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Heavy Seas Black Cannon - Heavy Seas Beer

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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
Photo of chaz410
3.32/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle from Common Market in Charlotte.
Pours a deep dark brown with a finger and a half khaki colored head.
Smell is of roasted malts, some slight coffee notes, chocolate, hops, pine hop notes and some floral hop character.
Taste starts with some piney hop bites but go quickly to more subtle coffee and dark caramel flavor. Finishes with a blend of coffee astringency and piney hop kick.
Smooth and slightly refreshing mouthfeel.

Photo of PicoPapa
3.62/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle with a Best Before date Notched at May 2011. Pours a black color with brown hues and very minimal head. Some lacing. Aroma is of citrusy and tropical hops. Hints of chocolate and coffee. Taste is more of piney hops rather than citrus like the aroma lede me to think. A bit chocolatey. Bitter chocolate aftertaste. Overall it was pretty decent and worth another look.

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

12 oz. Near black pour, finger of white head. Laces and retains pretty nicely.

Herbal piney aroma, some toasted malt.

Taste has a bunch of toasted malt and chocolates. Some coffee and cocoa. A fair amount of piney hops combine with some coffee for a sligtly bitter finish.

Fairly coating and creamy, but a tad thin. Still goes down pretty easy. Thinness and some lack of much complexity are the only drawbacks. I Like these black ales, hoppy brews for stout/porter fans.
Some want these things to be hop bombs with black food coloring added or something, I for one am glad they are not.

Photo of OhYesILoveBeer
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clipper City's Black Cannon, from a 12oz bottle into 16oz standard pint. Pours a very dark ruby with lighter ruby highlights around the edge's. Thin 1/2" light tan head disappears quickly leaving slight lace. Smells lightly roasted with a bit of cascade dominance. Tastes the same as the nose indicates. Not too much hops present for me for this brew to stand out in the cascadian category, but none the less an excellent beer to have along side venison tenderloin pan seared in garlic butter. I was just hoping that this would have been a bit bigger in the hop department. Cheers!

Photo of jsh420
4.17/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

enjoy by july 2011

pours dark brown with a 1/2 finger tan head that left no lacing

smells of chocolate and fruity hops

taste - lots of fruity apricot hops mixed with chocolate roasted malts - not a complex beer but this beer is perfect sample of the style

mouthfeel - medium body good carbonation - crisp smooth and creamy

drinkability is solid - this beer is more on the ipa side which is what i want out of this style

Photo of Chaney
3.56/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Massive peppery, light brown head for sure and about 2-3 fingers thick. Since this is a black IPA, the color of the brew was...you guessed it - black!

S: Composed of fruit juice primarily, but it was much more subdued and malty than it's younger brother and obvious comparer to: "Loose Cannon."

T: Was there rye in this? It was almost like "Loose Cannon," but with sort of a stale cake icing layer to the brew which I didn't particularly find pleasant. Okay after further inspection I guess...

M: Thick and much less syrupy than "Loose Cannon" which I found to be a pleasant relief. The carbonation was moderate at best.

O: Sure, I could drink a couple of these, but I hope it's only a one time release.

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

Pours a four finger khaki head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Black color, no highlights. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Nose is grapefruit hops, flavor is same, almost sweet grapefruit hops. Semi-dry finish. Best before Jun 2011. $2.29 for a 12oz bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, Ma.

Photo of aubuc1
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle dated best before June 11 poured into a tukop pint glass.

Pours black with some ruby highlights and a nice thick tan head.

Very nice sweet piney and light citrus smell.

Taste is a very good blend of sweet rich malt and piney slightly bitter. Great balance.

Mouthfeel is slightly thin.

Drinkability is good.

Perhaps the best heavy seas I have had. Quite nice.

Photo of farrago
3.72/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bit over half a finger of tan foam, the base of denser bubbles undone by larger bubbles which dissolve things down to thin surface coating at best, the lacing sticks around better albeit you will not need to wash it off the glass. Impenetrable black liquid, a deep metallic orange accumulates at the glass bottom for color. The nose is hoppy and herbaceous enough to earn the title of "IPA," pine and grapefruit to tangerine citrus shine through clearly, mixed flowers as well if to a lower degree, the roast is high-toned and focused, expresses itself as coffee bean and cocoa, nothing soft, as a result its briskness close to its finest attribute. Medium-bodied with good activity in the carbonation, the tingle helps to play up the hoppy bite and grass to lemon, white grapefruit citrus. Much higher roast here with big time coffee, dark chocolate and mocha flavors, nothing shy nor that sweet about it. So, it covers the hops and malts both, if blending them into a flatter whole. The peach, apple fruit shows a more tropical pineapple, nectarine stripe. Too aggressive to put down more than a couple in a row.

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

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: black with a 2 finger off white head

smell: hops, grass, earthly

taste: hops, grass

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body, crisp

Drinkability: one of the better black IPA's. These seem to be popping up everywhere. Good representation.


the CPJ

Photo of sholland119
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at TJ's, 3/4/11.

A-Dark brown with some ruby lowlights, a frothy mocha head and little lacing.

S-Roasted malt and earthy hops. Nice.

T-Sweet caramel and some good roastiness with a mild hop finish. A bit sweet and underhopped to me.

M-Light side of medium with fizzy carbonation.

D-Easy drinking if nothing special.


Photo of Sammy
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Rattle 'N' Hum. I like black IPAs, this one had an above average mouthfeel, and some orange taste in addition to the cascadian hop that lends itself a grapefruit edge.A little chocolate and roast. A good bitterness.Black colour with some lace dots.

Photo of Seru1
3.86/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Rich in color, very black with a tall two finger head.

Smell- Big Wet Pine Needle Aroma, bit of lemon juice smell. Not much else, I had really hoped for a maltier smell with the hops.

Taste- Wow! The balance really kicks in here. The Hops play a major role with a big citrus and pine resin flavor up front, But the Roasted malts come to the rescue and soothe the hop bite. This beer brings nice Balance to the regular IPA Bitter.

Mouthfeel- Rich and filling. the beer lingers nicely but not overly long.

Drinkability- The Roasted malt makes is far easier to drink than most IPA's. But all the hops make it harder to drink than most black lager style beers. So it hurts it abit. Still I could happily have about 2.

Very worth trying. Not everyday you get to have a black IPA

Photo of LordAdmNelson
3.25/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was kind of a miss for me. Nothing too bad--I definitely wouldn't turn one down if offered to me--but this really didn't strike me as a Black IPA (as it's supposed to be). I know the category is "American Black Ale," but I still think of them as black IPAs--this one kind of falls into the "APA" equivalent of black IPA--a black american pale ale, if you will. The hops are a bit subdued, as is the nose, and a bit of a more assertive malt presence was noted. Not a better malt presence, just more aggressive--dark, a bit smokey too. Feel was pretty watery--needs a lot more body, in my opinion.

Photo of mountsnow1010
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark dark dark. Black with a tan head that thins out, but lasts. Pretty good lacing. I'd give this a 5.0 for appearance with a slightly creamier looking head; it pours like a Coca-cola head. Anyways, I rarely give over a four for this category so this is darn good.
S - Very citrusy, with no real malt presence. After sitting out for a while though (half hour) it begins to smell much more roasty and the hop aromas dissipate. I enjoyed both phases of the smell.
T - As others have noted, is very nicely balanced; leans toward the IPA side and away from the "black" flavors (although the color is still there), with only hints of roasty nutty flavors in the aftertaste. Very pleasant. If they could fit some pineapple odor/flavor in or other fruity hop elements, this would be an incredible CDA. Very pleasant as is though. Also a reasonably noticeable pine element.
MF - A bit sharp for my tastes, pretty high carbonation.
DB - I could have a few of these. Very nice.

I could have a really long night with a sixer of this. This is a high quality beer, especially at this price point (9.99 a six pack). Very enjoyable, though getting it extremely fresh probably helps.
(fresh date: by May).

Photo of thespaceman
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass:

Appearance: Like the name states, pours a deep opaque black in color, nice size head emerges slowly and holds together nicely on top of this beer. Great head retention and good lacing to go along with it.

Smell: A wonderful balance of aromas here. Most black IPA's I've tried you only get the hops in the smell, but here I get a beautiful toasted malt backround, a bit of of chocolate and some coffee like roasted elements as well. Hops are florals smelling and very light, yet very aromatic.

Taste: Nice! Again the actual chocolate and coffee like malt sweetness takes the forefront here which is very rare for a black IPA. Right off the bat you get hit with a good deal of malt sweetness, espresso bean and some toffee. A light vanilla tone comes into play. The middle of the beer starts to show off it's citrus hop presence, I get some mango and grapefruit flavors towards the finish here. Balance between flavors is superb with one not overwhelming the other.

Mouthfeel: Perfect carbonation, could be a bit sharper but I think with the abundance of malt sweetness here the mouthfeel is toned down which is not a bad thing. Good back-of-tongue bitterness here which really hits the mark. Medium bodied and stands firm on the tongue.

Drinkability: Overall one of the top 3 black IPA's I've had since they've become a household name. I like that Heavy Sea's made the malt notes stand out more than the actual citrus notes from the hops. Usually with black IPA's all I see is brewers making a regular IPA "black" without adding any elements to make it stand out and live up to it's name. Very sessionable at 7.5% ABV and a interesting beer with every new sip. A job well done!

Photo of argock
3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Photo of thedoubler55
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
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!

Photo of rdilauro
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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.

Photo of tlazaroff
3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Photo of far333
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Photo of Gushue3
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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.

Photo of Mitchster
4.8/5  rDev +27%
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!

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