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Heavy Seas Black Cannon - Heavy Seas Beer

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Ratings: 643
Reviews: 214
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 13.76%
Wants: 16
Gots: 33 | 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 BBP
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Black with a hint of ruby and brown coming through. Slight head, but decent lacing.

S- Pine and floral notes from the hops and dark malts come through.

T- More along the lines of a hoppy stout than a black IPA, but a bit thin for a stout. A large mixture of roasted and dark malts come together with an almost citrus flavor, most likely from the hops. After they take their course, there's a piney, slightly fruity bitterness from the hops. The drink actually maintains a decent amount of sweetness as well after the roasted malts and hops are done. It's balanced fairly well.

M- Medium light body with a dry, slightly sticky finish.

D- Overall, a good example of the BIPA category. It leans towards the malt more than usual, but it works out alright.

BBP, Sep 06, 2011
Photo of AgentMunky
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pilsner glass. Best by July 2011 (whoops).

A: Finger of creamy head with great retention. The beer is surprisingly dark, nut brown in the light. Good lacing.

S: Mmm. Malty grapefruit, candyish bitterness. Sweet and fruity.

T: Sweeter than excepted, with heavily muted hops (mayhap due to age). But it's still really good with a fruity body that is balanced by a chalkily bitter end- and aftertaste. A dark chocolate tone pervades the beer.

M: A bit watery-thin. Drying and nutty.

O: Interesting beer; worthwhile drink. Would have again, but probably prefer the original Loose Cannon recipe.

AgentMunky, Aug 28, 2011
Photo of Brysky
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

S- bottle poured into a pint glass

A - nice dark color with a foamy tan head that was very big but did stay

S - strong hops smell which was nice considering it is a dark IPA with a hint of citrus

T - hops weren't nearly as strong as the smell would lead you to believe but the malt made up for it and it was a nice brew.

M - Medium bodied with light carbonation to allow for a steady drink.

Overall it was a decent dark IPA but nothing to special

Brysky, Aug 10, 2011
Photo of CircusBoy
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is an extremely dark brown, almost black (can see a bit of light at the bottom of the beer). Has a 1" fluffy bubbly head that leaves a nice ring while drinking and sticky lacing.

A nice aroma of citrus hops, but doesn't come through very strong.

Taste is very strong of chocolate, followed by roasted malt, and then hit with citrusy hops.

Overall a good beer that tastes like a IPA/Stout combo.

CircusBoy, Aug 03, 2011
Photo of SFrankBrew
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes: 12 oz bottle - Pours black with a medium-sized foamy tan head. Aroma has lots of floral hops, smokiness and some caramel malts. The first sip of this brew was much smokier than I was expecting - but I quickly adjusted to it and enjoyed it - also had lots of floral hoppiness and piney resin with some vanilla flavors on the back end. Very well balanced. Finish is slightly sweet and hoppy.

SFrankBrew, Jul 05, 2011
Photo of NEhophead
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 fl oz brown bottle, served in a tumbler.

Almost opaque, deep milk chocolate in color beneath a somewhat foamy, light coffee-colored head. Spotted lacing with good strength.

Bright, clean citrus hop aromas with notes of spice: licorice, saffron. Hints of mild caramel which adds a bit of balance to the lemon and orange-filled hops.

Citrus and mild, tropical fruit up front: orange, peach, and lime. The middle is filled with a licorice and coriander spice that surprisingly enhances the orange, lemon, and lime hop flavors; a touch of smoke. The carbonation is a bit heavy. The finish is slightly bitter and dry and is followed by a mildly sweet, milk chocolate aftertaste.

Medium in body. Texturally, pretty balanced; a shade on the dry side.

A pretty decent black IPA. The flavors are nice; however, they are a bit segmented and don't quite meld together.

NEhophead, Jun 20, 2011
Photo of shanblur
3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First review on beer advocate. Many to come. Enjoyed this beer at home in a snifter glass

A - Love the appearance, 3 finger tan foam fades quickly but great uniform lacing on the entire glass remains to the finish. Dark brown to black color.

S - Definitely smell the hops predominate here but still picking up some malt characteristics as well.

T - I get a hop flavor but also some caramel malt taste, just like the smell. Very good representation of the style.

M - Moderate carbonation with a not too heavy, not too light mouthfeel. Easy drinking.

I think it is a great beer and would definitely try again.

shanblur, Jun 15, 2011
Photo of secondtooth
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep black, with lots of tan bubbles. Nice and delicate lace.

Aroma is nicely citrus-oriented, with some roasty chocolate-accented malts. Unusual and promising.

Taste is well balanced, like a regular Loose Cannon IPA, with the addition of the roasted malts around the edges. A pleasant combination, and a worthy treat.

secondtooth, Jun 15, 2011
Photo of vandemonian
3.25/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Heavy Seas Black Cannon is not a great black IPA. Not very hoppy. Doesn't have a nice roasty malt base. All that's left is an acidic, charcoal mess.

A: Black color and a 8 mm head that lasts a good while. 4

S: I smell slight charcoal with the smallest hint of hops. 3.5

T: Acidic. Some charcoal in the aftertaste. Not a great example of this style. Has neither the great hoppiness or roasty maltiness that I enjoy in this style. My bottle was really fresh, so I think I just disagree with the hop choice. 3

M: Foamy. 4

O: Not a great black IPA. 3

vandemonian, Jun 15, 2011
Photo of ckollias
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed this 12 oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Dark black with a amber highlights and a thin one-finger head that quickly dissipates and leaves a wispy lace.

S: Strong malty hoppy aroma. If I closed my eyes and smelled I would swear the color was a light. Hints of citrus and fruits fill the nose.

T: A very hoppy ale with a generous sweetness and a mild malt bitterness. The strong hops dominate this beer from beginning to again. The alcohol is definitely present here but not overwhelming.

M: Heavy body and mild carbonation

O: An interesting beer and style. This was my first black ipa and I was impressed. Could have been a little bit more balanced with the malts and hops but overall a decent beer.

ckollias, Jun 15, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

black pour with a big head of tan lacing that rose up and over the top of the glass quite quickly, settling down into a smooth layer of lacing that covered the entire sides of the glass.

near perfect balance of rich roasted malts, smoked notes, dark earthy, and piney hops. warming only brings the hops to the front even more and allows them to steal the show. quick hitting and bitter as the first sip hits your palate it was amazing how smooth and easy this one went down. nice long finish initially was wrapped in hoppy dryness and twang but melted into molasses and rich caramel malts that left a light sweet flavor

mikesgroove, Jun 13, 2011
Photo of billzav
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep black in color, it has rich notes of caramel and citrus fruit such as grapefruit, balanced by roasted malt and hints of piny hops with a smoky backbone. The smokiness of Black Cannon gives this ale more of a Rauchbier or porter character, than that of a black IPA. Nevertheless, Black Cannon is a smooth, full-bodied beer that’s quite enjoyable.

billzav, Jun 11, 2011
Photo of jsanford
3.2/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Distillery in Savannah, GA as part of Maryland night. As a proud Terrapin, I was happy to be here, enjoying the hell outta some UTZ Crab Chips!

A - Very dark brown with a creamy tan head.
S - Slight hop aromas of grapefruit and pine resin and perhaps a bit of dark roasted malt, but it's hard to tell. Very subdued and disappointing.
T - Dark roasted malt, coffee, and a bit of chocolate provide the "black", and orange peel and pine resin hops provide the "IPA". Nice and "roasty" in the beginning with a bitter hop finish.
M - Creamy mouth-feel, with a medium body and fairly crisp carbonation.
O - A pretty nice take on the "Black IPA", but not as hoppy as the best examples I've had (Sublimely Self-Righteous and Event Horizon). Not bad.

jsanford, Jun 07, 2011
Photo of Durge
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap not long ago and really liked it. From the bottle this black IPA shows a pitch black color with a decent light-tan colored head that fades to a more wispy film and lots of lacing. My smeller picks up a mild malty swamp hop. Not real strong but pleasant. The taste buds finds a near stout-like malt with more swampy, herbal hops. It’s got an almost grassy touch in a medium bodied brew with fine carbonation. Plenty drinkable and highly enjoyable.

Durge, Jun 06, 2011
Photo of yeoldeale
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured it pretty cold so that may have something to do with the extremely thin head. A bit of lacing. Pretty black. A little light coming through at the edges. I'm smelling more dark fruit than anything. Smallest bit of toasted barley in the nose. Maybe a very small hint of hops but I really have to try to find it. Already this reminds me more of a Porter than a Black IPA. The hops are a bit more noticeable in the taste. The malts win out though. I suppose it's a hard balance to find when crafting Black IPAs. Mouthfeel is as expected, right in the middle. Tasty beer overall. ABV is not noticeable. Very drinkable.

yeoldeale, May 30, 2011
Photo of stercomm
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle.

A - Black cola in clor, good tan head, with excellent lacing and retention.

S - Nice roasted malts and a strong hoppiness with citrus overtones.

T - Good hops presences, roasted malt,dry finish, hops take center stage in this brew.

M - Medium bodied, light carbonation.

Not a bad brew, tasted with 21st Amendments Black & Tan, not as balanced as that brew, somewhat like on the malts.

stercomm, May 28, 2011
Photo of OddNotion
3.23/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Part of the Heavy Seas mix 12 pack.
Poured into my Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

Appearance: Black body with red ruby hues when held up to the light. No real head to speak of but I did pour it gently.

Smell: Roasty with the complementary hops. Earthy.

Taste: Black IPA? Not so sure, maybe a robust porter. A lot more smokey and roasted flavors than other black IPAs. Yes, very hoppy but also very... very roasty.

Mouthfeel: Thicker for the style and a lot of carbonation.

Overall: I would call this more of a porter than a Black IPA I guess that the lines are drawn somewhere and can see this either way. I guess I am not a fan of the style.

OddNotion, May 21, 2011
Photo of alexkeil
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a black IPA, or is it a hoppy porter? This one utilizes a little more dark malt than other black IPAs I've had, and hits you with the roasty character earlier in the taste. It pours a surprisely dark color with a tan frothy head that lasted a good amount of time. The aroma is heavy on american hops: citrus, mostly grapefruit, and hints of pine. The mouthfeel is medium to full with medium carbonation. The flavor is hops up front with bitter, roasty malt in the middle and in the finish. Its a nice marriage of hops and dark malt while the beer sits in your mouth but the after taste is all dark malt with bitter coffee coming through. This is a tough style to approach because it is so new so there is nothing to compare it to. I've had a few other examples which were IPAs first with hints of dark malt. This beer pumps up the dark malts and that sets it apart.

alexkeil, May 20, 2011
Photo of weeare138
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appears a dense, dark, nearing black with a fluffy tan cap that slowly fades into a film, and collar. Scattered bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of citrus, flowers. cut pine, cocoa nibs, mild roast, peaches, caramel, and honey.
Taste is of the aromas. Wonderful color without the anticipated roastiness that one would expect to find in a dark beer. Well balanced flavors despite the extremes of hops plus dark malt. Not an easy feat to pull off.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, mildly bitter but rounded from the caramel/cocoa notes. I would love to watch them brew this beer just for educational purposes. Sweet, mildly bitter, and ultra smooth. I could easily go through a case in a weekend during a heat spell. Probably a great beer to refresh after the lawnmower duties, or on the golf course too. Interesting, intriguing, and insightful. Well done Ernesto, Hugh, and crew!

weeare138, May 18, 2011
Photo of Morey
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with June 2011 notched as the best before date. Poured blacker than I expected. You can see through it if you hold it to a bright enough light unveiling some brown and reddish hues. Nice one finger light brown head that is leaving behind some pretty impressive rings.

Surprising amount of sticky hop aroma for a beer this dark. The nice roasty tones are also present as well.

A good mix of hops and barley making for a somewhat smooth yet bitter finish.

Medium bodied mouthfeel with a nice hop presence.

Pretty good beer here. I'm glad that I picked up a couple of bottles.

Morey's Bottom Line: This beer is nice and balanced just like Loose Cannon. I think that Heavy Seas is an underrated brewery. Would definitely drink again.

Morey, May 16, 2011
Photo of beer2day
4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown pour, near black, with 3/4 finger dark cream head. Thin sheen of retention. Thick lace all around.

Nose is rich grapefruit and chocolate malt. Some roasted malt, too.

Grapefruit citrus jumps out at first notice, giving the glass a sweet opening. Chocolate builds and really comes out in the finish. A nice sharp hop bite binds with bitter chocolate for a grand finale.

Body is a little too thin for the flavor profile, but not out of bounds for the style.

Overall, an easy drinker. Hides the abv extremely well.

beer2day, May 16, 2011
Photo of OtherShoe2
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown with an off-white head. Some light lace.

Charred malt, some bitter chocolate, and some hop leaf in the nose.

Porter-like qualities in the malt, with good carbonized elements combined with a great balance of hoppiness. Not overdone at all. Some bitter chocolate, some burnt toast, a little pine. Tasty.

Medium bodied and good carbonation.

One of the better (more drinkable) of the style. No over-hopped, but well balanced. Glad I tried this.

OtherShoe2, May 14, 2011
Photo of smcolw
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Modest head but lasts as a single layer throughout. Leaves some spots. Dark brown color with some light that makes it through.

Smells like a hoppy porter--good darker malts with just enough black patent to keep it dry. Nice floral hop nose.

The taste is closer to a hoppy stout--it's a little more dry than the smell. The dark malts give the brew most of the bitterness. Good hop finish. The swallow is chocolatey. The body is as expected.

smcolw, May 14, 2011
Photo of dhartogs
4.65/5  rDev +23%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark black, thick head that stays a while with nice lacing. Hop forward with a malty finish, very balanced and smooth. I thouroughly enjoyed this beer and would love to try it on cask. I had bought a mixed 12 pack and this was the mystery beer thrown in, a real treat.

dhartogs, May 13, 2011
Photo of BEERchitect
3.45/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

With the moderate dry-roast character of schwarzbiers and a balance of citrusy hops, this cascadian ale takes the foot off the pedal when it comes to hop intensity and malt sweetness.

Pouring a dark brown color and with slight transluscence, the beer builds a medium tan head that reduces to a sheet before holding firm for the duration of the session. With low lacing, the beer is appealing enough to the eye but without any real standout character.

Sharp but subdued aromas of char, toast, and roast give the impression of deeply toasted breads and less of coffee or chocolate (although very light aromas seem of thin nutty coffees and cocoa powder). Low lying sweetness allows for the roast and hops to gain prominence. Citrusy and resiny hop notes contribute grapefruit and pine in the nose.

Low sweetness allows the taste to go from early malted barley to roast and hops in a hurry; ushering in a mid palate of heavy toast, grassy-piney hops and a closure of grapefruit bitterness and acidity. With no fruity and slight graininess, the beer has a simplistic flavor profile that leaves the drinker wanting a bit more depth, power, and variety.

Creamy early from the carbonation and initial malt influence. But the beer waivers quickly as the malty textures prove fleeting and the beer's roast, hoppy bite, and light grainy astringency to allow for a thin and somewhat harsh finish.

Though Stone's Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale seems to be the opidome of this style, I'm happy to see an example that's not overwhelmingly aggressive or intense. But the slight lack of malt support and lack of quality finishing hops leaves the beer increasingly lacking further into the finish we go.

BEERchitect, May 11, 2011
Heavy Seas Black Cannon from Heavy Seas Beer
85 out of 100 based on 643 ratings.