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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Added by JayQue on 01-23-2011

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Ratings: 696 |  Reviews: 218
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of mvanaskie13
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass, color is deep dark brown to black, some amber hues on the glass edges, head color is tan, light lacing.

Smell is pretty clean, light maltiness with some mild hop bitterness in piney type notes. Some chocolate comes through as it warms with some breadiness coming through also.

Taste is clean, not overly sweet, nice malt balance between some pale and chocolate, light biscuit comes through, no caramel. Hop bitterness comes through in the finish, notes of pine and light citrus, not overpowering but come through nicely.

Mouthfeel is prety well balanced, nice clean sweetness with a lingering bitterness, somewhat expected from an ipa - bready/biscuit flavors smooth some potential harshness from bitterness/roast malt.

Overall, very solid brew, clean flavors/tastes with a nice bitterness coming through. Would really like to try this one on tap.

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

Growler filled at Yorktown (NY) beverage.

Pours near black, under a solid mocha head, that lasts nicely and leaves better then decent fine lacing.

Milk chocolate in the nose with a hint of sweet fruit.

Chocolate infused black ale, I'm not really picking up a huge hop blast here, that would yell "IPA". I get some more citric fruit, plenty of chocolate malts, moderate hoppy bitterness in the rear.

Medium bodied and on the creamier side. Nice and smooth.

Enjoyable, flavorful and nicely crafted, but a bit on the underwhelming side

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Photo of Guden
4.74/5  rDev +24.7%
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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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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

poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass.

A- deep reddish brown, teetering on black, with a 1 finger mocha head, very porter looking.

S- Citrus hops on the front, followed by dark roasted malts, hints of coffee bean and chocolate, and a cola-like caramel.

T- Toasted malts meet bitter hops first, grassy, citrus, coffee, caramel.

M- Medium bodied, creamy, fair amount of carbonation.

O- A decent B-IPA, good dark chocolate/coffee balance with a citrus hop feel.

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Photo of deonreds
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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

12oz bottle into Ommegang BPA glass. BB May 2012

Pours a near pitch black with a light brown head, very pretty. Smell is lots of fresh citrusy (some tangerine) hops with a hint of roast in the back. Taste bright is tangerine and grapefruit hops with smoky chocolate finish. Aftertaste is mostly smokey and bitter. Roasted malt is subdued but definitely there. Medium in body and carb.

Best Black IPA I've had, pretty well balanced although it leans towards the IPA hops. Something I would certainly get again. Tangerine hops are the most stand out part of this brew.

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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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4.11/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Sierra Nevada tumbler. Label has notches at JUN and 12 indicating best by June 2012.

A- Pours a pitch black color with a 1/2 inch tan head that retains nicely before fading to a thin ring around the edge of the glass and moderate amounts of surface foam. Thin but resilient lacing.

S- Citrusy hop nose with fierce roasted malt backing it. Very unique. Quite sweet-smelling also.

T- Sharp, tangy hops in the front. How can a black beer be this juicy and sweet? Roast and chocolate in the aftertaste. Lingering bitterness as well as some booze but not as bad of a burn as expected.

M- Full but still a bit thin. Medium carbonation.

O- Just like with Dubbel Cannon and Belgian yeast, they took Loose Cannon and instead introduced a high malt bill...I'm down. I especially dig the aroma.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This dark, dark beer has a hoppy scent and a generous finger of cafe au lait head that's fairly persistent. Had to look a bit for the smell of the roasted malts, but its in there too. Taste has espresso and chocolate from the roasted malts with some balancing bitter. The mouth feel isn't as heavy as i was expecting, which i actually like. Overall, a very nice, drinkable beer. Didn't think i would like the style, but i do.

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Photo of phiberoptik
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice and dark. Black brown with a slightly off-white head. Looks like a watery stout.

Malt character shines in the nose. Chalky dry coca, light herbal hops, roasty malts.

Tastes of more roasted malts, hoppy bitterness, bits of citrus but more pine and herbal hop notes. Some dark chocolate as well.

Medium bodied, smooth, with a relaxed carbonation.

A nice treat and a fair representation of the BIPA family. Definitely enjoyable and worth a try.

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of tdm168
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep black with a quarter of an inch of soft, glossy, brownish head that has decent retention. The nose has a big, intense floral, mildly citrusy hop aroma as well as some faint, underlying chocolaty notes. The flavor is richly malty with a strong chocolaty presence. The hop character is bitter, a bit floral and herbal, but primarily citrusy. The flavor is a contradiction that works; chocolate, faintly roasty, and citrus fruit. The mouthfeel is smooth, crisp, and medium bodied, though a little thin at times.

This isn't a bad beer. The flavor is good but so odd on the palate that it's hard to have more than one. It was worth trying once.

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Photo of jdense
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at RFD Washington, DC, 2.16.12.

Black opaque body, one finger off-white head, small bubbles. Nose is more roast than citrus. Taste is opposite the nose, citrus over roast, no resin. Mouthfeel is light for style, medium dry finish. OK but not that great, I guess having drank Barley Brown's Turmoil you can call me jaded.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Heavy Seas Black Cannon from Heavy Seas Beer
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