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RATINGS: 288   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49/5   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


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
shakespeare33 (203) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 5, 2011
growler from whole foods, yes whole foods.. got talked into this by jonathan from heavy seas who was doing a great job of hustlin the heavy seas label.... pours a chocolate stoutish with a french vanilla head.... smells of earthy notes and hints of dark chocolate.... initial hit to the palate is lightly hoppy with more of a pronounced malty carbinated overtone on the tailend.. tastes of pine, coffee beans, and dark malts that present themselves playfully throughout the ale... the alcohol is maksed well and its a great ale for those rainy days. By my own admission, Ima HOP BOMB fan but this is one of the better black ipaís ive had.. another solid presentation by the boys from heavy seas

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheCorkStops (53) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 5, 2011
Poured into a snifter dark as cola. Nice aromas of both hops and subtle malts. On the palate there is nice clean hops, balanced well by the touch of sweetness. Great drinkability and flavors. Even if you guys donít think itís a great example of the style, I think itís a pretty good overall beer. Perfect to get people away from the macro-brews.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SSSteve (4006) - - FEB 4, 2011
bottle. black but not opaque with a small beige head. nice aroma of creamed coffee with sugar and hops. flavor is similar. dry, chalky finish. medium body.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 1, 2011
12oz. Bottle: Aroma of dark malts, hops, pine, and light citrus. Poured very dark brown/ruby in color with a large, creamy, dense, tan head that greatly diminished but lasted throughout. Clear. Very sparkling. Excellent lacing. Flavor is lightly sweet and medium bitter. Tastes of malt, hops, pine, slight chocolate, and some roasting. Medium body. Average texture. Average carbonation. Dark malt, light roasting, slight chocolate, hops, and pine finish. 7.25%ABV is completely hidden throughout.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopdog (11075) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 31, 2011
12oz bottle. Poured a deep and dark brown color with an averaged sized off white head. Lacing left on glass. Aromas of pine, citrus, chocolate, and roast. Tastes of citrus, chocolate, roast, some earthiness, and pine.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Steeeve (327) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 30, 2011
Very dark but not opaque pour with a thin light tan head. Big piney aroma with a little bit of roasty sweetness in the background. Flavor is dark toasty malt and citrus and pine hops. Not really all that bitter. A little bit watery. The hop flavor tastes like an un-fresh IPA, just very bland, lacking the sharpness a fresh IPA should have. I really enjoyed Loose Cannon but Iím somewhat disappointed in this offering. Hopefully they tweak the recipe next year to give it a bigger hop bite.

2.8
   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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheBeerGod (5924) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drake (11500) - 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.

3.4
   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.


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