In this beer blog, we are going to sample out one of my favorite beer style and my favorite craft brewery out of Maryland. Heavy Seas Brewery and the beer is called Black Cannon Black IPA. If you read my earlier beer blog on their flagship beer, which is called Loose Cannon, you know the history of this brewery. If you have not, please, read the first part of that beer blog post. Let us get into the beer.
It has a black color with a semi tan color. The smell is a roasted chocolate with a hint of pine. The taste is a chocolate piney with a dry hoppy finish. It is a drinkable beer but really not drinkable. It is kind of in that in between worlds.
Here is a description from the beer bottle:
While the style is an oxymoron, this ale is a variation of our “Loose Cannon” IPA, with an obious dark note. 7.25% Alc./Vol.
Here is a description from their website (www.hsbeer.com):
Our brewers modeled this black IPA after Loose Cannon, with a slight change: it’s almost as if they burnt the brew. Deep-dark ruby, Black Cannon has a roasted character from Blackprinz and Roasted Barley malts, but a heaping portion of hops—in the kettle, hopback, and fermenter—impart flavor and aroma. Floral and pine notes show up in the nose. The mouthfeel is very smooth.
Here is their website and twitter addresses:
In closing, I love this beer style, which I said at the beginning of this beer post. I am a huge hophead but yet I love my porters and stouts. This is a dream of mine taking both beer styles and put them in one beer bottle or beer glass. It is a smooth full body beer when drinking but yet get the pine notes during the drinking experience. This beer at first I was not a fan but when I got to the bottom of the glass. I was really enjoying this beer. I recommend you trying this beer if you are a fan of Black India Pale Ale. Go get some! Drink it! Enjoy it! Metal it! \m/
Bill DJ Weiser