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RATINGS: 288   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 218   ABV: 7.25%
While the style is an oxymoron, this ale is an variation of our "Loose Cannon" IPA with an obvious dark note.
Available Jan - March

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 20, 2011
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2012 12 oz bottle (both 2011 and 2012 versions): Pours a barely transparent blackish mahogany with a spotty-lacing off-white head. Has a fresh piny hoppy nose with some light malty sweetness and a touch of nutty character. Starts with a pretty good fullness and light malty sweetness with a nice amount of fresh resiny piny hops before a crisp clean bittersweet finish. Well-balanced, true to style and dangerously drinkable. I wish this were available year-round.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beardface (1517) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - FEB 20, 2011
"This doesnt taste like anything, this is bullshit." My roommate and sometimes friend Jon "Googsie" McGuigan.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bluejacket74 (1970) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - FEB 19, 2011
12 ounce bottle, best before June 2011. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours very dark brown with about a half inch tan head that went away quickly. There is a lot of lacing left behind on the glass. Aroma is nice, it smells like pine and citrusy (grapefruit) hops, roasted malt, coffee and chocolate. The brew tastes like pine and citrusy hops, coffee, roasted malt and some bittersweet chocolate. Great balance between the malt and hops in the flavor. Mouthfeel/body is medium, its a bit slick and creamy, and is well carbonated. Drinkability is good, its easy and enjoyable to drink. I think its a good overall brew, Im glad I picked up a six pack of this today.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
KixRules (10) - USA - FEB 18, 2011
I am a big fan of Heavy Seas beers since they are local for me, and Loose Cannon is my favorite American IPA, so i was very eager to try this dark version of Loose Cannon. I loved it! Now to be honest i have not had many dark IPAs, but the taste of this beer is so smooth and easy to drink. It has a somewhat fruity taste (no where near that of the Loose Cannon) with more coffee/chocolate. To me, not as good as Loose Cannon but still a great beer that is very plesant to drink!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
emacgee (4661) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - FEB 16, 2011
Pours a dark ruby brown with one finger of creamy tan had. Nose is what I would imagine hoppy coffee would smell like, kind of piny and skunky. Id guess some Simcoe and/or Centennial. Resinous skunky hop character with some chocolate and coffee. Bitterness is very well maintained. Probably the most impressive aspect of this beer is its palate.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
TURDFERGUSON (4056) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 16, 2011
Bottle, shared by emacgee. Thanks. Pours dark brown with a small off-white ring of lace. Definitely not black, but thats okay. Aroma of stale coffee, urine, salt, wood, oats. Flavor is similar, not good. No hops noted. I drank this a few hours after the bottle was originally opened, but damn.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jcr (2684) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - FEB 16, 2011
Draft. Deep brown body. Frothy, light beige head, slowly diminishing. The aroma is roasty, almost burnt. Notes of mild coffee, floral hops, resin and pine. Hints of earthiness, leaves and charcoal. The flavor is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately bitter and lightly acidic. It finishes lightly sweet, moderately bitter and lightly acidic. Medium body, watery texture and livecly carbonation. The problem with this style is the combination of roasted malts and resiny hops leaves flavors of dried plant stems, dried grass and the bottom of an ashtray on the back of the tongue. This beer is less so than others, but its still there. I still drank the whole pint.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mcnealc31 (255) - Elida, Ohio, USA - FEB 14, 2011
Smells like fruit and pine, like you would expect from an IPA, and its definitely black. Im noticing some familiar stout characteristics with a dry, smokey mouth feel. Some chocolate and nutiness. It is a bit lighter than most stouts, and while there are some hops in the finish, it isnt a huge, in your face IPA. Really well balanced, and there isnt even a hint of the 7.3% ABV. This might disappoint hop heads expecting a super bitter IPA, but I think its a great blend of two differing styles.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jw0406 (1230) - atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 14, 2011
12 oz bottle pours a rich black color with a nice tan head. Aroma of grapefruit and floral, with malt and chocolate in the background. Taste starts bitter, creamy, with malt at the end

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
elgiacomo (745) - Ringgold/Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, USA - FEB 13, 2011
12oz bottle, best by May 2011. Pours dark brown, almost black with a two finger foamy light brown head that leaves some clumpy lacing and holds a good cap. Aroma is floral and citrus hops with some roasted malt and chocolate. Also some coffee, caramel, toasted bread, nuts and the roast aspect really starts to come out as the beer warms. Good to very good strength. Flavor starts with the hops, citrus/grapefruit, floral, a bit of pine and finishes with nice smooth chocolate, roasted malt, and some coffee and caramel. Mild sweetness, moderate bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slick, medium carbonation. An excellent Black IPA, nice balance of hops and malts, very drinkable and enjoyable.

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