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
Photo of johnnnniee
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in trade from budznsudz, thanks for the opportunity.
Pours a solid dark brown with the faintest of garnet highlights when held to light. Smallish off white head rises and falls quickly leaving a moderate amount of lace. Smells of grapefruit and pine with hints of bread and caramel. Taste follows the aroma fairly well but adds a small bit of chocolate and roasted grain. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet slick mouthfeel. Decent beer, quite drinkable if not a little simple.

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Photo of Mappies
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of birderbeerer
3.71/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pitch black with a great beige head and good lacing.

Smells and tastes like a sweet stout rather than the interesting hoppy/roast mix of the best black IPAs. Lots of chocolate with a decent dose of roast on the back end. Hops are more of an accent and really blend with the sweet malts rather than pop out of the glass with their own flavor.

Given the great flavor of Loose Cannon, I'm disappointed. I'd love this flavor with Loose Cannon hops.

Still, it's a good beer.

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Photo of RoryOMoore
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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 bigkamp
4.06/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 12 oz. bottle into a Magic Hat snifter. Pours pitch black with a nice frothy head. Really nice body and tons of malt up front. Finish is amazing with hoppy notes that linger nicely. Truly a quality beer. Well-balanced and highly recomended. Cheers to the brewery!

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4.75/5  rDev +25%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of jawneyt
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of musicforairports
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from a case dated Feb. 26 (I think) 2012. Reviewed March 23 2012.

Dark brown. Light shines through, somewhat. Nice head. Minor lacing.

Smells mostly of roasty chocolate malt, with some light earthy and citrus notes.

Tastes is a nice balance of mildly roasted chocolate malt notes and citrus and herbal hop notes. The hops win in the finish, I suppose, but overall this is a nicely balanced version of the style.

Medium heaviness on the palate an mildly carbonated.

This is a good "Black IPA" that exemplifies the style well--decent malt flavors and decent hops.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3/5  rDev -21.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of SuperSpy
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very dark brown, almost a dark ruby, not quite black. Great head starting out and plenty of lacing.

Good hop aroma with dark roasted and burnt malt. A good helping of pine, burnt malt and a weak coffee aroma.

The hops dominate the taste with some great earthy flavors and a little bit of pine. The roasted malt is in there hidden amongst the hops but this beer is all about the west coast hop flavor. It's got some great body. It's on the heavy side of medium with a nice oily hop flavor and feel that highlights the hops but lets the roasted malt come through.

This is a great beer to keep on hand. Tasty, interesting, and refreshing.

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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

Purchased a 6pk at Wegmans in Warrington, PA.

Enjoyed and reviewed from a DFH Pint Glass

A - Pours a deep black color, totally opaque. A foamy, tan colored one to one and a half finger head on the initial pour. Leaves a good amount of lacing on the glass.

S - A real nice combination of the standard IPA aroma with notes of hops and pine along with a slightly burnt malt smell.

T - This is a real nice brew. These Black IPA's have grown on me and this version is very respectable. The initial sip gives you you the taste you'd expect from an IPA with citrusy hops and pine. The roasted malts lends not only a nice sweetness to the beer but also a lingering bitterness as well. Reminiscent of an IPA/porter hybrid, in my opinion. The alcohol is well disguised.

M - A moderate carbonation level. A medium consistency. A lingering dryness after each sip.

O - I thoroughly enjoyed this beer. As an IPA fan, it is cool to see these Black IPA's coming more widely available. A great change from your standard IPA. I will seek this out again. Recommended.


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Photo of NumberNone
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of mattcrill
4.01/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Light floral hop notes up front. Light chocolate notes appear in the background. As the beer warms I start getting hints of chocolate covered candy oranges. Pretty inviting. Clean fermentation character.

Appearance: Dark brown pour with shoe leather brown edging. Nice pancake batter-like tan head that retains well. Appears still in the glass.

Flavor: Assertive earthy hop bitterness up front followed by cocoa powder notes. A slight roasty character develops on the palate with some resiny and pine-like American hop notes. Finish is very clean and dry. Aftertaste is long, resiny, and bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium-high carbonation. A slight astringency from the hops and dark grains. No alcohol heat.

Overall impression: Seems like a hopped up Robust American Porter. I don't know that I taste a lot of "Loose Cannon" in here as the brewer suggests. However, this is a very interesting beer that takes the best of a Robust Porter and an American IPA and blends for an enjoyable finished product. Will have again.

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Heavy Seas Black Cannon from Heavy Seas Beer
3.8 out of 5 based on 696 ratings.
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