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RATINGS: 282   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 218   ABV: 7.25%
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While the style is an oxymoron, this ale is an variation of our "Loose Cannon" IPA with an obvious dark note.
Available Jan - March

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
Ulfada (257) - North Carolina, USA - JAN 29, 2011
Floral aroma, with a nice hop flavor. Not very bitter at all. The carbonation bites the tongue. Finishes with with a slight medicine flavor. I expected better from Heavy Seas.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheBeerGod (5254) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JAN 29, 2011
Bottle. Black pour with a short, foamy beige head. Roasty malt and resinous hops in the nose along with grapefruit juice. Taste is slightly roasted malt with more grapefruit juice, orange oils, and pine. Body is medium overall with a lingering hop bitterness, slightly oily body and medium carbonation. Ends with more roasted malt, faint dark chocolate, grapefruit, orange pulp and pine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drake (8563) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JAN 28, 2011
12 ounce bottle from Beer Run in Charlottesville, VA. Pours a dark but clear chestnut brown color with a medium tan head. Decent head retention and lacing. The aroma is rich chocolate and roast notes with big citrus hops. The taste is bitter citrus hops, chocolate, roast and a bitter finish. Medium bodied. Decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 28, 2011
Cask at Redlight Redlight. Iím told that this was brewed with locally grown Maryland cascade hops. The pour yields a lightly translucent, dark mahogany body with a small head of clear, brown tinted bubbles. There is no lacing, and being cask conditioned, it appropriately looks fairly flat. The nose is based in dry roasted black patent malts, hinting at oats and coming across very toasty overall. A rush of juicy, citrusy hops touch on orange and grapefruit, brightening up the dark roast malts quite nicely. Logic tells me that roast and citrus donít work together, but the nose on this brew proves otherwise. Flavors show similar balance, again based in dry cocoa and darkly toasted bread malts, with complementary notes of bright, fresh, tangerine and grapefruit hop bitterness. I canít help but want a more lively palate, however. Carbonation is virtually nil, showing just the faintest sign of life, and seemingly magnifying the relative thinness of the body. I think it works is certain higher gravity styles and in many smaller session beers, but for this middle-ground brew it just doesnít come together for me. Despite this flaw, I found it to be an agreeable brew on the whole.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tmongoose (1303) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 27, 2011
12oz bottle. poured dark brown almost opaque..nice frothy head that disappeared quickly. the aroma a coffee and slight scent of chocolate to go along with the citrusy/grassy hop was a nice mix. the flavor even better. you could taste that coffe and the hop, havent figured out which one yet but along the lines of centennial or casade. who would have thought coffee, chocolate and hops. nice mix and well balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (7861) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 26, 2011
Sixer from Caponeís. I;m a big fan of the heavy seas series. This one pours deep brownish with ruby highlights and a 3-finger off-khaki head. Nose is dark malt, cacao, hops. Tastes hoppy, with a black malt that seems to meld better than many black IPAs Iíve quaffed. I still prefer the regular version of loose cannon, but this one is a worthy variant.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
steelcitybrew (430) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 26, 2011
Pours a jet black with a nice white head. Aroma is malty coffee. No real sign of hops. Taste is malty coffee with a bit of hoppyness at the back end. Palate is light but pleasant. Overall a pretty good brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
redlight (2316) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 25, 2011
cask @ redlight redlight. Dark molasses with hints of piney coffee on the nose. Pours very dark, black with a thin off white head. Dark malts up front, with some dark fruit notes and molasses and rum notes, with piney hops with a citrus finish. Pretty damn good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sloth (2489) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - JAN 25, 2011
Small tan head, retention is fair, lacing is spotty. almost opaque, slight red hue, clear. Nose of pine and roast, light chocolate notes, berries. Body is lightly medium, lightly oily, soft carbonation, touch resiny. Choco roast flavors with notes of pine, citrus and some earthy, dirt like components in the finish. Fairly dry malts, touch of caramel, black malts, patent? Dry finish, light fruitiness, tad chalky. Not bad for BIPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zizzybalubba (1421) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - JAN 24, 2011
12 oz. bottle from Grape & Gourmet. Pours very dark brown but appears black in the glass with a thin khaki head. Aroma of pine, wet grass, grapefruit, and chocolate. The flavor is quite nice; slightly bitter grapefruit and pineapple but is easily balanced but the darker roasted malt. I think this would actually be easier for a non-IPA drinker to tolerate since it is less bitter. The dark roasted malt gives the finish a nice smokiness. Overall this is a solid interpretation of this style.

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