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Heavy Seas Black Cannon - Heavy Seas Beer

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very good

665 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 665
Reviews: 216
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 13.23%
Wants: 16
Gots: 44 | 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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Ratings: 665 | Reviews: 216
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Photo of IronLover
3.93/5  rDev +4%
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.

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of raznug
4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

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4.29/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

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3.47/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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2.41/5  rDev -36.2%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

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Photo of flagmantho
3.93/5  rDev +4%
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.

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Heavy Seas Black Cannon from Heavy Seas Beer
85 out of 100 based on 665 ratings.