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Heavy Seas Black Cannon - Heavy Seas Beer

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636 Ratings
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Ratings: 636
Reviews: 213
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.53%
Wants: 15
Gots: 31 | 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 dedrinker


4.22/5  rDev +11.9%

This here's a dark beer, looks like a porter. Nice tan head; shows some root beer color at the edges when held to the light.

Aromas...after warming up a bit are a 60/40 blend of woodsy resinous hops and lightly toasty, chocolaty malts.

The flavor is quite the same but I really want to impart how well integrated the IPA character is with the dark, roasted malt taste.

medium body and finishes on good interplay of porter-meets-IPA character.

Well worth it.

02-20-2011 06:39:50 | More by dedrinker
Photo of Vdubb86


3.53/5  rDev -6.4%

Served in a Sam Adam's Perfect Pint Glass

Thanks to billab914 for this beer

Looks a brown color with an offwhite head on the surface. The smell is of both hops and roast, which I know is the point, but the piny hops mixed with the charish notes is not my kettle of tea. The taste is a combo of chocolate roast and a piny hop bitterness. It's not my favorite mouthfeel, I respect the attempt of it being made. My palate does not accept what has been given to me. This drinks okay, but it's not the kind of beer for me. I respect it but don't like it.

02-20-2011 02:31:53 | More by Vdubb86
Photo of prototypic


3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Black Cannon pours a dark chocolate fudge color. It's not quite opaque. Penetrating light reveals burgundy highlights throughout. A light tan head sits on tap. It's about a finger and a half deep, and is somewhat slow to recede. Lacing was sticky and quite thick.

The nose is a tad weak, but is pretty good overall. Hops come through loud and clear. They're citric and feature nice grapefruit and pineapple notes. The dark malts are noted, but are more subtle than expected. There's a little chocolate and a roasted note or two. Alcohol is blended well and isn't noticeable. More strength would really help.

The flavor is good. Hops strike first. They're citric and have a nice flavor overall. Grapefruit and pineapple are nice and tasty. There is a nice bitter kick, but it seems to be blunted a little by the malts. Darks malts seem to take over the flavor profile about midway through. There are some roasted and chocolate flavors that are nice. There's a burnt quality to it that's interesting. It's almost like an intense espresso flavor. I could see it turning off the coffee averse. Alcohol is blended well and doesn't come through strong. Finishes with a burst of espresso and light citrus notes.

Black Cannon has body that's on the lighter side of medium. It's not bad, but feels a tad thin. Carbonation is mid-range and works pretty well. A little more body would improve it. Drinkability is above average. I like the flavor, but the burnt/espresso taste is rather intense and grows tiresome by the end of a 12 ounce.

Clipper City Brewing Co. is one of those hit and miss breweries for me. Black Cannon is in the former category. Overall, I think it's pretty good beer. It definitely has an intense coffee or espresso flavor from the dark malt presence. As a coffee fan, I'm okay with it, but I can easily see where some wouldn't be. It probably wouldn't hurt to tone that down a little and maybe beef up the body a little. It's not bad though. Not at all.

02-20-2011 01:43:53 | More by prototypic
Photo of bluejacket74


4/5  rDev +6.1%

12 ounce bottle, best before June 2011. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours very dark brown with about a half inch tan head that went away quickly. There is a lot of lacing left behind on the glass. Aroma is nice, it smells like pine and citrusy (grapefruit) hops, roasted malt, coffee and chocolate. The brew tastes like pine and citrusy hops, coffee, roasted malt and some bittersweet chocolate. Great balance between the malt and hops in the flavor. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick and creamy, and is well carbonated. Drinkability is good, it's easy and enjoyable to drink. I think it's a good overall brew, I'm glad I picked up a six pack of this today.

02-19-2011 23:57:26 | More by bluejacket74
Photo of micromaniac129


4.2/5  rDev +11.4%

A deep brown ale. Doen't produce much in line of a foam head, what it is, is a very dense surface layer. Looks to be nicely carbonated.
A rich malty aroma with tones of roasted malts and coffee and even maybe smoked malts.
Hops, although present are a minor factor aroma wise with just some sutle hints of earthiness.
A good tasting malty brew with again sutle nuiances of smoked and roasted malts.
Some hops for bitterness are there but for taste maybe just some earthiness.
A medium bodied beer with a dry finish and some bitter aftertaste. A bit of a grainy texture but very low key. I would call it smooth if asked.
Good lacing and well hidden alcohol.

02-19-2011 17:34:58 | More by micromaniac129
Photo of whisperjet


3.8/5  rDev +0.8%

A: very dark and rich looking. Leaves one finger of rich creamy head. Leaves great lace and head retains very well.

S: floral and sweet pike a true ipa should be. Hints of roasty malt and.rich caramel.

T: malty and rich. Tastes of coffee and.chocplatw. slightly bitter and hoppy but is a bit overtaken by the other flavors. Still interesting and tasty.

M: medium bodied with light carb.

D: I like this beer a lot. As an ipa fan I would have liked more bitterness; it feels more like a hoppy brown ale. Still very nice though.

02-18-2011 05:48:06 | More by whisperjet
Photo of lazyboy247


4.18/5  rDev +10.9%

A: beer is really dark with a cream colored head good lacing.

S: Pine and citrus hops with a little hint of roasted malt.

T:"It tastes just like it smells...Delicious" this is a really nice beer it reminds me of Loose Cannon with the addition of some pine flavored hops and some added depth with the dark malt. this beer is really solid.

M: medium body with a lasting aftertaste of the dark malt and pine hops.

D:Very easy drinking beer. It would be easy to forget the 7.25 abv on this beer. it is smooth and has a great aftertaste.

02-18-2011 03:03:47 | More by lazyboy247
Photo of grover37

District of Columbia

4.15/5  rDev +10.1%

Six pack from D'Vines for $10. Poured into a Goose Island pint glass.

Appearance (4): Very dark brown with light brown around the edges. Half a finger of cream colored head dies down to a thin layer with a thick ring. A few swaths of lacing.

Smell (4): A minty, resinous citrus that is masked somewhat by the roasted malts. A bit of grapefruit and fir that you expect from Loose Cannon tries to pull through the obvious but not overwhelming espresso roast.

Taste (4): Citrus and pine up front that brings a medium bitterness. Then some resiny pine in the middle and a bit of caramel before the mouth coating pine and grapefruit coat the mouth. The coffee roast sticks around and mingles with the sticky hops as well. It really does a good job of showcasing the hops with the dark malts being an afterthought.

Mouthfeel (4.5): Creamy with a a resinous and sticky mouthfeel, but not overly so. It is medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Drinkability (4.5): This is very easy drinking for being over 7%. It is very smooth while having some big flavors that linger. Very drinkable and enjoyable.

02-16-2011 03:03:13 | More by grover37
Photo of haazer


3.98/5  rDev +5.6%

Sampled at the Philly Winter Beer Festival.

A- A bubbly tan head forms atop a dark brown, nearly opaque brew. Good lacing on the sides of the plastic goblet.

S- Incredible hop aromas present. A good fruit blend in the hops including watermelon, grape, and citrus. Then before you know it cocoa powder sticks its head in. Crazy combination.

T- Hoppy and malty, with good balance. Hops hit first with above mentioned smells, then the medium roasted malts enter. Sweet tasting, and faint hints of chocolate and coffee at the end of the palatte.

M- Creamy and smooth brew. Light to medium in body.

D- My first black ale and I have to say this beer is confused. It's not sure if it wants to be an IPA or a porter. It's still pretty decent though.

02-16-2011 00:08:02 | More by haazer
Photo of engagechad


3.65/5  rDev -3.2%

This beer was purchased as a single from Total Wine in Richmond, VA - poured into a DFH snifter

First Black IPA

Wow.. this is dark.. ipa? weird.. Black as the night, looks like a stout but the foam and body say otherwise. Very faint ruby peaks through the bottom of the glass when put to the light. Smell soooo interesting, hops and roasty malts.. it's something my ol' factory has not encountered. Tasted great, it was like a paradox in my mouth however the mouthfeel was a bit thin and stingy from the eth burn.

I would definitely try this again, and a little bit cooler as I basically had it at room temp

02-15-2011 14:21:34 | More by engagechad
Photo of McNealc31


3.73/5  rDev -1.1%

Smells like fruit and pine, like you would expect from an IPA, and it's definitely black. I'm noticing some familiar stout characteristics with a dry, smokey mouth feel. Some chocolate and nutiness. It is a bit lighter than most stouts, and while there are some hops in the finish, it isn't a huge, in your face IPA. Really well balanced, and there isn't even a hint of the 7.3% ABV.

This might disappoint hop heads expecting a super bitter IPA, but I think it's a great blend of two differing styles.

02-15-2011 02:52:11 | More by McNealc31
Photo of robwestcott


3.95/5  rDev +4.8%

poured cold from the tap to a 3oz taster a deep dark chocolate brown with a nice 1/2 finger mocha head leaving a bit of lace.

aroma of dark toasted malts and semi sweet chocolates.

toasted malts, dark espresso, dark chocolate in the wayback.

light bodied, medium carbonation, smooth, less bitter than expected for the style.

drinkable - yep.

02-13-2011 21:22:36 | More by robwestcott
Photo of elgiacomo


4.1/5  rDev +8.8%

12oz bottle, best by May 2011.

Pours dark brown, almost black with a two finger foamy light brown head that leaves some clumpy lacing and holds a good cap.

Aroma is floral and citrus hops with some roasted malt and chocolate. Also some coffee, caramel, toasted bread, nuts and the roast aspect really starts to come out as the beer warms. Good to very good strength.

Flavor starts with the hops, citrus/grapefruit, floral, a bit of pine and finishes with nice smooth chocolate, roasted malt, and some coffee and caramel. Mild sweetness, moderate bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slick, medium carbonation.

An excellent Black IPA, nice balance of hops and malts, very drinkable and enjoyable.

02-13-2011 20:54:23 | More by elgiacomo
Photo of cichief


3.98/5  rDev +5.6%

Had on draft at Frisco's in Columbia, MD.

A-Pours a nice deep black with a decent brown head of foam.

S- Just a hint of coffee, no hops really noticed.

T- Good and malty, finishes nice and dry. The hops are muted by the coffee/maltiness.

M- Medium to full bodied, not overly carbonated, just well enough.

D- A decent pint, the alcohol wasn't noticed.

02-13-2011 17:31:54 | More by cichief
Photo of jabergess


4.03/5  rDev +6.9%

Had at the Fred (Taco Mac) on draft.

First off, I love Heavy Seas beer. They have seldom disappointed and I feel this is true of this one as well. I love the toasty malt flavor combined with the hops. It probably won't satisfy a true hop head, but as someone who appreciates most styles...I really like this one. I would say it's a porter with a hop attitude. Or maybe an IPA that loves malt? Either way, it's a good solid beer I could drink quite a few of.

02-13-2011 03:56:09 | More by jabergess
Photo of WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Everybody is doing the Black IPA, why isn't this listed as a Cascadian Black Ale or a Black IPA? Decent pricing as always with Heavy Seas brews, this one pours beautifully with pitch black dark roasted malts and a thicket of khaki tan head forming large bubbled head clinging sporadically to the sides of my chalice. Aroma has a strong herbal tea/citri component from the hop department that works well amongst the dark roasted barley just hints of dark chocolate and mild coffee amongst the back drop of dark roasts. Flavor isn't as hoppy as the nose would entail, definitely hop flavors citrus/herbal/hints of pine with dark black roasted malt character going on. Finishes with a touch of cocoa and creamed coffee. Mouthfeel is medium bodied carbonation is sturdy throughout letting the flavors collide and blend effortlessly. Some of the best versions so far have been the most affordable versions, including this one and the Otter Creek BIPA...hop burps are welcome very nice presence and feel there's reasonable six packs down the street I better go grab one before they sell out of this stuff.

02-12-2011 17:00:45 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of lackenhauser


4/5  rDev +6.1%

Nice, jet black color with a tan head on top. Moderate floral and somewhat grapefruit aroma. Solid hop bitterness with a whisper of roasted grains. Lingering, somewhat mild burnt flavor leaves a nice edge to it. Good mouthfeel-I think it could be a tad fuller but it does not detract at all. Nice black ale all in. I like Clipper City and most of what they do-another hit in my book.

02-11-2011 22:20:17 | More by lackenhauser
Photo of John_M


3.9/5  rDev +3.4%

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours a fairly dark brown color with good head retention and lacing. Really get very little on the nose, just some light burnt toast and coffee. The flavor profile is better, tasting very much like a very hoppy version of loose cannot, but with coffee added. The beer delivers plenty of flavor, and the coffee and vanilla flavor combines very well with the hoppy, citrusy bitter in this beer. The beer is medium bodied, with a fairly long, impressively bitter finish. Drinkability is good, with the alcohol well integrated into the flavor profile.

Very tasty beer. Wish this were around all the time.

02-11-2011 21:59:39 | More by John_M
Photo of biggred1


3.85/5  rDev +2.1%

Ebony with a thick sand colored head of different sized bubbles that leaves sheets of lace on the glass. Dank hops and charred malt in the aroma. Citrusy and piney hops with a touch of charcoal malt flavors. One of the better "black IPA" beers I've had. On the leaner side of medium bodied, a little more heft would certainly help. Another decent brew from an under-rated brewery.

02-11-2011 01:19:54 | More by biggred1
Photo of ChainGangGuy


3.05/5  rDev -19.1%

12 ounce bottle - $1.89 at Olde Crabapple Bottle Shoppe in Alpharetta, Georgia. Best Before: May 2011.

Appearance: Pours a black body with a frothy, splotch-inducing, light khaki-colored head.

Smell: Charry, burnt grains akin to black patent malt on the initial sniff. Faint bitterish chocolate hint tucked well in back. Pithy-scented, oily citrus fruits and pine needles from the hops.

Taste: Roasted grains, with touches of dark chocolate and harsh coffee. Faintly sweet. Scorched, lightly acrid grains throughout. Pithy grapefruit, bitter orange wedges, and resinous pine with a medium degree of bitterness. Drying, bitter, and roasty on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Falls just shy of being medium-bodied. Medium-light carbonation.

Drinkability: A simple case of charry malts overshadowing the hops keeps this from being anything more than a run-of-the-mill BIPA.

02-11-2011 00:33:40 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.1/5  rDev +8.8%

On-tap 2/6/2011 at Doherty's East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep black color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains roasted dark malts, a good amount of hops, some chocolate and some fruit.

T: The taste is nicely balanced and starts out with mildly sweet flavors of chocolate and citrus. The hops presence is strong but not over-powering and there's a hearty roasted malt character. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a decent beer to drink for a long time.

02-08-2011 17:17:36 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of matty


3.45/5  rDev -8.5%

Black colored beer with a slowly fading head.Aroma is grassy hops.Taste is hops,sugar cane and a touch of coffee.Alcohol is very well hidden.Goes down relatively smooth.Overall a decent beer that is probably worth trying at least trying once.I probably would buy again sometime down the road.

02-07-2011 10:25:38 | More by matty
Photo of Keffa


3.35/5  rDev -11.1%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Hennepin glass.

A: Pours black, held to light shows very little ruby highlighting. 1 finger off white/tan head that settles into a skin and ring. Some small lacing holds on.

S: Odd one here. Dark malt roastiness comes through very faintly and then is smoothered by an herbal, almost green onion like grassy note. Not appealing in the slightest, but has me intrigued. The taste can't be as bad, right?

T: Okay, this is better. Herbal and bitter at first, slightly grassy, but none of the onion note here. Roasted malt comes in, which is slighty weird in an IPA. But, for what it's worth, it adds a bit to the flavor. Finishes with a slightly fruity hop note that reminds me of the Loose Cannon.

M: A little creamy, a little oily, pretty light body for an IPA of this color, and lowish carbonation.

D: Okay for what it is. The finish is lightly bitter, alcohol only shows up in extremely small flashes, and the roast malt adds in a slightly complex flavor to the bitterness of the hops.

This one falls squarely into my "meh" category of Black IPA's. The hops aren't star, the roast malt is odd, and the aroma is just a "What hops are these? Okay, I will remember never to use them in homebrew." moment for me. Overall, this is an interesting beer, but even if my score seems decent, I won't be revisiting it anytime soon.

02-07-2011 07:00:29 | More by Keffa
Photo of inlimbo77


3.63/5  rDev -3.7%

12oz bottle poured into a Long Trail VT pint glass. Bottle notch says best before May 2011. This is a new beer for them, only released in January and February 2011.

A: Pours a nice, deep brown/black color. Two finger off white/tanish head. Stays around a while. Nice tight condensed bubbling. Solid lacing.

S: From the nose I got some hops (citrus and earthy notes), but more malt. No where never the hoppy aroma off the Loose Cannon.

T: Where'd the hops go from the Cannon?!?! I got all malt in the first sip. Strangely surprising. Roasty malts are all over this one. It has a little hop bite towards the end, but this is not the Cannon that I was expecting.

M: Mild medium body beer. Tastes a little more full then a normal IPA because of the malts. Nice simple bite.

D: This is very drinkable. The ABV is nicely hidden. I drank two and was fine.

Overall, I liked the beer, but from the bottle label notation and other reviews I was expecting more. I love Loose Cannon and get it in these parts a lot, I just wish this one was more like that.

02-06-2011 18:56:19 | More by inlimbo77
Photo of BB1313


3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Best before May, 2011. 12oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass. Pours a dark, pretty much black, w/ auburn hues; transparent. Off white head and decent lacing. The aromas are somewhat faint. I'm picking up more chocolate, coffee, and malts than hops. Tastes nice, very roasty and lots of bitterness from the hops, coffee, and chocolate; slightly fruity. Mouthfeel is kind of prickly and finishes dry and bitter; medium-bodied. Drinkability isn't bad, the alcohol is well hidden, pretty easy to drink for the most part.

I suppose I had higher expectation since Loose Cannon is one of my favorite IPAs. Black Cannon is a solid Black IPA but not ahead of the pack. I was hoping for this to be more tropical and hop forward. I feel they focused more on the roasty characteristics. Bottom line is it's a great effort and enjoyable beer that's worth trying.

02-06-2011 01:01:59 | More by BB1313
Heavy Seas Black Cannon from Heavy Seas Beer
85 out of 100 based on 636 ratings.