American Black Ale

Heavy Seas Black Cannon

Beer No. 13 – Heavy Seas Black Cannon

STYLE: American Black Ale

ABV: 7.25%

LOOK: Pours like a thickish Coke with the same type of carbonated head, only a bit fluffier. Self-styled as a “Black IPA” it’s the black that stands out. Darker than expected, spider wed lacing and retention.

NOSE: Beef jerky, sweet chocolate cake, coffee. The smokey notes dominate. You really have to dig for a semblance of balance.

MOUTH: Smoke, grilled peaches and grapefruit, mild hoppiness. Struggle of styles here, not quite IPA and not quite stout. I think it’s unlikely the proper balance has been achieved. There’s a palate-cleanser quality that’s hard to shake, even with the subtly nice but not great citrus-rind finish.

Beeradvocate Rating: 86

Hayward Abbey Rating: 74