Blackberry Porter - Cannery Brewing Company
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3.85/5 rDev +2.1%
I have to preface this review with the note that years ago this beer was my gateway into darker beer and thus ultimately into craft brewing. It opened the door and now to have to go back and see how it stands up is a true test.
22oz pours a dark black with faint brown rims in the light. A finger of tan head that quickly disappears. Light lacing.
On opening the bottle sweet sweet blackberries hit the nose. On pouring it opens up and reveals a nice smokiness with some roasting malts and a touch of slightly stale coffee.
Taste is light - the blackberries fade to the back and provide much more of a light backdrop than I remember. Definite roastiness, touches of coffee (again, slightly stale), a faint sweetness in the finish. The main complaint though is the body. It's far too light for the style and over carbonated. Mix this with the lighter flavors and you have the recipe for a weak tasting beer. The notes are there but just not full enough.
I love blackberries and I love porters so this is definitely a mix I can get behind. I think they go together great and would love to see someone attempt a bigger, more defined brew with the two flavors. All in all, still a highly drinkable beer but too light for me to consider a favorite.
05-12-2009 03:37:40 | More by ritzkiss
3.75/5 rDev -0.5%
Thanks to Voonder for this great extra, and helping me to complete my first trade.
A. Black in the middle, brown on the edges, off-white to tan head.
S. Smells like a freshly picked and ripe blackberry, with some good chocolate and slight oat scent
T very airy, over the top on the blackberry which comes as my only complaints and slight bitter chocolates, catching a minimal amount of roasts and a very good smokey finish to it. Very interesting complex especial for a porter.
01-04-2009 05:19:32 | More by CoolJosh
4.08/5 rDev +8.2%
Pours charcoal in colour with thick nice tan head which stayed there for a while. Smell is very good and complex. Roasted malts and coffee, and you can smell berries as well. Really interesting. Tastes like rosated malts with really nice berries flavor with coffe and caramel on the back. It's a nice tasting beer but I'd like it a little bit thicker and smoother. I think it's a bit overcarbonated too. But it is still delicious and definately worth a try. It's different.
10-24-2008 04:52:03 | More by Voonder
4.08/5 rDev +8.2%
Bomber courtesy of BigBry, and split with my lovely wife. Very dark pour with a good-lasting tan coloured head. When held up to the light, the body has a dark ruby, almost purple, tinge. Strong, fresh blackberry aroma mixed in with lightly roasted grains and cocoa. Enticing and intriguing. Excellent balance in the taste between the fruit and the porter elements. I've found that in many of these hybrids the fruit is given too much of the spotlight, but here the robust porter flavours are complimented perfectly, with the fruit coming more to the fore in the finish. Milky coffee, bittersweet chocolate and dry malts. The blackberry lurks at the edges, punching this one up before becoming more apparent in the dry finish. The wife observed more sweetness than I did, and said that it was almost dessert like. Medium body and carbonation. I could definitely do this one again.
05-23-2008 14:19:56 | More by bobsy
3.73/5 rDev -1.1%
This 650ml sneaked into the US (w/o passport), a souvenir of our August trip to Victoria. Purchased at BC Liquors, it's been hiding in a dark corner of the cellar, waiting for this moment to shine...poured to a pint.
A: Deep and rich brown, held to the light above our kitchen table shows a nice clarity with modest fast-rising carbonation. Do my eyes deceive me, or is there really a slight purple-ish/ruby tint to this one? A frothy tan caps builds to about a finger-high, ebbing away to a denser, creamier fraction of that.
S: 'Natural Blackberry Flavour' (or 'Flaveur de mûres Naturelle') is a listed ingredient. Obviously! Very nice berry aroma - juicy, earthy, lightly sweet. It's like a dollop of preserves dropped in a porter, with just a little cocoa powder and cereal sweetness. This may not be to everyone's liking, but I love blackberries and I love the way this smells as it boldly wafts from the glass.
T: Hard to live up to the aroma's promise, but this does pretty well...the blackberries are definitely a big part of this flavor, but becoming more of a sidenote as the 'porter' features develop. What starts sweeter and fruity evolves to a dustier bitterness of semisweet bakers chocolate and coffee grounds. Balance of fruity and bitter plays pretty well, and with each sip the process begins again, thus never too tiresome.
M: A fairly thin porter, slick down the throat. Carbonation is gentle, but there is a bittering dry finish (chalky?) that coats the back of the tongue and lingers.
D: This is a fun and interesting porter. Maybe not a 'must have' (it was more novelty than anything), but I'd drink it again. 6.5% ABV is reasonable for finishing the bottle at a sitting.
01-05-2008 04:40:36 | More by msubulldog25
3.85/5 rDev +2.1%
650ml bomber with an inviting purple label.
Absolute black with dark brown fringes. Mocha, creamy head that settles to a frothy ring. Sticky lacing.
Quite pungent with blackberries and a crisp roasted edge. Simple and fruity, I can't complain.
More blackberries, like a pie filling, jam or cough syrup, but not overpowering. Nicely roasted, which cuts into the general sweetness. Some chocolate notes and light caramel maltiness. Quite tasty.
Smooth with low carbonation, light body, and a dry finish.
Nice and juicy porter that I wouldn't mind seeing again. Plenty of fruit notes, and easy to drink.
10-16-2007 03:09:54 | More by ablaze
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
3.68/5 rDev -2.4%
Pours a clear brown, red edges, thick tan head, nice lacing, decent retention, looks like a porter. Smell is weird, blackberry jam, some chocolate, bit of anise and toffee, blackberry character does not really smell artificial which is good. Taste is malty, chocolate, lots of blackberry sweetness through the middle, toffee, more berries, some roast in the finish. Strong berry presence but I think it works in the beer. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. I kind of liked this.
01-19-2007 04:19:47 | More by Viggo
2.88/5 rDev -23.6%
Clear, very dark brown with ruby (nearly purple) highlights. A short cap of fine, tan foam emerged from the pour and left behind generous lacing as it fell. Strong berry aroma, very sweet smelling, with notes of malt and dark grains in the background. Definitely on the thin side, both malt and body. Berry dominates the flavour, but there's a dry harshness that appears part way through that's not very pleasant. I wasn't very impressed, but my wife didn't mind it. Thanks wintermute!
01-14-2007 02:56:40 | More by DrJay
3.05/5 rDev -19.1%
Black beer with ruby highlights pours with a tannish, brown head the disappates quickly. The beer has a very heavy black berry aroma in the nose, kinda like a fresh fruit milk shake, overwhelming any presence of the multiple hops tauted on the label. A good solid malty base, but not much is added to the straight up syrupy fruit taste. The ingredients say fruit flavor, and that's what it tastes like--snocone porter. Not bad really, but the fruity isn't well integrated nor fresh, a personal pet peeve of mine for fruit beers. A light to medium body, a little of the lean and watery side. Still not a bad beer, just not great. Of the Cannery's I've had in tonight's sampling, it was the best. On tap, it might smooth a bit and be more interesting.
09-23-2006 03:42:10 | More by FightingEntropy
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
3.95/5 rDev +4.8%
Poured from a 650ml bottle purchased recently at Willow Park in Calgary. No best before date. Appearance is black with a medium tan colored head that dissipates fairly quickly. When held up to the light a deep ruby red color comes through. Smell is dominated by the blackberry fruit. Taste is more complex. The blackberry is there through every sip though not overpowering as in some fruit beers, but not so subtle that you have to search for it. Malt flavor is slightly smokey and nicely balanced with a bitter hop aftertaste and mild tartness that lingers for quite some time. I found the mouthfeel a bit thin, not bad but not normally what you'd expect in a porter. There was little lacing left on the glass. Overall I'd say this is the cherry cola of beers, probably not the most flattering description but that's what comes to mind. Absolutely not your typical porter but I very much enjoyed this beer and will definitely have it again.
08-13-2006 05:24:56 | More by stangelj
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
4.22/5 rDev +11.9%
I have tried this one previously on tap at Beerfest 2005 - it won the People's Choice Award (and again in 2006), and have been wanting to get more ever since. 650ml bottle from this 'Small Brewery, Big Flavour.' Pours a deep dark reddish brown, ruby red and purplish highlights. Thick creamy head, good stability and nice thick sheets of lacy bubbles. Just looking at it makes your mouth water, combine that with the aroma of ripe blackberries, a winner for sure. Lots of sweet juicy smells, but not overly sugary or artifial smelling. A nice full bodied porter flavor with lots of dark roasted malts, raisin, and of course blackberry taste. Just a touch of smokiness sneaks through as the beer starts to warm up a bit. Nice bitter balance at the end. The blackberry is definitely in there but still subtle enough that it doesn't overpower the rest of the flavor or aromas. Thick and creamy mouthfeel with just enough carbonation to keep it crisp and dry. I am glad this 'easy sipping wonder' is available, and I will be looking for it again. A non-traditional combination, not really just a fruit beer, a solid beer. This big bottle has become a staple to take to friends' places for dinner or a BBQ instead of wine.
04-08-2006 19:52:07 | More by BigBry
British Columbia (Canada)
3.38/5 rDev -10.3%
A: Ruby black, only a little off-white head, little retention/lace.
S: Berries, bready malt.
T: I'm not usually impressed with fruit beer, but I like this. Slightly sweet, blackberry and molases, with a bittersweet, slightly chocolatey aftertaste.
M: Light to moderate body and carbonation.
D: Average. It's approachable, and not overbearing.
12-17-2005 03:22:06 | More by Derek
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
3.43/5 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
British Columbia (Canada)
3.93/5 rDev +4.2%
I remember being unimpressed with this beer when it first came out but I now quite like this brew. Dark brown with ruby highlights this beer gives off a great fruity coffee nose. The taste is full yet not in your face. The berry notes are nicely placed in the background and the burnt malt is not too pronounced. Well balanced and very drinkable this is their best beer.
09-07-2005 01:05:01 | More by canucklehead
3.78/5 rDev +0.3%
The first time I tried Black Berry Porter was at the Calgary Beerfest 2005, on tap. It was definitely one of the standouts of the show, and it won the award for Best Beer at the festival. The Amber and the Brown ale were immediately available in Alberta following that, but we have had to wait a few more months for this little gem. Not surprisingly, my local Airdrie beerstop decided to bring it in as soon as it was available(and I was set to go into Calgary to get some!) A 650ml bottle, with a nice purple and red label showing a blackberry bush, and telling on the side about the 5 malts and three hops used. The ingredients' listing says rather ambiguously "blackberry flavour," which I presume to mean extract. Oh well. Off with the silver cap and a lovely hit of sweet blackberries wafts out from the neck. Delicious. It was easy to pour a nice thick head, one that slowly churned and was a mocha colour, and cola-like dark at the edges. The beer from a glance is ruby or dark black, and held to light the beer is a magnificent ebony rosewood colour. Hints of ruby and of polished dark maple. Small bubbles created nice sheets of lacing that were quite intent on sticking to the sides. The head settled at about 1 cm and became more creamy and seemed stable. The appearance definitely adds to the anticipation of drinking this. Sniffing quite far above the glass is where you will get the most blackberry aroma, with little else masking it. Sweet, candy-like fruitcake, or sugary juice. Blackberries and cream, with a little white sugar. Actually the aroma from up there is quite similar to some breakfast cereals as well. In closer the smoky malts gradually swallow the blackberry, and the hops do as well. Strong leafy-smelling hops are very pronounced, adding a great deal of bitterness, or dry earthiness to the aroma. The beer is quite nose-tingling at first--very spicy and meaty. Raisins and blueberry as well. The blackberry is always adding a great sweet balance to the dryness of both the malt and hops, making this so much better than an average porter. I am not sure that the chosen hops mix too well with the malts and blackberry, as at times it gives a strange aroma that does not seem to balance. Sugarcane, prunes, jellies and jams. A nice, subtle aroma that impels sipping, whilst perhaps not being overly complex. The blackberry definitely takes a back seat in the taste, with more of the roasted and lactose-like malts coming in. The malts taste a little sour, much like some Big Rock products, which was a little disappointing. The taste is definitely not complex, but still full of flavour. The malt dominates, not surprisingly, but the blackberry and the hops play their role, giving a nice dry finish with remnants of the berries lingering. Tastes like berry jam, mostly; which is not a bad thing. It just fails to deliver on being exceptional. The malting is a little weak, and the body of the beer is oily and creamy, but not as thick as I should have liked. Carbonation is medium. A beer I would drink only one of at a sitting. Still, I am glad this is on the shelves in Alberta, and I will be cradling it in my hands often enough, especially since winter is peeping its white head through the falling leaves.
08-19-2005 09:43:07 | More by Cwrw
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
3.18/5 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
2.73/5 rDev -27.6%
While visiting Vancouver, I decided to sample some of the local beers. This beer had a nice look and smell of blackberry and porter, but I was very disappointed by the burnt taste. Some of the other reviews mentioned this, but I felt that the burnt flavor overpowered the rest of the beer and as such the beer lost all balance. Perhaps it was simply this batch? Still, I'm a fairly regular porter drinker and I was disappointed.
12-25-2004 04:57:12 | More by Neuronix
British Columbia (Canada)
3.68/5 rDev -2.4%
A fairly decent brew. I picked this up after trying Mt. Begbie's Selkirk Stout.
I love blackberries a generally pick a batch of fresh wild berries every summer. I can definitely taste the blackberries in this beer, and it compliments the traditional porter taste well. However, I find this to be a bit dry and almost bitter. There is a trace of sweetness -the smell, akin to rotting blackberries, is somewhat sweeter than the taste.
Pours a dark red-black with a thick foamy head that sticks to the side of the glass. Nice drinking; despite its unique but rather enjoyable taste, I feel myself wanting a second one. A good brew, but knowing people who use blackberries in brewing and winemaking, I understand the difficulties in getting a great taste. However, I rather like this.
12-23-2004 08:30:04 | More by BDTyre
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
Blackberry Porter from Cannery Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 99 ratings.