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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Photo of shand
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
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 Mitchster
4.8/5  rDev +26.3%
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 oberon
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
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 nrbw23
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of SupaCelt
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of dedrinker
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
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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Photo of Vdubb86
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

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Photo of prototypic
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of micromaniac129
4.17/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

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Photo of whisperjet
3.76/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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Photo of lazyboy247
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

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Photo of grover37
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

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Photo of haazer
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of engagechad
3.66/5  rDev -3.7%
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

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Photo of McNealc31
3.75/5  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.

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Photo of robwestcott
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of elgiacomo
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, best by May 2011.

Pours dark brown, almost black with a two finger foamy light brown head that leaves some clumpy lacing and holds a good cap.

Aroma is floral and citrus hops with some roasted malt and chocolate. Also some coffee, caramel, toasted bread, nuts and the roast aspect really starts to come out as the beer warms. Good to very good strength.

Flavor starts with the hops, citrus/grapefruit, floral, a bit of pine and finishes with nice smooth chocolate, roasted malt, and some coffee and caramel. Mild sweetness, moderate bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slick, medium carbonation.

An excellent Black IPA, nice balance of hops and malts, very drinkable and enjoyable.

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Photo of cichief
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on draft at Frisco's in Columbia, MD.

A-Pours a nice deep black with a decent brown head of foam.

S- Just a hint of coffee, no hops really noticed.

T- Good and malty, finishes nice and dry. The hops are muted by the coffee/maltiness.

M- Medium to full bodied, not overly carbonated, just well enough.

D- A decent pint, the alcohol wasn't noticed.

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Photo of jabergess
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had at the Fred (Taco Mac) on draft.

First off, I love Heavy Seas beer. They have seldom disappointed and I feel this is true of this one as well. I love the toasty malt flavor combined with the hops. It probably won't satisfy a true hop head, but as someone who appreciates most styles...I really like this one. I would say it's a porter with a hop attitude. Or maybe an IPA that loves malt? Either way, it's a good solid beer I could drink quite a few of.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
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 lackenhauser
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice, jet black color with a tan head on top. Moderate floral and somewhat grapefruit aroma. Solid hop bitterness with a whisper of roasted grains. Lingering, somewhat mild burnt flavor leaves a nice edge to it. Good mouthfeel-I think it could be a tad fuller but it does not detract at all. Nice black ale all in. I like Clipper City and most of what they do-another hit in my book.

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Photo of John_M
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours a fairly dark brown color with good head retention and lacing. Really get very little on the nose, just some light burnt toast and coffee. The flavor profile is better, tasting very much like a very hoppy version of loose cannot, but with coffee added. The beer delivers plenty of flavor, and the coffee and vanilla flavor combines very well with the hoppy, citrusy bitter in this beer. The beer is medium bodied, with a fairly long, impressively bitter finish. Drinkability is good, with the alcohol well integrated into the flavor profile.

Very tasty beer. Wish this were around all the time.

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Photo of biggred1
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ebony with a thick sand colored head of different sized bubbles that leaves sheets of lace on the glass. Dank hops and charred malt in the aroma. Citrusy and piney hops with a touch of charcoal malt flavors. One of the better "black IPA" beers I've had. On the leaner side of medium bodied, a little more heft would certainly help. Another decent brew from an under-rated brewery.

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Heavy Seas Black Cannon from Heavy Seas Beer
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