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RATINGS: 289   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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weharvie (40) - USA - FEB 5, 2011
Great hoppy aroma - amarillo? Black color with limited translucence. dark tan head. Wonderful roast flavor balanced with hops. Very mellow. A wonderful beer with a steak.

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 ipa’s ive had.. another solid presentation by the boys from heavy seas

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 don’t think it’s a great example of the style, I think it’s a pretty good overall beer. Perfect to get people away from the macro-brews.

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.

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.

hopdog (12510) - 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.

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 I’m somewhat disappointed in this offering. Hopefully they tweak the recipe next year to give it a bigger hop bite.

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.

TheBeerGod (6221) - 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.

Drake (13737) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 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.

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