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: 696
Photo of B967ierhunter177
1.61/5  rDev -57.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pours black with a 1/4 inch brown head and lacing to the end. It's aroma is a curious mix of grapefruit and coffee. The flavor leads with a quick grapefruit tang followed through by coffee and a note of anise. The mouthfeel is thick, creamy and full. Clipper City Heavy Seas Black Cannon is and interesting beer. Slightly recommended.

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Photo of BMMillsy
2.12/5  rDev -44.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

I still can't understand how these heavy seas beers get ratings above 3. This one was awful. Pours black with small slightly off white head. Smells of stale burnt grain, dirt, muddled mess of roasted grains and sweetness. No hop presence that I can tell. The flavor follows with some roasted grain that is both watery and overly sweet at the same time. There is no trace of hop bite or balance here, and this really comes off as just a heavy muddled mess. Lowish carbonation. Have yet to find anything worth drinking from these guys.

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Photo of Reaper16
2.34/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12oz. bottle served into a tulip glass

Pours a nice, even blackish color. One finger of light tan head with some decent lacing. This is a good looking beer, though there isn't much to really say about it.

The malts are the loudest speakers in the aroma, which isn't something you want to see in an IPA. Stale Maxwell House dominates, along with a healthy dose of cocoa powder. There's orange and grapefruit lupulin flavors that peek through all that porterish aroma. This smells like an interesting cup of coffee from your local, not-particularly-great, coffee experimental roaster.

The flavor of this beer is all out of whack. Nothing coheres. The purfumey orange hop flavors clash violently with the powdery dark malt flavors. The finish is like you ate a small spoonful of old coffee grounds while smelling an obnoxious candle.

Pretty average mouthfeel. The carbonation level and body are each fine. Overall, this is a weak attempt. A failure, even. Compare this to, say, Stone Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale and the difference will be STARK. Heavy Seas Black Cannon is a beer whose flavor components just don't work together.

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Photo of Fleeflam
2.41/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Does not have an average IPA taste. More of a Porter to me. Goes down smooth with not a huge after taste, but definitely coats the tongue. It is a good beer but just not what I expected. I would drink two of these in one sitting and would buy it again. A must try for a beer fan.

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Photo of microbrewlover
2.42/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This brew pours a dark black with reddish hues when held up to the light. There is a half finger mocha colored head. Almost no lacing; good carbonation.

The smell is of chocolate and light hops. There is also a malty/bready smell.

The taste is of chocolate, some alcohol taste comes through. Sweet malts the front end, bitter hops on the back end. Based on the ingredients I can taste, I believe this brew should taste better but fails to wow.

The mouthfeel is bready and chewy. There is also a crisp feeling due to the carbonation.

Overall this brew underwhelms. It does not appear that the mix of malt, chocolate and hops is quite right.

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Photo of bylerteck
2.69/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.25

Pint at Alewife in Baltimore. From notes.

A - Black pour with two fingers of brown head. Wicked lace all around and a finger of retention. Good lookin' pint.

S - Roast, mild. Virtually nothing there.

T - Earthy hops, roast, vanilla, dark fruit. Mild overall. Not a ton of hop character.

M - Decent carbonation, medium to full body, good carbonation.

O/D - Meh. Plain overall. I wouldn't revisit this. Seemed really tame and not too drinkable b/c it was fairly boring. A fairly uninteresting beer.

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Photo of MrOH
2.83/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Figured I'd give it a try after hearing good things from some folks who had it out of a firkin recently.

Appearance: black, reddish brown along the edges, quickly dissapating creamy tan head

Aroma: funky hops, chocolate roastiness, then a bit of woody mint

Taste: sharp minty, piney hops, then funky cocoa, then the hops bite back. Kinda like INTENSE, blah, INTENSE

Mouthfeel: on the heavier side of medium bodied, mouth coating, but not sweet and finishes relatively clean

Drinkability: meh, I could probably drink a couple, but wouldn't really want to

I think this beer kinda represents what's wrong with the CDA/Black IPA style. Too many strong porters with the roast played down and the hops played up. Still good, but not what I had in mind.

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Photo of gfreed
2.88/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Take an average IPA-- the kind that smells like raw citrus and rope, tastes like grapefruit rind and soap, and has a zippy, dry feel-- and add black food coloring (or make your own); shake thoroughly (careful!) and pour. Voila! Black Cannon. That about says it all.

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Photo of GrindFatherBob
2.9/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap at The Owl House, served into a pint glass.

This beer pours a dark mahogany almost black with tan head and decent retention leaving good lacing. Smell is a bit weak, coffee, roasted malt and very subdued hops. Taste translate the smells pretty well; black coffee, toasted grain, bitter grapefruit hop flavor. Mouthfeel was juicy and dry but a little thin/watery overall. Pretty decent for this budding style but overall this beer leaves a lot to be desired.

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Photo of oline73
2.96/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On-tap at The Judge's Bench in Ellicott City.

Appearance: Pours almost black, some light sneaks through at the edges giving off a red tint. There is a two finger dark tan head, which dissipates quickly leaving just a small layer.

Smell: Burnt and roasty with a hint of herbal hops, kind of odd.

Taste: Herbal hops dominate throughout. To a lesser extent there is some roast and at the finish there is a mild almost cardboard like taste. I don't think there is enough roast to combat the hops. No alcohol to be found.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. This beer is slick and oily on the tongue.

Drinkability: I'm not too sure about this one. The hops dominate too much for my taste, there needs to be more roast to balance things out. I don't think I'd have this one again.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.06/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of jsanford
3.14/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Distillery in Savannah, GA as part of Maryland night. As a proud Terrapin, I was happy to be here, enjoying the hell outta some UTZ Crab Chips!

A - Very dark brown with a creamy tan head.
S - Slight hop aromas of grapefruit and pine resin and perhaps a bit of dark roasted malt, but it's hard to tell. Very subdued and disappointing.
T - Dark roasted malt, coffee, and a bit of chocolate provide the "black", and orange peel and pine resin hops provide the "IPA". Nice and "roasty" in the beginning with a bitter hop finish.
M - Creamy mouth-feel, with a medium body and fairly crisp carbonation.
O - A pretty nice take on the "Black IPA", but not as hoppy as the best examples I've had (Sublimely Self-Righteous and Event Horizon). Not bad.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.15/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured out as a deep brown color with a light tan colored head on top. The lacing is decent as well as the retention. The smell of the beer is hoppy and also gives off some molasses-like aromas. The taste of the beer is kind of bland... there isn't a big hop punch and I think the dark malts mute the "IPA" essence that this should have. The mouthfeel is good, it's lighter than expected, not much depth here. Overall this beer is average for the style I feel.

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Photo of OddNotion
3.2/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Part of the Heavy Seas mix 12 pack.
Poured into my Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

Appearance: Black body with red ruby hues when held up to the light. No real head to speak of but I did pour it gently.

Smell: Roasty with the complementary hops. Earthy.

Taste: Black IPA? Not so sure, maybe a robust porter. A lot more smokey and roasted flavors than other black IPAs. Yes, very hoppy but also very... very roasty.

Mouthfeel: Thicker for the style and a lot of carbonation.

Overall: I would call this more of a porter than a Black IPA I guess that the lines are drawn somewhere and can see this either way. I guess I am not a fan of the style.

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Photo of Ricochet
3.2/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Appears more brown than black with no head and thin lace that stays with it. Wow, this is a pungent beer. Slight malt but overpowering artificial fruit with a very strong, concentrated rubbing alcohol scent. Mouth is thin but the licorice explodes and leaves the bitter ends of mouth with that hop burn. It's a very fruity licorice flavor, but they seem to always be separate. There is only a slight malt overtone but it hit me as an overpowering glass of underwhelm. I love the Loose Cannon series, but this one misses the mark for me. I would enjoy a black lager or a super IPA, this one seems to mix the two with mixed results.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.24/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours black, with a couple fingers of creamy light mocha head. This retains with a tight and creamy ½ finger, which whips up a foamy cascade that slowly recedes down the sides of the glass and leaves back thick swathes of clingy lace. The soft creamy richness of the head very much looks a nitro pour here. Impressive. The aroma has a fresh leafy and citric feel to it, with a fair amount of spice as well. Unfortunately not a whole lot of the malt is coming through here, with maybe just some light sweetness and roast sitting along the sides and back of this. Hops definitely sit at the forefront of this though, especially those peppery spice notes.

The taste is green citrus throughout, with a moderate bitterness and like the nose, pretty darn spicy. Chalky feeling chocolate malt and a coffee roastiness surround the hops but this overall isn’t coming off as flavorful as it feels like it wants to be. The finish is dry and pity with some lingering spice. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a VERY smooth and creamy feel that packs a bit of crispness into it as well. The overall silky presence and easy drinking nature of this almost has this feeling like it is on nitro (just like that rich look from the pour).

A robust look and easy drinking body were about the highlights here for me, as this came off as overly leafy and spicy feeling and just not as overall flavorful as I was expecting it to be. There is enough potential here to maybe try a bottle yourself though and make up your own mind.

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Photo of mscudder
3.24/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served into a pint.

A - Pours an anticipated opaque black hue with a good sized tan head. Fair retention with some lacing left behind.

S - Dark roasted malts and some citrus hops. Both mild and could be much more robust.

T - Light roasted malts with some hops to follow. Feels as if the tastes are competing a bit, cancelling each other out to some extent. Both flavors can be detected, although I strongly prefer the Loose Cannon.

M - Slightly chewy big-light body. Wish it were more full, for the fair carbonation leaves something to be had.

O - Drinkable and something that falls short of the Loose Cannon in almost every category. Lacking the complexity and boldness I enjoy in this style.

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Photo of LordAdmNelson
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

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Photo of vandemonian
3.28/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Heavy Seas Black Cannon is not a great black IPA. Not very hoppy. Doesn't have a nice roasty malt base. All that's left is an acidic, charcoal mess.

A: Black color and a 8 mm head that lasts a good while. 4

S: I smell slight charcoal with the smallest hint of hops. 3.5

T: Acidic. Some charcoal in the aftertaste. Not a great example of this style. Has neither the great hoppiness or roasty maltiness that I enjoy in this style. My bottle was really fresh, so I think I just disagree with the hop choice. 3

M: Foamy. 4

O: Not a great black IPA. 3

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Photo of screamking
3.31/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle poured into pint glass.

Apperance-It pours very dark brown with a thick 1 1/2 finger dark khaki head. Little bit of lacing making its way down the glass. 3.75

Aroma-light coffe, small amount of chocolate, hints of citrus. These are blended together pretty well, just seems rather light. 3.25

Taste-You get a little bit of milk chocolate at the front of your tongue. Then some hop bitterness toward the middle and end. After taste leaves a bland stale feeling in my mouth. 3.25

Feel-decent feel, not to thin or thick, right in the middle. ABV is small enough to drink a few. 3.5

Overall-I've heard this one is hit or miss and I could see liking this more on a another day, but today it's just not to my liking. All of the flavors are rather light. If it had more if a hop feel I think I would like it a bit more. Even so, its not a total waste of time and I would love to revisit it in the future. 3.25

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Photo of smakawhat
3.31/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. Good till May 2012.

A real nice forming coffee and light cocoa brown head is made, a little styrofoamy and not too compact, but slowly settles. Body is a real solid true black with maybe some red faint hints on the edges, some see through quality up through the head just barely.

Nose is strange. Not off putting, but at first a sense of carbonated milk, but after some time that disappears rather quickly leaving not much of a scent at all.

Plate seems to have lactose milk stout bent to it. Finish has some good char and richness but also that classic sugary milk stout feel. Hop angle is very buried here between an almost cola like sweet taste, and milk stout finish.

Overall, not doing it for me for this style, malt angle and sweetness doesn't jive and the hop angle is totaly non existent.

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Photo of Keffa
3.32/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of C20Percent
3.32/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

*Drank before the "Best By..." date - poured into the bottle*

Full Disclosure: First Black IPA I've reviewed.

A: Pours a dark , dark brown with a healthy, bubbly head of light tan foam on top. Looks clean. Some bubbles on the side of the glass. Lacing is below average. Nothing stands out here -- but it's good.

S: Parts of me are digging the aroma, which I think is a nice complexity. First impression is stout/porter all the way. It's got the roasty smell. Coffee notes hit the nose. But, you give it a swirl and you get the hoppy smell. The only thing holding it back from amazing is the hoppy part doesn't necessarily stand out as anything special, nor does the stout smell.

T: The roasted malt, coffee-caramel is the fist flavor that hits the palette. The taste doesn't sting the tongue like you get in a full-loaded IPA. It more or less just sits there. Plus, I'm waiting for the hoppy kick that I get from other Black IPAs, but it's just not there. Also, a fairly dull finish. Need a bit more here.

M: Ugh -- I want to give the feel an average rating, but the flatness is preventing me from doing so. The carbonation is fairly solid, and the beer does coat the mouth with some roastiness. The beer isn't chewy. And, I'm drinking this at a point where the beer is supposed to be fresh, but it's falling flat for me.

O: I think this is your average Black IPA. In the past these beers have stood out because of the hoppy finish, but not really getting that here. The only thing that pushes this beer above average is I think the alcohol is very well managed. The 7.5% indicates there should be some booziness, but there's none -- so Bravo there.

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Photo of chaz410
3.32/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

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Photo of rodlavers
3.33/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a Founders glass. The beer pours a deep, deep ruby, almost unnoticeably, but is mostly very dark brown, if not black. Hints of red, definitely. Nice and fluffy light tan head, maybe about two fingers; tons of retention. Smell is great. Mostly sweet caramel and malt, with some coffee in the background. Smells much better than it tastes -- coffee and hops, but not great. Somewhat bitter aftertaste, coffee lingers. I might prefer this more if it had more texture, but this is too thin and watery. Overall, I find this beer rather unique; I don't hate it, but I am glad I only have two bottles. Best description could be "very thin coffee stout with bitter hops...smells great"


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