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Blackberry Porter - Cannery Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

109 Ratings
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Ratings: 109
Reviews: 63
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 13.83%
Wants: 5
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cannery Brewing Company visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This amazing beer combines the best of all worlds. Five specialty malts and three superior hop varieties have been carefully chosen from the Pacific Northwest, the U.K. and Europe. The malted barleys and hops create a rich, traditional porter. The addition of all natural pure blackberry provides an exciting complexity to this easy sipping wonder. Lean back, relax, and savour the flavour!

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-21-2003)
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Reviews by pootz:
Photo of pootz
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Pours a clear deep black with ruby highlights when candled. Smallish cap but fair lacing. Modest carbonation.

Pungent but tasteful natural berry aroma mingles with and compliments roasty malt tones, some grassy and earthy hop notes...nice nose to this.

Front side is a great 3-way amalgam of hops roast and berry frutiness..mid palate more complex malting is detected with caramel-toasty-roasty body challenging hop astringency...bittering/malting comes through late leading to a increasingly london porter-like finish.

A very well constructed fruit ale ...complex malting and hopping retains a rich porter character with a complimentary natural blackberry flourish. Very drinkable and satisfying...top flight micro beer.

More User Reviews:
Photo of beerhunter13
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of olradetbalder
2.25/5  rDev -40.2%

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of chickenm
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of BGDrock
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of intoxabroad
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of biboergosum
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of mintjellie
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Sammy
3.18/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of CWVegas
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of dirtylou
4.43/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

drinkability: high

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

Photo of 1stOffender
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Tartanfool
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of vanrassel
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of souvenirs
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%

Cannery is one of those breweries with less than classy labels that have made me ignore them in liquor stores. I went into the 8th Street Liquor Store in New West again today, looking for something on the darker side, of which there's not much in stores presently. This was one of the clerk's suggestions.

Pours very dark, with cocoa-coloured head. Aroma is quite sweet - could easily be pop. The taste is not as sweet, which is no doubt a good thing. Smooth and bitter, tasting of dark roast coffee and sweet blackberries. It's not something I'd want to drink often, but I'm enjoying it and would buy it again.

Photo of elricorico
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Goldorak
3.2/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of Rutager
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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 don’t like fruit and porter to be mixed together.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of ThinkAgain
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Kubus
5/5  rDev +33%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of IronDjinn
4.38/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Blackberry Porter from Cannery Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 109 ratings.