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 Titans77
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled in February. Very fresh...

A - Nothing out of the ordinary here. Pitch black like a stout or a porter. Tan head that vanished quickly. Some lacing and no alcohol legs.

S - Citrus hops with roasted malt background. Nothing too spectacular.

T - Big citrus and grapefruit hops followed by the roasted malt with coffee background. It blends perfectly and does the style justice.

M - It reminds me of drinking a hopped porter. Very smooth and medium bodied with a semi-dry finish.

O - One of my favorite local beers. It deserves higher praise.

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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 nUgZ
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a very dark brown/black color with a half finger head and light lacing.

S: I'm getting some hops, light roasted malts, and an almost watery scent.

T: Pretty bland for a Black IPA. Very much like the smell.

M: Medium bodied with decent carbonation.

O: Meh...not one I'd buy again. I guess my standards are just too high for Black IPA's.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle into a Samuel Smith pint glass.

A: Pours a ultra-dark red color with a good opacity. The head is kind of dinky - a half finger light khaki color. It doesn't even retain what little it has well, but tries to leave whatever lacing it can down the side of the glass.

S: Features a good mix of citrusy hops and bready dark malts. It seems to feature a good deal of Centennial and Cascade. Upon further whiffs, a bit of chocolate and coffee come through. The aroma is respectable but meek.

T: Not much in the way of hops come through on the flavor, or maybe it's just that well balanced? Whatever the case here, the hop profile is perhaps integrated too well into the brew's dark malts - coming off as just a well-hopped stout instead of a black ale. Hazelnut, chocolate, and subtle citrusy hops initiate the flavors, before finishing with coffee, faint cream, and roasted barley. Grapefruit tones come through more expressively on exhales. I'd have to say Centennial hops were a good choice here - they give just enough of a hop bite and a balancing bitterness without killing the profile with acid and soapiness.

M: Dry, dry, dry. There is just enough sweetness on the finish to neutralize some of the dryness after a few sips, but this will still cause the very back of the palate to be parched, even while the front has a bit of a syrupy linger. The medium-heavy body makes this more of a sipper than a chugger.

O: This works MUCH better if you go into this expecting a well-hopped stout instead of a proper black ale. When looked at as the former, it's really damn good. I'd buy it again, that's for sure.

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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 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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Photo of Mojo
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a nice offering. It pours up an opaque black, nice medium tan head, good retention, and lots of lacing. Smell is hops, roasted malt, and coffee. Mouthfeel is nice and strong. Taste is maybe some fruit and malt on the front giving way to a assertive, powerful, and pleasing bitterness with a coffee, dark chocolate, hops flavor at the finish. Better enjoyed slowly than guzzled, this is a nice offering which I would drink again!!!

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Photo of ghengisflan
4.26/5  rDev +12.1%
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 Ryan011235
3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap in a pint glass at King's Table on 5/6/12

Dark brown color; not much light gets through. The head is massive and took a long time to settle. One thumb of foam win the glass with an extra finger's worth domed over the top. The head thins, but holds consistently. A decent amount of clumpy lace catches eventually.

The aroma isn't too bad at all - piney green hops with zesty citric accents. The hops stand out some, but the malts have a good bit of dry roast, dark grains and a hint of cocoa.

Roast is the prominent flavor with pine hop bitterness blended in toward the middle and finish. maybe a ghost note of coffee or bitter chocolate. It's very dry throughout. All this dry roast works for me.

The body is well within medium territory. Carbonation starts off smooth with a slight agitation; regardless, full allotment of the bubbles. Resinous.

This isn't quite in line with what I like in CDAs, but it has some good qualities in terms of roastiness. I'd like more potent hops. Overall, it's not bad, but I'm not going to go looking for it.

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

This is a decent black ipa. A bit too tangy at times. But it pulls some nice hoppy tones on the body I'd expect for the style. Consistent flavor delivery. This is a pretty nice beer. Probably one of the better from this brewery, straight off of memory.

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Photo of BeerCon5
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark amber color with maybe one finger of off-white foamy head.

The scent is of dark roasted malt, some notes of piney hops.

The taste is also of prominant roasted malt with moderately bitter citrus and piney hops.

Full body, very smooth and crisp, moderate carbonation.

This was a pretty decent beer, nothing outstanding but an overall solid beer.

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Photo of IronLover
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black in color with brownish hues on the edges of the glass. Poured with a thin beige foam that slowly reduced to a soapy cap leaving sheets of wet lacings on the glass. Citrus hop and roasted malt aromas upfront with a hint of pine hops in the back. On the thicker side of medium bodied with a rich smooth feel. Dark roasted malt flavors up front competing with pine hop bitterness. Dark flavors intensify thru the middle introducing a more burnt malt characteristic. Hop flavors allow a flash of citrus hop characteristic toward the end. Finishes with roasted malt and coffee flavors with pine and citrus hop bitterness beneath. I would characterize this as a malt forward black IPA.

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Photo of raznug
4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: This beer pours as black as a stout in color which is hard to believe out of an IPA, it is topped with ¾” of tannish head that hangs around quite a while.
Smell: The blend of roasted malt and hops makes me think that this should be quite a delicious beer; both the aromas blend well together to make a tasty smelling brew.
Taste: The taste isn’t quite as well blended as the smell but it isn’t far off from being spot on for this style of beer. I would like the hops to be in the forefront of the flavor but to no avail the roasted notes dominate just a little too much for me to give it a perfect score.
Mouthfeel: The is mouthfeel of this beer is just like a IPA but it is hard on the eyes seeing a black beer and your palate is expecting a thick and oily feel to it and it is blasted with a medium bodied beer that flows quite nicely in and around the mouth. This is a great representation of this style of beer even though this tends to be the new and up coming style so many lack the flavor of the dark malts, but this is one that is better than most probably one of the best representations of the style I have drank.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.29/5  rDev +12.9%
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 NuclearRich
3.47/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass after a long day of brewing a double batch of saison.

A: Pitch black. Oil with creme on top. The edge of the glass, when held up to light, has the slightest deep ruby tint. A medium/dark tan head sits on top of this abyss, remaining as a nice collar with just a tiny smattering of lacing.

S: Chocolate malt, but without any bitterness. Creamy chocolatey malt is all I smell. Delicious but surprising, I raised my eyebrows in delight, even though I expected a more hoppy aroma.

T: Roasty, a light chocolate bitterness, definitely much more malty than an IPA should be, but I'll give it a pass since the style (blackened) is still evolving and it certainly suits the color and smell. Ever so slightly medicinal.

M: Oily with a moderate carbonation. The worst part, as that really mild off taste is the part that lingers

O: Not terrible, but not a dark IPA that should be a go-to. The aroma is quite nice, but it just doesnt follow through.

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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 flagmantho
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: rich, dark amber-brown hue nearing black in its darkness. Ruby highlights pass through when held up to the light. Head is a thick finger of frothy, clingy tan foam. Quite good.

Smell: chocolatey malt aroma with a big helping of earthy, vegetal hops. The burnt edges of the roasted grains along with the rawness of the hops make the aroma a little bit rough; however, this can be expected a little bit for the style. Not bad, but it could be smoother.

Taste: nice chocolatey malt with a noticeable alcohol bite. There's a bit of fruity complexity here, along with the earthy hops. Hops get more vegetal toward the end, but that's to be expected. In all, smoother and more complex than the aroma.

Mouthfeel: medium to medium-thick body with an immense silkiness. Carbonation didn't seem particularly high but it is well-integrated or something, because the creaminess and smoothness of the texture here is simply outstanding. It comes as a great surprise, and I love it.

Overall: with the complexity of the flavor and remarkable texture, this is a beer I will definitely have again if given the opportunity.

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Photo of TheSupremeAJ
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle best before May 2012- I should've looked at the date before I picked this up from the Collegeville, PA Wegmans.

A- Coca-cola color with a thin creamy head.
S- Moderate hops and tangy malt- reminds me of a hoppy porter
T- Kind of clashes- not real smooth or well-blended. This is really cool in comparison to others from the Cannon series, but by itself it is nothing special.
M- Thin and coarse- funky aftertaste
O- Nothing I would go out of my way for, but in a flight with some other cannons it would make a cool tasting.

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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 Pencible
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a nearly opaque black garnet with some tan head.
S: It smelled like citrus and cocoa powder, with some roasted coffee and copper.
T: It tasted like citrus hops and chocolate malt, with some coffee and copper and grapefruit. It had a bitter aftertaste with some sweetness and alcohol.
M: It was slightly thick with some carbonation. Decent body.
D: This was a nice black IPA, but didn't have the most unique or delicious scent and taste. The body was mediocre, and the finish was a bit harsh. So it wasn't the easiest to drink. Enjoyable brew, but clearly lacked refinement and great appeal.

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: black body, finger khaki head, fine lacing

S: caramel, pine, nutty, roasted malt

T: same as nose, with mild bitter finish

M: med body, smooth mouth

O: Very nice beer. I enjoy this brewery.
Would get again and recommend to others.
IPA meets a porter.


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Photo of mactrail
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very dark and opaque with a nice beige head. Not much aroma. Pleasantly carbonated. A little dank hoppiness lurking, but otherwise a malty mouthful. Light bodied and sprightly nonetheless.

Fairly rich with a malty sweetness that is pleasing under the hops. Not actually that bitter, so it's more of a balanced ale than a hop-driven experience. The mellow malt renews itself at every sip. Some hints of burnt sugar, and a touch of dark caramel.

Overall, this one of the better Black Ales I've had. I wouldn't call it a Black IPA as styled on the label. Nor does it stray into the charred stout territory. Whatever it is, it's tops for drinkability. 12 oz bottle from Food and Friends in Philadelphia.

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Photo of Brenden
4/5  rDev +5.3%
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 mdcrouser
3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep brown-black, with a finger's worth of creamy tan head over the top. Leaves heavy rings behind.

In relation to other Black IPAs, the nose is muted with only a hint of woodiness coming through - some cedar and greenery.

"Clean" was the first word that came to mind. The greenery of the hops comes through at the fore, followed by a lightly charred malt, with notes of oak and a bit of alcohol.

Creamy - almost like a cream stout. A bit of pepper in the carbonation.

Highly approachable, especially if new to Black IPAs.

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Photo of jculler82
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with red brown edges with a nice tan head that dies rather quickly. Not much lacing.

Aroma is subdued. Some light caramel sweetness and tropical hops. Smells balanced if that makes sense, equally malty and hoppy.

Initially a lot like a milk stout in flavor with significant residual sweetness, followed by a nice roast flavor, with a firm bitter finish. Hop flavor is apparent, but is balanced nicely by the malt character.

Overall, this is a pretty nice beer, more American stout than black IPA. I'll drink more of this.

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