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Heavy Seas Black Cannon - Heavy Seas Beer

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very good

643 Ratings
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Ratings: 643
Reviews: 214
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 13.76%
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: JayQue on 01-23-2011)
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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

TheBeard89, Jun 10, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

bspain5, Jun 08, 2012
Photo of flagmantho
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

flagmantho, Jun 06, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

steelreserve69, Jun 05, 2012
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.

TheSupremeAJ, Jun 04, 2012
Photo of KevinTK
4.5/5  rDev +19%

KevinTK, May 30, 2012
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2.25/5  rDev -40.5%

Chaos, May 29, 2012
Photo of BMMillsy
2.09/5  rDev -44.7%
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.

BMMillsy, May 29, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -33.9%

Bengalnewbs, May 26, 2012
Photo of Pencible
3.63/5  rDev -4%
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.

Pencible, May 26, 2012
Photo of meltroha
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

meltroha, May 26, 2012
Photo of BeerLover99
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
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.


BeerLover99, May 25, 2012
Photo of jaidenjb
3/5  rDev -20.6%

jaidenjb, May 25, 2012
Photo of mactrail
4/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

mactrail, May 24, 2012
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1.25/5  rDev -66.9%

Rekrule, May 23, 2012
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 mdcrouser
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

mdcrouser, May 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

saxclar123, May 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

athouve1, May 18, 2012
Photo of jculler82
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

jculler82, May 15, 2012
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5/5  rDev +32.3%

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, May 13, 2012
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3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

nimrod979, May 09, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

sludgy, May 09, 2012
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1/5  rDev -73.5%

gtown_operator, May 08, 2012
Photo of jtierney89
4.65/5  rDev +23%
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.

jtierney89, May 07, 2012
Heavy Seas Black Cannon from Heavy Seas Beer
85 out of 100 based on 643 ratings.