Blackberry Porter - Cannery Brewing Company
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Reviews by Ralphus:
4.38/5 rDev +16.2%
A solid well done traditional porter is an excellent beer. Adding fruit to one and still ending up with an excellent beer - is ja hell of a job.
It pours midnight black - a touch dark for a porter perhaps - but with a smooth offwhite head. Sheets of lacing are left behind as it settles to a ring of foam.
The smell is a great mix of blackberry, blueberry and soft chocolate malts. I enjoy.
Tastewise there is more of the same but with a nice volume. The balance of chocolate malts to fruit is really well done in my opinion. It would be easy to lose the fruit or completely dominate with it, but Cannery has done a fabulous job of mating the two. It finishes with a medium bitter semi dry finish. There is no alcohol evident at all.. and while this beer might be missing a touch of complexity - I'm not sure how to improve on it.
The mouthfeel is great. Silky smooth with a touch of carbonation. As a result it goes down in gulps.
09-21-2010 21:34:43 | More by Ralphus
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3.85/5 rDev +2.1%
Finally, another BC beer makes it out to Ontario. By gar, it's been awhile. I loves me some porters - throw some fruit in there and you'll have me bashing down your door to get some. And by bashing down your door, I mean driving to the LCBO and buying a bottle or two.
Extra big bottle for increased drinkability. I love when breweries release their brews in such tall bottles. One pint is rarely enough to gauge the beer sufficiently; bigger bottles mean greater opportunity to compare the brew at different temperatures and air exposure.
Poured an inky black, with only the faintest hint of amber around the edges. Good inch of foamy mocha lacing, producing some great lacing patterns. Looks great.
Nose is most certainly blackberries, but with some notes of caramel, malt and coffee, keeping the fruit character from getting away with things. More like a blackberry syrup or jam scent than of fresh blackberries. Not sure how the tartness would have done with the porter base, so I'll give the brewer the benefit of the doubt.
Surprisingly complex taste here. Although the blackberry-grape flavor has a strong, bold showing (again, sweet rather than tart), pale malts and dark chocolate are permitted to enter into the fore. Hops are leafy and juicy, leaving a tart, somewhat dry finish. Pretty good, I'd say.
Mouthfeel and carbonation are a bit on the low side, even for a porter. Could have been a bit heartier, but for a sipper, it's quite enjoyable. Still creamy from the lingering head.
Fruit porters are a tough style to nail, but the Cannery has done well here. Blackberries are of course the star, but enough of a porter character is allowed to enter to provide a balance. Quite enjoyable, worth the pickup. A big bottle would probably be enough - would be a good dessert beer to share with guests, I'd reckon.
Hope to get more Cannery brews out here!
09-20-2010 19:02:48 | More by JohnnyBarman
4.03/5 rDev +6.9%
Appearance: frothy, tan head, great length and leaves lace; very dark brown colour, almost black
Aroma: sweet blackberry and cassis; maraschino cherry and hint of chocolate is giving sense of blackforest cake
Taste & Mouthfeel: fresh fruit flavour, not sugary sweet, more like squeezed juice; definitely sings of blackberry, get some concord grape too; finishes with a dry bitterness that doesn't overwhelm the juicy flavours; there's a hint of roasted malt is a nice pair to the fruit; light body and super easy-drinking; could maybe use a bit more hop or malt character, as the fruit flavour gets a bit tiring by the end
Overall: lacks the cloying sweetness typical of many fruit beers; love the natural flavour of the beer and fairly balanced composition, but would be interested to see this with a fuller body
11-04-2012 00:46:15 | More by BGDrock
4.05/5 rDev +7.4%
650ml bottle. I've had this numerous times before, and it always makes for a general crowd pleaser.
This beer pours a clear, deep, dark chestnut brown hue, with small red cola edges when presented to the light, and two fingers of tightly foamy, and somewhat creamy beige head, which leaves a low wall of grassy knoll lace around the glass as it slowly recedes.
It smells of sweet, fruity, mildly acidic blackberries, biscuity caramel malt, bittersweet chocolate, a soft oily nuttiness, and earthy, leafy noble hops. The taste is more sweet 'n sassy blackberry fruitiness, aided and abetted by some of its blueberry cousins, a decently middling bready caramel malt, edgy baker's chocolate, a touch of bitter dry coffee, and a plain enough hoppiness, that one could rightly mistake this for dessert quality compote, if duly treated.
The carbonation is fairly laid back, even inert at times, the body a decent medium-heavy weight, and rather smooth, what with all that heady fruitiness. It finishes fairly sweet, the blackberries and cocoa-heavy caramel malt still providing a definite dessert potential, and the elevated alcohol hardly apparent.
As a fan of blackberries, I am rather impressed by their involvement in this particular brew - they're pungent, but not really overpowering, and well aided by the cocoa/nuttiness esters, which render this a very enjoyable quaff all on its very own. Or maybe have it with chocolate cake - whatever, it's your beer.
09-19-2009 04:56:13 | More by biboergosum
4.22/5 rDev +11.9%
Near black in colour with gorgeous cassis highlights. A generous helping of mocha coloured head forms on the pour, and leaves a patchy lace as it recedes. Intense blackberry aroma also shows cocoa powder and roast. It has a strong blackberry flavour that complements base porters chocolate, blackstrap molasses, and black coffee. Mild sweetness leads into a bitter finish. Delicious. Medium bodied and softly carbonated. Velvet mouthfeel. A lovely beer, and a damned shame I didn't pick up more when it was still around.
05-05-2011 16:46:15 | More by mintjellie
3.18/5 rDev -15.6%
Tart, watery, not so enjoyable porter. Hey, just notvery drinkable. Too blackberry in aroma, and therefore I suspect artifical. Below average porter. May get through with a large multi-course meal.Bomber at Rudy's in Buffalo on trade with Tim Freely provided by Mustang3.
07-04-2005 04:34:51 | More by Sammy
4.43/5 rDev +17.5%
22oz bottle, bought at BC Liquors on my vacation to beautiful Vancouver, BC last month. Smuggled back via NW Airlines
appearance: poured into a pint glass...body is a medium-dark mahogany with deep cherry highlights...head is active and foamy, retention is decent and a nice lace is left behind...all things considered, about what you would expect
smell: wow. I will admit that I purchased this beer mostly because I had been snacking on wonderful berries all week in the northwest. The fresh blackberry aromas in this brew are potent, not artificial at all. behind is a roasty malt aroma with hints of cocoa and cappuccino
taste: This is a great fruit-porter. Often times fruit themed beers dont pan out so I give this beer a ton of credit. A wonderful sweet blackberry flavour dances on the palate with great, albeit controlled, porter flavours beneath...roasted malt, sweet cocoa powder, roasted coffee. alcohol is completely concealed leaving a phenomenally drinking porter
mouthfeel: creamy and roasty, a light tartness
08-02-2006 23:39:12 | More by dirtylou
3.83/5 rDev +1.6%
A - basically pitch black, short head dissipated to a thin covering with a consistent lace ring
S - strong sweet blackberry dominates, roasty and light chocolate, hint of leafiness
T - sweet blackberry meshes with the bitterness of the roasty and chocolate malt, light leafy hop note comes through the finish
M - medium body smooth to start, with carbonation lingering, finishing with some acidity and bitterness
O - they have not spared the feature ingredient here which is delicious and compliments the maltiness well, this could easily be sessionable
04-24-2011 02:46:19 | More by joemcgrath27
3.5/5 rDev -7.2%
Blackberries are good fit with this style and a little fine-tuning could elevate this beer into some loftier territory.
It poured from a 650 mL bomber looking like cherry cola. A two-finger head had good retention and left sheets of lace on my glass. Aside from the expected blackberries, the aroma had a nice floral, cherry blossom quality mixed with biscuity malt.
A moderately bitter taste was nicely sweetened by the blackberry, but this beer had a grainy, metallic finish that hurt its drinkability though it wasn't as extreme as the beer warmed. It's nicely carbonated and medium-bodied. I'll definitely give this one another try.
09-23-2006 00:18:47 | More by vanrassel
3.48/5 rDev -7.7%
Pours dark dark brown, not as black as some porters out there, as some light gets through. A thick, creamy tan head tops it off.
The smell isn't much to speak of. Roasted malt and sweet berry, with the berry dominating. Smells nice, but I was hoping for more.
The taste is an interesting mix of sweet, bitter and roasted flavours. Up front is the berry taste, sweet but mild. Next comes a touch of bitterness from the hops, and the lingering finish is like a non fruit porter with roasted coffee. While I'd say it is a better than average taste, it doesn't floor me.
Mouthfeel is medium to thin bodied with a light carbonation. Could perhaps use a bit more body to it, but otherwise it is what I'd expect for the style.
With the touch of fruit and mild flavours, this is a very drinkable beer. If the porter flavours were fuller, I think this could've been a great one. As it stands right now, it is a pleasing beer but not a world changer.
08-08-2005 03:01:50 | More by elricorico
3.2/5 rDev -15.1%
Appearance: Not totally black, it had some definate brown notes, and the froth on top was salt and pepper.
Smell: Blackberry flavored bubblegum with a side of chocolate milk. Sounds worse than it was, but the fruit aroma seemed a little fake, but it was probably the lactic acid that gave it this characteristic.
Taste: A little thin on the malt side, but the fruit came out much better in the taste, and mixed with the cocoa it was like berries dipped in chocolate. A nice, light dessert Beer.
10-25-2005 00:04:53 | More by Goldorak
3.93/5 rDev +4.2%
Bottle courtesy of CBA: Poured a dark black color porter with a nice foamy head with some good retention. Aroma of sweet berry is somewhat dominating with some light roasted malt notes also noticeable. Taste is a nice balance between semi-sweet berries and some light dry roasted malt notes. Body is a bit light with some better then average carbonation. I have to admit to being pleasantly surprised by that one since I usually dont like fruit and porter to be mixed together.
09-07-2007 20:14:10 | More by Phyl21ca
3.55/5 rDev -5.8%
A - Medium brown with one finger of bubbly light brown head.
S - Sweet caramel, blackberry. Not much else is evident in the nose. Very sweet overall and the blackberry is quite strong.
T - Very sweet. Lots of blackberry flavour is present as well. Light roasted malt profile is evident but overshadowed by the blackberry and the overall sweetness of the beer.
M 0 Light to medium body; lightly carbonated.
02-17-2011 02:56:32 | More by TheSevenDuffs
5/5 rDev +32.6%
Cannery Blackberry Porter
A: Beautiful obsidian colour, 3 fingers of head that lasted for a good 5-8 minutes. Opaque black normally, a dark, clear violet when held up to the light.
S: Smooth aroma of biscuits, blackberry, and a hint of chocolate.
T: Rich flavour, reverberates around the mouth like a bass note. Pleasant, almost sweet beginning with a light flavour of blackberries. Extremely satisfying.
M: Definitely a very thick beer. Each swig fills one's mouth with a gentle, almost syrupy texture that goes down smooth.
D: An excellent beer, sets a clear goal for what it wants to be and achieves it with extreme ease. One of my favourite porters so far. The only thing is that it is rather filling, so after a few of these one may feel a little bloated, but then again it was a 500mL bottle so use your own discretion
Note: I am partial to porters, but this is still an awesome beer.
01-15-2011 05:34:36 | More by Kubus
4.38/5 rDev +16.2%
My second foray into what Cannery Brewing has to offer. What can I say, I'm a sucker for both porters and fruit beers, and I figured that B.C. was capable of melding the two. In this case they certainly have.
Poured from a 650 ml brown bottle, this fruit porter is capped by a small but thick creamy beige head. A thin cap remains most of the way with some aggresive lacing. The body is deep dark, and when held up to direct sunlight in my pint mug I get deep cherry oak highlights among the facets. Blackberries don't normally agree with me, but this is a great nose on this porter. The unmistakable sweetness of the blackberries combined with roasted and chocolate malt, and some hints of coffee. It has a jam sweetness to it, but not overwhelmingly sweet (cloying as they say). Roasted malt up front, some chocolate, and the sweet blackberries start to kick in in the middle. A dry baker's chocolate carries the sweet berries to the finish, where the blackberries fade away, leaving a sweet finish that melds into a dry chocolate/coffee aftertaste. Hell, I just bumped my 4 taste rating to a 4.5 based on that balance. The mouthfeel is a bit thin to me for a porter, but the flavour and aroma duly make up for that.
It's a fruit porter people, not a standard porter, and for what it is I like it a great deal. I can envision a trip down to Penticton to stock up on more of this. It's not for those with a sweet tooth, but them exempted, it's definitely worth checking out. It's not a session beer either, but worth stocking up on for special occassions (wink wink). I am really enjoying this.
07-20-2004 02:11:59 | More by IronDjinn
3.78/5 rDev +0.3%
Its now Fall, one of the best beer seasons that there is. I know it may seem counter intuitive; most people consider the summer to be beer season. But when the fall comes breweries begin to produce more richly flavored, robust beers with a wide range of ingredients. Spices, pumpkin, berries and more get added into the brew and the beers become unique and warming. I love it.
It is also when the LCBO brings in the best selection of new beers. In this year's Autumn release came the Cannery Brewing Blackberry Porter, a 6.5% traditional style porter with blackberry flavor added for a hint of sweet complexity. The Cannery has been brewing since 2000 in Penticton BC, and is one of many west coast breweries which I have been excited to try for a long time. The 650ml bottle plainly depicts blackberries front and center on the purple label, so I was expecting at very least a reasonable rush of blackberry in this beer.
This is always an interesting one for me... If the beer says Blackberry right on it, and has a picture of blackberries, it better smell and taste like blackberries. If the beer has hints, or slight traces of blackberry, then whats the point in calling it a blackberry beer? But I am getting ahead of myself, I haven't even poured the beer yet - so lets find out.
I opened the Porter cool around 8C (45F) and poured it into a stemmed tulip glass. The Pour was smooth and creamy producing a richly dark brown beer that faded closer to black as it filled the glass. A fairly dense and creamy light brown, khaki colored head build easily two inches above the beer. The beer's overall appearance was rich and full - held into the light you can see dark amber reds, deep browns, shades of mahogany and bronze also peering though. A touch of ruby and burgundy is also shinning in the beer leaning on the Blackberry name that this beer bears.
The nose is very delightful, and to my enjoyment was filled with soft and lush blackberries. Leaning in for a good smell brings smooth roasted malts, bits of cocoa, fresh earthy hops, and then back to a warm juicy berry aroma. It is pretty lush, but not overpowering - a solid balance. What happens to often is sweet fruit overpowers, or barely noticeable fruit is very medicinal. The Cannery's Blackberry though is very natural and well suited to the beers overall character - a great fit.
Drinking the Porter is a nice treat, because it is actually a porter, not just a dark beer with fruit flavors. Quickly, roasted malts glide over your tongue and crash into your cheeks with big rushes of flavor. Gently pale malts bring some sweet cereal flavors, but cocoa, brown sugar, dark malt and roast are most apparent here showing the blackberry where to follow. And it does.
Right on the back there is a soft trace of blackberry sweetness. It is not quite as prominent as it is in the nose, but it is actually quite fitting. Much stronger and it could have been too much. It is a subtle seasoning that you don't need to search for - but it apparent and obvious when it hits you. The touch of fruity sweetness brings added life to the dark malts and shows complexity to your tongue and palate.
Hops are soft but earthy and lightly balancing - the beer's bitter comes mostly from roast, but herbal and clean hop freshness also picks up this beer. As it warms bits of chocolate become more flavorful touching bittersweet bakers chocolate and dried cocoa. Coffee beans are light, but add considerable roast, as I have mentioned before. The Blackberries really round it out nicely and have been constructed well into this beer.
I would have enjoyed it more if the body was thicker and creamier, as is it was a bit thin, but all the flavors were there. As a Blackberry Porter this was a nice treat, but it didn't blow me away. As a porter, it was still nice, but just nice. I am willing to bet though that it is fantastic with cheesecake!
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09-20-2010 15:50:58 | More by StephenRich
3.43/5 rDev -9%
Weird beer I must say the least. Pitch black beer with a white foamy head that quickly dissapear. She smells black berries with a great pitch of pepper, sweet malt flavours are present.
Taste is quite similar in experience as smelling it, the black berries takes over, followed by a pepper pinch, end with a shy notes of maltish flavours.
Big props to Cwrw for providing me a bottle.
09-10-2005 06:11:04 | More by 3Vandoo
Blackberry Porter from Cannery Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 100 ratings.