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Heavy Seas Black Cannon - Heavy Seas Beer

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635 Ratings
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Ratings: 635
Reviews: 213
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 13.49%
Wants: 14
Gots: 30 | 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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Photo of Bengalnewbs

2.5/5  rDev -33.9%

05-26-2012 20:39:08 | More by Bengalnewbs
Photo of Pencible


3.63/5  rDev -4%

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.

05-26-2012 19:10:09 | More by Pencible
Photo of meltroha


4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

05-26-2012 00:11:19 | More by meltroha
Photo of BeerLover99


3.53/5  rDev -6.6%

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.


05-25-2012 17:13:18 | More by BeerLover99
Photo of jaidenjb


3/5  rDev -20.6%

05-25-2012 09:47:33 | More by jaidenjb
Photo of mactrail


4/5  rDev +5.8%

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.

05-24-2012 05:10:22 | More by mactrail
Photo of Rekrule


1.25/5  rDev -66.9%

05-23-2012 09:48:17 | More by Rekrule
Photo of Brenden


4/5  rDev +5.8%

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.

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


3.98/5  rDev +5.3%

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.

05-20-2012 03:49:31 | More by mdcrouser
Photo of saxclar123


4/5  rDev +5.8%

05-19-2012 02:35:38 | More by saxclar123
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North Dakota

4/5  rDev +5.8%

05-18-2012 00:54:44 | More by athouve1
Photo of jculler82


3.65/5  rDev -3.4%

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.

05-15-2012 17:55:47 | More by jculler82
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5/5  rDev +32.3%

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Photo of nimrod979


3.65/5  rDev -3.4%

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.

05-09-2012 22:40:38 | More by nimrod979
Photo of sludgy


3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

05-09-2012 21:59:46 | More by sludgy
Photo of gtown_operator

1/5  rDev -73.5%

05-08-2012 20:29:38 | More by gtown_operator
Photo of jtierney89

New Jersey

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
Photo of Dray


4.5/5  rDev +19%

05-06-2012 17:57:36 | More by Dray
Photo of justiceavocado


4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

05-06-2012 15:51:07 | More by justiceavocado
Photo of barczar


3.63/5  rDev -4%

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.

05-05-2012 06:49:23 | More by barczar
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2.75/5  rDev -27.2%

05-04-2012 06:32:00 | More by blmar311
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New Jersey

3.4/5  rDev -10.1%

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.

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


3.55/5  rDev -6.1%

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

05-02-2012 00:31:18 | More by Jadjunk
Photo of dtivp


3.93/5  rDev +4%

Pours a dark black ,some ruby hues with a one finger dark mocha head, good retention with light lacing.

Aroma of light chocolate, malt, hints of pine and hops.

Taste of bread, chocolate, malt with a nice balanced flavor, a slight pine and hop bitter ending.

Mouth Feel was medium body, creamy smooth with slight bitter after taste,

Overall a nice enjoyable balanced beer, a very good black ale.

04-29-2012 17:31:27 | More by dtivp
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Rhode Island

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

04-28-2012 04:27:47 | More by Element1290
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