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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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Photo of jculler82
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
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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5/5  rDev +32.6%

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Photo of nimrod979
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Newer beer from the boys down the road at Heavy Seas. 12 oz bottle into a... guess what? Heavy Seas pint glass.

Appearance - Beer poured a deep deep brown with faint ruby highlights. Rather thin, half-finger beige head. Fades quickly into a ring, has a tiny bit of lacing.

Aroma - Some citrus and piney hop. Roasted malts are easily detectable but the aroma as a whole is rather weak.

Taste - Offers a bit of complexity. Roasted malts. Cocoa, toffee and caramel flavors seem to be the more dominate balance. There's a decent balance of sweet/bitter with the citrus and piney hops. Would have liked a little more hops to show through but It's still pretty good. Finishes off with some more bitter coffee and hop flavors.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full bodied. Moderate carbonation. Not the best balance of malts and hops. Definitely leans towards the malty side of things. But not a bad one to try. It's something a little different, if that's what you're looking for.

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Photo of sludgy
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of gtown_operator
1/5  rDev -73.5%

Photo of jtierney89
4.65/5  rDev +23.3%
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 Dray
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of justiceavocado
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of barczar
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep opaque brown with garnet highlights and a solid one finger tan head that lingers.

Aroma is dominated by sweet roast malt and chocolate, followed by bright grapefruit and slightly piney, earthy hop scent. Resin and a bit of dankness emerge. Floral hop aromas surface as it warms.

Flavor is fairly balanced initially, with roast malt competing with citrusy hop at an even keel. Chocolatey sweetness battles grapefruit and tangerine tang, eventually leading to a coffee-like, lightly bitter finish.

Body is moderately heavy, with a moderately high level of carbonation, and a slightly dry finish. Alcohol warmth is subtle, but present.

Overall, a fairly even balance of malt and hop, perhaps leaning more to the malty side. Good beer, but not a standout.

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Photo of blmar311
2.75/5  rDev -27.1%

Photo of rfgetz
3.38/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with moderate cap of khaki froth, nice streaky lacing. Scent was nearly non existent with hints of orange blossom, lightly citrus and floral, light roast. Taste brings a little more hop character, orange, flowers and grass, dark malts faintly roasted and toasted. Dry on the palate, faintly chalky. In a style with many interpretations, this one is meek and mild.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.57/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Being a fan of the delicious Heavy Seas' Loose Cannon, I had to try this new black IPA variant. This has recently begun popping up in stores around the area and is quite a fairly priced six pack. Date on the bottle is notched at April 2012.

Served at 48º in a Heavy Seas tulip pint glass.

(Appearance) Beer pours a thin half-finger depth deep tan head of a frothy consistency that retains average, holding firm after transitioning to a thin bubbly surface cover at the center of the glass. Lacing is clingy at the crown but doesn't hold well throughout the drink. Color is a very deep brown, not quite black as there are some spots where light gets through in medium brown shades. The beer still has a great deal of substance and looks appealing, although a lack of better head quality and size is the biggest disappointment here. 3.5

(Smell) Aromas carry some bold citrusy notes to the nose with a roasted caramel and bitter toffee notes in the background. A faint unexpected chocolate tone really brings a sweet character to the brew. Medium potency is a little short of my expectations but the complexity is fine. The aroma is well balanced with both sweet and bitter characteristics adding to the final product. The aroma is appealing and approachable overall. 4

(Taste) Flavors include a roasty pale chocolate malt with a hop bitterness overlaying a roasted caramel and mild bitter black malt bed on the finish. While the bitter finish gives this away as a Black IPA, the malt bill (and very relaxed hop addition) gives it some stout-like characteristics. The finish is a sweet and sticky semi-sweet chocolate malt. At times I think it may be a touch too sweet, or in need of balancing out with more bitter characteristics which are limited aside from the faint piney hops. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) Very creamy smooth. I think there should be a touch more carbonation in the mouth to bring out the hoppy characters and bitter action in the beer, otherwise it's acting more as a stout or porter and lacking the IPA that I'm looking for. Alcohol presence is light. Body is about medium. Not a terrible pairing with the taste but it is a bit too smooth and accents the sweet characters of the malt, while overshadowing the bitter characters and hop flavor. 3

(Overall) While this doesn't top my love for Loose Cannon, it does a pretty good job of fulfilling my growing love of black IPAs. There's a ton of robust roasty and chocolate content in this beer to be found, and in a way it bridges the gap between IPAs and Stouts, which are two of my favorite styles. My biggest criticism is the lack of hop flavor and character in the taste (although bitterness was nearly there), it really came off-balance at times, sticking too much with the dark malt and chocolate. Aside from this it was a pretty good beer, and one I wouldn't mind seeking out again, if the price is right. 3.5

Heavy Seas Beer's
Black Cannon Black IPA

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Photo of dtivp
3.91/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black ,some ruby hues with a one finger dark mocha head, good retention with light lacing.

Aroma of light chocolate, malt, hints of pine and hops.

Taste of bread, chocolate, malt with a nice balanced flavor, a slight pine and hop bitter ending.

Mouth Feel was medium body, creamy smooth with slight bitter after taste,

Overall a nice enjoyable balanced beer, a very good black ale.

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Photo of Element1290
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Maxwell
3.96/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a reddened brown black with a thick creamy almost maple syrup colored head and a thick and runny lacing.

Smell: Malty sweet up front with a slight bitter tinge in the back of the smell. The smell is definitely soft for an IPA, though it’s black characteristics suggest a stronger malt flavoring.

Taste: Smoked malts hit you pretty fast. Wonderfully smokey with a fizzing bitter back end to the taste that is partially the smoked malts but mostly the hoppy bite expected in an IPA. It is definitely more malty than hop based, but that definitely works with this beer.

Mouthfeel: Thick and crisp on the tongue with a bubbly carbonation. This beer is clean and watery, but weighs heavier on the back of the tongue.

Overall: This is an excellent beer with wonderful smoked flavoring. While the smoked malts seem to be covering up the hops bitter bite, but it still ends with a nice IPA bite. I’d call it more of a smoked ale than an IPA but is fantastic in its uniqueness and full flavored taste. Great beer.

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Photo of tenacioustomato
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of LJWalker
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of C20Percent
3.32/5  rDev -11.9%
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 mendvicdog
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of tgoldian
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

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

12 Oz bottle poured into a tulip glass

A- Pours black. A one and a half finger of a tan khaki head, pretty good retention.

S- A fresh smelling heap of hops. A nice assortment of citrus fruits and some skunkyness. A lot of reasted hops as well as a good heap of chocolate.

T- A little bitterness up front. A lot of malt notes in the middle, Very chocolatey and has a lot of roasted characteristics. A good refreshing bitterness. The hop flavor isnt strong in the taste itself but comes out nicely in the aftertaste.

M- A good sized brew but drinks very easily. A lingering roasted aftertaste. Bitterness and carbonation keeps it fresh feeling and easy to drink.

O- An great Black IPA, been wanting it for a while, just now found it. Its not the best of the style I have had but its a good one and well represents what a black IPA is.

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Photo of 4Socialanxiety
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Maseitz
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Reaper16
2.34/5  rDev -37.9%
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 whatname
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Heavy Seas Black Cannon from Heavy Seas Beer
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