Blackberry Porter - Cannery Brewing Company
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4.15/5 rDev +10.1%
650ml bottle poured into tulip jan22 2011
A near black with a large three finger mocha head that has good retention and leaves a few patches of lace
S lots of blackberry with coco powder not overly complex but what it is going on I like a lot
T not far from the smell but with some faint coffee and dark malts that work well with the blackberry that tastes real unlike many fruit beers
M not overly thick and not the bubbles I was expecting after seeing the foam but still neither watery of flat
D I just looked at the bottle and realized its 6.5%, wouldn't have guessed that as there's zero booze and yet I still feel I could session this without getting board
a most worthy brew from a brewery I may need to get acquainted with
01-23-2011 04:24:43 | More by wordemupg
4.35/5 rDev +15.4%
A: Pours a very dark brown with ruby highlights. Has 2 plus finger tan creamy head. Settles to a thick cap and leaves lots of lacing all down the glass.
S: Very sweet blackberries. Faint hints of chocolate and roasted malt in the background but hardly noticeable.
T: Blackberries upfront with hints of chocolate and roasted malt. Finishes with more blackberries.
M: Light carbonation with a light to medium body. The carbonation and body compliments the flavors perfectly.
D: I had been eyeing this one up in the store for a while and finally decided to buy it. I wasn't disappointed. Some beers advertise a certain flavor or fruit etc but when you drink them expecting that flavor it's hardly noticeable. This beer advertises blackberries and you get a lot of blackberries. It's a really tasty beer.
01-19-2011 21:57:06 | More by marty21
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
4.03/5 rDev +6.9%
A: Dark purple body, almost black, pour with a few fingers of head then dissipates rather quickly. Leaves some lacing.
S: Whoa nice scent of black berries, some roasted malts. Very good.
T: Ah, doesn't let down. Loads of black berries, maybe some coffee is the reason for the bitterness. Pleasing, not one dimensional like many of these types are.
M: Medium bodied with medium-low carbonation. Water like texture, but full bodied. Dry bitter after taste. No alcohol scent.
D: Pleasing brew and I'm glad I've tried it. Not to overpowering in flavour or alcohol, but there is enough there.
12-25-2010 00:00:15 | More by Long813
4.08/5 rDev +8.2%
A - Black. Two finger off white head. Opaque. Great lacing.
S - Really roasty. Some blackberry and blueberry and perhaps coffee come out.
T - Coffee, roastiness, and fruits come out again.
M - Medium body with lingering fruits in the finish. Slight bitterness.
D - Good stuff. A nice fruit porter. The blackberry is well balanced with the rest of the classical elements of the porter.
11-29-2010 04:17:44 | More by tbeckett
3.43/5 rDev -9%
A very dark ruby colour with a thin off white head. Smells of sweet-sour blackberry with a hop presence kicking around. Tastes like blackberry and coffee right away that is rounded out with a bitter slightly sour hop presence. Light in terms of mouthfeel, was maybe a bit to fizzy for me. I would split a bomber with a buddy or two, I found the whole bomber to be a bit of a commitment on my own. This is not for me I don't think however, it really is a well made porter. This is the first offering I have tried from Cannery and I am interested in tasting some of there other stuff
11-18-2010 01:37:33 | More by peensteen
3.85/5 rDev +2.1%
Cola-like on the pour, half finger tan head leaves a lot of wavy lace. The beer is black but some light comes through the edges and top. The smell is very berry-like, blueberry pie comes to mind. Aroma has some sweetness to it and with warming it is more pronounced.
Taste is pretty good with a porter backdrop, some smokiness and chocolate cupcake, coffee bean bitterness. The blackberry presence is more subdued on opening but changes with air. Nice blend of bitterness and malt, texture is a touch syrupy, medium body. Finish is roasted, a bit nutty, but pleasing despite a bit of residual astringency. Alcohol well handled. This is an interesting beer on several levels and worth picking up.
11-14-2010 21:27:20 | More by ThatWineGuy
3.85/5 rDev +2.1%
The beer's inky, opaque appearance came as no surprise - it says it right there in the name (*Black*berry). Unlike the fruit, however, there's not a dash of colour no matter how it's observed. A shovel appears to be needed to get through to the beer; that huge mound of brownish foam leaves behind a labyrinth of lacing as it retreats further down the glass.
Again, the title plays spoiler; it smells of, you guessed it, blackberries. But not the rubbery, steroid-injected ones from San Fernando Valley (which have barely any taste anyhow), more like the tiny luscious ones I pick in my own backyard. That berry tartness is a wonderful companion to the sweet caramel sauce it smells as though it's been dipped in.
This tastes of a berry reduction - not only of blackberry, but some tart blueberry as well - that's worthy of being ladled, along with some caramel, over a rich chocolate cake. How perfect then that its other flavours should specifically include both caramel and chocolate cake!? There's even a dash of vanilla in there too. Can you say 'great dessert beer'?
The harsh roast typical of some porters is absent; this makes the beer more agreeable to casual drinkers and should teach them not to be afraid of dark beers. Moreover, the berry flavour (without which, the beer would be a little light and lame) can be fully appreciated, unhindered by any coffee-like astringency or acrid burnt malts.
I suspect that in a lager this flavour would be flat and underwhelming, but in a porter it matches well with those decadent dessert-y flavours. The water's minerals also pair well with the naturally occurring tartness in the blackberry flavour. I think the brewer is probably owed as much credit for this one as the flavour chemist responsible for the syrup.
Using artificial flavours is a lot like bleaching your teeth: the result is aesthetic, but a lot less impressive if it's obvious that it's not genuine. Such concentrated and dynamic fruit flavour, like the perfect set of pearly whites, rarely exists by nature alone. But it's easy to make bad beer when using fake fruit syrups - making a good one is much harder to do. If you do manage to however - which Cannery has - the results can be most appealing.
11-12-2010 19:05:55 | More by biegaman
4.22/5 rDev +11.9%
Thanks to kjyost for this one. Split with my wife over our supper, pork with plums, blackberries(!) and cinnamon.
Poured from a 650ml. bottle.
Appearance: Pours a dark body which when held to the light is slightly reddish or almost the color of not quite ripe blackberries unless that's the power of suggestion. Lots of head, easily 3 fingers that sits awhile and drapes the side of the glass.
Smell: Blackberries and malt. Sweet smelling a little and kind of reminds me also of black currants. I can honestly say i can't find anything wrong with this wonderful aroma.
Taste: Blackberries are omnipresent but never overbearing. Very malt forward with some spices and maybe a whisper of bitterness. The only knock is i don't find it tastes much like a porter. Maybe more like a light stout. Regardless, it's still a tasty beer.
Mouthfeel: Very smooth and creamy. Maybe a tad unbalanced as i feel the malt takes too much space. Not very robust for the style and ABV but i still like the feel of it.
Drinkability: A good, drinkable brew. I'd have it again but to split only as it might be a bit much for me taste-wise.
Overall: This beer surprised me as my expectations were average. Better than expected and though it could be a bit more balanced in regards to the malt, i still highly recommend this brew. Best beer i've had in awhile.
11-01-2010 22:57:17 | More by papat444
4/5 rDev +6.1%
Pours a deep chestnut brown that turns black as the beer fills the glass. Its true colour is only revealed when held up to the light, highlighting the chestnut edges. About a fingers worth of frothy tan coloured head tops the beer, displaying a good amount of retention.
Sweet and raw blackberries blend exceptionally well with notes of bakers chocolate and roasted malts. Straightforward and very inviting.
The sweetness of fresh blackberries hits the tongie immediately but soon gives way to a hardy dose of roasted malts and dry chocolate. As the beer nears its end, the roasted malts become dry and bitter, accentuating the more raw and almost tart characteristics of what the blackberry character has transformed into in the finish. A mild earthy hop character also in the finish adds to this.
Great balance in the mouth. Good amount of carbonation with a light enough feel to make it easy to drink without wanning on the watery side. The rich and pronounced flavours of this beer disguise the ABV well.
I'm not a huge fan of American porters, but this one left me more than satisfied. I think they nailed the blackberry twist to this porter, with the blackberries complimenting everything from start to finish. Another great seasonal offering from the LCBO in a solid fall release. Worth a try and maybe another one after that.
10-29-2010 00:36:11 | More by ludachris
4.08/5 rDev +8.2%
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.
10-21-2010 01:13:23 | More by pootz
4/5 rDev +6.1%
Pours a very dark brownish red with a nice off white head, some decent lacing.
Smells of raspberry chocolate cake, coffee, dark roasted malts, blueberries, caramel, basically everything good.
Tastes of sweet berries, but not overboard which is good. Balanced perfectly by the dark malty character and surprisingly nice and hoppy. A typical porter with a nice mixture of blackberries.
Nice smooth, somewhat carbonated mouthfeel. One of the best fruit beers I've ever had, only because they didn't go all out with the blackberries. Nicely done!
10-19-2010 00:24:22 | More by GodOfBeer
3.5/5 rDev -7.2%
This is a highly carbonated beverage going by appearance however despite it's galaxy of tiny bubbles and thick foamy head it does not taste fizzy. In fact due to it's chocolate/berry flavour pairing it tastes a lot like the old Big Turk chocolate bars we used to get as kids for Christmas.
This is a delightful dessert beer. it might be nice at a Christmas dinner after the main course but as far as a regular beer I would pass. Still it's nicely done for what it is if a bit on the sweet side for my taste.
10-14-2010 23:08:58 | More by shamus
4.13/5 rDev +9.5%
Pours a dark brown pretty much black colour that shows faint ruby highlights and a bubbly light mocha coloured head that laces well enough.
The aroma is straight up blackberry, it reminds me a bit of grape-flavoured candy. Also picking up hints of dark roasted malt in the background.
Right away I'm hit with chocolate and roasted malt, and then the fruity blackberry flavour quickly comes through, but then the roasted malt returns along with hops and coffee beans to provide a dry roasty finish with the blackberry mostly diminished but just lightly lingering on the palate. The blackberry works surprisingly well with this porter, especially given the prominent role it plays in both the nose and taste.
Nice and full body, but a little overcarbonated.
This was a pleasant surprise and a nice change from the usual stout/porter crowd. I didn't think the blackberry would work as well as it did -- very refreshing and an easy drinker.
10-14-2010 02:20:06 | More by MattyV
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
3.23/5 rDev -14.3%
Poured into DFH Signature Glass.
Saw this on here listed for the Fall release at the LCBO and immediately started to drool. Sometimes the anticipation is far greater than the reward. I haven't found a beer with fruit I haven't liked yet. This one unfortunately is the exception.
A- Murky opaque black pour, hints of barney purple; The color is actually like a blackberry. Half finger tan/purple tinged head. Lacing is very sticky good.
S- Blackberries galore! Almost like a jelly (not jam) Vanilla and roasted coffee added in for good measure. Quite overpowering fruit.
T- Blackberry, roasted coffee, vanilla, with a strange bitter aftertaste that I can only assume is the malts and hops mixed with the fruit. The blackberry subsides a bit as it warms further. All these things being said, I was finding my self choking down this about half way down the bottle. Not sure if it's the fruit or what it was but it was nearly impossible to finish.
M- Juicy from the fruits and chewy like a good porter.
D- IMO this should be sold in standard bottle size (12oz) there is so much fruit crammed into this that it really makes this more of a dessert offering than anything else really.
09-21-2010 03:03:36 | More by korguy123
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
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
4.43/5 rDev +17.5%
A - Clear but very dark purple with a solid foam.
S - Nose is rich fruity blackberry, bubblegum and cotton candy.
T - Drier than expected, with lots of berry flavour and again bubblegum. Nice balancing hop and roasted bitterness. Molasses and malt flavour in the back is also very nice. Very dark, fruity tasting beer but well balanced at the same time.
M - Chewy, thick mouthfeel.
D - I like this a lot. Good mix of dark beeriness and the berries which brighten it up. Strong point of this definitely the balance.
09-18-2010 00:48:23 | More by allergictomacros
3.2/5 rDev -15.1%
Pours an opaque brown with thin off-white head. Spotting lacing around the glass. Smells strongly of the blackberry, without much else. Flavour has lots of blackberry sweetness, with perhaps some tart flavour. It has some of the porter characteristics I expect, but a little bit overwhelmed by the blackberry. I hope more of Cannery's beers find their way to the LCBO because I enjoyed the Maple Stout more when I had it last year.
09-12-2010 02:44:13 | More by kwjd
4.22/5 rDev +11.9%
A - Pours the darkest ruby red, only visible by placing the glass directly into the sun, thin layer of head which dissipates leaving a noticeable amount of lacing.
S - Blackberries, fruit punch, pepper, some sweet chocolate malts, roasted coffee and a bit of a vanilla.
T - Holy blackberries! The after-taste is like of bushel of berries in your mouth. The porter comes through nicely as well with chocolate malts and dark cocoa coming through on a bitter finish. The flavour combination is very reminiscent of berry chewing tobacco, with the porter bringing out a bit of a leafy tobacco flavour.
M - Very light and bubbly and goes down extremely smooth. Was expecting something a little more syropy, but this one was perfectly carbonated making for a wonderful experience on the palette.
D - Overall this offering is absolutely delicious and I would totally get another bomber, or six. Not really a session beer, but one bomber is easily consumed and would be the perfect dessert beer. The higher ABV goes unnoticed, and the flavours are one-of-a-kind. Highly recommended to anyone seeking a new fruity experience.
07-04-2010 21:15:29 | More by andrenaline
4.05/5 rDev +7.4%
Poured part of a 650-ml bottle into a small cognac glass.
Appearance - dark black coloured beverage with a beige fuzzy head. Head gives way to lacy surface bubbles quickly enough.
Smell - berry aromas over a malty base. Fruity scents on subsequent nosings impacting the malts to a lighter, floaty smell.
Taste - balanced malt flavours with a decent hop flavour with the fullness of a natural blackberry fruit. Very interesting and tasty beer.
Mouthfeel - not silky smooth but deftly balanced to ensure a nice even flavour.
Drinkability - I will probably finish the bottle tonight, easy to stay engaged with this delicious beer.
03-18-2010 01:42:45 | More by DoctorStrangiato
British Columbia (Canada)
3.13/5 rDev -17%
650mL bottle poured into a mug.
Appearance: Dark brown. White soapy head. Sparse webbed lacing
Smell: Blackberry pancake syrup. All I could smell was black berry and hops.
Taste: Benylin. That’s the first thing I thought when I took a sip. The blueberry was a bit too much and seemed to overpower everything else.
Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation. Hard to tell about the about much else. For me, the blueberry was just way over done.
Drinkability: Some really good ales come out of this brewery like their Anarchist Ale but this one just falls flat. Maybe if they cut back on the blueberries it would be better.
11-11-2009 02:36:50 | More by Methodd
3.88/5 rDev +2.9%
Ruby black in colour with medium carbonation. Aromas of strong blackberry, old-school grape bubblegum, and some subtle chocolate-like roasted malt. More porter qualities come through early in the mouth, with nice chocolate, char, and wet slate notes. A bit of sweet caramel comes through mid-sip before the blackberry returns. The finish is dry and slightly chalky. Fruitier than expected, but I like how the porter and blackberry works together. Seems more like a successful homebrew experiment, rather than a beer that a pro brewer would feature regularly. Still, kudos to Cannery for taking this kind of risk. A very good brew overall.
10-11-2009 18:51:48 | More by fisherman34
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
Blackberry Porter from Cannery Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 100 ratings.