Heavy Seas Black Cannon | Heavy Seas Beer

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Heavy Seas Black CannonHeavy Seas Black Cannon

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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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Reviews: 217 | Ratings: 695
Photo of Mitchster
4.8/5  rDev +26%
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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Photo of Guden
4.74/5  rDev +24.4%
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 jtierney89
4.65/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Deep brown color, some visibility creamy one finger off white head. Awesome nose of rich roasted malt, chocolate, caramel, coffee and classic American hops. Really blends into something I've never smelled before of being earthy, fruity, yet tamed I'm loving of.

Fuller side of medium bodied, great carbonation with an awesome malt character that holds everything together. Taste is much like the nose with great complexity yet amazing drinkability. Jesus Christ this beer is good. Subtle notes of candy and licorice. Simply put this beer has amazingly blended flavors. Quite a surprise in a world of mediocre black ales. This thing really shines. I love it.

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Photo of dhartogs
4.61/5  rDev +21%
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.

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Photo of PhantasIPA
4.55/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The appearance of this beer is, well, black! Looks like a porter but tastes like a stout and IPA made malty love and this came out. Poured it from a bottle into a glass and got a small head (1/8 of an inch) and the lacing is average as well.

The smell is really unique; it smells like pine from the hops, coffee and toffee for the malt. Pungent yet smooth...somehow!

Taste is very good as well. First beer I have ever had that tasted quite like this. Hoppy and dark is a hard flavor to create but they did it. The coffee and malt really balance the pine notes of the hops, as opposed to a normal IPA where the citrus notes accent the pine flavored hops.

Mouthfeel is very smooth since is is such a heavy beer. The density and sweetness make it drink like a Guinness but sting a little like a classic IPA. Carbonation is not a factor at all.

Overall this beer is very unique. A dark and sweet and smooth IPA...pretty cool. Worth a try if you want a unique taste that is well balanced and not too strong at 7.25%.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
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 shand
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
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.

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Photo of rhartogsq
4.43/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle to pint glass.
A. nice black, charcoal color.
S. not as pungent as I would have liked, but had some nice hop, coffee (dark and subtle) characteristics.
t. Brought a smile to my face. had a nice hoppyness to it, with a nice malt bone to it.
m. pretty good. had the right carbonation and feel for a black IPA
o. one of my favorite black IPAs (Note this was the first time I tried it), and I want more! I had it right after a work out at the gym, and it put my in a happy place.

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Photo of hoosier3334
4.42/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Really like this beer. It was my first black ipa and I was really impressed. Smooth and black, with a great blend of hops and malt. Being an offshoot of an ipa, the hops still stood out, though. Overall a real joy of a beer. Definitely worth the money.

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Photo of tbrown4
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours dark dark amber, not quite black. Just enough for a tiny bit of light to shine through. Fluffy light tan head. Light moist lacing all the way through.

S - Roasty, light floral hops.

T - Just a tad of sharp hop bitterness on one side and sharp roasted notes on the other. Two distinct personalities here.

M - Light, just a tad more viscous than water. Pools up in the middle for a bit then washes away.

D - I could put back 2-3 in a session with this one, but that may not be the best of ideas at 7 1/4 ABV. You'd think this would be a palate killer, not as much as I'd expect.

Missed the various releases of this on tap/cask. Was somewhat excited about since I first heard about it. I'm a long time IPA fan and have been making a point to try as many black IPAs as I can find. None have blown me away yet. I drink it and think, "that's cool they can do that with an IPA". This is a very nice clean representation of the style, or what we're identifying as a style recently. It doesn't push the envelope too much from that perspective.

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Photo of bubseymour
4.32/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pitch black and beautiful but very little head. Nice lacing though

Smell- Exactly like loose Cannon. Very citrus and floral

Taste - Again exactly like Loose Cannon which is one of my favorite IPA's. Therefore love the taste on this one.

Mouthfeel - Very nice

Overall - Because I couldn't tell this beer apart from Loose Cannon, I'm knocking it down a little. I don't really understand making the same beer but different appearance. Anyway, love to drink it.

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Photo of number1bum
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown, very nearly black actually, with two fingers of tan head. Settles to just a thin lace, not very full and somewhat patchy. Coats the glass nicely with a good amount of webbing.

Smells of some lightly roasted malt, a bit of chocolate, and a nice amount of floral, citrusy hops. It's quite hoppy really, with juicy orange and some white grapefruit as well. Not an overly robust nose, but a nice one.

Taste, like the smell, is very hoppy and is decidedly hop forward. It's really juicy, with lots of orange and grapefruit flavor. The malt is more subtle than is typical of the Black IPAs I have had; it's very lightly roasted with some dark chocolate as well. Hop bitterness is moderate, certainly on par with a typical IPA, and there is a bitter dark chocolate flavor that lingers in the finish as well. This is really very tasty.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied but feels much lighter than I'd expect given the ABV and the dark malts. It's not super creamy, it's soft, light and quite clean.

This is a very pleasant surprise; one of the best Black IPAs I've had and one of the hoppiest. Lots of juicy citrus flavor. As Black IPAs go this one is not overly roasty at all and it's pretty light bodied. I'm actually surprised they got this to be so nearly black without more black malt and roasted flavor. This is probably one of the most drinkable black IPAs I've had. I wish I'd gotten a 6 pack.

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Photo of nickthetick
4.29/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: pours an opaque black into my duvel tulip with two fingers of brown head that slowly dissipates and leaves spotty lacing.

S: dark roasted malt and coffee and citrusy and grassy hops mix to make an off putting nose.

T: not like the nose the malt and hops mix in a favorable way. It starts with a overcooked biscuit quality that's a bit bitter, some what like a sourdough bread roll left in the oven too long. Dark citrus comes in and fallows through to a grassy or earthen tone. Hint of dark chocolate and coffee linger.

MF: a tad heavy in a good way, great carbonation, smooth with a semi dry finish.

O: what a great beer! I can't wait to grab this one up again.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.29/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - pours dark but shows reddish mahogany against a good light source. Light mocha cap is nice and thick. Good stick as well, sort of an ice cream float look on the surface.

Aroma - sharp piny notes, some roasty notes initially but they fade as this sets up to a resiny hop-owned aroma.

Taste - a brief dose of hops at first, then the roasted grain and hops make a real nice blended flavor at mid-palate. A grapefruit rind flavor on the finish, then roasted grains end the ride with a touch of citrusy sweetness. Good lengthy finish too.

Mouthfeel - decent smooth flow to the beer, crisp and fluffy in the mouth. Refreshing for such a flavorful brew.

Drinkability - an excellent brew. Dry hopping would put this over the top. Probably my favorite 'hybrid' style. Good tasty beer for anytime.

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Photo of ghengisflan
4.26/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Appropriately enough, Black Cannon pours completely black with about half an inch of medium brown head. Holding it up to the light reveals a hint of red at the edges; it's still pitch black.

Aroma: Hops definitely dominate the aroma; they're maybe stronger in the smell than they are in the taste of the beer.

Taste: A great balance between dark, roasted malts and a good range of hop flavors. It's brighter and sweeter to start and darker and bitter to finish.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and rich but crisp. It's exactly what I would ask for in a beer that balances roasted malts and strong hop.

Overall: A great beer, one I like to savor slowly: one of my all-time favorites.

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Photo of TheBrewo
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

We crack the top on our grumbler, pouring a brew of the deepest mahogany browns with soft ruby hues around the edges into our Founders snifters. It holds a massive three and a half finger head of tight, brown-grayish bubbles, showing great retention. Thick and sheety patterned lacing is left all around the glasses. No haze or sediment is noted, and carbonation appears to be active. The nose is zesty, with grapefruity and herbal hops, Flintstone vitamin fruitiness, light woody mossiness, dried apricots, chalk, dried kelp, pale malt crispness, brown malt metallics and faint roastiness, and curiously soured, puckering yeastiness. With warmth comes a deepening of the malts, with sweeter caramels, lactics, and a soured yeastiness that borders on Bretty bite. Our first impression is that this is a nicely flavored black ale, with strong, resilient hops, pleasantly dark malts, and a curiously puckered and soured component through the end. As we sip, the taste opens with floral, herbal, and brightly citric hops, clean black malts, foamy plastics, lemon zestiness, faint soapy pucker, mango and papaya fruit juiciness, light bubblegums, chalk, and pale malty base. Moving to the peak is a blend of sweeter strawberry, pineapple, apricot, and coconut fruitiness, with bittered char of black and coffee malts, general roastiness, moss, and mineral. Lemon rind bitterness pulls us to a soured and puckered ending wash, with metallic and lemony yeastiness, ginger root, pineapple rind, thick chalks, muddy minerals, piney sap, fusel chemicals, pale and wheat crust maltiness, fusel booze, honeysuckle, and beautifully nectary hops. The aftertaste breathes of green banana skins, mineral, tinny and irony metallics, chalk, dust and musk, crispy pale malts, bubblegum esters, pale malt toastiness, straw, and grassy, citric rind, and nectary hop varietals. The body is medium, and the carbonation is soft and medium. Each sip gives nice slurp and smack, with decent cream and froth, and pleasant finishing pucker. The mouth is cooled and coated, with chalky astringency of roast down the tongue and hard palate. The abv is appropriate, and drinkability is quite high.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was its nose and flavoring. These were both surprisingly robust, zesty, hoppy, and well-balanced, helping to keep things fresh and drinkable. The nose especially held a bright zestiness that really reminded us of Lagunitas Sucks, in the sense that it was fruity, hoppy, and cleanly blended. The grain bill is obviously much darker, but this only contributed to the intrigue and depth of the taste. The feel was creamy and smooth, with soft finish. This brew exhibits the premiere blending of styles into the American Black Ale, and is our favorite to date from the brewery, and perhaps even a rival to the illustrious Sublimely Self-Righteous.

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Photo of Kendo
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Body is coca-cola-black with a small tan/light brown head that leaves behind good thick rings of lace.

S: Very nice nose - strong. I get citrus, pine and tea. Also some roastiness - more so as it warms up a bit.

T: Follows the nose somewhat - some underlying roasted barley malt followed by a touch of char, a hint of cocoa, and then it's the hops: pine and pine resin and a bit of citrus. Juicy at times. Finishes without any noticeable alcohol (despite the relatively strong 7.25% ABV), but heat is felt in the belly right away.

M: Medium in heft. Very smooth - lower carbonation levels, but it's not at all slick.

O: I like a wee bit more chocolate malt in my American Black Ales, but the roasted barley and charcoal provides a nice enough contrast to the hops that it's a fairly minor quibble. Good stuff, and highly drinkable.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on cask at Max's in Baltimore. Have only tried cask beers a few times before, but this was definitely a great beer. Nice jet black color, roasted malt and hoppy aroma. Medium bodied, great mouthfeel, great balance between roasted malts and hoppiness with the smoothness of the cask giving it the perfect touch. Awesome beer, but still not as good as the Siren Noir on cask which was like a liquid Hershey's bar. Totally glad I got try this on cask and I would definitely pick up a sixer of it in the store.

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Photo of silver0rlead
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown, with a frothy cola colored head that retains well. The aroma is very green, with big and juicy citrus hops upfront, along with some dark chocolate and coffee notes, a bit of tobacco, some molasses, dark fruits, burnt bread and alcohol...a bit raw but very complex and inviting. The flavor starts off with citrusy and piney hops, along with some chocolate and coffee, molasses and burnt bread, dark fruits, chalk and a bit of alcohol. The mouthfeel is moderate and drinkability is very good for the style. Really tasty example of a black IPA, somewhat balanced and pretty complex...a real winner.

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Photo of thedoubler55
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
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!

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
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

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a deep dark amber, porter like, with a half inch of mocha colored head.

S - You get some roasted and chocolate malts beside a lingering piney hop presence.

T - I believe this is a solid Black IPA recipe! You get sweet chocolate then a roasty center with a mildly hoppy finish. The hoppy finish doesn't linger rounding out the flavors pretty well.

M - Light to medium. Found it very easy to drink.

Overall I could see buying it again. A nice break from stouts and hoppy IPA's its a great even ground. One of the Best Black IPA's I ever had.

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Photo of OneDropSoup
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a shaker: Dark brown, "round-up-to-black" body with deep ruby highlights under two fingers of frothy, khaki head. Some sticky lacing right around the lip.

Nice resiny hop aroma, with some grapefruit & pine over a slightly coffee-ish background. The combination combines to create a very nice, dank coffee.

Taste follows the smell, with a slightly sweet lemon character, some piney, woody bitterness, & mildly roasty coffee that's not overly bitter. Some malt sugar perks up, actually this is really nice.

Sweet & a little sticky, plus sticky hop character too.

Honestly, one of the nicer black ales I've had - nicely balanced, pleasantly sweet but really tempered by the hops, no one aspect overpowers the other. The booze is well-concealed, too. Nothing wowing here, just good.

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Photo of billzav
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

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Photo of dedrinker
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

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