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Heavy Seas Black Cannon - Heavy Seas Beer

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Ratings: 663
Reviews: 215
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 13.49%
Wants: 16
Gots: 42 | 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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Photo of jak
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Capmech1
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of gabedivision
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass.

A- deep reddish brown, teetering on black, with a 1 finger mocha head, very porter looking.

S- Citrus hops on the front, followed by dark roasted malts, hints of coffee bean and chocolate, and a cola-like caramel.

T- Toasted malts meet bitter hops first, grassy, citrus, coffee, caramel.

M- Medium bodied, creamy, fair amount of carbonation.

O- A decent B-IPA, good dark chocolate/coffee balance with a citrus hop feel.

Photo of deonreds
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of VaterRoss
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into Ommegang BPA glass. BB May 2012

Pours a near pitch black with a light brown head, very pretty. Smell is lots of fresh citrusy (some tangerine) hops with a hint of roast in the back. Taste bright is tangerine and grapefruit hops with smoky chocolate finish. Aftertaste is mostly smokey and bitter. Roasted malt is subdued but definitely there. Medium in body and carb.

Best Black IPA I've had, pretty well balanced although it leans towards the IPA hops. Something I would certainly get again. Tangerine hops are the most stand out part of this brew.

Photo of B967ierhunter177
1.61/5  rDev -57.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pours black with a 1/4 inch brown head and lacing to the end. It's aroma is a curious mix of grapefruit and coffee. The flavor leads with a quick grapefruit tang followed through by coffee and a note of anise. The mouthfeel is thick, creamy and full. Clipper City Heavy Seas Black Cannon is and interesting beer. Slightly recommended.

Photo of Immortale25
4.11/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Sierra Nevada tumbler. Label has notches at JUN and 12 indicating best by June 2012.

A- Pours a pitch black color with a 1/2 inch tan head that retains nicely before fading to a thin ring around the edge of the glass and moderate amounts of surface foam. Thin but resilient lacing.

S- Citrusy hop nose with fierce roasted malt backing it. Very unique. Quite sweet-smelling also.

T- Sharp, tangy hops in the front. How can a black beer be this juicy and sweet? Roast and chocolate in the aftertaste. Lingering bitterness as well as some booze but not as bad of a burn as expected.

M- Full but still a bit thin. Medium carbonation.

O- Just like with Dubbel Cannon and Belgian yeast, they took Loose Cannon and instead introduced a high malt bill...I'm down. I especially dig the aroma.

Photo of dugly2ugly
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of jaxray8
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of littlelorib
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This dark, dark beer has a hoppy scent and a generous finger of cafe au lait head that's fairly persistent. Had to look a bit for the smell of the roasted malts, but its in there too. Taste has espresso and chocolate from the roasted malts with some balancing bitter. The mouth feel isn't as heavy as i was expecting, which i actually like. Overall, a very nice, drinkable beer. Didn't think i would like the style, but i do.

Photo of phiberoptik
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice and dark. Black brown with a slightly off-white head. Looks like a watery stout.

Malt character shines in the nose. Chalky dry coca, light herbal hops, roasty malts.

Tastes of more roasted malts, hoppy bitterness, bits of citrus but more pine and herbal hop notes. Some dark chocolate as well.

Medium bodied, smooth, with a relaxed carbonation.

A nice treat and a fair representation of the BIPA family. Definitely enjoyable and worth a try.

Photo of VikeMan
3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of pgofman
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of BrewtalAlement
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of tdm168
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Photo of jdense
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at RFD Washington, DC, 2.16.12.

Black opaque body, one finger off-white head, small bubbles. Nose is more roast than citrus. Taste is opposite the nose, citrus over roast, no resin. Mouthfeel is light for style, medium dry finish. OK but not that great, I guess having drank Barley Brown's Turmoil you can call me jaded.

Photo of kbuzz
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of johnnnniee
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in trade from budznsudz, thanks for the opportunity.
Pours a solid dark brown with the faintest of garnet highlights when held to light. Smallish off white head rises and falls quickly leaving a moderate amount of lace. Smells of grapefruit and pine with hints of bread and caramel. Taste follows the aroma fairly well but adds a small bit of chocolate and roasted grain. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet slick mouthfeel. Decent beer, quite drinkable if not a little simple.

Photo of Mappies
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of AgingWarrior
4.5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of MSandahl23
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of birderbeerer
3.71/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pitch black with a great beige head and good lacing.

Smells and tastes like a sweet stout rather than the interesting hoppy/roast mix of the best black IPAs. Lots of chocolate with a decent dose of roast on the back end. Hops are more of an accent and really blend with the sweet malts rather than pop out of the glass with their own flavor.

Given the great flavor of Loose Cannon, I'm disappointed. I'd love this flavor with Loose Cannon hops.

Still, it's a good beer.

Photo of RoryOMoore
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of smakawhat
3.31/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

Photo of bigkamp
4.06/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 12 oz. bottle into a Magic Hat snifter. Pours pitch black with a nice frothy head. Really nice body and tons of malt up front. Finish is amazing with hoppy notes that linger nicely. Truly a quality beer. Well-balanced and highly recomended. Cheers to the brewery!

Heavy Seas Black Cannon from Heavy Seas Beer
85 out of 100 based on 663 ratings.