Heavy Seas Black Cannon | Heavy Seas Beer

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85
very good
696 Ratings
Heavy Seas Black CannonHeavy Seas Black Cannon
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Heavy Seas Beer
Maryland, United States
hsbeer.com

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.25%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by JayQue on 01-23-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
696
Reviews:
218
Avg:
3.8
pDev:
13.16%
 
 
Wants:
20
Gots:
67
For Trade:
0
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Photo of smcolw
3.82/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Modest head but lasts as a single layer throughout. Leaves some spots. Dark brown color with some light that makes it through.

Smells like a hoppy porter--good darker malts with just enough black patent to keep it dry. Nice floral hop nose.

The taste is closer to a hoppy stout--it's a little more dry than the smell. The dark malts give the brew most of the bitterness. Good hop finish. The swallow is chocolatey. The body is as expected.

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Photo of dhartogs
4.61/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark black, thick head that stays a while with nice lacing. Hop forward with a malty finish, very balanced and smooth. I thouroughly enjoyed this beer and would love to try it on cask. I had bought a mixed 12 pack and this was the mystery beer thrown in, a real treat.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

With the moderate dry-roast character of schwarzbiers and a balance of citrusy hops, this cascadian ale takes the foot off the pedal when it comes to hop intensity and malt sweetness.

Pouring a dark brown color and with slight transluscence, the beer builds a medium tan head that reduces to a sheet before holding firm for the duration of the session. With low lacing, the beer is appealing enough to the eye but without any real standout character.

Sharp but subdued aromas of char, toast, and roast give the impression of deeply toasted breads and less of coffee or chocolate (although very light aromas seem of thin nutty coffees and cocoa powder). Low lying sweetness allows for the roast and hops to gain prominence. Citrusy and resiny hop notes contribute grapefruit and pine in the nose.

Low sweetness allows the taste to go from early malted barley to roast and hops in a hurry; ushering in a mid palate of heavy toast, grassy-piney hops and a closure of grapefruit bitterness and acidity. With no fruity and slight graininess, the beer has a simplistic flavor profile that leaves the drinker wanting a bit more depth, power, and variety.

Creamy early from the carbonation and initial malt influence. But the beer waivers quickly as the malty textures prove fleeting and the beer's roast, hoppy bite, and light grainy astringency to allow for a thin and somewhat harsh finish.

Though Stone's Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale seems to be the opidome of this style, I'm happy to see an example that's not overwhelmingly aggressive or intense. But the slight lack of malt support and lack of quality finishing hops leaves the beer increasingly lacking further into the finish we go.

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Photo of gfreed
2.88/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Take an average IPA-- the kind that smells like raw citrus and rope, tastes like grapefruit rind and soap, and has a zippy, dry feel-- and add black food coloring (or make your own); shake thoroughly (careful!) and pour. Voila! Black Cannon. That about says it all.

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Photo of jlindros
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light fizzy head, no lacing, semi clear rosy dark brown almost black color.

Nose had some nice hops, bit earthy, some citrus, and a bit floral, some darker malts, toasty and very light roasty dark malts.

Taste starts with a nice fresh hop flavor, candy tasting hops, but earthy and some citrus, grassy and floral, then some malts, light roasty and a but toasty darker malts, caramel, a bit bitter but not heavily, and just a touch of chewy earthy, spicy hops towards the finish, also a but drier on the finish, light hops and malts as it finishes mostly clean, and bitterness dies fairly quickly.

Mouth is med bodied, slightly creamy, with decent carb.

Overall a tasty beer, nice hop additions, decent malts, maybe could have been a bit heavier but otherwise good, and heavier is subjective, no briny taste either which often shows up in black ipas.

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Photo of Franz4
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle w/ July notched on the label

A- Dark, almost black but a translucent black, not like an opaque stout. Head is relatively non-existent and settles to a thin ring.

S- smells fresh with a peat scent followed by a nice pine to balance it out.

T- Pine and dark malt combine to give this a mint-chocolatey flavor. Very unique, very tasty, I'm a fan.

M- Carbonation is light, finish is dry. Feels slightly watery but I believe that's a perception problem caused by my expectations of a dark beer.

O-A nice solid brew that's very unique, I've had a couple black IPAs and this one stacks up well against them.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a deep dark amber, porter like, with a half inch of mocha colored head.

S - You get some roasted and chocolate malts beside a lingering piney hop presence.

T - I believe this is a solid Black IPA recipe! You get sweet chocolate then a roasty center with a mildly hoppy finish. The hoppy finish doesn't linger rounding out the flavors pretty well.

M - Light to medium. Found it very easy to drink.

Overall I could see buying it again. A nice break from stouts and hoppy IPA's its a great even ground. One of the Best Black IPA's I ever had.

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Photo of hoosier3334
4.42/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Really like this beer. It was my first black ipa and I was really impressed. Smooth and black, with a great blend of hops and malt. Being an offshoot of an ipa, the hops still stood out, though. Overall a real joy of a beer. Definitely worth the money.

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Photo of number1bum
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown, very nearly black actually, with two fingers of tan head. Settles to just a thin lace, not very full and somewhat patchy. Coats the glass nicely with a good amount of webbing.

Smells of some lightly roasted malt, a bit of chocolate, and a nice amount of floral, citrusy hops. It's quite hoppy really, with juicy orange and some white grapefruit as well. Not an overly robust nose, but a nice one.

Taste, like the smell, is very hoppy and is decidedly hop forward. It's really juicy, with lots of orange and grapefruit flavor. The malt is more subtle than is typical of the Black IPAs I have had; it's very lightly roasted with some dark chocolate as well. Hop bitterness is moderate, certainly on par with a typical IPA, and there is a bitter dark chocolate flavor that lingers in the finish as well. This is really very tasty.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied but feels much lighter than I'd expect given the ABV and the dark malts. It's not super creamy, it's soft, light and quite clean.

This is a very pleasant surprise; one of the best Black IPAs I've had and one of the hoppiest. Lots of juicy citrus flavor. As Black IPAs go this one is not overly roasty at all and it's pretty light bodied. I'm actually surprised they got this to be so nearly black without more black malt and roasted flavor. This is probably one of the most drinkable black IPAs I've had. I wish I'd gotten a 6 pack.

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Photo of Hopfenpeter
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my crystal mug, the beer Is black in color with a light tan head building, which does not retain very long, but leaves lacing on the glass.
Smelling the beer you will sense fruity hops and roasted malt.
Tasting the beer, up front there is a citrus, peach taste, immediately followed by caramel, sweetness of brown sugar in the middle and than opposed by the bitterness of some roasted malt. Quite balanced with a bittersweet lingering in the mouth.
Very drinkable beer. For sure will I buy this one again. Great job.

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Photo of cbutova
3.62/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Black body with a decent light tan cap, not much retention. A few nice spots of lace from a cloud and ring on the beer.

S- Big citrus and floral hops up front. Hints of roast and nutty malt in the background. The citrus note is great.

T- A nice citrus, floral and earthy hop profile mixed with a light roast malt undertone as well as nutty toast malt hints. Bitter dark cocoa from the malt.

MF- Creamy overall feel with a nice silky carbonation. Moderate level of bitterness in the finish.

Has a porter malt feel and a lighter end IPA hop profile. They blend pretty well and end up creating a fruity-cocoa feel that drinks easily.

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Photo of Justin23060
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Coffee black with orange along the edges. Smell is all pine. Tastes roasty and sweet, very sweet and chocolaty. I went into this not sure what to expect as this is my first of this style. Concept reminds me of when Pepsi came out with that clear colored "Crystal Pepsi" in the early 90's (it tastes different then your mind thinks it should). I think this would be great for the winter months if you stouted or portered yourself out and were looking for something different. I'll probably try it once more to satisfy my curiosity but probably won't get it again.

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

12 oz bottle. Purchase-before month clearly notched on bottom of front label.

Pours an almost completely black. Small, dark-tan head, but it laces the glass really well! Smell is delicious, floral hops. Wow, this is unlike any beer I have tasted before. Big, juicy and citrusy hops mixing with medium-roasted coffee and dark chocolate. My palette is left scratching its imaginary head. Finishes dry, the two bitternesses sorta contrasting at this point. But ultimately melding into an appreciable taste. Not a sessionable beer, for me, but it's got big potential. Pairing this with food will be a treat if you want the best of both IPA and black ale worlds.

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Photo of TheHoppiest
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a dark, dark brown, almost black, with a generous 1/2" of frothy, sticky off-white head.

Has a fruity, floral, malty smell, with hiney, oranges, and hints of grapefruit. Smells completely contrary to how it looks; as dark as it is, you'd expect a coffee, chocolate malt smell, not this sweet hoppy aroma.

Starts sweet and citric, like tangerines, before opening up to a malt/toffee profile, before ending moderately bitter. The toffee sweet is almost butterscotch, with the bitter bringing in some of those bitter coffee notes I was expecting. While I know the citrus and butterscotch tastes I'm describing probably don't sound like they would work together, trust me, they do with this brew.

Medium to full bodied, with a spicy bitter to finish, this is a rather smooth brew to drink.

I've not been the biggest fan of Heavy Seas, but I find myself really liking this one, and am sad I've got but one to drink. Back to the store I go, I guess!

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

A - a deep & dark enough brown its nearly black...oh, and its an IPA!

S - Hard to pin-point on this one... some roastiness..kinda light on the nose, nothing really in your face here...

T - Its kind of what I picture when roasted malts take on hops in a wrestling patch...yet instead of the ring, it takes place in my pint glass. Very good.

M - Carbonation present, Easy drinker

0 - I like the Clipper City beers I've had. The first one, Loose Cannon, I discovered in small bottle shop in the middle of nowhere Michigan...and have since made it apoint to pick someup when I get the chance..

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Photo of thain709
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown body with a huge, three finger head...the head was off white and fluffy...great retention...the head stayed for the entire beer...very nice lacing

S - The aroma was mostly of citrus and piney hops...there wasn't much of the roasted aroma, but the hop smell was nice and juicy

T - Again, the hops take over in the flavor...the are present through out the entire beer with the citrus flavors starting out and the piney flavor leaving a subtle bitterness...the roasted flavors do come out more in the flavor...they are present towards the end and they provide a different bitterness...that roasty bitterness of chocolate and coffee

M - Medium bodied...balanced bitterness from the malts and hops

O - I've been wanting to try this one and I finally had the chance...it was a good Black IPA...there are others out there that I have enjoyed more...this one needs to bring more of the "black" components into the flavor...I would go out and have this again though!

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Photo of GrindFatherBob
2.9/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap at The Owl House, served into a pint glass.

This beer pours a dark mahogany almost black with tan head and decent retention leaving good lacing. Smell is a bit weak, coffee, roasted malt and very subdued hops. Taste translate the smells pretty well; black coffee, toasted grain, bitter grapefruit hop flavor. Mouthfeel was juicy and dry but a little thin/watery overall. Pretty decent for this budding style but overall this beer leaves a lot to be desired.

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Photo of PennsportHophead
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a pint. Bottle good 'till 05/2011.
Medium tan head, deep brown/black color, just barely opaque.

I smell sweet toffee, resiny hops, a hint of roasted chocolate

Taste is surprising, brighter and cleaner than I would have expected from the nose. Citrusy hops up front giving way to sweet caramel notes just before the roasted flavor from the dark malt takes over. Low-moderate bitterness lingers on the finish, washing away the initial syrupy quality.

Love the idea of the black IPA, this one is definitely my favorite so far

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Photo of ncbeermonger
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer `pours a deep black in my trusty Sam Adams glass. It should be said i enjoyed this beer with a couple of spicy shrimp avacado and spinach wraps.

The smell is hoppy with hints of I swear chocolate

The taste is hops, with chocolate undertones, and a hint of vanilla. A wealth of flavors that sometimes fight each other in your mouth

The mouthfeel is averag, a little slimy at times.

A decent beer to try, not nealy as good as the loose cannon by the same brewery.

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Photo of ComfortablyBum
4.01/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Tulip.

A- It was very dark. Black was an appropriate name. The head was very thin and off white.

S- Either my allergies were acting up or this beer didn't have much smell. For something to be called and IPA I would imagine more hops in the nose. Instead I got a whiff of mocha.

T - Once again, I think the IPA on their label is a misnomer, and it is in the correct category here. It was not too bitter, but had a nice chocolaty coffee malt. Very toasty and smooth with no big hops. The malt is definitely in the forefront, and the hops take a back seat.

M - It was easy on the tongue. Low carbonation made it very palatable, and it went down smoothly. No lingering bitterness or taste of alcohol.

D - It was smooth and good. I could down a few of these easily.

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Photo of beer4colin
3.41/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A beautiful glass of black golf. Minimal head per UBH pour (they give you your moneies worth).

S - piney hops

T - Some call this a black IPA but I agree withblack ale. The hops are laid back and well under toasted/charred malt.

D - Something in this beer has set off an attack of sneezing! Not sure what! Maybe unknown allergy?

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Photo of bosox941827
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with a drink-by notch of June 2011, poured into a Harpoon IPA imperial pint glass; served with just a slight chill on it.
A - Very dark, almost black, but with a ruby/garnet edge to it when held to a light. Foamy head off a slightly rough pour which settles down to thin lacing fairly quickly.
S - I'm getting all hops; guessing this is fairly aggressively dry hopped. Amarillo seem to be the hop of choice for this style, so I'll go with that, but in any case, it's promising.
T - Sweet chocolate malts off the top, with a hefty dose of roastiness as well. The hopping is fairly subdued in this one, not as much as I would expect. Hops come in mid-palate, and lend to a dry finish, but don't really dominate as I'm used to them doing in this style; more complementary than anything. Still, this is a pretty tasty brew. Alcohol is really non-existent, and at 7.2 ABV, that could spell trouble (in a good way).
M - Right on, just the right amount of carbonation.
Overall this is a great beer that I'd love to try on tap, but for me, Stone Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale and Lonerider's Graveroober are the standard-bearers for this style, both of which are much more aggressively hopped than this one.

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Photo of Vonerichs
3.87/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Black body with a head that was limited to the edges. However, it was able to leave some lacing.

The smell is a piney hop with roasted malts. I even picked up a little licorice.

Good flavor of resinous pine, roasted malt, chocolate, and licorice.

It falls a little short on the mouthfeel because it had little carbonation and was thin.

Overall, a good beer from the smell and taste perspective. If they could round it out with a better mouthfeel this could be better.

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Photo of Zraly
3.62/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep, dark brown with tan head; it's borderline black and opaque. Hints of light sneak in now and then.

The flavor borders on the "stout" identity line, although there is no strong, roasted barley flavor coming through as a main flavor. (This is sometimes where I must admit that some of the new beer styles confuse me a bit.) A nice, pine hop note is upfront and a balanced mouthfeel and profile carries throughout. Nice, bitter, slight oily finish. It's actually pairs nicely with a veggie pizza topped with kalamata olives and feta cheese; the kalamata olives bring out the bitter hop oils and the feta adds a nice tang to mix.

Possible marriage of Peg Leg and Loose Cannon? Not a bad idea but I don't know how necessary it is in terms of Clipper City's development. I don't know if this is developing a new style or a new marketing strategy. Either way, I guess, I'm still drinking it and don't feel ripped off. But it does beg a few questions that are broader than the scope of a single beer review.

A solid, good beer but not the best of the Heavy Seas line. If you haven't tried the predecessor, Loose Cannon, do so -- it is a great interpretation of an American IPA. At the same time, for comparison, this is much more focused and flavorful than "Back in Black" by 21st Amendment.

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Photo of Ricochet
3.2/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Appears more brown than black with no head and thin lace that stays with it. Wow, this is a pungent beer. Slight malt but overpowering artificial fruit with a very strong, concentrated rubbing alcohol scent. Mouth is thin but the licorice explodes and leaves the bitter ends of mouth with that hop burn. It's a very fruity licorice flavor, but they seem to always be separate. There is only a slight malt overtone but it hit me as an overpowering glass of underwhelm. I love the Loose Cannon series, but this one misses the mark for me. I would enjoy a black lager or a super IPA, this one seems to mix the two with mixed results.

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