Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Heavy Seas Black Cannon

Heavy Seas Black Cannon

Brewed by:
Heavy Seas Beer (Clipper City Brewing Co.)
Baltimore, Maryland

American Black Ale (Black IPA)

7.25% ABV

Commercial Description:
While the style is an oxymoron, this ale is an variation of our "Loose Cannon" IPA with an obvious dark note. (RateBeer.com)

General Pricing:
12oz bottle, ~$8.00 6 pack, ~$32.00 case

The gang at work contracted State Line Liquors to put together a basket of cheer for me when I was home with a nasty case of the Shingles. Robert Murray at SLL did a great job in personally selecting beers for me. The next several reviews will be from this gift basket.

The beer pours a dark brown completely opaque with no light showing through the beer and an off white to tan head.

The nose is very interesting with dark roasted malt aromas along with dark fruit and a unique underlining sweetness. The sweetness could be a combination of floral hops dark fruit esters. At any rate I can’t wait to see what this taste like.

Very interesting first sip; this is a most unique black IPA.

It starts out with a hint of dark malt sweetness up front on the top of the tongue. That is followed by a tingling as the beer washes over the tongue in the middle of the sip. The back-end is fairly easy drinking with a slight hesitation at the top of the swallow. There is also a carbonation release during the swallow that masks some of the flavors. The finish is surprising with rich earthy hop flavors along with dark malts with notes of toffee. The final aftertaste is of both lingering roasted malts and earthy hops.

There is uniqueness to the beer that I just can’t put my finger on. The rich dark malts and earthy floral hops give and interesting perspective to this beer that is unusual and unexpected. It’s very good but it set’s you back for a second wondering what you’ve just experienced.

It would be interesting to see what hops are in this beer. I’m not sure if the hops are unusual or their flavors are blending with the rich malt flavors to produce this unusual earthy sensation. At any rate it’s good, darn good. I should just continue for with it is and stop trying to over analyze it. Sorry I just love new beer experiences.

The experience has not changed any as the beer warms.

All and all this is a very good black IPA. I have really enjoyed the unique experience.

I’m stuck between a B+ and an A- on this one. I did not get wow factor that would through me into an A.

Heavy Seas has artfully created a unique experience in Black Cannon. Its dark roasted malts blend with the most unique earthy hops to create a one of a kind Black IPA.

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