tan head of a frothy consistency that retains average, holding firm after transitioning to a thin bubbly surface cover at the center of the glass. Lacing is clingy at the crown but doesn't hold well throughout the drink. Color is a very deep brown, not quite black as there are some spots where light gets through in medium brown shades. The beer still has a great deal of substance and looks appealing, although a lack of better head quality and size is the biggest disappointment here. 3.5

(Smell) Aromas carry some bold citrusy notes to the nose with a roasted caramel and bitter toffee notes in the background. A faint unexpected chocolate tone really brings a sweet character to the brew. Medium potency is a little short of my expectations but the complexity is fine. The aroma is well balanced with both sweet and bitter characteristics adding to the final product. The aroma is appealing and approachable overall. 4

(Taste) Flavors include a roasty pale chocolate malt with a hop bitterness overlaying a roasted caramel and mild bitter black malt bed on the finish. While the bitter finish gives this away as a Black IPA, the malt bill (and very relaxed hop addition) gives it some stout-like characteristics. The finish is a sweet and sticky semi-sweet chocolate malt. At times I think it may be a touch too sweet, or in need of balancing out with more bitter characteristics which are limited aside from the faint piney hops. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) Very creamy smooth. I think there should be a touch more carbonation in the mouth to bring out the hoppy characters and bitter action in the beer, otherwise it's acting more as a stout or porter and lacking the IPA that I'm looking for. Alcohol presence is light. Body is about medium. Not a terrible pairing with the taste but it is a bit too smooth and accents the sweet characters of the malt, while overshadowing the bitter characters and hop flavor. 3

(Overall) While this doesn't top my love for Loose Cannon, it does a pretty good job of fulfilling my growing love of black IPAs. There's a ton of robust roasty and chocolate content in this beer to be found, and in a way it bridges the gap between IPAs and Stouts, which are two of my favorite styles. My biggest criticism is the lack of hop flavor and character in the taste (although bitterness was nearly there), it really came off-balance at times, sticking too much with the dark malt and chocolate. Aside from this it was a pretty good beer, and one I wouldn't mind seeking out again, if the price is right. 3.5

Heavy Seas Beer's
Black Cannon Black IPA
3.55/5.00

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2012 00:31:18 | More by Jadjunk
Heavy Seas Black Cannon from Heavy Seas Beer
85 out of 100 based on 593 ratings.