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 nimrod979
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
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 jtierney89
4.65/5  rDev +22%
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 barczar
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
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 rfgetz
3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
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 -6.3%
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 +2.6%
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 Maxwell
3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
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 C20Percent
3.32/5  rDev -12.9%
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 TwelveOunces
4/5  rDev +5%
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 Reaper16
2.34/5  rDev -38.6%
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 barleyroad
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance, dark and mysterious, lacing is nice. Smell is hoppy lager. Full bodied, nice hop with a dry finish in taste. The mouthfeel is very dry and swallows nice. Overall this is a good dark IPA. One worth of the fridge. Great with swiss cheese...

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Photo of microbrewlover
2.42/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This brew pours a dark black with reddish hues when held up to the light. There is a half finger mocha colored head. Almost no lacing; good carbonation.

The smell is of chocolate and light hops. There is also a malty/bready smell.

The taste is of chocolate, some alcohol taste comes through. Sweet malts the front end, bitter hops on the back end. Based on the ingredients I can taste, I believe this brew should taste better but fails to wow.

The mouthfeel is bready and chewy. There is also a crisp feeling due to the carbonation.

Overall this brew underwhelms. It does not appear that the mix of malt, chocolate and hops is quite right.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
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 +1.8%
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 +24.4%
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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Photo of gabedivision
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
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 VaterRoss
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
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 -57.7%
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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Photo of Immortale25
4.11/5  rDev +7.9%
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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Photo of littlelorib
4/5  rDev +5%
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%
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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Photo of tdm168
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
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 -8.1%
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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Photo of johnnnniee
3.77/5  rDev -1%
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 birderbeerer
3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
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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Heavy Seas Black Cannon from Heavy Seas Beer
3.81 out of 5 based on 695 ratings.
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