Heavy Seas Black Cannon | Heavy Seas Beer

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Heavy Seas Beer
Maryland, United States

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.25%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by JayQue on 01-23-2011

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Ratings: 698 |  Reviews: 218
Reviews by Rickythejeweler:
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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

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Photo of oberon
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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Photo of ExtraStout
3.82/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

S- hoppy and sweet.

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

M- medium carbonation, lighter pretty thin 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.

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Photo of npala86
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.86/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #74 (Mar 2013):

Initial thought is that this beer feels like the benchmark for the style. While some will argue the style is still being defined, it seems most of the great ones resonate toward the traits Black Cannon wields. It does not try to devastate the palate or confuse it by incorporating other style traits; it stays the course.

STYLE: American Black Ale
ABV: 7.25%

LOOK: Deep brown, excellent lacing

SMELL: Faint roasted grain, mild chocolate, hop resin, orange zest, piney, toasted bread crust, parsley

TASTE: Smooth, almost silky, creamy, fullish body, dark chocolate, faint burnt sugar, hop bitterness, herbal, vague citrus, hint of alcohol, dank, semidry hoppy finish

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Photo of bellce0
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Doomcifer
2.75/5  rDev -27.1%

Photo of Guden
4.74/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Pours an inky jet black with no light coming through at all. A dense but short tan head sits on top and fades quickly.

S- Wow! Up front is a blend of woody hops and vinous fruit and alcohol followed by a wave of heavily toasted bread, toffee, spices (coriander, cinnamon and anise), dark chocolate and over it all is a sweet baked honey ham caramel. If there was a touch more hops it would be perfect, but as is it smells amazing.

T- Wow again. The flavor has hints of the dark fruit, spice, toffee and chocolate of the nose but the piney and citrusy notes of American hops and the light roast of charcoal fill the middle before a battle between the caramel and moderate bitterness washes out the end.

M- A bit thick and creamy for an IPA but it still works with how much is going on here.

D- This beer goes down dangerously well for its 7.25% abv. The balance is a bit more towards the malty side than one might expect from an "IPA" but it definitely works. One of the best beers I've ever had from a great brewery.

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Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler filled at Yorktown (NY) beverage.

Pours near black, under a solid mocha head, that lasts nicely and leaves better then decent fine lacing.

Milk chocolate in the nose with a hint of sweet fruit.

Chocolate infused black ale, I'm not really picking up a huge hop blast here, that would yell "IPA". I get some more citric fruit, plenty of chocolate malts, moderate hoppy bitterness in the rear.

Medium bodied and on the creamier side. Nice and smooth.

Enjoyable, flavorful and nicely crafted, but a bit on the underwhelming side

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.66/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Single bottle from Premier Gourmet in Buffalo, alongside a few other Heavy Seas offerings. May 2013 BBD.

Poured into a nonic. Dark chestnut back, a small head that survives for quite a while and leaves behind some streaks of lace.

Nose is some particularly potent citrus hops, smoke, brown bread and molasses. Smells great.

Initially, this brew proved to taste a great deal like an overly-bitter, thin stout, which I wasn't a fan of. All I was getting was bitter hops and bitter smokey roasted bread, if that makes any sense. After about 10 minutes of warming, however, I got a few other goodies that helped give the brew a bit more balance, including some chocolate and malty sweetness; however, this was at the expense of the hop bite. Not sure where to categorize this, but I enjoyed it for what it was.

Not as strong an offering as the Loose Cannon, but still an interesting brew, particularly for the nose.

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Photo of Cavanaghty
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of dankjohn
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Milkysunshine
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of bpfrush
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of PretzelsNBeer
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Mantooth
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of alexkeil
4.02/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of far333
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of danpam1024
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Jadobbs
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of acurtis
3.44/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Brenden
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's about as pitch-black as I've ever seen, inky and thick with no light coming through. A light brown head begins at nearly 2 fingers in height and recedes to a heavy foam that remains and drops clingy patches of lacing on the glass.
A balanced aroma offers nearly as much roast as hoppiness. A hint of cocoa nibs natural to the malts blends with citrus, and there's a ghostly twang of something leafy as well as a very gentle earthy element.
There's an unexpected sweetness to this beer, though it's of a citrusy nature and not distracting or misplaced. The toast and gentle char comes through with pine, citrus and a bit of leaf. It's balanced and it's flavorful, and an interesting take. I think it's the right profile and possibly needs a little more depth to reach the next level.
The feel is nice, a medium body with plenty of crispness to it remains semi-dry all the way.

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Photo of CloudStrife
3.96/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. May 13 notched on the label.

A: Pours a very dark brown appearing black in the glass with a 2 finger dense light khaki head on top. Head takes its time as it slowly dissipates, leaving splotches of lace on the side.

S: Good blend going on here. First thing that I notice is a rich roasted malt that gives a somewhat chocolate note. The obvious pleasant hops in the background. Dark fruits appear more as it warms up.

T: Upon first sip I get roasted malts that are taken over by a good earthy hop. Real interesting balance, then the finish is even more blurred with a blend of more roasted malts and hop bitterness.

M: Medium body with a decent amount of carbonation. The roasted malts provide a creamy mouthfeel. Hops arent too sticky but do add a nectar like quality.

Overall its a good addition to the heavy seas lineup a nice add on to the Loose Cannon. More complex but it retains the drinkability.

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