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Heavy Seas Black Cannon - Heavy Seas Beer

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Ratings: 649
Reviews: 214
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 13.49%
Wants: 16
Gots: 34 | FT: 0
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Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  7.25% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: JayQue on 01-23-2011)
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Photo of argock
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a Duvel tulip. No freshness date. 6-pack purchased from Rio Hill Wine & Gourmet (Charlottesville, VA) for $9.49.

A: Pleasing dark brown with nice 1-2 finger, malted milk frothy head, good retention, and a respectable ring or two of lacing.

S: Nice roasted barley note, but almost too much as it nearly drowns out the orange citrus hops aromas. There's a bit of caramel as well.

T: The roasted barley note still dominates, but much more chocolate comes through as well to add to the sweetness and cut the acrid edge to some degree. Orange citrus is present in the finish along with some black coffee as well.

M: I liked the feel, which I thought was very smooth and firmly medium in body. Carbonation is low to add to the smoothness.

D: This is a solid black IPA with a nice dose of chocolate malt to give it a unique side. A really enjoyable beer that I could have several off in a session.

argock, Mar 01, 2011
Photo of thedoubler55
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the FRED BAR, sandy springs, ga

A:Deep black color, with a off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace around the glass.

S: Aroma has a bit malts as well as hops, some slight hints of sweet fruit

T: Taste is just like the nose, bit of bitterness from the hops as well as some slight dark roasted malts that give off a well balanced brew

M: Med bodied, slight carbonation, very smooth.

D: Great great brew, definitely was impressed with this one!

thedoubler55, Feb 28, 2011
Photo of rdilauro
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful dark pour with a little creamy white head. I could pick out the hop aroma as soon as it hit our wine glasses.
The first sip was crisp, dry with a very well balanced amount of hops and malt. I was a bit surprised at the first taste when I picked up some coffee or espresso flavor.
What I loved was that from the start, the first sip was full and that it ended the same way.
Very enjoyable.

rdilauro, Feb 26, 2011
Photo of COBeerBuff
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Received during Black Booty Vol. 4 from lackenhauser and poured into a Spiegelau tulip.

Appearance: As expected, this Black IPA yields an opaque black liquid with a solid 2 fingers worth of head on top. The retention is outstanding, and slightly surprising, but the overall appearance is pretty close to what I would look for from a solid Black IPA.

Smell: Abundant hops highlight the nose on this dark brew. A little bit of the toasted malts hit on the backend, but the nose is pretty much all citrus. I really enjoy the nose as many Black IPAs struggle with the malt-hops ratio.

Taste: The flavor profile closely matches my notes from the nose of this beer. There are a ton of citrusy hops on the front end, and the toasty malts trail in on the back side of this beer. There's not a whole lot of complexity, but I actually enjoy the simplicity of this brew.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is very pleasant for a beer of this style. It's not overly cloying and it's not too viscous. I like crisp IPAs, and I enjoy the same crispness from Black IPAs.

Drinkability: All in all, this is an amazingly drinkable beer. Many Black IPAs seem to have some identity issues with whether they should be more like American IPAs or more like "toasted" Barleywines. This one finds a nice happy medium in the middle, and I really enjoy the crisp light mouthfeel combined with the very present citrus hops in the nose and on the palate.

COBeerBuff, Feb 26, 2011
Photo of tlazaroff
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Black, nothing but darkness with a light tan head.
S: Tropical fruit is the most prominent on the nose.
T: Starts off with a roasted flavor that moves into pineapple and papaya.
M: Moderate carbonation with a medium body.
D: Aside from the 7.25% ABV, this is a surprisingly enjoyable beer.

tlazaroff, Feb 26, 2011
Photo of far333
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ruddy dark brown with ruby highlights and a half inch of dimpled foa that leaves broad sheets of lace up the sides of the glass.

Inviting aroma of tangerine hops and subtle lightly roasted malt. Rich flavor of dark malts and citrusy hops upfront. Subtle notes of smoke and leather, good balance with hops. Finishes slightly tannic. Tasty beer, but not overly complex.

far333, Feb 25, 2011
Photo of Gushue3
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- pours dark transparent black with medium head leaving moderate lacing

S- hoppy and sweet. almost like a bag of weed.

T- first sips a nicely blanaced hop taste with malt. lingering bitterness

M- medium carbonation, lighter feel.

D- pretty good stuff. i love black ipas to begin with so i could drink it all day. not a personal favorite of mine but would definately buy again.

Gushue3, Feb 25, 2011
Photo of shand
4.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a nonic.

Black is serious! This pours a pitch black colour with a finger and a half of mocha-coloured head that retains well. The aroma is nicely hoppy, plenty of pungent hops over a nice roasty background. The taste is just great! The hops are all I taste at first, they're very pungent and dank, and work together incredibly well with a background roasted coffee and just a touch of chocolate. Seriously exceptional, this is the best of two worlds right here.

The mouthfeel is great, it's not too thick for a proper hoppy brew, but still has some weight to it. It's also quite creamy. The drinkability is also great, I just want to keep drinking this due to the exceptional flavor profile. This is just a very, very good black IPA (or American Black Ale if I'm going to start being "proper"), one of the best I've had of the style yet. Doesn't hurt that this is super fresh, of course. And it's available for quite a good price for a style that still seems to command a price premium. Needless to say, I'll be going back for a six-pack of this awesome brew. Drink it.

shand, Feb 24, 2011
Photo of Mitchster
4.83/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

$10.99 for a 6'er at Jacks. No ingredients per the bottle or website, just an allusion to the fact that this is their loose cannon IPA recipe with black malt. 7.25% ABV.

Pours to a clear black, not ink-jet black, but more like a very dark porter, forming a modest light yellow head with very good retention and nice solid sheets of lace. No sediment in the bottle. The aroma is wonderful, full of leafy green skunky hops (guessing Amarillo) with a subtle note of chocolate and coffee. I could smell this all day. The mouthfeel is clean and crisp, svelte, with a medium body. The taste opens with the aforementioned skunky hops, apples, a touch of sugar cookie like sweetness, bittersweet dark chocolate, very distant coffee, chalk, and burnt grains. Bitterness is mild, and makes it wonderfully easy to drink. No off-flavors or aromas. Very well made.

A wonderful brew. Well worth the price of admission. I would buy it again, and recommend it. Almost, but not quite as good as Founder Black Rye-PA, which is VERY similar. Delicious!

Mitchster, Feb 24, 2011
Photo of oberon
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass a dark cola color with a creamy tannish colored head,it lasted well with a nice ring to it.Fruit and spicy/piney hops really stand out most,there is a hint of chocolate malt as well.A full creamy feel its almost lush,very nice.A well rounded mix of resiny hop,dark bread,and chocolate going on in the palate,the hops hit pretty hard but level out.A real nice ABA,better than most I have had to date,well done.

oberon, Feb 23, 2011
Photo of nrbw23
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours an almost black color, I'd say a really dark brown with a light tan head. Head is pretty nice, with good retention and leaves some nice lacing.

S- The aroma is really nice just a bit weak. Hops are here, mainly citrus (grapefruit and pineapple for sure, along with some roasted malts, and a bit of chocolate.

T- I really liked this one. Citrus hops are first to come through then followed by malts. Finishes with a nice coffee and almost charcoal taste.

M- Probably a bit on the lighter side of medium and good carbonation.

D- Was pretty surprised by this one. I really enjoyed this one and will have this one again for sure.

nrbw23, Feb 22, 2011
Photo of hosehead83
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Dark brown/black in color with a rather short, but sturdy head of tan foam.
Aroma-Toasted malt, subtle citrus hop note
Taste-Citrussy hop character, roasted malt, chocolate. Lingering hop bitterness nicely balanced by roasty, chocolate flavors mingled well. Very tasty and guplably good for the strength! Would pair very nicely with grilled meats or smothered burritos.

hosehead83, Feb 21, 2011
Photo of SupaCelt
3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This thing pours a deep ruby colour and sprouts a grand looking head piece of nearly an inch of fluffy tan. Good retention. Contiguous bands of lace coat the glass and add eye candy appeal.

The nose is rooty and herbal with a nice hop cannopy. Snappy twigs and grapefruit.

The taste is also quite raw and herbal. Rooty. This brew is almost black but fringes on the red and rye profile in the malt character. The hops are definitely throwing nose and flavor as well as a distinct dryness. Maybe a touch light on black patents.

The mouthfeel is a fluffy and rich medium. Just right for this package.

The drinkability is good. This is a tasty beer but it would thrive on a bit more roasty black patent and chocolate malt tones to really bang the hops out and blacken this baby proper like. Beef it. Very nice. Worth a spot in your build your own sixer.

SupaCelt, Feb 21, 2011
Photo of dedrinker
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

dedrinker, Feb 20, 2011
Photo of Vdubb86
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Vdubb86, Feb 20, 2011
Photo of prototypic
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

prototypic, Feb 20, 2011
Photo of bluejacket74
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

bluejacket74, Feb 19, 2011
Photo of micromaniac129
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

micromaniac129, Feb 19, 2011
Photo of whisperjet
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

whisperjet, Feb 18, 2011
Photo of lazyboy247
4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

lazyboy247, Feb 18, 2011
Photo of grover37
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

grover37, Feb 16, 2011
Photo of haazer
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

haazer, Feb 16, 2011
Photo of engagechad
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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

engagechad, Feb 15, 2011
Photo of McNealc31
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

McNealc31, Feb 15, 2011
Photo of robwestcott
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

robwestcott, Feb 13, 2011
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