Thornless Blackberry Porter
Cannery Brewing Company

Thornless Blackberry PorterThornless Blackberry Porter
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American Porter
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3.85 | pDev: 12.99%
Cannery Brewing Company
British Columbia, Canada
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Thornless Blackberry PorterThornless Blackberry Porter
Notes: Thornless Blackberry Porter is the new name for the beer previously known simply as Blackberry Porter. The 6% abv beer inside the bottle remains the same, though, and has the following description:
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.
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Reviews: 67 | Ratings: 132
Photo of ShoeIn-BrewWin
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Love the dark pour. Smells intensely of blackberries (which happen to be my favorite fruit). I think the taste is surprisingly bitter and ashy. That flavor is great for a porter but goes very weird with the heavy blackberry on the nose. I expected, and would like, more sweetness or at least less bitterness. Great mouthfeel. Overall, it's a good beer to try but I wouldn't go out of my way or pay as much again.

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Photo of Mav221
4.64/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A great, refreshing beer with a creamy head and a memorable finish. Perfect for summer or fall. You can hardly taste the alcohol. If you, normally, don't like porters you will probably like this one. In my opinion, it is the benchmark for the style.

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Photo of ChrisCage
4.49/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a dark brown with red wines notes in the background....almost black and/or cola colored....the head is not the most dense nor does it retain the best, but it still looks half is eggshell in color...perhaps a shade darker. Too hard to tell what the carbonation is like and lacing is really good....lots of small pockets of foam cling to the side of the glass!

S- This smells initially of very heavy dark chocolate and blackberry truffle creme....perhaps cherry....quite jammy in aroma and sweetness....sweet and of fresh berry fruits! Roasted malts and a slightly Earthy finish round out the balance of this beer!

T- This tastes just like I opened up a box of Pot of Gold chocolates and dug into the cremes! This also has quite a resemblance to chocolate covered cordial cherries....scrumptious! There are underlying notes of bittering cocoa dust, coffee, burnt/black malt and/or burnt toast. The finish is dry and Earthy with fruit picked straight out of the orchard and while the initial fruit lingers, it softens and the bitterness shows itself more prominently. Very nice!

M/O- Medium to full bodied and the carbonation is wee and's very easy on the palate and dessert like. This is a highly drinkable brew and the alcohol content is very well hidden. I am very impressed with the overall character of this and feel it could very well pair with a creme brulee or works on its own as a fruit forward dessert beverage! Highly recommended!

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Photo of Sonnysideup
3.26/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

a: thin head that lingers for a bit, looks like a typical porter. slight hint of purple. (3.75 I guess...)

s: blackberries are pretty straightforward, like a jelly or jam. some breadiness.

t: follows the nose, but more bready, a bit earthy

m: a little thin, medium carbonation. no alcohol at all.

o: im bored so i did a real review. picked this up today. guy at the store said this was a guilty pleasure and I love me some blackberry and some porters, but this just misses the mark for me. I was hoping for something a bit more complex. seems like more like a brown ale than a porter.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

"An exciting explosion of flavour! Five carefully chosen malted barleys are combined with three superior hop varieties to produce this traditional Porter. Natural blackberry adds an exciting complexity to this easy sipping wonder." Brewed in the style of an American Porter. Available as a year-round release in 22 oz. bottles and on draft.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a snifter glass. Served above 53º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a frothy smooth head of a mocha cream consistency over a near black body. Retention is very good, lacing is light and patchy. 4

(Smell) Aromas of medium roast, caramel grain, chocolate malt and very potent blackberry puree. Blends together fairly well although the blackberry takes a leading role in the aroma. Potency is medium/high. 3.5

(Taste) The flavors blend together very nicely in the taste, with a half-and-half blend of blackberry juice and caramel bread up front, a reserved sweetness paired with a mild earthy hop note, finishing with the moderate roast of slightly over baked pie crust. Altogether much better balanced with quite an enjoyable flavor. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, mildly chewy, mildly dry. Carbonation generates a soft airiness for a smooth, silky mouthfeel. Body is medium for the style, medium+ overall. Balance is nearly even sweet to earthy bitter. Alcohol presence is low, and there are no notable off flavors. 3.75

(Overall) It's not everyday you come across a fruit-infused porter, and it's a shame, because beers like this are fairly unique and should be explored more often. The results are considerably like a oven-baked blackberry pie, very nice fresh fruit presence, an enjoyable malt presence that presents a touch of bready, smooth body, a touch of burnt crust here and there- echoes of pie baking liquified and jammed into a bottle. Overall, I found it quite enjoyable and unique, at the very least as an enjoyable novelty dessert beer to pair with something sweet and filling. Many thanks to my parents for always thinking of me and my "hobbies" in their nationwide travels, this is otherwise unavailable in Georgia. Recommended. 3.75

Cannery Brewing Company's
Blackberry Porter

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Photo of souvenirs
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%

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.

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Photo of PaulietheBrit
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Espresso head with medium lacing. Dark but not a heavy body.
Blackberry aroma without the cloying sweetness I had imagined, malt and toffee.
Taste following the aroma with an un-sweet blackberry upfront with a mild to slight hoppy following.
Its a thin porter, but tasty and not overpowering. A nice change I will enjoy again.

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Photo of Olek4374
3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I love me some fruit beers, but for the most parts they`ve all been lighter coloured - this is my first trek into fruit flavoured porters, and this brewery`s beer sells not too badly at my store, so I am giving it a go.

The pour is straight up black with a dark beige head. The smell is rich in fruit aromas - like a jam almost. I don`t smell much actual beeriness, but there are some faint malty aromas in the background. The first sip was really cool - you definately get a lot of fruit taste, but it`s not sweet at all! This isn`t a good or a bad thing, since fruit beers really can go both ways and still be good. It sure tastes like a porter all right, but the more I drink it, the less I can taste that great berry taste that was so prevalent in the first few sips - very odd. Still, it is pleasant going down without an offputting aftertaste. The mouthfeel is good; it is low in carbonation like I would expect of the style, but has some fine body - although not as much body as some of the other porters I`ve tasted.

Overall, it looks and feels like a decent porter with some nice fruit tastes which were not sweet that somewhat become less pronounced as I went on. The smell, however, remained throughout, and was mild, but indicative of the presence of blackberries. I might buy this one again - it wasn`t that bad.

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Photo of BGDrock
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
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

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Photo of decimator
1.93/5  rDev -49.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

650ml bottle poured into a pint glass. ABV 6%.

A - Poured a dark brown with hints of purple. 1cm head. Some lacing.

S - Blueberry muffins and a side of coffee. Smells delicious but it doesn't smell like beer.

T - Blackberries and toasted grains. This is way too fruity.

M - Medium-light body, medium-light carbonation, fruit juice finish.

O - There's no way I could drink this. Drain pour.

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Photo of liamt07
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from the LCBO, 650ml into a tulip. Best before February 1, 2013.

Almost wholly black, mocha head with some creamy retention and good lace. Nose of blackberry, currants, blueberries, dark chocolate and light roast. Taste had almost the same with regards to dark berries, and roast is a touch more prominent. Sweet and fruity. Moderate bitterness lingers, medium body and carbonation is a higher medium. Good flavour, better than I recall when I've previously had this.

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Photo of hopsolutely
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I am genuinely surprised by how much I like this beer!

Pours a dark and clear burgundy with much colour at the edges of the glass. Minimal head dissipates quickly, but leaves some residual lacing. Mouthfeel is not as creamy as I expected from the oily looking pour and brief density of the head.

Aroma of dark roasted malts combined with real fruit does not strike me as flat or uni-dimensional, unlike what some other drinkers have indicated. The flavour combines an initial roasted malt sweetness, with the expected tones of chocolate and coffee, before transitioning to a tart hop finish. A bitterness that lingers for an impressive length of time! The blackberry is present throughout the tasting, but it tastes like real fruit rather than jam, and I find it complimentary to the dark, roasted malts.

Will now make an effort to track down any Cannery beers that I can find!

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Photo of DaftCaskBC
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: 1/8" tan coloured head that dissipated quickly over black/cola liquid.

S: Roasted malt, chocolate malt and blackberry.

T: Blackberry, caramel and roasted malt.

M: Thin viscosity with a medium level of foamy carbonation.

O: Sweet and toasted bitter, this beer has decent drinkability but is not well integrated enough for my liking.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.03/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My friend Jill picked this up for me at some point. Gotta love a friend who sees an interesting beer and just grabs it for you. Thanks Jill!

From a bomber into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: A very transparent brown pour yields a 1+ finger, medium-thinner looking, light tan head with good retention. Black body with next to zero carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a full wisp and clings to the top of the glass. A good wisp and ring remain the whole way leaving some decent lacing.

SMELL: Piles of blackberries. Heaps actually. Lighter notes of dark chocolate and roasted, smoky malt, but this is more about the blackberries. One dimensional, but still bold and interesting enough.

TASTE: Dark malts and blackberries. That’s basically it. Some light caramel and sweet malt at the finish, but very little bitterness as balance here. Pretty one dimensional. A touch of roasted and smoky malt with lots of bold blackberries linger on the palate. Flavorful, but very one dimensional.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Light on the palate but creamy enough as well, goes down smooth and finishes dry on the palate. Light, but decently creamy.

OVERALL: An enjoyable beer, especially on a hot summer’s evening, but definitely one dimensional. I wished they’d been able to mesh some other qualities from the base beer into the flavor profile as well. Some will love this the way it is, but I enjoy a little more complexity of flavor. That said, I quite enjoyed this one and would gladly have another. Thanks again for thinking of me Jill!

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Photo of mintjellie
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
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

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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Photo of marty21
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

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Photo of Kubus
5/5  rDev +29.9%
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.

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Photo of Long813
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From: LCBO

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.

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Photo of bylerteck
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of peensteen
3.42/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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

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Photo of ThatWineGuy
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of biegaman
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 132 ratings